Price falls see 23 new city suburbs qualify for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

author-avatar By on February 04, 2021
Price falls see 23 new city suburbs qualify for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

CoreLogic has identified 23 new city suburbs that now qualify for the government's First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

Recent price falls in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth now mean some new city suburbs qualify for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS), previously beyond the price caps.


Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

Lender
Advertised rate Comparison rate Monthly repayment Rate TypeOffsetRedrawOngoing FeeUpfront FeesLVRLump Sum RepaymentAdditional RepaymentsPre-approval

VariableMore details
LIMITED TIME OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
LIMITED TIME OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
VariableMore details
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Owner Occupied) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Owner Occupied) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • Refinance only. Fast online application
  • No Nano fees. Free 100% offset sub account
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card & instant payments
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • Refinance only. Fast online application
  • No Nano fees. Free 100% offset sub account
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card & instant payments
VariableMore details
YOU COULD WIN $100k TO PAY DOWN YOUR LOAN*

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • For a chance to win $100K towards your home loan, apply with Athena before Oct 31 & be approved by Dec 15
  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
YOU COULD WIN $100k TO PAY DOWN YOUR LOAN*

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • For a chance to win $100K towards your home loan, apply with Athena before Oct 31 & be approved by Dec 15
  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
VariableMore details
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (Special) (LVR < 70%)

  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
  • Optional 100% offset can be added for $120 p.a.^
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (Special) (LVR < 70%)

  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
  • Optional 100% offset can be added for $120 p.a.^

Rates correct as of October 26, 2021. View disclaimer.


The FHLDS allows first home buyers to get into the property market with a 5% deposit without having to pay lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).

One of the criteria for the scheme is for the property in question to be below state-specific price caps. 

Following price decreases since from March 2020 to January 2021, new suburbs have become eligible. 

However, all newly-eligible suburbs are for units, instead of houses (list below), with many in Melbourne's inner-ring including Docklands, Brunswick, St Kilda, South Melbourne, and more.

New eligible suburbs for the FHLDS

The 23 new suburbs eligible for the Scheme include 11 in Sydney, 10 in Melbourne, one in Brisbane, and one in Perth.

Suburb Median Unit Price January 2021 FHLDS Price Cap (Established) Price Drop from March 2020
Kellyville, NSW $675,780 $700,000 $71,882
Rouse Hill, NSW $638,755 $700,000 $88,146
Arncliffe, NSW $690,441 $700,000 $31,185
Hurstville, NSW $651,924 $700,000 $65,019
Ashfield, NSW $689,884 $700,000 $28,065
Strathfield, NSW $688,341 $700,000 $57,899
Wentworth Point, NSW $686,114 $700,000 $28,905
Gladesville, NSW $698,114 $700,000 $53,524
Ryde, NSW $678,719 $700,000 $36,181
Caringbah, NSW $679,373 $700,000 $38,053
Kirrawee, NSW $671,313 $700,000 $36,015
Balaclava, Vic $598,436 $600,000 $19,856
Brunswick, Vic $579,828 $600,000 $28,319
Docklands, Vic $575,517 $600,000 $40,679
South Melbourne, Vic $596,486 $600,000 $49,438
St Kilda East, Vic $579,514 $600,000 $34,169
Thornbury, Vic $584,288 $600,000 $27,416
Ferntree Gully, Vic $576,067 $600,000 $24,372
Beaconsfield Upper, Vic $573,562 $600,000 $28,142
Clayton, Vic $570,988 $600,000 $65,579
Oakleigh, Vic $575,210 $600,000 $53,324
South Brisbane, Qld $468,672 $475,000 $14,605
Munster, WA $397,318 $400,000 $49,036

Sources: CoreLogic, National Housing & Finance Investment Corporation, (only includes suburbs with 50< transactions in past 12 months)

CoreLogic's head of research Eliza Owen said these suburbs have been hit harder by international border closures and lack of international migration.

"The housing market has shown a robust performance, despite the shock of COVID-19 in 2020. But the pandemic has impacted pockets of the housing market, creating opportunities for buyers," she said.

"Recent housing value declines are particularly prominent in major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. These cities accounted for around 75% of international migration across the capital cities in 2018-19, meaning international border closures have created a particular demand shock.

"Unsurprisingly, six of these include unit values in the Melbourne inner region, where median values have declined an average [of] $33,313 between the onset of the pandemic and January."

Currently, the price caps are higher for newly-constructed homes, but Ms Owen says first home buyers prefer established properties, which feature lower price caps on the FHLDS.

"Established property has historically been favoured by first home buyers where benefits for both new and established property have been available. That was further demonstrated in the slower utilisation of the FHLDS when it was made available for only new property," she said.


Photo by Arun Clarke on Unsplash

Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and Savings.com.au

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

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*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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Harrison is Savings.com.au's Assistant Editor. Prior to joining Savings in January 2020, he worked for some of Australia's largest comparison sites and media organisations. With a keen interest in the economy, housing policy, and personal finance, Harrison is passionate about breaking down complex financial topics for the everyday consumer.

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