First Home Buyers save on stamp duty

We understand that buying your first home is getting harder. House prices are increasing and the savings needed to meet costs like a deposit, stamp duty and fees – can be a massive obstacle.

To help first home buyers, the Victorian government will abolish stamp duty for both new and existing properties under $600,000. First home buyers purchasing a property between $600,000 and $750,000 will also receive a tapered discount.

These savings are in addition to the existing First Home Owner Grant. These changes will apply from 1 July 2017.
Young farmers will continue to be eligible for Victoria’s unique stamp duty concession on the purchase of their first farm – a concession only available in Victoria.

Here are some examples:

First home buyers - new house
Jon and Anne are first home buyers purchasing a new two-bedroom house in the western suburbs of Melbourne for $575,000. They would have paid $14,785 in stamp duty, partly offset by their First Home Owner Grant. Under the Government’s proposal, they will pay no stamp duty at all – allowing them to put their savings towards paying off their new home.

First home buyers - existing house
Rashid and Emma are first home buyers purchasing an existing townhouse in the middle suburbs of Melbourne for $650,000. They would have paid $34,070 in stamp duty, equivalent to more than 5% of their home value. Under the Government’s proposal, their stamp duty will be reduced to $11,357 saving the couple $22,700.