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Refinancing avalanche: Australians to save $389 million

        • 34% of mortgage holders plan to refinance in the next 12 months
        • Average homeowner could save $395 a month or $4,740 per year
        • Tips for refinancing

28 October 2020, Sydney, Australia – Christmas might be coming early for thousands of borrowers with a home loan, according to Finder, Australia's most visited comparison site.

An October 2020 Finder survey of 968 Australians with a home loan found 1 in 3 (34%) will refinance over the next year.

With 2.9 million mortgage holders in Australia according to ABS census data, that's nearly 1 million (986,000) Aussies intending to get a better deal.

A rate analysis by Finder shows these homeowners could save an impressive $395 per month on average or an eye-watering $389 million as a collective.

And that's before the Reserve Bank of Australia potentially makes another cut to the cash rate in November.

Graham Cooke, insights manager at Finder, said now is the time to switch for more than one reason.

"Borrowers see record low rates and don't want to be stuck paying more for their mortgage than they need to.

"The pandemic has made people assess where every dollar they earn goes and refinancing a mortgage can lead to a huge leap in savings," he said.

Cooke said borrowers could conservatively save almost $5,000 a year – more than two times the average full-time weekly salary in Australia.

Almost 1 in 10 (9%) have already locked in a lower rate in the past few months.

The savings were based on switching the average mortgage ($400,100) with an interest rate of 3.99% – with principal and interest repayments totalling $1,908 a month.

The lowest variable rate available on Finder is 2.17%, while the lowest 3-year fixed rate is 2.14%.

If that same debt was refinanced to a 2.17% interest rate – borrowers would be paying $1,513 a month. That's a saving of $395.

Lenders are also ramping up offers to entice borrowers to switch sooner rather than later with more than just low rates.

Some lenders are offering as much as $4,000 in cashback for those willing to refinance.

"Many of these deals are great value for borrowers, but you really need to look carefully at the offer details.

"A sharp interest rate and minimal fees can save you more money than a one-off $1,000 cashback in the long run," Cooke said.

Cooke said 5% plan to refinance in the next 4 weeks, while 1 in 10 (11%) plan to refinance in the next 2-6 months.

The remaining 18% said they'll make the switch in the next 7-12 months.


Are you planning to refinance in the next 12 months?
Yes, in the next 7-12 months18%
Yes, in the next 2-6 months11%
I have already refinanced in the last few months9%
Yes, in the next month5%
No, I don't plan on refinancing56%

Source: Finder, October 2020 survey of 968 mortgage holders


Tips for refinancing

  • You can switch loans with your current lender or get a new product with a new lender
  • Use Finder's calculator to see how much you could save by refinancing
  • You can save yourself even more money in the long run by switching to a lower rate and keeping your repayments the same as they were before

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About Finder

Every month 2.6 million unique visitors turn to Finder to save money and time, and to make important life choices. We compare virtually everything from credit cards, phone plans, health insurance, travel deals and much more.

Our free service is 100% independently-owned by three Australians: Fred Schebesta, Frank Restuccia and Jeremy Cabral. Since launching in 2006, Finder has helped Aussies find what they need from 1,800+ brands across 100+ categories.

We continue to expand and launch around the globe, and now have offices in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland and the Philippines. For further information visit www.finder.com.au.

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