The property boom could be the best thing to happen to your mortgage: RateCity

The property boom could be the best thing to happen to your mortgage: RateCity
The property boom could be the best thing to happen to your mortgage: RateCity

The property boom could be the best thing to happen to your mortgage: RateCity


If you’re living in a market where property prices have been surging, refinancing could allow you to reduce your gearing level while giving you access to more money.

How? Well, imagine that back in 2014 you borrowed $500,000 to purchase a $600,000 property. Now imagine that your mortgage debt had since fallen to $475,000 while your property’s value had grown to $650,000.

In that case, your equity would’ve risen from $100,000 to $175,000, while your loan-to-valuation ratio (LVR) would’ve fallen from 83 percent to 73 percent. 

If you were to get an updated valuation on your property during the refinancing process, the new lender might respond to your improved financial position by extending you more credit.

In our hypothetical example, the new lender might allow you to stretch your LVR from 73 percent to 80 percent, and therefore allow you to increase your mortgage from $475,000 to $520,000.

Suddenly, you’ve got an extra $45,000 to play with! You could use that money to pay for home renovations, a new car or a holiday. Or you could put it straight into your offset account and potentially access it several years in the future.

Property prices are growing at double-digit rates in four of Australia’s eight capital cities, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.

Sydney’s median price jumped 18.9 percent in the 12 months to 31 March 2017, while Melbourne’s climbed 15.9 percent, Canberra’s 12.8 percent and Hobart’s 10.2 percent. 

Even if you live in one of the other four capital cities, it’s possible that prices in your suburb are recording significant growth or that your suburb’s median price has risen significantly since you purchased your property.

If you want to reduce your debt ratio and unlock equity in your home, you need to refinance.

RateCity is making the process easier with its Switch & Save Sale, which will allow borrowers to access market-leading rates for their refinance.

Borrowers who are with ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB or Westpac could actually save up to $39,000 over 15 years by switching through the Switch & Save Sale.

RateCity arrived at that figure after calculating how much borrowers would save if they switched from an average-sized mortgage from the average discounted variable rate offered by one of the big four banks to the lowest variable rate in the Switch & Save Sale. 

RateCity then factored in the discharge fees, application fees and ongoing fees to work out the savings over a 15-year loan term.

Some people think of a mortgage as a one-time event – you take out the loan and then stick with it until the bitter end. 

However, smart borrowers regularly refinance, because they know it not only gives them a chance to reduce their repayments, but also lower their LVR and increase their equity.

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