Buying your first home
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.
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 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 you may take out when purchasing a property include:
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.
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.
When purchasing a house there are two main tasks you’ll need help with from a legal professional:
You should ask your legal representative for a breakdown of their fees before you enter into business with them.
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.
Here are some other costs to consider if you are purchasing a property: