You may be worried about borrowing money for property investment or to upgrade your home because you are unsure if you can afford any more rate rises, or you might still be catching up on all the rate rises we have had over 2022, and you are deep diving into your finances to ensure you can afford your existing commitments. Whatever your situation, you do not need to navigate this alone. By working with a mortgage broker, you can get a finance professional on-side to help you get an understanding of your overall property and financial situation.
A mortgage broker can help you with a range of things that will not only get your finances into shape, but that can also help you boost your borrowing capacity if you wish to invest in property in 2023.
Here are some things you should do before you Invest in Property
#1 – Review your current situation
The first thing you want to do is assess your current loans and make sure you are not paying more than you need to pay. There is a lot of competition in the mortgage market, and it could be possible to save 0.25% – 1% off your loan (or more), not to mention the cashback offers that are available.
A mortgage broker can review the options on your behalf to help you reduce the interest rate you are paying and therefore your repayments.
This also had the benefit of reducing your overall debts in the eyes of the lender, which increases your borrowing capacity.
#2 – Reduce your credit card limit
Did you know that it is the limit on your credit card and not the amount of debt outstanding that lenders will consider when reviewing your application?
So, if you have a credit card limit of $20,000 but you only owe $1,000 on it, the lenders will consider the debt as if you owe $20,000. This is because you have the option to spend up to your total credit limit whenever you like, so the lenders will treat you as if you have spent the maximum.
Reducing your credit card limit by just $5,000 can add up to $25,000 to your borrowing power (and it also reduces the temptation to spend!)
#3 – Consolidate high interest debts
If you have multiple debts to manage, such as a car loan, a personal loan, credit cards, a store card and some buy now pay later debt, this can impact your ability to get a home loan. The banks want to see that you are diligent with money and that you can afford to take on the responsibility of a new mortgage, and multiple personal debts can give them a reason to be cautious.
All these debts come with minimum repayments, which can eat into your income and reduce your borrowing power. By consolidating all personal debts into one facility, such as a low-interest personal loan or even into your owner-occupier home loan, you can reduce your monthly outgoings, lower the amount of interest you pay and boost your borrowing power all in one go.
#4 – Asses your household budget
Another way to increase your borrowing power is to reduce how much you are spending on household bills. Every dollar that you can save on things such as electricity, phone, internet, and insurance is an extra dollar in your “disposable income” bucket, which the bank considers when deciding on how much they will lend you.
You could also consider reducing or cancelling subscriptions like gyms, TV streaming, music subscriptions and other software programs that you no longer need. A quick audit of your bills and comparing cheaper options could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year, putting more money in your pocket to help you achieve your property investing goals.
By following some or all the above steps, you can get on top of your borrowing capacity and present yourself to the lenders in the best possible light. If you are interested in learning more about what your options are and how we can help you when it comes to accessing equity and investing in property, contact us today.
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Zippy Financial is an award-winning mortgage brokerage specialising in home loans, property investment, commercial lending, and vehicle & asset finance. Whether you are looking to buy your first home, refinance or build your property investment portfolio, the team at Zippy Financial can help find and secure the right loan for you and your business.
About the Author:
Louisa Sanghera is an award-winning mortgage broker and Director at Zippy Financial. Louisa founded Zippy Financial with the goal of helping clients grow their wealth through smart property and business financing. Louisa utilises her expert financial knowledge, vision for exceptional customer service and passion for property to help her clients achieve their lifestyle and financial goals. Louisa is an experienced speaker, financial commentator, mortgage broker industry representative and small business advocate.
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Louisa Sanghera is a Credit Representative (437236) of Mortgage Specialists Pty Ltd (Australian Credit Licence No. 387025).
Disclaimer: This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation and needs before making any decisions based on this information. This article is not to be used in place of professional advice, whether business, health or financial.