By Dave Fleming : 27 June, 2017

How did we get into this Mess Anyway?

man clutches his head in panic as stock market crashesIt’s been over eight years (how time flies) since the Global Financial Crisis made its presence felt. Initially Australia looked like it was going to be immune to its effects, or so a lot of people thought. However, we all now know that’s not the real world we live in. The real world we’re now living in here in Australia is a world that has been economically affected by the financial status of the countries we trade with.

In simplistic terms if people in America aren’t buying new houses then they’re also not buying all the furnishings that go with those houses, such as white goods etc. If they’re not buying those then manufacturers are not making them. I think you get the gist of what I’m trying to say.

If people in first world countries are not buying, then the economies of manufacturing countries like China, Japan and India go backwards. When they start going backwards they stop buying coal and other resources like iron ore.

Why Have the Banks Been Immune to all of this?

That’s why we had a two speed economy that everyone marveledcartoon of greedy banking grabbing lots of bank notes at. Fast and average were the two speeds we had. What we have currently is average and slow. Now the mining boom is over for the time being our economy is going to continue to struggle until the global economy starts to hum again.

It seems the only industry that is not bemoaning its fate is the banking industry in Australia. They continue to make record profits off of the back of hard working Australians. The four major banks in Australia continue to make record profits year after year.

Even though the Government outlawed exit fees on home loans, lenders have come up with new and innovative ways to ensure that their profits continue to increase. These strategies include increasing interest rates out of sync. This means, when the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) rate increases, the banks have in some instances increased their rates even more and also have not been passing on all of the rate cuts when announced to maintaining ridiculously high credit card interest rates.

When does the Rip Off Stop?

Their ongoing justification for this outrageous profit plundering is that Australia needs a profitable banking system to maintain a strong balanced economy. Well, how much is enough? When does this flagrant profit gouging stop.

At the moment the Federal Government has been a running a ‘Show Tribunal’. They lined up the boss’s of the big four banks and then fired some tepid questions at them, which made a couple of them squirm uncomfortably a little bit in their seats. What’s going to come out of that, not much? We may see one or two minor concessions, but that won’t slow the banks profit increases down.

What can You do About it?

Unlock your potential sign in rainbow coloursUnless we take personal responsibility for our own finances, we are always going to be stressed out with the banking system and trying to pay off our mortgages.

In the current market interest rates are at an all time low and some economists are predicting they could even go lower. Some say as soon as next month. In this financial environment it behooves anyone who wants to get ahead financially to start working their finances a lot smarter.

The principal and interest repayments on a 3.64% (yes you can get an owner occupied home loan (<80% LVR) with an offset account at 3.64%) $500,000 30 year owner occupied home loan are $2,284 a month. We all know that the majority of that repayment amount for the first 15 years is going to go to the bank in interest. Did you also know that over the last 30-40 years home loan interest rates have averaged around 7.5% to 8.5%? Many current older home owners will remember back to the late eighties and early nineties when home loan rates were 17.5 – 19.5%.

Which Would You Prefer – pay Yourself or Pay the Bank?

So, what I’m saying is home loan rates will inevitably raise again. However, when they get to 7.64% the majority of that payment will be going to the bank. If you allow that to happen, you will always be at the beck and call of the banks.

What we’re suggesting is that you tighten your mortgage belt, get the budget spreadsheet out and (I know, it’s a pain, but there is no other way) start figuring out how you can fit a 7.5% principal and interest mortgage repayment into your budget.

A 7.5% principal and interest mortgage repayment on a $500,000 home loan would amount to $3,578 a month. Yes that’s about $1,200 a month more than you’re paying now. The real decision is, do you pay yourself now or pay the bank later?

Because, inevitably interest rates will rise and when they do you will be forced to pay those amounts. Notwithstanding when it does most of the repayment will be going into the banks back pocket.

How Well Could You do?

The good news is, if you do activate this strategy you will pay your thirty year mortgage off in 15 years and two months. In other words youStep out of your comfort zone sign would lop off an enormous 14 years and two months off your 30 year mortgage and in the process save an astounding potential $170,986 in interest.

Imagine, if fifteen years from now you didn’t have a mortgage as opposed to being locked into the bank for the rest of your life. The choice is, you either pay now or you pay later.

There’s an old saying that says ‘You Should Never Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth’. What does that mean, I really don’t know. I think it has something to do with not being ungrateful when you’re handed a gift.

Nonetheless, the point is interest rates are at historic lows which provides an opportunity that may never been seen again. Or, if it does come again it will probably be a long time coming.

If you want information on more strategies that will help you pay your mortgage off faster or to create more wealth through mortgages and property, please get in contact.

If you don’t have a 3 in front of your owner occupied home loan interest rate these days, then you’re paying too much for your home loan.

Bio:
About About Dave Fleming

Dave is enthusiastic and fascinated by the digital and social media worlds. He is passionate and enjoys entrepreneurial pursuits, wealth creation financial strategies, health, fitness as well as cooking. Dave is the webmaster at www.mastermortgagebrokersydney.com.au, which is an information website pertaining to loans. He has a deep commitment towards writing about and helping people understand the basics of how the financial world works.

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By Dave Fleming : 27 June, 2017

So, are you looking to buy your first home?

This can be a major step for anybody, and you will find quite a few things to consider, not the very least of these is the way to get the funds for a house. Sure, there are lending options readily available for property purchases; however you will need to have some money on hand to pay for a deposit, also there are other costs, which include fees and settlement costs that you may not be able to get included in a borrowing arrangement.

How Much Money do You Have to Start?

First home buyers signIf you’re like a lot of first home buyers who are looking to purchase using a low deposit home loan you will still need to do your sums to calculate how much cash you will need. Most lenders who provide low deposit home loans want to see that you have at least 5% in genuine savings. What does this mean? It means you will be able to demonstrate that you have saved 5% of the purchase price over a 3 month period. Or, you have had that amount of funds in a savings account in your name for at least 3 months.

Basically they want to know if you have fiscal discipline and a sense of responsibility. In addition, if you’re buying an established property you will also have to prove to them that you have enough additional funds to complete the purchase transaction. This means you will need enough extra cash to pay for purchase stamp duty and legal costs.

Are You Eligible for Government Concessions?

If you’re purchasing a new home that nobody’s ever lived in before you might be eligible for first home buyer concessions. If you fit into that category you should check with your local states Office of State Revenue for any programs they may have.

So, what are some methods the everyday Australian can use to get hold of some funds to cover the dollar amounts required to purchase a home?

Cash Generating Tips

Happy couple holding baby in front of sold houseIf you are planning to get a property inside of 12 months you will want a savings strategy that’s going to yield immediate results. Saving cash is usually a complicated challenge if you only have a preset amount of disposable income on a month to month basis. A Second employment opportunity could be a possible option for generating fast savings.

Investigating other cash flow scenarios including a cash value insurance policy might help put some cash together. However, be mindful that withdrawal penalties could be applied, nonetheless it may be well worth the expense to get your first home.

Additional ways to pull together cash include things like selling off valuable items on the net or with a garage sale. Spare cars, stocks and shares, collectables, along with other things that have got a good value can easily generate big returns.

Some lenders will allow a gift from the borrowers parents as long as the parents are prepared to put in writing that the money is a gift and non-refundable.

Longer Range Planning Strategies

Home for sale with signShould you be concentrating on a long range strategy you naturally will have much more time to accumulate the required funds. Investing more money into a term deposit or perhaps a cash value insurance plan may help keep hold of the funds for your new home.

Starting a savings bank account can certainly help ensure that the financial resources are readily available and generating interest along the way.

An additional second job would still be another possibility, but if you have the luxury of much more time to save you would then have the luxury of having to work a lesser number of hours.

Starting a home based business would provide a flexible alternative for generating extra cash flow. Nevertheless, choose wisely in finding a business enterprise that is both rewarding and legit.

Tithing is an Oldie but a Goodie

It takes a smart person to make money, however it takes an even smarter person to hang onto it. In today’s society most people are so busy paying everyone else, there is never any money left over to pay themselves. To reverse this habit a person needs to sit down and map out a budget of their expenses. Once that has been done, whittle those expenses down until there is a cash surplus left over each month.

A worthy goal is to aim at saving a minimum of 10% of your net income each month. In other words, before you pay anyone else you pay yourself 10% right off the top. Then, you figure out how to manage your lifestyle so you can live on the 90% that is left over.

The purchase of a home is a sizable, but very worthwhile step, create a workable plan for getting the money together that you need and then stick to the plan through thick and thin.

Bio:
About About Dave Fleming

Dave is enthusiastic and fascinated by the digital and social media worlds. He is passionate and enjoys entrepreneurial pursuits, wealth creation financial strategies, health, fitness as well as cooking. Dave is the webmaster at www.mastermortgagebrokersydney.com.au, which is an information website pertaining to loans. He has a deep commitment towards writing about and helping people understand the basics of how the financial world works.

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By Dave Fleming : 27 June, 2017

No matter if you have a lot of money or only a modest income, it is really important to manage your available funds as well as possible. It’s been said that it takes a smart person to make money, but an even smarter person to hang on to it. You’ve probably heard the story of the person who won lotto or Powerball only to be broke again within 12 months.

How how do you know if you are actually good with money?

If the following 5 signs apply to you, it probably means that you are good with money.

 

You Have a Strong Budget

Moirtgage brokerThis means that you have made a list or spreadsheet of all your expenses on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis. After all, some expenses like rent, mortgage, electricity, car registration or holidays, do not fall due every week.

However, it is important to make provision for the annual expenses, and not panic when they fall due. Add up all your expenses and divide by 52. You now know what the maximum amount is that you can spend each week.

Don’t forget those expenses that only happen occasionally, such as car and house insurances. Also, you’ll need a car service and new car tyres every so often.

Compare the budget with your income. If your weekly or monthly income is greater than your expenses, then you are on good ground. If you expenses exceed your income, you will have to trim some of your expenses.

A good objective is to focus on paying yourself first, rather than paying everyone else first and then looking to see what’s left over for you. For most that’s usually nothing and then, frequently having to rely on credit cards when there’s more month than pay cheque.

 

You Avoid Waste

You buy only as much as you need. This applies to clothing as well as to food. If you throw food out on a regular basis or at all, you aremortgage broker sydney wasting money. You take a shopping list with you to the supermarket and avoid buying specials unless you really need the item. You avoid fast food, and take a ‘doggy bag’ from restaurants if you could not finish your meal.

Try to condition yourself to think creatively before spending any money. Think, do I really need this item? Is there another alternative that could be used?

Multi-millionaire friends of ours from California on a trip to Australia many years ago wanted to find out how to make Sticky Date Pudding. This was before Google was around, so I suggested they go to the News Agents and look through the Family Circle and Women’s Weekly Magazines for the recipe.

About 5 days later they came back from a day at Manly Beach and excitingly said “Eureka, we found it, we found the recipe”!
I said, “That’s great which one did you buy?

“Buy”? He said. No, I didn’t need to buy anything, I read the recipe out and Linda (his wife) wrote it down.

There’s a lesson in there for all of us. We all seem to follow the least line of resistance and just readily pull the wallet out and part with our money. Instead, we should think twice, use a little brain power and consider if there’s an alternative.

 

You Pay All Your Bills by the Due Date

sydney mortgage brokerThis includes your credit cards. You don’t only pay the minimum amount, since interest on credit cards is so high.

Try to avoid credit cards that have expensive annual fees. If you retain a balance on your credit card/’s at the end of each month, thens shop around and get a basic credit card that has the lowest interest rate you can find.

Some bills, apart from credit cards, attract interest if they are paid late. You always make your mortgage payments on time, since the interest rate increases, sometimes by as much as 4% per annum, on the arrears.

You Have a Dedicated Savings Account

You have set up a direct monthly transfer of a fixed amount into a savings account. This is for special purchases like furniture, a holiday or the deposit on your first home. It is really important to get into the habit of saving money as early as possible.

This is one of the key’s to creating a better quality of life. As soon as you get your pay, you transfer a predetermined amount into a savings account. Somewhere between 5-10% of your regular pay is a good place to start. The idea is, you pay yourself first and then manage the budget around what is left.

 

You Look Around for the Best Deal When You Need Something

Comparing products and services from one provider to another can save you lots of money, whether you are in the market for householdhome loan expert appliances, baby furniture or car seats, credit cards or other financial services. Many similar products are available and you can make significant savings by doing some research before you commit yourself.

If you have a mortgage or a credit card balance, have you done a health check on these financial products lately? For credit cards, get on the internet and do some comparison shopping. If you have a mortgage, why not have your mortgage broker give you a health check. They’ll be happy to do that for you free of charge.

Authors Bio:
Sally Wolcott writes for creditcard.com.au , she worked for over 30 years in the areas of both corporate and personal insolvencies, advising numerous clients facing bankruptcy, as well as acting for financial institutions in the area of debt recovery. For the last 20 years she operated her own legal practice in North Sydney and is now retired.

 

Okay, How About a Bit of Fun!

best home loan brokerA wealthy, dying gentleman, laying upon his deathbed, requested that his priest, his bank manager and his lawyer come and join him at his bedside.

He told all of them that he wanted to be entombed, when he eventually passed, along with all of his cash. He then provided them with two hundred and fifty thousand pounds each and told them to toss the cash onto the top of his coffin, after it had been lowered into the burial plot, right after he had died.

A short time afterwards the old gentleman kicked the bucket and was laid to rest inside of a week.

Afterwards at the wake, the 3 men were having a chat during which, the vicar was all of a sudden weighed down with a sense of guilt. He then felt compelled to confess to the other pair he had in fact, only tossed one half of the cash on top of the coffin, given that the church required critical maintenance to the roof structure.

This got to the bank manager who thought, ‘What the heck if we’re going to have a confession,’ he then admitted to the other two that he also had only tossed half of the money he had in, given that the ‘Credit Crunch’ was now starting to hit hard and he really needed some extra funds for his bank in order to stop it from going under. The lawyer then jumped in and sternly told the other two, ‘This is an absolutely pathetic, shameful thing that has been done by both of you. I put a cheque in for the total sum!”

Bio:
About About Dave Fleming

Dave is enthusiastic and fascinated by the digital and social media worlds. He is passionate and enjoys entrepreneurial pursuits, wealth creation financial strategies, health, fitness as well as cooking. Dave is the webmaster at www.mastermortgagebrokersydney.com.au, which is an information website pertaining to loans. He has a deep commitment towards writing about and helping people understand the basics of how the financial world works.

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