Why you need to know your interest rate

Interest rates are a big factor in each repayment and the total cost over the life of a loan, so staying on top of your current rate, as well as the interest trends across the market, is essential.

By staying on top of interest rates, borrowers can make informed decisions about choosing a first-time home loan or getting a better rate by refinancing.

Interest rate percentages are based on a number of factors- the Reserve Bank, the cost of money on overseas markets, and the general state of the economy. Interest rates don’t appear to move by much when looked at as a simple number, sometimes only a fraction of a percent, but each basis point makes a significant difference to the total cost of a loan, and makes a big difference when you’re working to pay down your mortgage.

When you first lock in a home loan, you will choose a fixed or variable interest rate. A fixed rate does not change over a set period of time, and your payments will be predictable each pay cycle. On the other hand, a variable rate is attached to the market interest rate and will move up and down with the market.

Interest rate calculators are very useful to help you compare rates across fixed and variable loans, and translate the rates into an impact on monthly repayments, loan length and the total cost of a loan.

The best way to keep on top of those movements is to stay in contact with your finance broker. They will be able to help you shop around to find the best deal for refinancing when the time is right for you.

Get in touch today to speak with one of our team who can help you understand how to secure the best interest rate for your mortgage.

Should you manage your investment property?

While managing your own investment property can seem like a simple way to keep more of the rent flowing towards the mortgage, there’s a little more to it than making sure the house is standing and collecting the money.

Managing your investment property appears pretty straightforward- you find a tenant, they pay rent, and you keep a close eye on your asset. It’s cheaper, and may suit people with the know-how and available time necessary to sustain a financially viable real estate asset.

If you have a reliable tenant willing to pay market rates and you know how to protect your rights and your tenant’s rights in the event of a mishap, chances are your investment will run smoothly. But there are some very important factors to consider before donning the managerial hat.

Firstly, there’s a lot of legislation in place to protect tenants and landlords. If you don’t have the means to become familiar with the law, running the books on your own might not turn out well.

“Knowledge of the legislation is the most beneficial part of what we do for our clients. That is something that we encounter continuously- breaches and other issues,” explains the finance broker, “The legislation is very grey. A professional property manager will have the experience and knowledge to guide their client as to each case and what the likely and fair outcome should be.”

Do it yourself property managers also need to manage lease agreements, rental payment authority, bond lodgement forms and property inspection reports. In the case that something goes wrong, the correct implementation of these documents could be the difference between a win or loss at the relevant tenancy tribunal.

Property managers also market the premises in order to ensure that you get a good price, and the property may be more appealing simply because renters know they will be dealing with a professional rather than an owner.

“Prospective tenants prefer to deal with an agent. They tend to shy away from self-managed properties because they like to have the middle-man,” the broker says.

While self-managing is right for some, having a professional, trustworthy manager available to handle inquiries, damage or a broken lease can pay off for other owners. It all comes down to whether or not you can commit the time and effort needed to ensure your investment needs are met, as well as the rights of your leasing tenant.

Thinking about financing an investment property purchase? We can help!