In the past people who wanted to buy properties in Australia, and needed finance to do so, would approach the nearest bank for a mortgage home loan or investment loan. Today, however, the world’s finances are fluctuating more rapidly than ever before. If you want to keep pace with what is happening and what type of financing transaction is to your best advantage, you need to compare all the deals on offer.
In the 1980s mortgage brokers began to make an appearance on the property scene in Australia, and by the 1990s property buyers and sellers, as well as mortgage loan lenders, began to make increasing use of their services. Since then about a third of all Australian mortgages for properties have been negotiated by property loan brokers.
Given the current trends and the large variety of mortgage loans on offer, your best bet is probably to approach a mortgage broker who will act as an intermediary between you and your mortgage loan lender. Australian property buyers, together with those of many of the Western countries are finding it increasingly beneficial to work through a broker. The lending market has become very competitive and it can make a big difference to your financial future to make the right choice of lenders.
Mortgage brokers tend to keep their fingers on the pulse of the property markets as well as the financial markets. From day to day they are aware of the changing dynamics of property, investments and mortgages on offer.
Naturally they need their cut for the valuable services they offer, and this typically amounts to approximately 0.66% of the loan amount paid up front, as well as about 0.18% per annum. The actual amounts of this commission varies among the different lenders, and also for different packages.
When you approach a broker, you need to find one who not only goes to the trouble to select the best package for your present investment and financial needs, but also looks to the future and the tax and financial impact it will have on you in the long term.
The good news for you is that this percentage commission is generally paid to the brokers by the lending organisation that provides your mortgage. You should not be liable for any charges yourself.
Mortgage brokers are regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. It is also desirable that they should be full members of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia and accredited by them. These measures are to ensure honest practice and compliance with all laws governing finance and lending, and to protect the interests of the consumer. You will be well advised to select a mortgage broker who is affiliated to the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia and accredited, for your own protection.
It is also required by law that Mortgage Brokers be affiliated to organisations such as the Credit Ombudsman Service, which is an organisation dedicated to resolving disputes, should any arise. This is there to protect both parties in the event of unforeseen circumstances.