Refinance your home loan

Advice on refinancing your current debts to get a better deal.

When people contact us to refinance, the number one thing on their minds is usually how to get a better interest rate and reduce their home loan repayments.

They often also have other debts like car loans or credit cards and want to consolidate these to save on repayments. Or they may be considering buying an investment property or renovating, so wish to ensure their current home loan is optimal first.

There are typically four different situations which involve refinancing, depending on what you want to achieve:

  1. Negotiate a better deal with your current lender – if you are happy with the service from your current lender, but would like a better deal;

  2. Refinance to a new lender – if we can get a better deal for you elsewhere;

  3. Consolidate your existing debt – if you have a number of small debts like car loans, credit cards and personal loans (along with your home loan) using up your surplus funds we will consider a loan increase (either with your current lender or a new lender) to simplify and reduce your repayments.

  4. Accessing money – for example, to renovate, buy an investment or buy shares

To determine which approach is best for you, we need to understand how you are managing your money, home loan and other debts right now. Then we consider any financial goals you might have over the next few years.

One of the reasons people choose us to help them refinance their debt is that we will guide you through from the start, by showing you how to get your finances ready to apply for the refinance, and then advise you on the best refinancing approach for you.

We have long term relationships with all major lenders and with our expertise in banking policy, you can feel confident that we have a good chance of getting your refinance approved.

Best of all, we don’t charge you a fee to use our service as we are paid by the lender when your home loan settles.

You should consider refinancing if you…

Have a home loan and other debts like a car loan, credit cards or personal loans.

Hear of other people getting a better interest rate or deal than you.

Are preparing to buy an investment property within the next year.

Are planning to take time off work in the future, for example, go on maternity leave or start a business.

Need a small amount of money to pay for some home renovations.

Steps to refinancing

This is our simple process to refinance your debts:

We will need to get an idea of your overall financial situation now and what your goals are over the next 3-to-5 years. This could be paying your home loan off quickly, building a property portfolio or early retirement.  We will consider how we can improve your overall financial situation, including finding you a better interest rate.

Once we understand what you want to achieve, we will look at different lending options for you.  The team may organise property valuations with different lenders on your behalf. You will need to complete our simple online Fact Find and upload your paperwork so we can research your loan options.

We’ll meet face-to-face to discuss our research and your refinance options. We want you to feel comfortable with the different approaches available.  Once you’ve signed the refinance application, we will handle all the fine print so you can relax knowing your home loan will be approved.   Then we work on a plan to help you reach your financial goals in the next 3-to-5 years.

If you have a new lender they will arrange settlement with your previous lender. At this point you need to arrange for new bank accounts to be set up.  If you are paying off any other debts like a credit card or personal loan you will be able to arrange to pay these debts down once your home loan has gone through.

What our clients have to say

My wife and I cannot recommend Victor and his team highly enough. He was extremely organised with our home loan and had everything sorted for us in a very short period of time. He is a stand up guy with only the right advice. Thanks for the Lamb Shawarma recipe – turned out perfect, the family loved it. The new home is great also. Thanks Victor.
NuMatthu
NuMatthu
03:50 27 Aug 19
Upon recommendation of a couple of friends, we had spoken to Victor Kalinowski at Blackk Finance a couple of times over the past two years whilst we looked for our first home. In the beginning, when we were just starting to look seriously, Victor provided us with invaluable advice on demonstrated savings required, deposit amounts, the impact of LMI, and what documentation we’d need to provide for a loan application. We had been looking for a house for about two years and decided to give it a break for a bit - we had encountered some disappointment in the market, and our circumstances had unexpectedly changed. Of course, when we weren’t looking, we accidentally found ‘the house’. We were in a complicated situation (being a small business owner has an impact on loan options, and we had just been through a period of significant health expenses). Instead of shying away from us as a challenging client, Victor dedicated himself to understanding our circumstances and tailored loan options that would be suited to us now, and in the future. He did a lot of research and made a lot of phone calls for us, checking requirements and information, and assisting us with preparing the right documentation, to ensure we would be in a position to get the loan we needed before applying; it was kind of like a pseudo-pre-approval process. Timeframes were very tight (we had 21 days but ended up needing a 2 day extension because the lender had a backlog) and there was a lot of back and forth and gathering of documentation, but in the end, it has all been worth it. Yesterday, we picked up the keys to our very first home. Victor’s advice and support has been invaluable - he knows the lenders, he knows their products and he knows their requirements. Most importantly, he makes the effort to get to know you, and your circumstances, and appropriately match you to the best loan options. He can talk you through the pros and cons of it all, and has a great attention to detail. And for us, he went above and beyond to follow things up with solicitors and banks, even when the process had technically ended for him (thanks Victor!). We would highly recommend working with Victor for property finance, to anyone (he does residential and commercial). He’s really easy to get a hold of and has a transparent approach to his work. Thank you, Victor, for all of your hard work and perseverance with us, and helping make our dream become a reality! Rhiannon and David
Rhiannon Wordsworth
Rhiannon W.
06:44 01 Aug 19
I have been working with Victor and his team on and off over the last 8 ½ years now, buying three properties and also helping me with a car loan.Over the years I have found Victor to be very professional and knowledgeable with the services he provides.I am still looking at purchasing more property in the future and Victor will be a part of this journey if he likes it or not.Thank you very much Blackk Finance, Keep up the good work.
les davis
les D.
09:02 24 Jun 19
Victor and his team have been helping my wife and I for around 7 years. He impressed us from the start by flying up to Rockhampton to meet us and help to structure our loans and lending so that we could buy our dream block of land. The service continued throughout the years with Victor always approachable, friendly and willing to go the extra mile for his clients. An example of this is Victor meeting us at the airport at around 9pm at night so we could get all the documents signed to allow us to settle a property ASAP. The great thing about Victor and his team is that you don't just become a number and fade into the background after a few years. Victor always returns phone calls and has your information to hand when talking to his clients. We are now in our dream home and Victor is still helping us get the best deal possible in regards to lending, combined with great advice on how to structure the loans to get the most out of every dollar. So if you want great service and honest advice then Victor and the team at Blackk are the people for you.
Shane Anderson
Shane A.
21:16 19 Mar 19
Victor was very helpful from the day we contacted him just to get general information about buying a house. He is very knowledgeable and was always very patient answering all our questions. Victor and his amazing team provided support along the way and after we purchased our house. I would definitely recommend Blackk Finance to all my friends and family!!
Helena Swanborough
Helena S.
09:35 14 Feb 19
My wife and I were looking for a broker after seeing the house we thought it was perfect for us. The right size, price and even street! So we found Blackk Finance when researching online and went to meet Victor. See, we were not just first home buyers but we also had no idea about how mortgages work. To top that, I’ve just started working as self-employed photographer and financial institutions don’t exactly love that.After reviewing our situation, Victor said we could try it but it would be complicated so we went ahead and made an offer for the property. A few days later our solicitor (who’s amazing and was Victor’s recommendation) had contracts signed and everything was ready and perfect for us to apply for the loan. Victor has lots of contacts and sadly when it was time for us to apply, a little situation started in Australia and the banks got spooked. So there we were, contract signed, first deposit paid, building inspections done and so on, and the banks saying no before we could even apply for a loan - and Victor trying every single magic spell mankind has ever heard of (and some probably only he knows).Day in, day out, Victor tried EVERYTHING. In the end, there was a chance and we decided to go for it, only to see it declined by the banks. While my wife and I were frustrated and sad, Victor has never for a second given up. And for that we are forever thankful. Mind you, this was all happening in the lead up to Christmas and New Years.And this was the 5 star review we were writing even though we didn’t succeed - which was entirely our fault - to Victor Kalinowski, first of his name, wizard of Oz finance and brave restless knight.Anyone could have given up on us and it would be completely understandable. We were a very difficult case and it was a lot of work to even try getting us a loan. Most brokers would probably say “sorry, can’t help, come back in a year when you do this, this and that”, but not him. Instead he was honest and open about our chances and the work it could take, to get everything ready and still receive a no for an answer. And that’s exactly what happened: after trying everything, we accepted the fact we were not buying this house, this time.But then something changed in our situation, a little thing, and I called Victor to tell him. With the same excitement he said that would change everything and we should try. At this stage, time was really against us. For a whole week Victor worked hard to get things done in time.And here we are now, packing our stuff to get ready to move in to our new home.Victor, we cannot thank you enough, I couldn’t just write a review saying “yes he’s the best broker in town” because without explaining what we all went through together, it would be hard to make people understand how much you care and work hard. We know you could have spent your time working with easier clients and yet you haven’t stopped for a second.Thank you thank you thank you,(and Debbie)Bruno and Roberta (and Helga)
Bruno Spotorno Domingues
Bruno Spotorno D.
07:46 15 Jan 19
My partner and I had been recommended by friends to contact Victor at Blackk Finance for the purchase of our first home. From the initial meet and greet late one evening to the actual purchase / finance of our property the positive experience continued.Victor was more than happy to talk us through all aspects and options available to us, this included understanding our personal circumstances and always maintaining options that would have our best interests first.The process was simple, convenient and we could not meet someone more willing to help and answer questions, giving confidence at every step along the way.We could not recommend Victor and the team enough and without questions would use them again for any future finance requirements.Thank you again for all your assistance and support!Brent & Shoko
Brent McKay
Brent M.
12:50 06 Jan 19
I would give Blackk Finance 10 stars if I could. Victor & Debbie were simply amazing!! I personally found purchasing our first home a bit scary but Victor coached us through the whole process and always managed to reassure me. He never seemed annoyed at my endless questions & was very well prepared for everything we threw at him.Thank you for not giving up on us. I know it took us a while but now thanks to you we will be enjoying Christmas poolside in our new home!! We will definitely recommend your services to all our friends and will be back the next time we’re in the market for a new home. 🙂
Christina Hart
Christina H.
22:32 20 Dec 18
Victor is extremely approachable, friendly and professional. He instills a confidence in you that he is genuinely making suggestions based solely on your best interests.We felt very looked after by Victor and truly wondered why anyone would even bother looking for finance on their own.Even when freak complications arose, Victor worked very hard to both rectify the situation and continually communicate with us about it.I would wholeheartedly recommend that anybody looking for a home loan speak with Victor immediately.
Gavin Handley
Gavin H.
01:53 03 Dec 18

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