Why it pays to shop around for interest rates

You’ve got plans, hopes and dreams – and they all cost money. However, there is a way to free up cash so you can start ticking off your wish list sooner

The solution can be as simple as shopping around for a great deal on your home loan.


Home loan interest rates are the lowest in 50 years. But don’t let that stop you checking out different lenders.

Your home loan is probably the biggest financial commitment you’ll ever sign up for, so it’s important to be sure you’ve got a great deal.

Even though interest rates are the lowest in decades, there’s still a big variation in home loan rates across different lenders.

Despite the opportunities to save with a lower rate, seven out of ten home buyers go with a lender they already bank with [1]. That’s a shame because what can seem like a convenient time-saver can turn out to be a big money waster.

With the big banks, for instance, you could pay a home loan rate of more than 5.0% p.a [2]. Or, you could pay less than 3.0% p.a. on some of the home loans available through The Loan Room [3].

That’s why it’s worth checking out what’s being offered across a wide selection of lenders. A great rate doesn’t just make your loan repayments easier to live with. It can also see you save a bundle in interest charges.


What’s really exciting is how a small difference in your loan rate can add up to huge savings over time.

Let’s say you take out a home loan for $500,000 with a rate of 4.5% p.a. Seems pretty reasonable, right?

Not really. At 4.5% p.a., you’ll pay about $310,000 in interest over the life of the loan [4]. Ouch.

So let’s shake things up a little.

By shopping around, you may be able to trim your home loan rate to just 3.0% p.a. That’s only a 1.0% difference in the rate. But watch the savings stack up over time.

On that same $500,000 home loan, paying just 3.0% p.a. can cut your total interest tab to around $197,000 [5]. That’s a saving of more than $100,000 – money going straight into your pocket instead of your banks’.


So what will $100,000 buy you? Let’s see.

Having an extra $100,000 to your name could see you smash weekend brekkies with 40,000 avocados (sourdough not included), hit the highway in style with a new BMW, or rub shoulders with the stars with five first-class return airfares to New York.

Or, you could put the $100,000 savings to work by wiping out your hex debt, a Netflix subscription for the rest of your life and open your home to 50 adorable puppies.

Okay, maybe you’re not ready for 50 puppies. But you get the idea.


It goes to show that heading straight to your regular bank for a home loan can cost you. Casting your net wide is a strategy that can really pay off.

The trouble is, shopping around and comparing between home loans takes time – something most of us don’t have enough of. When you’re in the market for a new home, you really just want to focus on finding the right property.

That’s where we makes it easy.

With access to over 20 different lenders, your TLR broker will do all the shopping around to be sure your home loan has the features and flexibility you need at the most competitive rate.

Even better, your broker’s home loan service comes at no cost to you. We’re paid by lenders, and as our brokers are paid at the same rate of commission no matter which home loan you decide to go with, you can be confident that you’ll only receive recommendations that are right for your needs.

$100,000 in possible savings? It’s a no-brainer to shop around for your home loan.



[1] https://asic.gov.au/about-asic/news-centre/find-a-media-release/2019-releases/19-232mr-asic-research-highlights-the-importance-of-reforms-for-mortgage-brokers-and-home-lending/

[2] https://www.commbank.com.au/news/rate-announcement.html?ei=rate-change

[3] The lowest available rate on our panel of lenders as of Dec 2019

[4] Source: TMC repayment calculator as of Dec 2019. This is calculated based on a principal and interest loan of $500,000 repaid over a 25 year term with an interest rate of 4.5% p.a. Rates are subject to change.

[5] Source: TMC repayment calculator as of Dec 2019. This is calculated based on a principal and interest loan of $500,000 repaid over a 25 year term with an interest rate of 3.0% p.a. Rates are subject to change.