By. Michelle Hele, The Sunday Mail. EXTENDING the first-home owners grant to include existing properties had the potential to put significantly more people into their own home, according to Queensland’s peak real estate industry group. But the state government has rejected any change with its focus to remain on new construction as it also helped create jobs in the building industry. The Real Estate Institute of Queensland wants the first homeowners grant, which was boosted to $20,000 for new properties until December 1, to also be available to buyers of existing properties. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said it would help more young people get into home ownership sooner. Read More Here