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Basically, banks won't lend the full amount for a house - you need to be able to put down a deposit, and the more the better. You may be familiar with 20% as the magic number, but the reality is if you're in a strong financial position we can work with as little as 5% deposit. Most people will need around 10% deposit, and if you can fork out a whopping 20%, you'll access the banks' most competitive rates and avoid low equity fees.
If you've got high income but low deposit, you could be eligible for Launchpad, Squirrel's own home loan product for first home buyers that allows buyers to get into home ownership with as little as 5% deposit. Find out if you're eligible here.
If you're a first home buyer you can withdraw KiwiSaver contributions made by you and your employer to use as a deposit towards your new home if you meet these conditions:
In addition to KiwiSaver, if your household income is less than $150,000 and you are buying for less than $625,000 (or building new for less than $700,000) in Auckland, you may be eligible for a First Home Grant of up to $5,000 per borrower.
Kainga Ora First Home price caps in Wellington are $650,000 and $550,000, and in Christchurch they are $550,000 and $500,000.
You can find out more about these options in our (aka your new bible). But what if you earn above the price caps? Glad you asked.
With Launchpad, a home loan product created by Squirrel, if you've got high income you could buy your first home with as little as 5% deposit and shoot into home ownership faster. We’ve tailored this towards those of you who don’t quite fit in the banks’ box or the Kainga Ora scheme, haven’t got access to the ‘bank of parents’ but are able to afford the mortgage.
Buy with as little as 5% deposit*
No property valuations required for most properties (this allows you to go to auction without draining your savings)
Competitive interest rates
Best of all, it’s a leg up onto the property ladder
To find out more about Launchpad and see if you're eligible, click here.
*Lending criteria and t's and c's apply.
The easiest and cheapest way to buy is using your parents to guarantee that part of your 20% deposit you don’t have.
Their guaranteed portion will be secured over their property or it can be secured over a term deposit, so you're not asking them to fork out cash, it's more like putting a 'hold' on their existing equity until you've paid that portion back.
In the event they use a term deposit as security, the term deposit stays in your parent’s name and they continue to earn interest on it. Guaranteed home loans are treated the same as loans under 80% so you get great interest rates, there are no fees, and you’ll even get a cash contribution from the bank. On an average loan size of $400,000 you will save around $10,000 using this option. Using a guarantor makes strong financial sense, even if you can go it alone.
Ask a Squirrel mortgage adviser about using our Homeowner's Loan as part of your house deposit.
Your parents need to be in a stable financial situation and still working (so ideally not retired on a sailboat, spending your inheritance).
If they want to know more about what they're signing up to and any potential risks, we're happy to chat! Just call us on 0800 21 22 30.
Every now and then the government recognises how blimmin' hard it is for first home buyers to get into the market, and introduces new ways to help out. We update our blog with any changes we think you should be taking advantage of, like these ones:All articles
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Whanganui, New Zealand
Tim was amazing he was happy polite very friendly and super helpful and kept in touch the whole time and we knew what was going on and no worries. He went above and beyond for us, we will be back in two years!C
Tauranga , New Zealand
Anna was an absolute star - we cannot thank her enough for her unwavering support and guidance to make a stressful experience that much easier.S
Brad was able to re-fix our mortgage quickly and easily and got us a really great deal. Very happy with the process and result!K
Squirrel has been easy to work with, the staff have been really clear and quick working. As well as enjoyable to work withA
Auckland, New Zealand
Emma Wallace is an absolute superstar, she kept us informed, responded in a timely manner, and was super clear about what she needed from us and what we could expect from her. The most painless part of buying the house was dealing with SquirrelC
Christchurch, New Zealand
Thanks Eleanor for the help with our mortgage for new property down in CHCH. Eleanor was great when we secured our first home in Auckland, and had another great result when we sold up and moved to Christchurch using Squirrel again.S
Christchurch, New Zealand
I was referred from my partner who saw an ad for squirrel, the best advice ever. Absolutely no hassle from Jess and she also got me a better Rate!!D
Auckland, New Zealand
Brad was fantastic, really responsive and answered all of our many questions despite our situation changing regularly. Thanks for all your help!B