Deposit bonds can help if you want to purchase a property but don't have immediate or convenient access to a cash deposit - but you will by the time of settlement.

What is a deposit bond? 

A deposit bond, sometimes referred to as a deposit guarantee, is an insurance policy that is used in place of the cash deposit required between signing the contract of sale and settlement. Just like a cash deposit, a deposit bond guarantees a purchaser's commitment to an unconditional contract of sale. 

The main benefit for buyers using a deposit bond, is that they can defer paying the deposit until settlement. 

 

Why you might want to use a deposit bond

Deposit bonds can help if you want to purchase a property but don't have immediate or convenient access to a cash deposit - but you will by the time of settlement. 

 

Specifically you could be:

  • A First Home Buyer, borrowing 100% of the purchase price plus costs, through a parental guarantee or family pledge arrangement, with the loan funds only available at settlement; 
  • A purchaser who simply does not have the cash deposit or enough cash available when entering into a contract of sale;
  • A Property Investor who has their cash tied up in property and are cash poor today;
  • Downsizing or Upsizing, where you are looking to buy and sell simultaneously, with your cash locked away in the equity of your home you are selling or plan to sell;
  • Applying for a Bridging Loan that allows you to purchase a new home before finalising the sale of your existing one. A deposit bond will give you the ability to exchange on your property prior to settlement of your sale purchase; 
  • Buying off-the-plan with longer settlements, looking to keep your access to your cash where it may be working harder for you. 

Whatever the reason, deposit bonds may be a viable alternative that can make it easier for you to purchase property or land. To watch a video on what a Deposit Bond is, click here. 

 

How a Deposit Bond can help First Home Buyers  

Getting into the property market can be frustrating. Once you've found a property you love and can afford, you're faced with an even bigger challenge: 

How do you get access to the 10% deposit?

The good news is there's a solution that is increasingly popular amongst first home buyers who simply don't have enough cash sitting in the bank for the deposit:

Deposit bonds. 

Think of a deposit bond as an IOU for the deposit amount you need to secure your property. You use the deposit bond in place of the cash deposit required between signing the contract of sale and settlement. 

Just like a cash deposit, a deposit bond guarantees your commitment to an unconditional contract of sale. Then, at settlement, you pay the full price, including the deposit amount and other costs (stamp duty, etc). 

 

Deposit bond advantages for first home buyers

Deposit bonds are a flexible option when using a family guarantor

Maybe you've asked mum and dad to leverage the equity in their home so you can get a family guarantee loan. The next hurdle is how you do come up with the cash deposit or supplement the savings you have worked hard to save? A deposit bond is the convenient option because you don't have to provide the cash until settlement, when your finance comes through. 

To watch a video on how a Deposit Bond can help first home buyers, click here. 

 

Thinking about using a deposit bond for your first home purchase? Talk to us today. 

 

What does a Deposit Bond cost?   

Settling under 6 months, the one-off fee is 1.3% of the deposit amount you need. To get an instant quote for your deposit bond please click here. To learn more about deposit bonds and to work our whether they're the right option for you, talk to us today. 

 

 

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