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When you’re looking to buy or build a new home, office or building, you probably have a good idea of what you’re looking for, what it looks like, what size you need and probably where it’s located!


But when it comes to the loan, where do you start? There are hundreds of loans from a huge choice of lenders, there are new products coming into the market all the time and there are a range of special government subsidies available depeding on your circumstances.


As a broker, our job is to help you find one loan (at least) out of the hundreds available, that suits your individual needs and make sure you secure any of the subsidies available.


Here are the 3 current Government Grants that you should be aware of:

1. First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS)

 

The FHLDS is an Australian Government initiative to support eligible first home buyers to build or purchase a new home sooner. The Scheme is administered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).

 

Usually first home buyers with less than a 20 per cent deposit need to pay lenders mortgage insurance HOWEVER, under the FHLDS, eligible first home buyers can purchase or build a new home with a deposit of as little as 5 per cent (lenders criteria apply).

This is because NHFIC guarantees to a participating lender up to 15 percent of the value of the property purchased that is financed by an eligible first home buyer’s home loan.

 

To find out more information about the FHLDS please contact us or click this link: First Home Loan Deposit Scheme | NHFIC

 

2. Home Builder Grant

 

The HomeBuilder grant provides individuals and couples with $25,000 towards building or buying a new home or substantially renovating an existing home that they will own and occupy.

 

To find out more information about the Home Builder Grant please contact us or click this link: HomeBuilder grant | Homes and housing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)

 

3. First Home Owner’s Grant

 

The Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant is a state government initiative to help first home owners to get their new first home sooner.

 

If your contract is dated 1 July 2018 or later, you can get the Queensland grant of $15,000 towards buying or building your new house, unit or townhouse (valued at less than $750,000).

 

To find out more information about the First Home Owner’s Grant please contact us or click this link: Queensland First Home Owners' Grant | Homes and housing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)

As is the case with all loan products, there many standard terms so it’s a good idea to become familiar with the main ones which we have listed below!

Variable Rate Loan

Standard variable loans are the most popular home loan in AustraliaYour interest rate will go up or down over the life of the loan depending on the official rate set by the Reserve Bank of Australia and the individual decisions of your lender. Each of your repayments generally pays off some interest and some of the principal.

Pros

  • If interest rates fall, the size of your minimum repayments will too.
  • Standard variable loans generally allow you to make extra repayments. Even small extra payments can cut the length and cost of your mortgage.

Cons

  • If interest rates rise, the size of your repayments will too.
  • Increased loan repayments due to rate rises could impact your household budget, so make sure you take potential interest rate hikes into account when working out how much money to borrow.
Fixed Rate Loan

The interest rate is fixed for a certain period, usually the first 1 to 5 years of the loan. This means your regular repayments stay the same regardless of changes in interest rates. At the end of the fixed period you can decide whether to fix the rate again, at whatever rate lenders are offering, or move to a variable loan.

Pros

  • Your regular repayments are unaffected by increases in interest rates.
  • You can manage your household budget better during the fixed period, knowing exactly how much is needed to repay your home loan.

Cons

  • If interest rates go down, you don’t benefit from the decrease. Your regular repayments stay the same.
  • You can end up paying more than someone with a variable loan if rates remain higher under your agreed fixed rate for a prolonged period.
  • There is very limited opportunity for additional repayments during the fixed rate period.
  • There may be significant break costs that you must pay if you exit the loan before the end of the fixed rate period.
Split Rate Loan

Your loan amount is split, so one part has a variable rate, and the other has a fixed rate. You decide on the proportion of variable and fixed. You enjoy some of the flexibility of a variable loan along with some of the certainty of a fixed rate loan.

Pros

  • Your regular repayments will vary less if interest rates increase, making it easier to budget.
  • If interest rates fall, your regular repayments on the variable portion will too.
  • You can generally repay the variable part of the loan quicker if you wish.

Cons

  • If interest rates rise, your regular repayments on the variable portion will too.
  • Your additional repayments of the fixed rate portion will be limited.
  • There may be significant break costs that you must pay if you exit the fixed portion of the loan early.
Interest Only Loan

You repay only the interest on the amount borrowed usually for the first 1 to 5 years of the loan, although some lenders offer longer terms. Because you’re not also paying off the principal, your monthly repayments are lower. At the end of the interest-only period, you begin to pay off both interest and principal.

These loans are especially popular with investors who plan to pay off the principal when the property is sold. This strategy is usually reliant on the property having achieved capital growth before it is sold.

Pros

  • Lower regular repayments during the interest only period.
  • If it is not a fixed rate loan, there may be flexibility to pay off, and possibly redraw, the principal at your convenience during the interest-only period.

Cons

  • The overall cost of the loan is likely to be significantly higher.
  • At the end of the interest only period, you have the same level of debt as when you started.
  • If you’re not able to extend your interest-only period, your repayments will increase at the end of the interest-only period.
  • You could face a sudden increase in regular repayments at the end of the interest-only period.
Introductory / Honeymoon Loan

Originally designed for first-home buyers, but now available more widely, introductory loans offer a discounted interest rate for the first 6 to 12 months, before the rate reverts to the usual variable interest rate.

Pros

  • Lower regular repayments for the initial ‘honeymoon’ period.

Cons

  • Loans may have restrictions, such as no redraw facilities, for the entire length of the loan.
  • When the honeymoon rate period ends, you may be locked into an interest rate that is not as competitive as elsewhere.
  • Some banks may charge early termination fees if you decide to switch to a new lender.
Low Doc Loan

Popular with self-employed people, these loans require less documentation or proof of income than most, but often carry higher interest rates or require a larger deposit because of the perceived higher lender risk. In most cases you will be financially better off getting together full documentation for another type of loan. But if this isn’t possible, a low doc loan may be your best opportunity to borrow money.

Pros

  • Reduced requirements for evidence of income.

Cons

  • You will probably pay higher interest than with other home loan types, or may need a larger deposit, or both.

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