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Purchasing a property is a thrilling yet nerve-wracking experience, which is why it can be handy to surround yourself with a network of support and expertise. Here are the different parties who may be involved in your home-buying process and how you can use this valuable knowledge base to answer your questions.

Real estate agent

Unless you’re working with a private vendor, meeting a real estate agent is inevitable when it comes to purchasing a property. Hired by the vendor, or seller, their role is to market and communicate about the property, advise on preparing it for sale and negotiate with potential buyers.

Insurance companies

Risk management is vital in such a high-value purchase and long-term financial commitment. Insurance, including mortgage protection and property insurance, will help you avoid being hit with a major financial burden should anything not go according to plan. Many finance brokers can deal with insurance as well or will recommend an insurance broker who can.

Conveyancer

The legal aspect of a property purchase is taken care by a licensed and qualified conveyancer. If they are a solicitor, they can also provide legal advice. Their role is to prepare the documents to ensure that transfer of ownership of the property has met the legal requirements in your state or territory.

Valuer

Knowing the value of a property is a vital factor in a loan application, so a valuer can play a huge role in the home-buying process. A lender will often engage an impartial valuer to ensure that the buyer and the lender will know what loan amount may be warranted. The value is based on the property and location, as well as the current market.

Pest and building inspectors

Without the services of pest and building inspectors, a homebuyer’s worst nightmare – finding out the property they have bought requires costly renovations or pest treatment – may come true. Organising a pre-purchase inspection is essential. If the property requires structural, wiring or repair work, these inspections can stop you from making a costly mistake or, if the property is still your dream home but just needs a little work, can provide a valuable bargaining chip.

Lenders

If you need money to make your purchase, you will need a lender, whether it’s a major bank, a second-tier or non-major, or a specialist lender for more difficult funding proposals.

Finance broker

Brokers act as a liaison between you and the lender. They will find out about your finances and your property goals, and search for and negotiate a loan product that matches your needs. Not only will they do the legwork and ensure your loan is processed as smoothly as possible, but they are there to guide you throughout the entire process.

For quality service and support throughout your home-buying experience, ensure your professionals are accredited with peak national industry bodies such as the MFAA. As a Full Member of the MFAA we are held to the highest industry qualifications, experience, and ethical standards. Contact Us here at Glenavon Finance for more information.

 

How to pay off your home loan faster and save big bucks

Reducing the life of your loan isn’t difficult; there are many simple things you can do to cut years off your mortgage. Here are some tips that will help you be mortgage-free sooner than planned.

Small extra repayments

One of the most obvious ways to pay off your home loan quicker is to make extra repayments. Depositing lump sums, such as a tax return or work bonus, will always be beneficial, however it doesn’t always take large amounts or windfalls to make a substantial difference – planning for regular, small cash injections can have a great impact over the life of a loan.

Let’s say we pay an extra $50 a fortnight on a $500,000 loan, that saves you $32,000 of interest over the life of the loan which in turn will save you just over two years. That’s only $25 a week.

Switch your payment intervals

If you find that you don’t have the discipline to make extra repayments, then simply switching your payment structure can also help save years off your mortgage, as well as simplifying your finances if you are paid fortnightly.

Because there are 12 months in a year but 13 four-week cycles, by switching your payment intervals from monthly to fortnightly, you are essentially paying off an extra month per year.

Make sure you have the right type of loan

Ensuring your loan allows extra repayments without penalty will let you to make the most of bonuses or funnel small extra payments to reduce the loan principle more quickly, saving on interest immediately, while an offset account will use your savings or living expenses to reduce your principal, while still allowing you to access these funds from a transaction account.

Let’s say you have set the mortgage on your investment property as interest-only but you make the principal and interest payment equivalent by putting surplus rental income into an offset account. Because interest is calculated daily but charged monthly, any money sitting in the account will help reduce the loan.

Although you may have to pay extra fees for the offset or redraw account, these may well be lower amounts than the interest saved. Talking to a finance broker is the easiest way to work out whether this option is financially sound.

Paying off your home loan faster isn’t difficult; however, it does require financial discipline and expertise in ensuring the right loan features are in place. Contact Us if you would like us to match you to your perfect loan.

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Do you need a finance broker or a financial planner?

When taking the plunge into the world of home loans and property investment, the challenge often lies in knowing which expert to approach for help. Brokers and financial planners, although similar in their professional outlook, cater to different financial endeavours.

Brokers that deal in home loans must be qualified and licensed loan advisers with in-depth knowledge of home loans and options suitable for a range of different financial situations. They negotiate with lenders to arrange loans and help manage the process through to settlement.

 “When it comes to talking about a client’s debt structure or interest rates, or the best way to set up a loan, it’s really something that needs to be done by a mortgage broker who is qualified to give credit advice,” says Luke Mellar, a lending specialist at Shadforth Financial Group.

In contrast, financial planners assist with anticipating and managing longstanding financial outlook. They help sort through and select options for investment and insurance, with attention paid to retirement planning, estate planning and investment analysis.

“Planners take care of more of the long-term, wealth-creation strategy, as well as super and life insurance, and other sorts of wealth protection insurances,” Mellar says.

A financial planner’s work is wide-reaching and important to your long-term financial health and stability. Options relating to loans and refinancing can only be recommended by qualified brokers.

There are some situations where it would be best to include both types of financial professional. For instance, if your broker is helping you refinance your loans in order to undertake a financial investment, a financial planner can step in to help you to assess the best investment option for you.

“There is rarely a time when I am dealing with a client, just on the loan side of things, where I’m not thinking about how it fits with what the financial planner is talking about,” Mellar explains.

“In terms of whether the client’s choice is a viable investment strategy or whether it fits in with their long-term wealth goals, that’s something that we absolutely have to refer back to the planner to make sure that it fits in with their broader plan,” Mellar adds.

The answer? It depends on your situation – for loans, see a broker, for investment advice, a financial planner. Of course, your broker can always refer you to a planner if you need one.

Contact Glenavon Finance to find out how we can help you secure property or commercial finance, and ask us to recommend a financial planner we trust.

 

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When was your last home loan health check?

Circumstances can change, leaving your home loan less suitable than it was originally. A home loan health check can reveal if you’re paying too much.

What’s involved?

Your finance broker can do a full home loan health check for you either in person or over the phone. They will check if your loan is still competitive and still suited to your individual needs.

Having an expert do this for you can also take the stress out of the process for you. It is advisable to get this check done at least once a year, or if your circumstances change.

Questions to ask

Be aware of what you want checked. Think about the following when you speak to your broker:

  • Am I paying an unreasonably high interest rate?
  • Am I paying high fees?
  • Am I happy with the service I receive?
  • Does my loan give me the features I need?
  • Am I paying for features I don’t use?
  • Have my financial circumstances changed?

Benefits

A home-loan health check will generally cost you nothing and could save you thousands. Your home loan features could be improved or you could find yourself with a lower interest rate. A better payment structure could also be introduced, making your repayments more manageable.

Checking the state of your current loan could uncover the possibility of taking out additional finance, which can consolidate any other debt you may have or help you purchase an investment property.

Contact us at Glenavon Finance to organise your free no obligation home loan health check.

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When was the last time you looked closely at your loan, the progress you are making on paying it off and how it compares to others in the market? Analysing your mortgage could mean savings for you, as well as the opportunity to pay it off more quickly, invest in other assets or reach financial freedom sooner.

Make smaller payments, more often

To cut the size of your payments, make more of them. This could even see you pay off your loan faster, and therefore pay less interest overall.

If you pay your mortgage monthly, consider changing to fortnightly repayments. For example, if your mortgage equates to $2400 a month, cut this in half and pay $1200 each fortnight. As well as having more manageable payments to make, by the end of the year you will have paid off $31,200 rather than $28,800.

Pay just a little bit extra

A minimum repayment is just that – for most loans there is no reason you can’t pay more, whether here and there or regularly.

By rounding up to a full number or contributing an extra $100 or even $10, you’ll significantly reduce your mortgage. It may also be worth considering putting all bonuses, tax returns and gifts into your mortgage.

Don’t decrease repayments when interest rates fall

Even if your repayments are lowered when fees and interest rates decrease, it doesn’t mean that’s all you have to pay and, by keeping your repayments at the same level when interest rates are lower, you will pay down more of the principle with each payment and make speedy progress on your loan.

Offset it

If you can, use an offset account. A mortgage offset account is linked to your loan and the interest payable on the loan from month to month is calculated by deducting what is in your offset account from your current loan. For example, if your mortgage is $500,000 and your offset account has $10,000 in it, you will only pay interest on the remaining $490,000.

An offset account will save interest while still giving you access to your savings. It also means investors can preserve the tax deductibility of the mortgage.

Find a better deal

Ultimately, your mortgage needs to suit you and your circumstances, or you will wind up paying too much. If you think your current loan no longer matches your situation, speak to your finance broker. They will be able to find the right product for you, as well as negotiating appropriate rates on it.

Of course, it is important to make sure that your lender doesn’t charge fees for extra repayments, refinancing, or any other steps you take in an attempt to save on your loan. Your finance broker will be able to provide details and make sure you have a loan that lets you pay down your balance sooner.

If you would like to find out more about paying your mortgage off sooner contact us here – we have the expertise to make sure you aren’t paying too much and are in a loan that suits you.

24 Sep 2015

Managing A Holiday Home

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Before you take the leap into holiday-home investment, it is essential that you consider all angles. This means taking your heart out of the equation and giving thought to rental returns.

When deciding whether or not to buy a house or unit, you’d be best served to consider location first. In fact, location has a great deal to do with the success of your investment property if you will be renting it as a holiday destination.

“Sometimes people are torn between where they would prefer to holiday as opposed to looking at the logistics of what will rent better, and what niche markets they can target to provide better rental returns,” says Accom Holidays Director, Brent Pilkington.

You want to make sure that your property location matches up with market demand. Things to consider are travel time and expense, rental rates, as well as local attractions and activities.

“The best rental return properties on the coast are in busier suburbs, but often holiday rental buyers are looking at some of the peripheral suburbs that are quieter,” explains Pilkington.

“That’s when it’s ruled by their heart rather than their head, and they can end up with a property that may be popular through peak periods, but that delivers much more seasonal rent return.”

Pilkington suggests taking occasional markets into consideration too. “I think the key thing is to choose areas that are not just holiday locations. Somewhere that has other things going on besides holidays. This means that when it’s not the holiday season, there are still other reasons for people to visit the area.”

Once you’ve researched the options and decided on your holiday home you probably need advice from an expert in financing.  Contact us here to find out more.

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When taking the plunge into the world of home loans and property investment, the challenge often lies in knowing which expert to approach for help. Mortgage brokers and financial planners, although similar in their professional outlook, cater to different financial endeavours.

Mortgage brokers are qualified and must be either licensed or appointed to act as loan advisers. They have in-depth knowledge of loans and options suitable for a range of different financial situations. They negotiate with lenders to arrange loans and help manage the process through to settlement.

 “When it comes to talking about a client’s debt structure or interest rates, or the best way to set up a loan, it’s really something that needs to be done by a mortgage broker who is qualified to give credit advice,” says Luke Mellar, a lending specialist at Shadforth Financial Group.

Financial planners, meanwhile, assist with anticipating and managing longstanding financial outlook. They help sort through and select options for investment and insurance, with attention paid to retirement planning, estate planning and investment analysis.

“Planners take care of more of the long-term, wealth-creation strategy, as well as super and life insurance, and other sorts of wealth protection insurances,” Mellar says.

A financial planner’s work is wide-reaching and important to your long-term financial health and stability, options relating to loans and refinancing can only be recommended by a qualified broker authorised to do so.

There are some situations where it would be best to include both types of financial professional. For instance, if your broker is helping you refinance your loans in order to undertake a financial investment, a financial planner can step in to assess the best investment option for you.

“There is rarely a time when I am dealing with a client, just on the loan side of things, where I’m not thinking about how it fits with what the financial planner is talking about,” Mellar explains.

“In terms of whether the client’s choice is a viable investment strategy or whether it fits in with their long-term wealth goals, that’s something that we absolutely have to refer back to the planner to make sure that it fits in with their broader plan.”

The answer? It depends on your situation – for loans, see a broker, for investment advice, a financial planner. Of course, your broker can always refer you to a planner if you need one.

Contact Us to find out how we can help you secure property or commercial finance, and ask us to recommend a financial planner we trust.

01 Sep 2015

RBA Rates On Hold

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As we head into spring and Australian share markets experience some volatility following falls on the Chinese stock market last week, the Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.0 per cent during its September meeting today.
Most analysts were expecting rates to stay on hold due to the RBA’s comments after its August meeting, indicating that it would look to maintain the status quo. However there is considerable speculation that further rate cuts may be on the cards this year, possibly in October or November.
Rate cuts in February and May this year have already brought interest rates to all-time lows. This has stimulated rapid price growth in property markets, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, causing the RBA to be reluctant to cut rates further right now.
However, global market activity is causing an upward effect on the Australian dollar, further compromising our export markets. And despite encouraging improvements to employment figures, economic growth has been slower than expected and analysts agree that if these trends continue the RBA will have no choice other than to cut rates again.
Since the recent APRA tightening of lending rules surrounding property investment loans, there has been a great deal of activity on interest rates, both for owner-occupier and investment loans. This has stimulated lenders to come out with some very competitive rates, with great deals available across the board. To find out more, please get in touch. When interest rates are changing, it’s a great time for a home loan health check, so do give us a call today.
Source: www.rba.gov.au

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Getting your mortgage application together can require quite a bit of financial scrutiny. In order to figure out your serviceability, your potential lender will look deeply into your finances.

It’s a no brainer to take your credit card debts into consideration when applying for a mortgage. But what many people do not realise is that high credit card limits will not bode well for a home loan application.

If you have a high credit limit, you also have a high debt risk in the eyes of your lender. As the logic goes, there is no stopping you from boosting your credit card limit the day after your loan is approved.

“We have to take account of 3% of the total credit card limit, regardless of what the applicant owes,” says Homeloans Ltd BDM Sally Carmichael.

“If they had a $10,000 limit but they only owe $1000, we still have to assess $300 a month and that comes directly out of their liability. It does make quite a difference.”

Even if you haven’t put a cent on your credit card for the past five years, a high credit limit will negatively affect your serviceability. The best thing you can do is lower your credit limit, or cancel that credit account entirely.

“You need to pay out your credit cards and avoid having any other debt,” says Carmichael. “You need to be able to use your full amount of income.”

For those that have to pay off their credit account before dreaming of cancelling their liability, it is imperative that you pay your debt on time, according to your minimum repayments.

The first step towards finding your new home is speaking to your local licensed mortgage & finance broker to help to sort out your finances.

07 Jul 2015

Interest Rate Hold

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At its first meeting for the new financial year, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has today elected to keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.0 per cent.
The news was widely expected by analysts as the RBA waits for the economy to adjust to its rate cuts in February and May this year. With the Australian dollar already showing signs of returning to more acceptable levels, analysts are undecided whether the RBA will drop rates again this year or not. If another rate cut does occur this year, it will most likely be in November or December.
Australian property markets are traditionally slower during the winter months and this year is no exception. Auction numbers in Sydney and Melbourne are still quite high, but have eased considerably compared to May and June. Other markets have also cooled slightly, but should pick up again as spring approaches and interest rates remain at all-time lows.
The start of a new financial year is a great time to make plans and get your finances organised. Talk to us about a home-loan-health-check or your property purchasing plans for the year ahead. We’re here to help get the best rate available for you considering your personal circumstances and goals, so please give us a call today.


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