When you buy a property, the banks will generally ask that you have a 20 per cent deposit which will allow you to borrow 80 per cent of the value. However, it is possible to borrow up to 95 per cent of the value and this coupled with the first home buyer’s grant could give you a big leg up in breaking into a market that is becoming increasingly out of reach for many people. The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) scheme was introduced on 1 July 2000 to offset the effect of the GST on home ownership. It is a national scheme, but is administered by individual states and therefore eligibility is different within each state. If you meet the eligibility criteria set by your state, you will receive a one-off grant that you can use as a deposit. You can also use this grant with the one off $25,000 Home Builder grant recently announced by the government, for those who are building new homes. It should be noted that generally with a low deposit mortgage, you will generally pay a higher interest rate and be required to pay lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). Low deposit mortgages You can compare thousands of home loan products through the InfoChoice home loan comparison site. NAB offer a couple of first home buyer friendly loans. NAB’s Tailored – Choice Package – Principal and Interest loan for owner-occupier borrowers has an attractive fixed home loan rate of 2.19% p.a. (comparison rate 4.02% p.a.) on a two year fixed rate. The NAB Minimum lending of $150,000 applies. NAB also offers a special rate of 2.69% p.a. (comparison rate 2.69% p.a.) on a NAB Base Variable Rate Home Loan for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments with less than or equal to 80% total NAB Lending to Value ratio (LVR). For customers where LVR is higher than 80%, the special rate is 3.04% p.a. (comparison rate 3.04% p.a.). NAB is also waiving the Base Variable Rate Application Fee for new applications, that will save you $600. Some of the best home loans now listed on InfoChoice that first home buyers should consider include: Reduce Home Loans Rate Slasher with a variable rate of 2.39 per cent (comparison rate 3.04% p.a.) Well Home Loans’ Well Balanced LVR up to 90 per cent has an interest rate of 2.67 per cent (comparison rate 2.70% p.a.) Low interest rates If borrowing up to or over 90 per cent of the value of the property is of no concern, but you are looking for low interest rates to ease the burden, you can compare home loan rates and keep up to date with the latest property market outlook in Australia as well as the outlook for interest rates at InfoChoice. Here are InfoChoice’s top five variable rates (based on a $300,000 loan): Here are the top five fixed rates (based on a three year, $300,000 loan): Buying you first home can be daunting, however there are plenty of options available for you to make the cost of buying your first property easier. Utilise the first home buyer grant, consider whether this can be used along with the Home Builder grant and then look for the lowest rate available to you and whether you need to borrow more than the usually required 80 per cent. This update is not financial advice. This article is general news and information. Home Loans: The comparison rates are based on a secured loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years. Personal Loans: The comparison rates in this table are based on a loan of $30,000 and a term of 5 years unless otherwise indicated in the product name with^, in which case, the comparison rate is based on a loan of $10,000 and a term of 3 years. 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