Offset accounts and redraw facilities work in similar ways; they both allow you to reduce the balance of your home loan, and therefore the interest charged, by applying extra money to your debt.
The mortgage industry is a wide, wondrous world with a language all of its own. One of the many acronyms bandied about is ‘LVR’, which stands for ‘loan-to-valuation ratio’. Here’s what it means.
Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is required in many instances when a loan is worth more than 80 per cent of a property’s purchase price, as well as in some other circumstances. In very basic terms, when a lender considers a loan to carry a high risk, LMI is likely payable. Here’s how you can avoid paying the costly premium.
With so many products offered by various lenders, it can be quite perplexing trying to figure out whether or not you’ve scored yourself a good deal on your home loan.
Reduce your credit card limit
Most people know that reducing their debts can increase their borrowing limit. But did you know that lowering your credit card limit can increase your borrowing capacity?
Late payments and loan defaults leave marks on a credit history that can complicate any effort to refinance or secure a loan in the future. Default can also lead to a home being repossessed and sold by the lender, so it’s very important to act quickly to avoid it.
With official interest rates trending downward, shrewd mortgage holders may take the opportunity to call their lender to ask for a better deal.
But when even a small interest rate reduction means potential savings of thousands of dollars, is a simple phone call really enough to get you there?
The Buy Now Pay Later sector is winning-over the youth demographic with the promise of instant gratification, but leading mortgage brokers are warning that with every sugar-high comes the risk of a corresponding low.
The Northern Territory Government is helping Territorians achieve the Australian dream through their new HomeBuild Access package.
Paying off your education is no reason to put off buying property.
You can remember it now: sitting in a chair at the back of the lecture theatre, chatting to your friends and ignoring the debt that each day at university was plunging you into.