Mama’s Boy? Daddy’s girl?
Once dirty words on the playground, but when it comes to securing your first home loan, all bets are off. We lay out the positives and negatives of guarantor home loans.
We all remember the school-yard taunts. In the days of brown-bag lunches and skinned elbows, being a mama’s boy or a daddy’s girl wasn’t exactly a badge of honour.
Fast-forward twenty years – you’ve locked down a great job earning a steady income and are thinking about buying your first place. The only trouble is, you’re finding it tough to save the tens of thousands of dollars needed for your deposit.
Now who wishes they were a mama’s boy?
When it comes to securing a Home Loan, a little help from your parents could be just what you need to get you over the line. Here’s what you need to know about guarantor home loans.
What is a guarantor?
Your guarantor usually is a close family member, like parents, grandparents, or siblings. They assist you in purchasing your first home by using the available equity in their property as additional security on your home loan. Guarantors come in handy when your deposit is lower than 20% of the property you want to purchase, and you can use their equity to cover the shortfall so you can avoid LMI. You can learn more about Guarantor Home Loans here.
How do guarantor home loans work?
Put simply, if you’re looking to buy and you haven’t been able to save the full deposit, you can ask your parents to use the equity in their property to help out.
So, for example, say you need a 20% deposit of $50,000 on a $250,000 property to avoid lender’s mortgage insurance. You’ve only been able to save $30,000, but you’ve calculated that you can afford the monthly repayments to service a loan this size. You can ask your parents to be your home loan guarantor by using the equity in their home to allow you to borrow the extra $20,000.
Pros and Cons of Guarantor Loans
Applying for a guarantor loan may seem like a golden-ticket to home ownership, but it's worth weighing up the pros and cons before you commit.
Yes, a guarantor loan may mean you're able to break into the market sooner, but it involves a certain level of trust and risk on the part of your guarantor, so don't take it too lightly.
- Get into the market sooner – Depending on how much equity your guarantor has in their home and the size of deposit your bank is willing to accept as genuine savings, you may only have to save a much smaller amount, meaning you can get your loan approved sooner and snap up the perfect place.
- Removable down the track – As you continue to repay your loan and build your own equity, you can remove the guarantee, meaning no-one is liable for your loan but you.
- Avoid LMI – By accepting a helping hand with your deposit, you can make sure you reach the magic 20% mark needed to steer clear of having to pay Lender’s Mortgage Insurance.
- Liable Guarantor – this is the one major issue with guarantor home loans. If, for whatever reason, you default on your repayments, your parents are liable for the portion of your debt they have guaranteed. We'll help avoid this by being doubly sure you can service your loan repayments before you get started. Use our repayment calculator to see what will work for you.