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For those going through the prospect of house hunting, so they can get on the property ladder, the reality of the situation can soon set in, not just in the fact that finding your perfect home can be a long, drawn out process, but also, the realisation may dawn on you that you are unable to cope financially, or you simply just can't afford a property you really want. Whether you have bad credit, or you've got debt, or you are just desperate to get onto the property ladder, what are your options?

Assistance With Your Down Payment

Depending on where you live, you can get help towards getting that chunk of money together. Depending on who you buy from, you can get certain amounts of financial help, and advice towards getting the deposit together. New Choice home builders, based in Australia, work with lending institutions around the country to help break down payments and make it more affordable for everybody. In America, the Federal Housing Administration loan is one of the most common types for people desperate to buy a home with little money for down payment. And depending on the country itself, there can be organisations in specific cities that can help people. In this respect, make sure you do your research.

Going Private

This can cause a myriad of legal problems, be warned. But if you decide to buy a house without going down the typical estate agent route, you can buy privately from someone. Although, this does require you paying in cash. If you are currently desperate to buy a house right now, this isn't the best option for you. But, if you find that you are being turned down for loans from every institution, this could be your saving grace. Because you have to save up the cash, this can take a long time, but another way around this could be to start renting a property where are you develop a good relationship with the landlord where you buy further down the line. Another option would be to look at purchasing an ex-display home, and there are many display homes for sale if you know where to look. Lots of people now rent with the intention to buy as soon as they have the money together. And this can be written into the contract.


If you are being turned down for loans from the banks, it's all about the fact that your credit score isn't in a good state. So, instead of thinking about buying a house now, your option would be to get your credit score and your finances into a good enough state so that you look responsible in the eyes of the banks. This can take at least a year, but if you start to tighten your belts and look towards repairing your credit score, and start to save, it's a short-term sacrifice for long-term gain. There are plenty of budget calculators you can take advantage of online, but it's definitely worth addressing your spending habits too.

If you are desperate to buy a house, it can feel like a big mountain to climb, but when you are desperate, there are options, it's just, unfortunately, a lot of them are in the long term, rather than in the short term.

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