It was said to be one of the essential budgets in Australia’s history, but as is often the case, there wasn’t a lot on offer for property investors.
Family Home Guarantee for Single Parents
The most notable new inclusion into the Federal Government Budget was the Family Home Guarantee. This is a program that, on the surface, appears to be very similar to the FLDS. This program will allow single parents to purchase a home with as little as a 2% deposit, and this will be available to 10,000 households over the next four years.
First Home Super Saver Scheme
The First Home Super Saver Scheme has been in place for several years. However, this year’s budget has increased the limit of super that first home buyers can access. Previously a first home buyer could access $30,000 of super, and this has not been raised to $50,000.
New Home Guarantee
The New Home Guarantee, which many people might know as the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS), was repurchased for another year, with 10,000 again available.
This program allows first home buyers to put down as little as a 5% deposit, without the need to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), with the Federal Goverment, effectively guaranteeing the deposit shortfall.
The scheme has now officially been wound down; however, as we know, the period in which construction needs to commence has been pushed out to 18 months because of the log-jam of applicants that need to get started building to access the grants.
As house prices continue to rise across the country, affordable housing and the social issues associated with rising house prices will likely continue to be an issue for many years to come.