Whether you are a first home buyer, looking to refinance your existing loan, looking to purchase an investment property or wanting to invest in commercial property, (unless you’re in an incredibly fortunate position) you’re going to need finance to help you achieve your goal. You could go directly to a bank to help you or you could use a mortgage broker.Read more
2021 is proving to be a record time for refinancing home loans in Australia. The ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns, resulting in more time at home together, have given people the opportunity to think and talk about their finances, with historically low interest rates being cited as major contributing factors to this trend.
The Seek Financial team have put together a short list of things to consider when thinking about refinancing your home loan, together with a few additional points to take into consideration during 2021.
UPDATE – As of November 2021, a number of lenders are increasing their fixed rates across various terms between 1 and 5 years. If you are thinking of fixing your loan, make sure you speak with your broker about how these recent changes may impact you.
When purchasing a property, refinancing or just renegotiating with your current lender, borrowers can generally decide between fixed-interest loans that maintain the same interest rate over a specific period of time, or variable-rate loans that charge interest according to market rate fluctuations. With interest rates at an all-time low, and many lender’s fixed rates significantly lower than their variable options, refinancing to a fixed rate is a very attractive option at the moment. While none of us know what the future holds, we can look at the facts and make an educated decision. Here are the ins and outs of fixed-rate loans.
For the 3rd time in five months the Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to reduce the official cash rate, this time to 0.75%, in a concentrated effort to boost the economy.
The RBA has decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1% as it continues to assess the impact of its June and July cuts. In making this decision not to drop rates again the RBA will have considered emerging evidence of an improving housing market, supported by strong auction clearance rates in Sydney and Melbourne.