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Unpacking Out of Pocket Expenses when purchasing property in NSW

Updated: Nov 15, 2023



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Embarking on the journey of purchasing property in New South Wales (NSW) is an exciting venture. However, it is crucial to be fully aware of all the costs involved to ensure a smooth transaction and avoid any unexpected financial surprises.

This blog post delves into the various out-of-pocket expenses that potential property buyers in NSW need to be mindful of.

  1. Stamp Duty: One of the most significant costs associated with buying property in NSW is stamp duty. This is a tax imposed by the NSW government and varies depending on the property’s purchase price. Utilizing online stamp duty calculators can provide a ballpark figure of what you might owe.

  2. Legal and Conveyancing Fees: Employing the services of a conveyancer is vital for navigating the legal complexities of property transactions. Conveyancers are property experts that will help with contract reviews, property searches, and ensuring all legal obligations are met. Fees can range from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the level of service required. Here at SL Conveyancing we provide a fixed fee quote.

  3. Building and Pest Inspections: Before finalizing a property purchase, we strongly recommend to conduct building and pest inspections. This ensures that the property is in good condition and free from pests, potentially saving you from expensive repairs down the line. Inspection costs can vary, but typically range from $500 to $1,000.

  4. Loan Application and Establishment Fees: If you’re taking out a mortgage to purchase the property, be prepared to cover the cost of loan application and establishment fees. These fees cover the administrative costs of setting up your loan and can range from $200 to $600.

  5. Valuation Fees: Your lender may require a property valuation to determine the property’s market value. While some lenders cover this cost, others may pass it on to you, resulting in an out-of-pocket expense of around $200 to $300.

  6. Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI): If your deposit is less than 20% of the property’s purchase price, you may need to pay LMI. This insurance protects the lender in case you default on your loan. LMI can add thousands of dollars to your upfront costs but can be capitalized onto the loan in some cases.

  7. Property Insurance: It’s crucial to insure your new property to protect against potential damage. Property insurance needs to be in place before settlement, and costs will vary depending on the property type and location.

  8. Adjustment Costs: At settlement, you may need to reimburse the seller for prepaid costs like council rates, water rates, and strata fees. These adjustment costs will vary depending on the time of year and specific property.

  9. Moving Costs: Don’t forget to budget for the cost of moving! Whether you’re hiring professional movers or doing it yourself, moving costs can add up quickly.

Purchasing property in New South Wales is a significant financial commitment, and being aware of all potential out-of-pocket expenses is key to a successful transaction. By budgeting for these costs in advance, you can ensure a smoother property buying experience and avoid any unwelcome financial surprises. Remember, investing in property is a big step, and being fully informed is the best way to navigate this exciting journey.


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