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50,000 low-deposit spots open for first home buyers and single parents

The new financial year has kicked off with a bang for first home buyers! A whopping 45,000 more places have opened up for them under the Home Guarantee Scheme, as well as 5,000 more spots for single parents. Here’s how it could help you buy a home sooner.

Home ownership has long been the great Australian dream, but high property prices are making it tough to save a 20% deposit for many young families.

That’s where the federal government’s Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS) comes in.

It gives first home buyers a leg up into the property market even if they have just a 5% deposit, and it’s proving to be very popular.

In fact, it’s helped more than 160,000 Australians buy or build their own home since the scheme launched four years ago.

Places in the HGS are capped each year, but the good news is that an extra 50,000 spots have just been announced for the 2024-25 financial year.

Not sure what the scheme is about?

Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved by answering a few FAQs.

What is the Home Guarantee Scheme?

The HGS helps first home buyers and single parents buy a place of their own even when they have a small deposit.

Essentially, the government acts as a guarantor for the home buyer’s loan, so there is no need to pay lenders mortgage insurance, which can be a big saving on upfront costs.

In fact, not paying LMI can save buyers anywhere between $4,000 and $35,000, depending on the property price and deposit amount.

Who does the scheme help?

The HGS covers three separate programs, each with a different type of home buyer in mind.

The First Home Guarantee helps eligible first home buyers get into the market with as little as a 5% deposit. From 1 July 2024, an extra 35,000 places became available.

The Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee is dedicated to helping first home buyers who live in regional areas buy a home with just a 5% deposit. An extra 10,000 places have opened up for the 2024-25 financial year.

The Family Home Guarantee supports eligible single parents to buy a home with as little as a 2% deposit. This will help up to 5,000 families this financial year.

Am I eligible for the Home Guarantee Scheme?

You’ll need to tick a few boxes to be eligible for the HGS.

In particular, there are limits around the maximum purchase price for a home under the scheme. The upper limits vary between cities and across regional areas from state to state, and are adjusted each financial year.

One way to find out if you’re eligible is to call us and we can walk you through the various requirements.

Do all banks support the Home Guarantee Scheme?

No. Lenders choose to be part of the HGS, and while there is a reasonably wide choice of banks to pick from, not all lenders have signed up.

The Real Estate Institute of Australia says the “best way to see if you can qualify for the scheme and seek pre-approval is to speak with a mortgage broker”.

To date, mortgage brokers have secured up to 80% of the HGS placements, and we can guide you through the application process, answer any questions you may have about buying a first home, and recommend a home loan option suited to your needs from the lenders that are part of the scheme.

Call us today to find out more about buying with a 5% deposit – and zero lenders mortgage insurance. You could be in your own home a lot sooner than you expected!

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