Buying a house or flat



Houses or flats for sale are usually advertised in the newspaper or online. Real estate agencies also list properties for sale. If you are buying a home for the first time in Australia you may be eligible for a state or territory government first home owner grant (see www.firsthome.gov.au).

If you are not a permanent resident of Australia, you may need foreign investment approval to buy a house (see www.firb.gov.au/real-estate).

If you need to borrow money to buy a property, contact your bank or other financial institution. In Australia, when buying property, people usually use a solicitor or conveyancer to manage the transaction. Do not sign any contract unless you fully understand all the terms and conditions.

For more information on purchasing property, go to www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/family-and-community/housing-and-property

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