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Single parents and first home buyers get big budget boost

Single parents saving for a property and first home buyers are the big winners from this year’s federal budget. Today we’ll break down the three schemes that will help them crack the property market sooner.

In recent months there have been signs that first home buyers are beginning to shy away from the property market, as investors return in big numbers to take advantage of optimistic property market price outlooks.

So this year’s federal budget focussed on giving first home buyers and single parents a big leg up into the property market through three key schemes, which we’ve broken down for you below.

1. Single parents to purchase a home with a 2% deposit

Single parents hunting for a home will only need to save a 2% deposit to crack into the property market if they secure a place in the federal government’s new Family Home Guarantee scheme.

The scheme allows eligible single parents with dependants to borrow with a deposit under 20% without having to fork out for lenders mortgage insurance (LMI), as the government will guarantee up to 18% of the loan.

An initial 10,000 places will be available under the scheme, which will start on 1 July 2021 and run for four years.

Here’s a quick example of how it works.

Mary is a single parent with two young sons, Johnny and James. Mary has found the perfect home for $460,000 but has struggled to save enough for the usual $92,000 deposit (20%) while paying rent.

However, with the Family Home Guarantee, and on the success of her application with a lender, Mary could move into her dream home sooner, with just a $9,200 deposit (2%).

2. Buying or building your first home with a 5% deposit

Those hoping to build their first home with just a 5% deposit could soon do so thanks to an extension of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) for new builds.

The federal government has announced another 10,000 spots in the scheme will be available for new builds from July 1.

Those 10,000 spots are in addition to 10,000 places already allocated for existing home purchases under the scheme, which also become available from July 1.

So that’s 20,000 spots in total across new and existing builds!

The FHLDS allows eligible first home buyers to break into the property market sooner, as you only need a 5% deposit to purchase a property without paying for LMI.

This can save you anywhere between $4,000 and $40,000, depending on the property price and the deposit amount you’ve saved.

You can find out more about the FHLDS and eligibility requirements by getting in touch with us, or on the NHFIC website.

3. Saving a deposit by salary sacrificing in your Super account

The First Home Super Saver scheme will allow you to put up to $50,000 in voluntary superannuation contributions towards a first home deposit from 1 July 2022. Previously only $30,000 could be released for the purposes of buying a first home.

The increase will fast-track homeownership for first home buyers and the government says it recognises that deposits required for home purchases have increased over the years due to house price growth.

Here’s a quick example of how the scheme works.

Sue is an occupational therapist who earns $80,000 per year and wants to buy a new home.

Using salary sacrifice, she directs $12,500 of pre-tax income into her superannuation account each year.

After concessional contributions tax, her balance increases by $10,625. After four years, Sue is able to withdraw $45,226 of contributions and the deemed earnings on those contributions.

Withdrawal tax is applied at a concessional rate of 4.5%, which is Sue’s marginal tax rate minus a 30% tax offset. Sue now has $43,191 she can put towards buying her first home.

Sue’s partner, Rob, makes the same income and also salary sacrifices $12,500 annually to his superannuation fund over the same four years.

Combined, Sue and Rob have $86,382 to put towards their first home, which is $20,838 more than if they were to save in a standard savings account.

Prepare to apply

While the two LMI-related schemes will be available from July 1, it’s important to get ready to apply for them now.

In recent years the 10,000 spots in the FHLDS have been snatched up within a few months, and we’ve had more than a few hopeful applicants reach out to us when it’s too late.

So to help avoid disappointment, get in touch with us today and we can help you get everything in order prior to the schemes kicking off in the new financial year.

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