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Unlocking Homeownership: Government's Revised First Home Owner Grant Opens Doors to Aspiring Homebuyers

The recent announcement by the government regarding changes to the first home owner grant marks a significant opportunity for aspiring homeowners. Effective for eligible transactions occurring between 20th November 2023 and 30th June 2025, these changes aim to facilitate greater accessibility to home ownership.

To qualify for the grant, certain criteria must be met. Firstly, applicants must be at least 18 years old and either an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, or applying with a partner who meets these qualifications. Additionally, neither the applicant nor their spouse can have previously owned a property in Australia that was used as their primary residence.

Furthermore, the grant is specifically designated for the purchase or construction of a brand new home, emphasizing the government's commitment to stimulating the housing market and supporting new home construction. It's important to note that the total value of the home, including the land, must not exceed $750,000, ensuring that the grant remains accessible to a wide range of potential homebuyers.

In addition to these prerequisites, there are residency requirements to fulfill. Within one year of the completed transaction, the applicant must move into the new home as their principal place of residence. Subsequently, they must maintain continuous residency in the property for at least six months.

Overall, these changes to the first home owner grant present an invaluable opportunity for individuals and families striving to enter the property market. By providing financial assistance and incentivizing the purchase or construction of new homes, the government aims to empower more Australians to achieve the milestone of homeownership.

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