17 handy tips for paying off a mortgage

Tips & Tricks

Here are some useful tips to get your mortgage paid more quickly so that you can enjoy your home even more!

It’s deserving talking to a mortgage advisor to the BuildME who can help you understand your home credit options and set your savings scheme with the right bank for you if you’re looking for home financing.

Make extra repayments

Consistent and ad-hoc additional reimbursements like bonuses and tax returns work to reduce your mortgage principal quicker. The earlier in the loan period you start repaying, the greater the profit in terms of time and money saved.

Make your first repayment on the settlement date

The repayment of your first home loan generally decreases one month after settlement. If you make your first payment on your payment date, the principal reduces the amount before buying the first batch of interest.

Make extra repayments right from the start

Regular additional repayments made right from your loan term's start will affect your loan's total time and costs far more than five or ten years. You can still make considerable savings, even if you are more than five years into your lending term, by starting to make additional repayments.

Make repayments more often

When you calculate your loan repayment monthly, you can make considerable additional savings by halving your monthly repayment instead of paying quarterly. This process will cause you to pay off your mortgage for one additional month each year, reducing the principal faster. Use this credit repayment calculator to find the difference in the amount of the credit repayment.

To ensure that your lender hasn't calculated your quintessential repayment to equal half the monthly repayment, check the print in your loan documents to ensure that you do not save time or money. For an indication of how much you can save with different refund amounts, use the extra refund calculator.

Look for cheaper rate with good flexibility

The easiest way to pay off your loan earlier is to find a lower rate than the one you currently have but keep (or even increase) the amount you pay every month. Look for a low-rate loan with the flexibility to make additional refunds. Some lenders have rates that differ considerably from those of the big banks, but if you refinance, make sure that the costs do not outweigh the benefits.

Pay loan fees and the charges upfront

Pay credit, legal fees, and Lenders Mortgage Insurance (if applicable) up front and not capitalize on your loan. This saves you thousands of dollars of interest over the term of the loan.

Look for loans which offer features without a charge

Individual loans charge a fee for every refund or additional refund, switching from a variable to a fixed rate, transporting your loan to another property, taking refund vacations, etc. If you know what you are likely to use and find a loan that does not charge you, you can save the cost of fees.

Negotiate to make savings

Now, because of the current global credit situation, you may find this more challenging, but you can still save by negotiating with your lender about things like interest rates and charges. Your local mortgage specialist will help you focus on the area where savings are most likely to be made, but as a guide, interest rates and fees are perfect places for you to start negotiations. Good savings, credit history, and a good history of work will help you here.

Cut back on expenditure

Reduce vice expenses and instead redirect the money to your house loan. Smoking, after-work beer, coffee in the morning, and chocolate fix in the afternoon are all added throughout the week. You can add at least one luncheon, breakfast, or dinner a week and put more than 50 dollars extra in your loan a week.

Look outside the big banks

The big banks are not the only place to borrow money or even the best one. Many smaller banks and specialist lenders are offered very competitive loans. Just because you haven't heard that the lender isn't a reputable lender - your mortgage advisor will understand which lenders are credible and suitable for your situation.

Home loan portability

For 25 or 30 years, many people do not stay in the same place. Many home loans offer the so-called loan portability feature that allows you to move your loan into a new property. Since it's the same loan, the costs of exit and entrance fees are avoided.

Set up a salary credit account

Offset loans allow you to have your salary paid directly into the offset account, thus reducing your home loan interest. The balance of the account is 'offset' on the balance of the loan for interest calculation, which can keep you a lot of money over the long term because you pay interest every day.

Align your repayments with your income cycle

When you have an offset account, changing your repayment dates to match your income cycle helps you make the most money.

Don't lower your repayments if interest rates fall

If rates drop, your home loan repayments may seem tempting to keep pace with the minimum required refunds and pocket the difference. Before doing so, consider maintaining your old repayments will shave a substantial portion of your loan away, especially if rates continue to drop.

Review your loan regularly

A regular review of your loan will help you evaluate its effectiveness and, if necessary, take steps to correct any waste. Being on top of the changes will save you a lot of money rather than waiting months or even years.

Make use of internet banking

The convenience and the cost make this an ideal tool to organize your finances in a way that benefits you most—schedule payments when you benefit most from your home loan.

Combine for more saving power

Trying two or more of these tips together can dramatically increase your savings.