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Why even a 0.5% interest rate rise matters

Switching home loans is complicated right?


A 0.5% change in my rate doesn't matter right?

Wrong again!

The truth is that every percentage point increase in a home loan can potentially cost a homeowner tens of thousands of dollars over the life of their loan. The same goes in reverse, if there's a better rate out there, why are you paying your lender thousands more than you need to?

Your challenge: Add 0.5% onto your current rate

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Myth #1: Switching home loans is complicated

Switching your home loan has gotten a lot easier in recent years. These days loans can settle in as little as a month. Here at Lendi, we've created a streamlined process that means you can start saving sooner. To make it even easier, you can find out much you can save in as little as 30 seconds by answering a few questions here.

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Our Home Loan Specialists are here to answer all of your questions and provide free advice. Once you've chosen the right loan for your situation, you can apply completely online. That means no paperwork and no trips to the bank.

An extra 0.5% really adds up over 30 years

0.5% might seem like a small amount. It’s tiny. BUT, it could mean big savings or losses. The crux of the matter is that your home loan is a long loan. Often up to 30 years. A short loan of a few weeks, 0.5% isn’t as important. You don’t have as many repayments and there aren’t that many opportunities for interest to build up.

But since most borrowers pay their loan off over a 30 year term, 0.5% matters. Home loan interest is normally calculated daily and it compounds. If you have a home loan of 30 years, that’s 360 months and each month you might be paying a lot more than you need to be.

Learn more about reducing your monthly repayments with Lendi's comprehensive guide to home loan repayments.


Myth #2: 0.5% doesn't matter

Many people don't take much notice of small incremental interest rate rises of 0.1 here or there, but what these borrowers don't know is that they could be missing out on huge savings over the life of their loan.

Each percentage point can mean a lot of extra dollars missing from your bank account:

For example, on a loan of $400,000 a simple difference of 0.5% (dropping 4.3% to 3.8%) could mean a saving of over $41,600 over the life of a 30 year home loan. This means you could pay your loan off a lot faster.

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What next?

Shop around! If you see a better rate out there, go ahead and investigate. Do your research and find out if you can save. Remember to take any extra costs into account such as break fees and LMI.

To save time, chat to a Lendi Home Loan Specialist who can do the hard work for you. They can compare loans from nearly 40 different Australian lenders and find the right one for your specific circumstances.

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COMPARISON RATE WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the example given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. The comparison rates are based on a loan amount of $150,000 over a loan term of 25 years.
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EXAMPLE: This example is current as at 20th October 2016. A Click Loans Online Principal and Interest Loan of $150,000 over 25 years has monthly repayments of $767. This is calculated based on the interest rate of 3.69%, comparison rate of 3.69%, upfront fees of $0 and annual fees of $0.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Loan terms of between 1 Year and 40 Years are available subject to lender and credit criteria. Maximum comparison rate will not exceed 14.99% (see comparison rate warning above). Any calculations or estimated savings do not constitute an offer of credit or a credit quote and are only an estimate of what you may be able to achieve based on the accuracy of the information provided. It doesn't take into account any product features or any applicable fees. Our lending criteria and the basis upon which we assess what you can afford may change at any time without notice. Savings shown are based on user inputted data and a loan term of 30 years. All applications for credit are subject to lender credit approval criteria.
Lendi is a privately owned and operated Aussie business. Our mission is to provide Aussies with the right experience when choosing a home loan from our panel of major and non-bank lenders including Click Loans which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Auscred Pty Ltd and a related body corporate of Auscred Services, your credit assistance provider. Although Lendi compares over 1600 products from over 30 lenders, we don't cover the whole market or compare all features and there may be other features or options available to you. While Lendi is 40% owned by founders and employees, we have also been supported by some great minority shareholders including Bailador, Macquarie Bank Ltd and a number of Australian sophisticated investors. We have an independent and founder led board.
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