Nine in 10 FHBs trust brokers to help them buy their first property

That’s because nine out of 10 first home buyers (FHBs) recently said they trust a mortgage broker to help them buy their first property.

And, unlike dentists, we’re actually allowed to show our faces!

 

So why do so many first home buyers trust mortgage brokers?

The Genworth First Home Buyer Report 2021 surveyed 2,077 prospective FHBs, and 1,008 recent FHBs – and we’re pretty chuffed with the results.

Here’s what one respondent said:

“Go and see a professional broker in person early on in the process. That way they know your situation and are able to best guide you through and help you out,” the 32-year-old recent FHB from WA said.

And he wasn’t alone.

Almost nine in 10 FHBs believe mortgage brokers help cut through the complexity in the home buying process.

The report also found a similar proportion of FHBs believe mortgage brokers provide reliable, trusted advice and information.

And finally, close to 90% of respondents said mortgage brokers provide valuable support during the home buying process.

So in a nutshell:

Trusted = tick.
Jargon busters = tick.
Reliable advice and information = tick.
Valuable support = tick.

 

How we could help you buy your first home

You might have noticed the property market has picked up over the past 12 months, to say the least.

It’s left a lot of prospective first home buyers frustrated that the suburbs they were once focusing on have moved out of their price range.

While this may be the case for a lot of people, it’s not always the case.

There are a number of federal government schemes available to FHBs, including the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme – which can allow you to buy your first home with a deposit of just 5% without paying for Lenders Mortgage Insurance.

There’s also a range of state and territory government schemes designed to give FHBs a leg up into the property market, including first home buyer grants and stamp duty concessions.

For more information, give us a call today – we’d love to discuss your situation and help you make the leap from renter to first home buyer, and get you smiling as proudly as your dentist does!

 

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It’s on! First home loan deposit schemes open for applications

 

And if you’re a single parent with dependent children, a similar scheme now allows you to purchase a home with just a 2% deposit without paying LMI, regardless of whether or not you’re a first home buyer.

In total, there are three federal government schemes that each released a fresh round of 10,000 spots on July 1.

Below we’ll unpack each of the schemes.

 

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (first home buyers)

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) allows eligible first home buyers with only a 5% deposit to purchase a property without forking out for LMI.

This is because the federal government guarantees (to a participating lender) up to 15% of the value of the property purchased.

Not paying LMI can save buyers anywhere between $4,000 and $35,000, depending on the property price and deposit amount.

As with the other two schemes below, there are just 10,000 spots available for this scheme this financial year – and in previous years they’ve been allocated within a few months. So you’ve got to get in quick!

 

The New Home Guarantee scheme (first home buyers)

The New Home Guarantee scheme allows eligible first home buyers to build or purchase a new build with a 5% deposit.

All in all, it’s a fairly similar scheme to the FHLDS.

One of the key differences, however, is that the property price caps are higher (see here), to account for the extra expenses associated with building a new home.

 

The Family Home Guarantee scheme (single parents)

The new Family Home Guarantee allows eligible single parents with dependants to build or purchase a home with a deposit of just 2% without paying LMI.

Unlike the two schemes above, you don’t have to be a first home buyer to qualify for this scheme.

Here’s a quick example of how it works.

John is a single parent with two young sons, Chris and David. John has found the perfect home for $460,000 but has struggled to save enough for the standard $92,000 deposit (20%) required while paying rent.

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

 

Get in touch today

With the three no-LMI schemes now open, we can’t stress enough the importance of applying for them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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 determine which scheme is most suitable for you, and then help you apply for finance with a participating lender.

 

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Property price caps increased for first home loan deposit scheme

Single parents with dependent children are also welcoming the higher property price caps, which will apply to the federal government’s new Family Home Guarantee scheme, too.

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) allows eligible first home buyers with only a 5% deposit to purchase a property without forking out for lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI), which can save buyers anywhere between $4,000 and $35,000, depending on the property price and deposit amount.

The new Family Home Guarantee scheme, meanwhile, allows eligible single parents to build or purchase a home with a deposit of just 2% without paying LMI, regardless of whether or not they are a first home buyer.

These schemes will run alongside a third home loan deposit scheme called the New Home Guarantee scheme, which allows eligible first home buyers to build or purchase a new build with a 5% deposit.

That scheme has even higher property price caps (see here), to account for the extra expenses associated with building a new home.

All three schemes have 10,000 spots available each from July 1, and spots are expected to fill up fast, so you’ll want to get in touch with us soon if you’re interested in applying.

New property price caps

So how much money can you spend and remain eligible for the FHLDS and Family Home Guarantee scheme?

Here’s a quick summary:

– NSW: $800,000 (Sydney, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Illawarra) and $600,000 (rest of state).

– VIC: $700,000 (Melbourne and Geelong) and $500,000 (rest of state).

– QLD: $600,000 (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast) and $450,000 (rest of state).

– WA: $500,000 (Perth) and $400,000 (rest of state).

– SA: $500,000 (Adelaide) and $350,000 (rest of state).

– TAS: $500,000 (Hobart) and $400,000 (rest of state).

– ACT: $500,000.

– NT: $500,000.

If you’re interested in knowing how much the property price caps have increased, you can check it out here.

 

Get in touch today to get the ball rolling

With all three schemes, allocations are generally granted on a “first come, first served” basis.

And it’s worth re-iterating that spots are limited and generally fill up fast.

So if you’re a first home buyer or single parent looking to crack into the property market sooner rather than later, get in touch today and we can explain the schemes to you in more detail.

And when July 1 rolls around, we can help you apply for finance through a participating lender.

 

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4 in 5 hopeful buyers don’t understand key financial concepts

They say knowledge is power.

But this week we stumbled across some interesting stats from UBank’s Know Your Numbers survey.

It found that 84% of Australians who are yet to buy a property admit they don’t know enough about how home loans, mortgage rates and deposits work, while 3 in 10 admitted to knowing nothing at all and having no idea where to start.

But if you start by jumping at the first seemingly attractive rate you see advertised, well, that can lead to big problems down the track.

“Entering the property market with little to no knowledge of some essential financial terms and concepts could see Australians falling into common traps or getting themselves into situations they cannot manage,” explains UBank CEO, Philippa Watson.

 

How we help demystify finance for you

Now, the purpose of this article isn’t to shame anyone who hasn’t already done their homework. Far from it.

Rather, we want to reassure you that when you come to us for a finance solution, we’ll be sure to explain any financial terms or products you don’t fully have your head around yet.

And that’s one of the key differences between us and the big banks.

We’re not just satisfied with matching you up with a home loan, we want you to be confident that it’s the right one for you, and for you to understand the reasons why.

 

Some of the most common financial terms we explain to our clients

There’s no denying the world of finance is full of jargon and seemingly complicated language.

To help get you started, below are some of the most common financial terms people ask us about.

Loan to Value Ratio (LVR): LVR is the percentage of the property’s value (as assessed by the lender) that your loan equates to.

For example, if the property you want to purchase is valued at $500,000, and you need to borrow $400,000 to pay for it, the loan is worth 80% of the property value, making your LVR 80%.

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI): LMI is insurance that protects the bank or lender in case you can’t pay your residential mortgage.

It’s usually paid by borrowers who have an LVR higher than 80% – that is, borrowers with a deposit of less than 20%.

Offset account: an offset account is just like a regular transaction account, except it’s linked to your home loan. The money held in the account is counted as if it’s been paid off your home loan, which reduces the balance of the loan and in turn, reduces the interest you need to pay.

And because the offset account acts like a regular transaction account, the money you’ve put in there is still accessible whenever you need it.

Refinancing: refinancing is the process of switching your home loan to take advantage of another, more suitable home loan for your present circumstances, such as one with a lower interest rate that might save you money.

 

Got any other finance terms you’d like explained?

If you’re keen to buy your first home but find all the terminology a bit daunting, then please reach out to us today.

We’re always happy to sit down and demystify the home buying process so that when you do take the leap into ownership, you can be confident that you’re armed with all the knowledge you need.

 

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Size matters: how to get more bang for your buck on property sizes

‘Give me a home among the gumtrees …’ There’s no denying that COVID-19 has resulted in a widespread shift in attitudes on how a family home can contribute to a better work/life balance. With flexible work arrangements becoming the norm, families are focusing their house-hunting efforts on suburbs that offer larger homes with home offices, or simply just a safe, secluded and spacious place to raise the kids. But you don’t necessarily have to move to the outskirts of a city for a bigger, cheaper block. You just need to know which suburbs are most likely to help you unearth a hidden gem.

A new tool can help you identify where to look

This new realestate.com.au tool, which calculates each suburb’s median estimated price per square metre (based on plot size), can help you zero in on suburbs which give you more bang for your buck. That’s because not only does it give you the median valuation per square metre for the suburb you select, but it also gives you the same data for the immediate surrounding suburbs. This can allow you to shift your search focus to another nearby suburb if it offers a more attractive estimated price per square metre. For example, Teneriffe is one of Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs and topped that city’s list with a median estimated property price of $5196/sqm based on a median plot size of 441sqm. However, about 400 metres away is the suburb of Bowen Hills, with a median estimated property price of just $1621/sqm based on an even bigger median plot size of 652sqm. Not bad, when you consider the world’s fastest men’s 400-metre dash is 43.03 seconds…

Properties are selling faster than ever

Here’s the thing: chances are you won’t be the only one on the hunt for a bargain. In fact, properties are selling at record speed at the moment, with the average number of days spent listed on real estate sites falling to a historic low of 32 days in May. To help increase your chances of securing a property in this hot market, it’s a good idea to explore your borrowing options early. So if you’d like to find out more about what you need to do to help make your home-ownership dreams a reality, get in touch today. We’d love to help out.

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What to look for when buying a family-friendly home

Family-friendly home considerations

When searching for your very first home away from home, your needs are usually simple. A one or two bedroom, one bathroom home in St Kilda or Carlton, is not only cosy – it’s also affordable and does the job.

But then time goes by. You get married and begin thinking about or starting a family. Suddenly, your little one-bedder doesn’t seem cosy anymore. It just seems cramped.

Your criteria have changed. Now you’re considering four bedroom, three bathroom houses, with big backyards in Bentleigh or Hawthorn. But what other features should you look for?

When it comes to family-friendly homes, here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

1.THE FLOOR PLAN

  • Are all the bedrooms close together? When dealing with 3am feeds or nightmares, you don’t want to navigate your way from one side of the house to the other in pitch black.
  • Are there stairs? If yes, consider whether it’s easy to add safety gates. This is especially important if there are young babies and toddlers around.
  • Is it open-plan? By having an open-plan layout, you’re able to let your children run around while still keeping an eye on their (potentially mischievous) activities.

2. THE BACKYARD

  • Do you plan to get a pet or spend time entertaining outdoors? If you have dreams of owning a Great Dane and/or kicking around a soccer ball with the kids, you’ll probably want a big backyard. Alternatively, you might be content with a small ‘inside pet’ and a simple patio with a barbecue.

3. THE BATHROOM

  • Is there a bath? You can’t exactly have bath-time fun without a bath! If you plan on having multiple kids, consider a place with a bath big enough for everyone – or the space to renovate if necessary.
  • Is there plenty of space? Ideally, you’ll want enough space to sit by the bath and dry the kids off. And, room for them to move past each other while frantically getting ready in the morning.

Are you ready to find your dream family-friendly home? Be the first to know about just-listed properties matching your criteria. Ask your agent about joining Listing Loop today!