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Government ups price caps for home purchases under several schemes

By Maja Garaca Djurdjevic 21 June 2021 | 1 minute read

Thirty thousand more Aussies will be eligible for the government’s various first home buyer schemes, with the government also announcing expanded property price caps for homes purchased under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and the Family Home Guarantee.

Government ups price caps for home purchases under several schemes

Following criticism that the caps were too low, the government has announced a revised list of property price caps for its First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) and the Family Home Guarantee, which apply from 1 July 2021.

The government will also release an additional 30,000 places to eligible applicants under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, the New Home Guarantee program, and the Family Home Guarantee from 1 July 2021.

The extra 10,000 places per scheme are expected to help newcomers overcome the challenges of saving for a deposit.

“Through our First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and the New Home Guarantee Program, the Morrison government is helping more first home buyers and single parent families overcome the challenges of saving for a deposit and realising the Australian dream of owning your own home,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a joint statement with Minister for Housing Michael Sukkar.

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“With the 30,000 new places available from 1 July, now is the time for potential applicants to contact a participating bank or mortgage provider and get their applications underway.”

The government earlier faced criticism over the perceived narrowness – both in terms of size and the pricing caps – of several of its schemes.

Critics took particular aim at the Family Home Guarantee which, in its original form, only budgeted for 10,000 places over four years, with the price caps described as restrictive and unrealistic.

In announcing the changes, Mr Frydenberg and Mr Sukkar explained that the government wants “to ensure that people can continue to purchase a home, as well as accommodate larger families”.

 

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and Family Home Guarantee property price caps, effective 1 July 2021

New Home Guarantee property price caps, effective 6 October 2020

 

Capital City

Rest of State

Capital City

Rest of State

NSW

$800,000

$600,000

$950,000

$600,000

VIC

$700,000

$500,000

$850,000

$550,000

QLD

$600,000

$450,000

$650,000

$500,000

WA

$500,000

$400,000

$550,000

$400,000

SA

$500,000

$350,000

$550,000

$400,000

TAS

$500,000

$400,000

$550,000

$400,000

ACT

$500,000

-

$600,000

-

NT

$500,000

-

$550,000

-


The government has also expanded the application of the capital city price thresholds to regional centres with a population over 250,000, recognising that dwellings in regional centres can be more expensive than other regional areas.

Regional centres include: Newcastle and Lake Macquarie; Illawarra (Wollongong); Geelong; Gold Coast and SunshineSunshine, NSW Sunshine, VIC Coast.

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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of nestegg and Smart Property Investment. Email Maja at Read more



Government ups price caps for home purchases under several schemes
Government ups price caps for home purchases under several schemes
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