Buying your first home in today’s COVID world
The Government has released a number of initiatives to help First Home Buyers get on the property ladder faster. It can feel a little overwhelming trying to understand all of the financial jargon and if you are eligible for the scheme. Let’s dive into the details.
First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.*
This scheme is designed to allow eligible first home buyers to purchase a home with a deposit of 5% without needing to pay lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) which can sting.
- Secure your spot.
The first 10,000 spots released have already been reserved for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme which were allocated for last financial year (ending 30 June 2020). Don’t fear, NHFIC have now released another 10,000 Scheme places for this financial year starting from 1 July 2020 but you have to be quick!
- Tax time. It counts with this Scheme.
Income testing is included in the eligibility criteria for this Scheme. This means you will need to provide your FY20 Tax office notice of assessment in order to qualify. This includes things like, providing your group certificate, lodging your tax and more.
This initiative is a $25,000 grant to build a new home or start a major renovation. It’s available to eligible first home buyers and owner-occupiers that enter into a building contract between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020. Construction must be with a licensed builder, and has to start within 3 months of the contract date.
Want to know if you’re eligible for these schemes? Let’s talk, I’m here to help you understand your options and what you may be eligible for.
Getting pre-approved to buy during COVID-19.
We’re living in a new world and your situation 6 months ago may not be the same today. So, what does that mean if you’ve already been pre-approved?
Some banks and lenders are looking at pre-approvals with a fine-tooth comb to see if your circumstances have changed. For example, going through financial hardship due to losing your job or having reduced hours. If banks and lenders are concerned that you could no longer afford the loan then they may withdraw your pre-approval.
This is where I can help! If your situation has changed then let’s talk. I can check in on your pre-approval and help you navigate the process with the banks and lenders - I have access to over 60 lenders!.
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Disclaimer: *All government schemes are subject to specific qualifying terms and conditions. Eligible first home buyers can apply for the Scheme through a participating lender. Applicants must intend to be owner-occupiers of the purchased property. Investment properties are not supported by the Scheme. **Owner-builders and Investment properties are ineligible for HomeBuilder grants. ***Lender terms and conditions apply. Loan Market Group Pty Ltd, Loan Market Pty Ltd provide this information for discussion purposes only. Whilst all care and attention is taken in its preparation any party seeking to rely on its content or otherwise should make their own enquiries and research to ensure its relevance to your specific personal and business requirements and circumstances. Loan Market Pty Ltd | Australian Credit Licence 390222