- Stamp duty exemptions: The end of an era for NSW first home buyers
The NSW government recently announced that from January 1, 2012 stamp-duty exemptions for first home buyers will no longer apply for people who buy existing properties.
According to Infochoice Stamp duty calculator, NSW first home buyers purchasing a $500,000 property before 1st January 2012, could save themselves $17,990 on stamp duty.
“As a result of this change, we may see first home buyers rushing to buy existing properties prior to them becoming ineligible for the discount on January 1st 2012” says Kevin Sherman, MyRate Managing Director.
These potential stamp duty savings coupled with various industry changes means that the home loan market has never looked better for potential borrowers.
- Exit fees banned: no lock-in contracts
Since 01st July 2011, the government banned the charging of exit fees on new mortgages which means that it is much easier to get out of a loan or switch to a new one.
In this context, borrowers should ask themselves: What have they got to lose?
With exit fees abolished, there has never been a better time for home buyers or investors to get a new loan – if you are unhappy for any reason, the cost to leave is no longer a barrier to taking your business elsewhere.
- Price war on interest rates
Since the exit fee ban, competition has been fierce not only between the big banks but also between online mortgage providers.
Home loan lenders have been bombarding potential customers with strong advertising messages and attractive low rate offers. Consumers should be wary & always try to compare apples with apples. Looking at the total cost over the time period you expect to have the loan for is a good way to identify any potential pitfalls. The home loan comparison rate, whilst not perfect, is a useful guide to help with this analysis.
Consumers should search online for a list of providers and should also consult the various comparison websites to help with this process. However, the comparison websites do not always list and promote the strongest deals out there so consumer must be sure to shop around themselves doing their own Google searches.
- Shop Online to get the best deals
Shopping online for your mortgage could save you time and money.
Review online home loan providers (such as MyRate, UBank, etc.) who offer great value. By cutting out expensive distribution channels (such as brokers and branch networks) they are able to pass savings on to consumers and offer fully featured loans at some of the best interest rates in the country.
Look for lenders with a credible source of funding, a track record of success through tough times (the GFC for instance), industry award recognition, and that are regulated by ASIC and are members of the appropriate industry bodies (such the MFAA).
Not only you are saving time by not physically going into a branch to set up your home loan, but in most cases you will also benefit from a lower interest rate than the big banks and by avoiding many fees.
So what are you waiting for?
Go online and do your research, you could save thousands of dollars that you could spend elsewhere… been dreaming of that overseas trip…. taking you finances in hand may just be the thing that gets you there!