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Deposit Bond

A RAMS deposit bond allows a buyer to pay a deposit (up to 10% of the purchase price) using the deposit bond instead of using cash from their own accounts

Ideal for: First home buyers, Upgraders, Investors

A deposit bond allows a buyer to pay a deposit (up to 10% of the purchase price) using the deposit bond instead of using cash from their own accounts. No money actually changes hands until settlement.

Come settlement, the purchase price is paid in full, and the bond simply lapses.

Deposit bonds are often used for purchases where a buyer is awaiting funds from an existing sale; or an investor with adequate equity but minimal liquidity.

Benefits of a deposit bond

  • Keeps your savings working hard earning interest until required at settlement (if applicable)
  • Move faster to secure your purchase as a regular cash deposit can take time to organise
  • Could help avoid costly bridging finance
  • Valid for short and term loans
  • Can be used at auctions and private treaty exchange (subject to vendor acceptance in advance)

Deposit bonds – things to be aware of

  • Some vendors are reluctant to accept deposit bonds as they may intend to use a regular cash deposit to fund another purchase or payment.
  • Also, a contract of sale may stipulate cash deposits only, so it’s essential that potential buyers/bidders clarify this upfront.
  • Fees and charges, conditions and eligibility criteria apply.

Available on these loans

Full Feature home loan

A home loan with loads of features - offering the ultimate in flexibility, parental leave options and a competitive rate

Fixed Rate Home Loan (Packaged)

RAMS fixed rate home loan has protects you against rate changes during the loan period.

Essential Home Loan

A simple, clear to understand home loan to help you with one of the biggest purchases in life

Line of Credit

Unlocking equity in your home to provide funds for investment purposes

Deposit Bond Scenario

Sylvia, a first home buyer, was keen on two properties, each with a price guide of approximately $500,000 and where the auctions were a month apart.

The funds intended for a deposit ($100,000) were earning her good interest in a term deposit, which had a few months remaining on its term. To break it prematurely would incur a fee and a reduction in interest paid.

Plus, there was no guarantee that Sylvia would be successful at auction anyway. So to keep her savings intact and purchase options open, a deposit bond looked like a good solution.

RAMS says …

First, Sylvia inquired of both real estate agents whether a deposit bond would be accepted by the respective vendors.

Turns out, it was. She then applied for and obtained a deposit bond through RAMS.

Although unsuccessful at the first auction, Sylvia was the highest bidder at the second, and was able to use her RAMS deposit bond as the deposit for her first home.

As it turned out, settlement was extended because the vendors were yet to secure their next property. This delay didn’t bother Sylvia as her money was still earning interest in her term deposit, right up until settlement, when she paid the purchase price in full.