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Labor’s housing plan explained: Can you get 40% of your new home’s price?

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Around 10,000 homebuyers could be eligible for a proposed housing policy that would see the Labor government cover up to 40% of a property's purchase price.

Anthony Albanese's federal Labor party announced its key housing policy for the election campaign on Sunday 1 May, a few weeks ahead of the federal election on 21 May.

Key details of the shared equity policy are:

  • The government will cover a homebuyer's loan for 30% of the cost of an existing property.
  • If the property is a new home, they'll cover 40% of the purchase price.
  • 10,000 spots will be made available per year.
  • Those earning below $90,000 annually or couples earning below $120,000 annually are eligible.

Under the "shared-equity" arrangement, you would be essentially co-buying the property with the government.

You would become eligible to buy the 30–40% portion over time.

Who is eligible?

The scheme is not restricted to first home buyers, with Labor confirming it would be available for anyone who does not currently own a property.

You'd need a deposit worth at least 2% of the purchase price, and no lender's mortgage insurance is payable.

You must be earning less than the income thresholds listed above.

Does this mean you co-own the property with the government?

Details of the policy are light so far, but this seems to be the case. You essentially buy 60–70% of the home, and the government buys the other 30–40%.

Once you own the property, after 2 years if your income has increased, you would be required to start purchasing more of the property.

Labor estimates the scheme would cost $329 million over 4 years, but some experts are already saying the investment could be much higher than that, with Greens leader Adam Bandt saying this figure "won't even touch the sides".

More details are expected over the coming days as Labor fleshes out the details of their proposed scheme, which is designed to help with housing affordability – but could actually serve to fuel demand and drive prices higher.

Learn more about existing homebuyer schemes, including the Family Home Guarantee and the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

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    GIANFRANCOJuly 28, 2022

    we are pensioners I am 69 and my wife is the same can we get into this 30 to 40 percent to own a home because the rental has gone up and through the roof so if we have to pay 400 hundred to 500 per week we should be able to buy our own place the banks will not look at us because we are too old but we have plenty of life left so how can we get into this scheme

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      RebeccaAugust 5, 2022Finder

      Hi Gianfranco,

      You could be eligible if you meet the following criteria:

      – You don’t currently own a property
      – You’re earning less than the income thresholds listed
      – Must have a deposit worth at least 2% of the purchase price
      – With no lender’s mortgage insurance payable

      However, you would still need to meet the usual income and credit checks. It is best to speak to participating lenders directly if you have questions about your own circumstances.

      If you and your spouse have never owned a property in the past, you can also check if you could qualify for other schemes and government grants for home buyers, including the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

      You could also take a look at our page on home loans for pensioners.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Rebecca

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