When you’re desperately trying to save up a deposit for a home and just see the prices of property climbing and climbing, it’s difficult to remain patient. But there is another way: a guarantor can help. – Alexandra Cain
If you don’t have a substantial deposit for a home loan, there are still a number of ways to obtain credit. These are known as family pledges and there are two types available to borrowers: service guarantees and security guarantees.
Service guarantees are less common than security guarantees, explains MFAA-accredited credit adviser and Managing Director of Smart Lending, Melissa Gielnik. These involve a family member guaranteeing all of the repayments on a loan, as well as being named on the property title.
“A drawback of this approach is that it usually means first home buyers are not entitled to any government grants,” Melissa explains.
A more popular option is a security guarantee. Borrowers who have a limited deposit sometimes use this approach. In this situation, a relative or friend (usually a borrower’s parent or parents) is prepared to use the equity in his, or her, own home to guarantee the deposit of the borrower.
For example, for a total loan amount of $600,000, in a security guarantor situation the borrower/s would take on the debt of 80 per cent of the value of their loan, which would be $480,000, in their own name/s.
The loan for the balance, $120,000, is then guaranteed in the names of the guarantor/s and borrower/s, limiting the guarantor’s liability while providing security for the lender, meaning that lender’s mortgage insurance is not necessary.
“This is a very popular way of first home buyers entering the property market,” says Melissa. “It works well when borrowers don’t have a substantial deposit, but their parents own their own home. It’s a great option as long as the parents are comfortable with their child’s ability to pay back the loan.”
To find a solution that will help you own your own home sooner, speak to an MFAA-accredited credit adviser.