January 07, 2015
Is your home loan keeping pace with your changing needs?
Refinancing to a new lender and/or loan could reap benefits for borrowers
All financial arrangements, ranging from a simple mobile phone contract to a more complex home loan, have elements in common: they should match your lifestyle and financial situation.
However, many people may not realise that financial contracts have ins and outs, meaning you may be able to switch products part way through your contract to find one that better suits your changing needs.
If a borrower’s financial and/or lifestyle situation has altered since taking out their home loan, they may find that refinancing to a new lender and/or loan offers a wide range of benefits, such as a lower interest rate, fewer fees and more beneficial features. It may help them to repay their loan or achieve other goals, sooner.
Mortgage Choice reminds borrowers to carefully consider the costs versus the benefits of refinancing their home loan.
Benefits of switching to a home loan that is better suited to a borrower’s current lifestyle and financial circumstances can be widespread, but careful consideration should be given to the decision.”
Making the move may involve costs, such as exit fees for existing loans and/or application fees, lenders’ mortgage insurance, stamp duty, etc. for new loans. But in some cases the savings made from reviewing a loan and replacing it with one that better matches your needs now and in the near future can be significant.
However, saving money may not be the sole reason for switching loan products but it certainly can be an incentive.
When considering refinancing to a new lender and/or loan, be sure to reflect on your short and long-term financial and lifestyle needs and weigh up the costs, risks and benefits involved.
Before delving deeper into changing your loan situation, consider the following checklist:
- Have your financial/lifestyle circumstances changed since taking out the loan?
- Are you looking for a ‘cheaper’ loan option?
- Are you looking to repay your loan sooner?
- Are you planning to have a family?
- Are you planning to renovate your property?
- Are you planning to downsize/upgrade your property?
- Are you dissatisfied with the service provided by your current lender?
- Are you considering purchasing an investment property/ies?
- Are you considering consolidating debts?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, refinancing your loan may be a worthwhile consideration.
"Borrowers who want to investigate their home loan options, and who may not have the time or know-how to research the market themselves, can call on a home loan expert,” said Dora Platakis.
“Professional mortgage brokers, such as me are across interest rate movements, new products and special discounts. I provide borrowers with the latest information on a wide range of lenders and loan products.”
Visit Dora Platakis website at www.MortgageChoice.com.au/dora.platakis or call 0413 636 645
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
03 9360 5968
This article is for general information purposes only. It has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should, before acting on the advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances.