Friday, April 01, 2005

Getting on Top of your Mortgage

Loan Reduction Strategies to help you pay off your Mortgage

Getting on top of your mortgage so you can pay your loan off faster and potentially save thousands of dollars on your home loan is possible with a plan and consistent effort. There are mortgage reduction strategies that you can put into place that will ensure that your loan is paid off more quickly without putting a huge strain on your current budget. The following tips are designed to help you pay off your mortgage as quickly as possible.

1. One of the most important things you can do to accelerate paying off your mortgage is to make a more frequent repayments. If you can arrange to make weekly payments as opposed to monthly payments you'll actually end up making the equivalent of 13 monthly payments each year instead of 12 therefore saving you money by reducing the term your loan. In order for this to be effective it is important that you make sure that your home loan has interest that is calculated daily. You do not want a home loan that calculates interest on an average monthly balance.

2. The second thing you should do to speed up paying off your home loan is to make extra payments whenever possible with any extra money but you might come by. For example you might use your tax return, a bonus from work, or an inheritance to make an extra lump sum payment on a loan. This will go a long way toward reducing the principal of your loan. If your loan has a redraw facility you will have the flexibility of being able to access these extra payments if necessary.

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Australian Mortgage Choices

How to Choose a Home Loan

There are basically four types of mortgage choices popular in Australia. These are fixed interest rate, standard variable rate, basic variable rate, and split rate home loans.

Fixed Interest Rate

A fixed interest rate mortgage has a fixed interest rate for a set term which is usually one to five years. When the term expires the borrower can generally roll over the loan into new fixed term loan at the current interest rate or convert to a variable rate loan. These mortgages are very popular especially when interest rates are rising because borrowers can lock into a rate. This provides peace of mind and stability. The problem is, this can also be a bad thing if interest rates fall. For example, if the fixed rate is 8% and interest rates fall to 6% the borrower is unable to take advantage of the lower interest rates and associated lower repayments. Fixed interest rate loans are typically more expensive than variable rate. The trade-off is for the security and stability provided by the fixed rate.

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