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Getting on the property ladder.

Preparing yourself for buying a home well before you start shopping around is the best way to set yourself up for financial success.

Do you know if you are ready to set foot on the first rung of the property ladder? There are many factors to include from budget, savings, money management right through to grants & schemes.

If you have questions, continue reading…

Understanding your financials before searching for a home

When looking to take on a substantial loan like a home loan, its always smart to be prepared. Starting positive spending and saving habits before applying will ensure you are experienced at managing your money and covering your monthly expenses.

Getting a firm grip on your finances is important to ensure that you’re ready for such a major financial reprioritisation.

Before you start attending ‘Open Houses’, you will need to understand what your price limit is and how much you can afford by analysing your budget. 

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First Home Owners Grant

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You might be able to apply for the First Home Owner Grant, which helps Australians to get the funds they need to buy, or build their first home.

For more information about the First Home Owner Grant, from what it is, to the eligibility criteria, what the differences are in each state, how much you could receive, and when the grant gets paid, we have included helpful links below.

If you would like more information on how one of our team can help you, speak to us today!

The First Home Owners’ Grant is a state government initiative to help first home owners to get their new first home sooner.

If your contract is dated 1 July 2018 or later, you can get $15,000 towards buying or building your new house, unit or townhouse (valued at less than $750,000). The grant is paid per new home; not to each of the applicants for the same home.

For more information on the First Home Owners Grant, contact us today.

If you meet the First Home Owners Grant criteria, you might be eligible for a first home owner grant. We have listed some of the key points of the criteria  below.

Unless you are an owner builder, you must have a signed contract to buy or build your first home before applying.


You (and any co-applicants for the grant) are natural persons aged 18 years or older.

New home

The home you are buying or building must be new and valued less than $750,000 (including land).

A new home is a brand new dwelling (e.g. house, unit, duplex, townhouse, granny flat built on a relative’s land) that has not been previously occupied as a place of residence or sold as a place of residence.

The grant may also be available for:

  • established homes that have undergone substantial renovations before you bought the house
  • homes that have been moved from one site to another, as long as the home has not been occupied since being fixed to the new site (including kit homes, manufactured homes).


You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (or applying with someone who is).

If you are applying for the grant as a joint applicant—for example, you are not a permanent resident but your spouse is an Australian citizen—you may be eligible for the grant if you meet the other eligibility requirements.

A permanent resident holds a permanent visa, or is a New Zealand citizen with a special category visa, as defined by the Migration Act 1958 (Cwlth).

A New Zealand citizen with a special category visa must have a current New Zealand passport to be a permanent resident.

You can check if your visa is permanent or temporary by clicking on its subclass in the visa list.

For more information on the First Home Owners Grant, contact us today.

Anyone who will own any part of your new home must be included on the original application for a first home owner grant. You only need one application for your new home, regardless of the number of applicants, because one grant is payable per new home.

If you have a spouse, they must be included on the application—either as an applicant or non-applicant spouse.

You must submit the original application and it must be:

  • signed by all applicants
  • witnessed
  • completed in full
  • accompanied by supporting documentation (e.g. proof of identity, contract, final inspection certificate).

The application form has a checklist of what you need to supply. For more information on the First Home Owners Grant, contact us today.

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