Pay more and pay often

Assuming you have a mortgage that lets you pay extra, you should pay more and pay often. Subject to the terms of your loan and your circumstances, making additional repayments can help you repay your loan quicker and save you money. If the outstanding balance of your loan is lower, then the amount of interest you will have to pay will be lower.

For example, the interest charged on a $300,000 Home Loan at a rate of 7.15% over 30 years with monthly repayments is over $420,000. By paying off an additional $50 a month, you’ll reduce the interest bill by $39,000 and your loan term by 2 years and 4 months. You could look at making repayments weekly or fortnightly rather than monthly. Over 30 years the savings add up.

Consolidate your debts to make it easier to achieve your goals

You’re generally paying a higher interest rate on small loans (e.g. car and personal loans) and your credit cards, so it makes sense to eliminate those debts first. Put a rein on your credit card usage and then tackle your mortgage. Alternatively, you can consolidate these debts into your home loan by refinancing and restructuring your mortgage. You can still separate the deductible debt using different loan accounts and you will receive a separate itemised statement for tax time. Subject to consulting your accountant or tax adviser, you may want to pay off your non-deductible debt as quickly as possible and should determine with your accountant or tax adviser the most efficient and suitable structure for you.

Make sure you’re paying off the right mortgage

When you entered the mortgage market, you might not have been as well informed as you are now. Or the market might not have been as competitive. Stay in close contact with your Glass broker. They can let you know if there is a new home loan product that will save you money over the term of the mortgage.

Flexible mortgages

Most debt-retirement strategies depend on your ability to pay off more of your mortgage sooner. Read the fine print or talk to us to see if you have the flexibility you need to reduce your interest charges.

Introduce a mortgage offset facility

Most lenders will allow you to use a transactional bank account to hold savings that will offset the interest you are paying on your mortgage, typically known as a mortgage offset facility. Generally how this works is that for every dollar in the transactional bank account, it will offset against the outstanding balance in your loan account and reduces the amount of interest payable on the loan.

For example, if you have a loan with an outstanding balance of $500,000 and you deposit $250,000 in the offset account, the interest calculated will then only be based on the net outstanding balance, being $250,000 in this example. However, if you are using some of the funds in the offset account and the balance is fluctuating, then the interest benefit will vary from time to time.

Act now if you are serious about wanting to reduce the interest you pay on your home loan. Talk to Glass advisor today and see what’s possible.