OwnHome provides a 'transparent' and 'certain' path into homeownership, allowing approved, credit-worthy customers to move into their homes without needing a deposit by paying an upfront fee and making 'simple' monthly payments.

The starter fee is equal to 1.5% of the home's value, and once OwnHome buys the borrower's home, they pay an additional 1% that accrues as a 'Purchase Offset'. After this, they can move into their home.

The monthly repayments are equal to 2.5% of the home's value each year.

OwnHome also locks in the pre-agreed price, 'protecting' borrowers from a runaway market, with capital growth pegged at 3.8% annually.

After three to seven years, customers can buy their home at this price and put the deposit towards their purchase.

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Managing Director of x15 Toby Norton-Smith said housing affordability is a challenge for many Australians, particularly young people.

"We believe OwnHome will provide an alternative path to home ownership, particularly for first home buyers who are responsible savers but aren’t able to rely on the bank of mum and dad for help with the deposit," Mr Norton-Smith said.

CBA's Group Executive Retail Banking Services Angus Sullivan said OwnHome is helping address saving for a deposit - "one of the biggest challenges currently facing first-time home buyers".

"As Australia’s largest lender to first homebuyers, innovating and improving the home buying journey is the cornerstone of what we are doing to help our customers and today’s investment in OwnHome will provide greater choice to those who dream of home ownership but seek a different route to the traditional rent-and-save approach," Mr Sullivan said.

"This is in addition to our support for thousands of first homebuyers via the Government’s Home Guarantee Schemes."

OwnHome Co-founder James Bowe said in just over a year, the company has grown its team and customer base and, through its partnership with property management agency :Different, recently expanded into the Queensland property market.

"As we scale and shape the model in Australia we will continue to benefit significantly from the support of like-minded partners in CBA and x15, who share our mission to help more people on the road to home ownership," Mr Bowe said.

Cost breakdown on a $400,000 home

  • Starter Fee: $6000
  • Purchase Offset: $4000
  • Monthly 'Rent': $833.33
  • Capital Growth/Purchase Price after 5 years: $481,999.69

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