Costs to consider.

When you’re budgeting to buy a home, remember to factor in all expenses so you get a true picture of the cost. Your lender might ask for a valuation, building or engineer’s report as part of your loan agreement, and some homes come with extra costs that might not be obvious. 

Legal fees

  • Legal fees will include your conveyancer’s time. They will vary depending on the complexity of your purchase
  • On top of this are disbursement costs, which include land transfer fees and the LIM report.

Registered valuer

  • You could be required to provide a full registered valuation report or a QV E-Valuer report.

Building and engineer’s reports

  • You might be asked to pay for either a building surveyor’s report or an engineer’s report as part of your home loan approval process.

Home loan repayments

Hidden costs

  • Older homes can be expensive to heat and insulate, and costly to renovate. They may contain asbestos or lead-based paints which need to be removed by a specialist contractor
  • New homes often need finishing touches like carpets, curtains and landscaping, and the costs can add up quickly. Check the quality of the building materials and finish, as any shortcuts during the build could cost you money in the future
  • Apartments are often part of a body corporate that all owners belong to, and you pay a levy to cover building running costs and maintenance. Ask about the levy, the rules of the complex and what you can do with your apartment, as this could affect the value of your investment. Check the sound proofing and build quality.

Real estate agent

  • The seller pays the real estate agent a fee. As a buyer, you won’t be charged anything by the agent.


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Things you should know.

1 Conditional pre-approval requires a credit check and confirmation of the details provided in your application. Other conditions may also apply depending on the nature of your application. 

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