Home Loan FAQs and Benefits of a Home Loan

Geelong Bank is a mutual financial institution and as such is owned by its members, each one of whom is a shareholder. Yes, you must be a member of the Geelong Bank to have a loan.

Would you like to calculate how much you may be able to borrow? Use our Loan Calculator.


The biggest initial cost is the deposit. This could range from 5% to 20% of the value of the property.

Registration fees

Registration fees are payable on a property purchase and on a mortgage.

Whenever a property changes hands, the change of ownership must be recorded with the appropriate State Titles Office. A document known as a Transfer of Land must be lodged, the cost of which varies in each State/Territory. Please contact your solicitor/conveyancer who should perform this task on your behalf.

There may also be a government charge to register your mortgage document. We will pay the applicable state authority on your behalf. You will be charged at cost.

Legal Fees

Legal expenses for the average home purchase include:

  • Solicitors fees (between $500-$2000)
  • Survey and building certificate ($450)
  • Building inspection and pest report ($400-$500)

Contracts should never be exchanged until the necessary searches and inspections have been completed.

A Certificate of Title obtained from the Titles Office by your solicitor/conveyancer provides details of who owns the property and who else has an interest in it. This is a good way to research if there are any mortgages, caveats, restrictive covenants etc on the property which would affect the transfer of title.

The report completed by your building inspector will detail any building flaws, e.g. structural issues with the building or roof, damp etc. The pest report should detail any evidence of pest infestation. It will enable you to assess the cost of any required treatment.

Our preferred method is via automatic payroll deduction. However, you can arrange to make your loan repayments by direct debit from your savings or transaction account with Geelong Bank or another financial institution.

By opening a Geelong Bank Mortgage Offset Account and linking this account to your Geelong Bank Home Loan, you can use your savings to help reduce the amount of interest payable on your home loan. The balance of your Mortgage Offset Account is 100% offset against your loan balance when interest is calculated.

Here’s an example of how it works;

Geelong Bank Home Loan balance: $100,000

Geelong Bank Mortgage Offset Account balance: $ 10,000

Loan interest calculated on: $ 90,000 (home loan balance less offset account balance)

As you can see, having an Offset Account reduces the amount of interest you pay. Your savings in the Mortgage Offset Account are accessible through Phone and Internet Banking.

If you are using the loan for investment purposes, an offset account can be a better option to using a redraw facility. An investor can reduce their loan’s tax deductibility if an amount is redrawn from the loan that isn’t for investment purposes. If your loan is for investment purposes, talk to a tax adviser to work out which option is best for you.

Please Note: The minimum transaction on the Mortgage Offset account is $250.

Statements are produced monthly. Duplicate statements can be requested at any time from our office.
Account information including balances and statements are available through our internet banking services.

Your home loan must be secured by a registered mortgage over a residential owner occupied property.

Building insurance is required to be taken out equal to the amount stated in the recommendation on the property valuation.

Lenders Mortgage Insurance if applicable covers the Credit Union against a loss in the unlikely event that we have to exercise our right to sell the property due to ongoing default of loan repayments. It must not be confused with Insurance designed to cover your lending obligations in the case of sickness, accident or involuntary unemployment. To avoid LMI a deposit of 20% of the property's value is required.

By contributing any extra income to your loan, in addition to your usual repayments you are able to pay off your loan sooner and therefore potentially save thousands of dollars in interest charges.

(the earlier you pay your loan off the more money you save in interest charges)

Geelong Bank gives you the option of making extra repayments on your loan and then having the flexibility of being able to redraw on these extra repayments.