As house prices throughout Australia continue to rise, many parents are helping their children get into the property market. You may be able to help yours by:
- encouraging good money habits―get your children to start saving early with the help of a budget planner or first home saver account.
- contributing financially―you may be able to gift money for a deposit or sign the home loan agreement as a co-borrower
- using the equity in your own home―some lenders will allow you to use your own home if you want to act as the guarantor on your child’s loan or provide a family pledge
- educating your children―help your kids understand all that’s involved in preparing to buy a property.
Parents want the best for their children and while the idea of helping children into the property market can be appealing and may work well for your family, there may be risks for you and your children as situations change.
It’s important to think as far ahead as possible and speak with a financial adviser about the possible consequences before helping your children.
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