The Sydney suburbs now qualifying for First Home Loan Deposit Scheme after price falls

Recent value falls may have created an opportunity for first home buyers who want to take advantage of the first home loan deposit scheme

The Sydney suburbs now qualifying for First Home Loan Deposit Scheme after price falls
Surry Hills, NSW

Coronavirus-impacted “pockets” of Sydney’s north-west and inner-south-west have seen falling median values create opportunities for first home buyers, according to CoreLogic head of research, Eliza Owen.

Although Australia’s residential property market has shown resilience, despite the shock of the pandemic, recent value falls may have created an opportunity for first home buyers who want to take advantage of the first home loan deposit scheme (FHLDS).

On February 3, minister for housing Michael Sukkar announced the reissue of around 1,800 FHLDS places, creating opportunity in suburbs where unit medians have slipped below the Sydney threshold of $700,000.

As of January 2021, there was an average of 107 suburbs observed in the capital cities with a median value at or below the qualifying threshold for the FHLDS, assuming the application is for an established property.

In Sydney, where international border closures have created a particular demand shock, median unit values have declined up to -$88,146 between March 2020 and January 2021.

The Sydney suburbs now qualifying for First Home Loan Deposit Scheme after price falls

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As evident in CoreLogic’s data, Rouse Hill had a pre-pandemic median value at $726,900, which has fallen to just $638,755. While other suburbs like Arncliffe and Hurstville have seen changes in median value at -$31,185 and -$65,019, respectively.  

“As more of the housing market is caught in a broad-based upswing, first home buyers could face more challenges getting into the market in the year ahead”, Owen said.
 

Sydney units listed at or below the qualifying threshold for the FHLDS

1. Beyond, Hurstville
Address: 93 Forest Road, Hurstville NSW 2220
One-bedroom apartments (with study) from $685,000

Developed by Fridcorp, Beyond’s one-bedroom apartments are listed below the $700,000 qualifying threshold for the first home loan deposit scheme.  

The Woods Bagot and DKO Architecture-designed project features sculptural architecture, multi-sensory living, oversized balconies and a 4,500sqm retail precinct anchored by Woolworths.
 

2. Bloom Arncliffe
Address: 213 Princes Highway, Arncliffe NSW 2205
One-bedroom apartments from $595,000

The recently completed residential precinct, Bloom Arncliffe, offers 318 apartments across seven buildings, starting from $595,000 – well below the deposit scheme’s price cap.

Delivered by Wingate and designed by Stephen Bowers Architects, the development includes 37 commercial spaces, a youth centre, gym and support facilities.

Max Kwok

Max Kwok

Max Kwok is a staff contributor at urban.com.au. Based in Sydney, Max has previously worked at Property Observer where he specialised in content creation and editorial research.

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Sydney Falling median values Corelogic Eliza Owen First Home Buyers First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

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