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How to buy a home with a low deposit

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Taking out a loan to buy a house can be quite daunting, especially if you don’t have enough money saved up to meet the minimum 5% deposit required by most lenders. They will want to make sure you can pay back a home loan before they decide to let you borrow for an investment as big as a house. That’s why the 5% deposit is a necessity to secure a home loan.

If you have a lot of debts to clear, or you just don’t have enough savings to put down as a deposit, there might still be a way to secure a home loan from several lenders in Australia.

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Equity

If you've already bought the house you currently live in and want to buy a second one, your first home can help you out. Having owned your home for a couple of years means you should have a reasonable equity, you can use this to get a home loan. Your home's equity is essentially its market value. A lender can use your current home as a ‘deposit’ for the new loan of your second home.

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Guarantor loans

Another way to get a home loan if you don’t have the 5% deposit fee is to get something called a guarantor loan. A guarantor loan is when you get your parents or other family members use the equity they hold in their own property to help fund the deposit for a new property.

This means that you can pay the lender back gradually, but it also means that if you can’t pay the lender then your guarantor is legally responsible for doing so. Once you’ve paid off everything, you can apply to remove the guarantee.

You can also ask your parents for a cash gift to help pay the initial deposit. If they have enough savings and are willing, they can give you 5 to 10% of the price of the house, which can be used as the deposit money.

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