Making your home loan fit you
When considering a home loan, the first and often only comparisons made by most borrowers are the interest rate and fees charged. Home loans come with so many options that it is worthwhile taking a look at the features of each loan to see which one suits your specific needs.
Offset account – the ability to save surplus funds within a separate bank account which can be used to offset the interest liability on your loan—saving you interest over the long term.
Additional repayments – the ability to pay additional funds off your loan without penalty. This will help reduce your debt quicker and also save you more on interest.
Split loan – the ability to split your loan balance to have a portion on a fixed rate and a portion on a variable rate. Sometimes you can have it both ways.
Repayment holiday – the ability to take a break from repayments or make reduced payments for a period of time to cover life events such as job redundancy or maternity leave.
Redraw facility – the ability to make additional repayments on your loan with the option of withdrawing the funds again at a later time if required.
Portable loan – the ability to apply your loan to a replacement home if you sell and move to another.
Top-up – the ability to increase your borrowing limit without the need to apply for a new loan.
Prior to making any big decision, always seek professional guidance. You could significantly reduce your fees, interest and stress.
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