Wizard home loans have produced a list of 12 mortgage myths that are of concern to Australian home buyers, here are the first six:
A bad credit history doesn’t matter if you eventually pay it off
Your credit history records any missed or defaulted payments on things such as credit cards, interest free contracts, and mobile phone plans. A patchy credit history can haunt you – even if it is very old or just a one off small amount. There are two major credit reporting agencies that record all of these debts and lenders consult these agencies before they complete your loan application.
Assets are the same as income
No matter the strength of your assets, what really makes the difference is your capacity to repay the loan through a regular income. When it comes down to servicing, a lender will only lend as much as people can afford to repay. The amount of income earning capacity you have will ultimately determine how much you are able to borrow.
It’s the credit card balance, not the limit that counts
When it comes to credit cards it’s not all about the balance on your card, or cards, it’s the total available credit that counts. Having a large range of credit does not necessarily equate to a good credit history.
You need a 20 per cent deposit to get started
Not true. These days, you can borrow up to 97 to 100 per cent of the property value, which is proving to be an attractive option for many cashed up first home buyers who often wonder whether they’ll ever get their feet onto the property ladder. What’s important to remember is a lower deposit may mean a higher interest rate and fees.
Cheapest is the best
A ‘cheap as chips’ interest rate may be a good incentive to sign the dotted line, but beware – in many cases these loans may have higher fees and less flexibility, costing you more money over the life of your loan. A standard variable loan at a slightly higher rate with flexible features, such as the ability to make additional and lump sum repayments, can save you more money in the long run.
A fixed rate is always safer than a variable rate
Every home loan is different – so too are your home loan needs. What’s important to remember is that fixed rates are calculated by the capital markets over the period you sign-on for, whether that be for three, five, or seven years. If variable interest rates go down during this fixed period, you could end up paying a higher interest rate than compared to the standard variable rate.
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