Although the Reserve Bank of Australia has made no change to official interest rates since August 2016, inevitably at some time in the short to medium term future that will change. Exactly when that will be no one can be certain of. All so called “experts” will have an opinion; however nobody can predict interest rate cycles with any certainty.
The official cash rate currently sits at an all-time low of 1.50%. What this means to a borrower is that the actual rate a customer will be paying through the retail provider of their home loan will generally be around a variable rate of 4.00% in the current marketplace.
If we use the example of a borrower taking out a new loan of $250,000 over 30 years at 4.00% variable the minimum repayment required would be $1282 per month.
In this example the $1282 per month is the minimum payment required every month for the next 30 years. This does not take into account any rate changes during the term of the loan, or just as importantly it does not take into account any change in your personal circumstances during that time.
Having pointed that out, there would obviously be very likely to be a number of significant changes to your personal circumstances during that time (e.g. job loss/change; birth of a child; change of relationship status; education expenses; additional debt obligations etc.).
I therefore pose the question to you – How do you educate yourself around the options available to you?
Let me further illustrate my point;
YOU NEED A PLAN!
You need to seek some objective direction from someone independent of your current lender. You need to seek some assistance from someone with the skill, empathy and experience to provide you with non-judgemental training and education in the more efficient and effective management of your own financial affairs.
“My coaching program is designed to empower people to develop a capacity to make better financial decisions on their own behalf; and enjoy the financial peace of mind that can be created with appropriate levels of planning and control.”
To arrange an obligation-free consultation contact Leigh today.
Why don’t you review your financial affairs?
One of the key challenges I have faced with establishing Empower Money Management is getting prospective clients to understand the value proposition I am offering.
Just like any consumer decision, there has to be recognition of the value of the transaction for the client to proceed with the purchase of the product or service.
I can’t think of a simpler way to demonstrate the value I am offering to my potential clients than by providing an overview of the following information.
The vast majority of the financial products and services utilised by Australian consumers are still provided by the big 4 banks. That is, CBA, NAB, Westpac and ANZ. In the most recent full financial year reported the combined profit of those four organisations was $28,864M.
Again, that figure was $28,864,000,000.
So, let me repeat my headline question – Why don’t you review your financial affairs?
I believe the key reason why is that most people don’t know where to start – They just think it’s too hard to represent their own best interest in a conversation with their bank.
This is where I step in on your behalf – I’ve sat in the Bank Manager’s chair. I’ve sat in the mortgage broker’s chair. I know the questions to ask on your behalf. I can help to level the playing field for you – And represent your best interests in the conversation.
Not the best interests of contributing more profit to the $28,864,000,000.
I offer my clients an independent fee-for-service review of their existing financial affairs. I DO NOT sell or recommend specific products.
Put very simply, through coaching and education I assist my clients to review and understand their existing financial affairs. Based on my review we then seek cost saving solutions to any issues identified.
Of course those solutions may involve the renegotiation of existing financial products, or the purchase of new financial products. Once again, I DO NOT sell those products – however I assist my clients in the understanding and negotiation of the purchase of the products that may be required.
My first appointment is free - To learn more or to make an appointment contact me as follows;
0407 439 827