What Happens When Your Fixed Rate Term Ends

What Happens When Your Fixed Rate Term Ends

What Happens When Your Fixed Rate Term Ends

Fixed rate terms last for a set period of time that is prearranged between you and your lender. Fixed rate periods generally last between one and five years.

When your fixed rate term ends, your loan will usually revert automatically to the standard variable interest rate unless you have provided instructions to refix your loan.

As the end of your fixed rate term approaches, it’s important to plan ahead and talk to your mortgage broker about what your new, or 'revert', interest rate and repayments might be and what your options are.

Repricing with your current lender

Lenders may not apply the lowest interest rate they can offer when a loan reverts to a variable rate.

But, you can ask for a reprice to a more competitive rate. If you do find a more competitive rate with a different lender, you could also ask your current lender if they can match it.

Refinancing to a different lender

Once your fixed rate term ends, you may be able to refinance to a different lender.

While the interest rate is a key factor when choosing a loan product, it’s important to know the ‘true cost' of switching to another lender.

You may see tempting incentive offers from other lenders, to refinance to them (such as cashback offers or lower interest rates advertised), but there are a myriad of fees and charges involved in setting up a new loan that you will need to consider.

If your loan-to-value ratio (LVR) is above a certain limit – usually 80% LVR – you may be required to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance if your refinance.

We can help you understand what it will actually cost you to change lenders, and how much you could save by doing so.

To plan ahead for your fixed rate expiry, contact Priority Home Loans Newcastle and speak with one of our friendly brokers.

Priority Home Loans Newcastle

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