Costs associated with buying a property

Aside from the purchase price, there are a number of other costs associated with buying a property. To get a better understanding of the true cost of purchasing a property you should consider these 8 things when looking at your budget.

Home loan application fee

A home loan application fee is a one-off payment made to the lender to cover any resources and time associated with the application. Some  banks, like Heritage, will waive application fees for people who sign up for home loan package deals.

Valuation fee note: Heritage pays the first $330 of the valuation invoice for the first security property on a loan application. If there are two securities on an application, and the invoices are $281 each, Heritage pays the $281 for the first security, and the customer pays the full invoice for the second security property. It's important to note that not all lenders contribute to the cost of having a valuation carried out

Lenders Mortgage Insurance

Lenders need to protect themselves in the unfortunate event that you might not be able to repay your loan – and that’s where lenders mortgage insurance, or LMI, comes in. In the same way you insure your house against loss as a result of  theft or damage, banks also insure their mortgages against people defaulting on repayments. How much LMI you pay will depend on your Loan to Value Ratio, or LVR.

Loan to value ratio, or LVR, is the ratio of the loan amount against the value of the property you have secured. Some lenders offer special rates for customers depending on their LVR.

Other insurance

Other insurance you may take out when purchasing a property includes:

  • Building insurance
  • Contents insurance
  • Mortgage protection insurance

Mortgage registration fee

A mortgage registration fee is a State Government fee for the registration of a lenders interest over a property .. The government requires a mortgage  to be registered because it acts as notice that the property  is security for a  loan. The fee will vary between states and territories. You can find out what the fee is by visiting the revenue office website for your state or territory.

Victoria

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

South Australia

Western Australia

Northern Territory

Queensland

Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty is a government tax that must be paid on any property bought within Australia. The amount of stamp duty payable  will  depend on the circumstances of the purchase including the price, location and purpose – some states or territories will charge a different amount of stamp duty if the property is purchased for an investment purpose rather than a place of residence. There may also be first home buyer concessions to take advantage of.

Legal Fees

When purchasing a house there are two main tasks you’ll need help with from a legal professional:

  1. Searches – your legal representative will perform various searches including property and title searches to ensure the seller is legally entitled to sell the property and provide information about the property.
  2. Conveyancing – your representative will arrange for the legal ownership of the property you are buying to be transferred to you.

You should ask your legal representative for a breakdown of their fees before you enter into business with them.

Pest and building inspections

If you decide to make an offer on a property it’s important to consider  getting a building and pest inspection, to ensure you know as much as you can about the property before you purchase it. If you decide to conduct building and pest inspections you can ask to have the contract of sale  subject to building and pest inspections at the time of making an offer.

A building inspection will be performed by a registered builder, while a pest inspection will be performed by a registered pest professional. Seek recommendations from non-related parties and do some research before deciding on who you will engage to perform both the building and pest inspections.

Other costs

Here are some other costs to consider if you are purchasing a property:

  1. Moving costs
  2. Rates and strata fees
  3. Renovations and odd jobs

The information provided to you is general and may not be appropriate for you. Conditions, criteria and fees apply to products. Please consider the Guide to Heritage Deposit Products or the Guide to Heritage Credit Card Products (available in-branch, by phoning 13 14 22 or at www.heritage.com.au) before you decide whether a product is right for you.

* Based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

The information provided is intended as general information only. Blogs have been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness having regard to your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider obtaining personal investment, taxation and/or legal advice before making any decision.  Please consider the Guide to Heritage Deposit Products and Guide to Heritage Credit Card Products (available in-branch, or at www.heritage.com.au) before you decide whether a product is right for you. All loans and credit cards are subject to application and approval. Conditions, criteria and fees apply and are subject to change without notice.