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How to Choose the Home Loan That Is Right for You

November 9th, 2010 at 06:37 am

Congratulations, you've found your dream home! It's just what you've been looking for; it's in a great suburb with a choice of terrific schools, there's plenty of parkland for the kids to play, the kitchens and bathrooms have been renovated, and your bedroom gets the morning sun! But the really good news is - you already know you can afford it!

It's the scenario we all dream of. There are some amazing online calculators you can use to find out so much before you go house-hunting or even talk to a mortgage broker. Find out:

- How do I achieve my savings target?
- How much can I afford to borrow?
- Make home loan comparisons
- Can lump sum repayments shorten the length of your loan?
- Can I make extra repayments?
- How much is stamp duty?

And there are many more. I was impressed with the detail provided and how easy they are to use. Even if you don't know what questions you should be asking, the list of calculators available will prompt you.

You can save so much time and effort by doing this research beforehand. Once you've found your dream home, the next thing is to find the right home loan - one that is both flexible and affordable. Let's take a brief look at the different types of loans available:

Standard Home Loans are where you borrow the amount you need in order to complete the purchase of your home. You'll need a substantial deposit and a good savings record. The loan repayments will probably be calculated over a 25 or 30 year term, on a fixed or variable rate of interest.

Home Equity Loans allow you to use the capital equity you have accumulated in your home. You may wish to renovate or make some major repairs, or perhaps you want to use the equity as security against the purchase of an investment property, buy a car or take a holiday.

Refinance Loans - There are many reasons for wanting a refinance loan. Your partner has given up work to stay home and mind the new baby and consequently, the household income has dropped. Or maybe you've noticed your current lender isn’t keeping pace with the market and there are much better loans available elsewhere.

Reverse Mortgage / Reverse Home Loans are perfect for those who are who are retired and are asset-rich but cash-poor. This kind of loan allows you to draw a cash advance against the equity you have built up in your home. If you've retired, you may need to fund your living expenses, meet unexpected medical bills or you just want to take that well-earned overseas trip. Like any loan, interest will accumulate, but no repayments may be necessary until the house is sold.

Debt Consolidation Loans can give you greater financial freedom by combining two or more loans – including personal loans and credit card debt – into a single loan with the convenience of only one monthly repayment. Not only will it make your finances easier to manage, it will reduce your total monthly repayments.

Low Doc Loans can suit those who don't fit the criteria for a conventional home loan. Perhaps your financial history or current employment situation makes you a high-risk borrower. Fees, charges and interest rates are generally high because the lender is assuming more risk.

Shared Equity Mortgages – are a viable alternative for cash-strapped home buyers or owners. In a shared equity scenario, a traditional mortgage lender will provide a home loan in partnership with an equity provider. The equity provider will effectively be taking a stake in the ownership of your house. Shared equity mortgages are designed to give you access to a more expensive property which would normally be out of your reach using a traditional home mortgage. However, you must talk to a mortgage broker and make sure you fully understand all the implications and are happy sharing the future capital appreciation from your property in return for lower monthly loan repayments throughout the term of your loan.

Family Pledge – is a home buying solution like no other. Family Pledge is available to assist first home buyers or investors enter the property market; the central idea being that your family, as guarantor, helps you fund the purchase of your property. The support from your family would allow you to borrow more money than you would otherwise have been able; rather than having to settle for the cheaper alternative, you could get the house you really want! Your guarantor must understand the responsibility they are assuming – should you default on your repayments, the mortgage lender would sell the property and your guarantor would be asked to cover any shortfall to repay the mortgage debt in full.

Your financial situation - the amount you earn and your long term goals - are unique to you. But no matter what your situation or which home loan you think is right for you, I recommend you always take advice from a professional mortgage broker.

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Home Loan Advisers are finance industry professionals servicing the
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home loan market in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast who can offer advice on a diverse range of loans – at no cost to you. Their focus is to build on-going relationships with their clients, so they will always recommend a home loan product which is right for your situation and professionally guide you through each step of the process to make your dreams of property ownership a reality. Their website has some great online calculators which allow you to make an initial self-assessment.

What You Need To Know When Choosing A Home Loan

October 15th, 2010 at 05:18 am

One of the things you will do in life that is guaranteed to give you sleepless nights or at the very least, moments of panic and anxiety is when you embark on the road to home ownership. The thought of harnessing yourself to a large home mortgage can be daunting.

• How much can I afford to borrow?
• What kind of loan do I need?
• How will an interest rate rise affect me?
• Do I need a variable or fixed interest rate?

So it's imperative that you seek professional advice when choosing your home loan and just as importantly, the mortgage broker that is right for you.

Gone are the days when you needed to do all the leg-work, going from bank to bank, gathering information about various home loan options, and then sitting down at home trying to fill in the forms only to get rejected because you missed something. It's too important and so very easy to get wrong.

Save yourself time and stress - use a reputable

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mortgage broker! Look for a broker who works in your local area; someone who will take time to meet with you and who will analyse what kind of home loan will best suit your needs. Remember to check that they are fully accredited with both the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) and Finance Brokers Association of Australia Ltd (FBAA).

You no longer need to be limited to the range of home loan products that the big banks offer. Choose a mortgage broker who has access to hundreds of different home loan products through banks and non-bank mortgage lenders. They will be able to offer advice on a diverse range of home loans which ensures that you find a loan that gives you all the flexibility, affordability, savings and repayment freedom you need.

Not only do you get more choice but taking the advice of a mortgage broking professional incurs no charge. In fact, the whole purpose of using the services of a mortgage broker is to ideally save you money! So why wouldn't you engage an experienced industry adviser who can give you up-to-the-minute information about new home loan products entering the market?

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Mortgage brokers do all the work for you; their client's needs and circumstances get matched to the home loan that suits their unique situation. They offer a complete range of finance solutions that make is easy for their clients to afford what they want, when they want it. They will fully explain all the features, benefits and costs associated with the loan they recommend.