Some home loans give you the flexibility to access additional repayments you’ve made over and above the required minimum repayment amount. This can be helpful if you want to use the money for something else – like, for example, an unexpected bill, renovations or an investment opportunity – or to take a break from upcoming scheduled repayments.
If your home loan has a redraw facility, this means you can redraw additional repayments you’ve made onto the loan. Being able to redraw typically depends on the type of loan you have and how far ahead you are on your repayments. Sometimes a fee may also be involved.
For CommBank customers with a variable rate home loan or Economiser home loan with principal and interest repayments, for example, there is no fee or minimum amount to redraw online, although there is a minimum redraw of $1,000 in branch. But no redraw is available for customers on fixed rate home loans during the fixed rate period, or for our Economiser home loan with interest-only payments (for the life of the loan even if the loan rolls over to principal and interest repayments).
Keep in mind that redrawing your additional repayments may increase the amount of interest you’re charged as you’re effectively increasing the amount of money you owe.
Another option you may have if you’re ahead in your home loan is a repayment holiday. This is where you use the additional repayments you’ve made to put future repayments on hold for a period of time.
For CommBank home loans, you may be able to put your repayments on hold from three up to 12 months, giving you flexibility to direct your money to where it is needed most.
To apply for a repayment holiday from your existing CommBank home loan, you can call us on 13 2224 or visit your nearest branch.
Sometimes your financial circumstances can change in ways you haven’t anticipated or prepared for. If you’re finding it hard to meet home loan repayments, we can help.