Refinancing your Home Loan

There are several reasons why you might consider refinancing your home loan. Whether you aim to reassess the performance of your variable-rate loan, your fixed-rate loan is nearing maturity, or you want to release funds for other projects, at FIA, we handle the groundwork on your behalf.

There are a number of reasons you might consider refinancing:

  • Finding a more competitive rate
  • Accessing equity
  • Making use of features
  • Consolidating debt
  • Fixed rate expiring
  • Your credit score has improved

Refinancing is where you move from one loan to another, usually with a different rate, features or term. It may be with your current lender or another. This could be to get a better rate, access equity in your home, consolidate debt or access more features.

When your broker negotiates with your current lender to secure you on a better deal, that is called repricing. This process can be simple, and your interest rate or fees change while the lender remains the same. If they find you a better deal with a different lender and move you across, it is called refinancing.

Refinancing works by taking out a home loan and paying out your existing loan. To refinance a home loan, you need to apply for the new loan. Once the new loan is approved, you will transfer your debt to the new loan with your newly agreed rate, features and term.

Refinancing a home loan usually comes with costs associated. These can include an application fee, property valuation fee, settlement fee and mortgage registration fee for the new loan as well as a discharge settlement fee or break cost (for a fixed-rate loan) to close your existing loan. If your equity in the property is less than 20%, you may also need to pay for lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). 

Not all of these fees will be applicable to you and some lenders may waive fees to secure your business. On top of that, some lenders offer cashback incentives where they pay you money to transfer your loan to them.

It is important to weigh up the costs with your potential savings over the life of the loan to determine whether refinancing is a good idea for you. Our Finance Industries brokers can do these calculations for you.

A number of lenders offer introductory rates and/or cash back incentives for new customers. These can save you money, however need to be weighed up with the longer-term cost of the loan and whether you will be better off than with your current or another loan. Finding the right home loan to refinance to is a broader picture – FIA will also consider the structure of the loan, features, term, fees and ongoing rate to determine the right option for you.

Now you can see that not all loans are equal, and there are many considerations when it comes to comparing your current one to others on the market. Not only could you potentially save money by being proactive with your current lender or refinancing, but you could also find a loan that better suits your needs.

Regardless of whether interest rates are increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable, keep in mind that lenders are eager for your business, and there may be appealing options available.

Our team at Finance Industries are here to handle the groundwork for you. All it requires is a brief conversation, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Your broker will look at:

  • Your financial goals
  • Whether you could be on a more competitive deal
  • If your loan structure suits your needs
  • Any discounts or cash back deals you may be eligible for 
  • Ways you could save money on your home loan

At FIA we are passionate about mixing good people with great financial outcomes. Give us a call if you want to learn more about refinancing your home loan.