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No certainty of further rate cuts

16 July 2013 Reporter

With figures at an attractive level, there is no certainty of further cuts according to Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers.

Smartline’s Michael Daniels is encouraging investors to lock in their mortgage, after calculating the potential savings, with some investors set to save up to $5,500 per year by securing a mortgage at the lowest fixed rate available.

For one major bank, over the past 14 years the basic variable interest rate has averaged 6.85 per cent per annum, he said. The same bank now offers 4.99 per cent for a three-year fixed rate, equating to savings of $5,500 on a $300,000 mortgage.

“This is the very reason why a third of our clients are taking out fixed rate loans,” said Mr Daniels. “When you crunch the numbers on the savings, it’s a pretty compelling argument.

“There are many more who are considering a fixed rate, but who don’t want to lock themselves into a fixed rate in case rates drop further.”

He noted this is the most common concern for those looking to fix, but argued, “While fixed rates might drop a little bit further – but I wouldn’t say it’s a certainty – the fact is the fixed rates currently on offer are historically low”.

In fact, he said, when fixed rates go up it happens more quickly than when they come down.

No certainty of further rate cuts
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