Athena… daughter of Zeus, patron of heroic endeavour, mother of wisdom and freedom, legendary loan warrior and Game-Changing Goddess of Good Stuff. She’s pretty awesome. Athena is here to transform home loans, removing the mortgage handcuffs, and arm home owners with what they need to save themselves. We’re talking serious savings in time, money and stress. Told you she was awesome.
Is Athena a bank?
We’re not a bank and act nothing like a bank. We specialise in home loans, and only home loans. We don’t do bank accounts, or credit cards, or other things banks try to sell you. We know how banks work, because we used to work for them. We’ve taken all the knowledge and removed all the bad stuff.
Is Athena a broker? Do you work with them?
Athena is not a broker either! We are a digital and direct lender – and the provider of credit. This means you aren’t handed off from a broker, to a loan originator or to someone else who services your loan. We manage the end to end experience and make sure what we promise upfront stays true right till you’ve paid off your loan. Also, we don’t use brokers to get business in the door, which is just another way that we keep our costs low, and pass the savings on to you.
How is Athena different?
Gee, where do we start! Our digital model saves us a lot of money, and we pass those savings onto our customers. We encourage, rather than penalise, people to pay their home loan off sooner. We reward you for staying with us. We have real, local people on the other end of the phone. We don’t charge you to join (we only pass on third party costs) or any on-going fees. And we can save you a significant amount of time, money and stress over the life of your loan. How do we do all that? We’re not a big bank.
Who is behind Athena?
We’re in good company. Some of our big investment backers include Macquarie Bank, Square Peg, Hostplus, Rice Warner, Apex Capital, RESIMAC Group and AirTree Ventures.
Where do you get your money from?
We’re providing industry super funds a way to access the Australian mortgage market directly and we’re the first in Australia to do it! Being a ‘non‑bank’ lender we also have access to funding at wholesale rates. Our strategic funding partner RESIMAC is underpinning our public launch.
Comparison rate information
^Comparison rate calculated on a $150,000 secured loan over a 25 year term. WARNING: Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Comparison rates for variable interest only loans are based on an initial 5 year interest only period. During an interest only period, your interest only payments will not reduce your loan balance. This may mean you pay more interest over the life of the loan.
How did we work this out?
Interest and time savings estimated for actual Athena customers who refinanced from a higher variable rate to Athena's lower variable rate and applied one or more of our home loan hacks such as: higher or more frequent principal and interest (P&I) repayments than needed or lump sum payments. All calculations assume the interest rate applies, and all repayments are made on time with no withdrawal of extra funds, for the life of the loan. We assume there are no fees, and both loans have identical loan terms remaining and repayment frequencies unless otherwise stated. Actual savings may differ from estimates.
Customer on their way to saving $39,385
• Owner Occupier P&I loan of $1,076,000 over 30 years
• Interest rate of 3.59% (Comparison Rate 3.55%^) (Old rates of 3.77%)
• Monthly repayments (same as old loan)
^Comparison rates are based on a loan of $150,000 and a term of 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Only third party fees and charges are payable.