So, you’ve got a home loan. You make your repayments on time and the bank leaves you alone. That’s what you want right? No fuss and no banks harassing you.
After all, the easiest way to forget about the fact you have a mortgage is to just keep plugging away on the repayments and one day you’ll pay it off. Extra payments means you will pay it off quicker and save interest in the long run. Everyone knows that…
But did you know the reason the lender leaves you alone might be because they don’t want you to remind you about a little thing called rate creep? And do you want to know why it might pay to refinance your home loan, ASAP?
Rate creep is simply when your lender slowly puts your rate up over time, due to a myriad of reasons such as “increased costs of funding to the bank”, or “wholesale market movements” etc
You’ve been with the bank for a few years and now you get a letter in the mail saying your payments have gone up. It’s annoying, but you’re not alone. Everyone else is getting the same letter…
But here’s where it gets more annoying for a lot of customers, as while this is happening that very same bank is more than likely offering a cheaper interest rate to NEW customers.
They attract the new customers with a low rate, put yours up and because of this you find that you are paying a higher rate, for the same size loan, with the same bank than someone who has no loyalty to that bank yet. Why should you bear the cost of this acquisition right?
Well, we at Fidget Money agree and that’s why we have become experts in the refinance process.
Every year we undertake annual reviews for any client who wishes for us to do so.
During this review we look at our clients’ current interest rate, loan balance and approx. property ‘s valuation. We also see whether our clients’ loan is still suitable for them and more often than not we are able to assist someone refinance to a better overall deal, saving a heap of cash in annual interest and/or YEARS off their mortgage.
YEARS off a mortgage? Yes.
People refinance for many reasons, such as releasing equity to buy something else, a renovation, debt consolidation but most people think of refinancing as a rate reduction strategy.
But at Fidget Money we like to also take a look at how much TIME our clients save on their home loan.
As an example, if you borrow $400,000 over 30 years and are paying 4% interest then your payments are $1909 per month.
For example, let’s say we can refinance your home loan to a cheaper rate of 3.5% pa.
If you continue to repay the exact same $1909 per month then your 30-year home loan just became a 27-year loan. You, my friend, just saved 3 years off your home loan with the exact same repayments!
That, in our opinion is the power in refinancing… Shaving years off a mortgage.
Fidget Money is a team of full-service mortgage brokers who hold strong relationships with 35+ Australia’s major ﬁnancial lenders. Get in touch with Fidget Money refinancing experts to see how much money and TIME you could shave off your mortgage.