The 15 questions to ask if you're considering refinancing

The 15 questions to ask if you're considering refinancing
The 15 questions to ask if you're considering refinancing

If you're looking at refinancing, then here are 15 questions you should be asking.

  1. Do you want to reduce your monthly repayments?
  2. Are you looking to switch from a variable rate to a fixed rate? This may be due to the risk of higher repayments if interest rates rise in the future, or because you’d like more certainty around repayments.
  3. Are you dissatisfied with the service provided by your current lender?
  4. Is your current interest rate not as competitive as other lenders’?
  5. Would you be better off with a cheaper rate with fewer loan features?
  6. Would you benefit from changing to a loan with more features (e.g. offset account, re-draw facility) or perhaps you have features you are not using?
  7. Would you prefer to pay off your home loan sooner?
  8. Have your circumstances changed since you first took out your loan (e.g. you have started a family)?
  9. Are you considering buying an investment property?
  10. Do you think that debt consolidation might benefit you (e.g. consolidating your credit cards and personal loans)?
  11. Are you planning any home renovations over the next few years?
  12. Do you want to raise cash (by topping up your loan) so you can, for example, purchase a car, buy shares or take a major holiday?
  13. Do you have a fixed-rate home loan that will expire soon?
  14. Do you have a honeymoon rate that will soon revert to the standard variable rate?
  15. Are you coming to the end of an interest-only loan term?

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