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Variable Loans

Understanding Variable Rate Home Loans

A variable-rate home loan has an interest rate that can fluctuate throughout the loan term. This means your monthly repayments can change based on movements in the market.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cash rate directly influences variable interest rates. When the RBA cash rate rises, lenders generally increase their variable rates, and vice versa.

Advantages of Variable Rate

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  • Potentially Lower Rates: Variable rates can be lower than fixed rates initially, offering potential savings.

  • Flexibility: Extra repayments can often be made without penalty, allowing you to pay off the loan faster.

  • Switching Options: Switching to a different loan product may be easier with a variable rate.

Disadvantages of Variable Rate

  • Repayment Uncertainty: Fluctuating interest rates can lead to unpredictable repayments, making budgeting challenging.

  • Rising Rates: If interest rates rise significantly, your repayments could increase substantially, impacting your finances.

Who Should Consider Variable Rate Loans?

  • Comfort with Fluctuations: If you are comfortable managing potential interest rate changes, a variable rate loan might be suitable.

  • Lower Initial Rate: Seeking a competitive interest rate upfront can be advantageous.

  • Extra Repayments: If you plan to make significant extra repayments to pay off the loan faster, the flexibility of a variable rate could be beneficial.

How a Finance Broker Can Help?

  • Finding Best Deals: Finance brokers can compare rates from various lenders to secure the most competitive variable rate offers.

  • Negotiation: Finance brokers can negotiate interest rates and loan features on your behalf, potentially obtaining better terms.

  • Expert Advice: Finance brokers can provide in-depth explanations of variable rate loans, highlighting both advantages and disadvantages.

  • Repayment Impact: Finance brokers can help you understand how interest rate changes can affect your repayments.

  • Application Guidance: Finance brokers can guide you through the entire loan application process.​

Reserve Bank of Australia  provides information on interest rates and monetary policy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How much can my repayments increase? The exact increase depends on the size of the interest rate rise. Finance brokers can provide estimates based on potential rate scenarios.

  • What happens if interest rates rise significantly? This could lead to a substantial increase in your repayments, potentially impacting your budget. Careful financial planning and stress testing beforehand are crucial.

  • Can I switch to a fixed-rate loan later? Yes, but there may be fees associated with switching. Brokers can advise on the feasibility and potential costs of switching to a fixed-rate loan.

Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not constitute financial advice. Please consult our finance brokers to discuss your specific circumstances and determine if a variable-rate home loan is the right choice for you.

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