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FLISP: Qualify, apply, and own a home in 2024

If you're a low-income earner, homeownership is possible thanks to First Home Finance (formerly FLISP), a government subsidy aimed at first-time home buyers.


Article summary

  • First Home Finance (formerly known as FLISP) is a government subsidy aimed at low-income home buyers.
  • If your income ranges from R3 501 to R22 000 per month, you may qualify for this subsidy.
  • The subsidy, which ranges from R38,878 to R169,264 depending on your income, dramatically improves your chances of home loan approval.
  • You can apply online in a matter of minutes with ooba Home Loans.

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, it’s worth applying for First Home Finance (formerly known as FLISP).

This government subsidy makes homeownership a reality for people in a lower income bracket.

Qualifying for First Home Finance will:

  • Make it easier to afford a home loan.
  • Make the bank more likely to grant your home loan application.

How do I apply for First Home Finance?

The application is quick and easy. Simply apply online with ooba Home Loans. You can fill in the form online and we will submit it on your behalf and monitor the progress of your application so we can update you as needed.

Apply for the subsidy with ooba Home Loans.
The process is as follows:

  • Submit the home loan application.
  • Fill in the form on our website.
  • After you’ve filled in the form, an ooba Home Loans consultant will get in touch to determine that you fit the profile for a First Home Finance subsidy.
  • The consultant completes and submits the prequalification form.
  • The outcome is reported to the buyer.

Note The application process should take around 7 days.

Do I qualify for First Home Finance?

The qualification criteria are as follows:

  • Your income must range from R3 501 to R22 000 per month.
  • You must be a South African citizen with permanent residency in South Africa.
  • You must not have received a government housing subsidy before.
  • You must be married or cohabiting OR single with financial dependents.
  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • You must not have owned a fixed residential property before.

How much is the First Home Finance subsidy?

The subsidy ranges from R38 878 to R169 264, depending on your income. The lower your income, the higher the subsidy.

What can I do with the subsidy?

You can:

  • Use the subsidy as a deposit.
  • Pay the subsidy toward your home loan, reducing your monthly repayments and home loan term.

Can I use the subsidy to build a home?

You can indeed.

Who provides the subsidy?

The National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) distributes funds to qualified applicants, according to the budget granted to them by the government.

What documents do I need to apply for First Home Finance?

  • RSA bar-coded Identity Document (ID)
  • Bar-coded Permanent Residence Permit (where applicable)
  • Birth Certificates/RSA IDs of all financial dependants (where
  • applicable)
  • Proof of Foster Children Guardianship (where applicable)
  • Marriage Certificate, Civil Union Certificate or Cohabiting Affidavit,
  • Proof of Partnership (where applicable)
  • Divorce Settlement (where applicable)
  • Spouse’s Death Certificate (where applicable)
  • Proof of Monthly Income
  • Home Loan Approval in Principle/Grant letter from an accredited
  • Lender
  • Agreement of sale for the residential property
  • Building Contract and Approved Building Plan (where applicable)

Can I apply for a home loan at the same time

You can do exactly that with ooba Home Loans. We submit your application to multiple banks so that you can compare deals and choose the best one.

This, in addition to qualifying for the First Home Finance subsidy, will grant you a high chance of approval.

What happens to my home loan application if I don’t qualify for First Home Finance?

Your application still goes ahead, and you still have a good chance of approval due to applying to multiple banks.

Are you interested in applying for First Home Finance (formerly known as FLISP)? Get all your questions answered, such as whether you qualify, how to apply and how First Home Finance can be used to acquire your first home.

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