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Owner-occupied Home Loan
5.99% p.a.      6.00% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *Note: the home loan with the lowest current interest rate is not necessarily the most suitable for your circumstances, you may not qualify for that particular product, and not all products are available in all states and territories. The comparison rate provided is based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years secured by an owner-occupied residential property. Warning: This Comparison Rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different Comparison Rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the Comparison Rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 0466392717 before making any decisions. Interest rates quoted are valid at 19/05/2024. Updated interest rates and fees should be requested directly.
Investment Home Loan
6.29% p.a.      6.30% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *Note: the home loan with the lowest current interest rate is not necessarily the most suitable for your circumstances, you may not qualify for that particular product, and not all products are available in all states and territories. The comparison rate provided is based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years secured by an investment residential property. Warning: This Comparison Rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different Comparison Rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the Comparison Rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 0466392717 before making any decisions. Interest rates quoted are valid at 19/05/2024. Updated interest rates and fees should be requested directly.
Car Loan
6.52% p.a.      7.50% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *The interest rate is available to approved applicants financing a motor vehicle on a secured consumer fixed rate loan over 60 months. The comparison rate is based on a 5 year secured fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Applications for finance are subject to normal credit assessment. Conditions, fees & charges apply. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 0466392717 before making any decisions. Interest rates quoted are valid at 19/05/2024. Updated interest rates and fees should be requested directly.
Personal Loan
7.24% p.a.      8.22% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *The interest rate is available to approved applicants getting a fixed rate personal loan over 60 months. The comparison rate is based on a 5 year secured fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Comparison rates do not include our brokerage fee. Applications for finance are subject to normal credit assessment. Brokerage not included. Conditions, fees & charges apply. Interest rates quoted are valid at 19/05/2024. Updated interest rates and fees should be requested directly.
Refinances available from:
5.99% p.a.      6.00% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *Note: the home loan with the lowest current interest rate is not necessarily the most suitable for your circumstances, you may not qualify for that particular product, and not all products are available in all states and territories. The comparison rate provided is based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years secured by an owner-occupied residential property. Warning: This Comparison Rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different Comparison Rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the Comparison Rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 0466392717 before making any decisions. Interest rates quoted are valid at 19/05/2024. Updated interest rates and fees should be requested directly.
Pre-approvals available from:
5.99% p.a.      6.00% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *Note: the home loan with the lowest current interest rate is not necessarily the most suitable for your circumstances, you may not qualify for that particular product, and not all products are available in all states and territories. The comparison rate provided is based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years secured by an owner-occupied residential property. Warning: This Comparison Rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different Comparison Rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the Comparison Rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 0466392717 before making any decisions. Interest rates quoted are valid at 19/05/2024. Updated interest rates and fees should be requested directly.

Help to Buy Scheme

Help to Buy Scheme

The Help to Buy Scheme is a Labor Government incentive which allows first home buyers (or second home buyers without a current property) to purchase with only a 2% deposit. The Government will then fund and own 30%-40% of the property.

This will then allow the home buyer to get into the market quicker with a lower deposit, lower income, and lower ongoing home loan repayments. The applicant can then choose to buy the Government out at a later date.

Advantages of the Help to Buy Scheme

The main advantage is that it will get you into home ownership sooner. This can be broken down into a few points...

Advantages of the Help to Buy Scheme Australia

Eligibility for the Help to Buy Scheme Australia

Expected eligibility criteria for the Help to Buy Scheme
Income of less than $90,000 p.a. for a single applicant, or $120k for joint applicants.
Must be purchasing a property to live in & must not currently own a property in Australia or overseas.
Must be over 18 years of age.
Must be an Australian Citizen.
Must have a 2% deposit.

There will only be 10,000 spots made available initially.

The Scheme is expected to run for 4 years, with 10,000 spots available each year, for a total of 40,000 spots.

These places will be released to individual participating States & Territories on a per capita basis.

Help to Buy Scheme: Expected start date

The Scheme is expected to start "Early 2024". Although, 01/07/2024 wouldn't be too surprising.

Housing Mininster, Julie Collins, accouncement 28/11/2023 relating to the Help to Buy Scheme

There have been two recent updates on the Help to Buy Scheme: Housing Australia's Media Release, which you can see here, and Julie Collin's interview on ABC, which you can see here.

These both confirm that Commonwealth Legislation has now been introduced to Parliament for the Help to Buy Scheme. They also confirmed they have been working with the States and Lenders to narrow down the logistics/specifics with the hopes to release the Scheme in early 2024.

If you'd like to be kept updated, please sign up to our unofficial waitlist below. We've had excellent feedback on our email/wait list so far.

How to apply for the Help to Buy Scheme

You currently are unable to apply until it is released. We will be watching the scheme carfully and contacting all interested applicants as soon as the scheme is ready for release. If you'd like to be contacted when the scheme is ready, please submit an enquiry noting 'Help to Buy Waiting List' and we'll add you to the list.

We will use this information to contact you prior to the initial release of the scheme to check your eligibility and prepare your submission. That way we can get you one of the 10,000 spots ASAP and ensure you don't miss out. We will also contact you should the Government decide not to proceed with the scheme. This is a free service.

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How is the $90,000 or $120,000 income threshold calculated / checked?

It's unconfirmed at this stage: neither the Government nor the banks have released their guidelines for verifying income eligibility. Basing our assumptions on previous Government scheme's in the past, we believe your income will be verified using the most recent Notice of Assessment (provided by the ATO after submitting your Tax Return).

For the two years after the purchase, if your income exceeds the threshold in both of these years, your eligibility may be revoked - likely meaning you would need to buy the Government's share of your property back right away.

Can the 2% deposit be a gift or loan?

The 2% deposit will need to be genuine savings - which usually means a deposit you've saved yourself over a period of 3 or more months.

If your funds are from the sale of an asset, tax return, gift or loan; it is likely that you would need to hold the 2% deposit in your bank for 3 months or more to be eligible.

The Government's portion...

How much will the Government contribute under the Help to Buy Scheme?

The Government will contribute up to 30% for an existing property or 40% for a brand new property. They will then own that portion until you sell the property or choose to buy them out at a later date.

Can you buy the Government's portion of the property back?

Yes - you can buy it back at anytime after the first 2 years. The minimum buy-back amount is 5% & can be done using cash or by applying to refinance your home loan to pay back the Government.

What if you sell the property for a profit or loss?

At this stage, it's believed you will only pay back the amount the Government originally contributed. This means any capital gains or losses will be 100% worn by you. The Government may add on interest to keep up with inflation - but this is unknown at this stage.

Expected application process for the Help to Buy Scheme?

Most likely, the scheme will be made available to a large number of lenders (currently expected 01/07/2023). You can then apply for the Help to Buy Scheme through a Mortgage Broker or directly through the approved lender when applying for your home loan. They will be able to reserve & implement a spot in the scheme for you. You'll need to provide extra documents on top of the usual home loan requirements:

Extra documents required for the Help to Buy Scheme
Proof of Australian Citizenship.
Latest year's Notice of Assessment.
Possibly a signed Stat Dec.

The rest of the home loan process will be identical to a normal home loan process. The affordability calculations should be much less strict when applying for a home loan under the scheme as you will only need to evidence that you can afford to pay for 60% - 70% of the property.

What are the property price thresholds for the Help to Buy Scheme?

The scheme will cover new homes, established dwellings, units/apartments & duplexes that fall below the following price caps based on the lower of the purchase price or valuation.

These figures are taken from ABC News' information on 18/08/2023.

RegionPrice Cap
Sydey & NSW Regional Centres$950,000
Regional NSW$750,000
Melbourne & Vic Regional Centres$850,000
Regional Vic$650,000
Brisbane & QLD Regional Centres$700,000
Regional QLD$550,000
Adelaide$600,000
Regional SA$450,000
Perth$600,000
Regional WA$450,000
Hobart$600,000
Regional Tas$450,000
NT$600,000
Regional NT$550,000
ACT$750,000
ACT$600,000

Can I use the First Home Owner's Grant as my deposit.

You must have a 2% deposit of your own. You can then use the First Home Owner's Grant to increase your deposit & therefore decrease your loan amount & ongoing payments.

What other schemes are available

Other than the Help to Buy Scheme, the following incentives/schemes may be applicable to you:

Other Government Schemes available:
Stamp duty concessions: full stamp duty concessions available for first home buyers purchasing for under $500k.
First Home Owner's Grant QLD: $15k available for eligible purchases of new properties.
First Home Super Saver Scheme: first home buyers can make additional Super contributions then redraw to use for their property purchase.
First Home Guarantee: using a 5% deposit, the Government will guarantee your loan to avoid you paying LMI.
Family Home Guarantee: for single parents, you can use a 2% deposit & have the Government guarantee the rest of the loan.

Want to join the waiting list?

There currently is no official waitlist, however we've created one to keep interested applicants updated. We will be watching the scheme carfully and contacting everyone as soon as the scheme is ready for release. If you'd like to be contacted when the scheme is ready, please submit an enquiry noting 'Help to Buy Waiting List' and we'll add you to the list.

We will use this information to contact you prior to the initial release of the scheme to check your eligibility and prepare your submission. That way we can get you one of the 10,000 spots ASAP and ensure you don't miss out. We will also contact you should the Government decide not to proceed with the scheme. This is a free service.

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Need more information?

We can assist you in confirming your eligibility & explaining all current Government schemes, and pre-assess your situation to make sure you're ready to reserve a spot on the Help to Buy Scheme as soon as they become available. To learn more about us and our home loan process or why you should choose us as your Mortgage Broker, check out our Mortgage Broker Brisbane page.

Please note: the Help to Buy Scheme hasn't been finalised by the Labor Government and the guidelines aren't yet formally available. We have made our best efforts to ensure everything in this article is correct, and will update it as more information is released.

FAQ for the Help to Buy Scheme:

How much will the Government contribute?

30% for an existing property; 40% for a new property.

When will the Help to Buy Scheme start?

Expected 01/07/2023 however unconfirmed at this stage.

How do I apply for the Help to Buy Scheme?

Through a Mortgage Broker or approved Bank.

DISCLAIMER: You must not rely on the information in the report as an alternative to financial advice from an appropriately qualified professional. If you have any specific questions about any financial matter you should consult an appropriately qualified professional. We do not represent, warrant, undertake or guarantee that the use of guidance in the report will lead to any particular outcome or result. The content, calculations and opinions contained in this article are of the writer only, and are not necessarily those of Blue Fox Finance.

Author: Zak Avery

Zak Avery
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About the Author

Zak has been a Mortgage Broker since 2015, and founded Blue Fox Finance in February 2017. He has all industry memberships, qualifications, insurances and has received over 100 5-star Google reviews.

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Last updated: 
01 Dec, 2023
       Author: 
Zak Avery