KiwiSaver & low deposit home loans.
You could move into your first home without having to save a huge deposit. The government, Kāinga Ora, or your family, could help you on your way.
KiwiSaver1 isn't just for funding your retirement. You could use it to help buy or build your first home.
As well as making regular KiwiSaver contributions of your own, you could also qualify for contributions from the government and your employer. Once you've been in a KiwiSaver scheme for three years, you could withdraw most of your savings to put towards your first home (eligibility criteria applies).
You might also qualify for a First Home Grant of up to $10,000 through Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities.
Less than 20% deposit?
You may have more options than you realise.
First Home Loan
Together with Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities, we offer a low-deposit home loan for first home buyers2. This could be an option for you if:
- You'll live in the home you're buying
- You have a deposit of at least 5% of the value of the property
- Your annual household income before tax is no more than $95,000 (one borrower) or $150,000 (two or more borrowers).
If you have little or no deposit, your family could help by using their own home as security. This is called Family Springboard.
Choose between a co-borrower or guarantor structure and avoid having to pay a low equity margin.
Build your first home
Consider building or buying a new build home - you may only need as little as 10% deposit for an owner occupied home3.
Get in touch.
Meet with an expert
Our Mobile Mortgage Managers can come to you, when it suits you best.
Talk to us
Call us from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm Saturday.
Make an appointment to talk to a home loan expert in branch.
Things you should know.
1 The information above is subject to changes in government policy and law, and changes to the Westpac KiwiSaver Scheme, from time to time.
2 First Home Loan can only be used for the purchase of owner occupied properties. Income caps and regional loan caps apply. A one-off Lenders Mortgage Insurance Premium applies. Current First Home Loan eligibility criteria, lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. An establishment fee may apply.
3 If lending for the project is over 80% LVR (loan-to-value ratio) for owner occupiers or 60% LVR for investment properties, it must be a new build with a single fixed price contract that specifies a completed, ready to live in property. Applications must include Master Builders Guarantee or a Certified Builders Guarantee, which includes 'non-completion' cover.
Westpac's eligibility criteria, home loan lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. An establishment fee may apply. A low equity margin may apply.