What is redraw?
Let’s say you’ve made a habit of paying more than your minimum scheduled home loan repayments. This means you’ll have money available to take back out – if you want to.
This process is known as redraw. You can use this money to pay for sudden expenses, or planned things such as:
- school fees
- a new car.
Keep in mind there are times when redraw might not be available. For example:
- if you have a fixed rate loan, redraw is only available at the end of the fixed rate period (i.e. when the rate becomes variable)
- you can’t access redraw for construction loans.
Features of redraw
We don’t charge a redraw fee, so you can redraw as little as $500 or up to $150,000 per day – as often as you like. You can access all the funds you’re ahead by, minus one month’s scheduled repayment.
After you redraw money from your home loan, you must continue to make your regular repayments.
It’s important to remember that the interest part of your repayments will increase because you’re now paying interest on a higher loan amount.
What are the benefits of redraw?
Knowing you have a source of finance just sitting there, in case you need it, can give you simple peace of mind. Plus, this money accumulates over time and is easy to access.
Can I redraw?
Chances are if you’ve made a habit of paying more than your minimum scheduled repayments, then you’ll have money available for redraw. If you have internet banking, you may be able to check what, if any, funds you’ve available to redraw.
You could use this money to pay for unexpected expenses that pop up or for planned things such as holidays, renovations, school fees or a new car just to name a few. You can’t use your redraw for business purposes however.
Sometimes fixed rate loans have restrictions. Variable-rate loans are usually more flexible when it comes to redraw. Check with your banking specialist to see if it’s available with your loan or look at switching if it’s a feature you would like. Keep in mind that redraw is not available for construction loans.
How do I use a redraw facility?
If you’d like to discuss your redraw options, chat to one of our banking specialists in branch, or give us a call on 13 22 65.
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