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Double your deposit in half the time - Part 6

This week we bring you part 6 of our 7 part series on ways to save for a home deposit (which are excellent tips, no matter what you're saving for)! We share an article by Nila Sweeney, Managing Editor of Australia’s leading property investment magazine and active property investor herself, who has been writing about the Australian property markets for more than eight years. Nila's next tip is:


There's nothing more satisfying to a parent than being able to give their child a head start in life. With house prices going through the roof, it's a big ask to expect parent to stump $50,000 or even $50,000 in cash to help their children buy a place of their own. But what if the parents had started putting a little bit aside from when the child had been born? Just imagine how much could have been saved in all that time. The illustration below says it all: Initial investment amount - $1,000 Additional monthly amount - $100 Terms: 10, 20 and 30 years Investment: 5 per cent (cash); 10 per cent (growth assets) Tax and inflation: N/A

Parents and family

Parents and family are usually a good source of assistance, whether monetary or otherwise. Parents or other family members may be able to help you get a deposit together either by way of gift or interest-free loan. Even a few thousand will be a tremendous advantage to your savings strategy so never scoff at a helping hand.

Another tangible way family can help is by providing you with rent-free accommodation. For example, if you are paying $300 a week in rent, 3 years of rent-free accommodation adds up to $46,800. This is a gift worth its weight in gold so if you have the opportunity to take advantage it, do it.

Stay tuned next week for the final tip in this series!

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