Useful Info: FAQ'S

Full Ownership

  • Yes. Under the terms and conditions of the Offer to Borrow and the Keystart mortgage you are required to occupy the property as your principal place of residence. If there are particular circumstances that may require you to vacate the property for any length of time such as being transferred by your work or illness) you must contact Keystart to obtain permission.

  • Yes you can. Subsequent home buyers are eligible for up to $2,000 fee assistance which will be available to assist with any shortfall/fees. However you also need to have a 2% deposit, pay the stamp duty applicable and cover the cost of any fees not met by the fee assistance at settlement.

  • Keystart’s standard variable interest rate will apply and this is available here.

  • Keystart has undertaken a great deal of research to determine the income levels that assist the greatest number of West Australians into a reasonable standard of housing. These limits are continually reviewed and will be amended if our research finds that it is necessary. Keystart believes where banks or other financial lenders can provide assistance, it is a better finance option for clients.

  • If you currently have defaults, court writs or bankruptcy pending, Keystart cannot consider giving you a loan. However, depending on your situation we may be able to place you on our education program and through Financial Counsellors WA assist you in the longer term with a home loan.

    If your credit impairment has been paid we may be able to assist but terms and conditions apply.

  • Keystart has an education program we can place you on if you want to improve your eligibility for a home loan click here.

  • Unfortunately you cannot be considered for any Keystart products if you already own a property. Keystart assists people that do not have loan options and all Keystart products require the person to owner occupy the home for the life of the Keystart loan.

  • You can purchase an established property or build a new home through a registered builder.

  • Keystart can assist first home owners and subsequent home owners.

  • Keystart was set-up to help West Australians who might not qualify for a home loan from one of the traditional lenders into a home of their own.

Shared Ownership

  • Yes.

    If you wish to sell the property, a valuation will be conducted to determine the current market value and minimum sale price. The Housing Authority has the first option to purchase the property from you. If the Housing Authority does not take up this option, you can sell the property on the open market. Any capital improvements you have made to the property since the initial purchase will be credited to you and taken into consideration when calculating the value of the Housing Authority's share of the sale price.

  • Yes, you can increase your ownership in the property whenever you can afford to.

    As an incentive for borrowers to own as much of the property as soon as possible, stamp duty concessions apply on the share being purchased from the Housing Authority if it is bought within 10 years of the initial purchase.

    The minimum equity that you can buy at any time is five per cent, and statutory fees and charges will apply.

  • No, the Housing Authority does not charge rent or interest on the portion of the property it co-owns with you.

    You do need to pay all outgoings such as rates and maintenance on the property. The Housing Authority does not contribute towards these costs.

  • Whenever you wish to increase your ownership, the property will be independently valued and the value of the Housing Authority's share will be based on the market value of the property at that time. The market value of any capital improvements you have made to the property since the initial purchase will be credited to you and taken into consideration when calculating the value of the Housing Authority's share.

  • Keystart can assist first home owners and subsequent home owners.