Government announces First Home Buyer Deposit Scheme

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As many first home buyers struggle trying to get into the housing market, a new government scheme has been announced in the hopes of helping them take the first step on the property ladder.

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will lower the required home deposit from the current 20%, to just 5%.  A government guarantee will fund the difference of 15%.

This government initiative will kick off on 1 January 2020. The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is eligible to singles earning a maximum of $125,000 or couples earning up to $200,000 each year.

First home buyers could save around $10,000 in Lenders Mortgage Insurance under the Scheme.

Small lenders will be prioritised to help boost competition and values of home that can be purchased will be determined on a regional basis, reflecting different property markets across Australia.

The maximum number of home loans on offer under the scheme is capped at 10,000 per year.

Latest data from CoreLogic showed that house prices have been falling in Australia by 0.5 percent on a month-on-month basis and have fallen 8.4 percent on an annual basis as at April 2019.

Based on these figures, how much deposit does a first home buyer need?

The government will underwrite the home loans and serve as the guarantor by allotting $500 million through the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation. Those qualified for the scheme will also get support for the entire duration of their loan or until they refinance.


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