In Financial Services is a Mortgage Broker and Loans Specialist based in Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter Valley NSW.
The Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee (RFHBG) is part of the Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS), an Australian Government initiative to support eligible first-home buyers to purchase a home sooner. It is administered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) on behalf of the Australian Government.
The RFHBG aims to support eligible regional first-home buyers to purchase a home in a regional area. From 1 October 2022 – 30 June 2023, 10,000 RFHBG places are available to eligible regional first-home buyers.
Under the RFHBG, part of an eligible regional first home buyer’s home loan from a Participating Lender is guaranteed by NHFIC. This enables an eligible home buyer to purchase a home with as little as a 5% deposit without paying Lender’s Mortgage Insurance.
Any Guarantee of a home loan is for up to a maximum amount of 15% of the value of the property (as assessed by the Participating lender). This Guarantee is not a cash payment or a deposit for a home loan.
To apply for the RFHBG, home buyers must be:
applying as an individual or couple (married / de facto)
an Australian citizen(s) at the time they enter the loan
at least 18 years of age
earning up to $125,000 for individuals or $200,000 for couples, as shown on the Notice of Assessment (issued by the Australian Taxation Office)
intending to be owner-occupiers of the purchased property*
first home buyers who have not previously owned, or had an interest in, a property in Australia
home buyers (or at least one borrower when applying as a couple) must have lived in the regional area or adjacent regional area they are purchasing in for the preceding 12-month period to the date they execute the home loan agreement (also called the Home Loan Date)*.
* Australian Defence Force member applicants may be eligible for a partial exemption and should check with their Participating Lender if this applies.
Access the Eligibility Tool – a short questionnaire to help home buyers identify which Guarantee/s they may be eligible for.
What is a regional area?
A regional area is defined as:
the Statistical Area Level 4 (ASGS SA4 2016) areas in a State or the Northern Territory that are not a capital city of that State or Territory; and
Norfolk Island; or the Territories of Jervis Bay, Christmas Island or Cocos (Keeling) Islands;as defined in the version published by The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in July 2016.
The greater capital city areas of each state and the Northern Territory; and the entire Australian Capital Territory are excluded from the RFHBG. Home buyers in these areas may be eligible for the First Home Guarantee or Family Home Guarantee.
Access theRegional Checker– allows home buyers to enter the suburb (or postcode) of their current home and the suburb (or postcode) they would like to purchase in, so they can confirm if they would be eligible for the RFHBG.
Property types and price caps
Under the RFHBG, home buyers can purchase a residential property, including: