Top 5 resolutions for property success in 2018

Tom Watson

22 Dec 2017

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Each new year brings with it new goals and aspirations, but when it actually comes to thinking about resolutions for 2018 where should you begin?

For many Australians property will be their most valuable asset and financial commitment, which means reviewing your home loan and property goals is a great place to start.

So whether you're looking to buy your first home, your fifth, or you just want to add value to the property you already have, these are five resolutions you’ll want to keep.

1. Keep on top of the market

To give yourself the best chance for success in 2018 you’ll need to do your research. Whether that’s the likelihood of an RBA rate change if you’re an owner-occupier, the property hotspots to keep an eye on if you’re looking to invest, or the changes to government grants and schemes for first home buyers, keeping up to date with the latest developments is key.

2. Reassess and refinance

Is your home loan rate still competitive? When was the last time you checked? Mortgage rates are even lower now than they were 12 months ago, so now is the ideal time to compare options and snare a red hot rate. The lower your rate, the faster you’ll be able to pay down your loan and build equity in your property. Mozo calculations suggest that the average borrower* could be saving up to $2,039 each year by switching to the most competitive loan on the market.

Here are some some of the lowest rates on the market right now to help you get started.

Low Rate Home Loans 2018 - rates updated daily

  • Promoted

    loans.com.au

    3.03% p.a. variable

    3.05% p.a.

    $1234

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    Smart Home Loan

    A low-rate home loan that could save you thousands. No application or ongoing fees. Unlimited additional repayments. Unlimited free redraws with no minimum redraw amount.

    • 3.03% p.a. variable

    • 3.05% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Smart Home Loan

  • Promoted

    UBank

    3.34% p.a. variable

    3.34% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Enjoy a low rate & no bank fees (on variable loans) from one of Australia's leading digital banks. Easy & fast to apply, you'll get free redraw with flexible repayments. Min. 20% deposit required. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category.

    • 3.34% p.a. variable

    • 3.34% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $699,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

  • Promoted

    HSBC

    3.27% p.a. variable

    3.28% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Discounted Home Value Loan

    As of 22nd July HSBC will be reducing this rate to 3.27% p.a.* (3.28% p.a. comparison rate^) so enquire now and be one of the first to make the most of this great rate. Enjoy unlimited free extra repayments and no ongoing service fees when you apply by 31 July (t&cs apply). Get help with the application process with an HSBC relationship manager. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category.^

    • 3.27% p.a. variable

    • 3.28% p.a.

    • $150

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free online

    • no

    • 90.00%

    • $50,000

    • $7,500,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Discounted Home Value Loan

  • Promoted

    Bank of Queensland

    2.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    4.19% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    3 Year Discount Fixed Rate

    Apply by 31 August 2019. Minimum loan amount of $300k and LVR max of 80%. Free additional repayments up to $5,000 per year. $1,000 cashback for first home buyers

    • 2.99% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 4.19% p.a.

    • $450

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $320.00

    • yes - free up to $5,000 p.a

    • no

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $300,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the 3 Year Discount Fixed Rate

  • Promoted

    IMB Bank

    3.54% p.a. variable

    3.57% p.a.

    $1234

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    Budget Home Loan

    Start with only 10% minimum deposit. Unrestricted additional repayments and free redraw facility.

    • 3.54% p.a. variable

    • 3.57% p.a.

    • $350

    • $0.00

    • $350.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 90.00%

    • $75,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Budget Home Loan

  • Promoted

    Newcastle Permanent

    3.49% p.a. variable

    3.49% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Special Real Deal Home Loan

    Special Real Deal owner occupied home loan with principal and interest repayments and an LVR of less than 90%

    • 3.49% p.a. variable

    • 3.49% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - fees apply

    • yes - partial only

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Special Real Deal Home Loan

*WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

3. Invest in your own home

You don’t have to become an investor to make great investment decisions. One savvy option for owners looking to increase the value of their own property in 2018 is to build a granny flat which could provide some extra rental income, or simply add anywhere between $100,000 to $200,000 to the value of your property. Consider other ways you can cost-effectively increase the value of your property, for instance by adding a carport or extra bedroom.

4. Make the most of your home’s equity  

Given the exponential rise in the value of property in recent years, you could be sitting on a potential investment gold mine. So why not use your home's equity in 2018 by starting a line of credit with your bank which you could use for anything from making renovations to improve the value of your existing home, to funding a deposit for your first investment property.

5. Supercharge your first deposit

If you’re looking at buying your first home, 2018 could certainly be a great opportunity for you to get into the market. To give yourself the best opportunity, fast track your way to a 20% deposit (which will help you avoid paying lenders mortgage insurance) by sitting down to reassess your budget and find ways to cut out any luxuries or expenses you can live without.

* Calculation based on an owner occupier borrower making principal & interest repayments on a typical $300,000 home loan over 30 years.

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