Low deposit scheme helps over 150,000 families buy sooner

May 8, 2024

Whether you’re rat running your local streets, or have a knack for always picking the fast-moving supermarket queue – everyone loves a good time-saving hack. Well, today we’ll let you in on a scheme that could get you into your first home years – yep years – sooner!

When you’re saving for a first home, growing a 20% deposit can be a tough challenge.

It’s certainly not made any easier by national property values soaring higher each month and cost of living challenges.

But there is one potential solution that has seen 156,000 first home buyers, single parents and regional Australians buy or build a home of their own over the past four years – it’s the federal government’s Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS).

How to buy with just a 5% deposit

The HGS helps eligible first home buyers and single parents buy a home sooner by requiring only a small deposit.

The scheme has three different parts.

First home buyers can take advantage of the First Home Guarantee, or the Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee if they live outside a major city, while the Family Home Guarantee is pitched at single parents buying a home.

The common thread is that the scheme lets eligible buyers get started on the property ladder with a smaller deposit – and no need to pay lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).

First home buyers may need as little as a 5% deposit, while solo parents can buy with just a 2% deposit.

The HGS doesn’t provide a cash payment or a deposit for a home loan.

Instead, the Federal Government guarantees the loan, which is the key to buying with a small deposit while avoiding LMI.

A head start on the property ladder

The big plus of the HGS is that it gives buyers a head start in the property market.

According to Domain’s latest First Home Buyer Report, it can take over six years to save a 20% deposit on an entry level home, depending on where you buy.

The catch is that by the time you’ve saved that sort of deposit, home prices may have soared higher, pushing the goal posts further out of reach.

However, the beauty of the HGS is that it lets first home buyers jump into the property market about four years earlier (on average) than they normally would.

Not all lenders are part of the HGS

The HGS does have eligibility requirements, including income thresholds and property price caps that differ by state.

Give us a call, and we can explain whether or not you’re eligible.

The other thing to be aware of is that not all banks have signed up to the HGS.

That’s why it’s so important to speak to us at an early stage.

We can save you plenty of time, by explaining which lenders offer low deposit/no LMI home loans under the HGS, and put forward to you loans and lenders that suit your needs.

Don’t delay, places are limited

The HGS is only available to a limited number of home buyers each financial year.

And not surprisingly, places tend to fill fast.

So if you’d like to find out more about using the scheme in the rapidly approaching new financial year – and whether you might be eligible to buy with just a 5% deposit and zero LMI – get in touch today.

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