Consolidate debt to help pay your mortgage faster

If you’re juggling multiple debts, one way to simplify your finances is to bring all your loans together. This is what’s known as debt consolidation. Not only could it make managing your finances easier, if you structure your repayments in the right way, it could also save you some money and even help you pay your mortgage faster.

What is debt consolidation?

Debt consolidation is when you combine your outstanding debts into one loan. Rather than paying off different loans like your credit card, personal loan and car loan at different interest rates - and sometimes with different lenders - you have just one loan, one regular repayment and one interest rate.

 

How do I do it?

1. Consolidate into your home loan

One of the biggest potential benefits of consolidating into your home loan is having just one repayment to monitor, which can help make managing your finances easier.

Typically, interest rates on home loans are lower than other lending options, so if you roll all your debt into your home loan you could be paying less interest each month. And if you adjust your home loan repayments to be the same as you what you were paying for all of your individual debts, taking advantage of the lower interest rate could help you pay your mortgage faster. You could even put what you save in interest towards making extra home loan repayments.

However, keep in mind that you might end up paying more interest in the long term – home loans have a longer loan term, which means a greater number of monthly repayments over time.

Use our extra repayments calculator to see how much money and time you could save by making extra home loan repayments, and see some more tips to save money on your mortgage.

2. Consolidate all your debts into one personal loan

Consolidating your debts into one personal loan could potentially save you money by eliminating multiple fees across multiple debts. And if you find a loan with a lower interest rate than the one on your existing debts, you’ll be paying less in monthly interest.

What if I have debts with multiple lenders?

Don’t worry if you have debts with multiple financial providers. You can still consolidate them into one loan. For example, if you have a personal loan with a different provider to your home loan you can consolidate your debts and essentially pay off the personal loan by adding it to your home loan.

How to consolidate your debt

The first step is to talk to your lending specialist, either your broker or Home Finance Manager. With their expertise in home loans and lending, they’ll be able to answer your questions and help you go through your options.

What else to consider

  • If you consolidate into your home loan, your other debts will be added on to the home loan, so be aware that your home loan balance will increase
  • Rolling other debts into your home loan will likely affect your loan to value ratio (LVR). This could end up changing your interest rate
  • You should make sure that your debt consolidation doesn’t increase you above an 80% LVR, otherwise you will need to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)
  • If you’ve already started paying your mortgage and you then consolidate your personal debt into your mortgage, any equity you may have gained in your property will decrease
  • Every situation is different, so make sure you explore what’s best for you personally.

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Things you should know

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