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First Home Buyers Receive Budget Boost

The Federal Budget announces new initiatives for first-time buyers.

By Terry Christodoulou
Wed, May 12, 2021 1:56pmGrey Clock < 1 min

Under a number of new initiatives announced by the government in the 2021-22 Federal Budget overnight, first home buyers are set to be offered a helping hand.

As property prices rise at the fastest month-on-month rate in 33-years, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced three key measures designed to assist those looking to get a foothold in the Australian property market.

The government’s already existing first home buyer’s scheme will be boosted by another 10,000 places. This sees buyers only need a 5% deposit to secure a home. The other 15% needed to avoid paying the lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI) will be fronted up by the government, and eventually repaid.

Further, a new initiative sees single parents able to purchase a home with just 2% deposit. Named the Family Home Guarantee, eligible single parents will be able to build a new home or purchase an existing home with a minimal deposit. As above, places are limited – with applications to open from July 1, 2021 and will offer 10,000 places over four years.

Finally, the First Home Super Save Scheme will allow first-timers to access as much as $50,000 from their superannuation to purchase a house. The scheme has been expanded from the previous limits of $30,000

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Most economists and the major banks are predicting a rise of 25 basis points will be announced, although the Commonwealth Bank suggested yesterday that the RBA may take the unusual step of a 40 basis point rise to bring the interest rate up to a more conventional 3.5 percent. This could present the RBA with the chance to put further rate rises on hold for the next few months as it assesses the impact of tightening monetary policy on the economy.

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