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Jessica Darnbrough

4 signs it's time for a home loan health check

By Jessica Darnbrough

It's not just the record-low cash rate which should be prompting you to review your finances and seek out the best deal. 

Blogger: Jessica Darnbrough, head of corporate affairs, Mortgage Choice

Over the past few months, many of Australia’s lenders have launched cash-back offers, refinance rebates and fee waivers to attract potential homebuyers. This, teamed with record-low rates, has caused consumer sentiment around property to improve.

But while borrowers are no doubt encouraged by rising sentiment and record-low interest rates, the fact is, rates will inevitably rise. If and when this happens, it pays to ensure you are in the right loan for your needs.

Indeed, regardless of the market conditions, it is imperative that you are in the right product – a product that is not only well-priced, but which has the appropriate features for your needs both now and into the future.

To ensure you are in the right product for your needs, it is wise to give your home loan a health check.

Your current home loan may have been the best available to you when you first entered into it – and it still may be.

However, why not make sure you are getting the most from your home loan and that you are being offered the best possible product to suit your needs?

Often, your circumstances change over the life of your loan. You may now be eligible for a greater range of products offering lower interest rates or additional facilities, which can save you money and assist you in paying off your loan quicker.

To find out whether or not there could be a better product out there for your needs, ask yourself the following:

  • Have you received a pay rise since your last loan review?
  • Did you have a single income when you secured the loan and now have access to dual income? Or vice versa?
  • Have you paid off other loans, or do you no longer have credit cards?
  • Are you paying a higher interest rate for facilities you are not using with your current home loan?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then it may be a good time for a home loan health check.

A typical example of how you can benefit from undertaking a home loan health check is your eligibility for a professional package.

If you have received a pay rise, you may now qualify for a professional package where lenders offer discounted interest rates, gold cards and home insurance discounts.

This can save you thousands of dollars and shave years off your loan. Conversely, it can help you build equity in your current loan faster, allowing you to purchase additional investment properties in the not-too-distant future.

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About the Blogger

Jessica Darnbrough

Jessica Darnbrough

With eight years experience as a journalist Jessica has written for an array of trade and consumer publications and in 2012 she was awarded Editor of the Year by Publishers Australia. Her current role sees her as a key communicator of Mortgage Choice's services and specialties, with a particular focus on Mortgage broking, Mortgage Choice Financial Planning and HelpMeChoose.com.au.

Mortgage Choice is an ASX-300 listed company that offers Australians help with all of their financial needs - from sourcing home loans, commercial loans and personal loans to assisting customers with their asset finance and financial planning needs.

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Tune in to the latest episode of Property Showcase, the podcast with the inside track on the products and businesses that will help turbocharge your portfolio, maximise returns and make your overall investment experience seamless and stress-free!

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To hear more about these services, make sure to tune in to this episode of Property Showcase!

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Will Magee has had ambitions to enter into the Australian property market for quite some time, but it has been more than just finances holding him back.  Having been granted permanent residency just two weeks ago, Will is wasting no time and is now in the process of signing papers and finding his first investment property.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Will joins host Phil Tarrant to share why he is purchasing his first property in partnership with his brother, discuss the complications that can arise from such a strategy, and unpack the ongoing plan for building a joint property portfolio with his brother.

Will will also share how they approached saving for their first property, why he is taking out the mortgage in his name exclusively, and share their savings plan for the year ahead.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Median house prices in regional Victoria outperformed that of Melbourne in the June quarter, the latest REIV figures reveal. 

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Median house prices in the regions rose 4.0 per cent to $419,500 but in Melbourne they dipped by 0.6 of a percentage point to $840,000.

The result in Melbourne was due to a 0.8 of a percentage point fall in prices achieved at auction; this was despite a lift of 2.3 per cent in private sales.

Inner Melbourne suffered due to auction prices, where median prices fell by 4.9 per cent to $1,459,000 but it was middle Melbourne that was hardest hit, with a 5.4 per cent drop to $974,500.

Outer Melbourne had a good quarter with the median rising by 0.5 of a percentage point to $681,000.

Apartment prices in regional Victoria grew by 3.7 per cent to $304,500 while the metro media was up by 0.5 of a percentage point to $604,000.

REIV President Richard Simpson said that despite fewer sales, many sectors of the market were performing well.

“2017 was a bumper year and while the trendline has flattened, despite the fall in median house prices in the June quarter, median prices are still up this calendar year for both houses and units, in Melbourne and in the regions,” Mr Simpson said. 

In particular there was been strong growth in regional centres which is probably due to the first-home buyers’ concessions said Mr Simpsons.

“The first-home buyers’ concession has been a boon for regional areas. A new entrant to the property market buying a house at the regional median will pay no stamp duty, while a first home buyer of an apartment in Melbourne at the median price would pay stamp duty of nearly $25,000,” he said.

Mr Simpson said that more prospective buyers are looking towards regional Victoria which is also having an effect in Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s outer perimeter continues to grow. Small increases in the June quarter mean that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

Mr Simpson said moving forward that vendors need more realistic expectations as the highs of 2017 are now over.

“Negative chatter about the future of the sector coupled with stronger lending controls by financial institutions has created some uncertainty and vendors need to be realistic with their price expectations,” Mr Simpson said.

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