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Refinancing your home loan

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, fixed versus variable interest rates and monthly charges all need to be considered. The right refinanced loan could help you pay off your mortgage faster and for less, clear unhealthy debt or help you upgrade and add value your home, all of which are steps in the right direction.

But where to start? An AFG broker can help you weigh it all up.

Can I get a mortgage where I pay less than I’m paying now?
With lenders adjusting their rates outside of the reserve bank now is a great time to shop around check that you have the right loan for your needs, and an AFG broker is a great starting point. It will depend on 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.

Can I consolidate credit card or other debts into a home loan?
This is one of the reasons many 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 at their current level or you could end up paying more over a longer period of time.

How much money can I borrow?
We’re all unique when it comes to our finances and borrowing needs. Get an estimate on how much you could by contacting an AFG broker who can help with calculations based on your circumstances.

How do I choose the loan that’s right for me?
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 contact an AFG broker who can recommend the right loan(s) for you.

How often do I make home loan repayments – weekly, fortnightly or monthly?
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 can save dollars and time off your loan.

What fees/costs are involved in switching mortgages?
Penalty fees could apply if you’re paying off your current mortgage early, especially if you’re exiting a fixed home loan.  But these may be offset by repayment savings when you switch home loans.

Contact an AFG broker to discuss which fees would apply in your circumstances.

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