Following industry representation the Government has announced changes under the foreign investment framework to allow foreign buyers to purchase an off-the-plan dwelling when another foreign buyer has failed to reach settlement on it.
Previously, the on-sale of an off-the-plan apartment was regarded as a second-hand sale, which was not open to foreign buyers who are only able to buy new dwellings.
“This is most welcome news and will minimise the negative impact of off-the-plan sales to foreign purchasers not being completed’, said Mr Neville Sanders, President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia.
“The Government needs to be commended in the promptness with which it responded to industry approaches on this matter. Following industry concerns the REIA first approached the Government on this issue in mid October with a result in a little over a month.”
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