Mortgage Repayments – A Different Approach

Everyone with a mortgage looks forward to the day when the last payment is made and this financial commitment is no longer necessary. Whether the mortgage is over the family home or an investment property, the euphoric feeling is the same. With it come new possibilities as the money that has been set aside regularly for this purpose is now free to be used for something else.

Use New Strategies to Control your Mortgage

For many people this comes at the end of a long process, taking years to get to this point. How great would it be then, to take a different approach to mortgage payments, and look for ways to not only cope better, but even to shorten the duration by getting in front when it is financially possible?

By taking greater control over spending, and looking for ways to be smarter with your mortgage payments, you could even be in the situation where buying an investment property is possible. With some equity in your home, reasonable employment prospects and a good credit history, our people at Fountain Property Group could be starting you on the road to serious wealth creation.

First Things First

Let’s put first things first by offering some suggestions to better manage your current mortgage payments. Interest rates are at their lowest since the 1960s, and current indications are that they will remain low for some time. This is a great opportunity for a mortgagor to calculate repayments at a couple of points higher than their current commitment, and pay this amount off the existing mortgage. If rates do go up, you won’t notice it and you will be getting in front with every additional dollar you pay.

Don’t Waste Financial Windfalls

Often, situations occur that give us unexpected access to lump sums of money. The most common example is a tax refund, but it could also be a small lottery win or an inheritance. Most people with a mortgage spend these windfalls on consumable items, but with a little self-discipline, these could be applied to the mortgage.

Make More Frequent Payments

If your mortgage lender allows, making more frequent payments will reduce the term of your loan considerably. For example, paying a mortgage fortnightly instead of monthly will save thousands in interest payments by using simple maths. There are only 12 months in a year, but there are 26 fortnights. By paying this way, you are effectively making 13 monthly payments annually.

Save More and Spend Less

The suggestions that most of us don’t want to hear involve spending less and saving more. We are not suggesting that you withdraw from society, but some short-term pain ploughed back into your mortgage will put you in an excellent position in a few years. That investment property could well be within your reach.

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Mortgages – Fixed Or Variable?

As property investment consultants and builders of wealth, one of the most common questions we get asked is what sort of mortgage should I go for? Fixed or variable? In fact it is the number one question mortgage brokers around the world get asked by every single one of their clients.

Whilst the crew at Fountain Property Group don’t have a crystal ball and cannot predict the future we can offer a fountain of information when it comes to historical data and information on these two forms of mortgage. All loans, including personal loans, credit cards and mortgages, have their interest rate set according to the prime interest rate that is set by our country’s governing body.

In Australia, this governing body is the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The RBA will assess a complicated variety of indicators and trends to establish this rate. These factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • the employment rate
  • consumer spending
  • commodity pricing
  • labour costs and availability
  • inflation
  • and the Australian Dollar value
  • Variable Loans

The variable loan will be based on the rate that is set down by the RBA. Lending institutions will then add their operating costs and of course profit to the deal. This market is fairly competitive with many options to choose from. Whatever the market is doing, the variable interest rate will follow. If rates increase – so will you repayments. If the rates decrease, so will your payments.

Fixed Loans

A fixed rate loan means that you will know exactly what you are paying from the moment the loan is taken. Whatever the market is doing, the fixed interest rate will remain static for the term of that agreement. This means that whether rates increase or decrease your payments will remain the same. This is a great way for people who need to maintain a budget.

Which is Better?

Back to that magic question. Which is better? Both styles of loan have their advantages and disadvantages. We offer the classic answer, being that it depends on your own personal situation.
Things that you can assess to help you make this decision will include:

  • How much can you afford to pay?
  • If the interest rates were to rise could you afford it?
  • How long do you intend to hold this mortgage for?
  • Does the fixed rate have any controlling factors such as no extra payments allowed or penalties for paying out early?
  • Which way is the market trending?

For more information, have a chat with one of our consultants.

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