Budget Planner

McDonald Jones is here to help you realise your dream of purchasing a new home. 

One of the most important aspects of affording a new home is planning out your budget. While some people simply have a head for numbers, many others tend to struggle with calculating their budget.

By using our budget planner tool, along with our other home loan calculators, you can truly visualise your income and expenses in order to better budget when buying a new home.

Importance of Budgeting for a New Home Purchase

Buying property is one of the largest expenses that anyone will make in their lifetime, so it’s important to take a serious approach to your savings. By budgeting from the start, you can better focus your efforts and ensure that you have a surplus of funds for your daily life, your repayments, and any unforeseen moving expenses. If you want to move house responsibly, you need to do more than just secure a good home loan. You need to take a range of other costs into account, which is easier to do once you’ve put a budget in place.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you use our budget planner:

Keep the end goal in sight

One of the biggest challenges that you’ll face is keeping your savings ambitions on track. If you really want to afford your new home, you’ll have to keep your end goal in sight. One way to help this process is to have a firm idea of the type of home you’ll want to buy, as well as other purchases that you’ll need to make.

Understand All the Costs Involved

Repaying your home mortgage is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of all of the costs you’re going to face. Once you’ve established a realistic budget, consider carefully what these costs will be during the buying process. Take into account things like:

Mortgage registration fees
Stamp duty
Land transfer registration charges
Fees imposed by conveyancer

Ask Yourself if You’re Really Ready to Buy

Take an objective look at your savings regularly. If you think you’re not on track, see if there are any other expenses that you can tighten to get back on track.

Are you buying with someone else? You need to make sure that you're both 100% on the same page in terms of sticking to the budget. Also, consider whether now is a good time to buy based on things like potential charges from withdrawing cash too early on a fixed-term period of your savings account.

Include All Expenses from the Outset

All of those little expenses add up, so don’t forget to factor in costs like medical care, energy bills, insurance and drinks with your friends into your budget. This will help you remain in a healthy financial situation once it’s time to move into your new home.

Take advantage of our budget planner for help determining the costs and savings of purchasing a new home in the ACT or NSW.

MyChoice Home Loans

As part of the service we provide at McDonald Jones, you now have access to our in-house finance experts at MyChoice Home Loans.
To help you better understand the options available, the finance experts at MyChoice Home Loans can discuss the process and assist you in securing the right loan for your needs.