The more you can put towards a deposit, the less you’ll need to borrow and the more you’ll save in interest over the years. Generally you will need a minimum of 5% deposit plus costs like Stamp Duty, moving etc. To avoid paying Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), you will need at least 20% deposit unless you have a family equity guarantors.

The Family equity guarantor product is only offered by a few lenders and allows someone else to provide additional security, in lieu of a full deposit. In some cases you can even achieve a no deposit home loan scenario. Parents can raise the deposit against their own home to help their children out, however the parents are 100% responsible for the loan and its only their name on the loan. A better option is for parents to provide the family equity guarantee against the equity in their own property, to reduce the LVR to avoid the cost of Lenders Mortgage Insurance.

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Deposit bonds are a good alternative to using cash or finding short term finance. They are quick to organise and economical compared to the cost of short-term finance. A deposit bond is a guarantee or bond that substitutes for a cash deposit of up to 10%. The guarantee terminates at settlement when the purchaser pays the full purchase price of the property, or when the contract is terminated, or at the expiry date of the bond.