How to buy your first home with 5 percent deposit

How to buy your first home with 5 percent deposit
How to buy your first home with 5 percent deposit

First-home buyers wanting to buy next year using the federal government's new home loan deposit scheme will be limited to properties sold for less than $700,000 in Sydney and $600,000 in Melbourne.

First home buyers in Queensland will be able to purchase properties in Brisbane up to $475,000 in value.

The scheme to be known as the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will apply to owner-occupied loans on a principal and interest basis. 

Property price caps under the scheme set appropriate price thresholds in capital cities, large regional centres with a population over 250,000 and regional areas.

The capital city price caps will also apply to large regional centres with a population in excess of 250,000, namely the Gold Coast, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, the Sunshine Coast, Illawarra (Wollongong) and Geelong.

State/territory

Capital city and regional centres

Rest of state

NSW

$700,000

$450,000

VIC

$600,000

$375,000

QLD

$475,000

$400,000

WA

$400,000

$300,000

SA

$400,000

$250,000

TAS

$400,000

$300,000

ACT

$500,000

-

NT

$375,000

-

Under the draft rules, the scheme will allow low-and middle-income earners to buy property with a deposit of as little as 5 per cent.

Treasurer John Frydenberg and Housing Minister Michael Sukkar released the government's draft Investment Mandate for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

It revealed the "appropriate price thresholds" for properties depending on city and region around Australia.

The threshold is well below the median house price for capital cities.

The number of applicants will be capped at 10,000 each year.

The initiative begins on January 1, 2020.

It removes the cost of lenders mortgage insurance for FHBs with an annual income of up to $125,000 or couples with a combined $200,000 per year who haven't saved the standard 20 per cent deposit typically required by banks.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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