Have you already refinanced your home loan and are wondering whether you can do it again? Don’t fear — there is no limit on how many times you can refinance.
However, the process isn’t always simple and there are some guidelines to help you decide whether it’s a good idea for you. Keep reading to find out what you need to know about refinancing your home loan (again).
Theoretically, yes you can refinance your mortgage whenever you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a good move. The main consideration you should keep in mind is whether refinancing will actually be beneficial and that these benefits aren’t outweighed by the costs.
How long you should wait to refinance will depend on your needs and circumstances. If you are content with your home loan and still have a competitive interest rate, you may not need to refinance for a few years — or until your rate is no longer competitive.
On the other hand, if your interest rate is higher than it needs to be, or your financial situation has changed, it may make more sense to refinance sooner. Plus, the importance of finding a suitable lender shouldn’t be understated. A fantastic interest rate can be negated by poor communication or excessive fees from a lender.
For your average borrower, it can be smart to wait until the costs of your previous refinance have been recuperated. In general, have a look into refinancing about every 2 years. Try to keep up with interest rates to make sure you’re still getting a good deal.
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There are many instances where you should refinance your home loan. For most people, refinancing is an opportunity to save money by securing a lower interest rate. While you can attempt to negotiate a lower interest rate with your current lender, other lenders may just offer more competitive rates all around. Other times homeowners refinance are due to:
If you are unhappy with your current lender, you may consider switching to a new lender that better fits your needs.
In most circumstances, it won’t make sense to refinance if the costs of doing so outweigh the benefits. Some of the common costs associated with refinancing include:
For more information about how much refinancing could cost you, check out our article that outlines what you can expect. Remember that the costs will vary depending on your borrowing profile, home loan preferences and the lender(s) you deal with.
There may be exceptions to this where people refinance for different reasons. For example, someone experiencing a loss in income may be forced to refinance their loan to a longer repayment term in order to afford their repayments. This would lower their monthly repayments, but will cost them more in the long run, due to interest and possibly refinancing costs.
More reasons to refinance can include:
If you’ve decided that it’s time to refinance your home loan, here are the initial steps you can take:
Don't pay more than you need to.
It will be more difficult to negotiate a lower interest rate if you are a fixed interest borrower. When you sign onto a home loan with a fixed interest rate, you are guaranteeing that same rate for an agreed upon ‘fixed’ period usually between 1 and 5 years.
So, if you refinance during this fixed period, you are essentially ‘breaking’ your loan. This means that you can be charged break fees for switching home loans. Before you make the switch, get in touch with your lender to find out whether you’ll be charged break costs, how much you can expect to pay and whether there’s an alternative way to get what you want without ‘breaking’ your loan.
Homeowners with a variable interest rate are offered a lot more flexibility. Of course, the downside is that your interest rate can fluctuate with the market but can be advantageous or the opposite.
Once you’ve compared your current home loan with other loans available on the market, you can refinance entirely through our online platform. You’ll be asked to provide some information about your needs and preferences, and then you can apply for your chosen home loan online.
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The information in this post is general in nature and should not be considered personal or financial advice. You should always seek professional advice or assistance before making any financial decisions.
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