Jun 12, 2020 2:22:46 PM

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme Topped Up

Topics: Mortgage Broker, First Home Buyer, Home Loans 0

If you missed out on the initial release of the Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, there is help at hand. Government has announced a further 10,000 spaces under the scheme will be made available for first home buyers from 1 July 2020 but warns that these are likely to fill up fast. Read on to find out how this scheme could help you into your first home.


A Helping Hand

The federal Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is an initiative designed to help first home buyers entering the property market. Under the scheme, first time home buyers may be approved for a mortgage with just a 5 per cent deposit without having to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

As most lenders require a minimum 20 per cent deposit in order to be exempt from paying LMI, the scheme could help borrowers who may be struggling to reach this threshold but who have managed to save at least 5 per cent of the value of a property they plan to buy.

With the cost of LMI being dependent on the size of the loan and the amount borrowers have saved in the form of a deposit, this could be a sizeable saving for many first home buyers.

Determining eligibility

The scheme is open to first home buyers who earn up to $125,000 per annum or couples with a combined income of up to $200,000. Borrowers must have saved at least 5 per cent of the value of the property they are planning to purchase.

The number of home loans available under the scheme is capped at 10,000 per year, but the Federal Government announced recently it would be extending this number to a further 10,000 for 2020.

Property price caps for each state or territory mean high-value properties will not be underwritten by the scheme. The property price caps for each state are listed below:


Capital city and regional centres

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Once eligibility has been assessed and approved for the scheme, borrowers can work with their mortgage broker to apply for a mortgage with a lender and the government acts as guarantor for the loan.

More help available

Even if you don’t qualify for the Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, there are still solutions for you as a first home buyer. Talk to your Mortgage Express broker about the First Home Owner Grants available in your state or territory, as these once-off lump sum subsidies could be the boost you need to get your foot onto the property ladder.


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