Long gone are the days when you had to scrimp and save for a 20% deposit to buy your first home (that’s so 2019).
These days, you can crack the property market with just a 5% deposit and pay no lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI), thanks to the federal government’s First Home Guarantee (FHG) scheme.
NAB – which is one of two major lenders (alongside dozens of non-majors) that provides finance under the scheme – recently released some pretty insightful data on just who is jagging the limited spots each year.
The data shows almost two-thirds of people (63%) who purchased a house under the scheme were single buyers – whereas for non-scheme purchases, single buyers only made up 49% of borrowers.
Of the single people snapping up First Home Guarantee spots, 59% were female and 41% were male.
Government data also shows that the median age of people using the scheme is 25 to 29 years old.
“People going at it alone shouldn’t be disadvantaged and we are seeing the scheme help them buy a property,” says NAB Executive Home Ownership, Andy Kerr.
First home buyers who use the scheme fast-track their property purchase by 4 to 4.5 years on average, because they don’t have to save the standard 20% deposit.
Better yet, not paying LMI can save you anywhere between $4,000 and $35,000, depending on the property price and your deposit amount.
This is exactly what helped car salesman Rihan Nasser purchase his villa unit last August.
Initially, Rihan had been crunching the numbers on what he’d need to do to save a 20% deposit, admitting “it would have taken him years”.
“The scheme fast-tracked the process by maybe two, three or four years and made it easier to come up with the deposit to buy,” says Rihan.
“Once I knew I needed 5%, I knuckled down on the saving. It took me about a year and a half. I would 100% recommend the scheme. It made it so much easier.”
Ok, so here’s the catch: places in the First Home Guarantee scheme are generally allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
And don’t let this year’s expansion to 35,000 spots lull you into a sense of complacency – they’ll get snapped up fairly quickly.
So if you’re a first home buyer looking to crack the property market sooner rather than later, get in touch today and we can explain the scheme to you in more detail, check if you’re eligible, and then help you apply through a participating lender.
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