The Family Home Guarantee aims to support eligible single parents with at least one dependent child in purchasing a family home, regardless of whether that single parent is a first home buyer or a previous home owner.
10,000 Family Home Guarantees will be made available over four financial years from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2025.
Usually, home buyers with less than a 20% deposit need to pay lenders mortgage insurance.
Under this Scheme, part of an eligible home buyer’s home loan from a Participating Lender will be guaranteed by NHFIC. This is aimed at enabling you to purchase your first home sooner with as little as a 2% deposit.
Any guarantee of your home loan is for up to a maximum amount of 18% of the value of your property (as assessed by your lender). This guarantee is not a cash payment or a deposit for your home loan.
View the Family Home Guarantee fact sheet to learn more.
If your home loan is covered by this Scheme, you can also access other government programs – like the Australian Government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme, Home Builder Grant or First Home Owner Grant and concessions that may be offered by State and Territory governments. These other programs apply their own criteria and conditions, and you should make your own enquiries on their terms.
You will only be eligible to participate if you:
Generally speaking, for the purposes of the Social Security Act 1991, this means that you must show that you are legally responsible (whether alone or jointly with another person) for the day-to-day care, welfare and development of the dependent child and the dependent child is in your care.
Family Home Guarantee applicants can be either first home buyers or previous owners who do not currently own a home.
To be eligible, you must not currently have:
If you are unsure of your personal circumstances, you should ask a professional adviser.
For a property to be eligible under the Family Home Guarantee, it must be a residential property. This term has the same meaning as under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
Eligible residential properties generally include:
Use the postcode search tool to look up the property price caps for your location.
Contact a Participating Lender for the full list of property criteria and Scheme requirements, or if you are unsure what type of property you are buying.
Different timeframes can apply to your Scheme place, depending on the type of home you buy.
To be eligible for this Scheme, the contract of sale and (if applicable) eligible building contract may have particular dates when they can be signed by you. There are no exceptions from these required dates.
If you are purchasing an existing dwelling, the property must be purchased under a contract of sale dated on or after 1 July 2021.
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