Refinancing your home loan, or switching as it’s sometimes referred to, can save you thousands over the life of your loan.
While finding a lower interest rate is the most common reason for making the home loan switch, refinancing is also a great option if you are looking to consolidate debt, access equity for renovations, or to buy another home.
We’ve broken down the steps to find out whether refinancing could be the right choice for you and how to go about finding a new home loan.
Step 1: Weigh up the pros and cons
Before you refinance, it pays to do your research. Weigh up the savings you will make over the life of your loan versus the cost of switching.
Make sure you consider any upfront and ongoing costs associated with exiting your current home loan and switching to a new loan, such as the settlement, loan establishment, exit and mortgage registration fees and charges. Also consider the flexibility of repayments, whether you will need Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance (LMI), how long you’ll need the loan for and whether you’re protected against sudden rate rises.
Our home loan calculator will help you figure out how much you can save.
Even though you may decide not to go ahead with refinancing, taking the time to regularly review your loans to make sure you’re getting a good deal is an important part of keeping on top of your finances.
Step 2: Determine why you want to refinance
There are a number of reasons you might look to refinance, such as:
Knowing why you want to refinance will help you or your mortgage broker figure out which product and lender is right for you.
Step 3: Compare home loans
The next step in your refinancing journey is to compare home loans to find the product that’s right for you.
A few things to consider are:
View our range of home loans and compare to find the product that’s right for you.
We can help you with all these options and more, so if you need advice or have questions get in touch.
Step 4: Make the switch
Now that the hard work is done, it’s time to make the switch by contacting your preferred lender or broker.
If it’s P&N Bank, we can come to your home or office and walk you through the details of your home loan selections to ensure you fully understand the potential benefits of each loan and any costs. Or you can drop into a branch.
Once your application is approved, we’ll pay off your previous home loan and your new one will begin.
Want to know more about refinancing your loan?
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