Purchasing a home can seem confusing at first, and there are many different types of loans for you to consider. This is a quick guide to some of the most common types of loans; you can use this information to determine which option is best for you when calculating your loan.
Variable rate mortgages fluctuate to stay in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s official cash rates. With this type of mortgage, your required repayments can go up and down throughout the term of your loan. These loans offer more flexibility than many other options do; for example, you can make large, lump sum payments if you want to, or you can transfer your mortgage to another property later on down the road if you want to. If you go with a basic, no-frills variable rate mortgage, you can enjoy slightly lower interest rates than other options.
One benefit of a fixed rate mortgage is that your monthly payment never changes throughout the life of the loan, regardless of what the official cash rate of the Reserve Bank of Australia might be. This can be a positive thing in some cases; you might be able to lock down a lower rate, and you won’t have to worry about your payments going too high. However, these mortgages often involve penalties if you try to pay off your mortgage early, and you will miss out on lower payments if rates go down in the future.
Combination Loans (Also Known as Split Loans)
With a combination home loan, part of your mortgage will be variable and part will be fixed. This will allow you to enjoy the benefits of both types of mortgages.
With a honeymoon rate mortgage, your lender will provide you with a lower interest rate for the first six to 12 months of your loan. Then, rates will go up to a more standard level. This can help you get accustomed to paying a mortgage payment, but it is important to plan ahead so that you will be prepared for a higher monthly payment after the honeymoon period is over.
Low Document or No Document Loan
If you are self-employed or otherwise don’t have or want to share your income information, a low or no document loan might be right for you. Although this type of loan allows you to purchase a home without having to show as much documentation as you would generally be required to provide, the rates and fees can be much higher.