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APPLYING FOR A FIRST HOME OWNER'S GRANT IN QUEENSLAND

HOW TO APPLY FOR A FIRST HOME OWNER'S GRANT IN QUEENSLAND

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The Queensland Government offers a grant to first home buyers to purchase their first home sooner.

The grant may be from $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 however is only available if you are buying or building a new home. This home must be your first home purchase with a sale price that is less than $750,000.00.

In addition:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.

  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (or applying with someone that is)

You or your spouse must not have previously owned property in Australia that you/they lived in.

  • You can buy or build a new house, unit or townhouse

  • It can be off the plan or you can choose to build yourself

  • You must be buying or building a brand new home

  • The value of the home including the land must be less than $750,000.

  • You must move into the new home as your principal place of residence within 1 year of the completed transaction and live there continuously for 6 months.

You can click on the following site to check your eligibility for the First Home Owners Grant.

FIRST HOME OWNERS GRANT ELIGIBILITY

While this guide will explain applying for a first home owner grant, and your obligations after receiving it

APPLICATION GUIDE

BUYING PROPERTY IN A BRISBANE FLOOD ZONE

BUYING IN A POSSIBLE FLOOD ZONE IN BRISBANE

The Brisbane river has a history of significant flooding beyond it’s brown riverbanks. Many potential Buyers of real estate in Queensland will ask Horrocks Solicitors what they need to know about buying a house in a flood zone in Brisbane.

As Brisbane sits on flood plains the possibility of a future flooding is high; especially when you take into account that the highest recorded floods occurred as recently as 2011 and 1974, in addition to earlier floods throughout the last century.

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If you are concerned about the possibility of buying a property in a flood zone. You can make the following inquiries before you enter into a contract:

1. Flood Awareness Map / Brisbane City Council

The information in this map is sourced via flood studies conducted by the Brisbane City Council.

Click on the Flood Awareness Map and follow the links, it is important you read and

understand the conditions of use. This Map will give you a percentage likelihood of flooding

including details of the 1974 and 2011 floods.

>>> FLOOD AWARENESS MAP

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2. FloodWise Property Reports

FloodWise Property Reports show the risk and type of flooding at a specific property including estimated flood levels.

>>> FLOODWISE PROPERTY REPORTS

5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE BUYING A HOUSE

Before you take the leap and make what may become one the biggest purchases of your life there are a few pertinent questions to consider when buying a house.

Here are 5 important points you need to know before you sign a new house and land contract in Queensland:

5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE BUYING A HOUSE

  1. Do I have sufficient funds to complete the purchase and do I need to make the contract subject to finance approval?

  2. What are the legal costs for conveying the property into my name?

  3. What transfer duty and Titles Office registration fees will I have to pay?

  4. How old is the house and other improvements on the property; have they been approved and inspected by the local Council?

  5. Do I need to add any special conditions to the contract? for example: settlement subject to confirmation of Council approval and final inspections, sale of my property etc.

5 STEPS AFTER SIGNING A CONTRACT FOR BUYING A HOUSE

Once you’ve committed to the purchase and signed the contract here are 5 steps you need to take immediately

        1. pay any deposit when due

        2. send a copy of the signed contract to your financier to start the formal application for finance approval

        3. engage the services of a building inspector if the contract is subject to a building and pest inspection

        4. arrange for building insurance cover to start straight away if the property is a house

        5. engage the services of a solicitor to do the conveyancing for you

For professional service from Brisbane’s most experienced conveyancing solicitor John Horrocks contact Horrocks Solicitors today for a fixed fee quote or a free contact review. Phone 07 3013 2300 or email admin@rivercityconveyancing.com.au.

5 questions to ask when buying a house