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09 May 2023

Changes to First Home Grant and First Home Loan – May 2023

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This Insight is an update to our blog on “Getting on the Property Ladder – Changes to Kainga Ora First Home Grant” and “Budget 2022 – what does this mean as a first home buyer?”

The Government has announced changes to both the First Home Grant and First Home Loan schemes.  These are to take effect from 15 May 2023 and 1 June 2023 respectively.

First Home Grant – Property Price

  • First Home Grant home price caps will be adjusted in 37 areas around the country.

  • In the Christchurch area, including Waimakariri District, Christchurch City and Selwyn District, the limit has been slightly increased from $550,000.00 to $575,000.00 for existing properties, and from $750,000.00 to $775,000.00 for brand new properties.

  • There is no change to the house price caps in the urban Auckland, Wellington or Dunedin areas.

  • The minimum new build house price cap for the First Home Grant will be lifted from $500,000.00 to $650,000.00, to reflect the rising cost of construction.  This change will mainly impact smaller regional areas with relatively low property prices.

 First Home Loan

With a First Home Loan, which are available through certain banks, you will only need a 5% deposit.  As a condition of a First Home Loan, a fee known as an insurance premium is payable by the borrowers.  From 1 June 2023, this fee will halve, from 1% of the value of the loan to 0.5%.

By way of an example, if you were to borrow $500,000.00 through a First Home Loan provider, currently there would be an insurance premium of 1% ($5,000.00) payable.  This would mean you would have access to $495,000.00 towards your purchase.  With these changes, with a $500,000.00 loan, the fee would reduce to $2,500.00, therefore giving you access to $497,500.00 towards your purchase.

We can help

For more information, or for help applying for the First Home Grant and/or the First Home Loans Deposit, please do not hesitate to contact our property and conveyancing team. 


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