You've heard this a few million times, "If it sounds too good to be true. it's usually is." In the past several years the Mortgage broker released "Magic Mortgages" with "1%" interest rates. These loans were designed for only about 7% of the population, however, some unscrupulous brokers decided to market this to the entire borrowing universe. For that elusive 7%, I can safely say that it's about that many people who truly understand how these loans actually work.
From my own perspective, some of them seem less honest than others, although I have trouble calling any of them particularly fair. The usual suspects you're likely to be familiar with include:
- No application fee
- Apply now! For a limited time our variable rate is a low x.xx%
- Big savings on the Big 4 standard variable rate
- No fees
- Low comparison rate
- Free holidays, plasma or other gimmicks
Let's just take a quick look at a couple of them in detail.
The Option Arm or "Pick-a-Pay" loan works similar to this:
Each month the customer can pick or choose from four different payment options. The first (and most dangerous) is the deferred interest or minimum payment option. This is essentially saying that you may pay only a portion of the interest and defer the remaining, with nothing going to principal. The problem with this loan is the mortgage brokers and customers who fool themselves into thinking this is the best practice. This loan is currently being offered on public access television in the form of poorly produced infomercials. Click here !
Another problem the consumer has is the way these loans are advertised in print, most times without a published APR (annual percentage rate). Not only is this misleading and deceptive practice, it's also against the compliance regulations of the Dept of Banking & Insurance.
The other three options include:
Interest Only, Full Principal & Interest and an accelerated payment designed to lower the term on your mortgage. Interest only, when used correctly can be a decent option for most borrowers. Typically the max period for interest only is 10 years and it is not recommended that you defer principal for that entire period. It is however acceptable to increase occasional cash flow by carefully choosing when not to pay principal.
The last two options:
Full Principal & Interest and accelerated payments is where the "magic" really dissolves. Full P&I payments are based on a fully indexed rate (currently averaging 8%) therefore a far cry from the 1% starting rate. That's right, I said starting rate. This loan will continue to increase in rate since the entire loan is an adjustable rate mortgage. The accelerated payment for most persons is not really an option since you are essentially doubling the Full P&I payment to pay off your loan in half the time.
These loans do, despite all I've pointed out have their rightful place in the lending world. Mortgage brokers Melbourne use these loan to secure second homes and Investment properties. When properly managed these loans can help maximise profits and counter lost rent revenues through vacancies. Even on an owner occupied property, these loans can be very effective, but the underlying theme here is caution.
To "operate" this loan read the entire instruction manual before starting. That way, you fully understand the benefits and any potential downside.
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