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What should be entered as a Family home

  • A property should be entered as a family home if it is an individual(s) principal place of residence (usually the one in which they are currently living). It is important to distinguish the family home from investment properties because it has a different tax status for associated mortgage repayments and for capital gains, if the property is sold. It is also important to identify the family home when estimating the Age Pension.
  • Family homes can be owned by an individual or a couple, but note that for tax purposes an individual can only own one family home at a time and Pathfinder will not solve if an individual owns multiple family homes at a single time (although it is okay if they sell a home and purchase a new one in the same year).
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How to add a Family home

  • To add an existing Family Home, go to the Current situation step (top menu), then the Assets & Loans sub-step. And then click the +Add Assets button (on the left menu).
  • To add a new family home (i.e. a family home that you would like to buy in the future), go to the Cash flows & Goals step (on the top menu), then the Review Assets & Loans sub-step. Then click the Add new Assets & Loans button (at the end of the page) and choose the Buy a new family home option.

Modelling options for a Family home

Set a value for property growthTo set a value for property growth, on the 'Property value $' field, use the series builder field to edit the 'Index by' field. For more see How to use the series builder.
Pay off the mortgage earlySee the Secured loan help page.
Sell an existing family home and buy a new one
  1. Enter the details for the existing family home: go to the Current situation step (top menu), then the Assets & Loans sub-step. And then click the +Add Assets button (on the left menu).
  2. Set the sale details for the existing home:
    1. Go to the Cash flows & Goals step (top menu), then the Review Assets & Loans sub-step.
    2. Find the existing family home (in the Existing assets & loans section):
    3. For the Sale options field, choose 'If optimal' - when the new home is bought, Pathfinder will sell this one.
  3. Add the new family home:
    1. Go to the Cash flows & Goals step (top menu), then the Review assets & loans sub-step.
    2. Click the Add new assets & loans button (at the end of the page) and choose the Buy a new family home option, then fill in the fields, including purchase year and, if required, add a mortgage.
Stop renting and buy a new family home
  1. Add the rent:
    1. Go to the Cash flows & Goals step (top menu), then the Cash flows sub-step.
    2. In the Expense section, enter rental payments with the Type=Rent (this will ensure the rental payments are stopped when the home is purchased)
  2. Add the new family home:
    1. Go to the Cash flows & Goals step (top menu), then the Review assets & loans sub-step.
    2. Click the Add new assets & loans button (at the end of the page) and choose the Buy a new family home option, then fill in the fields, including purchase year and, if required, a mortgage.
  3. In the analysis, in the year the home is bought:
    1. Rent will be paid for the first half of the year
    2. The home will be bought on the 1 January
    3. Mortgage repayments (if any) will be paid for the second half of the year
Sell an existing family home and start renting
  1. Enter the details for the existing family home at the Current situation > Assets & Loans step.
  2. Enter the details for the rent:
    1. Go to Cash flows & Goals (top menu), then the Cash flows sub-step.
    2. In the Expense section, enter rental payments with the Type=Rent. This will ensure the rental payments are only applied when the home has been sold, so you can enter a rental expense for every year, and it will only be applied in the years the individual does not own a home.
  3. Enter the details to sell the home:
    1. Go to the Cash flows & Goals step (top menu) > Review assets & loans
    2. Find the Family home
    3. For the Sale options field, choose your preferred year.
Additional data entry options

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Strategy Development Service (SDS) options

If the case includes complex analysis that you are not able to do in Pathfinder yourself, it may need to be submitted to the Optimo Financial SDS. Complexities include, but are not limited to:

  • Converting a your current family home to an investment property or vice versa (i.e. you currently live in the property and would like to rent it out). Before submitting the case to the SDS, you can try the workaround described in How to convert a family home to an investment property (or vice versa) - a workaround.
  • Borrowing against the property to purchase shares - You can try this by following the instructions on  How to enter a loan that is secured by one asset and financing another asset (e.g. home equity loan), however there may not be enough options to control the borrowing as much as you like, so use with caution.
  • Borrowing against the property for an expense (e.g. home renovation) - This is controlled with the Used equity as line of credit field on Secured loans, you can try using this field before submitting the case to the SDS, but the websolve may not allow you to control the borrowing as much as you require.
  • Purchasing or selling a home on a date other than 1st January of the selected financial year. By default, property transactions occur mid-financial year (that is, 1st January).  This means that when a home is bought, savings made in the first half of the financial year may contribute to the deposit and mortgage repayments to be made in the second half of the financial year.  And when a home is sold, mortgage repayments are assumed to be made in the first half of the financial year, with the proceeds of the sale available in the second half of the financial year