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6 key questions we, as your mortgage advisers can help with.

Posted by Mark Attard on 16 April 2024
6 key questions we, as your mortgage advisers can help with.

In the wake of 13 consecutive cash rate hikes through 2022 and 2023, many aspiring homeowners and current mortgage holders are feeling uncertain.

If you have questions and eager to understand your options, BOOK NOW.

Worried about achieving your home ownership dream, perhaps you’re questioning what steps to take towards your property investment goals, or you just don’t know what the right thing to do is?

In such times, having a skilled professional by your side is invaluable. We are equipped to guide you through your property journey, amidst the current market conditions.

Here are several questions that we encourage you to ask us:

1) Why should I reach out to the team at FinancePath?

Our role extends beyond connecting you with lenders, offering insights beyond loan processing.

  • Are you a first-time buyer?
  • Interested in understanding the competitiveness of your current mortgage?
    • We can compare the market for you, assess if your current mortgage still serves your best interest, and explain if repricing or refinancing is a better option for you.
  • Want to use your equity to buy an investment property?
    • We can assist with that too.
  • Need funds for upgrades?
    • We can arrange finance for things like renovations so that you can potentially add value to your property and/or create your dream home.

2) How much am I eligible to borrow?

Your borrowing capacity is influenced by various elements, including your deposit, savings history, income, expenses, equity, and credit score.

Some banks have previously revised their lending criteria to minimise high-risk lending, impacting how much you can borrow. It’s important to speak to us to get a clear picture of your borrowing capacity.

3) Is now the right time to buy a property?

Whether you should buy now depends on your specific financial situation and goals. While some may benefit from current opportunities, others might find it better to wait.

4) Should I consider fixing my loan rate given the market conditions?

Choosing between fixed and variable rates is a personal decision, influenced by your financial goals and market outlook.

Locking in a fixed rate might seem appealing for budgeting your repayments. However, this decision should be made with a clear understanding of the terms, including potential limitations and fees for early exit.

5) How do I use my equity to buy an investment property?

If your home’s value has increased or you’ve paid down your mortgage, you might be able to refinance and use that equity to fund purchases such as an investment property.

Let’s say your house is worth $850,000 and you have $420,000 left on the mortgage. You have $430,000 in equity, which can be used for renovating your home or even securing a new car.

Banks typically let you borrow up to 80% of your home’s value, less your remaining debt, as usable equity. You may be able to borrow more if you take out Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance.

6) How does bridging finance work?

Bridging finance might be a suitable option if you’re in the process of buying a new property while awaiting the sale of your existing residence or if you need funding to build a new home while you reside in your current home.

This short-term borrowing supplements your main mortgage and is generally structured as interest-only until your property is sold and the principal can be repaid in full.

While bridging finance can provide the flexibility to purchase your next property without the need to align settlement dates precisely, it’s crucial to consider the associated costs. We can discuss whether this option is right for you, or we may suggest alternatives.

Got more questions?

It’s normal to have questions or feel a bit cautious as part of your home loan journey. But you don’t have to sort it all out on your own.

We’re here to support you and clear up any questions you’ve got. Reach out to us today on 1300 780 440.




Mark AttardAuthor:Mark Attard
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