Four key tips for helping you make the big home loan switch

There’s no better time than now to find a better deal on your home loan and we’ve observed the sharp rise in homeowners seeking to explore refinancing options since the beginning of the global pandemic.

And there’s good reason we’re seeing more and more mortgage holders seeking a better deal. With the total number of home loan customers who switched providers jumping by 27 per cent – from 143,664 in 2019 to 182,016 in 2020.

More than 200,000 Australian families are tipped to make the switch in 2021. But making the switch isn’t foolproof and there are common mistakes people make.

Laura Higgins, Senior Executive Leader Consumer Insights and Communication at ASIC, recently shared some important tips with ABC radio, which we’ve compiled for you below as well as some additional advice for good measure.

  1. GET A BETTER DEAL WITH YOUR CURRENT LENDER

When it comes to the big banks and home loans, it’s often the case that customer loyalty goes largely unrewarded. RBA data tells us that for loans written four years ago, borrowers were charged an average of 40 basis points higher interest than new loans.

So on a loan balance of $250,000, the reality is that it could cost you an additional $1,000 in interest payments each year.

“Many times, new customers are offered a better deal than existing borrowers, so if you have a home loan that is a few years old you could potentially get a better deal that saves you thousands of dollars over time,” Ms Higgins explains.

“Even if you’re happy with your current lender, it’s worth checking you’re not paying for features or add-ons you’re not using.”

  1. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP

Cashback offers and super low interest rates are just two ways lenders are enticing new customers to make the switch, which means you need to do your homework first to ensure you’re truly getting the best deal.

Glittery incentives are designed to entice customers to switch mortgages quickly, but Ms Higgins urges borrowers to look closely and weigh up the long-term costs.

“For example, it’s worth doing the maths to ensure a cashback offer still puts you ahead over the long-term when considered against other aspects of the loan, like interest rates and fees. If you decide to switch lenders, you may end up with a longer-term loan,” she said.

It’s vital to check whether you’re up for any other costs such as Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) or discharge and loan arrangement fees, which can sometimes outweigh the benefit of having a lower interest rate.

“A mortgage broker can also help you compare loans and decide whether to switch,” Ms Higgins adds. 

  1. OFFSET BUT DON’T FORGET

If you’ve been lucky enough to put some savings away and are now eyeing off low interest rates, perhaps it’s wise to try and pay off your mortgage sooner rather than later.

And as Ms Higgins notes, “Interest rates may be low now, but probably won’t be this low forever. Making some extra repayments now can benefit customers in the long term.”

But if you’re not quite in that position and are worried about tying up all your funds in your home loan, perhaps consider switching to a mortgage redraw facility or offset account, which can help you to make extra repayments but still withdraw them if you need to.

“Either of these options might work for you depending on your goals,” Ms Higgins adds.

“Not all home loans can be linked to an offset account, and often those that can may have a fee charged or a slightly higher interest rate, so it’s worth making sure you’d be saving enough in there to warrant any extra costs.”

  1. TO FIX OR NOT TO FIX IS NOT THE ONLY QUESTION

One of the most common big questions we field relates to whether you should consider a fixed home loan rate or not, however it’s good to know there is another option available.

The good news is that you can also choose to fix the rate for a part of your mortgage, but not all of it. Doing this allows you to lock in a low rate for a portion of your home loan, while also taking advantage of some wriggle room a variable rate can offer, including being able to make extensive additional payments.

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?

Now really is the time to get on top of your refinancing options and see how your loans can work for you, instead of you working for them – now and well into the future.  We would love to go over home loan refinancing options with you, whether that be renegotiating with your current lender or exploring your options elsewhere.

Bar raised for borrowers: tougher home loan serviceability tests

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) will increase the minimum interest rate buffer it expects banks to use when assessing the serviceability of home loan applications from 2.5% to 3% from the end of October.

This means that banks will have to test whether new borrowers would still be able to afford their mortgage repayments if home loan interest rates rose to be 3% above their current rate.

APRA estimates the 50 basis points increase in the buffer will reduce maximum borrowing capacity for the typical borrower by around 5%.

“The buffer provides an important contingency for rises in interest rates over the life of the loan, as well as for any unforeseen changes in a borrower’s income or expenses,” APRA Chair Wayne Byres wrote in a letter to the banks.

 

Why is APRA increasing the buffer?

This move doesn’t come out of the blue. Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg flagged tougher lending standards a week prior following a meeting with the Council of Financial Regulators.

And it’s due to a combination of factors.

Firstly, interest rates are at record-low levels, and secondly, the cost of the typical Australian home has increased more than 18% over the past year – the fastest annual pace of growth since the late 1980s.

That combination has made financial regulators a little worried that some homebuyers are starting to stretch themselves too thin and borrow more debt than they can safely afford.

Mr Byres adds that 22% of loans approved in the June quarter were more than six times the borrowers’ annual income. That’s up from 16% a year prior.

As such, APRA did consider limiting high debt-to-income borrowing but believed it would be more operationally complex to deploy consistently.

“And it may lead to higher interest rates for some borrowers as lenders effectively seek to ration credit to this cohort,” APRA adds, but it doesn’t rule out limiting high debt-to-income borrowing in the future.

 

Which borrowers are most likely to be impacted?

The increase in the interest rate buffer will apply to all new borrowers.

However, the impact is likely to be greater for investors than owner-occupiers, according to APRA.

“This is because, on average, investors tend to borrow at higher levels of leverage and may have other existing debts (to which the buffer would also be applied),” APRA adds.

“On the other hand, first home buyers tend to be under-represented as a share of borrowers borrowing a high multiple of their income as they tend to be more constrained by the size of their deposit.”

 

What could this mean for your home loan borrowing hopes?

If you’re worried about how this latest announcement from APRA could impact your upcoming application for a home loan, then get in touch today.

We can apply APRA’s new loan serviceability tests to your personal circumstances to help you determine your borrowing capacity and focus your house hunting.

 

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

The importance of being ready for interest rate hikes

How well prepared are you for a rise in interest rates? While that may seem like an odd prospect for many of us after 18 consecutive cash rate cuts from the RBA, we always need to be prepared.

And when the big banks start showing signs, it’s time to consider what that might look like for you in a practical, month-to-month sense.

What would an interest rate rise look like for you and how much extra would a new mortgage holder expect to pay each month? 

RATE RISE PREDICTION:

While the RBA’s official position has been that it doesn’t expect to lift the lid on the cash rate until 2024, and this month held the rate at 0.10 per cent, there’s healthy speculation that the next rise in rates could arrive as early as 2022.

Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank have earmarked the period between late 2022 and early 2023 as a likely time when rates may start to spring up, with the official cash rate predicted to hit 1.25 per cent in the third quarter of 2023 and peaking in 2024.

Meanwhile, NAB increased its two, three and four-year fixed rates by up to 0.10 per cent for owner-occupiers paying principal and interest.

Banks have the ability to increase fixed rates as a method of heading off potential RBA rate hikes. In overall terms, this means that the shorter the length of term of the fixed rate that is increased, the sooner a bank is expecting the next increase in rates will be.

Generally, the shorter the term of the fixed-rate that’s increased (ie. if two-year fixed rates are raised), the sooner a bank may predict the next rate hike will be. And with economists at the big banks seeing that future in their crystal balls, how should you be planning to make the most of it and how much extra money should you be factoring into your monthly mortgage repayments if the official cash rate starts to rise?

THE HIP-POCKET IMPACT:

You’d have to cast your mind back to 2019 to find the last time that the RBA cash rate target was at 1.25 per cent. Although it wasn’t that long ago, it seems like a completely different world – before the global COVID pandemic appeared like an unwanted neighbour at a backyard barbeque.

So, just how much extra should the average mortgage holder expect to pay?

Modelling provided by Canstar showed that the average variable mortgage rate would jump from 3.21 to 4.36 per cent, based on the current gap between the two rates.

In plain English terms, this means that if you took out a $500,000 loan tomorrow, and the cash rate hit 1.25 per cent in 2024, the modelling estimates your monthly repayments would increase $300 to $2464 per month. Commonwealth Bank’s modelling covers a similar scenario, with repayments up $324 per month.

That’s despite shrinking your remaining loan balance to $468,770 after three years of repayments, and assuming the banks only add on the cash rate increase – and not any extra. On top of that, there’s also the possibility that even more waves of RBA cash rate increases could soon follow.

So if the average variable loan rate increased to 7.04 per cent in 2031, where it was not that long ago back in 2011, Canstar estimates that same borrower who took out a $500,000 loan would pay $900 more in monthly repayments than they do now, even after a full decade’s worth of repayments.

TAKE OUT THE GUESSWORK:

Every household is different, in unique situations and you can’t take a one-size fits all approach. Let us run you through your options and help you find the right mortgage option for you.

It may be difficult to imagine that interest rates could rise from the relaxed position of the current record low cash rate, however it’s vital to pay close attention. We had 18 cash rate reductions before the RBA increased the cash rate to 4.75 per cent back in November 2010.

It pays to look ahead, if you’re worried about what such a scenario could mean for you and your home budget in the coming years, get in touch with us today and we can run you through a number of options that include (but are not limited to) fixing your interest rate for two, three, four or five years, or just fixing part of your mortgage (but not all of it).

Top 5 property investor trends for 2021-22

The 2021 PIPA Property Investor Sentiment Survey, which gathered insights from 800 property investors across the country in August, found more than 76% of investors believed property prices in their state or territory would increase over the next 12 months.

That’s up strongly from 41% this time last year when COVID-19 had some investors a touch nervous.

“When we think back to last year, which was a time of much fear and uncertainty, it’s clear that property investors and the market, in general, has weathered that turbulent period better than anyone dared to hope,” said PIPA Chairman Peter Koulizos. Here are the top five trends the PIPA survey identified.

 

1. Most investors believe it’s a good time to invest

This year’s survey found that nearly 62% of investors believe that now is a good time to invest in residential property, which is a tad down from 67% in 2020.

PIPA says that the dip in confidence may be due to the high property price growth this year as well as significant lockdowns taking place at the time of the survey.

 

2. The sunshine state looks to be the property hotspot

This year’s survey produced the biggest ever margin when it came to the location investors believe offers the best potential over the next year.

“A staggering 58% believe the sunshine state [Queensland] offers the best property investment prospects over the next year – up from 36% last year,” Mr Koulizos says.

New South Wales came a distant second at 16% (down from 21%), and Victoria was third at 10% (significantly down from 27%).

Brisbane also beat its capital city counterparts, with 54% of investors believing it has the rosiest outlook.

Mr Koulizos says the boost could be to do with Brisbane being named host of the 2032 Olympic Games and significant upcoming infrastructure spending.

“All of these factors, as well as the affordability of property in southeast Queensland and strong interstate migration, are some of the reasons why investors are so optimistic about market conditions there,” he adds.

 

3. Regional and coastal markets continue to grow in demand

While investors still believe metropolitan markets offer the best investment prospects at nearly 50% (down from 61% in 2020), regional and coastal markets are closing the gap.

A quarter of property investors now favour regional markets (up from 22%), while 21% of survey respondents have their eye on coastal areas (up strongly from 12% last year).

 

4. Fewer investors looking to sell

The lingering impacts of the global health emergency – as well as robust price growth over the past year no doubt – mean fewer investors (59%) are looking to sell a property this year compared to last year (71%).

“Part of the reason for the uplift in property prices over the past year has been the continued low levels of supply in most locations around the nation,” Mr Koulizos notes.

“With a decrease in the number of investors indicating they intend to sell over the short-term, it seems unlikely that this boom market cycle is going to change anytime soon.”

 

5. Almost three-quarters of property investors use a mortgage broker

Just 17% of respondents secured their last investment loan directly via a bank, while 4% used a non-bank lender.

The vast majority (72%) of respondents secured their loan through a broker, a slight increase on last year’s figure of 71%.

And 72% of respondents said they’d use a broker to finance their next investment loan.

It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how far you are on your property journey – whether you’re a first home buyer, refinancer or savvy property investor – we can help you every step of the way.

So if you’re looking to add to your property portfolio, looking for a change of scene, or are keen to crack into the market, get in touch today.

 

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

Australian house prices drive to record highs but are there speed bumps ahead?

Knowing when to buy in the housing game can seem a little bit like a lottery when property prices just keep going up, but it’s important to remember that old saying ‘what goes up must come down’.

And we’re starting to see some signs of a slowdown in the market, which reached record-breaking levels in 2020. In fact, you’d have to cast your mind back to 2004, a year when Shannon Noll’s version of the classic ‘What About Me?’ was dominating the airwaves to find a time when house price growth was faster than it has recently been.

The latest data is pointing to signs that the auspicious run is starting to slow down. Looking back, it’s clear to see that while sellers collected their share, it left buyers asking themselves the same question Nollsy was pondering all those years ago.

Over the past year, home values increased by 16.1% which was the fastest pace of growth since 2004, according to CoreLogic’s latest Hedonic Home Value Index.

SLOW MOVING TRAFFIC AHEAD:

CoreLogic Research Director Tim Lawless said that while the market is still powering on (up 1.6% in July) there are signs of a slowdown.

“The monthly growth rate has been trending lower since March this year when the national index rose 2.8%,” Mr Lawless reported.

PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

There may be more bumps ahead, too, with the value of new housing loan commitments dropping 1.6% in June, the first decline in monthly lending figures in 2021, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

WHAT’S CAUSING THE TRAFFIC JAM?

Mr Lawless explains that dwelling values increasing greater in a month than incomes are rising in a year, the ‘Great Australian Dream’ of home ownership is simply moving out of reach for members of the community.

In addition, the winding back of some COVID-19 support payments, including JobKeeper and HomeBuilder, have been a factor. CoreLogic’s latest Hedonic Home Value Index report noted that the pandemic itself has been a complicating factor.

“It is likely recent COVID outbreaks and associated lockdowns have contributed to some of the loss of momentum as well, particularly from a transactional perspective in Sydney which is enduring an extended period of restrictions”  – CoreLogic’s latest Hedonic Home Value Index report

It should be noted, however, that housing values are continuing to increase substantially faster than average. In fact, according to CoreLogic, the average pace of monthly dwelling value appreciation has been just 0.4% over the past decade.

THE ROAD AHEAD:

The rapid growth rate is predicted to slow as 2021 draws to a close and affordability plays a greater factor and housing supply gradually lifts, CoreLogic reports.

“Other potential headwinds are apparent, including the possibility of tighter credit policies”.

On the other hand, demand remains strong, assisted by record-low mortgage rates and the prospect that interest rates will remain low for some time to come.

“A lift in the cash rate is likely to be at least 18 months away,” CoreLogic adds.

“The recent spate of lockdowns is likely to see Australia’s economy once again contract through the September quarter, a factor that is likely to keep rates on hold for a while longer.”

LET’S DRIVE!

With house prices having just experienced their fastest pace of growth in almost 20 years, it’s as important as ever to purchase your new home with a finance option that’s right for you.

If you’re a prospective homebuyer who wants to explore what options are available to you – including your borrowing capacity – get in touch today. We look forward to showing how we can help!

How you can simplify debt and save at the same time

If you’re like most Aussies, you’re probably paying off more than one loan.

Whether it be a mortgage, a car loan, a credit card, a personal loan – or even all four (gulp!) – keeping track of what needs to be paid and when can be difficult. 

If you add in changing interest rates and the need to make milestone purchases, you wouldn’t be the only one to find yourself, and your finances, under quite a bit of stress.

The good news is that you don’t have to don a clown suit and keep all of those loan repayments in the air, as there are solutions available to help you manage your money, and your repayments, better.

In a nutshell it’s called debt consolidation, and it has the power to take the pressure off your finances.

Debt consolidation essentially means rolling all of your existing loans into one easy-to-manage loan. Let’s take a look at some of your options:

ROLL UP, ROLL UP!

One of the most common ways to consolidate debt is to take out a new personal loan and use that to pay off your existing debts.

Importantly, the interest rate on your new personal loan must be lower than the rate on your existing debts, such as a credit card with a 17.99% interest rate. 

This will mean you pay less interest each month and you can either use the funds you save on other things or put the money back into paying the loan principal so that you pay off what you owe faster (and save more interest again!)

Another benefit is avoiding costly late payment fees many credit cards have and with just one loan to keep track of, you’ll be able to budget a lot easier and have a clearer picture of when you’ll be debt-free.

HIT A HOME RUN

Another option is to refinance your home loan to consolidate your debts, including car loans and credit cards, into your mortgage.

Mortgages offer comparatively low interest rates, so consolidating your loans in this way will reduce your monthly repayments and cut down the time and energy spent on managing multiple loans. 

It’s important to note, however, that while this option can help ease the pressure on your finances now by reducing monthly repayments, consolidating your debt through your mortgage can extend the term of your loan, which may have previously been much shorter.

This means unless you aim to make a lot of extra repayments as soon as possible, you may wind up paying a lot more interest than you bargained for.

One way to address this is to create a loan split for the debt consolidation, which enables you to pay off short-term debts within a few years, rather than over the existing long-term home loan period, which is usually 25 or 30 years.

With mortgage rates down due to the RBA’s official cash rate being at record low levels, it’s a good time to see how you can consolidate and take back control of your debt.

That’s where we come in:

Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you explore your debt consolidation and refinancing options. We’re here to make the whole process as simple and cost effective as possible.

At present, lenders are providing mortgage holders impacted by COVID-19 with a range of hardship support measures, including loan deferrals on a month-by-month basis.

Whatever your circumstances, we’re here to support you however we can through these times.

Why refinancing your home loan makes sense and saves dollars

It’s no secret that many Australian households are going through tough times against the backdrop of a global pandemic, challenging economic conditions and a rapidly rising housing market.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom – you can relieve some strain on your family budget by reducing the cost of monthly mortgage repayments and Aussies across the nation are jumping aboard this trend.

Aggressive competition among lenders and an all-time low RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) cash rate of 0.1 per cent, following six rate cuts in three years, have all been strong drivers alongside record low interest rates.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), refinanced home loans recorded an all-time high of $17.2 billion in July, a jump of 6 per cent compared to June and more than double the value of refinanced homes in July 2019.

Katherine Keenan, Head of Finance and Wealth at ABS, noted borrowers were taking advantage of the shift with the surge likely to continue as lockdowns due to COVID-19 put even more pressure on homeowners.

“Borrowers are seeking out lower interest rates, particularly for fixed-rate loans and cashback deals across a large number of major and non-major lenders,” she said.

The good news is homeowners are in a powerful position, with plenty of competition among lenders offering record-low home loan rates.

According to comparison website RateCity, the number of variable rates under 2 per cent on its database climbed from 28 to 46 in just two months.

This competition for your mortgage means homeowners can pick and choose the best loan, and even negotiate with their existing lender to get a better deal.

The ABS reports borrowers are also opting to lock in their interest rate, too, following news that lenders have begun to increase the rates on 3-5 year fixed-rate loans.

HOW TO REFINANCE THE RIGHT WAY:

One of the most common ways homeowners can get themselves a better deal is refinancing through their existing lender. 

What many don’t know is that lenders won’t automatically gift wrap and hand you their cheapest rate. 

Just as you have to negotiate with your phone or electricity provider for an updated plan, you need to ask your lender to cut your home loan rate.

If you’re not someone who is keen on negotiating, never fear, that’s where we come in. 

We understand that refinancing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and we can help you get the best deal and put dollars back in your pocket, not the lender’s.

Turning to an expert for guidance can also help you analyse whether fixed-rate loans or cashback deals would suit your situation.

They may look appealing on the surface, but if you dig a little deeper, you may find that your position calls for a more considered approach.

We can help you work through the fine print, fees and limitations that might exist within these loan options to help you determine whether a fixed, variable or split loan is better suited to your needs.

Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you save thousands of dollars in interest repayments on your mortgage.

Prime time to capitalise on home refinancing options

In times of global change and uncertainty it’s the perfect time to look at options in reducing costs related to, for most Australians, their greatest asset, the family home.

And in a hazy financial climate spurred by a world pandemic, the home has become an even more important asset to consider. It’s not just a place to eat, sleep and relax, but a private sanctuary from the outside world and, for many in the grip of lockdowns, a central working environment.

The good news is that times of uncertainty can provide a great opportunity to tweak refinancing options to your advantage. The array of social and financial changes thrust upon us recently have combined to make now a good time to crack out the calculator. 

But where do you start and what should you be looking to do to fully optimise your home loan?

PAYMENT RELIEF:

When was the last time you refinanced your home loan? Even 12 months ago, the finance and lending landscape was in a much different space and options may have drastically changed since then.

A recent RBA study found that borrowers who refinance with another lender or negotiate a better deal with their existing lender, see interest savings.

Many Australians have been significantly impacted by reduced working hours and other COVID-related factors, making it a challenge to meet monthly mortgage repayments. It may just work out that refinancing is a more suitable option than applying for a hardship variation on your loan.

DEBT CONSOLIDATION:

It’s not just your home you should factor in when looking to refinance, it can also help by consolidating your other existing debts, including credit cards, car and personal loans, by combining them into a refinanced mortgage.

This strategy means just one simple repayment to make each month which can help reduce the risk of late, forgotten payment dates and incurred penalty fees. Plus your debts will be charged at your home loan interest rate – which is usually lower than credit card rates, for example.

TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE:

Typically, having the time and capacity to look into refinancing options are the main reasons why people don’t look into refinancing earlier.

And with more and more of us spending more time at home due to the pandemic, it can be valuable to use some of the time usually taken up by social commitments to explore how you can better your financial position.

HELP IS AT HAND:

It can seem daunting at first, but looking into your refinancing options may just be the best use of time you can spend during lockdown.

 And the good news is you’re not alone. We’re here every step of the way, available to help you whenever you need and in these difficult times, we know that we need to support each other now, more than ever.

Get in touch with us today to help you navigate hardship variations, or support package options which may be available.

Are you too loyal for your own good? The banks think so

What’s the loyalty tax?

It’s this sneaky lender trick where borrowers with older mortgages are typically charged a higher interest rate than borrowers with new loans, and it was confirmed in a study by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) last year.

You see, the banks don’t think you’re paying attention, and as such, they only offer their lowest rates going to new customers in a bid to win them over.

For example, RBA June 2021 figures show the average difference in home loan interest rates between new and existing owner-occupier borrowers was 0.46%.

On an average loan size of about $400,000, that 0.46% difference on a 30-year loan means a borrower would pay an additional $37,462 in interest over the life of the loan.

That’s $1,249 per year, per household.

Athena Home Loans research estimates this costs Australian households a total of $9.1 billion per year.

 

Borrowers feeling ripped off and angry

It should come as no surprise then that 91% of borrowers want new and existing customers to receive the same rate, according to a survey of 1,000 homeowners undertaken by CoreData and commissioned by Athena.

The vast majority of those surveyed say they also feel “ripped off” (82%), “angry” (74%), and “outraged” (72%) at the opaque pricing practice.

“We know transparency is at the heart of trust. There is an enormous opportunity for those lenders with clear pricing and a simple value proposition,” says CoreData Global CEO Andrew Inwood.

 

You don’t need to feel trapped

Now, the ACCC published a report in December 2020 with several recommendations to prevent this unfair practice, but nothing much has come of it since.

Meanwhile, more than half (56%) of those surveyed in the CoreData report say they feel trapped in their current deal, while one in three people (36%) asked their lender for a drop in their interest rate but were rejected.

But with competition among lenders quite fierce right now, it’s important to know the power is in your hands.

“Rates are at an all-time low at the moment, so it’s at a crucial time when Australians need the money in their pockets, not the banks,” explains Athena CEO and Co-Founder Nathan Walsh.

Adds the RBA: ​​“Well-informed borrowers have been able to negotiate a larger discount with their existing lender, without the need to refinance their loan.”

 

There’s no loyalty tax with us

We like to reward loyalty around here. We’ll always have your back.

So, if you haven’t refinanced recently, get in touch today and we’ll work with you to help save you thousands of dollars in interest repayments.

That might involve renegotiating with your current lender, or looking around for another lender who will give you a fairer rate.

Either way, we’ll make sure your lender isn’t taking advantage of your loyalty.

 

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

Nine in 10 FHBs trust brokers to help them buy their first property

That’s because nine out of 10 first home buyers (FHBs) recently said they trust a mortgage broker to help them buy their first property.

And, unlike dentists, we’re actually allowed to show our faces!

 

So why do so many first home buyers trust mortgage brokers?

The Genworth First Home Buyer Report 2021 surveyed 2,077 prospective FHBs, and 1,008 recent FHBs – and we’re pretty chuffed with the results.

Here’s what one respondent said:

“Go and see a professional broker in person early on in the process. That way they know your situation and are able to best guide you through and help you out,” the 32-year-old recent FHB from WA said.

And he wasn’t alone.

Almost nine in 10 FHBs believe mortgage brokers help cut through the complexity in the home buying process.

The report also found a similar proportion of FHBs believe mortgage brokers provide reliable, trusted advice and information.

And finally, close to 90% of respondents said mortgage brokers provide valuable support during the home buying process.

So in a nutshell:

Trusted = tick.
Jargon busters = tick.
Reliable advice and information = tick.
Valuable support = tick.

 

How we could help you buy your first home

You might have noticed the property market has picked up over the past 12 months, to say the least.

It’s left a lot of prospective first home buyers frustrated that the suburbs they were once focusing on have moved out of their price range.

While this may be the case for a lot of people, it’s not always the case.

There are a number of federal government schemes available to FHBs, including the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme – which can allow you to buy your first home with a deposit of just 5% without paying for Lenders Mortgage Insurance.

There’s also a range of state and territory government schemes designed to give FHBs a leg up into the property market, including first home buyer grants and stamp duty concessions.

For more information, give us a call today – we’d love to discuss your situation and help you make the leap from renter to first home buyer, and get you smiling as proudly as your dentist does!

 

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