The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is a new initiative by the Australian Government to help first home buyers purchase a home. By providing a guarantee, it allows eligible first home buyers on low and middle incomes to purchase a home with a deposit of as little as 5%.
Compared to the First Home Owners Grant, the difference is that you do not receive a cash benefit from the Government. Rather it is a guarantee of being able to purchase a home with a 5% deposit. So you can eliminate the hassle of trying to save a large sum for a deposit!
First home buyers on low to middle incomes are able to obtain a home loan with a deposit as low as 5%, with the remaining 15% value of the property guaranteed by National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC). The Scheme can be applied to a variety of different residences.
For the 2020-2021 financial year, there will be 10,000 Scheme places available. That sounds like a lot, right? Not quite. In January 2020 alone, 3,000 places were filled!
The Scheme places are being released in stages so first home buyers can gather the necessary financial information to support their application. For example, 10,000 places were released in January-June 2020. Plus, there’s now a broader choice between the major banks and smaller lenders with 25 smaller lenders join in the Scheme’s lending panel on 1 February 2020.
The guarantee (or loans under the scheme) stays in place until the loan is refinanced, you sell your home, move out or until your loan principal balance reduces to below 80% of the value of your property at purchase.
• Must be an Australian Citizen. Unfortunately permanent residents do not qualify.
• Be at least 18 years of age
• A first home buyer who has not previously owned or had interest in a property in Australia either separately or jointly.
• Singles with a taxable income of up to $125,000 per annum for the previous financial year or couples with a taxable income of up to $200,000 per annum for the previous financial year.
• Intend to be the owner occupier of the property for at least 6 months.
• Couples are only eligible if they are married or in a de-facto relationship with each other.
• The Scheme is to assist singles and couples (together) who have at least 5% deposit saved. If you have 20% or more saved, then you will not be covered.
• Scheduled repayments of the principal and interest of the loan are required for the full period of the agreement.
Want to find out if you’re eligible for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme? Send us a message and we’ll be in touch!
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