Buying your first home is a big step, but with Carlisle Homes you’ll find the process easy-to-understand, enjoyable and a journey to remember.
At this point, you probably have a stack of questions about buying your first new home. To help you through the process we’ve put together a helpful guide.
The home building process An easy-to-follow journey so you’ll know what to expect, what to do and when.
First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) information There's never been a better time to get into the market!
Finance and loan calculator for first home buyers We make it easy to find the right home loan for you.
FAQs for first home buyers Got a question? The answer is probably here!
01 New home selection. Congratulations. This marks the start of your journey with Carlisle Homes and where we start looking at the best siting options whilst you look at styling options for your new home.
02 Spectra appointment. One of the most exciting and fun steps of building your new home is choosing interior and exterior colours, surface finishes, floor coverings, appliances and fixtures. Allow at least half a day or more for your appointment at the Spectra Selection Centre.
03 Tender. This is the stage where we prepare your tender to build, based on your sales quote, soil, survey and preliminary engineering.
04 Contract sign off. Here’s where it all starts to become a reality! It’s time for the preparation of the building contract and working drawings for your review, approval and sign off.
05 Site start preparation. Now your contract is signed, there are a few steps to cover off before your new home is ready for site start. This phase includes confirmation of loan approval and documentation (not required if you’re using Loan Studio). Construction drawings mailed to you for final review and sign-off.
06 Site start. The official start of the construction process! Your Client Liaison Executive will provide you with requirements to prepare for site start.
07 Base stage. The concrete slab is laid - your first major construction milestone!
08 Frame stage. The carpenters arrive! House wall frames and roof trusses go up. And a qualified Building Surveyor completes a Quality Control Inspection.
09 Lock-up stage. Brickwork, roof tiles, external doors and windows are put in place.
10 Fixing stage. Plaster installed to internal walls and ceilings. Skirting boards, architraves, internal doors, and kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
11 Completion stage. Painting and tiling completed. Electrical and plumbing fit-offs, stone bench tops (where applicable), door furniture, shower screens and mirrors are installed. Any external render (where applicable) will also be completed. The final stage of construction! Time to call the removalists and book a date!
12 Settlement. Congratulations! Your new home has been completed and is ready for you to move in! On the day of settlement the Construction Supervisor will conduct an on-site handover. Appliances will be installed at an agreed time after settlement has taken place.
13 Introduction and inspection. Three months after settlement we’ll carry out the Carlisle Homes 100-point Warranty Inspection to make sure everything is just how you wanted it.
14 Agreed works. Need anything touched up? Here’s where we’ll organise the work.
15 Completion of works. All agreed works are done! Your building process is now complete and you’re free to enjoy living in your brand new home! Congratulations.
As a first-time home owner you may be eligible for the Victorian Government’s First Home Owner Grant. The grant makes it easier for you to get into the property market and start to benefit from land and property value growth.
Applying for the First Home Owner Grant can be a complicated process, we’ll guide you step-by-step and answer any questions you might have.
How will I know if I’m eligible for the First Home Owner Grant?
The State Revenue Office of Victoria has certain criteria to ensure that you are eligible to receive the First Home Owner Grant. Please read about your Eligibility to receive the grant on the SRO website.
How much is the First Home Owner Grant?
First home owner’s can receive $10,000 if they are buying or building a new home valued up to $750,000.
First-home buyer duty exemption or concession – a one-off duty exemption for a principal place of residence valued up to $600,000, or a concession for a principal place of residence with a dutiable value from $600,001 to $750,000.
For the most up-to-date information please see the First home owners section on the State Revenue Office website.
When will the grant be paid?
When the grant is paid varies depending on whether you’re buying a newly built home, you’re building from scratch, or buying off the plan. Read more on the SRO website When will the grant be paid?
Need assistance with your first home loan?
Our in-house construction finance specialists are available 7 days a week to take the hard work out of finding the right home loan for you.
We will spend the time asking the right questions, do all the research and then provide you with a loan that is tailored to your needs and specific requirements.
How much can I save?
When it comes to buying your first home, the more money you have saved the less money you need to borrow. Saving money is easier with a clear goal in mind, so try our savings calculator to see how much you can accumulate over time with regular deposits based on a specific interest rate.
How much can I afford to borrow?
Figuring out a loan amount that you can afford to pay back each month is critical to buying your first home. Use our Loan Calculator to see how much you need to pay on your mortgage each week or each month.
From 1st July 2013 first home owner’s can receive $10,000 if they are buying or building a new home valued up to $750,000.
Read more about applying for the First Home Owner Grant.
Yes. We guarantee the completion date of your home regardless of the changes made to it. This means the date we tell you your new home will be ready is the date you can move in. Guaranteed.
Yes. We guide you through every step of the process, so you know exactly what to expect, what to do and when to do it. For more information please see our Building Process.
Carlisle Homes has a wide variety of new home designs to choose from, but the EasyLiving series is ideal for first-time home buyers. With all the features you need at an affordable price, this range of six-star energy efficient open plan home designs, gives first home buyers an easy entry into the housing market with stylish, low maintenance living.
EasyLiving series has been designed for compact blocks, delivering smarter living choices without compromising on space or quality. You’ll also be happily surprised by the range of high quality inclusions above and beyond what you’d expect for the price – and a level of superior value unexpected from a volume builder.
Our EasyLiving series includes:
For first home buyers, a townhome could be the perfect choice. Our range of townhomes across Melbourne is all about using space effectively, so you can experience a larger home on a smaller, more affordable block.
We’ve partnered with leading land developers across Victoria to source the best estates in the best locations, to give you affordable housing solutions without having to compromise on quality, location, or space. You’ll also be happy to know that our townhomes are turnkey, which means they’ve got everything you need to turn the key and move right in.
Buying a house & land together as a package makes moving into your new home much simpler, more affordable – and most importantly, faster. You eliminate all the fuss of hunting for the ideal block to fit your new home - or the ideal home to fit your existing block - so you’re free instead to focus on the fun stuff like paint colours, surface finishes, and other interior design features.
Our experienced House & land team work with trusted land developers to perfectly match our homes with the best blocks available. This relationship allows us to offer first home buyers fixed price house & land packages. A fixed price means the price you see listed is the fixed price you pay. There are no hidden extras or additional costs.
Carlisle has a huge selection of one and two storey house & land packages in great locations all across Melbourne, all packages include:
Are you a first home buyer? Enquire below or contact us on 13 27 67 to speak to a new home specialist!