A first home buyer’s plight
Saving a large deposit is one of the biggest challenges that first home buyers face in Australia.
The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme that came into effect in Australia from 1 January 2020 allows low and middle income first home buyers with only a 5% deposit purchase a modest first home without paying tens of thousands in Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) fees.
However, just meeting the eligibility for the 5% home deposit Scheme is not enough as each participating lender will also assess you as a borrower and they will reject your application if it does not fit into their cookie-cutter eligibility requirement.
And this is what happened to Ben!
The story: Turned down initially
Ben was an eager first home buyer looking to take full advantage of 5% home deposit scheme.
He knew that he needed at least a 5% deposit to qualify for the scheme – which he did not have yet.
Fortunately, his brother Troy was happy to gift him the money.
After going through the Scheme eligibility requriements, he knew he met all of them.
Then, Ben approached his local Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) branch where he was an existing customer to apply for the 5% home deposit Scheme.
It made sense since CBA was one of the participating lenders under the Scheme.
Unfortunately, CBA knocked him down, and Ben was left wondering why.
All hope is not lost
Feeling hopeful that a mortgage broker might be able to help him with his predicament, Ben called Home Loan Experts to enquire about the possibility of getting approved for the first home buyer scheme.
He was connected to Amine Berrada, a mortgage broker with a knack for understanding how banks view home loan applications, having worked for many years in one of the major banks himself.
Talking with Ben, Amine was quick to establish that he fulfilled all the criteria for the scheme sans one!
Ben fulfilled all the criteria for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, namely;
- He is an Australian citizen (not a Permanent Resident).
- He is a first home buyer.
- He is buying an owner-occupied property, i.e. a place to live in.
- He is earning an annual income of $115,000, which is below the $125,000 p.a threshold.
- He had his Notice of Assessment(NOA) for 2017 – 2018 which is required to verify said income.
You can use our First Home Loan Deposit Scheme Eligibility calculator to determine if you’re eligible.
What often catches out first home buyers is the genuine savings policy of lenders.
Since Ben had not saved up the deposit on his own and had received the deposit as a gift instead, he did not meet CBA’s genuine savings policy.
However, there are ways around this.
How the tables turned
Amine was quick to note that Ben had been making rent payments of $2,300 every month.
He knew that CBA was a lender that accepted 3 months rent ledger as genuine savings – which Ben evidenced with a rental reference letter from his property manager.
Ben had been making timely monthly payments on his rent since September 2018.
Furthermore, Amine did a full assessment of Ben, from checking his credit score to doing a serviceability calculation to improve his chances of pre-approval.
Ben had an excellent credit score of 899 and his debt-to-income (DTI) ratio was 4.99 (which is less than a high-risk DTI of 6).
Amine personally met with Ben to sign the required documents so that he could re-apply for the scheme.
CBA conditionally approved Ben’s application on 13 January 2020 for a $570,000 mortgage at an interest of 3.32% p.a.
Ben signed the First Home Buyer Declaration for the scheme on 14 January 2020 and got a reservation on 20 January 2020.
With a pre-approval from both the scheme and a participating lender, Ben now has up to 90 days to find an eligible property under the 5 per cent government guaranteed home loan deposit scheme.
A quick pre-approval
Things may not always be as straightforward as they seem, especially when lenders have strict criteria to qualify for a home loan.
That’s why it’s convenient to use a mortgage broker who can use his experience to make you an attractive borrower for a higher chance of approval.
And that’s exactly what Amine did for Ben.
Ben was pleasantly surprised as to how quick Amine worked to help him qualify for the scheme.
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As of 10 January 2020, 190 participants have already been pre-approved for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
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