How Much Are The Big Banks Ripping You Off For?

Banks’ Unclear Pricing Costing Frustrated Borrowers Thousands

 

mortgage broker sydneyBorrowers who don’t shop around due to the banks’ unclear pricing tactics are losing out on an average of $850 a year, an ACCC report has found.

Get a load of this: there’s this tactic that the big four banks (ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac) use that makes it “difficult” and “frustrating” for borrowers to discover their best home loan offer.

The tactic is called discretionary pricing, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has just released a scathing report on it.

So what is discretionary pricing?

The banks don’t really advertise their best home loan deals. But there are two kinds of discounts that they do offer.

The first is their “advertised discounts”, which are generally published on their website and relatively easy for borrowers to discover.

The second is “discretionary discounts”, which are much harder to find.

Discretionary discounts are offered on a case-by-case basis to individual borrowers, usually after the lender has assessed their application.

However, the criteria for discretionary discounts is generally not disclosed to borrowers.

So what’s the problem?

Basically, the banks are intentionally making it pretty damn hard and time-consuming for borrowers to obtain accurate lowest interest rate offers from multiple lenders.

In doing so, they’re hoping you’ll just get too frustrated and put the whole ‘searching around for a better deal’ thing in the too-hard-basket.

The ACCC says that’s how it was for 70% of recent borrowers from one bank – they obtained just one quote before taking out their residential mortgage.

“The lack of transparency in discretionary discounts makes it unnecessarily difficult and more costly for borrowers to discover the best price offers,” says the ACCC.

“This adversely impacts borrowers’ willingness to shop around, either for a new residential mortgage or when they are contemplating switching their existing residential mortgage to another lender. The unnecessarily high cost that prospective borrowers incur to discover price information from lenders causes inefficiency.”

How effective is this tactic?

Extremely so.

The rate of borrowers switching lenders remained extremely low last financial year.

In fact, less than 4% of borrowers with variable rate residential mortgages with the top five banks refinanced to another lender, says the ACCC.

That’s just 1 in every 25 mortgages.

(It’s also worth noting that only 11% of people got a better home loan deal from their current bank by either asking for it or being offered it.)

“The big four banks profit from the suppression of borrower incentives to shop around and lack strong incentives to make prices more transparent,” says the ACCC.

How much are these opaque tactics costing some borrowers?

In two words: A lot.

The ACCC believes an existing borrower with an average-sized residential mortgage who negotiates to pay the same interest rate as the average new borrower could initially save up to $850 a year in interest.

“This could add up to tens of thousands of dollars over the full term of their residential mortgage in net present value terms,” the ACCC adds.

So will the banks stop doing it?

Unlikely. Well, anytime soon that is. Here’s what the ACCC say about it:

“At least one Inquiry Bank appears to be aware of borrower frustration with discretionary pricing. There is little evidence of any Inquiry Bank responding to that frustration by moving away from the practice,” the ACCC says.

“More generally, the Inquiry Banks, particularly the big four banks, lack a strong incentive to reduce the cost that prospective borrowers incur to discover price information because they profit from the suppression of borrowers’ incentives to shop around.”

So what can I do about it then?

That’s the easy part. Get in touch with us to discuss your refinancing and/or renegotiating options.

By teaming up with us, not only can you save yourself the headache of having to research what each lender’s best available discount is, we will happily negotiate for it on your behalf.

So if you’re interested in potentially cutting down the amount of interest you pay each year, give us a call today.

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Mortgage stress: What it is, and how to avoid it

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You might be comfortable paying off your mortgage now, but what if things change? Here are some tips on how to avoid a mortgage stress fracture.

http://mastermortgagebrokersydney.com.au - note spelling out how to avoid mortgage stress - stress is spelled in dramatic red lettersPaying off a mortgage is one of the biggest financial challenges you and your family will ever tackle.

And it isn’t easy – mortgage repayments take up about one-quarter of a family’s income on average, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 Census.

While most families manage, what happens if your circumstances change?

An unexpected redundancy, relationship breakdown, illness or accident can dramatically impact your ability to make your payments and put you in mortgage stress.

But first, what is mortgage stress?

While there isn’t a technical definition for the term, mortgage stress is generally considered to occur when a person or family is spending 30% or more of their income on home loan repayments.

There are also a range of other criteria which would suggest you’re experience mortgage stress.

If you’re paying only the interest on your home loan, borrowing money from family, or having difficulty paying your bills, then you might be experiencing mortgage stress.

I don’t have a problem now, why worry?

It’s unwise to assume your circumstances will never change. An accident or illness can befall a person at any time, and the impact on your finances can be devastating.

An increase in interest rates can also have a significant impact on your mortgage repayments. A simple 0.25% rate hike can increase repayments on the average Australian loan ($375,000) by about $50 a month.

Over the course of a year – and with a potential of further rate hikes – this can really chew into your disposable income.

Ok, so how can I avoid it?

The smart borrower won’t wait for their circumstances to change, they’ll start planning now to make sure they can weather a storm if it hits.

Steps you can take to reduce your risk include:

Step 1: Use a mortgage calculator to see what your repayments would will look like if there was a rate increase. Would you be able to keep up?

Step 2: Review your current income and expenses, and make a new family budget. Use it to track where your money is going and where savings can be made, so you can either pay off your mortgage sooner or get by if things go awry.

Step 3: If you’re worried about your mortgage, or concerned about the impact of a future rate hike, come pay us a visit.

We can talk to you about your situation and help you make a plan to ensure a small problem doesn’t become a big one.

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Negotiating a settlement period

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In a perfect world you select a property to buy, complete with white picket fence, and the settlement goes through on the agreed date without a hitch. But as we all know, we don’t live in a perfect world.

loan broker - hands shaking across a business deskWhen you buy or sell a property you go through a ‘settlement period’, which is the time designated for the buyer to complete payment of the contract before becoming the owner of the home.

Up until the settlement goes through the home is the property of the existing owner.

And with a large home deposit at stake, you’ll want to ensure you choose the right period length.

How much time should I give myself?

Generally, settlement periods are 30, 42, 60 or 90 days.

In NSW a 42 day settlement period is the most common, but in most other places around the country it’s 60 days.

Just because it’s common, however, doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for your situation (or the seller’s).

You see, both the buyer and the seller must agree on the settlement period.

However, you may have competing motivations, so this can be tricky.

Whatever the case, just make sure you allow yourself enough time for conveyancing, bank financing approval, organising the move, undertaking requested repairs for the buyer, and negotiating settlements for your other property interests.

Also, keep in mind that if you buy the property at an auction, there will already be a settlement date indicated in the contract.

If you can’t meet that date, chat to the selling agent before signing on the dotted line to see if another date is agreeable.

You might push for a longer settlement period if:

– If you’re the seller and you’re still looking for a property to purchase
– If you’re a buyer and you haven’t yet sold your own home
– You’re selling and the buyer has requested you repair something
– If you have an upcoming event that you want to deal with first (wedding, big overseas trip, etc)
– Someone is going guarantor on the loan or you’re purchasing through a family trust
– You’re buying off the plan, as the scheme has to be registered with the titles office
– You need to save more money as a buffer (especially if you’re upgrading or will be renovating).

You might push for a shorter settlement period when:

– You’re a seller who has already found another home
– You’re a buyer who has already sold your current home and needs to move quickly
– A holiday period or big event is coming up and you’re keen to move in beforehand
– You’d like to undertake work on the property sooner rather than later
– You need cash flow.

It’s important to get right

One-in-five property settlements in Australia are delayed by about one week so it’s important to give yourself a comfortable buffer.

While each party can request a settlement extension if a delay occurs, that doesn’t mean the other party has to agree.

This is where it gets a little tricky. Each state and territory has different laws, and every contract differs.

Queensland’s laws are probably the most stringent. For example, either the buyer or the seller can terminate the contract, sue for damages, and keep/lose their deposit if the other party is not ready to buy on time.

Other states have a little bit more leeway.

In NSW and Tasmania an extra 14 days can be given, in WA and SA buyers are given three days’ grace before penalty interest applies, and in Victoria a seller can immediately start charging a tardy buyer penalty interest.

Final word

So that’s negotiating a settlement period in a nutshell.

The best news? That’s about as much negotiating as you’ll need to do. Because when it comes to negotiating a loan with a lender, we’ve got you covered.

If you’d like to find out more about our services, get in touch, we’d love to help you out.

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Under The new Rules, Why Your Next Mortgage Application Will Get Declined

Lending regulations have tightened up considerably in the last few months. So much so, it’s time to examine the 11 issues that could put the kibosh on your home loan dreams and aspirations, and some solutions on how to fix them.

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Godsend or big mistake?
The fact is, despite their rising popularity and fast convenience Payday or cash loans are definitely a huge no, no if you are looking to apply for a home loan, because any prospective lenders will get the impression that you are financially stretched and are going to be a lousy risk

Slowly but surely the Nanny state grows
With record low interest rates the demand for home loans have not been this high since before the Global Financial Crisis. However, authorities are now stepping up the pressure on lenders to reign in their previous unconstrained lending practices.

This is being done under what is known as the National Consumer Credit Protection (NCCP) act, or Responsible Lending Practices. When first initiated in 2011 there wasn’t too much fanfare about the new rules and in the main, other than a few mild policy changes, it was pretty much business as usual.

That said, in the last few months things have changed dramatically and the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) have been bringing pressure to bear on the banks to start enforcing the new rules to the letter.

Also, along with the current Royal Commission Inquiry into banking practices, the banks themselves are trying to put on a ‘Goody, Goody Two Shoes Face’ to try and convince the Inquiry and associated authorities that their bad behaviour is a thing of the past and they have now turned over a new leaf.

They now want to know what size underwear you use
Young business woman planing, writing and reviewing her finances at city park.Anybody who has made an application for a mortgage over the past few months can tell you that things have become a lot more difficult to obtain any kind of loan now that the banks have gotten serious about the new affordability lending. They are now starting to forensically focus on borrower’s income and expenses in much finer detail. Some lenders are insisting that applicants provide them with their latest bank account and credit card statements so they can ascertain how much goes in and how much goes out on a regular basis.

In other words, they will now know how much your hair cut and dry cleaning bills are.

Many would be borrowers will have to be a whole lot more savvy nowadays if they have any chance to meet these strict new requirements before making any mortgage or personal loan applications.

Financial house cleaning is now in order
In fact, most seasoned mortgage brokers will tell you that you should put your financial house in order at least 3 months in advance of submitting any kind of application. On the other hand though, depending on your chosen lender it may necessitate you do this at least 12 months in advance.

Whether you’re looking to purchase your first home, upgrade to another, downsize, refinance or buy an investment property you’re going have to ensure that your finances are in good order if you want to give yourself any kind of hope in getting any kind of home loan application approved these days.

Here are 11 issues that could scuttle any mortgage aspirations you may have and how to rectify them.

1 RECENTLY SELF-EMPLOYED
Prior to and during the financial crisis you could get loans based on what you told the bank you earned. Yes, that’s correct; they would take your word for it. Entrepreneur, self-employed, business owner and your own boss words on road signFunnily enough they earned the nickname of ‘liar loans’. All the borrower had to do was sign a self certification document declaring what their annual earnings were. I’m sure some bank staff occasionally had a good chuckle when they saw applications from occupations like a bus driver claiming to make $180,000 a year. Nonetheless, they opened a gateway for many self-employed people to purchase their own home. However, the continuing abuse of these mortgages and the global financial crisis soon put paid to these loans.

The market conditions today, show many self employed people struggling to qualify for a home loan. All main stream lenders require that self-employed individuals have had an Australian Business Number (ABN) for at least two years, have been trading profitably for at least two years, and have at least two years financials available. A couple of lenders will accept one years tax returns, but you still must have had an ABN number for two years.

That said, most lenders will also do what’s called Low Doc loans. You still will need to have held an ABN for two years, but now the lenders will rely on your trading bank statements and/or Business Activity Statements (BAS) to calculate your income.

Beyond that there are lenders who will cater to newly self-employed people if they only have had an ABN for 1 day, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. Of course, they view these loans as higher risk and they come with a premium when it comes to interest rates, fees and charges. Nonetheless, they aren’t the end of the world as they can be used as a means to an end. Meaning, you can have your cake now and refinance the loan to a better rate a little way down the track when you have the required documentation.

Self-certified loans previously offered a way for the self-employed to buy a home, but abuse of these mortgages – dubbed “liar loans” because they required no proof of income – brought about their demise during the financial crisis. The Financial Conduct Authority will officially ban self-cert mortgages in April when the mortgage market review rules come into place, but this has left some self-employed borrowers struggling to access finance.

Self-employed people finding it difficult to get traction in obtaining a home loan may well consider getting in touch with a well-seasoned mortgage broker

2 ANY MAJOR CHANGES IN LIFESTYLE CAN AFFECT YOUR ELIGIBILITY
Bankers like to see stability, it calms their ‘Risk Meter’ down no end (lol). Switching jobs or having another child at the time of a mortgage application can cause lenders to scrutinise your application a lot more closely. If you’re expecting another child lenders will increase your number of dependents immediately even though the baby isn’t quite in this world yet. That in turn will reduce your borrowing capacity. Lenders like to see stable residency and employments.

3 AVAILABLE CREDIT LIMITS OR NUMEROUS OUTSTANDING DEBTS
house and car with money on trap. debt trap conceptLenders get nervous with people who have a lot of existing outstanding debt. So, it’s a good idea to pay off as much debt as possible prior to applying for a mortgage. This will also increase the applicants borrowing capacity when existing liabilities are reduced. Another key point to observe is that lenders go on credit card limits and not the balances owed on them. Therefore, where feasible reduce your credit card limits as much as possible if those limits are affecting your borrowing capacity. You can even cancel then and reinstate them after your mortgage has closed/settled.

Always keep in mind, if you are able to present lenders with a well-managed personal financial profile the better they like you.

4 ARE YOU ON THE ELECTORAL ROLL
Electoral rolls are a handy tool that some lender use to confirm a potential customers identity. If you’re not there it can at times cause some confusion and cause you additional frustration when the lender starts to pursue you for additional ID documentation verification.

5 WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU LOOKED AT YOUR CREDIT REPORT?
It’s important to keep an eye on your credit report, regardless of how good you think it is. Equifax (formerly Veda) will send you a free copy in 10 days or overnight for a fee. Identity theft is rife these days, so don’t let yourself in for a nasty surprise the next time you go for a loan.

6 PAYDAY LOANS ARE NOT A GOOD LOOK
Payday or fast cash loans with their outrageous rates of interest give mainstream lenders cause for concern when they come across them on a borrower’s profile. It gives them cause for thought that any individual who uses them regularly is stretched financially or may be having difficulty managing g themselves monetarily.
It gives the impression that a person cannot make it from pay check to pay check and they use them as a desperate measure to get by on a day to day basis instead of having a practical back up plan if they get themselves into a situation that needs sorting.

7 KEEPING IT AFFORDABLE: DON’T OVER REACH BY BORROWING TOO MUCH
We now have a generation of borrowers who have no idea what 7 ½ – 8% interest rates on a mortgage would be like. At this stage of the game where interest ratesBeautiful luxury home exterior at night, with three car garage, driveway, grass yard, and covered porch are at record lows it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the situation and pay down a mortgage as fast as possible. Keep in mind mortgage rates won’t always be this low and when they do rise that you will be able to afford the higher repayment amount.
Use your mortgage as a stepping stone to eventually bypass the Jones’s. Start with a smaller property, a smaller mortgage and pay that down with your extra spare cash to create equity that you can use to step into a larger property.

8 COURT JUDGEMENTS, DEFAULTS AND BANKRUPTCY
These don’t preclude you from getting a home loan, nonetheless if you have experienced damaging financial circumstances that have ended you up carrying an impaired credit report then mainstream lenders won’t want to know you.

There are enterprises out there that are known as alternative lenders and they exist in the main to cater to people with impaired credit profiles. Should you find yourself in this situation we highly recommended you find a mortgage broker who specialises in this niche to guide you through the minefield of fees, charges and high interest rates.

Keep in mind though if you have a minor paid default under $1,000 on your record there is a possibility some main stream lenders will still consider you if you have a reasonable explanation for the default.

9 ARE YOU A CREDIT JUNKIE AND LEAVING TOO MANY FOOTPRINTS?
Cooked heroin on a spoon and a loaded syringe on a drug addicts tableEvery time a person applies for credit there is a listing of that credit request noted on the persons credit file. If the number of listings are low there isn’t too much to be concerned about, it may affect your credit score marginally.

That said, if you are frequently putting in applications for credit this and credit that, any credit assessor assessing your mortgage application is going to get a negative impression on how you can’t find what you want and how desperate you are.

Be careful when making financial inquiries over the phone or the internet as the person on the other end could be pulling your credit file without you even being aware of it.

If you’ve ever been declined or have concerns about the number of enquiries on your credit file, use a broker as they can sort through all the various lenders and loans to find the one you will possibly succeed with.

10 GAMBLING SITE PAYMENTS, OVERDRAWN ACCOUNTS AND OVER THE LIMIT CREDIT CARDS
Showing regular payments from your bank account or credit card statements will in most cases get you a swift decline notification as they are definitely a big ‘No-cartoon image of someone being weighed down by too much debtNo’ in this age of responsible lending. Even though payday or fast cash loans are fairly new to the lending world lenders still get nervous when they see them. If you show a prospective lender any loan or credit card statements that have late payments or over the limit notations showing on them you will in most instances get an automatic decline for your application.

11 OVERTIME, BONUSES, COMMISSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
These payments can become a bit sticky when it comes to include them to boost your borrowing capacity.

With bonuses, commissions and overtime most lenders want to see documentary evidence of the same for periods ranging from 12 – 24 months. If there’s any confusion or doubt about the payment amounts the lender will insist on an employer letter confirming the amounts and dates paid.
Additionally, when they do accept the amounts tendered they will shade the total amount by 20% and only allow 80% of those payments toward borrowing capacity purposes.

WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?
Inquire in advance to any lender or mortgaged broker as to what documentation you will need for any given lender application. Keep in mind that any bank or credit card statements you provide are going to be examined for income deposits, outgoing expenses, late payments or over the limit balances.

Examine the above information carefully so you can prepare and present any application you are planning on making it in the best light possible.

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Mortgage Joke

Australian one hundred dollar and fifty dollar note on wall. Selective focus. Concept of money's connection to building industry and infrastructure, home loans or mortgage.Most of the time the home loan industry can be a serious and sometimes frustrating business – perhaps at times even a little over the top too serious. I know Easter Friday still seems a little way off so to help ease you through the next four days, here’s a corny joke to help keep a smile on your face and in your head until 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

After all of the issues that were caused through the sub-prime loan market in the USA and the Northern Rock debacle in England, Japan has now been hit with uncertainty.

Over the last week the Origami Bank has folded, additionally the Sumo Bank went totally belly up and the Bonsai Bank is considering options on how karaoke. beauty girls with a microphone singing and dancingbest to cut a whole lot of its branches.

Yesterday, the Karaoke Bank said that they were going to put the bank up for sale and were willing to let it go for a song.

During today the Kamakazi Banks shares did a nosedive and have now been suspended.

Although they have suffered some severe cutbacks the Samurai bank are still soldiering on

Even though they took a pretty good hit the Ninja Bank are saying they still remain well into the black.

Unfortunately though, the Karate Bank had to give 500 of their staff the chop and after some extensive investigation analysts are reporting there seems to be something quite fishy happening at the Sushi Bank where staff are in all likelihood getting a very raw deal.

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Home Mortgage Tricks And Tips For Professionals And Newcomers Alike

mortgage brokerThe ability to obtain a mortgage in Australia to purchase a home, investment property or refinance an existing loan is rapidly changing. Up until recently all you had to do was fill out an application with your personal details, provide some documents that verified your income, 100% identification documents and some statements confirming the balances on any liabilities you had.

A lot of people have no idea exactly how mortgage loans function in today’s market, therefore applying for one these days can be a little bit complicated. If you want to understand everything you can about home mortgage loans, then you should check out the article content which comes next. Stay with me in to the subsequent paragraphs to discover a number of helpful ideas and items of wisdom which can help you choose a superior home loan.

They are now asking a lot more questions
Because of regulatory requirements lenders are now forced to check to see if you can really afford the loan amount you are applying for. Up until now when you applied for a mortgage you had to state what your monthly living expenses were. If the amount you stated was in line with The Henderson Poverty Index (HPI) nobody asked any questions even if you were driving a Ferrari and had 3 kids in private school on an $80,000 a year salary.

However, this has all changed and through regulatory pressures lenders are now obliged to take a lot closer look on whether you can afford the mortgage you are asking for.

How do lenders calculate your living expenses? There are two main methods that Australian lenders now use for calculating mortgage applicants living expenses: The Henderson Poverty Index (HPI) and the Household Expenditure Measure (HEM).

The HPI or Henderson Poverty Index
The HPI was the go to expense measurement for most lenders prior to the introduction of the National Consumer Credit Protection (NCCP) act. Nowadays though, it is seldom used. It wasmortgage brokers originally predicated on a survey of 1950’s families living in New York, however for Australian use it had some tweaks made to it to update it for the local market. Basically it’s an index calculated around the expenses of a family that has two adults and two kids, from that base they used fraction multipliers for various family structures to figure out what the expenses would be for different family scenarios.

The HPI and HEM are very much alike if applied to a couple with two kids under eighteen; nonetheless, the HEM isn’t as forgiving as the HPI when it comes to sole parent families and singles.

The HEM is now becoming the method of choice for nearly all lenders in Australia today, because it was created solely centered on Australian living expenditure information, and specifically because it analyses each family type separately.

The (HEM) or Household Expenditure Method
The HEM has now become the method of choice for most lenders when it comes to the two mechanisms and it has been established by using more than 600 regularly used household items from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Household Expenditure Survey or (HES). The HEM calculates the median expenditures of the absolute basics that someone would spend their money on (food of course, power bills, personal transport, tv, phones internet, clothing for the family). Added to that is a 25th percentile of all expenses for your discretionary basics, this will include spending on things like eating out, alcohol and childcare. Then there are expenses that are non essential, like holidays overseas or nationally that are left out of the calculations. Mortgage payments and/or rental expenses are also left out of the HEM.

Nevertheless, lenders will insist that loan applicants reveal any expenses they have over and above the HEM’s index. In other words they will drill down to find out exactly what you’re spending your money on and whether or not you have enough money left over to make the mortgage payments you claim you can afford.

Some lenders will even go to the lengths of asking for your latest bank account transaction and credit card statements so they can analyse precisely what your spending habits are.

How to increase your borrowing capacity
Never take on fresh financial debt and also pay back your established financial obligations conscientiously whilst waiting for your home mortgage verdict. As soon as your personal debt is reduced, you’ll be eligible for a more significant home finance loan. Should your personal debt be substantial, the loan request could be turned down. In the event you are approved, your rates of interest will probably be quite high.

You should not spend extravagantly while you wait around for acceptance. An excessive amount of spending may well put up a warning sign to your mortgage provider should they do a further credit assessment a couple of days prior to your appointed getting together. If you have to carry out any significant transactions, hold back until you have signed the settlement documents.

The importance of job security
Your employment track record needs to be comprehensive in order to be eligible for a home loan. Many financiers demand a reliable 2 year employment record so that you can be approved. If you happen to change jobs excessively, you might not be in a position to get yourself a home loan. Never ever give up your employment whenever you make application for a mortgage

Don’t hide
Should you get into difficulty making your moprtgage repayments on time continue to keep talking with the financial institution that carries your home loan in every situation. Ahead of any predicament reaching the foreclosure stage, the intelligent customer understands that it truly is worth trying to create alternative arrangements with the lender. Give them a call and consult with them concerning your problems, and find out exactly what they are able to do.

The cash you will need
Chances are your mortgage company will demand a deposit. A number of financial institutions would once say yes to mortgages with out a deposit in advance, but that’s incredibly uncommonbest mortgage broker nowadays. Prior to going forward with any application form, always ask what the deposit is likely to be.

Just before you make an attempt to find a new home loan, check to see if property values have gone down. Get a property valuation ahead of re-financing your home loan to make sure you have sufficient home equity to really make the procedure advisable.

One size does not fit all
Figure out which kind of mortgage loan you must have. There are many differing types of mortgage loans. There are various time frames, a variety of repayment plans and a varying range of loan rates. You should educate yourself on the advantages and disadvantages of each one. The ideal individual to check this out with this is your mortgage broker. The mortgage broker can easily show you all your possible choices across a full range of mortgage providers.

Lenders to avoid
Be vigilant for mortgage companies who aren’t dependable. Undesirable mortgage loan techniques can easily wind up costing you a ton of money.
Steer clear of slick talkers or loan merchants who choose to talk fairly quickly in order to try and trick you. Should the interest rates seem to be too high, be sure you do not sign-up to anything. Under no circumstances trust someone who claims your less-than-perfect credit just isn’t a problem. Last but not least, under no circumstances tell a lie on any credit application, and steer clear of any loan providers who try to advise you otherwise.

Don’t be blind to fees and charges
Make certtain that you find out what all of the mortgage loan service fees and other associated costs will be prior to you signing a home mortgage loan contract. You’ll certainly be expected to pay out settlement costs, possible commission costs along with other service fees.

Lending products with a variable rate of interest should be considered carefully. Because, as the economic climate adjusts, the interest rate of your mortgage can change at the same time and it could set you back a great deal more when it comes to interest charges. This may lead you to be unable to keep up your repayments.

When was the last time you looked at your credit report?

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A favorable credit record is essential to obtaining a favourable home loan. Find out what your credit score is. Deal with any errors against your credit report, as well as do your very best to enhance your own credit score. Consolidate all of your personal debt into just one personal loan using the most competitive interest rate you are able to get, not to mention pay it religously on time each and every month.

If need be, clean up your credit history prior to looking for a new home loan. In order to get qualified to apply for any mortgage loan in today’s world you’ll require good credit. Loan providers have to know you’ll pay your debts. Therefore before you decide to submit an application, be sure that your credit rating is nice and clean.

Look beyond the rate of interest
The rate of interest you are able to get for a home loan is very important, however it is not the sole step to take into account. There are numerous additional service fees that could vary from lender to lender, also. Take into account the charges for settlement, the mortgage type being offered, and any points. You ought to get quotes from different financial institutions before you make any final decision.

As previously mentioned, lots of people have no idea of the very first thing in relation to obtaining a mortgage loan. It isn’t too difficult if you happen to grasp the procedure. Keep in mind these helpful hints so you can be geared up whenever you make an application for for a home mortgage.

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The Correct Way To Do
A Mortgage Comparison

Defining a mortgage
how a mortgage worksA person can purchase a property immediately using a specialised form of loan which goes by the name of a mortgage. This bank loan is normally provided by banks and building societies. With the sheer number of mortgages now available, it just makes sense to review your options just before taking one. It would probably be attainable to borrow money in some alternative way to fund the purchasing of a property, but mortgages are the easiest way to do so, and have become the acknowledged standard way.

Usually, getting a home is associated with the thought of having a mortgage loan. It may be confusing and difficult to comprehend the offers you encounter. For these reasons you have to diligently compare mortgages.

Putting it all on the house
By getting a 100% mortgage, you’ll be able to fully finance your need to buy a house without the requirement of giving an agreed down payment amount. This may seem enticing at first, but it is likely that the loan provider will charge you extra in fees and the interest for their assistance, making this kind of mortgage less attractive than it may at first look.

Additionally, when the loan is much the same as the value of the property the fees for Lenders mortgage insurance can be prohibitive.

The mortgage rate of interest is possibly the major element to consider when comparing mortgage loans. The amount derived from the interest rate is an amount you’ll have to pay off aside from what you have loaned. There are two significant available choices – a principal and interest repayment mortgage and an interest only repayment mortgage. This implies that one could either pay both the interest and a portion of the capital, or maybe just pay the interest applied to the lent sum of money. Of course, an interest only mortgage will still request you to pay the capital, however not while you’re still paying for the interest. The mortgage interest rate would be a major aspect to consider when you compare mortgage loans. Interest only mortgages allows you to pay out the principal balance and also the interest in two distinct periods.

A Plethora of choices

A mortgage has lots of various types. The list contains discount mortgages, buy to let mortgages, self-certification mortgages, fixed ratemortgage word cloud mortgages, capped mortgages, and first time home buyer mortgages. It is not so easy to comprehend most of the various kinds, they can only really be understood by someone who has a great deal of experience with mortgage loans.

The first time client mortgage is certainly aimed at the 1st time buyer. Many loan providers only make it simpler for those who’re in this position to apply for and get them.

You will be able to borrow a reasonably large sum of money by having a home loan. With that in mind, you need to be sure that you’ll be having available great selection that fully suit your your needs and your ability to acquire a loan that you can comfortably pay back. This is attainable if you do a comparison of mortgages meticulously.

Major things to consider

Mortgage basics on a blackboardIt is very important to check your full options for house loans just before picking one, given that mortgage loans are quite abundant in the market. This is why evaluating mortgage loans very carefully is crucial.

You can efficiently do a comparison of mortgage loans once you get the mortgage rate of interest and any fees as a major consideration. There are many mortgage loan kinds available today like first time home buyer mortgages, low doc mortgages, rent to buy mortgages, discount mortgages, basic rate mortgages, honeymoon mortgages, fixed rate mortgages, and many more.

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Mortgage Time Bomb

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Almost one million Aussie households are
staring down a mortgage ‘time bomb’

mortgage debt spelled out on scrabble tokensAlmost one million middle-income Australian households are facing a mortgage time bomb as soaring living costs plunge families into repayment stress.

A new analysis by Digital Finance Analytics (DFA) has shown that the number of households currently in mortgage distress has risen by 20 percent in the last six months to 910,000.

At the current rate, more than one million households will be struggling to make repayments on their home loan in 2018.

Primary factors ratcheting up the stress faced by families include stagnant wage growth, living pay cheque to pay cheque and the looming threat of a rise in interest rates.

Martin North, Principal of Digital Finance Analytics, says that the risks of more middle-income families borrowing enormous loans from the banks are rising.

“Risks in the system continue to rise, and while recent strengthening of lending standards will help protect new borrowers, there are many households currently holding loans which would nothand calculator with Mortgage showing in the calculation screen now be approved,” said North.

“The number of households impacted are economically significant, especially as household debt continues to climb to new record levels. Mortgage lending is still growing at three times income.
“This is not sustainable.”

Broken down by region, NSW had the most households in stress with 238.703, followed by Victoria with 250,259, Queensland with 162,726 and WA with 121,393.

Households are defined as being “stressed” when their net income does not cover ongoing costs, including repayments on their home loans.

Households that have a tight budget but manage to make ends meet are defined as being “mildly stressed”, and those who are unable to make a mortgage repayment within the next 30 days are defined as being “severely stressed”.

word cloud with debt as the central wordNine Network’s Finance Editor Ross Greenwood said that it’s “pretty obvious” why families are struggling.
“Families are struggling with rising costs. Rising health insurance premiums, rising electricity bills and on top of that, many families have taken on very big mortgages,” said Greenwood.

“Now if their wages aren’t growing fast then quite clearly they are going to struggle.

“Another worrying statistic is that there are now 52,000 households that this organisation has identified that are now 30 days behind on their mortgage repayments, that means technically banks could walk in and close them up.”

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I have been in the mortgage brokering industry now for approximately twenty years and I have now seen a whole generation of Australians take out mortgages who have no experience of what a 7-8% interest rate mortgage is. Many of these borrowers insisted on borrowing to their maximum capacity. Although in the last six months banks have been tightening up on what any new borrowers can get loan amount wise, there is still many years of previous borrowers who pretty much were able to borrow almost anything they wanted.

Recently we have seen not only banks but many other commercial enterprises prey on the Australian consumer with increased prices (energy companies being one of the notable ones). Although many borrowers have budgeted diligently there would be very few of them that would have factored in some of the essential services price rises we are seeing.

The Solution

For many there may not be a solution, however our advice is to drill down on your budget and find every last cent you can find and start paying it onto your mortgage. I would recommend you beg, borrow, and tighten your budget belt to find whatever you can to pay toward your home mortgage in order to escape the mortgage stress that may be headed your way in the not too distant future.

Also, get with your home mortgage broker, because if you have a 4 in front of your home mortgage you are probably paying too much.

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The Changes of Mortgage Rules Creates the Need for Brokers

toy wooden house cut out sitting next to a series of check boxesOne of the most important financial decisions that you’re going to make today is that of getting a home. To get a house today, you’re going to have to work with a financial investment that takes on many years. It’s a decision not to take lightly. With the sheer number of applicants that want a mortgage, banks and other lenders are now starting to restrict the qualifications that someone has to have in order to get a home. This can be both helpful and a hindrance to those that are trying to get a home.

The change in the qualifications a person needs to get a home has been received with mixed reviews. As Australians seek to buy property, they are starting to realize that the property market can shift wildly depending on several factors, including their income and buying power. To fully understand this, and the changes, it’s imperative to consider a few notes in regard to the rules and regulations that seem to be calling for more experienced brokers overall.

Factors at Play
The first thing that you need to realize about purchasing a home is that there are a lot of different factors at play when you apply for a mortgage. Whenever a person seeks to get a loan, the broker has to consider a great deal of elements, including financial history, current employment records, affordability and other risk factors that aren’t always seen by individuals.

Purchasing a home should not be taken lightly, and therefore brokers are now putting in a lot more scrutiny to figure out just how qualified a person is before they give such a large sum to them for a home purchase. With the changes by the federal government causing a disruption in long term mortgage handling, individuals have to understand that there’s no “yes or no” scenario here, as a lot of elements have to weighed out.

Why Mortgage Brokers?
For consumers that aren’t certain that they want to deal with brokers, it’s imperative to realize that they are going to help smooth over the lending process. Mortgage brokers today help consumers figure out what loan type is best for their specific needs. It seems like this can be difficult at first, but you’ll find that brokers are trained to isolate risk factors and help people get the home they want, without breaking the proverbial bank.

A mortgage broker will sit down with a consumer, and they’ll discuss assets, price points, income, self-employment elements, and so much more. They’ll tailor a solution that meets the needs of the consumer, and not just approve a dollar amount. This is better than just asking for a set amount, and hoping for the best. The broker is trained to help meet the needs of the consumer, simple as that.

The Cost of a Broker
People assume that getting help in financial matters means that you’re going to have to pay someone a fee up front. That’s not the case inman's hand writing mortgage broker in light blue texta on reverse glass relationship to mortgage lending. In fact, you’ll find that there are plenty of free services that you can work with, especially if you want to get the advice of a mortgage broker about lending and more.

Mortgage brokers are in the business of connecting people with lending opportunities that they can afford, so that they can purchase the home of their dreams. They can help with focusing on mortgage rates, and price points that are not going to cripple the finances of any one individual. It’s a positive push forward.

First time homebuyers will delight in knowing that someone will help navigate the road of purchasing a home today. Purchasing a house is not a transaction that works the same like buying anything else. You’ll find that you’ll need to work through a variety of elements if you are to get the right home for your family. A broker can answer questions, and explore solutions that are going to help make this a bit easier to manage.

Dealing with Mortgage Brokers
man with black felt pen writing who, how, what etc on a white boardFor those that haven’t dealt with a broker or the new rules that are in place for mortgage lending, consider asking questions. Write down questions beforehand, and get ready to ask questions that you are not sure about. Do not feel that any question is off limits, or “dumb”. There are no dumb questions here, because you’re dealing with a loan amount that could take you decades to pay off. Do not resist asking questions, it’s that simple.

The mortgage broker that you use will not simply help you get your mortgage, mind you. They will help you understand any changes and updates that come through the marketplace after the fact. If there’s a change, problem, or new legislation, you’ll hear from the broker that helped you, so that you know what you’re dealing with. Buying a home is not something that is easy to get done on your own, and brokers know this, which is why they build a relationship with clients to help navigate the real estate market appropriately.

Your mortgage professional is in charge of staying abreast with all the latest news, views, and updates. They help navigate the real estate world, mortgages, financial matters, and any abrupt changes that the Reserve Bank of Australia may end up moving forward with.

Be Patient
At the end of the day, the best tip that you can take with you today is simple, be patient. That’s right, be patient with your mortgage lending and investigation. You may have found your dream home, but don’t assume that the transaction will be open and closed within a short span. Get a professional mortgage broker to help you gain access to the bigger picture, and you’ll end up with a positive push forward.

Home buying takes time, but so does the lending solution. If you rush things, or try to avoid using a broker, you may find yourself with a mortgage that is too hard to pay off, or rates that are not favorable for you at all. Take your time, ask questions, and get a good broker on your side.

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Just pay out the credit cards – It seems like a no brainer, right?

Pay Down Your Debt imprinted on a Credit Card in a 3d IllustrationYou’re buying a home or looking to get a significant personal loan, so you’re going to pay off your charge cards to minimize your debt, but keep them activated so that you can get some household furniture or cope with emergency situations although you may have a mortgage loan to cover. Wrong.

It’s obvious that a loan provider will take into account your credit card obligations and the repayments on those when you make application for a mortgage. What many individuals do not appreciate is that charge cards that tend not to have any debt owed can also impact a loan companies evaluation of what you can afford to borrow. Most individuals decide that the prospective loan service will still only be worried about how much the credit balances end up being.

What Lenders Are Afraid of

When you’ve got a large credit limit, you then have a greater debt risk in the eyes of the lender. As the logic goes, there is absolutely no way to stop you from racking up financial debt on your charge card the day after your finance is okayed. Say, on lovely furniture to be able to fill up that brand new home or jump on that inviting cruise liner sitting at the local docks.

“We have to take into account about three per-cent of the total credit card credit limit, it doesn’t matter what the individual owes”, says the loan broker.

“If they possessed a $10,000 maximum approved limit but the balance owed was only $1,000, you still have to assess $300 a month (around 3% of the limit amount) according to lender policy as a liability. It will make quite a variation”, says the adviser.
Out of this, it is typically surmised that if you have never put a brass razoo onto your charge card for the past five years, a substantial borrowing limit will negatively influence your borrowing capacity serviceability; $300 per month off a home loan repayment will mean a lot over the duration of a loan. The truth is, having the capacity to pay back an added $300 each month over a 30 year $500,000 loan at 5.5 percent interest will mean paying it back Five-years quicker, as well as saving somewhere around $100,000 on the overall amount of the loan. In contrast, it could possibly mean that you are able to obtain an extra $50,000.

Increasing your chances

The best thing you can do is reduce your credit card limit or terminate your credit card account.

“You really need to pay off your bank plastic and stay away from having any other debt,” declares the loan broker. “You will need to be able to employ your full sum of income.”

For those who have to pay off their charge account in advance of dreaming of cancelling their financial liability, it is, in fact, necessary to make those repayments when they’re due to prevent negatively hurting your credit rating.

Be careful what you show them

When you do present bank card statements to a possible lender you will need to make sure that there’s no harmful notations across the documents, like overdue payments or maybe over the limit entries. Those kind of entries will likely get a rejection with most loan providers.

If you need to decrease your debt as a way to trim your charge card limits to help be approved for mortgage finance stick to the following tips.

1/. Concentrate on only one card account to begin with. In cases where you might be holding amounts on several credit cards, it’s a hardPay Down Your Debt imprinted on a Credit Card in a 3d Illustrationslog to remove those debts. Ask your self this: What short term financial goal will help make me feel as though I am putting together significant improvement on credit card debt reduction?

If your answer is “Having one charge card entirely paid back,” then toss as much dollars as possible at the charge card with the smallest balance to start with. In the event the reply is “Elevating my credit score,” then tackle the card having the topmost utilization rate (this is your debt owed divided by the credit card’s ). Due to the fact your score takes a hit should you use over 20 percent of your readily available debt owed, moving the utilization value down just Twenty per cent might significantly boost your credit rating Given that your reaction is “Having to pay less in interest charges,” in that case your tried-and-true technique is to get rid of the card which has the highest rate of interest first.

2/. Check with your lenders for decreased rates. Often a straightforward telephone call to the provider is all you will need to secure a more affordable rate of interest, so long as you’ve got a good credit score (any credit report score of 730 and up) and you’re already a long term patron who makes regular installments in a timely manner. You might get a percent or even more sliced off, which may amount to 100’s of dollars saved each and every year. One suggestion to try out: In the event that you could have already been presented with a smaller percentage rate by a rival, don’t hesitate to tell the customer service rep There is a chance they’re going to meet the other offer.

3/. Transfer the balance (wisely). It’s enticing to move a balance from a card account with a high rate of interest to a new charge card which has a substantially lower one. And quite possibly that could be an intelligent approach; it can save 100’s of dollars a year. However take care: You need to transfer a balance only if you are dedicated to paying back what you owe within the intro low rate time frame (which usually is on offer for 12 to 18 months as soon as the first billing cycle closes) and to making monthly obligations in a timely manner. Otherwise your interest rate could explode, quite possibly winding up in excess of the one you recently eliminated.

(Vital: You must also refrain from making any kind of new additional purchases using the new credit card, as quite often the reduced rate of interest won’t be applicable to them.) Additionally, realise that you’ll in all probability end up being asked to pay a balance-transfer fee, which can be generally about Three to four per-cent of the whole balance amount transferred.

4/. Make use of a peer-to-peer loan provider. In a perfect world, you’d probably clear your bank card outright and then be free as a bird. But if you can’t accomplish this, think about asking for dollars in order to clear your card account coming from a peer to peer loan company, say for example a personal loan company with a low percentage rate. These lenders may offer loans with set interest rates that could be 20 to 30 percent below almost all bank cards.

5/. If you are seriously truly in a tight spot, come up with a couple of minimum repayments each and every month. Credit providers generally can charge interest fees on a day to day basis, consequently the earlier you can make a repayment, the faster your nominal everyday account balance will be reduced, and this translates into a lesser number of dollars in interest fees that you ultimately fork out. If you happen to be on a strict budget, go ahead and give the the bare minimum owed month to month, then try to make precisely the same payment for a second time a fortnight later. Continue to keep coming up with a repayment of the original minimum due amount twice a month until finally the debt is paid off.

Taking care of your money successfully can result in a financially stress free everyday life. You’ll find any quantity of helpful suggestions and tutorials that can be seen online.

Finally, all the best with your financial future.

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