4 in 5 hopeful home buyers don’t understand key financial concepts

While most Australians dream of owning their own home, the majority of hopeful homeowners admit they don’t fully understand how home loans or mortgage rates work. That’s why we make it our mission to enlighten you during your home buying journey.

They say knowledge is power.

This week we stumbled across some interesting stats from a recent survey conducted by market research company, You Gov.

You Gov surveyed more than a thousand Australians aged 18 or older and found that 84% of those who are yet to buy a property admit they don’t know enough about how home loans, mortgage rates and deposits work.

Three in 10 admitted to knowing nothing at all and having no idea where to start.

If you start by jumping at the first seemingly attractive rate you see advertised, well, that can lead to big problems down the track.

We can help demystify finance for you

The purpose of this article isn’t to shame anyone who hasn’t already done their homework. Far from it.

Rather, we want to reassure you that when you come to us for a finance solution, we’ll be sure to explain any financial terms or products you don’t fully have your head around yet.

And that’s one of the key differences between us and the big banks.

We’re not just satisfied with matching you up with a home loan, we want you to be confident that it’s the right one for you, and for you to understand the reasons why.

We’ve also put together this step by step guide to buying a home, to help you understand the various stages of the process.

Some of the most common financial terms we explain to our customers

There’s no denying the world of finance is full of jargon and seemingly complicated language.

To help get you started, below are some of the most common financial terms people ask us about.

Loan to Value Ratio (LVR): LVR is the percentage of the property’s value (as assessed by the lender) that your loan equates to.

For example, if the property you want to purchase is valued at $500,000, and you need to borrow $400,000 to pay for it, the loan is worth 80% of the property value, making your LVR 80%.

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI): LMI is insurance that protects the bank or lender in case you can’t pay your residential mortgage.

It’s usually paid by borrowers who have an LVR higher than 80% – that is, borrowers with a deposit of less than 20%.

Offset account: an offset account is just like a regular transaction account, except it’s linked to your home loan. The money held in the account is counted as if it’s been paid off your home loan, which reduces the balance of the loan and in turn, reduces the interest you need to pay.

And because the offset account acts like a regular transaction account, the money you’ve put in there is still accessible whenever you need it.

Refinancing: refinancing is the process of switching your home loan to take advantage of another, more suitable home loan for your present circumstances, such as one with a lower interest rate that might save you money.

Got any other finance terms you’d like explained?

If you’re keen to buy your first home but find all the terminology a bit daunting, then please reach out to us today. Make an appointment with one of our Home Finance Managers, visit one of our seven branches, or call 1300 314 900 if you’d prefer to speak to our staff over the phone.

We’re always happy to sit down and demystify the home buying process, so that when you do take the leap into ownership, you can be confident that you’re armed with all the knowledge you need!

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