Save Thousands with a Home Loan Refinance
Discover how refinancing your mortgage can lower your interest rates, monthly payments and help you pay off your loan faster
When it comes to managing your finances, it’s important to review your options and make sure you’re getting the best deal.
One area that many homeowners overlook is their home loan.
If you’re paying a high interest rate or have a loan that doesn’t suit your needs, it might be time to consider refinancing.
Refinancing your home loan can bring a number of benefits.
Could Help Secure Lower Interest Rates Upon Refinance:
One of the main reasons to refinance your home loan is to secure a lower interest rate.
This can significantly reduce the amount of interest you pay over the life of the loan, saving you thousands of dollars.
Even a difference of 0.5% in interest rates could save you thousands of dollars.
After having a home loan for a few years, you may find yourself paying a loyalty tax.
Existing customers are charged higher interest rates than new ones.
Consider comparing your rates to those of new customers and talking to your lender about lowering them.
Another option is to refinance your home loan to a more competitive rate with a different lender.
Additionally, you might switch to a lower interest rate when your fixed rate period ends and a high rate reverts.
When you don’t make any changes to your loan, a revert rate will automatically apply.
Lower Monthly Payments:
A lower interest rate can also lead to lower monthly payments. This can free up cash flow for other expenses or help you pay off your loan faster.
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CONVEYANCER OR SOLICITOR FEE
When buying a property, conveyancers and solicitors handle all of the legal requirements such as examining the sale agreement, conducting title investigations, and preparing paperwork requested by the lender for the closing of the transaction.
The costs associated with hiring a conveyancer or solicitor when buying a property in Australia will vary depending on the specific services provided and the location of the property.
These can include charges for drafting and reviewing contracts, searching and providing advice on title and other legal issues if any.
PROPERTY INSPECTIONS RELATED EXPENSES
When buying a house, there are several types of property inspections that may be recommended or required, each with its own associated cost.
The 3 main inspections are Building, Pest and Strata inspections.
Building and pest inspection:
This inspection assesses the condition of the property, including the structure, roof, walls, floors, and any visible signs of pests or termites.
This could cost you anywhere from $300 to $600 depending on the property.
Strata inspection report (for apartments or townhouses):
This report provides information about the condition and management of the strata scheme, such as the condition of common property, insurance, and any outstanding repairs.
The inspection could range from $200 to $500(varies).
There could be other inspections too such as Electrical, Plumbing and Pool.
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LOAN APPLICATION AND ESTABLISHMENT FEES
Lender may charge a fee to cover the cost of processing the loan application. It can vary but typically ranges from $0 to $600.
Most lenders don’t charge this fee but could vary from lender to lender.
Lender may charge a fee to cover the cost of setting up the loan, such as underwriting, preparing loan documents and processing the loan application. It can vary but usually ranging from $200 to $1000.
Lender may charge a fee to cover the cost of an independent property valuation.
This makes it easier for the lender to decide how much money to give you and if you have enough for the down payment. It can vary but typically ranges from $200 to $500.
There could be other fees as well such as Credit Report fee, Title search and title insurance fee and Mortgage registration fee.
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RENOVATION RELATED EXPENSES
When you buy a house that needs repairs or you want to change how it looks to increase its value, it’s important to have an estimate how much it could cost you.
The renovations could be:
Small changes include painting, replacing small things and fixing small holes in the walls.
Regular changes include things like changing the kitchen, floors, changing wall structure around and installing an air conditioner.
Big changes include things that change the way the house looks and the structure of the house. The cost can vary a lot depending on the type of change.
HOME AND CONTENTS INSURANCE
You might want to get Home and Content Insurance, or it could also be part of your home loan agreement (mostly home insurance).
This expense could vary depending on size, location, type of property.
Content insurance is not always necessary, but it is an option. This type of insurance covers the cost of your belongings in case they are damaged or stolen due to unexpected events like natural disasters or theft.
When you buy an apartment or unit, you will be responsible for paying ongoing costs known as strata fees.
These fees cover the maintenance and management of the building and shared areas.
The specific cost will vary depending on the location and type of building in which your property is located.