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Because you’re only paying the interest amount off your loan during your Interest Only period, you’re not paying the loan balance (principal component), which means you’ll pay more interest over the life of your loan.
If you pay both the Principal and Interest you’ll reduce your loan balance earlier in the loan term, which means the amount of interest payable will also reduce, because interest is calculated on the outstanding balance of your home loan.
You can switch between Principal and Interest repayment options during the life of your loan. However, there are limits for how long you can have Interest Only periods.
These limits apply when you request a new or extended Interest Only payment.
When your Interest Only period expires, your home loan repayments will change to Principal and Interest. This means your repayments will increase as you start paying off your loan balance.
To prepare for this change and remain in control of your repayments, make sure you know your expiry date and plan accordingly.
To find the expiry date for your CommBank home loan, log on to NetBank > View account > Account Information. Make sure you select your Interest Only home loan from the drop-down list.
1 Calculations are estimates provided as a guide only. They assume interest rates don’t change over the life of the loan and are calculated on the rate that applies for the initial period of the loan. Interest rates referenced are current rates and may change at any time. Fees and charges are payable. The calculations do not take into account fees, charges or other amounts that may be charged to your loan (such as establishment or monthly service fees or stamp duty).
2 Everyday Offset is a feature of our Complete Access Transaction Account which is linked to an eligible home loan, and accountholder/s must also be accountholders of the linked home loan. Interest is not charged on that part of the Home Loan balance equal to the balance of the Complete Access account.
Applications are subject to credit approval. Full terms and conditions will be included in our loan offer. Fees and charges are payable. Interest rates are subject to change.
As this advice has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should consider its appropriateness to your circumstances before acting on this advice.