What should I consider when I have accepted a restructured mortgage?

Many clients have dealt with the banks directly in recent years to restructure their mortgage debt and have been offered split mortgages, term extensions and part capital and interest deals from their lenders. While this keeps the roof over client’s heads it often leads to 2 main financial planning issues.

  1. Life Insurance Shortfalls
  2. Future Residual Debt

While the clear and obvious benefit to accepting one of these deals is that there is now no immediate threat to your home, it is important to complete the process prudently. By this I mean plan for the future and address the likely shortfall in your life insurance and consider how you are going to pay off the balance of your mortgage. The mortgage has not been written down, just restructured. You still have to pay it, just in a different way now.