By Nicola McDougall, The Female Investor
The Real Estate Institute of Australia has urged aspiring first home buyers to secure their place in the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) before Christmas.
REIA President Adrian Kelly said that the FHLDS had helped nearly 60,000 Australians into home ownership to date
“With around 4600 places coming online in time for Christmas, I urge aspiring first time home owners to take action by calling their local agent or mortgage broker and securing their place in the scheme.
“This First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is particularly important in a rising market especially for those who do not have access to the Bank of Mum and Dad.
“This reissued 4600 places can be used for either new or existing dwellings which suits the type of housing stock first home buyers generally prefer with caps that better suit current market conditions/’ he said.
Mr Kelly said moving into an election year in 2022 it was critical for schemes that support home ownership over lifetime renting continuing.
“Home ownership is a significant factor in Australians enjoying a happy and secure retirement as well as contributing to the overall housing affordability picture,” he said.
“Loan repayments for first home buyers usually sit under median rents within two to six years of purchasing a home depending on the location.”
According to the REIA’s latest Housing Affordability Report the number of first home buyers decreased to 37,782, a reduction of 12.6 per cent during the quarter and just one per cent more over the past 12 months.
“The number of first home buyers decreased over the September quarter in all states and territories. South Australia had the largest decrease of 21.6 per cent and the Australian Capital Territory had the smallest decrease of 0.7 per cent,” he said.
“This competition means the average loan size to first home buyers has increased to $459,256. This was an increase of two per cent over the quarter and an increase of 14 per cent over the past 12 months.
“This simply means that government programs like the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and the First Home Super Saver Program need to be supported and expanded.”