Get into your own home sooner
First Home Guarantee available to more Australians
The First Home Guarantee is now available to Australian permanent residents, as well as people who have not owned property in Australia in the last 10 years. Joint applications will also now be accepted from friends and family members – it’s no longer limited to only single applicants, married or de facto couples.
Welcome news for home buyers
With as little as 5% deposit, eligible first home buyers, and people who have not owned property in Australia in the last 10 years, have the opportunity to purchase a property through the First Home Guarantee. Designed to get more Australians into their own home, the Guarantee acts by lowering the deposit you need to take out a home loan.
Here’s how it works
Usually home buyers need to have saved 20% of the value of their property as a deposit. Alternatively, buyers need to take out Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), to cover the risk of having a lower deposit.
Eligible applicants of the First Home Guarantee only need a 5% deposit. The Australian Government guarantees up to 15% of the value of the property for eligible customers with Bendigo Bank.
This means you can buy your own home sooner, and be exempt from paying LMI, which can potentially save you thousands.
With the latest round of applications for the Guarantee now open, we are once again proud to be a participating lender in this great initiative.
Am I eligible?
You need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, at least 18 years old, with a Medicare card;
You need to be a first home buyer or have not owned property in Australia in the last 10 years, and be looking to buy a property that you will live in;
You need to be able to demonstrate your ability to save over time, with a minimum 5% deposit saved for the property you wish to buy.
You must meet the income eligibility requirements, which are single buyers earning up to $125,000, or a couple/family members/friends earning up to $200,000 per year.
There are property price thresholds that will apply in capital cities, large regional centres and regional areas. Use Housing Australia's property price caps tool to work out the maximum property purchase price in the area you're interested in under the Guarantee.
We're here to help you with your application
If you meet the eligibility criteria the next step is to reach out to our team who can assist with your application. Complete our simple online enquiry form and a team member will be in contact with you shortly.
Key information about the Scheme
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The application process
Buy your home
Purchase a property within the price threshold for the area you're interested in under the Guarantee.
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Things you should know
* Roy Morgan Single Source Australia, May 2023
Terms and conditions, fees, charges, eligibility and lending criteria apply. Full details available on application. All information is correct as at 1 July 2023 and is subject to change without notice.