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3. Own Your Own Home

How To Own Your Home Earlier

One of the biggest financial commitments most of us will ever make is the mortgage on our home. So it is no surprise that the potential savings from adopting a smart mortgage strategy can also be remarkable.

Our clients, Steve and Nicole purchased a home for $500,000 with a mortgage of $350,000 repayable over 30 years. With an initial interest rate of 4.00% and monthly repayments, they found they would be paying $251,543 in interest over the period of the mortgage. In fact their first monthly payment of $1,671 would be applied to interest of $1,167 and only $504 to repayment of the capital.

Whilst they realised they had no control over the amount borrowed, the couple did have control over the interest they would be paying. We explained:

1.Making fortnightly repayments of $836 (half the monthly payments) would save them almost $39,231 interest over the period of the loan, if all other factors remained the same.

2.Renegotiating their loan with an interest rate 0.2% less (80%) would save them around $14,437 over 30 years.

3.Increasing their monthly payments by only $29 would reduce the term of the loan by twelve months and save them around $9,349 in interest charges.

In the current low interest rate environment additional repayments will only achieve small savings in interest. Rather than make additional mortgage repayments, we explained to Steve and Nicole that they could maintain their existing repayments and invest excess funds in higher yielding assets such as shares. However, we clarified the higher level of risk involved in such investments.

Armed with this information, Steve and Nicole decided to play it safe. They changed their payment schedule to fortnightly and plan to apply any increased income from tax savings or salary increases in the future to the mortgage, reducing the outstanding capital amount as soon as possible.

If you would like to discuss how to save on your mortgage and strategies that will work for your situation please get in touch with us.

This communication has been prepared on a general advice basis only. The information has not been prepared to take into account your specific objectives, needs and financial situation. The information may not be appropriate to your individual needs and you should seek advice from your financial adviser before making any investment decisions.

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