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Buying property with friends and family has recently become a little easier.

From 1 October, New Zealand first-home buyers and their property partners (provided they have been in a KiwiSaver scheme for three years or more) can each apply for a FirstHome Grant of up to $10,000. In other words, the total grant amount of $10,000 for three or more buyers has been removed, and buyers can now combine their grants if they’d like to buy a home together.

Plus, they now only need a 5 per cent deposit to qualify for the grant, rather than a 10 per cent deposit.

These changes are part of the KiwiBuild reset, but they actually apply to all first-home buyers, making co-ownership easier. As this story from shows, for example, co-owning can be a valid option for single and young buyers who are struggling to save for a deposit. Of course, there are a few extra things to know and do, like having everything detailed in a contract, establishing a clear line of communication, and finding the right mortgage structure for all co-owners’ circumstances. But when done properly, it can be a great way to get a foot in the door.

If you know of anyone who needs to get their mortgage sorted, either as a sole owner or in partnership with friends or family members, our Mortgage Link advisers are here to help Kiwis find a fit-for-purpose solution.

To get in touch with the team at Mortgage Link, please contact:

Josh Bronkhorst
[email protected]
021 835 506


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