The Federal Government has officially announced a set of changes to the Home Guarantee Scheme, as part of the 2023-2024 Budget, that will allow more homebuyers to enter the housing market with a low deposit.
The Home Guarantee Scheme incorporates the First Home Guarantee, the Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee and the Family Home Guarantee. Under the Scheme, the Federal Government effectively acts as a guarantor for the home loan of eligible participants, allowing purchasers to buy new or existing home with a deposit of 5% without having to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance. The remaining 15% of the deposit is guaranteed by the government under the Family Home Guarantee, the deposit required is only 2% with the government acting as guarantor for the remaining 18% significantly reducing the amount families are required to save before purchasing a home.
The scheme is subject to a variety of terms and conditions, including strict eligibility criteria and limited to a set number of places [35,000] each year.
In an attempt to address the current housing affordability crisis in Australia, the government has confirmed that the eligibility criteria for the First Home Guarantee and Family Home Guarantee will be expanded to reflect the changing make-up of Australia households.
We will now see a change to the definition of a ‘couple’ to simply being any two eligible participants rather than a married couple or defacto relationship. In addition, each of the Guarantees have now been opened up to permanent residents whereas before, at least one of the purchasers had to be an Australian citizen.
The major changes to eligibility include:
•Non-First homeowners, who have not owned a property for ten  years, can now access the schemes which will be beneficial to people who have fallen out of home ownership due to financial issues or relationship breakdowns.
•For the First Home Guarantee and Reginal First Home Guarantee, joint applications for friends, siblings, and other family members will be allowed starting from July 2023.
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Applications for the scheme can only be made through one of the participating brokers or lenders and you should contact your lender for more information in the first instance. To find out whether you may be eligible to apply for assistance through the Home Guarantee Scheme, you can check your eligibility on the Government’s National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation [NHFIC] eligibility checker.
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