First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: High demand expected for round two

author-avatar By on June 29, 2020
First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: High demand expected for round two

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Buyers are being urged to get in quick for the second round of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, with banks expecting a rush of applications.

If you missed out the first time, the second round of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will kick off on 1 July with a further 10,000 spots up for grabs, but you'd better make sure you get your application in quickly.

Despite the economic uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19 on the property market, applications for the second round of the scheme are expected to be keenly sought.

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) is a government initiative designed to help eligible first home buyers secure their first home with a deposit as low as 5% by guaranteeing up to 15% of the value of the home, thus avoiding costly Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest 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 16, 2021. View disclaimer.

The scheme's first 10,000 places, released on 1 January 2020, showed strong demand for the program particularly among first home buyers under the age of 30.

One of those buyers was 26-year-old Blaise Menzies-White who bought his first property in Victoria after securing a spot in the scheme through Bendigo Bank.

“That’s what made it possible for me to buy my first home - it was the difference between buying right now and waiting another couple of years to save the $20,000-$30,000 extra I would have needed to make the minimum deposit," he said.

Mr Menzies-White said the COVID-19 pandemic only strengthened his decision to purchase a bigger home. 

“COVID-19 has been really stressful for so many people. I think people are going to want more space in everything, when they eat out, go out and perhaps also in how they live. Shoebox style apartments in cities may not be as popular that they once were for the fear of germs and catching disease.

“I’m very lucky that I have a property with a lot of space, that I was able to purchase before COVID-19, that I am still employed, and that my friends live with me to help pay the mortgage.”

According to the latest figures from the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) (the entity administering the scheme) 5,500 guarantees have been issued, with another 4,500 having reserved a guarantee and in the process of finding their first home.

With the second round of the scheme kicking off on 1 July, here are a few things buyers need to know before applying for the scheme. 

Read: The complete guide to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

Can you apply for the scheme if you haven't lodged your tax return?

If you want to apply for the scheme, you'll need to provide a Notice of Assessment from the Australian Taxation Office for the 2019-20 financial year.

This means you'll need to lodge your tax return ASAP if you want to apply for the scheme when it kicks off on 1 July.

Can you use the scheme in conjunction with the HomeBuilder grant?

Yes. The $25k HomeBuilder scheme can be used in conjunction with existing state and territory First Home Owner Grant programs, stamp duty concessions and other grant schemes, as well as the Commonwealth’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and First Home Super Saver Scheme.

Essentially this means you could use the FHLDS to buy your first home, then take advantage of the $25k HomeBuilder grant to renovate it into your dream property.


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.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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Emma Duffy is Assistant Editor at Your Mortgage and  Your Investment Property Mag, which are part of the Savings Media Group. In this role, she manages a team of journalists and expert contributors committed to keeping readers informed about the latest home loan and finance news and trends, as well as providing in-depth property guides. She is also a finance journalist at Savings.com.au which she joined shortly after its launch in early 2019. Emma has a Bachelor in Journalism and has been published in several other publications and been featured on radio.

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