New Grant to Help Local First Home Owners and Construction Industry
Pine Rivers and Kallangur first home buyers and the construction industry are set to benefit from the most generous ongoing first home owner grant in Australia in the Newman Government's first budget.
Mr Seath Holswich MP, Member for Pine Rivers, said first home buyers would receive $15,000 - up from $7,000 - when purchasing a newly constructed home or property off the plan, under the re-shaped First Home Owner Construction Grant (formerly First Home Owner Grant).
"This new grant will benefit first home buyers and give the local construction industry a much needed boost," Mr Holswich said.
"First home owners buying a newly constructed or off-the-plan property who sign a contract on or after September 12 will receive $15,000, a great head start on paying off their mortgage."
Mr Trevor Ruthenberg MP, Member for Kallangur, said this generous grant was aimed at making home ownership more affordable.
"We've already wiped $7,000 off the cost of buying the family home by reinstating the principal place of residence transfer duty concession," Mr Ruthenberg said.
The local construction industry is also set to benefit from the targeted and ongoing initiative.
"The construction industry is one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy, along with tourism, agriculture and resources," Mr Ruthenberg said.
"It is a major job generator and important to our local economy and the First Home Owners Construction Grant will help get the sector powering along again."
Facts - FHOCG
• The Newman Government's First Home Owner Construction Grant (FHOCG) is worth $15,000
The following eligibility criteria still apply:
• It must become your principal place of residence within one year of taking ownership