First Home Buyers

The first step towards owning your own home is exciting and overwhelming. It's natural you'll have plenty of questions - that's where we can help. Your local Mortgage Choice broker can take the stress out of the process of your first home loan with expert advice and support.
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What you need to know

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Your local broker can organise a home loan pre-approval now to help you move quickly when you’ve found “the one”.

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First home buyer broker support

How a broker can help first home buyers

  • Explain the costs & process

    Your broker can explain all the costs and steps involved in buying a home and give you a realistic picture of what you can borrow.

  • Help you get pre-approval

    If you haven’t yet found the right home, your broker could help to organise pre-approval so you can shop for your new home with confidence, knowing exactly what you can afford.

  • Apply for incentives

    In Australia, there are a number of government incentives available to first home buyers. We’ll let you know whether you’re eligible for assistance schemes such as the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) and help with the paperwork.

  • Support you all the way to your first home

    When you’re ready to move ahead with your first home loan, your broker will prepare all the paperwork and support you at every step to settlement.

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First home buyer FAQs

The amount you can borrow, commonly known as your borrowing capacity or borrowing power will be determined based on your unique set of financial circumstances. Your income, assets, liabilities and credit history can all affect your borrowing power. How much money you can borrow will also differ from lender to lender.

Our home loan calculator will give you an initial idea of how much you can borrow. Your local Mortgage Choice broker can give you a complete individual assessment of your situation.

Mortgage Choice brokers can help you find which of the hundreds of home loans offered by our panel of lenders will best suit your needs. Consider the questions in choosing the Right Home Loan to see which loan features are likely to be most important to you.

The deposit required depends largely on the type of home loan and, of course, the lender you select. As a general rule, if you are an owner-occupier you’ll require 5-10% of the purchase price as a deposit. Some eligible first home buyers can get a deposit as low as 5% under the Government's First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, click here to learn more.

If you are an investor, you’ll ideally require 10% of the purchase price, although it's possible to purchase with less.

Mortgage Choice has a savings calculator you can use to help you determine the amount you need to save each month and how long it will take to reach your desired deposit.

The First Home Owner Grant scheme is a one-off payment which varies by state or territory (from $10,000 up to $30,000) to assist eligible first home owners with purchase or construction costs. 

Find out more about the FHOG in your state: 

Stamp duty is a state government tax based on a property's selling price. Each state or territory has different rules and calculations; some states offer discounts or exemptions to first home buyers. Stamp duty can be a significant additional cost when buying property.

Use our stamp duty calculator to get an idea of what you will need to pay.

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Ready to buy your first home? These grants may help you

  • 2022 First Home Guarantee

    Since January 2020, the Government has introduced the First Home Guarantee scheme (Previously known as the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme), for first time buyers, which allows approved applicants to take out a mortgage with just a 5% deposit and avoid paying lenders mortgage insurance. Spots are limited, find out if you're eligible today.

  • Family Home Guarantee Scheme

    The federal government has launched an initiative to allow single parents to take out a home loan deposit with as little as 2% (subject to being able to service home loan repayments). Here we explore what's involved in this scheme and if you could be eligible!

  • Regional Home Guarantee

    Make that tree-change a reality with the Government’s Regional Home Guarantee. First home buyers and others can buy a regional home with just a 5% deposit and save thousands by avoiding LMI.

  • New Home Guarantee

    Announced in the 2021-21 Federal Budget, the Government has allocated an additional 10,000 places to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) to the new home guarantee until 30 June 2022. Find out more to see if you're eligible today!

  • Stamp duty concessions

    Stamp duty is one of the upfront costs that apply when you buy a home. State Governments offer concessions and exemptions on stamp duty to first home buyers. See if you're eligible and what your stamp duty would be today.

  • What are the Proposed NSW Stamp Duty Changes?

    Introduced in the 2020-21 Budget, the NSW Government announced a proposal to change the way the current tax system is set up when purchasing properties.

  • VIC: 25-50% discounts announced on stamp duty

    As part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21 a number of measures aimed at making housing more accessible and affordable for Victorians have been announced. Read more to see how these changes could benefit you.

  • Victoria's $500M Homebuyer Fund

    The Victorian Government has made it possible to receive a contribution of up to 25% of the purchase price of your home.

  • First Home Owner Grant

    The First Home Owner Grant is a lump sum of cash available to help with the cost of buying your first home or vacant land to build on. Find out more and see if you're eligible.