Tamworth builders are seeing a boom the likes of which they've never seen before.
However the question remains: is it because of the HomeBuilder scheme, or was the interest already there?
Craig Martin from Kareela Constructions says he's seen the interest in the scheme from his existing clients, and hadn't really had new ones come through as a result of the $25,000 "carrot".
"I've had clients about to sign the contract - then they said lets increase the scope of works to take advantage of HomeBuilder. I have other clients ... who've asked it we can get [their plans] through by the 30th December," he says.
He and David Reid Homes co-owner Kieron Rorhlach, are considering hiring more workers, with Mr Rorhlach already hiring.
One of the touted benefits of the HomeBuilder Scheme was to create an extra 100,000 jobs nation-wide, but so far there have only been under 10,000.
"I did actually put a new person on, so I did employ one person due to the work load - which could be because of the grant or because, it sort of coincided with the restrictions easing," he explained.
However Mr Rohlarch says they were getting to the stage in their business where growth was a natural progression.
Dan Urquhart, Tamworth and Gunnedah's GJ Gardner Homes director says many of his trades and suppliers have hired, and will likely hire more once the building time really hits.
"I think the scheme has had the desired result, and we are selling land really quickly," Mr Urquhart explained.
"While there may not have been more hiring around yet, its safe to say the scheme protected employment."
All say there has been a tonne of confusion from buyers as to what the rules for getting the $25,000 boost, with Mr Uquhart recommending visiting a solicitor for clarity on eligibility.
"None of the contracts that I am doing are eligible, and the ones with plans for later haven't gotten through the application stage yet, so in three to four weeks we should know," Mr Rohlach noted.
For Mr Martin, his biggest fear is that at the end of the scheme there will be a "drop off the cliff".
"The biggest concern is what's going to happen at the other end," Mr Martin said.
"We have to weigh up as to whether I drag out the jobs a bit to continue working or be really optimistic that it's the beginning of a new trend."