Features of Alice Springs home loans

After you’ve found the perfect property to buy in Alice Springs, it’s well worth looking into the all the features offered before making a decision on the right home loan. To help you, we’ve created a guide outlining all the common loan features and benefits below.

Guide of Common Loan Features and Benefits

Not all of these features will be available on every loan. Speak to us about any of these that interest you.

Interest-only repayments

You only pay the interest on the loan, not the principal, usually for the first 1 to 5 years, although some lenders offer longer terms. Some lenders give borrowers the option of a further interest-only period. Because you’re not paying off the principal, your monthly repayments are lower. These loans are especially popular with investors who pay off the principal when the property is sold. This strategy is usually reliant on the property having achieved capital growth before it’s sold.

Extra repayments

If you pay more than the required regular repayment, the extra amount may be deducted from the principal. This not only reduces the amount you owe, but also lowers the amount of interest you repay. Making extra repayments regularly, even small ones, is the best way to pay off your home loan quicker and save on interest charges.

Weekly or fortnightly repayments

Instead of regular monthly repayments, you pay off your home loan weekly or fortnightly. This generally suits people who are paid on a weekly or fortnightly basis and will save you money because you end up making more payments in a year, cutting the life of the loan.

Redraw facility

This typically allows you to access any extra repayments you have made. Knowing you have access to funds can provide peace of mind. Be aware, lenders may charge a redraw fee and have a minimum redraw amount. There might also be other restrictions on when funds can be redrawn.

Repayment holiday

You may be able to take a complete break from repayments, or make reduced repayments, for an agreed period of time. This can be useful for travel, maternity leave or a career change.

Offset account

This is a savings account linked to your home loan. Money paid into the savings account is deducted from the balance of your home loan before interest is calculated. The more money you save, the lower your regular home loan repayments. You can often access your savings in the usual way, by EFTPOS and ATMs. This is a great way to reduce your loan interest, as well as eliminate the tax bill on your savings. Be aware, the account may have higher monthly fees or require a minimum balance or have other restrictions.

Direct debit

Your lender automatically draws repayments from a chosen bank account. Apart from ensuring there is enough cash in the account, you don’t have to remember to make repayments.

All-in-one home loan

This combines a home loan with a cheque, savings and credit card account. You can have your salary paid into it directly. By keeping cash in the account for as long as possible each month you can reduce the interest charges. Used with discipline, the all-in-one feature offers both flexibility and interest savings. Interest rates charged for these loans can be higher.

Professional package

Home loans over a certain value are offered at a discounted rate, combined with discounted fees on other banking services. These can be attractively priced, but if you don’t use the banking services you may be better off with a basic variable loan.

Portable loans

If you sell your current property and buy somewhere else, you can take your home loan with you. This can save time and set-up fees, but you may incur other charges.

Once you have a good idea of the features and benefits you’d like for your home loan, call our mortgage brokers on (08) 8952 1400 to assist you with finding the right loan.

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