HSBC Home Loans

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations, and was the first overseas bank to be granted a banking licence in New Zealand. It offers a full suite of personal everyday banking accounts and cards, as well as mortgages.


What types of home loans does HSBC offer?

HSBC offers the following home loans:

Fixed Rate Home Loan

Features include: protect yourself against interest rate rises by splitting your loan over a number of term periods.

Floating Rate Home Loan

Features include: flexibility to make additional repayments without penalty to save on interest. Redraw of additional prepayments made (minimum $2000).

Construction Loan

Features include: during home’s construction period, loan is interest-only floating rate home loan. On completion, reverts to standard home loan.

Home Equity Loan (revolving credit)

Features include: if you put all your income and savings into the account, it effectively lowers your loan balance and reduces the amount of interest you have to pay.

Split Loan

Features include: combine up to six HSBC home loans, except Construction Loan, to get the features and benefits you want.

How do I apply for an HSBC home loan?

You can apply by phone, online or visit a branch. For more details, check out the HSBC website.

Before you start your application for a home loan, you will need evidence of your:

  • Income, including salary, dividends, rent, business profits, etc
  • Expenses, such as food, rent, bills, loan debts, insurance, etc
  • Deposit – how much cash or equity you have, including any KiwiSaver investments
  • Personal details, including a form of valid photo ID such, as your passport or driver’s licence

Canstar’s free comparison tool gives you the ability to compare HSBC home-loan products with those from other lenders in the mortgage market. For more details, just click on the button below.

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Helpful Home Loans Information

Here are the four most common types of home loans:

Fixed-rate home loan

A fixed-rate home loan has an interest rate that is set for a fixed time period, commonly between one and three years years.

The main advantage of a fixed-rate loan is that it gives you certainty of your repayments over the fixed term.

The main disadvantage of a fixed rate loan is its inflexibility; generally, large additional payments cannot be made. You’ll probably also face a break fee if you decide to switch mortgages or lenders before the end of the fixed term.

Floating-rate home loan

A floating-rate loan has an interest rate that rises and falls over the period of your home loan. This can be in response to movements in the Official Cash Rate, or due to a business decision by your financial institution.

The main advantage of a floating-rate loan is its flexibility. While you must meet your minimum repayments, you can pay off extra lump sums whenever you want to. There are also no financial penalties if you decide to switch mortgages or lenders.

A disadvantage of a floating rate loan is that your minimum repayment amount can rise or fall at any time. Floating rates are also usually higher than fixed rates.

Interest-only home loan

Instead of paying off your principal loan, plus interest repayments, you only pay off the interest fees. This type of loan is most often used by investors who intend to sell the property for capital gains.

Interest-only home loans are not recommended for standard owner-occupiers, due to the increased long-term interest costs associated with not paying off the loan principal (the original loan amount).

Generally, interest-only home loans have a short time frame (up to five years) before they revert to a standard principal and interest loan.

Line of credit home loan

A line of credit home loan is a mortgage that allows you to borrow against the equity in your home. It gives you the ability and flexibility to access a portion of the equity at any time, up to an agreed limit, in a similar way to an overdraft.

You only pay interest on any sum borrowed, usually at a variable rate, which means you can make extra payments to reduce the sum owed at any time.

Other home loan features

There are many different features that can be attached to your home loan, which can include:

  • An offset account
  • A redraw facility
  • The ability to make extra repayments
  • The ability to split the loan between fixed and variable (floating)
  • The ability to switch to a different type of loan
  • Ability to pre-pay interest
  • Online functionality
  • Lending terms, including its LVR (loan to value ratio)
  • Guarantor security availability

A summary of features that we look for in an outstanding value home loan are contained in the Methodology attached to our latest Home Loan Star Ratings.

Written by: Bruce Pitchers | Last updated: April 14, 2023