What is a house and land package?
House and land packages can be a cost-effective and convenient method for would-be homeowners to build a new property. While house and land packages have been established for a long time, many Australians still aren’t entirely sure of what they’re entitled to.
If you’re planning on buying a new home, there’s a good chance that a house and land package might be perfect for you.
The house and land package basics
Home construction in Australia is, in many cases, carried out by developers that purchase land as and when it’s released by the government. Developers will then install all the required infrastructure, such as sewage, utilities, roads, and water supply before going down one of two likely paths:
1.The developer will build a new home and sell them to buyers as a complete house and land deal.
2.The developer will draw up standard and custom home designs to enable buyers to decide on the land area they want and the features their new home will include.
What are the benefits?
By buying your new home in this way you can guarantee that you’ll end up with a property that suits your requirements. A house and land package also has the added benefit of being brand new, meaning, you’ll be far less likely to encounter problems or faults that require repair or maintenance work in the near future.
How can you find a house and land package?
Developers tend to market house and land packages to buyers in a particular demographic. For example, they may be developing a retirement or eco-village and would need to find buyers interested in the lifestyle associated with their new development. However, this also extends to different groups too, such as first time or investment buyers.
New developments are usually advertised locally or regionally, but you’ll also find them on major listing websites or by seeking out reputable developers independently. If you have the opportunity, visit other villages and homes built by any of your choice developers to examine the quality of their work for yourself. This will help give s insight into their development style and building quality.
Are there any differences compared to buying a house?
Unlike a house purchase, a house and land package consists of two steps instead of one. Firstly, you’re required to buy the land and then fund the building of your new home.
The purchasing of the land will be completed through the use of a regular mortgage. For the building, you’ll want to take out a construction loan where you will agree an amount to pay at different stages of completion. This ensures you’ll only pay interest on the money used at each stage of the process.
While you can arrange separate loans for each step, they are often bundled into one for convenience and better interest rates.
Is there government support for house and land packages?
Thankfully, many states do offer first home owner grants for buying and building new homes. In addition to this, there are also tax and stamp duty concessions, which like the grants, are often more available to first time buyers.
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