Mortgage holders have a "small silver lining" as we enter the final free months of 2023, according to Compare Club co-CEO Lance Goodman.
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“Every day we’re hearing homeowners struggle with what they should cut and where to keep their mortgage payments on track, which is not surprising when you look at the data and see the average mortgage holder would have seen an annual increase of over $15,700 on their repayments since April 2022.
"So while the RBA’s decision to hold the cash rate will be very welcome for mortgage holders across the country, there’s still other rising costs, such as energy bills to contend with. There may well be another one or two rate rises this year, so it’s never been more important for homeowners to get on top of all their expenses, not just their home loan.
“There is a small silver lining for homeowners though. Property prices are continuing to rise again, and that means some mortgage holders who were struggling to refinance because their loan-to-value ratio (LVR) was so high may be able to get a much better rate than they could access a few months ago.
“Lenders tend to be a bit wary of anybody with an LVR of 80% or above but we’ve seen a lot of instances where some lenders have valued properties slightly higher than others and that’s made a massive difference.
“It’s why it’s really important to pick up the phone to a mortgage broker, as they have a pretty good idea how lenders are valuing properties in different suburbs. For example, one of our brokers managed to refinance a home loan in Western Sydney from 6.4% to 5.24% after he found a lender who valued the property that little bit higher.
“My message to all homeowners is don’t feel you have to fight this alone. Get a good mortgage broker in your corner, and see if you can get a better deal on other big expenses like health insurance, energy, and car insurance. There are often hundreds of dollars worth of savings to be made that can really help give a bit more breathing room to household budgets.”
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