Guarantor - Home Loans

November 06, 2015
Wayne Smith

Many lenders will allow a related third party to provide additional security to help a family member buy their own home - this is know as a guarantor.

A guarantor differs to a co-applicant or co-signer on the loan who will be responsible for the entire loan until such time as it is repaid in full.

A guarantor is linked to a loan by a guarantee, which can be released and the guarantor's responsibility stopped without the loan being repaid in full.

How does it work?

  • A guarantor allows the equity in his/her own property to be used as additional security for the borrower's loan.
  • Generally limited to immediate family members.
  • Can assist homebuyers with insufficient deposit
  • Can avoid and/or reduce LMI (Lenders Mortgage Insurance) costs which could save thousands of dollars
  • Borrowers must still be able to service loan on their income

Implications for Guarantor's:

  • If borrower is unable to pay back loan, guarantor will be liable for the guarantee amount.
  • Need to seek independent legal & financial advice before accepting role of guarantor.
  • Will reduce the guarantor's ability to borrow funds after they have agreed to act as a guarantor.

Not every lender treat guarantors the same way and options will vary accordingly - so contact Mortgage Choice today.

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So now is a perfect time to contact us and see how we can help you.

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