Australia’s peak property body is lobbying the government to provide a
$50,000 grant to buyers of newly constructed dwellings.
The Property Council of Australia has proposed the ‘New Home Boost’ grant as
part of its seven‐point plan to the National Cabinet for kickstarting
construction and the economy.
Buyers of newly built homes would receive a $50,000 incentive from the
Morrison government under a $2.5 billion plan from the Property Council.
The property council estimates that the $50,000 “new home boost” for buyers
of new housing, would stimulate the construction of 50,000 dwellings and
support 200,000 jobs.
It would dwarf the $7,000 to $21,000 first home‐owner grants on new
buildings during the global financial crisis.
The program would run for 12 months (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021) and be
limited to only the first 50,000 properties. There would be no cap on the
value of the home. It would be available to all types of buyers (not just first
Step #1: Ensure all your documentation is in place
The first stage would be to ensure that you get your financial matters in order
i.e. pay slips, tax returns, any outstanding compliance matters, pay summary
from the last 2 years, driver’s license and the address on the back of the
drivers’ license or the correct one if you have recently moved.
As the first few things are set in place, then the next step can start pretty
Step #2: Interview with Mortgage Broker
The next step would be an interview with your mortgage broker or lender. This
generally comprises of information gathering on addresses, pay
information, your savings history, so that all that data is captured accurately.
Get an idea of your borrowing capacity and funding position.
Step #3: Determine the strategy.
If you are an existing property owner, are you able to re‐finance? Is your
current Home loan fixed or variable? Knowing these basic facts will enable you
to be in the best position to get ready so that you have control.
If you are a first home buyer, consider getting a pre‐approval from the finance
provider of your choice.
Do you need to adjust your finances to meet the funding position and
borrowing capacity requirements?
There are several strategies that can apply to help you make an informed
decision. Discuss these with your broker.
Step #4: Get ready to purchase.
If it is a multi‐part strategy, take action now on the steps that can be
completed e.g. re‐finance on more favourable terms that meet your objectives.
If you are a first home buyer, make the changes necessary to be ready for
purchase. Seek a pre‐ approval.
Here, you decide if you are ready to purchase.
Step #5: Identify a house to buy
Find a balance between the lifestyle you want and what you can comfortably
Know why you’re buying.
Reflect on why you want to buy. Are you planning to grow your family? If you
are buying with a partner, talk about this together. Being clear about why you
are buying helps narrow down your property search.
Consider your must‐haves and nice‐to‐haves.
Make a list of your:
• ‘must‐haves’ (can’t do without), e.g. property size, layout, public
• ‘nice‐to‐haves’ (could do without for now), e.g. design, fittings, outdoor
Focusing on your must‐haves will help you prioritise the things that matter
most in the decision‐making process.
Stick to your price range. If you have been pre‐approved for $500,000, don’t
waste time looking at properties advertised at $600,000. If your ideal suburb is
outside your price range, keep an open mind about where to look.
Do your research. Look online, talk to real estate agents, go to property
inspections and explore what’s on offer. Pace yourself — your search could
Step #6: Know the steps of getting a home loan as per the terms of your
chosen lender and the criteria of the $50,000 grant.
Your broker will seek to find out how much knowledge you may have around
home loans so that they can guide you and educate you about the process and
The broker can explain the different types of loans, offset accounts, interest
rates and many things like that. You can go through the product comparison
and choose your lender and terms.
Step #7: Be alert, when the proposal is approved. Buy only after checking
with your broker and solicitor!
Identify a property within your budget. Check that you meet the criteria for the
Engage a solicitor to check the contract of sale before you sign. Be aware of all
the conditions in your contract of sale, stamp duty and the settlement terms.
Make an offer!
Submit an application for the loan to the lender and finalise the loan.
Purchase building and contents Insurance. Settle on the property and move in
or rent 😊
Manage your cashflow and stay on track with your repayments.