• Tristan Angelini

How to Prepare for Refinancing

Recent reports state that there has been a new cash rate cut that just made a new record low. If you’re someone who has been planning to refinance a home, this is probably the perfect time to do that. Why? Let’s find out.

Of course, you want to get the best home loan deal when you want to make a purchase especially if it’s a residential property. But the challenge is actually making it happen. Loaning can be a challenge because organizing your finances can be tricky. But if done the right way, it can produce a worthwhile outcome.

So how do you prepare for refinancing? Here are some tips.

Prepare for what’s going to happen

This part is a no-brainer-- before doing anything else, such as going from one bank to another, make sure to ask help from an expert or consultant. Financial consultants are trained to help clients make correct financial decisions, so if you’re completely unsure about the steps in terms of getting loans or purchasing a property, consult an expert first and foremost. They will tell you what documents you need to prepare as well as whether your repayment history will qualify you for a good credit standing.

Remember: the first assessment you will go through should be your best because it would greatly affect all the succeeding assessments you will most likely experience.

So what should you look for when you decide to go through refinancing?

Interest rates are not just the ones you should look for when refinancing. Applications might also have fees. This is often overlooked at but applications, legal, valuation, and settlement should be just as important as interest rates.

Why are you applying for refinancing? This question should be answered clearly. The purpose of why you are applying for it should not be too confusing for you. Are you refinancing because of the current rate? Is it for the lower rate or the equity release for investment?

It’s also important to keep in mind that borrowing capacity is not the same for everyone—it varies. Sometimes the cheapest rate does not necessarily mean that a borrower will get the borrowing capacity they want. Also, when refinancing, product features are very important. For instance, most fixed rates have no offset accounts. Find one that will suit your needs because some lenders may favor a particular property and location.

Special deals may also be offered so make sure to find that out—and don’t be scared to ask! Most times, these offers are only given when a client asks for it.

After securing that home loan deal, remember to keep checking what happens after

Just because you think you have already secured the deal you want, you will stop checking. Sometimes, even if you think the bank you have been with for a decade will continue taking care of you, that’s not always the case. So keep in mind your responsibilities as a borrower and at the same time, your rights as a buyer.

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