How To Take Advantage Of Low Interest Rates + Cope When They Rise

The saying 'make hay while the sun shines' holds true for dealing with home loan interest rates.

If you make extra repayments while rates are low you will reduce your loan balance, save on interest and build a buffer to minimise the impact of future rate rises.

If you are not sure by how much you might increase your repayments, you could:

  • Increase your repayments as if rates were already 2% higher
  • Round up your repayments to the nearest hundred dollars
  • Just pay what you can afford

Have another look at your budget and see if there are any expenses you could reduce to make extra payments on your loan.

Use the Defence Bank mortgage calculator to work how much your repayments could be.

Make more frequent repayments

  • If you are paying your mortgage monthly and you are paid fortnightly, divide your mortgage repayment in two and make repayments every time you get paid.
  • If you are paid monthly, divide the repayment amount by four and make repayments weekly

Not only will this strategy save you interest every time you make a payment, by the end of the year you will have made extra repayments, as there are more than 4 weeks or 2 fortnights in a month over a calendar year.

Coping With A Home Loan Interest Rate Rise

If interest rates rise and you're not prepared, here are some things you can do to keep afloat.

a.     Review your budget and cut back on spending

Looking critically at where you spend your money can often shine a light on areas where money is wasted or being spent on things that aren't really important. Think about what luxuries you might be prepared to give up so you can afford your home loan repayments.

b.     Get into a healthy savings habit

It is advisable to develop a consistent savings plan and sticking to what you can afford and avoid unnecessary spending. Build an emergency savings fund to prepare for unforeseen situations. Defence Bank has a few savings account options that are worth looking into.

c.     Sell other assets

Think about what other assets you have that you may be able to do without. For example, if you have two cars, could you make do with one? Selling an asset you can't really afford to maintain will provide an instant boost to your mortgage and may even reduce your expenses. 

d.     Consider switch your mortgage

It might be a good idea to review your mortgage at least once a year to check if there might be a better deal to suit your current financial situation. Talking to a financial advisor or mortgage broker will give you an indication of what to expect when switching home loans.

If you’d like to find out more about your home loan options, contact Defence Bank on 1800 033 139 or via their website. 


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