Do you sometimes think to yourself “where does all my money go”? or “I should be able to save more”. Chances are, you probably need to sit down and do some living expenses budgeting.
Budgeting is really important when you’re just starting to look at buying a house. It can assist with many things, like figuring out where all your money is going, or seeing where you could cut down on spending. If you’re spending too much on something like takeaway, it gives you the ability to cut that down prior to submitting a loan application.
Most lenders will want at least 3-6 months personal bank statements, one of the reasons for this, is to check if the living expenses match up to what you have declared. If you put down $100pm in take out, but they see a lot more than that [like $100pw], things could get a little tricky. It’s much better to know those amounts and have them under control well in advance. Sometimes you don’t know your spending habits until you sit down and have a good look at them.
Budgeting [before buying a home] is a great idea as it can help you save for a deposit, too. You are able to figure out how much you should be putting away every pay, without effecting your other living expenses, or lifestyle. On the other hand, Budgeting can also help you to figure out what home loan repayment you could afford.
Most lenders require a monthly living expenses break down before submitting your loan application anyway. So, it’s a great idea to have one previously prepared. There is a great ASIC online budget planner here, or we also have our own that we go through with every one of our clients. Feel free to give us a call so we can sit down and help you with your budget!
Disclaimer: Your full financial needs and requirements need to be assessed prior to any offer or acceptance of a loan product.