Loans and interest rates are currently at the top of the daily conversations buyers and owners are having with us at Soul Property Agents.
When you check your existing loan against what else is out there, you may find worthwhile savings. Such “refinancing” works particularly well if you can add other debts into your home loan, letting you pay off a car loan or personal loan at lower home-loan rates. Make sure you don’t end up paying your debts off more slowly. Take the refinancing savings and use them to pay off your loan faster.
Lenders may promise quick service, yet take weeks to deliver your loan. Big banks can be as slow as small mortgage companies. Paperwork gets lost or delayed. In these cases, it helps to have a representative/mortgage broker who can push the lender along on your behalf, speaking to an experienced team like MIA Financial Services can really help.
“Unbelievable rates” are that way for a reason
Some lenders have been offering “honeymoon” rates as low as 3.99 per cent. But those eye-grabbing rates “revert” to a much higher standard rate after a few months and the fees can be fierce. The loan with the amazing rate may leave you paying more for years afterwards. Or it may only be available under very strict conditions – conditions you don’t want to meet.
Watch out for exit costs
Certain loans carry a hefty fee if you pay them off early. One of these products may be your best loan – so long as you know you want to keep your mortgage for many years. Ask to have all the fees and ongoing charges clearly explained, a broker like Integral Finance Solutions who you can trust, will make a huge difference on the loan you choose.
Understand how mortgages work
Taking out a home loan can seem scary, especially if it’s your first. Talking with friends and relatives will take away some of the mystery. The team at My Lending Specialist offers assistance and guidance to help you understand the home loan process.
Don’t buy features you won’t use
Many borrowers often say they want a product such as an “all-in-one” loan, which lets you bundle your salary, borrowings and savings into one account. They find that a highly featured loan perfectly suits their needs.
But beware that you will pay higher interest rates and fees for all those features. After talking with lending experts The Finance Collective, some customers decide they don’t need as many expensive features as they thought they did. Whether you use a broker or your existing bank, ask yourself: “what am I really going to use?”