Top 5 tips to help your kids break Into the property market

Published on December 4th, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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These days, young Australians can barely afford to dream of purchasing their own home or becoming a property investor. Lately, the rate of home ownership in young people has dramatically decreased.

Moreover, statistics reveal that one-third of Australians do not own a property. In most cases, young people are seeking the help of their parents when they want to buy a house. How can parents help their kids to break into the property market?

Use your home equity as a deposit for your children’s investment

If you haven’t accessed your home equity yet, you may be surprised to find out how valuable this can be. Buying a property requires a lot of financial effort, and in most cases it’s next to impossible for the young of today to save up enough of a deposit to buy a home. Giving them access to your equity allows a purchases to proceed as the equity takes the place of the deposit required to close a purchase.

Buy the house yourself

In some cases, parents decide to purchase the house by themselves, and then the children pay it back gradually through a peer to peer arrangement. In other situations, parents choose to rent it to their children through a rent to buy scheme which allows them eventually to own their own home.

Become a joint borrower and own a part of the property

If you can’t afford a great financial commitment, you can invest in your child’s house by becoming a joint borrower on the loan and owning a part of the property. It’s usually common for parents to become owners of one-half of the property. However, the main disadvantage of this option is that you will have to take the entire financial responsibility if your kid isn't able to meet his or her repayments.

Guarantee for your kids’ loans

If you cannot provide your child enough money for a deposit or help him or her in another way to break into the property market, you can use your home as a guarantee for his or her house loan. However, you should not hurry to do this, because this option can be quite risky. The bank or the lender can have access to your primary residence, which is your home if your children are not able to keep up with their repayments.

Offer your kids valuable pieces of advice and support

Sometimes, parents cannot help their children financially when it comes to such an important investment, or they prefer not to. However, you can always help your kids with the necessary support and education when it comes to the property market. Make sure your child fully understands what this market is and what a home loan implies and teach them budgeting skills from a young age.

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