Reasons to pay principal and interest

Home loan repayments don’t have to be confusing. Find out how choosing the right repayment option for you could help you pay off your mortgage sooner or fund your next project.

What are my repayment options?

If you choose to make principal and interest repayments, you’re paying down both the loan amount (the principal) and the interest. Interest only repayments only pay down the interest, for a set period of time - usually one to five years.

Why pay principal and interest?

Lower interest rates and repayments overall

You typically get a lower interest rate when you make principal and interest repayments, and because you’re reducing your loan amount each month, you could pay less interest over the life of your loan.

No matter which repayment option you choose, the length of your loan remains the same. With an interest only loan, you’ll still have the full loan amount to pay off when the interest only period ends, but in less time.

Build up your equity

Equity is the difference between the market value of your home and what you owe on your loan. Your equity grows as you pay off your loan amount (even more so if the value of your property goes up) - you could use it to fund renovations or an investment property.

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Related document:
Choosing Your Home Loan Repayment Option (PDF)

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