Make the most of a $10,000 grant towards your first home.

Building your first home? Great news! You may qualify for the First Home Buyers Grant, which makes buying your first home more doable.

What is the FHOB grant?

The first home owner grant (FHOG) is a one-off $10,000 payment to encourage and help first home buyers buy or build a new home. Only one grant is payable per transaction, which means only one per couple or family.

These government initiatives have been designed to support aspiring homeowners like you. Our team of experts at Westgate Finance are well-versed in these grants, ensuring you don’t miss out on any financial assistance.

Imagine stepping into your very own home, knowing that you’ve taken advantage of the FHOG and other available home grants. With New Generation Homes, you can turn this dream into a tangible reality.

Do I qualify?

Building your first home? You may qualify! Your salary doesn’t affect your eligibility so no need to stress on whether or not you earn too much or too little.

You do have to be an Australian Citizen or a Permanent Resident (if you are buying as a couple one buyer must meet this criteria) so make sure you’ve crossed those t’s and dotted those i’s before applying.

How much can
you borrow?

We understand the importance of securing the right financing for your new home. That's why we've created the ultimate tool to help you understand your borrowing power and make informed decisions about your home loan.

Frequently asked questions

What is a home loan?

The lender (bank) and borrower (you) will agree on a term in which the loan is to be paid back ‒ typically, this will be a period of 25 to 30 years. The lender and borrower will also agree on a repayment schedule, which will generally be fortnightly or monthly.

In addition to the total loan amount, you will be required to pay interest. The type of interest payable will be determined by the loan agreement. There are several types of interest rates, including fixed and variable. We explain this in further detail below.

Do I qualify for the FHOG?

  • You’re an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Are 18 years or over
  • Have not received a FHOG from another state or territory in Australia
  • Have not owned a property in Australia for the past 10 years
  • You occupy the home as your principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months, within 12 months of receiving the FHOG

If you have questions about the grant, or want to get moving with the application process, we can help.

Is a home loan and mortgage the same thing?

The terms ‘home loan’ and ‘mortgage’ often is interchangeable, so is there a difference? Yes, there is a distinction between the two, and it is important to clarify the difference, even if it may only seem semantic.

The terms ‘home loan’ and ‘mortgage’ are often used interchangeably. In technical terms, there is a difference between the two. ‘Home loan’ refers to the funds borrowed to purchase the land or property, while ‘mortgage’ refers specifically to the agreement in which is used as security for a loan.

Should I use a Mortgage Broker or Bank?

When you are looking to get finance for a home, there are three ways to go about it, you can go directly to one bank, you can shop around or get a mortgage broker. Both a Mortgage Broker and Bank can provide a home loan, however, there are some differences.

While Banks can offer a wide selection of products, it is only their own. You will be expected to do most of the leg work including the application and completion of documents.

A Mortgage Broker researches and sources various mortgage options on your behalf, including comparing rates, fees, and features. They are not bound by a specific product or lender, and they will put forward the best objective product to suit your needs and objectives.

Mortgage Brokers are bound by a Best Interest Duty, this provides a compelling reason to use a broker, what this means is that mortgage brokers a legally required to act in their customers best interest and put their interests first, banks are not bound by such a duty.

When you build with New Generation you get access to our in-house specialists – Westgate Finance. Our in-house finance team will guide you toward the best loan options available.

What is stamp duty and how much do I need to pay?

Stamp duty is government tax based on the market value of the land or property that you are purchasing. The rate of tax charged varies between states and territories, as well as the type and cost of the property.

Depending on whether you are a First Home Buyer or not, there are concessional rates that reduce or even eliminate stamp duty. When you build, you only pay stamp duty on the land which can save you thousands.

How much of a deposit do I need for my home loan?

Typically, you will need a minimum of 20% deposit to buy a home. Let’s say the property purchase price is $400k, you will need $80k for your deposit.

But what if I don’t have 20%?

No problem! We have options available for as little as 2% deposit.
Pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). This can be included either in your upfront costs or loan repayments, so it is spread out over the life of the loan (though note any fees added to your loan balance will attract interest charges).

What is Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)?

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is a one-off cost from the bank that is added to your home loan. This protects the bank against any loss they may incur if you are unable to repay your loan. Depending on how much you borrow and the size of your deposit is how it is calculated. The more you contribute to the purchase price of your property, the lower it will be.

How much can I borrow?

Our in-house finance team Westgate Finance can guide you toward the best loan options available.
The amount you can borrow depends on a range of things. We will consider personal and financial details, which may include:

  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Liabilities, including other debts and
  • Existing assets, such as investment properties.

Find out how much you can borrow with our home loan finance.

How are living expenses calculated for my home loan?

In recent years, banks have begun casting a wider net on expenses with the aim to increase an individual’s chance of approval.

Below is typical process used by banks and lenders to calculate your living expenses:

  • Apply the Household Expenditure Method (HEM) The HEM is the benchmark that banks use for living expense allowances based on the size of your household, whether you’re a single applicant, a couple or you have dependents. Banks will also take into account whether you’re living in a metro area versus a non metro area for each state.
  • Ask you to self-assess your living expenses on your home loan application form. This is for expenses that fall outside the HEM including; rent, groceries, clothing/personal care, education, insurances, investment properties, transport, telecoms/streaming, childrecare, medical, entertainment, own property maintenance, and any other regular expenses.
  • Review any bank account (cheque or savings accounts) or credit card statements to confirm your self assessment.
  • Either accept or adjust your stated expenses to match your bank account history.
  • Take the higher of the above living expense assessment methods to calculate your living expenses.

What do I need to know about my credit score?

Your credit score is an automatic, computer-generated assessment of the risk of your loan application. Each bank or lender has a different way of calculating credit scores but your credit history with Equifax (including your Equifax Score) is the single most important factor that lenders will take into account when deciding whether or not to grant you a home loan. The number, or ‘score, you have on your Equifax Score compares you as a borrower to the rest of the Australian population. Your Equifax Score is ultimately a score of all the details of your credit file including;

  • basic personal information including employment,
  • type of credit provider you applied with,
  • the nature of the credit or loan,
  • credit enquiries,
  • shopping pattern,
  • loan defaults,
  • court writs,
  • court judgments (with creditors),
  • Bankruptcy history, and use of Buy now pay later services.

How does a construction loan differ from a traditional home loan?

Banks and lenders offer three common types of loans for traditional home loans to buy an established property including a standard variable loan, fixed rate loan, or split rate loan. However, if you are building your home, an entirely different loan is required. A construction loan is a loan that allows you to progressively draw money throughout the construction process to pay the builder, while only paying interest on the amount you use.

When will I be required to make payments on my new home build?

As mentioned, a construction loan allows you to draw money down from the loan to make progress payments as each stage of construction is completed. The first progress payment is due once your slab is poured.

At New Generation you have a direct line of communication to your Construction Supervisor who will update you on these stages as well as keep your Customer Portal up-to-date so you know when these payments are due. Your team will help take care of these progress payments with you. The way payments are divided are below, please note this is an example only.

Slab poured = 10% of the contract value
Walls up = 30% of the contract value
Roof on = 20% of the contract value
Lock up = 20% of the contract value
Practical completion = Final payment is made and 100% of the contract value is now fulfilled and full repayments begin.

Am I eligible for a first homeowners grant (FHOG)?

The First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) is a one-off $10,000 payment from the WA Government to help you buy or build your first home. You can buy an existing home, an off-the-plan home, or house and land package. (Just a note, if you’re buying an off-the-plan home or building a new home in Perth, the maximum you can spend if you want to receive the FHOG is $750,000.) There’s some FHOG criteria you’ll need to meet, but it’s very straightforward. New Generation Homes is an FHOG-approved builder. This means we can help you apply and assist with the paperwork as well as decode all the fine print.

What can be used to show ‘genuine savings’?

Many mainstream lenders may want to see a minimum of 5% in genuine savings as part of your home loan deposit. This shows you have good money discipline and will aid lenders in their assessment of your home loan application. Examples of genuine savings include:

A bank account showing money you have saved up over time that you have made regular contributions towards – generally for over 6 months.
Stocks and shares can often be considered genuine savings if they have been held for at least six months.

Recently, some lenders are accepting the act of paying rent as proof of genuine savings. If you have been renting for more than 3 months (generally over 12 months) and have been diligently paying rent on time with no issues, you might be able to tick the ‘genuine savings’ box.

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