Buying an investment property with a limited guarantor

Looking to purchase an investment property but not sure what incentives are available to you? It could be possible to leverage a limited guarantor as we explore in this article.

While first home buyers are incentivized to launch into the property market, fewer stimulus or incentive offers exist for investors. 

In my opinion,  at times investing can make more sense in the lens of wealth creation for example – if you live and work in an area where owning your own home is unaffordable. This holds particularly true for first home buyers, who are attracted to inner-city or eastern suburb areas which typically have a higher price tag. For these people, an alternative strategy might look like renting where you want to live and investing wisely elsewhere.

But the entry hurdles are higher, with no aid to cover stamp duty, and lending limits often lower – what strategy could you use to step into your first investment?

A parental guarantee may be an option. While these are designed to aid you in the purchase of your first home – home being the place you live in – it isn’t impossible to use them to buy your first investment property.

A parental guarantee is a structure offered where your parents offer a property of theirs as additional security to cover off the gap between your current savings and 80% of the value of your proposed purchase. 

It must be noted – it does nothing for affordability – that is an entirely different question. The parental guarantee only addresses a savings or equity shortfall. This is provided by a mortgage so is not entered into lightly – but can also be released when the investment has sufficient equity to be refinanced out or stand on its own.

A good guarantee structure – and they are not all the same – will;

  • Limit the exposure of the guarantors to just this gap and minor costs
  • Not require the guarantors to refinance or rejig their finances
  • Not require the guarantors to provide too much in the way of income evidence – on this note though, we do want to protect our guarantors and ensure there is a means for them to extinguish the guarantee without losing their home if you defaulted on the loan – and this is the risk potential for guarantors.
  • Allow the guarantors in this worst-case to make the payments on the limited guarantee portion to extinguish it before any sale of their assets is discussed.

This type of guarantee may also be available for those buying a home to live in who already hold an investment, but there isn’t enough equity in the property to aid the home purchase. Again, these are not intended to risk your parents property in order to assist you to build your empire, but a sensible approach can be taken in cases where it makes sense to use a guarantee, and for a lot of borrowers saving and paying rent may just be too hard. 

The good news is, a lot of parents are very glad to help, perhaps they really, really want their spare room back?

Lowest interest rates for 1-year fixed home loans

The comparison table below displays some of the 1 year fixed rate investment home loan products on Canstar’s database with links to lenders’ websites available for a loan amount of $350,000 at 80% LVR in NSW, and available for Principal and Interest repayments. The results are sorted by ‘current rate’ (lowest to highest), then by provider name (alphabetically).

*Comparison rate based on loan amount of $150,000. Read the Comparison Rate Warning.

Lowest interest rates for 3-year fixed home loans

The comparison table below displays some of the 3 year fixed rate investment home loan products on Canstar’s database with links to lenders’ websites available for a loan amount of $350,000 at 80% LVR in NSW, and available for Principal and Interest repayments. The results are sorted by ‘current rate’ (lowest to highest), then by provider name (alphabetically).

*Comparison rate based on loan amount of $150,000. Read the Comparison Rate Warning.

Lowest interest rates for 5-year fixed home loans

The comparison tables below displays some of the 5 year fixed rate investment home loan products on Canstar’s database with links to lenders’ websites available for a loan amount of $350,000 at 80% LVR in NSW, and available for Principal and Interest repayments. The results are sorted by ‘current rate’ (lowest to highest), then by provider name (alphabetically).

*Comparison rate based on loan amount of $150,000. Read the Comparison Rate Warning.


Rebecca Jarrot-Dalton Rebecca Jarret-Dalton 

For the last seven years, Rebecca has been running her own mortgage brokers firm named Two Red Shoes (TRS). The business is founded on principles of integrity, ethics and life as it aims to empower people to make the best financial decisions for their lifestyle. 

 

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