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First home buyers' guide

Steps to owning your first home

The great Australian dream of home ownership is still alive. We understand taking the first step towards your first home can be a daunting one, but you’re not alone. For over 70 years we’ve built thriving communities across Australia, so we’re here to help!

Our simple guide is designed to answer the crucial early questions and walk you through the jobs to be done.

Start with your budget

Defining your budget is key to buying a home. Your bank or mortgage broker can help you explore your financing options - working out what you can afford will help you set your budget. Explore government grants that might be available to you, then get started on saving for your deposit!

Shortlist the communities for you

There’s more to your new home than bricks and mortar – choosing the right community for your lifestyle is key.

Where are the local facilities for learn and play? And the social settings for coffee and cake? Explore as many locations as you can – especially where display homes are available for you to try before you buy.

Consider home and land options

The next step is to consider the house and land options available to you. Move in sooner with our turn-key home solutions, or if you’re after more flexibility, you can opt for land or ‘house and land’ packages to suit your lifestyle and budget.

Dream, design and build

One of the most exciting parts about building new is starting the design journey to elevate your house into a home. When embarking on this journey there are some key things you'll need to consider to design a home that's right for you now, as well as for the future. Make it yours.

Discover your interior style DNA with Dreamcatcher

Imagine the possibilities with our free Dreamcatcher tool - a haven of inspiration. In a few simple steps you'll be able to create your own styleboard, discover your interior style DNA and shortlist builders matched to you.

Save and share your styleboard, then bring your vision to life with the help of our experts and partner builders.

Choose from over 30 communities that are home to happier, healthier living.  

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