Can I get cash out?

Cash out is when you release the equity from your home using a home equity loan.

  • You can borrow up to 80% of the value of your property if you can provide a stated purpose (no evidence required).
  • You can release up to 90% of the property value with evidence of the use of the funds.
  • There is no limit on the amount that can be released.

Please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and we’ll work out which lender can assist you with your plans.

Home equity calculator

You can use the calculator below to calculate how much you can cash out.

Your property value:


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Disclaimer: This calculator is to be used as a guide to help you better understand your options. We have not assessed what options are suitable for your needs or if you meet other lending criteria that would allow you to access your equity. Any repayments quoted above are calculated using your current home loan balance over a term of 30 years. We strongly recommend that you make additional repayments and pay your loan off sooner. If you borrow over 80% of the property value then you may pay an LMI premium.

What is cash out?

Any home loan which has the funds released to you directly is considered to be cash out by the banks. Some banks will decline your application due to the amount of equity being released and what your intentions are.

Some examples are:

  • Minor cosmetic renovations.
  • Debt consolidation.
  • Investment in shares.
  • Releasing equity to use as a deposit on your next property.
  • Buying a business or for investment in your business.

Whereas other types of loans aren’t considered to be cash out, and so are not subject to restrictions:

  • Construction loans.
  • Funds to purchase a specific property with a signed contract as evidence.
  • Refinancing an existing home loan.

How much cash out is acceptable?

Most lenders require evidence of the purpose of the loan if you’re releasing more than $10,000 to $50,000 as cash out. This requirement is particularly strict for people seeking a low doc loan.

Our best lenders only require you to disclose the purpose of your loan, but you don’t have to provide evidence!

How much cash out can I release?

One of our lenders will allow you to release up to 90% of the value of your home, up to a maximum of $800,000 or up to 80% of the value of your home up to $1,000,000.

For example, if your home is worth $1.25 million then you may be entitled to borrow $1 million.

These funds can be released as either a Line of Credit, into an offset account or into your bank account to use as you see fit.

Why is "cash out" so risky?

When your equity loan is advanced by the bank, a large lump sum of money is released directly into your bank account or into a line of credit for you to use later.

Once this has been done, the banks no longer have any control over how you use those funds.

Banks are concerned that you won’t use the funds according to your intended purpose. Some people may use the money to make the loan repayments because they’re living beyond their means.

Can I release equity for investment purposes?

The most common reason that people apply for an equity loan is to use the funds to invest in property or shares. This is one of our specialities!

We can recommend you a specific loan product, with no cash out restrictions and the features you need to get the maximum benefit out of your investments.

Discuss your investment goals with us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online.

Our responsible lending commitment

We always endeavour to fully understand your needs and aim to offer you expert help to get the most suitable loan product available.

Our mortgage brokers are committed to responsible lending practices. We won’t help you to get a loan unless there’s a clear benefit to you, and a low risk that you’ll misuse the funds.

How can I apply for a cash out loan?

Please enquire online or dial 1300 889 743 to speak to one of our mortgage brokers who specialises in releasing cash out with a home equity loan.

  • Gabriella

    Hey, I wanted to enquire whether a cash-out for a business loan is possible or not?

  • Hi Gabriella, if you have enough equity in your property you could increase your loan to get a cash out for business purposes.

  • Fiona

    Hi, I was just wondering if my partner could release cash from his house to give to his brother to help him buy a property? If so how much is possible? The house is worth $600,000

  • Hi Fiona,
    Yes we can do this in two different ways. We can release equity usually up to 80% of the value of his property, but up to 90% in some cases. E.g. if he owes $300,000 then he could release up to $480,000 (80% of $600k) which would mean he could give his brother $180,000 to use towards his house.

    The more common method we use is a guarantor loan. This is regularly used by parents helping their children but some lenders allow it to be used by a brother.

  • Bromilow

    I want to refinance and cash out approx. $150k to use to invest in a house.

  • Hey Bromilow, please complete our free online assessment form and one of our expert mortgage brokers will contact you shortly:

  • betty

    May I please get a list of some of the lenders that you deal with or who are on your panel? I have to do some sorting and planning before I apply.

  • Hi betty,
    You can check them out on our lenders page. Here’s the link to that:

  • Elijah

    Hello. I bought a property a while back before I met my then future-wife so I would like to know if I’m allowed to add her in to the title of the property.

  • Hey Elijah,

    Yes, you can add your partner to your property title to make you the joint owners of the property but they need to have an interest or share in the property. The existing loan may also need to reflect this new ownership structure, which means that the loan may need to be refinanced. You can find out more about this here:

  • kennedy

    I need to cash out at 50% a 330 acre property that is valued at around $3 million. The properly is partially rented out so hope this won’t be a problem.

  • Hi kennedy,
    We have on our mind a few lenders that may be able to help with this but we’ll need more information to properly assess your situation and recommend the best available lenders for you. Please call 1300 889 743 and speak with one of our cash out specialists to find out your options.

  • Berynie

    I have a few credit cards and personal loans. Can I extract equity from my mortgage and get those debts consolidated into it?

  • Yes Berynie, most of the lenders allow you to consolidate your other debts in your existing home loan. You can borrow up to 80% of the value of your property if you can provide a stated purpose (no evidence required). Moreover, you can release up to 90% of the property value with evidence of the use of the funds.

  • Tina Cox

    I need to consolidate my credit cards and a small loan pay them off and have one payment my house is worth $350,000 approx. its a new house and I have no mortgage

  • Hi Tina,
    Yes this is easy to do as long as you are currently working. Note that for small loans we charge a brokerage fee as there is significant work involved. However I’ll email you with some tips. If your loan is over $200,000 then likely we wouldn’t have any fees.

  • Alex

    Equity release in the current lending condition (tighten up lending) still possible? Can the equity release be used for any investment purpose e.g. buy share? do I need to state the purpose at the time of application? how long would it take from application to fund release? up to 80% of the value of the property or of amount owing? do you need to order a valuation on my property?

  • Hi Alex,
    Yes it is still possible as long as it all makes sense. Different lenders have different requirements. Yes the funds can be used to buy shares or other investment purposes. Some lenders require evidence and others just require a stated purpose, however this varies depending on the amount that you’re after and % of the property value you are seeking.
    The time taken varies but cheap lenders tend to take four weeks. There’s more expensive options that are faster.
    Typically 80% of the property value is easy. Up to 90% is harder.
    Yes a valuation is normally required.

  • Alex

    What’re the main different features of equity loan among different lenders? Is it a good idea to cash out to the max e.g. 80% since I’m gonna submit an application anyway? this way I can always use some for other investment purposes. When you refer to ‘cheap lenders’ what did you mean? low fees? low rate? or non-bank lenders? One thing about this type of loan (offset and/or line of credit) normally they are expensive features with higher fees, aren’t they? and do you, as a broker charge any fees for this type of loan application?

  • Hi Alex,
    If you’ve got several questions it’s best to speak to one of our brokers on 1300889743 and they can give you specific recommendations for your situation.
    1. The loan features are the same for a standard loan. You can choose basic, offset or line of credit.
    2. You should generally stick to borrowing what you need. Some people manage their money well and in those cases it may be ok to have extra in case of an opportunistic investment however we tend to avoid this.
    3. When we say cheap we mean competitive interest rates and fees. The exact rates etc would depend on the loan amount, purpose, LVR and security. Interest only is significantly more expensive so more people are choosing P&I these days.
    4. We charge fees for small loans (<$300,000) or if you repay the loan in the first two years however there are exceptions. It's best to discuss with our brokers. Most customers pay no fees for our services.

  • Alex

    Sounds good. Small loans <$300k, what do you calculate this? for example, one of my investment property is value at $860k (owing $400k) which I like to cash out 80%, $288. Would this consider a small loan?
    If I use it for short term investment for example, renovation and sell, in this case the project is less than 2 years for sure. (more like 12 months) I have to pay loan exit fee, don't I? how much is the fee then?

  • Hi Alex,
    That wouldn’t be a small loan as the total loan is $688,000.
    The fee is typically 0.77% of the loan in year 1 and 0.385% of the loan amount in year 2.
    We’re just passing on the fee that the lender charges us. Some lenders have a reduced fee or only have a fee for 12 months so if you sell after a year there is no fee. Just let our brokers know and they will take this into account with their recommendation

  • Emil

    Hi, I have two questions. First, do I have to pay interest on the equity I release from my home? And can I use the equity as a deposit on another property?

  • Hi Emil,
    Yes, you will pay interest on the equity you release from your home as the amount you release will be added onto your home loan balance.
    As for your second question, yes, you can also use the equity released as a deposit to purchase another property. Ideally, you can release up to 80% of the property value without incurring LMI, any higher than that you’ll liable for LMI.

  • Brad

    Hi, my home is worth around 775000. We still have a mortgage of around 440000. Do we have enough to use the equity in our home to purchase an investment property for 410,000? We don’t have any savings.

  • Hi Brad,
    Yes, absolutely. Generally, most lenders will allow you to release up to 80% of the property value, which means you can release up to $180,000 without paying any LMI (lenders mortgage insurance). This is subject to a valuation by the lender and may require evidence or purpose of the loan to be declared.

  • Jake

    My property is worth 500k and I owe 305k. I asked my back for an equity release of 20k and they said no.
    Would a bank be more willing to lend if I was to purchase another property or conduct some renovations with the equity?
    I already have 2 investment properties, and want the equity release to buy a home, is it because I have 2 investments already that they are saying no?

  • Hi Jake,
    We can’t be sure as to the reason why your bank declined your request for a $20,000 without a full assessment. With what you’ve mentioned so far, it looks like either you may have exceeded the mortgage exposure limit of your current bank or they have determined you to be ‘reliant on rental income’. Each lender has its own limit to how much they want to lend to any one customer.. However, not all lenders have the same policy on ‘rent reliance’ and exposure limits. You can find more info here:

    Looking at your current loan to value ratio (LVR) of 61% on the property, you should be able to refinance up to 80% of the property value and access up to $95,000 without triggering Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). Please note that you can access up to 90% LVR but you’ll have to pay LMI. This is provided you meet the serviceability.

    To answer your final question, essentially, you may have to refinance your loan with a different lender. Considering the current record-low interest rate, it may be an ideal time to do so. Please give us a call on 1300 889 743 or fill in our online assessment form: to discuss your options.