Wondering how you can start the year on the right foot financially? The answer is simple, refinance to a better rate.
Our data shows mid-December to mid-January is a peak time for Australian households refinancing to recoup the cost of Christmas and improve their position for the new year.
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“End of year spending combined with positive new year’s resolutions, drives a significant increase in the number of homeowners proactively consolidating debt and securing better interest rates to improve their position for the coming year,” says David Hyman, Lendi co-founder and managing director.
Based on an average Australian home loan of $371,100, households could save up to $162,458 over a 30-year loan by negotiating or switching lenders to get the best rate available*. That equates to $5,412 a year in repayments.
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Since June 2017, P&I rates have been considerably lower than IO rates across the board. If you can afford to switch to a P&I loan, you’ll be paying less in interest and more towards being debt-free sooner.
Consolidate your higher interest debts like credit cards, car loans and personal loans into your home loan. This can help reduce your overall repayments.
By keeping cash, such as your salary, in an offset rather than savings account you can automatically reduce the total amount you are paying interest on each month. It can save you thousands over the life of the loan.
If you are concerned about future rate rises, consider locking in part of your home loan with a fixed rate and having the remainder on a variable rate.
Before you agree to refinance, consider your ability to make repayments should rates increase by 2 to 3 per cent. Look at your budget and ask yourself whether you will still be able to live within your means.
“By negotiating a better interest rate and home loan package, homeowners could save themselves up to $5,500 by next Christmas,” says Hyman. “That’s a pretty good incentive to do some research and assess your options.”
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