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Ways to help kids onto property ladder

Jul 15 2016 17:01

Cape Town - There are two main ways parents can help their children become property owners at an earlier age, according to Bill Rawson, chair of the Rawson Property Group.

The first is to sign as surety for your child’s bond. This can help them qualify for a much larger bond than they otherwise would have been able to access, as their income will be added. He cautioned that this option does come with a lot of risk, which isn’t ideal.

The less risky option would be a parent-to-child loan.

“It definitely pays to become a property owner as early on in life as possible,” says Rawson, “but trying to get a bond on a starter salary – even in a high-paying career – can be difficult to do," said Rawson.

“A bond may be the cheapest type of formal financing available to most people, but that doesn’t mean it’s inexpensive – especially these days with interest rates on the rise,” says Rawson. “As a parent, if you have access to capital, loaning some money to your child to put towards their property at lower interest rate can go a long way towards increasing the affordability of their investment.”

A sectional title unit in a good area with good growth prospects can easily cost R1m and more – that’s nearly R10 000 a month in bond payments, assuming you can secure a 100% loan, which is extremely rare these days, he explains. To qualify for a bond of that size, your child would need to be earning around R35 000 per month.

“With a 100% bond at 10.5% interest, repayments on a R1m home would currently be around R9983.80 per month. If your child can immediately deposit R500 000 into their bond account, borrowed from you, those repayments drop to R4991.90 per month," explained Rawson.

"Of course, they’ll still need to pay you back, at around R3299.78 per month - assuming a 5% interest rate over the same length of time as their existing bond. In total, that means their payments add up to R8291.68 per month, or R1692.12 less than they would have paid without your assistance. That can save them as much as R400 000 over the lifetime of their loan.”

To further protect yourself, and your child, Rawson recommends drawing up a loan agreement allowing you to take over the property should your child fall into serious arrears on their repayments.

“This gives you the opportunity to rescue the investment in an emergency, rather than see it repossessed by the bank,” he says.

Rawson also points out that property can be a great way to protect your child’s inheritance from reckless spending.

“Bequeathing a rental property to your child instead of money, and restricting the sale of that property for a set period of time, can be an ideal way to supplement their income without allowing them to squander the main bulk of capital,” he explains.

“I’ve seen many cases where this kind of income has seen a reckless beneficiary safely through a difficult period when large amounts of cash would have only have fuelled their irresponsible behaviour.”

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