New First Home Buyer Benefits – The First Home Super Saver Scheme

It was announced in the 2017/18 Federal Budget that eligible first home purchasers will be able to use the advantages of super to save for their home deposit.

The First Home Super Saver Scheme

The Government is allowing first home buyers to make voluntary contributions into super in order to save for a home.

First Home Buyers will be allowed to contribute up to $15,000 per financial year and $30,000 (over two years) in total from 1 July 2017.

From 1 July 2018 First Home Buyers will be able to apply to withdraw any voluntary contributions that they have made to their super for a deposit on their first home. The maximum amount that can be released from super is $30,000.00 of personal contributions, plus an associated deemed earnings amount.

There are many benefits, one of which is that by making these contributions by salary sacrifice, it may allow people to generate savings using super’s concessional tax rates.
Any withdrawals from a super fund will be subject to approval from the Australian Tax Office and will be taxed at the relevant marginal tax rate, less a 30% tax offset.

Time to get saving for your first home!

Speak to your Super Fund or read more here

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/New-legislation/In-detail/Super/First-home-super-saving-scheme/

New Swimming Pool Requirements

If you are selling a property with a Swimming Pool or Spa, you must now attach to your Contract for Sale one of the following documents which is less than 3 years old:-

  • Certificate of Compliance
  • Relevant Occupation Certificate together with evidence that the pool is registered
  • Certificate of non-compliance

If you do not attach the correct documentation to your Contract for Sale then the buyer may rescind the Contract within 14 days of exchange, unless settlement has already occurred.

The 29th of April 2016 was the deadline to comply with the additional requirement.

If a Certificate of non-compliance is attached to the Contract, this transfers to the buyer the sellers obligation to obtain a Certificate of Compliance. The buyer has 90 days from the date of settlement to rectify defects listed in the Certificate and obtain a Certificate of Compliance.

If you own a property with a Swimming Pool or Spa you should contact your local council to arrange a compliance inspection, or find a private swimming pool certifier listed on the NSW Swimming Pool Register website.

http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/

Property Grants available in 2016

Property Grants available in 2016

If you are wanting to buy a new home in 2016, then there may be some property grants that could help you achieve this dream! The year has started with new legislation on how real estate agents can market properties, which is designed to make it easier for you to understand the expected sale price of homes, and interest rates have remained steady at very low rates.

There are currently three grants available in 2016 which you may be eligible for, to help you on your way to buying your first new home, or a brand new investment property.

First Home Buyers who buy a brand new home, or a vacant block of land to build your first home, can apply for free stamp duty, and a $10,000 Grant.

If you are buying a brand new home, or a vacant block of land on which a new home will be built, there is a $5000 New Home Grant – this is available regardless of whether you are buying another home, upgrading, downsizing or buying an investment property.

First Home – New Home scheme
Exemption or Concession from Stamp Duty

First Home Buyers purchasing a brand new home under $550,000 can apply for an exemption from Stamp Duty, or if the purchase price is between $550,000 and $650,000 you can apply for a discount on your Stamp Duty.

If you are buying a vacant block of residential land to build your first home for under $350,000 you can apply for an exemption from Stamp Duty, or if the purchase price is between $350,000 and $450,000 you can apply for a discount on your Stamp Duty.

First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) scheme
$10,000 Grant

First Home Buyers purchasing a brand new home, or vacant block of residential land to build your first home for under $750,000 can apply for the $10,000 First Home Owner Grant (New Homes).

To be eligible for the “First Home – New Home Scheme”, or “First Home Owner Grant” above:

  • at least one buyer must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • the agreement must be for the purchase of the whole property
  • you must be a natural person (not a company or trust)
  • you must be over 18 years old
  • the home is a brand new home
  • you or your partner have not previously owned property in any form in Australia
  • at least one purchaser must occupy the home within 12 months and needs to live in the home for a continuous period of at least 6 months.

New Home Grant scheme
$5,000 Grant

If you are purchasing a brand new home (including “off the plan”), or vacant land on which a new home will be built then you can apply for the $5,000 New Home Grant. The Grant is paid by reducing your Stamp Duty costs, and if there is any money left over, then this would be paid to you by cheque.

You can apply for the Grant more than once, but it is limited to once per financial year. You can be a natural person, a company or trustee of a trust, and the grant is available to investors as well as owner occupiers.

To be eligible for the New Home Grant:

  • Applications must be made within 3 months of the date of exchange of Contracts.
  • The value of the new home must not exceed $650,000 and the value of vacant land must not exceed $450,000.
  • For vacant land, construction of the home (by way of laying foundations), must commence within 26 weeks after settlement of the purchase. However, there is no limit on the time of construction.
  • You must be an Australian citizen, Australian resident or an Australian-owned body.

The above information has been simplified to make it easier to understand. There are however, firm requirements that must be met to be eligible for each benefit so if you would like to know more please contact the Office of State Revenue http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/contact or I would love to hear from you.

 
Helpful Link

http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/grants

Property Grants available in 2015

2015 is off to a strong start in the property market!
Sales are up and interest rates are at a 60 year low. It may be the perfect time for you to start your property portfolio and buy an investment property, or even build your first home.

There are a number of grants that are available in 2015 which you may be eligible for to help you on your way. If you are a First Home Buyer looking to buy a brand new home, or a vacant block of land to build your first home, you can apply for free stamp duty, and a $15,000 Grant. Whether you are upgrading, downsizing or an investor, for people buying a brand new home, or a vacant block of land on which a new home will be built, there is a $5000 New Home Grant available.

First Home – New Home scheme – Exemption or Concession from Stamp Duty
First Home Buyers purchasing a brand new home under $550,000 can apply for an exemption from Stamp Duty, or if the purchase price is between $550,000 and $650,000 you can apply for a discount on your Stamp Duty.
If you are buying a vacant block of residential land to build your first home for under $350,000 you can apply for an exemption from Stamp Duty, or if the purchase price is between $350,000 and $450,000 you can apply for a discount on your Stamp Duty.

First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) scheme – $15,000 Grant
First Home Buyers purchasing a brand new home, or vacant block of residential land to build your first home for under $750,000 can apply for the $15,000 First Home Owner Grant (New Homes). This will reduce to $10,000 on 1 January 2016.

To be eligible for the “First Home – New Home Scheme”, or “First Home Owner Grant” above:

  • at least one buyer must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • the agreement must be for the purchase of the whole property
  • you must be a natural person (not a company or trust)
  • you must be over 18
  • the home is a brand new home
  • you or your partner have not previously owned property in any form in Australia
  • at least one purchaser must occupy the home within 12 months and needs to live in the home for a continuous period of at least 6 months.

New Home Grant scheme – $5,000 Grant
If you are purchasing a brand new home (including “off the plan”), or vacant land on which a new home will be built then you can apply for the $5,000 New Home Grant. The Grant is paid by reducing your Stamp Duty costs, and if there is any money left over, then this would be paid to you by cheque.

You can apply for the Grant more than once, but it is limited to once per financial year. You can be a natural person, a company or trustee of a trust, and the grant is available to investors as well as owner occupiers. To be eligible for the New Home Grant:

  • Applications must be made within 3 months of the date of exchange of Contracts.
  • The value of the new home must not exceed $650,000 and the value of vacant land must not exceed $450,000.
  • For vacant land, construction of the home (by way of laying foundations), must commence within 26 weeks after settlement of the purchase. However, there is no limit on the time of construction.
  • You must be an Australian citizen, Australian resident or an Australian-owned body.

The above information has been simplified to make it easier to understand. There are however, firm requirements that must be met to be eligible for each benefit so if you would like to know more please contact the Office of State Revenue or I would love to hear from you.

Helpful Link
http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/grants

First Home Saver Accounts Abolished

First Home Owner Saver Accounts have been abolished by the Federal Government in the new budget handed down this week.

Federal Treasurer Mr Joe Hockey MP has said that the scheme “had limited effectiveness in improving housing affordability due to the low take up of the accounts…”

The announcement is effective immediately and any new accounts opened after 13 May 2014 will not be eligible for the Federal Government co-contribution, or any tax or social security concessions.

This is expected to result in savings of around $125 M over the next four years.

No other benefits for First Home Buyers were announced in the budget.