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What are the extra costs of buying a home?

Application & establishment fees, stamp duty + more.

When taking out a mortgage, many people forget to consider the associated fees and expenses. Here are some of the extra costs that you’ll need to consider when you take out a home loan.

Home loan application fees

Most lenders charge a home loan application fee. This can range from loan to loan, and covers:

  • Loan contracts

  • Property title checks

  • Credit checks

  • Attending a settlement

Mortgage fees and costs

  • Mortgage establishment fees – Lenders generally charge a mortgage establishment fee – a fee for setting up a mortgage.

  • Property valuation – A third party chosen by the lender, is appointed to determine the value of your land and improvements.

  • Mortgage registration – Your Mortgage deed needs to be registered with the government.

  • Mortgage stamp duty – Some State Governments charges stamp duty to register your mortgage.

  • Lenders mortgage insurance – If you don’t have 20% of the purchase price or the value of the property, the lender will require you to pay for a lenders mortgage insurance policy that covers their risk in the event you default on your repayments.

Property fees and costs

  • Building, Pest and Electrical Inspection fees – It’s wise to have your property inspected for any structural or electrical problems and for pests (e.g. termites).

  • Stamp duty – Governments charge Stamp Duty to transfer the ownership of a property.

  • Registration of transfer fee – The new owner of the property needs to be registered at the Land Titles Office.

  • Legal fees – You generally need to pay a Solicitor of Settlement Agent to handle the transfer of ownership of the property on your behalf

  • Home & contents insurance – Most homeowners insure their home and contents against a range of threats: burglary, fire, storm, etc. Lenders insist that your property is insured while you have a mortgage.

  • Life and income protection insurance – Borrowers should consider protecting their incomes and themselves while they have a mortgage.

  • Utility costs – Connecting electricity, gas and telephone can attract a fee.

  • Council Rates – Your local council charges rates to cover garbage collection and a host of other services.

  • Water Rates – The water corporation charges rates for the supply and upkeep of water to your property.

  • Body corporate fees – If you buy an apartment or Strata Titled property, body corporate fees are charged, and some fees can be significant – particularly if the building is in need of a major work (e.g. concrete cancer, security upgrade, new hot water system, etc) or if there are lifts, pools and other communal facilities.

  • Maintenance costs – Don’t forget to make provision for regular maintenance on your home – even if you decide not to undertake significant renovation.

To learn more about the hidden costs of buying a home, talk to us today, we will fully assess you giving you break down costs. Send us a message or book a free consultation online

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