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Taking advantage of the redraw

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Redraw has become a standard feature of home loans, with many home owners taking advantage of accessing extra money at their home loan interest rate. 1

Simply put, redraw gives you access to additional payments you have made to your loan, allowing you to withdraw that ‘extra money’ if needed. 2,3

Many people choose to contribute additional funds to their home loan, above their minimum monthly payments, thus reducing the interest paid on the home loan principal. These payments may then be available to redraw, allowing access to the money they’ve contributed to buy a car, go on holiday, home renovations, etc. The amount is redrawn at the same interest rate as their home loan, which could be cheaper than other  finance options.

Redraw offers you a convenient and low-cost way to access money at the same rate as your home loan. It could also be considered as part of a savings plan.

If you plan to renovate your kitchen, using a home loan with a redraw facility could be an option to fund the project. If you were to add an additional $100 towards your home loan each week, after a year, you’ll have contributed over $5,000, and reduced the amount of interest paid on your home loan for that year.

That $5,000 may be able to be redrawn to pay for renovations. This also comes with the advantage of avoiding set-up or other account fees associated with other financial products.

However, any money redrawn will negate any future interest saved by the amount you redraw.

There are advantages and disadvantages to the redraw account, depending on your needs, and every loan has different terms  and conditions.

Sources: 

1.‘What is redraw with your home loan’, mortgagefacts.com.au, 3 March 2014.

2.’Trends in home loans’ switzer.com.au, 3 March 2014

3.‘Redraw facilities for home loans: Avoid or embrace?’, canstar.com.au, 4 March 2014.

Disclaimer: The information is in summary form and does not purport to be complete. It is intended as a general guide only and is not a substitute for professional advice. The information does not take into account your personal needs and financial circumstances and you should consider whether it is appropriate for you.

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