What is a redraw facility?

You’ve probably heard the term redraw facility if you’ve been exploring home loan options, but what does it actually mean?

Don’t worry, we’re here to break down the bank jargon to help you make the right decision for you.

What is a redraw facility?

Some people try to pay their home loans off sooner and make extra repayments when they can. Life can be unpredictable and sometimes you might need to access that money for emergencies or simply a holiday.

A redraw facility allows you to make those extra repayments and access that money if you need it in future. You can also sometimes use redraw facilities as a way to take a break from your required payments (so long as you’ve made enough extra payments to cover these).

When you keep your offset account for a long time, with a high balance, you might just be able to pay off your home loan sooner by paying less interest.

What is a redraw facility?

What’s the difference between a redraw facility and an offset account?

A redraw allows you to withdraw the additional payments you’ve made towards your home loan that is on top of your required minimum payments.

On the other hand, an offset account is a separate account that is linked to eligible home loans, where you can store savings to help reduce your repayments and pay off your loan sooner. An offset might be a better idea if you plan on using the money you have saved regularly.

Otherwise, if you’re not expecting any costs coming up that would require you to use extra funds, it may be worth choosing a redraw facility instead.

Things to consider

If you’re thinking about having a redraw facility attached to your home loan, it’s worth considering the below.

Withdrawing the funds will mean it will take you longer to pay off your loan.
Withdrawing your funds may cause your repayment amount to increase.
Some loans don’t have redraw options. Consider this if switching home loans.

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