The Department of Housing’s Opening Doors Affordable Sales Program surpassed the 700th sale milestone in April.
“Since its launch in September 2011, the program has helped hundreds of families, singles and seniors on modest incomes achieve the dream of home ownership,” Mike Goode, Program Manager said.
“This is a clear signal that the Opening Doors program has got the formula right and the public has responded very well to the high quality homes available at very affordable prices.”
Mr Goode said that the program had been able to offer metropolitan homes at well below the median house price, with shared home ownership opportunities from $244,000.
“Households on modest incomes that do not qualify for the shared home ownership scheme can purchase a house at a market price of around $315,000,” he said.
The Department has broken new ground with the establishment of the Affordable Housing Sales Team to work closely with the real estate industry to market and sell these houses.
Paul Whyte, General Manager, Commercial and Business Operations, said the Opening Doors Affordable Sales Program is a standout among government initiatives.
“In my experience across government, I’ve never come across a program with this level of complexity being introduced within government or the property sector in such a short period of time that has had this sort of success and impact,” he said.
“Due to the success of the program, the Department is continuing to partner with industry to ensure that the supply of high quality, yet affordable homes for the program is maintained so that more Western Australians can benefit.”
More information on the program and property listings is available through the Opening Doors website: www.openingdoorswa.com.au