For most of us, a home loan is a long term arrangement. That doesn't mean it is a set and forget. Once you have your loan up and running, there are several things you need to be aware of in order to get the best out it.
When you start your loan you are advised of the minimum monthly repayment that you must pay to meet the terms of your loan. If our interest rates change, you are advised of any change to this minimum monthly repayment amount.
Provided the minimum repayments are met, your loan repayments can be altered at any time to suit your needs.
To change your repayments, you can get in touch or update your details on the Client Portal.
We have a different process for redraws and deferring home loan payments.
Under the terms and conditions of the Offer to Borrow and the Keystart mortgage, you are required to occupy the property as an owner-occupier, that is you must be living in your home as your principal place of residence. Homes can only be rented with Keystart’s permission and are considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you received the First Home Owner Grant, you need to be aware of the requirements that apply. You can read more at the Department of Finance website.
Did you know you may be eligible for Keystart's unique, free financial coaching service? This service is provided by our partner the Financial Counselling Network (FCN) and is designed to support you if you have some financial concerns and want to build your money management skills while developing your confidence around finance.
If you have an existing Keystart home loan you may be able to borrow additional funds to help renovate or redecorate your home or for another worthwhile purpose. If you have a shared ownership loan, loan increases can only be provided for the purpose of purchasing additional shares from the Housing Authority.
To discuss your options and determine your eligibility, please contact us.
If you would like to learn more about your loan, refinancing, equity and more, we have a wealth of resources, guides and articles to help you get started.
Home ownership is a long term goal. You may find it worthwhile making a three to five-year plan for your home loan, whether you are just starting out or if you are considering refinancing your loan. Take some time to consider your options.
Keystart is a transitional lender. We kick-start your journey into home ownership with our low deposit home loans. We also encourage you to move to another lender when you are ready. Once you begin to build some equity in your home, you may be able to get a better deal from another lender. This may include a better interest rate, offset account or other facilities that you can't get with Keystart.
Keystart recommends that you seek your own independent financial advice prior to making any decisions about your financial needs.
We're dedicated to constantly improving our customers' experience. We welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. We'd love to hear what you think we do well and what you think we could do better. Your point of view is important to us and we do read every response we receive.
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