Budgeting might not sound like much fun but once set in place it has the ability to lighten the load by freeing up your money and time, for the important things in life.
No matter what your goals are, saving for your first home, meeting your mortgage repayments or building the best financial situation for an investment property purchase, you can find a budgeting strategy that is right for you. And it's never too late to start.
First step to a successful budget is setting solid short and long goals and prioritising what is most important by distinguishing between your ‘needs' and ‘wants'.
Then, create a detailed budget based on the living, entertainment, insurance, debt & mortgage repayment, etc, costs you encounter during each pay period. If a cost comes in, say, only once every six months then divide that figure by six to save 1/6 of the total cost each month.
Be sure to revisit existing loans (personal, property or other) and consider ways to manage them better using your budget. Ideally, clear your debts before acquiring new ones – a clean slate and a good credit history are a great starting point when you are looking to take out, switch or top up a home loan.
If you have a new mortgage, trying to budget for extra repayments from the start will help reduce your loan term and reduce the interest accrued on your home loan while helping prepare you for any possible changes in your financial circumstances.
If you are considering growing your property portfolio take note there is a wide range of home loans and lenders available to you, whether you are looking to renovate, upgrade, downsize, invest or purchase your very first home.
Remember, visiting a reputable, professional and experienced mortgage broker can help you determine your options, make an informed decision and put you steps closer to achieving your financial goals.
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