How the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme guarantee will work

How the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme guarantee will work
How the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme guarantee will work

As announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the 2019 election campaign, from 1 January 2020 eligible first home buyers will be able to enter the housing market sooner.

Up to 10,000 guarantees per year will allow eligible first home buyers to purchase a home with a deposit of as little as five per cent.

Applicants will be subject to a range of eligibility criteria, including taxable incomes of up to $125,000 per annum for singles and up to $200,000 per annum for couples in the previous year, they must be Australian citizens purchasing property in Australia and they must be taking out owner-occupied loans on a principal and interest basis. 

Properties purchased under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will be subject to regional price caps.

Regional price caps will be set with a view to ensuring equitable access to the scheme across Australia.

The coverage of the guarantee will be broadly consistent with parental guarantee products offered by some lenders. The guarantee will remain in place until a loan is refinanced or the outstanding loan balance falls below 80 per cent of the property purchase price—whichever comes first.

Access to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will occur as part of the normal home loan application process, with limited additional effort for first home buyers being required when seeking a guaranteed loan, the assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing, Michael Sukkar said.

The bill introduces amendments to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018 to implement the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and establish a new research function within the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.

The bill expands the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation's functions to enable it to provide guarantees.

Sucker noted based on median household income and a 15 per cent saving rate (on before-tax income), it takes approximately eight years to save a 20 per cent deposit on a median priced home. 

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