With interest rates at record low levels, many homeowners are considering the possibility of fixing their interest rate on the home loan.
Before going down this path it’s important to ask some key questions and decide whether this is the right option for you.
When looking at a fixed interest rate, the main reason a homeowner would consider that option is the security of knowing the repayments are set for a period of time.
That might be a good option if you’ve got a home loan that you wouldn’t be comfortable with should interest rates rise. However, it’s important to consider that in the current environment, fixed rates are generally higher than variable rate loans.
While fixed-rate loans are great for your security they are also not particularly flexible.
Many fixed-rate loan products won’t allow you to make repayments over and above the normal repayment schedule. There are also costs involved if you choose to refinance, which are generally a lot lower with a variable loan.
When taking out a fixed-rate loan, you’ll generally have the choice of fixing your home loan rate for between 1 and 5 years, with longer terms up to 10 years available from some lenders.
Once again, a longer-term plan gives you a degree of security that you wouldn’t have with a variable loan. However, you might expect a longer-term fixed-rate home loan to come with a higher interest rate to protect the lender.
Most lenders will offer you the flexibility to fix a certain percentage of your total home loan.
Fixing only some of the loan might be a good choice for homeowners who want some security with their interest rate, but don’t’ want to lock themselves into anything that might cost a lot in the long run.
Assess how much you might be able to pay down on the variable portion of your home loan through making additional repayments. Then you’ll have a good idea of what percentage of the loan you could look at fixing.
If you would like to chat to us about refinancing and potentially fixing a portion of your home loan, or about finance and/or property in general, please feel free to give us a call on 02 8004 2222 or book an appointment.
Although we are located in Crows Nest, we service clients from St Leonards, Artarmon, Wollstonecraft, Cammeray, Northbridge, Naremburn, Neutral Bay, Greenwich, North Sydney, Waverton to Willoughby and all areas of Greater Sydney.
PS This article is prepared based on general information. It does not take into account individual financial or property objectives or needs and is not financial product or investment advice.