What is refinancing?

Refinancing is the process of taking out a new mortgage to replace an existing loan. While this can be with the same lender, it often involves switching to another bank.

It might be time to consider switching your loan if you’ve been thinking about moving home or renovating. Refinancing could also give you access to additional features like an offset account or a lower interest rate. 

Why refinance your home loan?

There are many good reasons to consider refinancing your mortgage, including:

  • To get a better interest rate.

  • To get access to different features and add-ons such as redraw facilities or flexible payments.

  • To use the equity in your home to borrow money to renovate or improve your lifestyle with a new car or holiday.

  • To consolidate debts such as a personal loan, car loan or credit card into your mortgage so you can better manage your finances.

  • To shorten your loan time and reduce your repayments.

  • To change to a different loan type, for example changing from a variable home loan rate to a fixed rate for more certainty over your repayments. You might alternatively choose to split your loan, where part of your loan is fixed while the other part is variable.

Steps to refinancing your home loan

Refinancing your home loan is a big decision and it can be a complex process. Perhaps you need a different product to suit your needs? Or maybe you’d like to switch your home loan to another bank? No matter why you’re refinancing, here are the key steps involved in refinancing your home loan.

1. Assess your current situation

Are you unhappy with the loan you have? Perhaps you’re looking at changing which bank holds your home loan. Whatever the reason, it’s important to think about what features and benefits you need and what matters most to you about your loan.

2. Compare home loans

Once you have an idea of why you want to refinance, you’ll need to decide on the product that will suit you best. As a first step you can compare our range of home loans, and if you’re new to NAB, you should check if you’re eligible for any of our home loan offers.  

3. Work out the costs and your borrowing power

Some changes to loans will involve fees. This could include break costs, exit fees and application fees, and may be charged by NAB or another bank. You may also want to see whether your borrowing power has changed since your last application.  

 4. Apply for a home loan

Once you’ve found the right home loan for you, it’s time to apply. You can book an appointment online, go into a branch, or apply over the phone by calling 13 78 79. We will normally assess your income and mortgage repayment history and look at any other loans or financial commitments you may have. We may also carry out a property valuation to determine how much your home is worth.

If your application is approved you’ll receive a letter of offer and a contract for your new loan.

5. Settling your new home loan

Once you’ve signed your loan contract, settlement will occur and your new home loan will be used to pay off your old home loan. Find out more about the refinance settlement process.

When should you refinance your home loan?

If you’ve had your current home loan for a while, it could be a good time to review whether it’s still helping you achieve your financial goals and has all the benefits you need.

Should you decide to compare home loans and you find another loan that better suits you and your family, now might be the right time to refinance.

Things to consider when refinancing your home loan

When considering whether to refinance your home loan, it’s important to be aware that there may be upfront or ongoing costs, such as exit and settlement fees associated with switching from one home loan to another.

How often can you refinance your mortgage?

While there are no restrictions on how many times you can refinance your home loan, you should consider things such as:

  • costs of refinancing
  • your current financial situation (and any recent changes to it)
  • any future plans.

It’s important to ensure that the many factors to consider don’t outweigh any benefits that you expect to gain by refinancing.

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