Children buying their first home

Helping your children buy their first home

It has never been harder to enter the housing market with the average household now spending 40% of net income on their mortgage. This is well above what we call mortgage stress. Almost unbelievably, this isn’t even the reason first home buyers are unable to enter the market. Many young people are prepared to make repayments at this level but are unable to enter the market with the lack of a deposit being the main barrier to entry.

It is becoming increasingly necessary for parents to help their children purchase their first home. There are a number of strategies that can be utilised to help get your kids on the property ladder.

Offering your home as security

For many baby boomers and older Gen X’s, the bulk of their wealth is in their primary residence, with most having a reasonable amount of equity in the home. It is possible to offer your home as a security on the loan in addition to the house being purchased by your child. This security acts as the deposit.  We normally recommend that you establish 2 loans. One for 80% of the bank valuation of the property being purchased, on this loan only the new house will be listed as security. The second loan is for the remainder of the loan and will have both houses as security. If the loans are structured this way, it limits the exposure for the parents and prevents the need for mortgage insurance.

Being a Guarantor

In some cases a bank will allow you to act as guarantor on a loan to help your child qualify for a loan. In this case, your assets & income will be relied upon for the loan but will not be used as direct security. In the event that your child defaults on the loan you will be equally responsible for the loan, but the bank won’t hold a mortgage on your home. The value of your assets will not be relevant for mortgage insurance purposes.

Being a joint borrower

This essentially means buying a property together, this is a bigger commitment. In this case, you will be responsible for making repayments and benefit from any capital growth or income from the property. I feel this works best with an investment property rather than a home your child is going to move into. In this case, I’d recommend outlining upfront the long-term plans, I would formalise exit strategies and would strongly urge you to get a formal agreement in place.


All 3 of these options will enable you to help get your children into the property market. However, make sure that if you do this, the children themselves are able to afford it and you are not setting them up for failure.



Author; Alex McKenzie Categories: Future Financial Services Blog

About the Author

Alex McKenzie

Alex McKenzie

Owner at Future Financial Services


  • Paraplanner at Zammit Partners Investments
  • Unit Trust Administrator at Colonial First State


  • University of Western Sydney
  • Penrith High


As a Financial Planner I help people to achieve what they would like in life. This involves helping you to identify the things in life they would like , developing plans to help achieve them and strategies to protect what you already have. We do this by providing Financial Advice to guide you through your life stages.

The financial planning process involves determining a clients current situation and financial objectives and tailoring strategies to assist in best achieving those objectives.

I am an expert in superannuation, investments and insurance, these are tools we use to help you achieve your goals.

I aim to use my knowledge of superannuation, taxation and Centrelink to efficiently use your assets and income to achieve your financial goals.

Retirement and pre-retirement planning, wealth creation, asset protection, insurance planning and estate planning are all areas of advice that I provide.

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