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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that from July 1 the government will radically increase the price caps currently placed on the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
Yesterday Mr Morrison announced that the price caps on homes for the scheme will be lifted across almost the entire nation.
From July 1, the scheme will apply to homes worth up to $900,000 in Sydney and up to $800,000 in Melbourne, with raises across all states.
Still confused? Here’s what you need to know:
What is the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme?
It’s typically recommended that in order to avoid paying Lenders Mortgage Insurance (or LMI) an aspiring homeowner should have 20 per cent of a property’s value as a deposit.
Given Australia’s property prices have boomed more than the price of a single deposit in one year, the government has recognised that the hardest part of buying a property is saving for the deposit.
The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme allows up to 50,000 first home buyers to buy with as little as 5 per cent deposit, with the government acting as a guarantor for the remaining 15 per cent so first-timers don’t have to pay LMI.
What’s the catch?
There’s no real “gotcha” catch to the scheme – but it is limited. The scheme is limited to the amount of people who can do it, and the value of the property they wish to buy.
The government won’t allow first-timers to buy with a 5 per cent deposit of a $10 million home.
So how expensive a property can I buy under the scheme?
It depends on where you live.
From July 1 this year the price caps for capital cities and major regional cities are as follows: NSW ($900,000), Victoria ($800,000), Queensland ($700,000), Western Australia ($600,000), South Australia ($600,000) and Tasmania ($600,000).
In the territories the ACT will be lifted to $750,000, the Northern Territory will be lifted to $600,000 and Jervis Bay and Christmas Island will stay at $550,000 and $400,000 respectively.
The full table and changes can be seen below:
Won’t this see young first home buyers getting in over their heads on massive loans?
To participate, borrowers will still have to meet the usual loan and repayment assessments from their financial institutions.
This ensures that home buyers are protected against entering into a loan arrangement that could result in substantial hardship.
It is effectively shortening the home loan deposit saving period by up to a decade.
How do I apply or find out if I am eligible?
Those interested in the scheme can apply via their lender or mortgage broker.
The NHFIC does not accept applications directly and does not use a “waiting list” for the scheme.
Will Labor support the scheme if they win government?
Today ALP Treasurer Jim Chalmers said they support the increase in price caps for the scheme.
‘We’ve been very supportive of the government’s plan for first home deposit save and we have said for some time that we don’t think the caps are appropriate,” Mr Chalmers said.
“So to the extent that the caps are being changed today, we welcome that. This is obviously not the only part of a good, broad housing policy.
“We have also got our policy around social and affordable housing.”
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