With interest rates at an all time low and forecasted to go even lower in 2015, many homeowners in Mudgee are taking the opportunity to get ahead on their home loan repayments, and rightly so!
The sooner you pay off your home loan the better as it helps reduce the amount of interest you’ll pay overall, and once your home loan has been repaid you’ll have more financial freedom and peace of mind.
Sometimes small little tweaks to your repayments and the way you spend can help shave years off of your mortgage.
Below we’ve provided some ideas that could help you pay your mortgage off sooner, but we recommend seeking the advice of professionals before making any major financial changes.
Make more frequent payments – If possible, try to make your mortgage payments fortnightly instead of monthly. By doing this you can cut down on the amount of interest you end up paying over the life of your loan. Just keep in mind that not all lenders allow fortnightly payments, so check first.
Utilise lump sum payments – Received a lump sum of money from a work bonus, tax return or anywhere else? Great! This can be parked in your mortgage account to help cut years off of your repayments.
Don’t reduce payments when rates drop – It can be tempting to pay less on your repayments when interest rates fall, but if you’ve been affording the current amount then why start paying less? It might only mean that you’re paying an extra $20 or $50 a month, but every little bit towards your loan helps reduce the amount of interest you pay overall.
Use an offset savings account – An offset account helps you pay off your mortgage faster by allowing you to use the money you put into the account to offset the balance of your home loan. If you can keep a decent amount of money in your offset account, you could cut years and possibly thousands of dollars from your home loan.
Review home loan products regularly – Your financial situation changes over time, as does the mortgage products available on the market, so you should be performing regular mortgage health checks. You may find that there is a better home loan deal out there or a product better suited to your needs. Talk to mortgage providers to find out what they have to offer. Just remember that there can be penalty fees for switching home loans, so keep this in mind.
We hope that our advice can help Mudgee’s homeowners pay off their home loans faster. For those who would like to use their increased equity to help fund a new home you can find homes for sale in Mudgee at our website, professionalsmudgee.com.au.