What are the costs of buying a home

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)

In many cases if you want to borrow more than 90% of the property purchase price you will be charged Lenders Mortgage Insurance. This insurance payment covers the lender in the event that you can’t pay the home loan back.

Get your budget and savings in order well before you buy to avoid this hurdle! The cost of LMI will vary depending on how much you borrow and the type of loan you select but it can be up to $10,000.

Legal Help

Buying a home is fundamentally a legal process so the help of legal experts, namely conveyancers and solicitors is critical. They will be an invaluable part of property negotiations and can help you through the paperwork. However remember they will charge a fee so make sure you factor this in. Some conveyancers will charge a flat fee while others will charge a sliding fee based on the properties sale price. Make sure you discuss fees and charges before you engage their services. Budget between $1500 – $3000.

Building Insurance

When you’re spending your life savings on purchasing property it makes sense to protect it. While building insurance is a compulsory requirement from your lender, there are other insurance policies that you should consider.

For example mortgage protection insurance will ensure your mortgage repayments are met should you fall seriously ill. Income protection insurance will also help pay the bills should you be hit by an accident, major trauma or illness.

Council Rates and Strata Fees

Once a seller hands their property over, you immediately inherit all of the attached council and strata fees.

While both owners of houses and units are obliged to pay council rates, it is only owners of units or apartments that will have to incur strata fees.

Strata fees cover the property’s grouped maintenance and building insurance fees and are collected by the building’s owners’ or manager. These fees are ongoing costs that will continue to absorb your finances, generally quarterly, even after your initial property purchase payment, so it’s important to incorporate these into your ongoing budget.

The scope of strata fees will vary considerably depending on the age of the building, facilities, and location but you should expect to pay around $70 to $80 for the lodgement of application.

Building, Pest and Strata

Having a building and pest inspection carried out on any property is usually a requirement by the lender but they are well worth investing in regardless.

If you are considering purchasing a unit or apartment, it is also in your best interest to have a strata inspection conducted – that is a report on the assets, liabilities and financial position of the apartment complex.

While having a building, pest or strata inspection completed on the potential property will cost you initially, it could be an invaluable safeguarding against buying a lemon.

Expect to pay around $400 for a building or pest inspection and around $200 for a strata report.

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Having a Little Bit Extra

You may have done all your research and been prepared for all the major hidden extras, but you should always set aside a little bit extra for those expenses you are not expecting. Expenses like moving fees, utility connections, mail redirection etc.

Everything Adds Up

It is really important to consider all the extra costs that can / will apply to your property purchase otherwise the settlement time can be extremely stressful.

Benefits of selling your property via auction

An auction is a public sale, usually conducted by an auctioneer or a qualified real estate agent and is governed by strict rules. It is advertised or a specific place, time and date and prospective buyers bid for the property with the property being sold to the highest bidder.

But what are the benefit of selling by auction?

Benefit 1 – Quicker sale and shorter marketing campaign

A typical auction campaign runs for 3-4 weeks and consists of a high intensity marketing strategy focused on reaching the most amount of people in a short period of time

Benefit 2 – The most transparent way of selling

The fact that an auction is happening in real time gives buyers piece of mind that the bidding and sales process is 100% transparent and that the sales price reflects true market value.

Benefit 3 – Unconditional sale

When the gavel comes down the property is sold, there is no cooling off period – the buyer is legally obliged to buy your property.

Benefit 4 – Vendors are protected by the reserve price.

You set the reserve together with your real estate agent and you don’t sell unless the reserve is met or you are happy with the highest bid.

Benefit 5 – Competition fuels emotion and drives a premium price

If more than one person wants to buy your property, the competitive nature of an auction can cause people to bid higher than they originally wanted to, often leading to a much higher sales price.

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Benefit 6 – High chance of an early sale

When competition is high, buyers often feel the urgency to put a pre-auction offer in, which can mean you sell for a great price without even getting to auction.

Benefit 7 – Easy negotiation after auction if the property passes in

If the property doesn’t sell at the auction – don’t worry as your agent is an expert at negotiating successful sales after auction. In my experience nearly all properties sell at, or immediately after an auction.