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Great news for first home buyers
Buying your first home is a big step. It's as exciting as it is challenging, which is why it's good to know what options are out there and what support is available to help make the process as smooth as possible.
We're proud to be a participating lender in the Australian Government's new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme initiative. Designed to help first home buyers purchase a property faster, the Scheme acts by lowering the deposit needed to take out a home loan.
The Australian Government, through the National Housing and Finance Investment Corporation (NHFIC) will guarantee the difference between your deposit (of at least 5 percent) and 20 percent of the value of your home. This means first home buyers can enter the market sooner and be exempt from paying Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), which can potentially save them thousands.
Scheme places are still available if you build or purchase a newly constructed home.
If you are purchasing an existing home, all scheme places have already been reserved for this financial year. However, places can get cancelled and be reallocated, so a waitlist is in place. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist.
In July 2021, the Australian Government will release another 10,000 scheme places for the 2021-22 financial year.
Am I eligible?
- You need to be an Australian citizen, at least 18 years old, with a Medicare card, and a first home buyer 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 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 NHFIC's property price threshold tool to work out the maximum property purchase price in the area you're interested in under the Scheme.
The application process
Key information about the Scheme
Handy tips for first home buyers
Terms and conditions, fees, charges, eligibility and lending criteria apply. Full details available on application. All information is correct as at 22 January 2020 and is subject to change without notice.