What will it cost to refinance my home loan?
It’s a good idea to review your home loan each year to assess whether it continues to meet your needs and offers the best value for money. You might find refinancing your mortgage will save you money, help you streamline debt, achieve other financial goals such as purchasing an investment property using the equity or give you access to improved loan features.
To help you decide whether refinancing your home loan is right for you, take a look at our handy guide about the costs to consider.
You might be liable for an exit fee if you took out your existing loan before 1 July 2011. Ask your mortgage broker or lender for more information.
Your current lender may charge a settlement or discharge fee for exiting your loan early. This fee compensates your lender for any loses due to you breaking the contract. Fees vary by lender but can cost upwards of $350. Contact us for more information.
Break fee for fixed rate loans
You may need to pay a fee for breaking your contract during a fixed rate period. The fee will cover your lender for any lost profit due to the contract termination. Break costs will vary based on the outstanding loan amount, fixed interest rate, current interest rate and life of the mortgage.
This is the fee you pay when you apply for a new home loan. It’s sometimes known as an ‘establishment’, ‘up-front’ or ‘set-up’ fee. It covers the cost of the paperwork your new lender will complete to establish and lodge your loan. Some lenders don’t charge an establishment fee, and others can add it to your mortgage. If you are asked to pay a fee, you could be out-of-pocket up to $1000.
Some lenders will charge a valuation fee to cover the cost of a property valuation. This can cost up to a few hundred dollars.
Government fee types and charges vary by state, but generally include a mortgage deregistration and mortgage registration fee. These can cost up to a couple of hundred each.
If you’re refinancing to borrow a larger amount, you’ll need to pay stamp duty on the difference. Rates vary by state, so speak to your mortgage broker for details.
Lender’s mortgage insurance
You may be up for lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI), even if you paid it the first time. You’ll generally need to pay LMI if you hold less than 20 per cent equity in your property at the time of refinancing. At Mel finance we can assess the property’s value before planning for refinancing. This will tell you whether you’ll need to pay LMI before you apply for the new loan. This way, you do not just submit an application with out a proper plan. At Mel Finance as your Mortgage Broker Melbourne, We will work according to the custom made plan that we have set up for you. Before you submit your application with the right lender, Then you know your application is more likely to get approved and will be able to assist your goals.
The good news: some lenders offer cash back of $1250 or more when you refinance. Plus some of the lenders will waive off most of the above-mentioned cost too.
Still not sure whether refinancing your home loan is right for you?
There’s a lot to consider before choosing to refinance your mortgage. If you’re not sure whether refinancing is right for you, Mel Finance can help. We’ll consider your circumstances and goals and match you with a lender or product that meets your needs. We can also negotiate discounts or fee waivers with lenders in some situations.