• How you could save by refinancing your home loan

    How you could save by refinancing your home loan

    What is refinancing?

    Refinancing is when you pay off your existing home loan by replacing it with a new home loan with a different home loan provider, often with a lower interest rate. The new home loan may also consolidate all your other debts into the one loan.

    Should you consider refinancing?

    You may be in a better position compared to when you first took out your home loan. Has the value of your home increased? Has your income increased? Have you paid off some of your loan? Or are you simply unsure if you’re on the best deal? At the end of the day, we all want to find ways to pay off our home loan faster.

    How could refinancing help you? 

    • A lower interest rate or reduced fees could help you pay off your home loan faster or give you some extra spending money.
    • Consolidating all debts into the one loan could make your repayments easier to manage.
    • Upgrading your home loan could give you access to features that better suit your current circumstances, such as being able to make extra repayments or redraws.
    • Borrowing additional funds could help you renovate your home, invest in property, or fund a major purchase. 

    What to be aware of 

    • Refinancing often involves discharge costs and break costs that are payable when you discharge (your lender will be able to work out the total cost of discharging). These costs however, could be offset by the savings made as part of your refinanced loan. 
    • Refinancing also involves establishment costs such as Lender’s Mortgage Insurance.  Each situation is different depending on your circumstances and the loan or loans you have. Speaking to lending expert can ensure you understand all the costs involved as well as the benefits you could achieve through a refinance.
    • Consolidating your short term debt into your home loan may extend the loan term of the short term debt and could result in more interest payments over the loan term. You should obtain independent professional advice relevant to your financial circumstances.

     

     

    About the author

    • Raymond

      Raymond A Ram is the RAMbassador for RAMS Financial Group. Raymond works with the RAMS team to bring simple, helpful and expert information on home loans and savings accounts to life with his down to earth and cheeky personality. He enjoys seeing everyday Australians turn their dreams of saving for a goal or getting into a home a reality. 

      Growing up in Goulburn, NSW, Raymond was brought up with good old-fashioned Aussie values of hard work and a fair go. It soon became apparent that Raymond wasn't content for the conventional path of grazing, producing the very best wool, and finding a nice sheep to settle down with. So it wasn't long before his passion for performing and his talent as a likeable larrikin shone through - landing him a few roles such as 'RAMlet'. He was even tipped to play RAM-bo at one point but chose to become star of the small screen instead as RAMbassador for RAMS. He now finds this role so much more rewarding.

      Contact your local RAMS Home Loan Centre about your home loan options.

      Raymond A Ram
     

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    The information here is of a general nature only and is not intended to constitute financial or tax advice. You should consult your professional adviser, accountant or taxation expert for advice specific to your personal circumstances.

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