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‘There’s no shame in deferring payments’

  • August 31 2020
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‘There’s no shame in deferring payments’

By Grace Ormsby
August 31 2020

Deferring mortgage repayments is “a lesser evil” than having to sell property in the current market if you can hold off, a mortgage broker has advised.

‘There’s no shame in deferring payments’

‘There’s no shame in deferring payments’

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  • August 31 2020
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Deferring mortgage repayments is “a lesser evil” than having to sell property in the current market if you can hold off, a mortgage broker has advised.

‘There’s no shame in deferring payments’

On a recent episode of The nestegg Podcast, mortgage broker and managing director of Atelier Wealth, Aaron Christie-David, said “the best thing” to do if you are struggling to pay a mortgage at the current time due to financial distress is to call the bank and see how they can help.

He acknowledged that many home owners and property investors are struggling right now with job and income cuts, which can lead to emotional decision making and quick sell-offs.

“The best thing to do is do this before we start to fall into arrears. Let’s get on the front foot, because if you are in arrears – missing a repayment or two – it’s just something that the banks don’t want to encourage and they don’t want to endorse,” he said.

It’s all about being proactive, according to the broker: “Don’t dig your head in the sand, let’s get on top of this.”

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It’s why he said that “there’s no shame in deferring repayments”.

Explaining his stance of being “completely on board with it”, he acknowledged that others would argue that you’ll end up having to pay more interest over the life of the loan.

“But how many people actually serve out a 30-year loan term?” he queried.

“They’ll generally pay it off faster than that as well, and the growth on those properties right now probably offsets, in fact, probably more than [offsets], the loss if they took it.”

The potential for capital growth would likely even offset the interest that would be sustained from a six-month deferment, Mr Christie-David outlined.

‘There’s no shame in deferring payments’
‘There’s no shame in deferring payments’
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Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

About the author

Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

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