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How to save with SA’s first home buyer grants

So you’re thinking of buying your first home? An exciting move, and we’re here for you every step of the way with the latest info and tips. Yes, there’s some lingo to wrap your head around, but before long, you’ll be on top of everything from variable interest rates to offset accounts.

If you’re buying or building a home for the first time in South Australia, you could be eligible for financial help from the state government, bringing your dream of getting into the property market that much closer.

SA doesn’t offer stamp duty concessions but there is an assistance program if you’re buying your first home:

1. First Home Owner Grant (FHOG)

If you’re buying or building a new home in SA, you could receive a $15,000 grant.

Who can access it?

First home buyers of a new home with a price of $575,000 or less.
 

Are you eligible for the First Home Owner Grant?

  • You must be 18 or over at the date of the contract.
  • At least one of the first home buyers must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must be an individual, not a company or trust.
  • You and your spouse or partner must never have owned or co-owned residential property in Australia. (If you bought an investment property on or after 1 July 2000 and have never occupied it for a continuous period of six months or more, you may be eligible.)
  • You and your spouse or partner must never have received a first home buyer grant in Australia.
  • You or one of the other first home buyers must move into the new home as your principal place of residence within 12 months of buying the property and live there for at least 6 continuous months. Australian Defence Force personnel may be exempt from this rule when they apply in writing to RevenueSA.
     

How it works

To qualify for this grant, you must be buying or building your first new home. This includes:

  • A newly built first property, such as a house, flat, townhouse or apartment, that meets local planning standards anywhere in South Australia. A new home means a house that has not been previously occupied or sold as a place of residence.
  • A substantially renovated home. This means most or all of the house has been removed or replaced and it must be the first time it has been sold as a new residential premise.
  • A land and building package
  • Vacant land on which you’ll build a new home.
     

How to apply for your FHOG

If you’re applying for the FHOG through an approved agent (your lender, which can be a bank or other financial institution), they’ll lodge the application form on your behalf  – you just need to have signed it and had it witnessed.

If you’re applying for the FHOG directly to RevenueSA, go to revenuesa.sa.gov.au for the application form and the details. You’ll need to lodge your application within 12 months of settlement or completion of construction.

 

As always, we’re here to help.

Call us on 13 13 76 to talk with a BankSA home loan expert.

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