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Think Small to Win Big With a $25,000 HomeBuilder Grant

Posted by Smart Footprint Team | Jun 18, 2020 11:04:43 AM

Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, when it comes to buying a smart, innovative dream house, sometimes it pays to think small. Now thanks to the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder grant you can live your best life for less, thanks to a cash injection of $25,000 on your new build. 

Whether you’re a first home buyer, a downsizer, someone who is concerned about your ecological footprint or just want to make your dream home a reality, Smart Footprint Homes could be what you’re looking for. 

This article will step you through exactly what HomeBuilder is, how to know if you’re eligible and what other Government assistance you can combine it with for even greater savings. We’ll also let you in on one of the best-kept secrets in the construction industry: smaller footprint, ingeniously clever homes with all the luxuries you crave at a fraction of the cost.

 

What is the HomeBuilder Grant?

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HomeBuilder is a $25,000 Government Grant intended to support the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic by stimulating the construction sector. The subsidy is payable to eligible owner occupiers for either building a new home or making significant renovations to an existing dwelling. For new homes the overall value of the property needs to be under $750,000. Renovation costs need to total between $150,000 to $750,000 on a property with a total value up to a maximum of $1.5 million. 

To be eligible for the HomeBuilder grant the building contracts need to be signed between the 4th of June 2020 and the 31st December 2020. Construction must commence within 3 months of this contract date.

Am I Eligible for HomeBuilder?

  • Income Cap: For individuals, you need to have earned less than $125,000 on your 2018-2019 tax return. For couples, your combined income must be below $200,000. For applicants submitting after the 1st of July 2020 the salary test will be based on the 2019-2020 financial year.
  • Time Frame: Your building contract must be signed after the 4th June 2020 and before the 31st December 2020. If you’ve already signed a contract earlier in 2020 but haven’t begun construction you will not be eligible for the grant. You must begin the build within 3 months of the contract date.
  • No Investment Properties: You must be building a property that you will live in as your home.
  • Ownership: You must be building the property in your own individual name, not as a trust or company. 
  • Citizenship: The grant is only available for Australian Residents (not permanent residents).
  • Can’t Build Yourself: You need to engage a licensed or registered builder and cannot build the property yourself. 

Homebuilder vs The First Home Buyers Grant

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If you’re looking to get into the property market in NSW with your first home purchase, right now is an incredible time to do it. Not only will you be eligible for the $25,000 HomeBuilder cash injection, you’ll also be able to claim the First Home Owner Grant of $10,000. This means you’re looking at a potential $35,000 in total off the cost of your build.

Eligibility for the NSW First Home Owner’s Grant

  • The combined value of the land and the planned building has a total value of less than $750,000.
  • You can’t be a trust or company, the grant is for individuals.
  • You have to be over 18 years of age.
  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

What is a Smart Footprint Home?

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Smart Footprint Homes help people achieve their big property dreams while keeping costs down and ecological impacts contained. We have a range of innovative home designs that use cutting edge technology and clever design principles to create beautiful, stylish and space maximised dwellings. Our team services the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter and Central Coast area.

Our expertly designed and constructed small lot houses are perfect for the evolving needs of our lifestyles, with options to match whatever stage of life you’re in. Building with Smart Footprint homes means reduced build times and lower mortgage repayments. Get great results delivered by a passionate team who are 100% dedicated to maximising your lifestyle and making a positive change for the planet. 

Why Small is The New Big: Benefits of a Smart Footprint Home

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We all know that Australia is in the grips of a housing affordability crisis. Not only that the cost of living continues to rise. Not to mention the cost of unsustainable development on our planet and our children’s future. These are just some of the reasons why more individuals, couples and families around Australia (and the world) are adopting smarter living with small footprint homes.

Here are just some of the benefits to building with Smart Footprint Homes:

  • Save Money: A smaller lot size means less cost, a reduced mortgage and a faster road to financial freedom.
  • Save on Energy Use: Take the bite out of rising gas and electricity prices with an energy-efficient small lot house. Smart Footprint Homes will save you money on cooling, heating and even water use. 
  • Declutter Your Life: Let’s face it, the more space you have the more stuff you fill it with. How much of that stuff do you even end up using? Moving into a smarter home doesn’t just downsize your mortgage and bills, it can also help you downsize your stress by simplifying and reducing all that clutter.
  • Help The Planet: Reducing your lot size also helps reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win for your wallet and the environment. Be the change you want to see in the world by contributing to a brighter future, without sacrificing your lifestyle aspirations.

If you’re interested in upsizing your life by downsizing your mortgage, bills, clutter and stress then you’re not alone. Join the thousands of Aussies who are looking for a better life at a lower cost by getting touch today to discuss your options.

Topics: New Home Build Information, Environmental Homes, Small Home Design, HomeBuilder, Grants, First Home Owner

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