Mozo’s Home Loan Report 2024: Aussie home owners could be saving thousands

Key findings

  • 75% of Aussie borrowers are concerned about their repayments 
  • 2 in 5 mortgage holders admit they don't know their home loan interest rate 
  • 20% haven't compared rates since getting their home loan
  • Aussies could save over $100,000 by checking a few key home loan features. 

Most Australian borrowers are concerned about their repayments

Australians are facing the most aggressive rate hiking cycle since the early 1990s.

As a result, new research from Mozo, conducted as part of the 2024 Mozo Experts Choice Awards for Home Loans, reveals 75% of Aussie mortgage holders are openly concerned about their repayments. 

After 13 rate hikes, Mozo personal finance expert Rachel Wastell says Aussies are paying upwards of a thousand dollars more a month to cover their mortgage.

“As the Reserve Bank of Australia isn’t set to cut rates until later this year, homeowners are understandably concerned with how they’ll manage repayments," Wastell says. "But Mozo research shows more than half are unaware of critical home loan features that could save them thousands.”

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Home loan costs surge as rates rise 4% in 2 years

Since May 2022, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has increased the cash rate by over 4% after 13 rate hikes.

Mozo data shows most banks have passed these interest rate hikes on in full to variable rate mortgage holders, and repayments have skyrocketed as a result.

Mortgage holders could now be paying thousands more a month

Following 13 interest rate hikes, Aussie mortgage holders are now paying thousands of dollars more a month to cover the mortgage*, and the RBA isn’t expected to cut rates until the latter half of 2024.

With many bracing themselves for another year of high repayments, it’s no shock that 75% of Australian mortgage holders are concerned about their home loan repayments.

Home Loan Amount ($)Monthly Repayment (May 2022)Monthly Repayment (March 2024)

*Based on 25 year terms, Owner Occupier Principal & Interest, LVR <80%. Average variable rate of 3.02% p.a. as of May 2022, and 6.83%p.a. as at March 2024. Accurate as at 12 March 2024.

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2 in 5 don’t know their interest rate

While 75% of Aussie mortgage holders were openly concerned about their repayments according to Mozo’s research, many were unaware of critical features that could save them money over time.

  • 2 in 5 (42%) of mortgage holders admitted they didn’t know their home loan interest rate
  • 1 in 5 (20%) hadn’t compared their interest rate to others on the market since taking out their home loan.

There is a huge opportunity for Australians to save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of their loan by brushing up on their home loan literacy.

The home loan knowledge gap

Millions of Aussie homeowners aren’t aware of how to make the most of their home loans. 

Mozo’s research found:

  • 42% don’t know the interest rate on their home loan
  • 26% don’t know their loan-to-value ratio (LVR) 
  • 20% haven’t compared rates since getting their home loan 
  • 7% aren’t sure what type of home loan they have 
  • 5% don’t know what an offset account is. 
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The unsung home loan heroes

Take a look at the winners' list of the 2024 Mozo Experts Choice Awards for home loans, and you might notice a distinct lack of Big Four banks.

Of the 98 award-winning products: 

  • 68% are offered by customer-owned banks 
  • 20% are from online/digital lenders. 

Of the 41 lenders who won: 

  • 63% are customer-owned banks 
  • 20% are online/digital lenders. 

6 home loan hacks to help you save

If you’re looking for ways to trim down your home loan costs, consider these simple hacks: 

1. Look beyond the big banks 

Australians can’t seem to shake their addiction to the big banks. 

According to APRA, the Big Four hold 73% of owner-occupier home loans in Australia, despite having higher average variable home loan rates. 

The average Big Four variable rate is 7.48% p.a., compared to an average rate of 6.10% p.a. across the winners of the 2024 Mozo Experts Choice Home Loan Awards. 

The difference between these rates could equate to savings of $436 per month. 

Based on the average Big Four rate of 7.48% p.a. vs average winners rate of 6.10%p.a. on a $500k owner-occupier loan, 80% LVR, principal & interest, on a 25 year term. 

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2. Bank with an offset account

Mozo’s research found that 46% of borrowers don’t have a home loan with an offset account. So, there’s a big opportunity for home loan borrowers to save a significant amount of money here. 

The main benefit of an offset account is that it reduces the size of your principal that you have to pay interest on.

For example, a borrower with $50k in an offset account and a $500k loan amount is only charged interest on $450k. 

On a variable rate of 6.82% p.a., with $50k in an offset, that borrower could save $284 per month. 

3. Compare your rate regularly

Mozo research found 20% of Aussie borrowers hadn’t compared their rate since getting their home loan. 

But those who compare regularly are more likely to have lower interest rates. 

The research uncovered that those who compare home loans every 6 months had an average interest rate of 6.14% p.a. – 0.38% lower than those still on the same rate they started with.

That equates to a saving of $118 per month on a $500k loan.

How often they compare home loan rates Average home loan rate (p.a.)Monthly repayments on $500k home loan
Every 6 months6.14%$3,264
Once a year6.20%$3,283
Every 2 years or more6.48%$3,370
I have not compared since getting my home loan6.52%$3,382
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4. Increase how often you pay

Switching your repayment frequency from monthly to fortnightly could save you thousands over the life of your loan by reducing the amount of interest you accrue. 

A $500k loan over 25 years at a rate of 6.82% p.a. will mean you pay $3,477 per month, resulting in interest repayments totalling $542,856. 

If you switch to fortnightly repayments of $1,738.50, your total interest at the end of your loan could be $431,806, meaning you’ve saved yourself a whopping $111,050. 

Though it does mean you pay a little extra now, it is a simple change that gives you a significant saving over the loan term.

5. Consider a split rate loan

Mozo’s research found that 7% of borrowers don’t know their home loan type, despite the type of home loan you have having a big impact on your repayments. 

Split rate home loans give borrowers stability and adaptability by charging part of your loan under a fixed rate and the other part under a variable interest rate.

By splitting the loan, borrowers can enjoy the assurance of fixed rates while benefiting from potential variable rate cuts, allowing home loan holders to ‘hedge their bets’ against RBA interest rate rises or cuts.

The differences between split rates, fixed rates, and variable rates

6. Earn income from your home

When possible, consider renting out a spare room, a storage space, a garage, or a parking space for some extra income. 

According to Parkhound pricing data, you could earn approximately $400 per month extra. 

That’s cash you could put towards paying off your mortgage.

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