“With property prices rising, should I wait a few years to buy a home and hope prices fall. In the meantime, how can I grow my current house deposit through other investments?”
-Question from Jacob in Southport, QLD
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Hey Jacob, these are great questions to be asking as house prices seem to be continuing to increase rapidly. The “fear of missing out” (FOMO) is making it difficult to find the right property for the right price, which is driven by a reduction in supply along with an increased demand plus reduced borrowing costs.
At the start of COVID, the Big 4 banks were predicting that property prices would fall up to 32%, yet prices have boomed. Now they are forecasting increases of up 18.5% over the next couple of years. If you are to trust the predictions of the banks, this suggests it might be a good time to get your foot in the door before prices increase further. In the case, your biggest question would be - can you rely on these predictions?
My advice for anyone looking to buy their first home while they are renting is:
- Create a relationship with a mortgage broker - they will be able to provide an idea of your borrowing power and what your ongoing costs will be. Sometimes owning your own home is cheaper than renting, which is something else to consider. Also, you may be entitled to the first home loan deposit scheme. Check out the government's support to buy a home page.
- Take your time while looking for the property that is right for you, that fits within your budget and ticks your boxes.
- Try not to get caught up in FOMO - just because someone else wants the property too doesn’t mean you need to overspend and therefore over-commit yourself.
- In this market make sure you have your 20% deposit. Lenders Mortgage Insurance (“LMI”) is not really insurance, it is an extra charge for not having a 20% deposit. If you have the ability to save, it’s worth taking the time to have sufficient funds for a deposit to avoid paying this.
- Do your research - too many times have I seen families that have bought properties that end up being money pits.
If you are predicting that the market will drop in the next few years, and we assume it is worth waiting, there are a few things you could do to help to grow your deposit:
- Invest your deposit - I would suggest avoiding anything that is high risk because you are looking to use the money in the next few years, so anything that has the potential for your capital to drop would be unwise for such a short-term investment. I would suggest sitting down with a financial adviser to help you choose the right thing.
- FHSSS - this is a great scheme and can help you to build up your deposit in a tax efficient way I use this scheme for a lot of my clients, check out this site for more information
- Budget – going through your budget and working out how much extra you can put aside will help a lot plus you might find you are spending money on things you don’t need.
- Start to prepare now for your mortgage application – look at your situation. For example, if you have any ‘buy now pay later’ debts like After Pay and Zip pay, pat them out and cancel them. These impact your affordability as the weekly amount’s payable are treated as if you have them for the life of the house loan.
Essentially the two professionals I recommend you go and see are a financial adviser and mortgage broker. Prior planning creates the best results and predicting what the market will do at this point is anyone’s guess. Don’t buy into FOMO and I am sure you will make a decision that is right for your situation with the right planning.
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