Ask Paul: Can I use my teen's $30k for mortgage and pay her interest?
My 19-year-old daughter is living at home and studying at university.
Over the past few years she has managed to save around $30,000.
With term deposits being so low (around 1.85%), should I put her money against my mortgage and pay her just over 3% (the mortgage rate) a year?
I can redraw the money if and when required. What are your thoughts? - Greg
Your daughter has done really well, Greg - saving while at uni is not easy. I recall my part-time job earnings back then being converted into beer!
In principle, I do like the family use of debts and assets, but there is a caveat, which is that any "in the family" arrangements should be well understood and clearly documented.
I am really at a bit of a loss as what else to suggest to a 19-year-old. It is too early to consider property - she will not be likely to have the cash flow or want the millstone of a mortgage at this stage.
Shares are fine, but I really think that needs to be a minimum seven-year decision. Given I think young people need flexibility, I suspect your plan is about the best for now.
This money may be needed for travel, a future deposit or a business start-up. So for now I think the best return she can get, with liquidity, is the way to go.
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