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Exploring How Low Deposit First Home Buyers Are Building $82,000 Of Equity!

New data released by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) shows that first home buyers who took advantage of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (Now the First Home Guarantee) are sitting on an average of $82,000 in equity, which is huge considering the program has only been around since 1st January 2020!

Positive growth in equity such as this is a fantastic result for first home buyers, especially when you consider that the average first home deposit across the scheme was just $35,200 in 2020, rising to $36,400 by the end of the study in the middle of this year!

In contrast, first home buyers who didn't use the scheme were spending an average of $159,000 on deposits for their first homes. This shows that the scheme is also allow first home buyers to enter the market much sooner than would typically be expected too, which leads to greater opportunity for capital growth in a strong market like the one we see in 2023 across the country!

So What Is The First Home Guarantee?

Acquiring enough funds for a deposit can pose a significant challenge when purchasing a home and according to research conducted by Finder, it can take a young Australian an average of 12 years to save up for a deposit for a typical apartment, or 16 years for a house.

Unfortunately, that can also be magnified by the fact that unless home buyers have a deposit of 20% or more, they will also be subjected to Lender's Mortgage Insurance (LMI), which is a fee payable to offset the increased risk the bank takes on by accepting a lower deposit home loan.

The First Home Guarantee is a government initiative, whereby the government guarantees up to 15% of the value of a property purchased by a first-time home buyer. This means that buyers can secure a home loan with a deposit as low as 5% without needing to pay the lenders mortgage insurance mentioned above.

The scheme is available for both new and existing properties, and while there are no restrictions on the location or type of property that can be purchased, there is a purchase price limit which varies from state to state. In the case of Western Australia, that figure is currently (as of June 9th 2023) set at $600,000 for Perth and Regional Centres, and $450,000 for the rest of WA.

The scheme has proven hugely popular and here at Neptune Finance Australia, we are meeting home buyers on an almost daily basis that are able to enter the market as a result of this fantastic offering from the Federal Government! If you want to see if you qualify, reach out to our experienced team on 08 9200 4840, or by clicking HERE to schedule a time to chat!

Please note that there are certain requirements home buyers have to meet that relate to income limits, residency status, and other criteria that our team will be happy to discuss in more detail.

But What If I Don't Qualify?

Luckily, the First Home Guarantee is one of a number of options available to first home buyers here in WA. There is also a Family Home Guarantee, where single parents can get a home starting from a deposit of only 2%, with the government guaranteeing the remainder of the loan.

Additionally, there is also a WA lender called Keystart which offer low deposit home loans starting at as low as 2%, as well as options available with no deposit by using guarantors as a way of providing security to the bank for your purchase.

In short - there are a number of great initiatives available to home buyers currently, and with the equity growth seen above, there could be 82,000 reasons for you to reach out to our friendly team today and see if we can help you get into a home of your own sooner, rather than later!

The easiest ways to reach us are as follows:

Phone: 08 9200 4840

As Always - the information in this blog post is general only and shouldn't be constituted as advice. Your complete financial situation will need to be assessed before acceptance of any proposal or product.



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