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How does it work?

How does it work?

youfirst is new flexible pricing to make the most out of your retirement, starting today. It gives you the option to pay less when you move in and defer some of the cost of your new home until it’s time to re-sell. You get to keep more savings in the bank and continue doing the things you love.

Alternatively, if you are considering income such as a pension, youfirst also enables you to pay more when you enter and receive a larger payment when it’s time to re-sell.

A secure investment

A secure investment

youfirst is new flexible pricing to make the most out of your retirement, starting today. It gives you the option to pay less when you move in and defer some of the cost of your new home until it’s time to re-sell. You get to keep more savings in the bank and continue doing the things you love.

Alternatively, if you are considering income such as a pension, youfirst also enables you to pay more when you enter and receive a larger payment when it’s time to re-sell.

YouFirst Costs Estimator

With youfirst flexible pricing, you can choose your entry price. Pay more or less upfront. Our handy costs calculator can help you find the best pricing option to suit for your lifestyle.

Base Price and Exit fee

The Base Price and Exit fee is our standard price and exit fee option.

Pay more upfront

The Pay More Upfront option offers a higher purchase price, with a lower exit fee when you leave. This may be suitable if you are considering an income such as a pension.

Pay Less Upfront

The Pay Less Upfront option offers a lower purchase price, with a higher exit fee when you leave. This means you can maximise the buying power of your money or retain some cash for your retirement lifestyle or that ‘rainy day’.

Featured locations

Whether you’re downsizing from the family home or looking for somewhere to put your feet up and pursue your interests, Lutheran Services offers accommodation options to suit all lifestyles and budgets. Discover a range of one, two and three bedroom town homes, villas and apartments in a variety of highly desirable costal, inner city and rural locations across south east and central Queensland.

St Paul’s Retirement Living

10-44 Tomlinson Road, Caboolture QLD
1800 960 433

Discover a tranquil 12-acre sanctuary of gentle breezes and open spaces, nestled between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Tabeel Retirement Living

91 Alfred Street, Laidley QLD
1800 960 433

A serene retirement lifestyle nestled in the beautiful Lockyer Valley.

Trinder Park Retirement Living

10 Laurel Street, Woodridge QLD
1800 960 433

Trinder Park offers retirees a range of private, well-designed one- and two-bedroom retirement villas with modern finishes.

Helpful downloads

Retirement Living Brochure pdf 1.90 MB

Frequently asked questions

The retirement village life is all about living in a secure home within a community of like-minded people. Our villas and units are designed for easy living – even if your mobility decreases – and best of all, we take care of your maintenance!

The costs of living in the unit (rates, insurance, grounds & maintenance) are bundled into one easy, fortnightly fee and typically work out to be cheaper than living in your own home.

Your tenure in the home and your payment to occupy your unit are protected by the Retirement Villages Act Queensland, which also protects your interests by imposing obligations and responsibilities that retirement village operators must adhere to.

youfirst is new flexible pricing to make the most out of your retirement. It gives you the option to pay less when you move in and defer some of the cost of your new retirement home until it’s time to re-sell. You get to keep more savings in the bank and continue doing the things you love.

Alternatively, if you are considering income such as a pension, youfirst also enables you to pay more when you enter and receive a larger payment when it’s time to re-sell.

Purchasing a retirement village unit is quite different from purchasing a home in the residential market as the contracts, processes and costs are different. Usually when you buy a home it is on a freehold basis, which means you own the property. Most retirement village transactions are different because you are not actually purchasing the property – you are purchasing the right to reside in the property (at Lutheran Services you acquire a Licence to Reside).

A Licence to Reside entitles the resident to occupy the retirement village unit until they decide to leave. There is no stamp duty payable upon purchase and no registration fees associated with the title of the unit. In order to purchase a Licence to Reside, you pay an amount to the retirement village, referred to as an Ingoing Contribution (this is the cost of the unit).

An Ingoing Contribution is the cost of purchasing the Licence to Reside in the unit and the village.

An Exit Fee (sometimes called a Deferred Management Fee) is deducted from your Exit Entitlement when you vacate your unit. The Exit Fee is based on a percentage of the Ingoing Contribution (the cost of the Licence to Reside).

The reason this payment exists is to allow the village operator to be compensated for their significant investment in the village and to fund ongoing capital investment into the site.

You will be paid your Exit Entitlement after you’ve vacated your unit and it has been re-sold to a future resident. We are required to pay the Exit Entitlement the earlier of 14 days after the Licence to Reside has been resold or eighteen months after termination.

You will receive a Residence Agreement and a Prospective Costs Document that details all of the commercial arrangements regarding your purchase of the unit. After you sign the agreements you will have a 14 day cooling-off period if you wish to change your mind.

The cost of buying into a retirement village will depend on the payment option you chose for your unit.

The cost associated with living in the unit (for example, rates, insurance, grounds & maintenance) are bundled into one easy, fortnightly fee and typically work out to be cheaper than living in your own home. Retirement village occupants are responsible for the direct costs of their own power and water and insuring their personal contents. Any telephone and internet services connected to the unit are the resident’s cost.

You will need to organise contents insurance for the things that you own. Building insurance is included as part of your daily fee.

You will continue to pay the General Service Charge until your unit has been sold but the amount will reduce over time. For the first three months after your Licence to Reside has been terminated you will pay the full General Service Charge. After three months you’ll pay a portion of the charge for up to nine months. After nine months, even if your unit has not been sold, you will cease paying any General Service Charge.

Yes, of course! Talk to the site manager if there are visitors planning to stay for more than a few weeks.

To make living easy all Lutheran Services Retirement Living villages offer a Home Support service that can be government funded or fee-for-service, depending on your situation.

Our minimum age of entry is 70 years. If a couple is looking to reside in one of our retirement village units, at least one person must be aged 70 years or above.

Yes, our villages are pet friendly.

At Lutheran Services retirement locations we take security seriously. Talk to the manager on site if you are going away for an extended period as an extra precaution. The advantage of a retirement living is that you can shut the door and we can keep an eye things while you are away.

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