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Stamp Duty (also know as Transfer Duty) is the largest up front cost you'll face as a home buyer other than your deposit, so it pays to keep up to date with concessions and exemptions the government has in place.

Although stamp duty is generally unavoidable, exploring options such as off-the-plan purchases, first-home owner grants, and shared equity schemes can help reduce or eliminate stamp duty costs.

In addition, first home buyers in Western Australia are exempt from paying Stamp Duty on property purchases up to a certain property value. If you're a first home buyer and purchasing a home and land under $430,000 you're exempt from paying stamp duty. And if you're buying a home valued between $430,000 - $530,000 you'll pay only a concessional rate.

There are also concessions available if you're purchasing land less than $400,000 in value.

You can find out more about the options available to you from the WA Revenue Office.