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Loans – fixed vs variable

If you have heard of the fixed versus variable loan debate, then you’re going to want to read this article. The conversation continues regardless of whether interest rates are rising or falling. We discuss the pros and cons or both and other options to what to consider.

Variable rate loans – Pros vs cons

Pros

Your home loan repayments will fall when interest rates fall

Cons

Your home loan repayments will rise when interest rates rise

Pros

Variable rate loans can include a range of extra great additions, and some loan products have low introductory, or “honeymoon” rates for an initial period before reverting to the standard rate

Cons

It can also be risky in a rising interest rate market if you’ve overcapitalised on your loan

Pros

Variable rate home loans usually provide options and flexibility and will often allow unlimited additional repayments

Cons

If interest rates rise quickly, your home loan repayments over a certain period and it may be more than those of a fixed interest rate home loan over the same period of time

Pros

The average variable interest rate is generally lower than a fixed home loan rate

Cons

If you have borrowed at or near your repayment capacity, it is risky if interest rate do rise

 

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Fixed Rate Loans – Pros And Cons

Pros

You will know how much your loan repayments will be for a fixed period, regardless of market interest rate changes

Cons

It can be less flexible than a variable home loan rate, limiting additional repayment options and excluding the option to redraw

Pros

Having a fixed rate, protects you against rising interest rates

Cons

Fees will apply if your circumstances change, and you want and/or need to exit the loan early.

Pros

You work on your own time and what  time period that suits you; fixed terms are available from 6 months to 10 years

Cons

Over the term of your loan you may end up paying more than if you had selected a variable home loan, even in a rising interest rate market

 

Now you know the difference as well as the pros and cons lets dive a bit deeper into splitting them in half.

Split Rate Loans: The Best Of Both Worlds?

A split rate loan allows you to split your loan amount between fixed interest and variable interest rates. This means that regardless of the economic situation your loan will be partially suited to it. However, it will also mean that you will be unlikely to receive the full benefits of a choice one way or the other.

Such a choice may suit your particular situation if you need some security, but also want the chance to pay off some of your loan ahead of time.

Choosing The Loan That’s Right For You

Although it would be ideal to provide a ‘one size fits all’ answer to the ‘fixed versus variable’ question, the reality is that the choice of loan should be determined by your situation and own financial goals and priorities. To begin answering this, take into account your cash flow and need for security and/or flexibility and any costs associated with changing your current loan structure. And you will find your perfect answer.

 

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