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Using a Mortgage Broker

Posted by Tamara McDowell on May 15, 2010

 Instead of you trailing from lender to lender, making endless phone calls or trawling the internet, a mortgage broker can do it all for you.

 If you choose the go-it-alone route, you might be lucky to compare three or four different products. Mortgage brokers can compare hundreds and help you get the right home loan!

A good mortgage broker will also help you to understand the various deals that are on offer, explaining all the features and details that might make a big difference to your repayments.

And what’s more, your mortgage broker will lodge your application (in many cases electronically, saving time) and follow it through with the lender – so you don’t have to!

Your broker is the single point of contact for you throughout the process.

 Using a mortgage broker can result in substantial savings in time and money for borrowers!

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Borrowing Capacity

Posted by Tamara McDowell on May 14, 2010

Your borrowing capacity is something you need to know before you commence your property search as it tells you how much you can spend on your new home and where you can afford to live. Many borrowers go a step further and pre-approve their loan prior to commencing their property search to confirm how much they can borrow.

Your maximum borrowing capacity will vary from lender to lender because lenders use different methods of assessment and different lending criteria. Your personal circumstances and your income will also play a crucial role on the amount that you will be able to borrow.

How do lenders assess my borrowing capacity?

A lender will typically review all your income sources and expenditure, add a margin, and then calculate your uncommitted monthly income. This is the most important factor to most lenders. The greater it is, the larger your borrowing capacity will be.

Basic criteria used to determine how much you can borrow may include:

  • Loan to Value Ratio
  • Income and types of income, e.g. casual, contract, full-time
  • Other loans
  • Credit card limits
  • Loan terms
  • Number of dependents and their situation
  • Type of Loan
  • Tax rates
  • Rental income
  • General living expenses, and
  • Existing asset position, including the size of your deposit.

They may also look at any property currently or previously owned and the type of property you are looking at (eg. house, apartment).

Tips for increasing your borrowing capacity

You may be able to increase your borrowing capacity by employing one or more of the following measures:

  • Pay off outstanding term debts (eg. personal loans)
  • Pay off and close any credit card, overdraft or line of credit facilities
  • Consider reducing the limit of any facility you maintain
  • Work out and stick to a budget to improve your deposit and savings history

Summary: Your borrowing capacity is an indication of how much you can borrow to purchase property. There are a number of different factors involved in calculating your borrowing capacity

If you would like a guideline assessment of your borrowing capacity, a more detailed assessment of your situation or to find the loan that is in your best interest, you can drop me an email tmcdowell@beyondtomorrowfinance.com.au or give me a call on 0430 722 092….I am happy to help!

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Perth median to break through $500,000

Posted by Tamara McDowell on April 6, 2010

 

The resources juggernaut is fuelling the next Perth property boom, with the city’s housing markets unable to absorb WA’s continuing massive population growth.

According to the Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA), growing confidence has led to an increase in listings as well as sales. At the end of March, there were 12,700 properties on the market – an increase of 22% from December.

“The Perth median house price is very likely to top $500,000 for the first time when official figures are released in early May,” said REIWA president Alan Bourke.

The busiest sector during the March quarter was the $500–600,000 range. “Here, the proportion of sales jumped 2.5 percentage points to represent about 18% of the market,” Bourke said. “The other price range to show increased activity for the quarter was in the $750,000 to $1m range.”

By contrast, sales of homes under $400,000 are beginning to subside.

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Buyers opt for higher priced properties as confidence returns

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 29, 2010

A growing number of property buyers are snapping up more expensive properties in capital cities amid predictions that value will double over the next 10 years.

The latest data from Loan Market showed mortgage demand from borrowers buying top end properties jumped by 30% over the past 12 months. The report also found a dramatic increase in borrowers seeking loans in excess of $800,000 and those who are borrowing more than $3 million.

“There is strong evidence that the prestige property market is on the move and people are on the hunt for homes worth more than $1 million,” said Dean Rushton, Loan Market chief operating officer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Property Investment…New or Old?

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 27, 2010

 

Property investment is not just about whether you decide to buy a unit or a house, you also have the option of new or old.

There are advantages for both styles of properties, and it really comes down to your short and long term objectives. Where you intend to purchase the property will also influence what type of properties are available in a particular geographic location.

Purchasing a property off-the-plan – which allows you to lock in today’s prices for a property that may be finished in a year or two in the future – can be an effective investment strategy as you will not have to make any mortgage repayments until the property is ready for habitation. The only cost will be the deposit.

The key potential pitfall with an off-the-plan purchase is that there is no guarantee that the property you buy today will have grown or even maintained its value. The downside of this is that your lender may not be willing to fund the entire purchase price, which will leave you with a shortfall.

There are also pros and cons associated with the purchase of an existing property. Read the rest of this entry »

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Home sweet Home

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 25, 2010

 

The Great Australian dream – to buy and own your own home – has always been the ambition of the majority of Australians.  Buying a house remains the biggest single purchase made by most Australians. Given the high rate of home ownership in Australia, our residential mortgage market is one of the most innovative, varied and competitive in the world.

 “Peace and rest at length have come, All the day’s long toil is past; And each heart is whispering “Home, Home at last!”

– Thomas Hood

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Shop around…

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 3, 2010

Yesterday’s interest rate increase is a reminder to mortgage holders to shop around if they are looking to refinance their home loan, according to the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia.

“Changes to the official interest rate can present an opportunity to borrowers to get a better deal,” said Phil Naylor, Chief Executive of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).

He said all lenders were competing for business and mortgage brokers were best placed to find consumers the right loan from a range of lenders.

“There is considerable potential to save money through refinancing and the best way to shop around is through an MFAA accredited mortgage broker,” said Naylor.

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Negative Gearing………..

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 27, 2010

About negative gearing

If you’ve got money to invest, an option you may consider is negative gearing.

With correct financial advice and with the selection of the right property, negative gearing can provide great tax advantages. That’s great if you’re thinking about entering the property investment market for the first time or want to increase your investment portfolio.

How do you negative gear a property?

A property is negatively geared when the costs of owning it – interest on the loan, bank charges, maintenance, repairs and capital depreciation – exceed the income it produces.

Put simply, your investment must make a loss before you can claim a tax benefit.

It works not only for property, but also shares and bonds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Equity

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 27, 2010

What is equity?

Equity is the difference between what your home is worth and how much you owe on it.

For example, if your home is worth $300,000 and you owe $100,000, you have $200,000 in equity. Over time, as you reduce the amount you owe on your home or the value of your home grows, your equity increases. It’s that simple.

Using equity to build wealth through property investment

Unlocking the equity in your home can be an effective way to assist in purchasing a rental property to help build your wealth. Residential investment properties can be a popular investment, having the potential to provide investment security, capital growth and rental income. There may also be tax advantages. Negative gearing and depreciation allowances are also popular ways to reduce your tax liability, especially at the end of the financial year. You should consult your financial and taxation advisers before determining if this strategy suits you.

If you haven’t already invested in property, making a start may be easier and more achievable than you think. The key factor is getting the right advice to help ensure you make the right decision about your loan.

What if I’m still paying off my home?

Provided you have substantial equity in your home, you may be able to release funds to start investing sooner. Remember, it’s not just about reducing the amount you owe on your home that increases your equity, if the value of your home has risen since you bought it, your equity is likely to have increased.

What can I use my equity for?

Depending on your financial circumstances, and the advice you receive from your financial advisor, you can use your equity for a wide range of purposes like a new car or renovations. You may choose to create or build an investment portfolio or to enhance your lifestyle. There are many possibilities, it’s really up to you.

By unlocking your equity you may be able to access a whole range of opportunities sooner. If you’ve been putting off that small home renovation or investment strategy until you’ve saved enough capital, unlocking your home equity can allow you to start improving your lifestyle right now.

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Pre-Approval of Finance

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 16, 2010

Competition for property can be fierce. Get ahead of the pack with a pre-approved loan.

What is a Pre-Approval?

Sometimes referred to as an  approval in principle, pre-approval is a general indication of how much you’re able to borrow based on the information you provide to your lender.

Although subject to terms and conditions, a pre-approval basically gives you the green light on your home loan even if you’ve not yet decided on a property.

The amount of the pre-approval is usually determined by your ability to meet the loan repayments.

Most pre-approvals are valid for up to three months.

A pre-approval will place you in a stronger negotiating position with most sellers in the market. Read the rest of this entry »

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Basic Lending Terms Explained

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 15, 2010

The following is a list of terms and words (and their meanings) that you may come across when purchasing a home and dealing with lenders. This list is not comprehensive, therefore if you come across any other terms that you do not understand please contact your  Mortgage Consultant.

It is particularly important that before signing you fully understand the terms of any contract, whether it is a purchase contract or loan contract. Once signed and executed it becomes legally binding on you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Property Prices over the Last Decade

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 11, 2010

Across the capital city residential property market, the last 10 years has seen home values almost double with an annual rate of growth of 9.4%. Today the capital city median dwelling price across the country sits at $451,000 with houses recording a median of $485,000 and units at $400,000. If you bought a home 10 years ago, you were probably looking at a median price of less than $200,000 for either property type.

As the capital city market pricing graph shows, there has been distinctive periods of growth during the last decade. Between 2000 and 2003 there was a strong growth period which was following a long period of negligible value growth. Following this boom, values nationally showed little growth again until 2007.

In fact, the majority of value growth recorded between 2004 and 2007 was due to the Perth market which was undergoing a significant surge in values due to unprecedented strength in the mining and resources sector. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Much Can I vs How Much Should I

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 9, 2010

The choices you make when taking out a mortgage have long-lasting implications – so you need to approach borrowing with a healthy attitude.

How much you can borrow and how much you should borrow are two very different things. While your lender should not let you borrow more than you can afford, ultimately the choice is yours – so be careful not to over commit yourself.

When determining your borrowing capability, start by measuring your income against expenses, including your mortgage repayments. A good rule of thumb is that no more than 35 per cent of your gross monthly income should go towards servicing your mortgage.

Lenders use a similar method to work out how much to lend you. As a general rule, the bigger deposit you have and the higher your
income,the more they should be willing to lend.

While your lender will give you a maximum borrowing amount, it’s essential that you determine your own borrowing capacity when searching for your new home.
Ultimately the choice is yours – so be careful not to over commit yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 more reasons to use a Mortgage Broker…

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 9, 2010

WHY USE A MORTGAGE BROKER?

•SAVE TIME – your broker can do the groundwork for you, making it easier to find a loan suited to your needs. Moreover, they’ll manage the application and approval process.

•EXPERT ADVICE – your mortgage broker knows what loans are out there, so you can expect to receive professional advice on the most suitable loan options.

•REDUCE STRESS – your broker can reduce stress by helping you source the most appropriate mortgage as well as keeping you updated along the whole mortgage process.

 

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Loan Options

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 7, 2010

  

When working through your loan options with your mortgage broker there are a number of issues to keep in mind to ensure you’re getting the most appropriate mortgage for your needs.    

Different loan types tend to come with different interest rates. So if your loan has a range of features, such as re-draw, offsets or early repayment facilities, you’ll usually pay a little more in interest.    

Alternatively while a basic loan doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other products the interest rate is typically lower.    

When assessing which loan best suits your needs, ask your broker to explain how the different features work to assess whether they are worth paying a higher rate for.    

For example if you’re looking to drive your mortgage down quickly or would like flexibility in your repayments it may be worth paying for the features needed to do this most effectively. 

With the possibility of movements in interest rates, some borrowers are choosing to fix their home loan rate – or ‘lock in’ a rate for a set period of time.   If you’re considering this option, it’s important to remember that a fixed interest rate is usually higher than the current  variable rate.  However, if rates are on the rise and you’re concerned they’ll keep going up fixing your rate will ensure consistency in repayments each month.   

 Alternatively a split loan can give you the best of both a fixed-rate and variablerate loan. This means that if rates rise a proportion of your loan will be protected, minimising the impact of higher monthly repayments. If on the other hand rates fall your fixed rate will remain higher and the variable part of the loan will fall.   

  

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Basic Explanation of Interest

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 7, 2010

The rate of interest you’ll pay on your mortgage depends on a combination of factors. This can include the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) cash rate, your lender and the type of loan you have.

Interest rates are normally expressed as a percentage rate over the period of one year.

 An interest rate is the price a borrower pays for the use of money they borrow from a lender.

Basic explanation of Interest.

Interest is a fee paid on borrowed assets. It is the price paid for the use of borrowed money, or, money earned by deposited funds. Assets that are sometimes lent with interest include money, shares, consumer goods through hire purchase, major assets such as aircraft, and even entire factories in finance lease arrangements. The interest is calculated upon the value of the assets in the same manner as upon money.

Interest can be thought of as “rent of money”. When money is deposited in a bank, interest is typically paid to the depositor as a percentage of the amount deposited.

When money is borrowed, interest is typically paid to the lender as a percentage of the amount owed. The percentage of the principal that is paid as a fee over a certain period of time (typically one month or year), is called the interest rate.

Interest is compensation to the lender, and for forgoing other useful investments that could have been made with the loaned asset. These forgone investments are known as the opportunity cost.

Instead of the lender using the assets directly, they are advanced to the borrower. The borrower then enjoys the benefit of using the assets ahead of the effort required to obtain them, while the lender enjoys the benefit of the fee paid by the borrower for the privilege.

The amount lent, or the value of the assets lent, is called the principal. This principal value is held by the borrower on credit.

Interest is therefore the price of credit, not the price of money as it is commonly believed to be.

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What is LMI – Lenders Mortgage Insurance

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 6, 2010

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is a premium paid by you to insure your Lender against loss.

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) helps Australian homeowners enter the market earlier through allowing you to borrow a higher percentage of a property’s value.

For first home buyers, particularly those struggling to save a deposit but more than comfortable to meet their
mortgage repayments, it can be a key tool to break free of the rental trap.

Through financing a higher proportion of a property’s purchase price, lenders take on a higher level of risk should you fail to meet mortgage repayment, and the property needs to be repossessed and resold.

LMI is therefore payed by you to insure your lender against loss should this happen. It is important to be aware that
LMI only covers the lender if you default, not you.

The bigger the percentage of the property’s purchase price you have to borrow the greater the amount you’re likely to pay on insurance. So if your deposit is less than 20 per cent, and especially if you have no deposit at all, you will need to factor LMI into your home loan.

Remember that should you have the required 20 per cent deposit for a mortgage you will not need to pay LMI.
LMI is usually paid as a one-off lump sum at the time of settlement but it many cases it can also be added into the loan amount and paid off over the life of the loan – a term known as capitalising the LMI.

Speak with your broker to assess whether this option is right for you.

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Key Reasons To Review Your Mortgage

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 6, 2010

PAY OFF YOUR MORTGAGE FASTER!

If you’re striving to be mortgage free, faster, there’s a good chance there may be a more appropriate product to meet your needs.
Some mortgage products are designed to motivate borrowers to repay their mortgages quickly, so now is the perfect time to talk to
your mortgage broker and consider whether a new loan will see you on the road to financial freedom – fast!

BETTER INTEREST RATES AND LOWER REPAYMENTS

Rates and mortgage deals are constantly on the move. To make the most of a competitive mortgage market, you might
want to evaluate the loan product you currently have. For example, you may want to go for a lower variable-rate, or lock into a fixed-rate. Break costs can be expensive though, so you’ll need to check that you’ll come out ahead when all costs are considered.

CONSOLIDATE YOUR DEBT

Consolidating your debts, such as credit cards or personal loans, into your home loan can save you thousands of dollars in
interest charges. Rolling your debts into one monthly or fortnightly repayment can also help make juggling your finances a little
easier, while improving your cash flow to boot.

AVOID MONTHLY FEES AND CHARGES

Some lenders charge a monthly service fee – further adding to your debt. Competition between lenders has increased and a number now waive administration fees, so refinancing your home loan with another provider can be a smart move to help cut your mortgage costs.

UNLOCKING EQUITY

As you pay off your mortgage you’ll accumulate equity in your home. As long as you are capable of meeting your loan
repayments, refinancing your mortgage can help you tap into the value that you’ve built up, using it for other purposes such as
purchasing an investment property.

Your life never stands still; and neither should your
mortgage. If change is afoot, it might be time to
search for a more suitable product

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QUICK TIPS BEFORE YOU BUY

Posted by Tamara McDowell on February 5, 2010

When you buy a property you are agreeing to purchase it in the condition you find it at the time of your offer.  Unless it is brand new, then it is likely to have some wear and tear.  As a buyer, you must be aware of any faults at the start of this process because they are your responsibility after the purchase.

 However, if you require certain things to be mended by the owner before settlement, this can be written into the contract when your offer is made.  It is important therefore that homebuyers do a thorough check of the property before putting down an offer.

 The REIWA Offer and Acceptance Form  has a section for buyers to write in any special conditions to ensure the best outcome for them.  This might include things such as all the plumbing and wiring being in safe working order.  If a door, shower screen or window is broken, these are also things you can insist be fixed by the owner before you settle.

 Here are some of the more common things to inspect:

  • Learn how the hot water system works and whether it may need repair.  If it is a solar system ask about the booster switch and where it is located.
  • Check that the reticulation system operates, how it works and ask to see where the valves are located.
  • If there is air conditioning, check that it works properly and that its service record is up to date, where that might be required.
  • If there is a pool, check for any damage and become familiar with the pool cleaning equipment and filter.  Ensure that the property has the required legal pool fencing, given that the rules have changed for this recently.
  • Check that the plumbing and light switches work by operating all the taps and switches.
  • With power points, take a small desk lamp or hair dryer with you from room to room to ensure all the plugs are working.
  • Inspect all the water drainage outlets coming from the roof, ensure the guttering is sound and find out where the soak wells are located.
  • If the property is still on septic tanks and sewerage, check to location of the tanks.
  • Ask about the location of the sewerage outlet pipes and where the main connection is located.

 You can require that the owner fixes any faults prior to settlement as a condition of your offer.  If any items are not working or fixed at settlement and the owner had agreed to this in writing to this, then money can be allocated from the seller’s settlement proceeds to you for any necessary repairs.

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