Helping more Hawthorn locals buy their own home

The Victorian Government is helping more locals in Hawthorn to buy their own home with the launch of the Victorian Homebuyer Fund (VHF).

The Government announced the $500 million VHF today, which is expected to support more than 3,000 Victorians become homeowners.

The VHF shared equity arrangement reduces the amount of money eligible participants need to enter the property market and relieves Victorian homebuyers from the extra financial burden of Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance.

It is an expansion of the Government’s successful $50 million HomesVic Shared Equity Initiative, a pilot program that supported more than 335 households to buy their first home.

Eligibility criteria under the VHF will be broader than the HomesVic pilot, making shared equity accessible to more Victorians. Under the new scheme, they no longer need to be first home buyers, can buy in a broader range of locations and can have higher household incomes than compared to the earlier pilot.

The VHF is available to Australian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18 years, who currently don’t have an interest in a property and who meet the income thresholds.

Eligible participants only require a 5 per cent deposit and the Government provides up to 25 per cent of the purchase price, in exchange for an equivalent share in the property. Further information is available at

Quotes attributable to Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy

“Again and again young residents of Hawthorn have told me about their struggle to buy a home and the State Government is taking action to support young homebuyers.”

“Make no mistake, housing affordability is one of the most significant issues today. I want every young person to be able to turn their dream of home ownership into reality. The Victorian Homebuyer Fund is an innovative way of helping prospective homebuyers to achieve this dream.”

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