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First Home Buyer Assistance Scheme

There are a lot of schemes which the Government keep on rolling out to ease out the financial burden of buying a home. If you are a first home buyer, this is a must read for you.

Under the First Home Buyer Assistance scheme (FHBAS), a first home buyer may get a concessional rate of transfer duty or even an exemption from paying the duty altogether.

It is different from the First Home Owner Grant.

The FHBAS applies to:

  • buying an existing home
  • buying a new home and
  • vacant land on which you intend to build a home.

The NSW Government recently announced increased thresholds for purchases of new homes and vacant land to build a new home from 1 August 2020.  The threshold for existing home purchases remains unchanged.

New Thresholds

Below is the new thresholds from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021:

New Homes

Buy a new home valued at less than $800,000, apply for a full exemption, and pay no transfer duty.

Buy a new home valued between $800,000 and $1 million, and apply for a concessional transfer duty rate. The amount will be based on the value of your home.

Existing Homes

Buy an existing home valued at less than $650,000, apply for a full exemption and pay no transfer duty.

Buy an existing home valued between $650,000 and $800,000, and apply for a concessional transfer duty rate. The amount will be based on the value of your home.

Vacant Land

You won’t pay transfer duty if your land is valued at less than $400,000.

For land valued between $400,000 and $500,000, you’ll receive a concessional rate.

How to Apply as a first home buyer

Once you have exchanged contracts with the previous owner you can apply for FHBAS by downloading and completing the following:

  1. First Home Buyers Assistance scheme application form and
  2. Purchaser/Transferee Declaration form (individual).

Then you need to lodge your application forms and supporting documents with your solicitor or conveyancer.

Eligibility for the FHBAS

  • The contract date must be on or after 1 July 2017 and must be for the whole property.
    Note: To be eligible for the increased transfer (stamp) duty threshold available between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021, the contract date must be on or after 1 August 2020 and on or before 31 July 2021.
  • You must be an individual, not a company or trust.
  • You must be over 18 years of age.
  • You, and your spouse or partner, must never have owned or co-owned residential property in Australia.
  • You, and your spouse or partner, must never have received an exemption or concession under this scheme.
  • At least one of the first home buyers must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Requirements for Living in the Property

You or one of the other first home buyers must

  • move into the new home within 12 months after buying the property and
  • live there for at least six continuous months.
    Note: If you’re a member of the Australian Defence Force when buying your first home and you and everyone you’re buying with is on the NSW electoral roll, you won’t have to meet these living requirements.

Definition of New Home

A new home is a home that has not been previously occupied or sold as a place of residence and includes a substantially renovated home and a home built to replace demolished premises.

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