31 December 2020|4 minute read
Owner occupiers and first homebuyers could take advantage of a $25,000 or $15,000 Federal Government HomeBuilder grant to renovate or build a home.
Here is some of the base criteria:
Applications must be submitted by 14 April 2021 and further details regarding the scheme criteria can be found on The Treasury website.
CEO of Aussie, Mr James Symond said, “We welcome the $688 million government program and encourage owner occupiers seeking the grant, to get guidance from a broker to help them understand their options.
“Those eligible will need to carefully assess how to finance their build or renovation to take advantage of the HomeBuilder scheme."
“The government scheme comes with a range of conditions, timelines, and a limited number of grants available so it’s important for Australians not to hesitate, but also not to rush in without understanding their financing options. Taking up the scheme could involve refinancing, which a broker can help you navigate.”
Aussie is receiving many inquiries from customers seeking to take advantage of the lower rates now being rolled out by lenders, with fixed and variable mortgage rates now below 3 per cent.
“A decision to see a broker could save borrowers money and years off their repayments over the life of the mortgage, while taking advantage of the HomeBuilder grant program,” Mr Symond added.
Almost 70 per cent of Australian mortgage holders believe now is a good time to refinance their home loan, according to recent research commissioned by Aussie. The research also found almost 80 per cent of mortgage holders are confused about refinancing.
There are a range of considerations refinancers should address when applying for the grant and financing their build or renovations, including:
Aussie Brokers have access to a range of lenders and can provide home loan help for those looking to take advantage of the scheme.