Is it better for a couple to buy a house together; forfeiting (I believe) one of their First home buyer's grant. This way both put into the loan and it gets paid off much sooner resulting in less interest paid.
The other option is for each person to buy a house separately and live separately for a year. After a year, one of the people, move into the others house and they start to rent out the now unoccupied house. This way the couple take advantage of both grants, now 'own' two houses, have an income from renting it out, but pay twice as much in loan repayments for a longer time, although negative gearing may come into it?
So not sure which is the better option financially. Are there other factors and variables that need to be considered? Like if you stop living in a house and start renting it out do you have to change your home loan to an investor home loan (which is much higher interest)?