The Upsides of Home Loan Debt Consolidation

The Upsides of Home Loan Debt Consolidation

Unfortunately, a bunch of small debts can quickly balloon into one giant headache. There’s a simple way to get it under control, though. It’s possible to refinance your home to consolidate debt. But, is that the right move for you?

What Is It?

Simply, debt consolidation means combining the entirety of your debt into a single debt. That means all those credit cards, car loans, and otherwise are consolidated into a single monthly payment. When you deal with individual loans and debt, you are paying a different interest rate for each, as well as subject to a variety of balances and conditions. By rolling them into one you are managing your debt as easily and efficiently as possible. Before you decide whether this is the route for you, however, let us walk you through some of the upsides and downsides.

The Upside

Every month, you pay one single payment. Forget about setting up half a dozen direct debits or more, you don’t need to worry about any of that. It’s simpler to pare down all your debt into one single payment with one interest rate for a fixed period of time.

With a fixed rate and term, you know what your payment amount looks like. It might not sound like much, but the reality of the matter is you are far more likely to be disciplined in paying your debt off when you’re dealing with a fixed situation.

You will have less to pay monthly. Overall, though, you may end up paying back slightly more than original, but by stretching the terms you will reduce your monthly expenditure.

6 Home Deposit Saving Tips If You're Self-Employed

6 Home Deposit Saving Tips If You’re Self-Employed

Every self-employed individual knows how much income can vary from month to month. It’s difficult enough to plan for emergencies, the idea of saving for a house deposit with variable income is even more challenging. Not to worry, though, you can prove to potential lenders that you’re an excellent home loan candidate. It begins with proving that you have a history of regular and steady savings. Let’s take a look at six ways to boost your home deposit saving efforts.

1. Save More When You're Doing Well

When you’re swimming in work and things are going well, the temptation to treat yourself will be great. You have to resist this urge and instead focus on boosting your savings. If you are earning more money, then you should be putting more money away. Consider saving a percentage of your income each month so that no matter what you earn, you’re consistently saving.

2. Target-Setting

Where would you like to live? It’s a good idea to have an area and a neighbourhood in mind. This will allow you to calculate what type of deposit you’ll need, thus providing you with a savings goal. Just don’t forget to calculate legal fees and stamp duty. Depending on the loan you apply for, there will be different fees from different lenders. While it’s possible to secure a loan with a 5% deposit in your pocket, you can avoid extra fees if you push yourself to 20%.

3. Track Your Progress

Humans respond well to visual reminders so invest in an app or make a colourful chart, whatever it takes to give you a visual reminder of how you’re progressing with your savings target.

4. Tax-Smart

Self-employed individuals can claim tex deductions that add up when you dig into them. For example, if you work from home you may be able to claim for a portion of your internet, electricity, and other related costs. Speak to an accountant or qualified tax professional to learn more.

5. Tuck it Away

It’s tempting to skip a month of saving or only put something aside when you have a big payday. Don’t let this temptation get you. While your situation is unique, consistency is key. Save something from every payday so that you’re constantly taking little steps to your bigger goal.

6. Income Protection

Have you ever considered what you would do if you were unable to work due to illness or injury? Even a week or two of illness can upset the balance of your income so, it’s important that you protect your income. Income protection insurance is a wise investment. The last thing you want to do is dip into your deposit savings to pay the bills and live on if something goes wrong.

If you’re self-employed, interested in securing a mortgage, and you’d like to learn more, reach out to Seek Mortgages today. We can help connect you to a lender if the major banks have refused your loan application. Or, we can provide you with advice on how best to proceed.

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Should I Buy A House During Covid-19

The property market in Australia isn’t immune to the effects that coronavirus has had on our economy. Property prices have plummeted recently with sales volumes also down dramatically.

Prior to the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus, this year’s property market kicked off on a high note. But now, all major property markets are forecast to be negatively impacted for the rest of the year; with the market rebound and eventual stabilisation not likely to occur until sometime in 2021.

The Market

This news hasn’t been great for anyone selling their property on the market, but it has unexpectedly put many first-home buyers into quite a strong position. Properties which would have most likely been over budget only months ago have now become increasingly accessible due to the current conditions of the market.

While purchasing property can almost always be put off until later for most people, there are thousands of prospective buyers out there who are still eager to buy. Especially those who have a deposit saved and a secure job, as they are the most likely to become the most powerful forces in the property market over the next few months.

Safety First

So, who should be considering buying a property in the current market? Quite simply, people should only be considering property purchases who have the safety net of a secure job, along with either enough money saved or other liquid assets.

Some will see this lower market as an opportunity to purchase property at a price that is materially much lower than it was earlier this year. Then there are those brave cashed-up people who believe that times like these are when fortunes can be made, and they hope to secure a property at once-in-a-generation bargain prices. And who knows, they could very well be right on the money.

It is actually quite likely that some excellent opportunities to buy will become available over the coming months, especially during the second half of this year. That means there are some savvy investors who are ready to buy, in preparation for a predicted rebound next year.

Lenders & Banks

First-time buyers especially must be confident that their job is secure before deciding to take out a mortgage.

For those who do end up losing their employment during this time, most of the major banks in Australia have dropped rates, and many are offering affected customers up to six months break from paying their mortgage. Other lenders are offering services that allow you to refinance or consolidate debts.

To get yourself into the best possible position to nab yourself some property at a bargain price, ensure that your finance is completely sorted. Not only will this give you the most realistic budget to work with which will provide you with some confidence when you’re considering all of your options, but many real estate agents won’t even take bookings for viewings without finance pre-approved.

Most reports that are forecasting property markets have included strong disclaimers that state their high uncertainty of what’s to come. This is not only due to the fact that everything is seemingly changing almost daily, but also because the longer that this crisis continues, the more material impact it will have on Australia’s property market.

Just remember that there are no guarantees when it comes to the property market. But at the end of the day, whether you’re buying or selling, we’re going to make it through this.

If you want to find out more about getting a mortgage in the current market, talk to our team today.