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May '24

Empowering the next generation - Ten tips to educate your children about real estate literacy and homeownership
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First National Real Estate

As a parent, you want to ensure your children are equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complex world of real estate. This however can be a daunting task even for seasoned investors. For our younger generations, understanding these complexities from an early age is crucial to making informed decisions when purchasing their first home.
 
In this article, we offer ten practical tips for parents to cultivate real estate literacy in their children, laying a foundation of knowledge that can greatly enhance their ability to make savvy financial decisions in adulthood.
 
Additionally, we include pertinent advice for Aboriginal families, highlighting specific government programs aimed at facilitating property ownership.
 

1. Introduction to Property Ownership

 
Begin by demystifying property ownership. Explain the types of properties—such as residential, commercial, and land—and the concepts of buying, selling, and leasing.
 
Games like Monopoly offer a fun, interactive way to introduce these ideas, illustrating how properties can be bought and traded, and the financial responsibilities of ownership such as paying taxes and managing mortgages.
 

2. Real-World Learning

 
Use daily activities to discuss real estate fundamentals. A simple drive around the neighbourhood can be an opportunity to talk about various property types, the roles of real estate agents, and even why certain areas are more desirable than others.
 
Observing different neighbourhoods and discussing what might make one more appealing than another (such as schools, parks, and transport) helps children understand market dynamics.
 

3. Leveraging Technology

 
Encourage the use of technology to explore real estate further. Many Australian real estate websites provide interactive maps, price histories, and detailed analyses of market trends. For older children, following these trends can provide insights into how real estate markets operate and fluctuate over time.
 

4. Financial Literacy Fundamentals

 
A solid understanding of financial basics is key to managing real estate transactions. Educate your children about savings, the importance of good credit, how loans work, and the impact of interest rates on repayments.
 
Practical exercises like setting up a savings account or budgeting for a small purchase can provide hands-on experience with financial concepts.
 

5. Hands-On Property Visits

 
Experience is a great teacher. Taking children to open homes or auctions can demystify the process of buying a house. Discussing features that affect a property’s value, such as its state of repair, its layout, and extra amenities, can provide deeper insights into what factors are considered in real estate pricing.
 

6. The Value of Earning

 
Encouraging children to earn money through allowances or part-time jobs teaches them the value of money—a lesson that is directly translatable to understanding the significant financial commitment involved in buying property. Managing their own money can help them appreciate the effort required to save for a deposit on a home.
 

7. Understanding Government Support

 
It is vital to educate both yourself and your children about the assistance available from government sources for first-time homebuyers. The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) is a national scheme, but specifics vary by state. Additionally, the First Home Super Saver Scheme allows future homeowners to save for a deposit inside their superannuation fund, benefiting from the concessional tax treatment.
 

8. Tailored Advice for Aboriginal Families

 
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, the Indigenous Home Ownership Program offers significant support. This includes low deposit requirements and potentially reduced interest rates, aimed at making home ownership more accessible. Families should also explore state-based initiatives that provide additional benefits.
 

9. Community Engagement

 
Participating in community programs can enrich children’s understanding of real estate. Many local councils and community organizations run programs and workshops about property investment and financial management. These programs are often tailored to different age groups and can provide valuable practical knowledge and networking opportunities.
 

10. Goal Setting

 
Finally, assist your children in setting achievable, long-term real estate goals. Whether it's saving for a deposit by a certain age or understanding the steps involved in buying a home, having a clear goal can motivate young people to learn more and engage deeply with the subject of real estate.
 
Through early education about real estate principles, parents can empower their children with the knowledge needed to navigate the property market confidently. This is particularly crucial for young Aboriginal individuals, who may benefit from specific governmental programs designed to facilitate access to home ownership.
 
By providing these educational foundations, parents ensure that their children are prepared not just to purchase property, but to make informed, strategic decisions that will benefit them financially in the long term.
 
Further Resources:
 
For more detailed information about real estate education and financial assistance for first-time home buyers, parents and young adults are encouraged to visit the official websites of the Australian Government’s Department of Housing and various state real estate federations. These platforms offer comprehensive guides, application details for grants and loans, and additional resources specifically designed to aid first home buyers and investors in the Australian property market.
 
However, don’t forget to explore First National Real Estate’s First Home Buyer Financial Assistance Guide and you’re always welcome to drop by any First National Real Estate office or open home inspection to ask questions and have a chat.
 
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