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20 Apr, 2021
4 Ways that First Home Buyers can get into the Sydney Property Market
Getting into the Sydney property market can be difficult for first home buyers especially with property prices making their largest increase since 2003, an average 5.43% increase year on year (CoreLogic, March 2021). But, not all hope is lost as there are plenty of other ways that buyers can get their first property.
Let’s take a look at what these options are:
1. First Home Owner Grant
First home buyers who are buying or building a brand new home, may be eligible for a $10,000 grant under the First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) scheme.
In NSW, you can make a claim for the First Home Owner Grant if you purchase:
A newly constructed home or a substantially renovated home has a total value of less than $600,000
Land for building and any dwelling you intend to build has a combined value of less than $750,000.
Some requirements include:
The purchase date was on or after 1 January 2016
You must be over 18 and an individual, not a company or trust.
You, or at least one person you’re buying with, must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
First home buyers may be eligible for a full or partial exemption on transfer duty when purchasing an existing home, new home, or vacant land on which they intend to build.
Once known as stamp duty, transfer duty must be paid when you buy a property whether for yourself or as an investment, or even commercial, vacant land, or a business that includes land. It must also be paid if you acquire land or interest in land without buying it.
See the table below to see the purchase price thresholds to be eligible for this scheme.
3. First Home Loan Deposit Scheme
An Australian Government initiative, The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) aims to support eligible first home buyers to build or purchase a new home sooner – with as little as 5% deposit!
You must enter a contract of sale and/or building contract within the 90 day pre-approval period. In simple terms, you must exchange contracts within 90 days of receiving your place in this scheme. Here at St Trinity, we have a number of properties we know you will love if you are worried about not fulfilling this requirement. Take a look at them here.
The First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSS) allows you to save money for your first home inside your super fund. The current contribution maximum is $30,000, but the 2021/2022 budget should now enable you to make contributions of up to $50,000 to your super fund to use for a deposit when purchasing your first home.
It’s important to note that you need to ensure to request for your contributions to be released once you are starting to look for a property and must be approved prior to signing a contract. The approval process may take between 15 & 25 business days, so ensure you leave yourself enough time.
Now that you know what the difference is between different financial schemes that support first home buyers, what are the different types of properties that you can invest in?
Off the plan property – These are properties that first home buyers can purchase prior to construction, with several advantages including; purchasing the property at a fixed price, smaller deposit required compared to established properties, stamp duty exemptions, and concessions.
Building property – These are properties you are effectively involved in the process from start to finish and can often choose your features & finishes.
Established property – These are apartments, houses, and townhouses that have already been built. Purchasing existing property can often limit the number of government grants first home buyers are eligible to apply for.
If you are a first home buyer looking to enter the Sydney property marketing, St Trinity is here to help you Start Something! Contact our experienced & helpful team who can guide and assist you through the entire process – Enquire below or call us today on (02) 9099 3464.
*The information contained in this news page is general and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation, or needs. You should consider whether the advice is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.
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