As time marches on, situations change. Perhaps you’ve changed jobs? Or there’s a new addition to the family? Maybe you would just like a better rate? Maybe it’s the advent of school fees, or perhaps the kids have flown the coop? Or maybe that leaking shower or tired kitchen has just reached the end of its life.
A shift in circumstances may mean it is time to revisit your home finances. For many, the idea of refinancing a mortgage can be daunting. Fees and fixed versus variable interest rates need to be considered.
The right refinanced loan might help you to pay off your mortgage faster and for less, clear unhealthy debt or upgrade and add value your home, all of which are steps in the right direction.
Depending on your loan, penalty fees could apply if you’re paying off your current mortgage early. But these may be offset by repayment savings when you switch home loans. We’ll walk you through any fees that could apply in your circumstances.
There are a number of fees and costs involved when buying a property. To help avoid any surprises, the list below sets out many of the usual costs:
This is one of the reasons some people refinance. The advantage is that you pay a much lower interest rate on a mortgage than for most other forms of debt – e.g. credit cards, overdraft facilities, personal loans etc. Providing you have sufficient equity in your property, you may be able to consolidate all your debt on a home loan. If you take this option though it is important to make sure you maintain your repayments of the debt that you consolidate at their current level, or you could easily end up paying more over a longer period of time. Speak with us today to discuss your personal needs.
Now is always a great time to shop around or check that you have the right loan for your needs. We’re a great starting point. It will depend what interest rate you’re currently paying, what type of home loan you have (e.g. fixed, variable, interest only, line of credit) and what features you want in your loan. We can quickly explain your options.
Most lenders offer flexible repayment options to suit your pay cycle. Aim for weekly or fortnightly repayments, instead of monthly, as you will make more payments in a year, which will shave dollars and time off your loan.
Our guides to loan types and features will help you learn about the main options available. There are hundreds of different home loans available, so talk to us today.
We’re all unique when it comes to our finances and borrowing needs. Get an estimate on how much you may be able to borrow (subject to satisfying legal and lender requirements) with our selection of calculators. Or contact us today, we can help with calculations based on your circumstances.