Offset Mortgage Account

Keeping your savings in an off-set account WILL reduce the amount of interest you pay on your mortgage.

If your not familiar with the term off-set account,

Example:

Mr T and Barbie have a $100,000 mortgage, and $10,000 in savings in a linked 100 per cent offset account.

  • The principal on a $100,000 loan is reduced by the $10,000 offset account to $90,000.
  • As a result interest only accumulates on the $90,000 balance of the loan.
  • Repayments continue to be made on the entire $100,000 principal and applicable interest.
  • While savings in the offset account are actively working to reduce the loan, repayments are working more effectively to reduce both the principal and interest it attracts
  • Over a number of years, both the principal and interest on your loan are repaid faster.

The wonderful advantage of off-set accounts is that you have access to that money at any time!  It can save you hundreds of dollars a year.  Most financial institutions offer some form of off-set account so check with your bank or building society.

 

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