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Banks Specific Policies for Coronavirus Repayment Holiday

Hit pause on your mortgage repayments for up to 6 months

If you've been personally impacted by the Coronavirus, it helps to know what the banks policies are

If you want to know whether deferring your mortgage is a good idea, please refer to our previous post.

The big four banks are allowing customers who have been impacted by the coronavirus to hit pause on their mortgages for up to six months.

Many of the smaller lenders are also allowing deferral relief measures too, including Macquarie, for example.

Below we’ve outlined the deferral policies each of the major banks are offering customers. It’s important to note, however, that these aren’t the only hardship options available to you, so if you’d like to find out more, please get in touch.

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Commonwealth Bank

All CBA home loan customers are now eligible to defer loan repayments by up to six months. A digital registration process is available for any home loan customer wishing to defer their repayments.

Here’s a full statement on the support CBA is providing for personal customers.

Westpac

“Westpac customers who have lost their job or suffered loss of income as a result of COVID-19 should contact us for three months deferral on their home loan mortgage repayments, with extension for a further three months available after review,” the bank said in a statement.

Here’s the statement and support package details in full.

NAB

Home loan customers experiencing financial challenges will be able to pause their repayments for up to six months, with NAB checking in after three months.

For a customer with a typical home loan of $400,000, this will mean access to an additional $11,006 over six months, or $1,834 per month, NAB says.

Check out their statement for more details on their support package.

ANZ

If you’re experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19, ANZ may be able to support you by putting your home loan repayments on hold for six months, with interest capitalised (see below).

If you pause your repayments, ANZ will check in with you after three months.

ANZ have also released a statement detailing their full customer support package.

Other lenders

For other lenders, we’ve compiled a list or please check their website for more details.

An important final note

It’s important to note the above policies only state that they’ll defer your repayments – it’s likely they won’t stop interest from accruing on your home loan.

For example, as ANZ notes in their statement, home loans with repayments paused will have their “interest capitalised”.

Basically, that means your home loan amount will continue to grow while repayments are on pause, as any unpaid interest will be added to your outstanding loan balance. We’ve gone into more detail on the subject here.

With that in mind it’s worth noting there are other options you can explore to reduce your home loan repayments each month besides hitting the pause button, so please feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like to explore those avenues.

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