James and Julia had taken out a home loan several years ago through the financial institution that they did their day-to-day banking with.
Having joined Advise Wise as clients, they were looking for ways to balance their financial lives to achieves both their immediate and their longer-term objectives.
Their existing loan was a basic variable on their home with monthly repayments and the ability to redraw and/or make extra repayments as required.
Their goals were to balance the repayment their loan as quickly as possible without seriously compromising their life style, and to begin focusing more on their long term savings and retirement objectives.
Our first step was to assess the broader lending market for alternative options where we were able to identify a more suitable loan for them which included an offset account.
By switching the lender and the loan type, the couple were able to save 0.5% per annum on their variable rate, and by utilising a portion as fixed, 0.7% of that component.
By having their net salary of deposited into the offset account, retaining their excess savings each month in this account they reduce the interest payable day-to-day. They are able to further reduce this by using a credit card for their expenses and paying off once per month before the interest period on the card.
Finally to boost James and Julia’s retirement balance they entered into a salary sacrifice arrangement with their respective employers using the grossed up amount of their monthly saving from refinancing the loan interest rate to boost their retirement savings. Because these contributions can be made before tax they can contribute a greater amount than their net savings on their interest rate reduction without impacting their cash flow.
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