Credit Union SA opens doors for first home buyers with $5,000 grant
Article by Kelly Emmerton
South Australian real estate hopefuls are one step closer to entering the competitive housing market after Credit Union SA announced a new market-leading first home buyers grant.
Changes to the SA Government’s First Home Owner Grants in 2014 made securing funds for a first home purchase harder for buyers as it no longer applied to established properties. But Grant Strawbridge, CEO of Credit Union SA hopes the customer-owned institution’s $5,000 grant can help to alleviate financial pressures on potential buyers.
“The first home buyer segment represents about 15% of all loan settlements in South Australia annually, and this ongoing opportunity offers this group a practical way to help them into their own home,” he said.
The $5,000 cashback offer is available to first home buyers taking out a mortgage of at least $200,000 with Credit Union SA. On top of the cash back incentive, Credit Union SA customers can also take advantage of low variable rates starting from 4.20%.
Strawbridge suggested the grant might renew borrower interest by making it easier to enter the market, and ultimately, strengthen the entire South Australian economy.
“This is the biggest purchase that most of us will ever make, and our $5,000 First Home Buyers Grant allows people to be informed and in control of this major investment decision in the property market,” he said.