The $15K reason New Zealand retirees are crossing the ditch

13 Aug 2018

The $15K reason New Zealand retirees are crossing the ditch

The Australian government has made it even easier to retire in the Sunshine state with New Zealanders eligible for a cash injection of $15,000 in the form of a first home owners’ grant.

The Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant is a state government initiative to help first home owners to buy or build a brand new home. To be eligible for the grant, you must be 18 years of age, not have previously owned property in Australia that you lived in and you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

The Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant

A permanent resident is classified as someone who holds a permanent visa or is a New Zealand citizen with a special category visa, which would apply to most New Zealander’s visiting or residing in Australia.

According to the 2016 Census, New Zealanders are the second largest source of immigration to Australia, behind the UK, with the majority of Kiwis living in Queensland.

The Sunshine State

With an ideal climate and enviable lifestyle, it’s not hard to see why. Queensland has always been a popular destination, especially for the over 50s market. From the Gold Coast to Far North Queensland and everywhere in between, retirees have been settling in Queensland for many years.

What better way to optimise your thirst for travel by utilising the Queensland Government’s generous first home owners’ grant to buy your own piece of paradise at a Living Gems Lifestyle Resort and enjoy this amazing lifestyle all year round.

Why Living Gems?

At Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts there are no entry fees, no deferred management fees and no stamp duty. Homeowners own their own homes and retain the sale price of their villa plus any capital gain when they sell.

On top of this, Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts are located in property growth areas such as Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast so they don’t simply represent a place to park your hard earned nest egg.

In the right market, your nest egg can actually increase in value resulting in a capital gain, which you do not share with anyone. Investing in a Living Gems Resort is as much an investment in your physical wellbeing as it is in your financial wellbeing.

Homeowners lease the land from Living Gems under a site agreement, which is protected by the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003. The site agreement doesn’t have an expiry date and the Resort Owner is not empowered to evict you from your home; thus ensuring your right to live in your home indefinitely.

Have your cake, and eat it too

For as little as $350,000, our stunning new homes are architecturally designed with plenty of space, providing residents with exclusive access to all resort facilities including award winning country clubs, swimming pools, bowling greens, cinemas and gyms.

There are no surprises with what will be built next door and no run-down properties that could affect the value of your home. All this, built in a beautiful community with a plethora of resort-style facilities and likeminded neighbours.

Family owned and operated, Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts has successfully created, developed and managed affordable over 50s lifestyle resorts for more than thirty years.

With eight stunning properties to choose from across south east Queensland, Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts provide homeowners with a quality of life and greater certainty than ever before. What a great investment!

For more information on your slice of the good life and to arrange a tour call 1800 785 594 or visit