In Focus

Stamp Duty Reform and What It Means For You

Felicity Allen

Felicity Allen

November 2020
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In good news for entry-level residential buyers and investors alike, the Victorian Government has recently announced significant changes to the budget that will boost the housing market and allow greater housing affordability across the state.

From now until June 30 2021 there are significant savings on stamp duty available for eligible purchases. Buyers purchasing existing homes of up to $1 million will receive a 25% reduction in stamp duty, whilst those purchasing new builds in the same price bracket will receive a 50% reduction in stamp duty. This reduction is reflected immediately at the time of sale, meaning a direct saving on the purchase price of your new home.

In more good news for first home buyers, the government has set-up the Victorian Homebuyer Fund, which will contribute to the purchase price of a property where the buyer does not have a 20% deposit. This aims to reduce the size of the deposit required, allowing Victorians the opportunity to afford their homes sooner.

There are even more ways for regional first home buyers to call a place home, with the $20,000 First Home Owner Grant to be extended until June 30 2021 for anyone buying or building in regional Victoria.

Jellis Craig Ballarat Director, Tim Valpied, is confident that these changes will have a positive impact on the market in regional areas.

“These moves from the government, combined with record-low interest rates, and more and more people looking for a sea change, will see a larger pool of buyer’s flock to the regional property market.”

With these changes currently in place until June 2021, buyers and sellers looking to take advantage of the government subsidies will need to move quickly.

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