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Utilizing KiwiSaver as a Part of Your Deposit: A Guide

Using your KiwiSaver is a great move when you are trying to purchase your first home. Learn everything you need to know about how you can make the most of your funds when purchasing a house in New Zealand.

If you're planning to buy a home in New Zealand, leveraging your KiwiSaver can be a valuable strategy to boost your deposit. The First Home Withdrawal feature of KiwiSaver allows eligible members to withdraw a portion of their KiwiSaver funds to put towards their first home deposit. To qualify for this withdrawal, you must meet specific criteria, including:

  • Membership Criteria: You need to have been a KiwiSaver member for at least three years.

  • Residency Requirements: You must be a New Zealand citizen, resident, or hold a permanent visa.

  • Homeownership Criteria: This withdrawal is available only for the purchase of your first home, including land to build on, or for purchasing shares in a qualifying housing cooperative.

Note: It's important to note that KiwiSaver and the HomeStart Grant are two separate initiatives.. To delve deeper into the differences between KiwiSaver and the HomeStart Grant, refer to our dedicated blog post [link to the blog post about the differences].

Maximizing Your KiwiSaver Withdrawal:

To make the most of your KiwiSaver for your home deposit, consider the following steps:

  • Check Your Eligibility: Review your KiwiSaver membership details and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for the First Home Withdrawal. Contact your KiwiSaver provider or visit the official KiwiSaver website for specific information.

  • Estimate Your Withdrawal Amount: Use online calculators or consult with a mortgage adviser to estimate the amount you may be eligible to withdraw from your KiwiSaver. This will help you determine how much your deposit can be supplemented.

  • Plan Your Timeline: Consider your desired timeframe for purchasing a home. Keep in mind that the First Home Withdrawal process may take time, so factor this into your overall timeline and engage in early planning.

  • Documentation and Application: Prepare the necessary documents, such as the sale and purchase agreement for your chosen property, and complete the First Home Withdrawal application form provided by your KiwiSaver provider. Ensure that you submit the application well in advance to avoid any delays.

Consulting a Mortgage Adviser:
Navigating the complexities of KiwiSaver and its application to your home deposit can be daunting. Seeking guidance from a knowledgeable mortgage adviser can provide invaluable assistance. At NZ Mortgages, our experienced advisers specialize in helping individuals harness KiwiSaver for their home purchases. We understand the intricacies of the New Zealand market and can provide tailored advice to maximize your KiwiSaver benefits.

KiwiSaver presents a unique opportunity for first-time homebuyers in New Zealand to bolster their deposit. Understanding the eligibility criteria, estimating your withdrawal amount, and planning your timeline are essential steps in utilizing KiwiSaver effectively. For personalized guidance and expert advice on integrating KiwiSaver into your home deposit strategy, consult with the experienced team at NZ Mortgages.

Note: The information provided in this article is for general guidance purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. It is recommended to consult with a qualified mortgage adviser or financial professional for personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.

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