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All You Need to Know About Home Loans

Most people purchase homes through bank finance. You may have a difficult time choosing a suitable home loan. Read the article below to have a better understanding of home loans and the various considerations you should make before taking a home loan. 

Determine Your Loan Appetite

Can you afford a loan? Your banker will inform you of your credit score and tell you how much you can borrow. Even with this information, you will still need to evaluate your finances to determine if you can afford the loan. For instance, can you afford to make loan repayments and maintain your current living standards? Think about your future needs, such as your kids' education, your health and your family's needs.

Types of Home Loans

Fixed-rate loans have a constant interest rate. It is unlike variable rate loans whose interest rate is determined by the cash rates set by the Reserve Bank. Split rate loans are divided into fixed and variable rates. A bridging finance loan is customised to allow you to purchase a new home before selling your old house. A line of credit mortgage enables you to draw funds from an existing mortgage. It is a suitable way to consolidate debt or conduct some home improvements. A construction loan is best suited for people that would want to build a home. The money is released to the builder in phases to ensure the project does not stall midway.

Consider Hiring a Mortgage Broker

Work with an experienced, independent, and reputable mortgage broker. Your mortgage broker must be professional. For instance, he or she must be quick to respond to your inquiries. Additionally, the broker must have a professional liability cover.

Below are a few benefits of hiring a mortgage broker. 

  • The professional will provide advice regarding interest rates, the terms and conditions of various lenders.
  • Most brokers have long term relationships with lenders. As such, they will negotiate interest rates, application fees and repayment terms on your behalf.
  • The broker will organise your documents and apply for the home loan.
  • Your mortgage broker can speed up the loan application process.  

Mortgage Refinance

Mortgage refinancing allows you to take advantage of low-interest rates and more friendly repayment terms. You could also refinance your mortgage to borrow cash on your home's equity. To qualify for mortgage refinancing, you will need to make your mortgage repayments on time to ensure a good credit score. In addition, conduct some research to know which banks have friendly repayment terms. 

When taking a home loan, determine your loan appetite, choose a suitable loan, work with a mortgage broker and consider mortgage refinancing.