October 8th,2021

Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has welcomed the release of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) report which has found that the government schemes to help first home buyers is helping young and older Australians alike in achieving home ownership.
REIA President, Adrian Kelly said the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) and the New Home Guarantee (NHG) have been instrumental in getting young people into homes.
Mr Kelly said what was great to see was that the government initiatives had been taken up fairly equally by both genders.
“Since January, 2020, the schemes have supported some 22,879 home purchases across the nation guaranteeing around $1.4 billion in deposit shortfalls.
“Closing the deposit gap is the major barrier to first home buyers entering the market, particularly in a fast-rising market and both the FHLDS and the NHG shave off four years of deposit saving for eligible Aussies.
“It is great to see that 6,000 key workers have been supported into home ownership since the start of 2020, a fitting use of Federal policy for our workers who have been crucial in the COVID-19 frontline response including childcare workers, teachers, nurses and first responders.
“The schemes also helped those in relatively unaffordable cities such as Melbourne with 109 guarantees issued,” Mr Kelly said.
Mr Kelly said REIA had long supported the targeted nature of the FHLDS program as it is market led and does not ‘pour fuel’ on an already heated marketplace.
“Some 58% of all buyers under the schemes were aged under 30 but it also helped around 300 Australians who are 50 and over buy their first home.
“This is public policy at its best at a time when supply and affordability is so challenging – providing a guarantee – not cash in hand – and putting the onus on the purchaser to meet their loan repayments.
“First home buyers have responded and shown their willingness to move to where the price is right so they can get a foot on the property ladder.

“This is particularly the case in two-thirds of all scheme recipients in Greater Sydney who moved into a new home at least 30km away from the city’s central business district.

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