ONE young couple will unlock the key to their great Australian dream earlier than they had imagined, thanks to the state government's new-home buyers grant.
Brenden Herrington, 21, and fiancee Rachel Leonard, 18, have taken advantage of the recently introduced First Home Owner Grant.
The $15,000 grant is eligible to first-home owners to buy or build a new home valued up to $650,000.
Lend Lease Ropes Crossing sale office has been inundated with calls from interested home-buyers since the First Home Owner Grant was implemented October 1.
Inquiries from first-home buyers at Ropes Crossing have increased by almost 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Mr Herrington and his fiancee are currently living with her family in St Clair and can't wait until they move into the four-bedroom house that will be built at Ropes Crossing.
"It's close to both of our workplaces," he said.
"We looked everywhere else and thought we'd never get a place in our price range.
"Ropes Crossing has everything we wanted, with parks, shops and a school close by."
He said home-ownership wouldn't have happened so soon if it hadn't been for the grant. "We didn't quite have the deposit we needed so it helped us get to that stage," he said. "Without it we would've been saving for another year or so."
Mr Herrington and Ms Leonard said their Ropes Crossing home should be built by next April. They plan to marry in January 2014.