Building your first home is a great way to get yourself onto the property ladder. However, one of the first decisions a first home buyer has to make is whether to build new or to buy an established house.
Here are 3 reasons why you should consider building your first home as opposed to buying an established house.
First home buyer grants
If you’re a first home buyer, there are fantastic government incentives to assist you with building your home. In Western Australia, eligible first home buyers are entitled to receive a one-off Government Grant of $10,000 for the construction of a new home.
As of 3 October 2015, first home owners purchasing an established home are no longer eligible for the first home owner grant, but may still be eligible for the first home owner rate of duty. For further information, please refer to the First Home Owner Rate of Duty fact sheet.
Stamp duty savings
When you build a new home, the stamp duty tax will only apply to the value of the land. Whilst for established homes, the stamp duty is calculated on the total value of the property.
First home buyers are entitled to a concessional rate and don’t need to pay stamp duty if the value of the land does not exceed $300,000, or if the value of the established house does not exceed $530,000. That means if you decide to build your first home, you will be more likely to save thousands of dollars on stamp duty tax.
For more information on stamp duty, see our “Stamp Duty First Home Buyer Facts”.
A first home built for you
One of the great things about building a new home is that you get to choose all the colours and fittings that represent your own taste and style. You can also choose the floorplan that works better for you and your day to day routine. You can have all the modern energy efficient features that will help you save money in the long-term. And more importantly, you get to move into a new home that translates your lifestyle from the outset, without the hassle and cost of renovating.