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How to Make the Most of the Equity in Your Home or Property

As mentioned in our previous blog, owning property is one of the most effective ways of building wealth. The real value of your home lies in the equity raised and when you have raised enough equity, you have the option to access it. Here are our top ways to make the most of the equity in your home.

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What is Equity in a Home?

There are more perks to homeownership than just being your own landlord – home equity is one of them.

Owning property is widely considered to be one of the most effective ways of building wealth. Yes, the property is the asset, but the real value of your home lies in the equity raised. Equity is essentially the part of the home that you own, which increases as you pay off your home loan.

When you have raised enough equity, you have the option to access it. From renovating your property, to buying an investment to buying into the stock market – the world is your oyster, and your home equity is the pearl.

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Why Refinance Your Home Loan Now?

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.

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The Pros and Cons of a Fixed-Rate Loan

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.

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Is Your Home Loan Still Right For You? What to consider when refinancing

If this crazy year has taught us anything, it’s how life can change and chances are that since you got your home loan, interest rates have moved. Since you took out your mortgage, your life has probably changed a little too. Your income and expenses may have changed, and your financial goals could also be different.

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, possibly bringing with them a little down time, now could be the perfect opportunity to review your finances and think about your goals.

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