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Want to buy a home – reduce your debt first

First home buyers are often so eager to make a purchase that they avoid getting their finances in order before shopping for a home. If you're getting ready to buy a home, debt reduction should be your first priority.


First home buyers are often so eager to make a purchase that they avoid getting their finances in order before shopping for a home. If you're getting ready to buy a home, debt reduction should be your first priority. Here are some valuable tips for getting your debt under control before you take on a mortgage.

Assess your financial situation

Many Australians fail to truly set up a household budget. Making purchases without determining whether you can afford what you are buying is probably what got you into debt in the first place, and it's important for you to assess your financial situation to locate areas that you can change.

Evaluating your budget gives you the opportunity to determine where your money is coming from and where it is going. Making a detailed budget allows you to pinpoint where you can cut back on spending to free up more money and pay off debts.

Consider consolidation

Debt consolidation may be the solution that allows you to pay down your debt faster. If you are dealing with types of debt that carry high interest rates, consolidating these debts into one loan that offers a more reasonable rate can save you money over time. However, it's important for you to be aware of the fees associated with debt consolidation. Calculate the total amount that the debt will cost you over time before deciding whether consolidation is the way to go.

Avoid new debt

This can be difficult if you're struggling with a tight household budget, but it's important to avoid new debt while you're working on reducing the total amount that you owe. The simplest way to achieve this goal is to stop using your credit cards while you're paying down your current debt.

Find new sources of income

You might think that you're doing all that you can by going to work each day, but there are other ways to earn more money. It could be a good idea to get a second job while you're paying down your debt. While it's difficult to work two jobs, it would only be necessary in the short term.

Selling personal items that you no longer need is another way to earn money to pay down your debt. This method of earning provides the additional benefit of clearing out your household clutter.

Getting your finances under control is the first step to becoming a homeowner. Follow the tips mentioned above to pay down your debt for a better financial future. 

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