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  • Writer's pictureColin Green

Why a Mortgage Offset Account Could Be Your Secret Financial Weapon

Finding the best home loan solution can be a challenge, especially when it comes to understanding the array of account options and tools at your disposal. One such tool is a mortgage offset account. This financial solution could be the secret weapon you need to save money on your home loan and pay it off faster. So let’s take a look at the concept of a home loan offset account and explore why it might be worth considering for your own financial journey.

someone doing finances exploring a mortgage offset account

What is a Mortgage Offset Account?

Heard of an offset account but not quite sure what it is? Let's break it down. An offset account is a savings or transaction account that is linked to your home loan. It's a partnership of sorts where the money you have in this account is used to 'offset' your mortgage balance. This means it actively decreases the amount you need to pay interest on. So, if your mortgage is $400,000 and you've got $40,000 in your offset account, the interest you're paying will only apply to $360,000 of your loan. This nifty arrangement could potentially make a significant difference to your financial wellbeing over the term of your loan. Not too shabby, right?

How Do Mortgage Offset Accounts Work?

The way a mortgage offset account works is actually really straightforward. Consider every dollar sitting in your offset account as a mini warrior battling the balance of your home loan. It effectively 'trims down' the total loan balance that's being charged interest. So the more money in your mortgage offset account, the less interest you’ll be charged. Consequently, a larger portion of your mortgage repayments is directed towards reducing the principal amount, rather than fueling the interest, which could result in faster clearance of your loan.

Additionally, it's useful to note that money in your offset account is not tied up; you can access it like any regular savings account, allowing financial flexibility whilst still saving on interest. This gives you the freedom to manage your finances while still saving on interest.

Another interesting thing to note is that some lenders allow multiple offset accounts to be linked to your mortgage. However, not all home loan products offer them - and not all lenders offer loans that can have multiple offset accounts attached to them.⁣ So working with an expert mortgage broker can really help you find the right home loan solutions for your circumstances.

The Key Benefits of a Mortgage Offset Account

So, why should you consider setting up a mortgage offset account? Well, the perks are pretty impressive.

Interest Savings

For starters, it could be a game-changer in terms of slashing the amount of interest you pay over the lifespan of your loan, possibly saving you a hefty sum. Compare the Market crunched the numbers and found having just $25,000 in an offset account over the life of a $500,000 loan (rate of 5.84%) could see you slash over $100,000 off your loan interest, and may reduce your home loan term by almost three years. This essentially means more money in your pocket and who wouldn't want that?

Pay Off Your Loan Faster

Secondly, think about crossing the mortgage finish line earlier. By reducing your interest payments, more of your hard-earned cash is put towards knocking off the principal debt, potentially enabling you to clear your home loan quicker. Imagine what you could do with those extra mortgage-free years!

Tax Efficiency

And it doesn't stop there. Unlike a savings account, where interest earned is taxable, the money in an offset account does not earn interest but saves you interest. This can be a more tax-efficient way to manage your savings.


Funds in the offset account are usually easily accessible, providing financial flexibility. You can deposit and withdraw funds as you would with a regular bank account.

In a nutshell, a mortgage offset account offers the potential for less interest, quicker loan repayment and tax-efficient savings. Not a bad trio of benefits, wouldn't you agree?

Who Can Benefit from a Mortgage Offset Account?

Mortgage offset accounts can be a useful financial ally for a variety of individuals, not just for first-time homebuyers dipping their toes into the property market. Whether you're a savvy property investor or an established homeowner, this tool can help you to better manage your mortgage repayments.

Its most powerful advantage is realised when there are substantial funds sitting in the account. If you've got a healthy amount of savings or if your account sees regular inflows (think salary or rental returns), you stand to reap more rewards from the offset arrangement. By pouring these funds into your offset account, you're effectively supercharging the interest-saving power of your money.

Remember, every dollar in your offset account is helping to reduce your home loan interest. So, if you're in a position to regularly deposit funds into a savings account, a mortgage offset account could be an excellent strategy to consider.

However, everyone's financial situation is different, and what works for one person might not work for another. Before you jump in, it’s useful to get advice from a broker who can help you consider your individual circumstances, financial goals and lifestyle needs to ensure this tool is the right fit for you.

Things to Consider Before Opening a Mortgage Offset Account

Can I use a mortgage offset account for an investment property, or only for my primary residence?

This is a common question we get asked and the simple answer is yes. However, obviously there are some caveats. It’s worth understanding that while an offset account can be particularly advantageous for investment properties as it can improve your cash flow and potentially increase the return on your investment, there may also be tax implications.

What happens to the balance in my mortgage offset account if I refinance my mortgage?

If you refinance your mortgage with the same lender, they might allow you to transfer your mortgage offset account to the new loan. However, this depends on whether the new loan product offers an offset account feature. If you switch to a different lender, depending on the terms with your new lender, you may need to open a new offset account if the feature is available.

It's important to check with both your current and new lender about how they handle offset accounts during refinancing.

What's the difference between a mortgage offset account and redraw facility?

A redraw facility allows you to make extra payments on your home loan, above your minimum required repayment, and then 'redraw' (or withdraw) these additional funds if needed. It effectively reduces the loan balance, thus reducing the interest charged, similar to the offset account. However, the money isn't held in a separate account; it's directly paying off the loan. There may be limits on how much and how often you can redraw, and there could be fees associated with redrawing funds.

Like any financial tool, a mortgage offset account isn't a one-size-fits-all solution and it's important to take a few things into account before setting one up. For starters, not all home loans come with the option of an offset account and those that do might charge you a higher interest rate or additional fees. You'll need to crunch some numbers to work out whether the amount you'll save on interest will outbalance any extra costs that come with this feature.

Also, consider your spending habits. The power of an offset account lies in the funds that sit in it. Remember, financial decisions are personal so it’s important to take a look at your individual circumstances, your financial objectives and the way you live your life.

The information in this article is general in nature and doesn’t take into account your personal circumstances or financial situation. If you’re exploring property finance options, an experienced home loan expert from CJG Finance can help you navigate the process.

We can help ensure you fully understand how the offset account works, the associated costs and the potential savings. That way, you can make an informed decision about whether this particular financial tool will serve you well on your property journey.

To find out more, contact us or call Colin at CJG Finance on: 0402 413 917 or email him:


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