Your first home deposit may be bigger than you think. That’s because you can probably withdraw funds from your KiwiSaver savings to put towards your first home.
With some KiwiSaver funds it’s not a given that you can access funds for a first home, so your first step is to check with your KiwiSaver provider what you could withdraw for a first home deposit. If you think you’ll be buying in the next few months, get this done now, even if you haven’t found a property yet. It can sometimes take some time to process one of these requests, and you don’t want to miss out.
It’s not just your KiwiSaver savings you can access for a first home. It’s likely you’ll be eligible for a Kāinga Ora First Home Grant, too. As a single buyer buying a brand new home, this could give you up to an extra $10,000, or up to $20,000 as a couple. If you are buying an existing home, then you could receive up to an extra $5,000; or up to $10,000 as a couple. The First Home Grant could be used as part of your deposit or as part of your settlement depending on your circumstances.
There are a few requirements. You need to:
By now you’ll know what you can probably get from KiwiSaver to put towards your first home. But if you need a mortgage, you’ll need to confirm what you might have available to you as a loan.
While you can go to your bank or mortgage broker once you’ve decided on a house, it’s best to do this beforehand. You’ll know what money will be available to you, what payments you’ll need to make, and what price range you’ll be able to afford. Remember: it’s not just about the size of your deposit. It’s what you’ll need to repay, and what a bank is willing to loan.
Even if you’d like to get your mortgage from your existing bank, it’s worth talking with a mortgage broker first. They’ll be able to find you the best rates, even if it’s with your current bank.
Before you sign an agreement for sale and purchase, or bid at auction, talk with us. We can make sure that all the conditions of sale are in order and what you expect. This is particularly important for auctions: if you win an auction, the sale is unconditional (it has to go through).
It might be your first time buying, but it’s something we’ve been through countless times before. We know what to look out for, and how to protect your interests. We review your finances and run independent checks to make sure everything complies. We prepare all the documents you need to make it all run smoothly. And we explain it all in ways that are easy to understand, so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Check for these terms and conditions in the agreement for sale and purchase. These help protect you if something falls through with insurance or financing, or if there’s something wrong with the property.
There are few homes in these areas that weren’t affected by the earthquakes. While many of them have had all their issues sorted out, it’s not the case for all.
This is where it’s particularly helpful to have us review things for you. Oftentimes it’s not straightforward, and there are many ways you can get caught out.
The first step is reviewing the full scope of works from EQC. This includes:
When you’ve reviewed all this, you need to ensure the residual rights are assigned to you. This means you can claim for any damage that hasn’t been repaired, or any that is later discovered. We can get this all sorted out for you, which will save you a lot of grief later on.