Tips For Helping Your Kids Buy Their Own Home

As a parent, the greatest moments of your life revolve around your children. Your wedding day may have been perfect, but for most people, the birth of their first child eclipses it completely. The moment that you see your child is incomparable. You realize that you managed to create another life, one that will make you prouder than you ever thought you could be. As they grow up, you get to share all of their enthusiasms, and wonder at discovering new things. As great as children are though, the feelings that you have when they grow up and leave home for the first time can be mixed. On one hand, it means that you get your house back eventually, and you can start thinking about turning that room, which you’ve not been invited into for years, into a stylish, comfortable study or a guest room for your friends. The moment that they leave also represents your success as a parent, in so far as you managed to raise a child who is able to live on their own. Most children, when they set out on their own for the first time, will find a small place to rent and settle there for a little while. However, as they become more successful and their careers develop, they will hopefully start thinking about buying a place of their own. They will need a lot of help. You may remember how stressful it was when you bought your house, and the fact is that it is no easier now. Here are a few tips for helping your kids buy theirs:

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Image Credit: Tim Sackton (Flickr)

The first thing to worry about is how well prepared you children are generally. Do they have a good enough credit rating to warrant a mortgage? Are they in regular, dependable employment such that they will be able to make all of the necessary payments? Can they prove that they are financially stable enough with audited accounts or records and references from their employer? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then they should perhaps go back to the drawing board and think about getting a mortgage in a few years.

As it is probably the first time that they are purchasing a property, they may be quite naïve. That is why it is a good idea to get an expert to help them through the process. Mortgage brokers dedicate their careers to finding the best mortgages for their clients. They represent a greater chance for your child because they know the industry better than anyone else and they often have contacts with lenders or banks. This means that they could get better deals, especially since some more unscrupulous person could notice that your child is new to the property market and take advantage of their inexperience to leave them with a potentially more expensive mortgage.

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Image Credit: Thomas Galvez (Flickr)

Once they find a mortgage that works for them, and find a property that they want to buy, the last thing to do is help them move in. It may be that all of the technical information of choosing the best mortgage seems fun when it comes time to packing, moving and unpacking a load of boxes. It will be worth it in the end though.



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