Deposit Bonds

While we don’t deal directly with deposit bonds, we have relationships with multiple providers that offer this service.

Our brokers can assist you on how to approach the process of taking out a deposit bond, refer you to a pool of trusted firms and partners, and get you answers to all your questions.

What is a deposit bond?

A deposit bond—also known as a deposit guarantee—is a guarantee to the vendor that the purchaser will pay the deposit at settlement.

For example, if you need to pay a 10% deposit when purchasing a home, but don’t have that cash on hand, a deposit bond is a substitute for that cash.

When the time to settle comes, the purchase price is paid in full, and the bond lapses.

Reasons to use a deposit bond

There are multiple reasons why some people choose to use a deposit bond instead of a cash payment.

1. You don’t have the cash

You may be taking out equity from an existing property in order to complete your purchase, and the equity might become available on the date of settlement for your new purchase - in this scenario a deposit bond can be used in the interim.

2. You’re simultaneously settling

Maybe you’ve sold your current home and the funds from that sale are not yet available to you as a deposit to buy your new home. In this case, a deposit bond can help you out until those funds are available and you can pay it off.

3. Convenience

Deposit bonds prevent the hassle of arranging deposit funds every time you’re thinking of putting in an offer, removing the need for an equity release against your existing property which can be a time consuming process.

4. You don’t want to pay penalty fees

If you break a fixed-term investment to obtain the cash for your deposit, you may very well be paying some hefty fees. A deposit bond avoids this by acting as a substitute for cash.

5. You can use it multiple times

When you secure a deposit bond, the amount is fixed, however the vendor and property details can be left blank for you to complete. This means, if you are a successful bidder at an auction, you can fill in the details then and there.

How much do deposit bonds cost?

If you have a short deposit bond (valid up to 6 months), you’ll likely be paying around 1.3% of the deposit amount. Long term bonds, however, are assessed on a case by case basis as they can be valid for up to 48 months.

Do vendors accept deposit bonds?

Accepting a deposit bond as a substitute for a cash deposit, is entirely up to the discretion of the vendor. Some are fine with accepting a deposit bond, while others may not accept it as they may need the cash from a deposit as a deposit for a loan of their own. Because a deposit is simply a guarantee, vendors cannot use the physical cash as they wish, until the settlement.

Interested in securing a deposit bond ?