WISH FOR HAVEN GRANTED

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A savvy de­vel­oper has helped first-home buy­ers get into the prop­erty mar­ket by hold­ing an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Queens­land’s $20,000 First Home Buy­ers Grant.

Af­ter at­tend­ing the ses­sion, first-home buy­ers Clair and Matt Goodall, with daugh­ter Nyah, are mak­ing the move to Queens­land. Frasers Prop­erty Aus­tralia be­gan ses­sions as the June 30 ex­tended grant dead­line ticked down, although the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced this week it would con­tinue un­til De­cem­ber. The cou­ple have now bought into Frasers Prop­erty’s 1500-lot Brookhaven com­mu­nity in Lo­gan City

“Our de­ci­sion to buy at Brookhaven was in­flu­enced by the area, price and, of course, want­ing to make the most out of the first home buy­ers grant be­fore it ended,” said Clair.

“The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion was great; it pro­vided us with very help­ful in­for­ma­tion about the lo­cal area and what’s to come”. With work on their home set to start in Septem­ber, they are plan­ning for a move-in early next year.

Frasers Prop­erty Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager res­i­den­tial Queens­land Cameron Leg­gatt said the first-home buyer mar­ket ac­counted for al­most 50 per cent of sales in Brookhaven.

“This led the team at Frasers Prop­erty to stage an event to help first-time buy­ers nav­i­gate the pur­chase process,” he said.

At­ten­dees heard from in­dus­try ex­perts from Ur­bis, Hori­zon Fi­nan­cial So­lu­tions, OWNit Con­veyanc­ing and Frasers Prop­erty Aus­tralia.

Hori­zon manag­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Leak said there were a va­ri­ety of ways buy­ers with dif­fer­ing de­posits could qual­ify for fi­nance, and en­cour­aged them to seek out a bro­ker spe­cial­is­ing in con­struc­tion loans. “A bro­ker can as­sess the first-home buyer’s sit­u­a­tion with all lenders and all de­posit op­tions to co-or­di­nate the loan to suit in­di­vid­ual needs,” he said.

Brookhaven, on a 150ha site at Bahrs Scrub, will have de­tached lots, a re­tail cen­tre, parks and green spa­ces. Land starts at $180,000. The dis­play vil­lage opens early 2018.

Frasers Prop­erty Aus­tralia is help­ing first-home buy­ers such as Matt and Clair Goodall (pic­tured with daugh­ter Nyah) break into the prop­erty mar­ket. The Goodalls have bought into the Brookhaven com­mu­nity in Lo­gan City.

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