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31 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019

Caps for new first home buyer scheme revealed

Caps for new first home buyer scheme revealed

Caps for new first home buyer scheme revealed

The property price caps in each state have been revealed for the federal government’s new first home buyer scheme. Read on to find out the maximum value of a property you can purchase under the scheme.

Imagine buying your first home with a 5% deposit and not having to pay lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).

Sounds good, right?

Well, the federal government has finally revealed more details in a draft mandate for the scheme, including the property price caps in each state.

The property price caps

Below are the property price caps for each city and regional centre with a population over 250,000, followed by the price caps for the rest of the state.

– NSW: $700,000 (Sydney, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Illawarra) and $450,000 (rest of state)

– VIC: $600,000 (Melbourne and Geelong) and $375,000 (rest of state)

– QLD: $475,000 (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast) and $400,000 (rest of state)

– WA: $400,000 (Perth) and $300,000 (rest of state)

– SA: $400,000 (Adelaide) and $250,000 (rest of state)

– TAS: $400,000 (Hobart) and $300,000 (rest of state)

– ACT: $500,000

– NT: $375,000

Great, but what’s this scheme again?

Ok, so currently people with a deposit of less than 20% usually have to pay LMI.

But under the government scheme, eligible first home buyers with only a 5% deposit could be eligible to purchase a property without forking out for LMI.

Now, it’s important to note that this is not a handout – it’s simply a government guarantee.

But this guarantee could be very helpful, as it could save you as much as $10,000 in insurance.

Any more details?

The scheme is due to commence on 1 January 2020.

In order to be eligible first home buyers can’t have earned more than $125,000 in the previous financial year, or $200,000 for couples (and both need to be first home buyers).

But here’s the catch: the offer is limited to just 10,000 first home buyer loans each year. That’s less than 10% of the 110,000 Australians who bought their first home in 2018.

So who gets first dibs?

That’s the million-dollar question! (or, depending on where you live, the $400,000 question).

Shehan Wijayasinghe