What are my mortgage options
If your personal or business income has been impacted the banks are offering options to provide mortgage relief. The earlier you seek help, the more options you will have.
All lenders have options known as hardship variations. These may include changing the terms of your loan or temporarily pausing or reducing your repayments. The option most publicised at the moment is the opportunity to apply to pause or defer your mortgage repayments. While this may be an immediate and effective way to obtain short term cash flow relief, it is important to understand that interest will accumulate as normal during the repayment holiday period.
This means that interest will be capitalised and added to your loan balance, as will any fees or charges.
Some banks will recalculate your loan balance at the end of the support period and extend your loan term so that your payments remain the same. Other lenders will increase your repayments for the remainder of your loan term.
There may be other measures available such as extending interest only periods, waiving fees associated with arrears or the breaking of fixed rate structures, and emergency credit card limit increases.
Relief for other loan products
Relief measures can also be potentially applied to motor vehicle and personal loans, and credit card debt.
Will a repayment holiday affect my credit rating?
Pausing or deferring your mortgage or loan will not show on your credit report or impact your credit rating.
Options for businesses
Small and medium businesses who are experiencing financial difficulty also have the option to defer their loan repayments for six months. This applies to all small and medium business loan, overdraft, home loan, car loan and credit card products.
Which option should I take?
If you need help understanding the options and the implications, please contact the office or your mortgage broker.
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