Economic times are hard, and you’re not alone if you’re feeling the effects of the economy on your personal pocketbook. While financial problems can be devastating and worrying, they are not permanent. Below are tips to help guide you on personal financing so you can get out of debt and/or start planning for the future.
If you need to refinance a mortgage, do not reset the calendar. If you had planned to pay off your mortgage in twenty years, look at your new options. You might be able to pay off your mortgage in less time than that. Most refinancing agencies base their loans on the original plans: take refinancing as an opportunity to find a better strategy.
Financing real estate is not the easiest task. The lender considers several factors. One of these factors is the debt-to-income ratio, which is the percentage of your gross monthly income that you spend on paying your debts. This includes everything from housing to car payments. It is very important not to make larger purchases before buying a home because that significantly ruins the debt-to-income ratio.
To have long-term success in financial planning, consider debt investment opportunities. If you have a student loan at a 2% interest but you can get a 2.75% savings rate in a bank account, it makes more financial sense in the long run to make the minimum monthly payments, while saving up a lump sum to pay it off entirely. Conversely, any debt with an interest rate higher than a savings interest rate should get priority.
Attempting to stay as healthy as possible and curing any minor sicknesses at home will prevent one from making trips to the hospital that are not necessary. These trips that are avoided will save one large amounts out of their personal finances. Any trip that is avoided will surely save one money.
Banks are more inclined to lend money to people who don’t really need to borrow it, so this means you cannot appear to be desperate if you’re seeking a loan. Make sure you have a strong co-signer, tidy up your credit score, and present a great case about why you need to take out a loan.
If you are trying to improve your credit score, consider finding a way to transfer the debt to “invisible” locations. If you can pay a delinquent account off by borrowing from a friend or family member, your credit score will only reflect that you paid it off. If you go this route, make sure to sign something with your lender that gives them the power to take you to court should you fail to pay, for extra security.
Don’t let the economy get you down! Fight back by having a plan for your personal finances, debts, and future endeavors. The tips above will help you on your personal journey to a good financial situation. Once you are set up with a financial plan for the present, start planning for the future to avoid the stress of last minute scrambling to pay debts.