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The added costs of purchasing property

Buying property isn’t just the purchasing price, a number of hidden costs are associated. So don’t forget to account for these extra costs in your considerations. In addition to the cost of moving, a change in council rates, strata fees, the cost of any renovations and furniture, homebuyers face additional fees to complete the purchase of a property.

Stamp Duty

Stamp duty, a state tax imposed on the purchase value of the property or the market value, must be paid in order for the mortgage documents to be legal and to transfer the property. But since July first homebuyers no longer have to pay the stamp duty fee, if the property is purchased for below $600,000 – a considerable drop in those additional costs of buying property.

Legal Costs

To transfer the ownership of property, a solicitor, conveyancer or a settlement agent are required. They will perform property and title searches to ensure the seller is entitled to release the property, which may include checking the strata body corporate records.


Building and pest inspections are an added cost, but one which may save you from further expenses in the future – particularly any major building work required. This amount will vary depending on the size of the property.

Agent Fees

First-home buyers don’t have to worry about paying any commission, since it is charged to the vendor of the property, most often as a percentage of the sale price. However, if you’re selling your current home to buy another property, you’ll probably have to take these fees into account.

Borrowing Costs

Lenders have application, valuation and settlement or loan approval fees that vary depending on the lender. Mortgage Brokers are familiar with these fees and can help you take them into account when choosing a lender that’s right for you.


Depending on your loan-to-valuation ratio (LVR), you may be required to take out lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). Although the borrower pays for it, LMI is not insurance for the borrower; it protects the lender should you default on the loan. You will also need building insurance if you are not purchasing a strata property.

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