Unlock Financial Security in Retirement with a Reverse Mortgage

As Australians enter their senior years, achieving financial security becomes increasingly critical. Unfortunately, even well-laid plans can falter, leaving many retirees facing stress and anxiety about their financial futures, especially as living costs continue to rise.

At AXTON Finance, we often encounter adult children concerned about their parents’ financial well-being. They turn to us for professional mortgage brokering advice to explore options for assisting their parents, including ways to unlock equity from their homes.

While some adult children are in a position to provide financial support, this isn’t always a viable long-term solution. It can also lead to uncomfortable feelings of dependency for parents, potentially exacerbating their stress.

A growing number of seniors and retirees are now considering a Reverse Mortgage as a viable solution. This straightforward financial tool can, subject to eligibility, provide a lump sum to release home equity as cash, settle existing debts, or fund home improvements. This enables seniors to comfortably remain in their own homes longer. Importantly, a Reverse Mortgage does not require income assessment and offers options for periodic monthly payments to supplement the retiree’s income.

There are no mandatory repayments with a Reverse Mortgage until the home is sold, and voluntary repayments can be made at any time, whether in regular installments or as a lump sum.

Like any significant financial decision, consulting with a solicitor or financial planner is crucial before proceeding with a Reverse Mortgage. Most plans include a “No Negative Equity” guarantee, ensuring that borrowers will not be forced to sell their homes unexpectedly.

Pensioners considering a Reverse Mortgage should also consult with Centrelink to ensure that their benefits remain unaffected. In most cases, this type of income does not impact pension entitlements, as it is derived from an owner-occupied residence rather than employment or investment income.

At AXTON Finance, we are dedicated to finding solutions that enhance the quality of life for our clients. In today’s economic climate, it might be time for your home to start working for you. If you’re considering a Reverse Mortgage or need more information about how it might benefit your situation, please contact us at AXTON Finance. Let us help you secure a more comfortable and stable financial future.

Why Choose a Broker Over Going Direct to a Bank?

Navigating the Australian mortgage market can be daunting, especially when it comes to securing the best mortgage options that are suited to your specific needs. While going directly to a bank might seem straightforward, it often isn’t the most beneficial route. Here’s why choosing AXTON Finance can be a smarter decision: With over 300+ five-star Google reviews we offer a personalized service tailored to your needs, access to a wide range of mortgage options from multiple leading lenders, expert guidance for complex needs, and leverage to secure competitive rates and favourable terms. These are the benefits you won’t get by going directly to a bank.

Designed for Time-Poor Professionals

At AXTON Finance, we specialize in helping time-poor professionals who are looking to secure larger loan approvals that usually involve more complex requirements. Our expertise and personalized service ensure that your financial needs are met with efficiency and precision, saving you valuable time and effort. We are here to guide you through the complex mortgage process and provide you with the best possible solutions.

Personalized Service Tailored to Your Needs

AXTON Finance provides an efficient bespoke banking experience tailored uniquely to your financial needs. Going direct to a bank is like going to a car dealership and asking what’s the best car on the market today – you are being sold a product, not a service.

Unlike banks, which often have rigid criteria and impersonal service, and a revolving door of staff AXTON takes the time to understand your specific circumstances, offering reliable solutions that direct to bank options simply cannot match.

Expert Guidance for Complex Needs

The mortgage process is fraught with complex terms and conditions that can be overwhelming without expert guidance. AXTON Finance’s team of highly experienced professionals simplifies these complexities and provides talented advice, ensuring you make informed decisions and avoid the common pitfalls that could waste your time and money.

A Wide Range of Mortgage Options from Multiple Leading Lenders

Did you know that going directly to a bank means there is no obligation for them to offer you products that are truly in your best interests? Licensed mortgage brokers are legislated to always operate within your best interests and provide you with a detailed summary as to why certain structures and products meet your needs first and not the banks. Direct bank customers are limited to the products that their bank offers. AXTON Finance, however, gives you access to a wide array of mortgage products from over 30 major banks and lenders. This diversity ensures you’re not just getting a loan but the best advice coupled with a loan for your particular financial situation.

Leveraging Opportunities

Settling for your current bank’s offer could mean missing out on better rates and more suitable mortgage products. AXTON Finance leverages industry expertise and relationships to secure competitive rates and favourable terms, often not advertised directly by lenders. With AXTON, you gain an edge in financial arrangements that a direct bank approach usually cannot provide.

Don’t Miss Out on better Financial Solutions

Imagine securing not just any loan, but the best possible loan for your situation. We ensure you have access to bespoke solutions and a team that champions your financial success. Why limit yourself to the offerings of a single bank when we can open the door to a world of possibilities and a better financial future?

Further, we ensure your loan remains competitive well past the settlement date, meaning we complete automated annual reviews that compare the market and needle your existing lender to ensure you get a great rate today and tomorrow. Ask yourself—would your current bank tell you that you could get a better rate next year?

At Axton Finance we create relationships, not transactions.

Call us today or book an obligation-free mortgage strategy meeting to find out why thousands of busy professionals have appointed Axton Finance as their trusted mortgage brokers.

How to Refinance Your Home Loan for a Better Deal

Unlocking New Opportunities: Why and How to Refinance Your Home Loan

Refinancing your home loan can seem like navigating through a maze of rates and terms, but it’s often worth the journey. By replacing your existing mortgage with a new one, you typically aim for a better interest rate, lower monthly payments, or a different loan term. This strategic move can free up cash, consolidate debt, or accelerate your path to paying off your home sooner – as long as it is done the right way!

Definition and Benefits of Refinancing

Refinancing involves taking out a new mortgage to replace your current one. This switch can offer several advantages:

  • Reduced Interest Rates: Lock in a lower rate to decrease your monthly payments.
  • Debt Consolidation: Combine multiple debts into a single, manageable loan.
  • Equity Access: Free up cash from your home equity for renovations or other significant expenses.
  • Term Adjustments: Modify the length of your mortgage to fit your financial scenario better.

Current Interest Rates and Opportunities in 2024

In the wake of the rate shocks of 2022 and 2023, many homeowners are keenly observing interest rate trends. Most economists predict a softening of the cash rate towards the end of this year, although this adjustment might be postponed to early 2024 if inflation remains high. In light of these forecasts, Proptrack produced this simple graph that outlines the major fours outlook on when they expect the RBA to commence their rate-cutting cycle and by what degree – crystal balling of course!

Evaluating Your Current Home Loan

Before you leap into refinancing, assess your current mortgage. Consider these factors:

  • Interest Rate: How does your rate compare to the new rates available? Is there a significant benefit to you to refinance? Can you stay with your current lender if they improved their rate?
  • Fees: Are there early repayment penalties or high ongoing fees?
  • Loan Features: Does your loan include features like an offset account or redraw facility, and do you use them?
  • Repayment Flexibility: Are you able to make extra payments without penalties?
  • Internet banking: Given the lack of branches these days it is important to know what their digital solutions are like. Still, in 2024 there remain enormous differences between the banks and lenders in regard to their customer Internet banking solutions – you would be surprised to know.

The Refinancing Process Explained

Refinancing can be broken down into several straightforward steps:

  1. Goal Setting: Define what you hope to achieve with refinancing.
  2. Financial Review: Assess your financial health and creditworthiness with an experienced mortgage broker.
  3. Loan Shopping: get assistance to compare suitable loan products that meet your needs and not the banks.
  4. Application: Submit your application and required documentation with expert assistance from your helpful mortgage broker at every step.
  5. Settlement: Once approved, the new loan will pay off your existing mortgage.
  6. Post-settlement: This is an important one. A great mortgage broker, like the ones at Axton Finance, will keep in touch with you and automate the review process to ensure you are never ripped off by your new lender. It’s in our interests to ensure you remain on a great rate, not your banks.

Conducting Market Research

Understanding the broader market context is crucial. Research recent trends in home loan rates, consider economic forecasts and review mortgage brokers and lender reputations and reviews (at the time of publishing we have almost 300+ five-star Google reviews). This information will guide you in choosing the right loan product and lender.

How We Can Help

At Axton Finance we specialize in helping homeowners like you navigate the complex world of mortgage refinancing. Our team of experts will guide you through evaluating your current loan, choosing the best new loan, and handling all the paperwork. Let us help you secure the best deal possible and achieve your financial goals. Contact us today to get started!

How is Your Home Loan Interest Rate Calculated?

Buying a home or just refinancing one usually means a hefty financial commitment – and understanding interest rates is key to making sound choices.

We often get asked how the interest rate on your mortgage is calculated.

Let’s dive in!

Factors Influencing the Interest Rate of Your Mortgage

Your interest rate isn’t a random number. It’s determined by several factors:

  • Credit Score: A high credit score indicates you’re a reliable borrower, potentially earning you a lower interest rate. If you want to get a free credit score report reach out to us.
  • Loan-to-Value Ratio (LVR): LVR reflects how much you’re borrowing relative to the property’s value. Higher LVRs may mean higher interest rates especially as you pass 80% LVR and it really ramps up over 90%.
  • Loan Type: Different loan types (variable, fixed, line of credit, interest only, intro rates etc.) come with varying interest rates. The cheapest form of lending is usually principal and interest for owner-occupied purposes. The more expensive rates are interest-only investment purpose lending. If your loan is an SMSF (Self Managed Superannuation Fund) loan then the rates are higher again because they are limited recourse structures.
  • Economic Climate: Interest rates are a function of controlling inflation first and foremost. The effects of rapid rates of inflation have a very corrosive effect on people’s purchasing power and the overall stability of the greater economy. To curb inflation, central banks, like the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) raise the cash rate, the rate at which banks borrow money from each other. When the cash rate goes up, lenders typically raise their interest rates, and vice versa. This discourages borrowing and spending, which can help slow down inflation. Conversely, if the economy weakens and inflation falls, the cash rate may be lowered to stimulate borrowing and spending.
  • Funding Costs: Banks lend you money from various sources which include but are not limited to deposits held, bonds and other security instruments. Depending on a number of macro-level variables source funding costs can be more expensive at times which sees the cost passed onto you, the borrower.

Types of Interest Rates

  • Variable Rates: Fluctuate with the market, and will rise and fall during your loan term. Banks and lenders can also move rates outside of RBA if conditions determine so.
  • Fixed Rates: Stay the same for a set time, typically 1-5 years, offering predictable repayments.
  • Split Rates: A combination of variable and fixed rate portions within the same loan.
  • Introductory rates: Also called honeymoon rates are, as the name suggests, a cheaper starter rate that ramps up after a period of time usually six to twelve months. In the long run honeymoon rates are generally a more expensive product solution and are rarely recommended by us.

What’s the Outlook in 2024 for Interest Rates

Interest rates are constantly changing. The best way to get an accurate picture is by comparing lenders or appointing a broker who proactively does this for you during the life of your loan (like we do at AXTON Finance!). Look at their advertised rates primarily, but be cautious in relying just on the so-called comparison rate which is usually an inaccurate assessment for larger loan sizes of $750k. It’s worth considering that comparison rates only compare a standard $150,000 loan over a set 25-year term including all fees and charges. An experienced mortgage broker can help demonstrate the effects of what a new loan term may really cost you, especially when you factor into account the long-term effects of consolidating debts, like a car loan or credit card into your home loan. The costs can be nasty if you are blinded by the ‘lower’ monthly repayment on offer.

Tips to Save Interest on Your Home or Investment Loan

Larger Down Payment: Lowering your LVR means potentially lower interest rates.

Shorter Loan Term: Reduces the total interest paid, though repayments will be higher.

Consider an Offset Account: Offsets your savings balance against your loan balance, decreasing the amount you pay interest on each repayment cycle. When used right this structure combined with the above concepts can have an enormous compounding effect on the cost of your loan.

Refinance Regularly: Don’t stick with the same lender forever because ‘it’s OK’ or ‘you are too busy’. Shopping around and refinancing when better rates arise could save significant interest if you are comparing apples with apples and getting good advice from an experienced mortgage broker.

Fortnightly Payments: Paying fortnightly instead of monthly means you make an extra month’s worth of repayments over a year, reducing interest faster. This can easily cut five years off a normal 30-year loan term.

Harness Credit Card Power: If disciplined, put all your expenses on a card with a long interest-free period (say 55 days) and pay it off IN FULL each cycle. In the meantime, your salary in your offset account reduces the loan’s interest-accruing balance.

Negotiate: Don’t be afraid to ask your lender for a better rate, particularly if you’ve got a good repayment history. Better still your broker should be regularly doing this for you as part of their ongoing service – if they aren’t you better speak to us.

How Axton Finance Can Help?

Navigating interest rates and loans can be overwhelming especially when there seems to be near limitless choice. That’s where we step in! As experienced mortgage brokers, we’re here to guide busy professionals like you through the complexities. We’ll compare lenders, help you secure pre-approvals tailored to your circumstances, and ensure you find the most competitive rates for your home or investment loan.

Let us help you make informed financial decisions – get in touch today!

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Household Income Homebuyers Surged to $220,000 – Clinton’s interview on Home Affordability!

Listen to episode #928 of @therealestatepodcast where Clint is interviewed by the shows host Craig. In this short 15 minute podcast Clint provides his expert insights on home affordability, interest rate forecasts, the surge in household homebuyer incomes, and the dynamics of sharing property ownership.

Should You Be Loyal To Your Bank?

When it comes to your money, especially a significant commitment like a mortgage, loyalty to your bank might seem like a good idea. Many homeowners tend to stick with their original lender out of familiarity, a sense of loyalty or sometimes because they think it’s too hard to change. However, the mortgage landscape is constantly evolving, regardless if interest rates are increasing, decreasing or going sideways and sticking with your bank probably isn’t always in your best interest – not that they will tell you this…

Is maintaining allegiance to your bank when you have a mortgage crucial? Or does prudently exploring better deals that align with your interests make more financial sense?

The myth of loyalty

The notion of loyalty to your bank is deeply ingrained in many individuals. Often, people associate familiarity and a long-standing relationship with their bank as a form of security. However, while loyalty may have its merits in certain aspects of life, it might not always pay dividends in the realm of your home loan and your hard-earned dollars.

New to bank = a better deal

You would think that being loyal means you should get a better rate or a discount like you do with your insurance company, but this is often not the case. While you might get a slight improvement by haggling with your old bank the overall system is hugely hungry for ‘book growth’, meaning banks and lenders will usually trip over themselves to get new customers in the door and rely on their ‘loyal’ customers to stay put at higher rates – it’s just the way the system often works. Even when you get your current bank to tweak your rate, there will come the point when the ‘computer says no’ because the return on their loan isn’t worth it anymore for a host of technical reasons – you might think you got a better deal, but did you?

You don’t know what you don’t know

Mortgage rates fluctuate regularly. What might have been a competitive rate when you initially secured your mortgage a few years back could now pale in comparison to newer, more favourable deals available in the market. By limiting yourself to one lender, you could potentially miss out on a better interest rate or more favourable terms offered by other banks and lenders.

Why reviewing your mortgage regularly is crucial

One of the keys to ensuring you’re not missing out on a better deal is to review your mortgage at least every one to two years. This proactive approach allows you to assess if your current loan still aligns with your financial goals and if there are better options available. You are probably unsurprised that banks don’t prioritise this process, and they are not obliged to always act in your best interest – licensed mortgage brokers are, however! This means you may be unaware of a better rate available from your current lender or someone else in the market.

This is where the expert mortgage brokers at AXTON Finance can help save you a lot of time and money. AXTON Finance is committed to empowering homeowners by regularly reviewing their loans with automated repricing tools that needle your bank or lender to ensure you get the best rate for your scenario. After all, if we are not doing this on your behalf, we are certain you will and that you may leave us! One of our primary goals is to create a long-term relationship with you as your trusted mortgage broker. We do not treat you as a once-off transaction!

Our efficient digital systems ensure that your mortgage is reviewed at least annually, ensuring that you are getting the best possible rate and terms that suit your needs.

Why AXTON Finance are Melbourne’s leading Mortgage Brokers

Unlike dealing directly with banks and online lenders, AXTON Finance is dedicated to working in your best interest. Our team of experienced mortgage brokers navigates the complex mortgage market on your behalf, identifying tailored structures and negotiating to secure lower interest rates and favourable terms.

We provide you with personalised attention, ensuring that your financial goals are understood and catered to effectively.

We build relationships – not transactions

While bank loyalty may have been a thing when 20th-century bank managers had authority, it’s now essential to recognise that in modern home and investment loans, blind loyalty to your bank might only sometimes serve your best interests. Regularly reviewing your mortgage and exploring better deals is indeed a smart financial move but getting experienced advice from the leading mortgage brokers at AXTON Finance will help ensure your best interests and not the banks are being served!

We know that your mortgage is not just a set-and-forget transaction but an evolving instrument that adapts to your changing financial needs. Don’t wait for your bank to offer you the best deal; take control of your financial future today. Contact AXTON Finance, Melbourne’s trusted mortgage brokers, and experience our personalised service, efficient systems, and dedicated team, who can help you secure a better mortgage approval.

Four Reasons Why You Need A Tailored Finance Pre-Approval

A critical key to unlocking your dream property often lies in securing a properly assessed pre-approval from a suitable bank or lender. With access to over 30 major banks and lenders, AXTON Finance understands the importance of this initial step, especially for busy time-poor professionals, probably just like you.

Here’s why getting your tailored mortgage pre-approval properly assessed is crucial before venturing into the market:

Confidence

Imagine this scenario – armed with a properly assessed pre-approval, vetted by experienced human professionals rather than relying on a flimsy computer-generated bank ‘pre-approval’ that comes with all sorts of conditional clauses. This assurance stems from a thorough assessment by the expert mortgage brokers at AXTON Finance, who have taken the time to understand and outline specific options available to you. It is worth highlighting that any offer made at an auction is unconditional, which means bidding without a proper pre-approval is risky and certainly not advisable.

With this in hand, you can confidently navigate the property market, knowing that your pre-approval isn’t just a computer-generated ‘yes’ loaded with escape clauses. This assurance lets you focus solely on properties within your approved budget range, minimising uncertainty and providing a strong foundation for your property search.

Strength

When it comes to making an offer, the terms you present matter significantly and its not just about price. Offers that are contingent on ‘subject to finance’, even in a weaker market or before an auction, will significantly weaken your position. However, a thoroughly assessed pre-approval equips you to negotiate from a position of strength. You can craft a compelling offer not only in terms of price but also with the consideration of settlement parameters, making you an attractive option compared to those relying on uncertain finance ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes’.

Speed

Contrary to what you might think, obtaining a pre-approval isn’t a time-consuming process, especially with the advanced tech stack and human expertise at AXTON Finance. Having that dialled in pre-approval means you may be ahead of others who might not have their lending strategy sorted. This advantage empowers you to act swiftly, staying ahead of those who are dithering and unprepared to seize opportunities in the market.

Success

Of course you are probably reading this because you actually want to buy your next property. So above all, a properly assessed pre-approval sets the stage for success. Delaying or avoiding this crucial step might mean missed opportunities. Many individuals hesitate to seek pre-approvals due to uncertainty or lack of understanding about their options. But with professionals like AXTON Finance by your side, you are laid out with a clear pathway for your property aspirations. Avoid the disappointment of watching potential homes or investment opportunities slip away because you weren’t prepared – speak to one of the experienced brokers at AXTON Finance today.

A properly assessed pre-approval isn’t just a step; it’s your strategic advantage in the competitive real estate arena. At AXTON Finance, we know that securing your finance pre-approval is of immense value in guiding busy professionals like yourself by providing confidence, negotiation strength, speed, and a clear pathway to achieving your property goals.

Don’t let uncertainty hinder your progress; secure your tailored pre-approval with an experienced AXTON Finance mortgage broker and open the door to your desired property with confidence.

Contact us today – and speak to a human who knows!

Which Professionals Do You Need When Buying A Property?

Purchasing a property is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make, and at AXTON Finance we know the importance of having the right professionals by your side when embarking on your property journey.

There are several experts involved in the property buying journey, and each plays a vital role in ensuring that you make informed decisions and get the best result. These professionals will also be key to ensuring you receive the correct advice in the future.

Here are some of the important professionals to engage when purchasing a property:

  1. Mortgage Broker: One of the first experts you should engage when purchasing a property is a mortgage broker. An experienced mortgage broker will help you secure the best possible mortgage by understanding your needs and unique situation to then compare various lenders and interest rates. They will also help you determine your borrowing capacity and assess your eligibility for government grants or incentives. By working with a mortgage broker, you can avoid costly mistakes, save a lot of time and money in the process. As one of Melbourne’s best mortgage brokers you will be hard-pressed to get a better professional in your corner. Book an obligation free chat with us today here or call on 1300 706 540.
  2. Solicitor/Conveyancer: A solicitor or conveyancer is another crucial professional you need to engage when purchasing a property. These experts help you navigate through the legalities of the property-buying process. They can help you understand the terms of the sale contract, identify any legal issues, and ensure that you have a clear title to the property. They can also advise you on stamp duty, taxes, and other settlement legal obligations.
  3. Buyers Advocate: Buyers advocates are professionals who work exclusively for the buyer NOT the vendor like real estate agents do. They help you find the right property based on your brief, negotiate the best price, and manage the entire property-buying process on your behalf. They have access to off-market properties, and they can help you avoid common property-buying mistakes. They can also provide you with independent advice on the property, its potential, and its value.
  4. Accountant: An accountant is another important professional to engage when purchasing a property. They can help you understand the financial implications of buying a property, such as the tax obligations, ownership options, negative gearing benefits, depreciation, and expenses. They can also help you set up a structure to minimize your tax liability and advise you on any tax benefits or incentives available to you.
  5. Financial Planner: A financial planner can help you assess the financial implications of buying a property on your overall financial plan. They can help you understand how property investment fits into your overall financial goals and advise you on the best ways to finance it. They can also help you structure your finances, assess your cash flow, assess the adequacy of your insurance protections and plan for your financial future.

So to help maximize the likelihood of a successful property transaction it is essential to surround yourself with the right professionals to guide you through your property-buying journey. Each of these professionals brings a unique set of skills and expertise to the table, and working together with you over time will not only ensure that you get the best result on the initial purchase but the best advice moving forward as you grow your wealth in the years to come.

Is Your Cheap Fixed Rate Mortgage Expiring?

The pandemic saw a torrent of ultra-low fixed interest rates set up for Australian homeowners and investors alike. However, many of these fixed loans are set to expire, and borrowers will face a sharp increase in their interest rates, which has been dubbed somewhat ominously by the Australian media as the “mortgage cliff.”

The expiry of these fixed rates over the coming months and years could cause significant financial stress for borrowers who are unprepared for the sudden increase in their mortgage payments. In some cases, monthly mortgage payments could double, putting a significant strain on an already elevated household budget.

Thankfully, there are some sound options available for those with fixed rates to mitigate the impact of the so-called cliff!

  1. One of the most effective solutions is to pick up the phone and call your current lender to needle them to improve your rate. It is a well-known fact in the banking industry that it is cheaper to keep a current borrower than to seek out a new one so you might be surprised by what they may be able to offer you. Once you have done this you can compare the market yourself or use the services of a mortgage broker to assist you in comparing like-for-like options.
  2. Failing a decent response from your current bank or lender, you can seek to refinance your home loan. This is best done by a professional mortgage broker, who will be experienced in comparing like-for-like products, policies and structures. Since interest rates started to rise in 2022 lenders have slowly increased the assessment criteria that may result in you being unable to refinance your current loan based on the revised stress-tested rates even though you are making repayments at a higher rate today! Further compounding this complexity is the fact that borrowers with higher LVR’s (Loan to Valuation Ratios) may have experienced a reduction in the value of their property which can make refinancing uneconomical. An experienced broker will help you clearly navigate the benefits and costs early on before you commit to any decision.
  3. Switch your loan to interest only and/or extend the term. This really should be a last resort option because while your monthly repayments may drop considerably, the true long-term cost can add tens of thousands of dollars to the total cost over the life of your mortgage. Extreme caution needs to be applied when looking at this option and getting a professional broker in your corner to model out the effects is highly advisable.

By working with an experienced mortgage broker, like the team at AXTON Finance, we can help you understand the terms of your current loan, including any hidden fees or penalties that could impact the refinancing process.  Will will have a high degree of confidence that your decision will be an informed one that one helps you avoid any costly mistakes.

The mortgage cliff is a looming challenge for borrowers with expiring ultra-cheap fixed home and investment loans. However, there are some simple solutions available, such as refinancing, that can help mitigate the impact of rising interest rates.

How To Get Approved When Refinancing Your Home Loan

With the rapid increase in interest rates in Australia and many people coming off ultra low interest rates there has been a cause for concern for many people looking to refinance their mortgages. With the onset of higher interest rates, lenders are substantially more cautious and selective when it comes to approving mortgage applications. We are even seeing many examples where people cannot refinance to a better rate because various lenders are applying higher assessment hurdles to a loan they are already servicing which is locking people into their home loans. However this may not need to be the case, there are a few clever but very simple ways to increase your chances of getting your refinance mortgage application approved. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Review your credit score

    A higher credit score can increase your chances of getting approved for a mortgage, even if interest rates have risen. Review your credit report and make sure there are no errors that could negatively impact your score. If you have a lower score, consider working to improve it before applying for a mortgage. Being late on loan repayments, making too many credit applications, moving address regularly or having numerous consumer debts can all negatively affect your credit score.

  2. Demonstrate a stable income

    Lenders want to see that you have a stable income that can support your mortgage payments. This is especially important if interest rates have risen since you first took out your mortgage. Provide documentation of your income, including pay stubs, tax returns, and bank statements. Bonus income can also be used in many circumstances but policies vary considerably from lender to lender – best to speak to us about your option first.

  3. Reduce your debts

    Lenders look at your debt-to-income ratio, which is the amount of debt you have compared to your income. If you have a high debt-to-income ratio, it could be a red flag to lenders. Consider reducing your credit card limits or paying off some debts before applying for a mortgage. Reducing your credit card limit by just a few thousand dollars can have a fairly substantial effect on your loan. As of the time of publishing, most lenders want to see your debt-to-income ratio less than six times.

  4. Shop around for lenders

    Different lenders have different requirements and criteria for mortgage approvals. Shop around and compare rates and terms from multiple lenders to find the best fit for your financial situation. Of course the best way to do this is through the professional services offered by the team of experienced mortgage brokers at AXTON Finance.

  5. Be prepared to provide additional documentation

    Currently, banks and lenders are requesting additional documentation or information during the application process. Be prepared to provide this information in a timely manner to keep the process moving forward which will reduce the time it takes to ‘yes’ and for you to enjoy your lower rate.

  6. Extend your loan term

    This one can make your borrowing capacity higher but can make your mortgage ultimately a lot more expensive. So while you may be able to get a loan term of 35 or 40 years this can be very costly if you are already 10 years into a 30 year mortgage – tread with caution on this one but an experienced mortgage broker will be able to model out the pros and cons for you.

In summary, getting your refinance mortgage application approved despite rising interest rates requires some simple planning and preparation. With these tips in mind, you can increase your chances of getting approved for the refinance of your home or investment loan and secure a better interest rate.

Get in touch with one of the experienced team at AXTON Finance today to refinance to a better rate.

Call us today on 1300 706 540 or book a quick obligation-free mortgage review online here.