Buying a first home has been progressively harder over the years, largely due to rising house prices and lower affordability. But 2020 changed all of that. Buoyed by historic low interest rates, a lack of investors in market, and significant government incentives, first home buyers look set to dominate the property market in 2021.
Looking for affordable options
It’s been a bumper start to 2021, with a rising number of first home buyer enquiries across the country. Those taking up Government incentives are increasingly looking for property in outer suburbs where they can make the most of grants and discounts available to first home buyers.
The federal Government’s HomeBuilder scheme – targeting new builds – along with stamp duty reductions and the first home loan deposit scheme, which assists first home buyers with low deposits, has made it attractive for first home buyers to enter the market at this time. A lack of investors and record-low interest rates has added much needed breathing space and less competition, and experts expect first home buyer activity to continue over the coming months.
More activity in outer suburbs
Recent changes to the HomeBuilder scheme saw the grant fall from $25,000 to $15,000 for new build contracts signed between January and March 2021. But property price caps in NSW and Victoria increased to $950,000 and $850,000 respectively, allowing more buyers access to the grant.
Looking ahead, it’s likely the return of investors to the property market will lead to more competition for first home buyers, particularly in established and new housing areas. But outer suburbs with typically lower price points could prove more attractive for first time buyers.
A good time to buy
For first home buyers looking to take that first step onto the property ladder, there may never be a better time than right now. Please get in touch with the Mortgage Express team if you’d like advice about accessing Government incentives and grants to buy your first home. Our team are already working with first home buyers, helping them into their own homes.
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