Your home loan interest rate is the interest charged on the money borrowed from your lender, expressed as a percentage of the total loan amount and included in loan repayments.
The difference between a low-rate home loan and a higher rate could be thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your loan.
Here we’ll give you our top 3 tips to help you find the best home loans available.
If you want to find the lowest home loan interest rates, you’ll need to take the time to compare as many home loans as you can, and from several providers.
The first way to do this requires the least amount of personal research - get help from a mortgage broker, a financial professional who understands your situation and finds a selection of suitable loans to choose from.
Mortgage brokers are experts in understanding both the application process and the loan structures themselves. They’ll act on your behalf to complete your application, ensure it will meet lender approval, and advise on your decision.
Mortgage brokers can:
Most mortgage brokers will only get paid by commission - essentially they don’t get paid unless they make you happy. The downside to this is that some mortgage brokers may only recommend certain products from their “chosen” pool of lenders.
While you won’t need to do as much research into the home loans themselves with this option, you will need to take the time to find a reputable broker you can trust.
If this isn’t your first rodeo, or you have the time to do it yourself, you can always bypass a broker and simply compare lenders and home loan offers yourself.
You’ll need to:
If you’re just looking at home loan interest rates, the most important aspect will be understanding the difference between the types of rates on offer.
The two main types of interest rates offered by lenders are fixed and variable rates.
You’ll also need to check that the interest rates on offer match the purpose for your home purchase; rates for owner-occupier home loans are often lower than investment home loans.
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Matching the depth and knowledge of a broker with the simplicity and ease of comparing options at your own pace, comparing personalised home loan quotes allows you to do the following:
Finding a great rate will be just one of your considerations when searching for a home loan.
You’ll also want to consider the features, suitability and fees of each home loan when making a decision, and these aspects shouldn’t be mutually exclusive when comparing your options.
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