REIWA president David Airey.

Leave first home owners grant alone: REIWA

The property industry has urged the state government to not follow the lead of eastern states governments and continue offering the first home owners’ grant universally in Western Australia.


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We need to this property market crash and burn. Remove first home buyer grants, remove negative gearing. All of this baby boomer mechanics needs to go. I'm looking forward to it! Macro Business has some great commentary on it.

Remove stamp duty on houses for everyone. A renter pays nothing to move house, why should a home owner have to pay 50k for the privilege. No one should have to pay stamp duty on their primary residence.

I disagree with David Airey. Changing the first home buyers grant to a first home builders grant would achieve three things: firstly, it would provide an incentive for first home buyers to build helping to address the shortage in supply of housing (which is where the problem is given our burgeoning population!) and go further in helping to ease pressure on rents. Secondly, it would also help to kick start the housing construction industry providing jobs. Thirdly, the first home builders grant is a less costly program than first home buyers grant improving the government's budget position. Isn't it a no-brainer?

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