First Home Owners' Grant - boosted to $20,000

It’s ending 30 June 2017!

If you have not owned a home before and are thinking about buying or building a new home in Queensland, you might want to act before 30 June 2017.

The Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant has been boosted to $20,000, but only until 30 June 2017. From 1 July this year, it will revert to $15,000.

In this week's 'The Counsel You Keep' - John Gallagher from Argon Law talks about the First Home Owners’ Grant, eligibility requirements and when you need to act to take advantage of the increased grant. 

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If you are a first home buyer and you are thinking about buying or building a new home you might want to act before 30 June 2017. 

The Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant has been boosted to $20,000, but only until 30 June 2017. From 1 July this year, it will revert to $15,000.

To be eligible for the First Home Owners’ Grant:

•    You must be buying or building a new home (a new home is a house, apartment, unit or townhouse and includes off-the-plan purchases) valued at less than $750,000;
•    You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (or applying with someone who is);
•    You or your spouse must not have previously owned property in Australia; and
•    You must be at least 18 years of age;

Importantly, the Contract to buy must be signed and dated before 30 June 2017.

There are ongoing eligibility requirements. You must move into the home as your principal place of residence within 1 year of completing the transaction and remain in the home for a continuous period of 6 months.

If you are eligible for the grant, you may also be eligible for the first home concession on transfer duty. Strict requirements and rules apply depending on whether you are purchasing a new home or vacant land to build a new home.

To find out if you are eligible for the First Home Owners’ Grant and/or duty concessions and when you should consider entering into a contract, contact us on 07 5443 9988 or [email protected].

Argon Law is a Sunshine Coast law firm based in Maroochydore.  We are commercial lawyers with many years of experience in property transactions and are eager to assist you in any way we can.
Always ensure you seek professional advice for your specific circumstances.  The above is not advice and is intended to be general in nature only.

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