Rates on hold, but help is on the way for first home buyers
Sept 2019: RBA Cash Rate Decision Announced
After recent interest rate cuts, the RBA is leaving the official rate on hold this month. The official cash rate sits at the record low of just 1.00%.
(Click here to read the offical RBA statement by Philip Lowe, Governor.)
While the record low cash rate is good news for many looking to buy property, saving for a deposit is still the biggest impediment for most first home buyers.
An additional problem is that unless you have saved enough to secure a 20% deposit, (which is likely to take at least several years), you will also have to stump up for Lenders Mortgage Insurance. That can amount to many thousands of dollars more. On a $400,000 loan, for example, with a 5% deposit, LMI can amount to a more further $12,000.
The Government First Home Loan Deposit Scheme
To provide some assistance, from 1st January 2020, the Government is introducing a grant that will make home-ownership far more attainable for many eligible first home buyers. Under the new scheme, only a 5% deposit will be required. The Government will guarantee the rest, covering the remainder under a special loan.
So, if you're looking to buy your first home, you could potentially be able to enter the property market much quicker than before and avoid having to save the extra required for LMI.
However, there are a few restrictions: the scheme is restricted to 10,000 borrowers and limited to those earning under $125,000, or $200,000 for a couple.
If you save a 5% deposit, the Government will guarantee the remaining 15% deposit
You can avoid LMI, but still have to borrow the remaining 95%
The scheme is limited to 10,000 buyers
Begins 1 January 2020
It will be administered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) in partnership with lenders
The Government will prioritise 'smaller lenders' to boost competition
Together with the low-interest rates, this new Government scheme could be just the boost you need to jump onto the property ladder for the first time, so it's well worth checking out if you are eligible.
If you’re interested in applying, please don't hesitate to contact us so we can get the ball rolling.