First (and Smartest) Home Owners Grant

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Soo over renting?
The $10k FHOG’s sooo ready to help. 

“I’m finally getting out of my dingy share house and into my own place.” If you’ve put these words out into the Universe of late (it’s all about manifesting your reality, right?!) you’ve probs heard something like this in return. “Can you get the first home owners grant?”

It’s the first question everyone asks (even the Universe) when you start looking for your first home. Sooo let’s talk FHOG.

  • Are you eligible?
  • What do you even get?
  • Is it better to buy established or build?

We’re here to answer all of your First Home Owners Grant Q’s so you can start making the important decisions, like walk-ins or twin shower. 

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Cheat sheet: First Home Owners Grant Perth

Okay all you Perth peeps out there, time to get the cheat-sheet on all things FHOG. Basically, it’s a one-off payment from the State Government to help first home buyers get into their own home. If you build a new home, you get $10,000 which you NEVER need to pay back. It becomes part of your investment forever. Forever ever? Forever ever! Also, you can spend up to $750,000 on your new pad and still be eligible for the grant. 

E is for effort (and eligibility)

You don’t need an A+ in calculus to know that a first home grant can get you into your palace sooner (and smarter). You also don’t need maths smarts to check if you’re eligible – save those smarts for calculating how much discount you can get on Uber Eats every time you create a new account and ‘invite a friend’.

A few more FHOG eligibility deets:

  • Be a real life person (no trusts or businesses)
  • Aged over 18 years old
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have never owned a residential property in Australia
  • Have never received the FHOG grant previously in Australia (note: this includes your partner/spouse too)
  • Live in your new home for a continuous period of at least six months within the first year, annnnd
  • Select a House & Land package valued at or under 750k

If all seven of these smarts align for you, congrats! If in doubt, our in-house finance smarties, Loan Co, will help you out. You’ll receive your FHOG payment at the date of settlement. *champagne pops, balloons drop from ceiling.*

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First home owners grant WA (Wardrobe vs alfresco)

We stand by what we said earlier, TAKE IT ALL. Once you have your FHOG locked and loaded, it’s time to design! Okay, you can start designing as soon as the mood strikes but it’s a little sweeter when you know that you have $10k on your side and a budget to work with. Unlike that mate you know that bought established, you’re not stuck with the anything that’s not 100% dreamy like dirty grout, sloping ceilings, missing built-in wardrobes. Y-uckk.

Even our smartest homes under $200k wouldn’t dare ask you to compromise on must-haves like an alfresco and the wardrobe of your dreams. But, when you buy an established home you’re pretty much stuck with the home you get – who can afford structural renos when you’ve just bought a house!? When you choose to build, of course you get $10k but you also get to design the home you’ve been manifesting. iDesign it into reality right now, the Universe will wait … but not too long 😉

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First Home Owner Grant FAQ

Here’s a few As to some Qs you may have. If your FHOG question’s not here, give us a call or we can chat it out on Live Chat

Am I eligible for the First Home Owners Grant?

Maybe baby. To be eligible you simply need to be:

  • Be a real life person (no trusts or businesses)
  • Aged over 18 years old
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have never owned a residential property in Australia
  • Have never received the FHOG grant previously in Australia (note: this includes your
    partner/spouse too)
  • Live in your new home for a continuous period of at least six months within the first
    year, annnnd
  • Select a House & Land package valued at or under 750k

Sound like you? Our enquiry form is tucked below *hint hint*.

How much is the First Home Owners Grant worth?

The First Home Owner Grant’s value varies between states and territories. In Western Australia (WA) its worth $10,000.

Is there a cap on the First Home Owners Grant?

Sure is. You’ll have to stick to house & land packages with a total value of under $750,000. Which, with our affordable houses & bountiful industry contacts is easily (easily!) done.

Can my partner and I both claim the First Home Owners Grant?

Unfortunately, no. The government considers this double dipping (boo) so only one person per couple can receive the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG). This means if your partner or spouse has previously received it in any Australian state or territory (not just WA), and they are listed on your new home’s contract you’ll not be able to claim the FHOG.

Can I use the First Home Owners Grant as part of the deposit?

You sure can! However, the First Home Owners Grant’s 10K *might* not be large enough to cover the minimum deposit required for most properties, so additional savings may be needed. Our in-house finance smarties, Loan Co, will be able to tell you fo’ sure.

How do I apply for the First Home Owners Grant?

You can apply for your First Home Owners Grant at the same time as your home loan application. Don’t worry, it’s not as scary or stress as it sounds. Our team of in-house finance* smarties, Loan Co, can help you with both. Including, taking care of the paperwork.

* The new government stimulus on residential housing is subject to terms and conditions, with eligibility criteria applying. Please contact us for further information.

Can I claim the First Home Owners Grant’s 10K

If you’ve scrolled this far it’s likely! Provide your deets below and our in-house finance* smarties will run the numbers and let you know if you qualify for a the Gov’s FREE $10,000 First Home Owners Grant (FHOG), and all the other grants for that matter.

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