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The hidden extras when buying property

The hidden extras when buying property

For home buyers, purchasing a property can be an extremely overpowering. This is particularly true if you are a first time home buyer. In addition to the fact that you need to put something aside for the deposit you have to factor in the additional expenses of purchasing a property. Moreover, neglecting to account for these additional expenses can make settlement time an amazingly unpleasant encounter. Here is a rundown of the hidden extras when buying property. You should know about them, as well as, plan for them so you can maintain a strategic distance from any frightful surprises.

Loan application fees

Firstly, you have to factor in loan application fees. A loan application fee is a on-off charge to a potential borrower for handling an application for an advance. The advance application charges can be required for a wide range of credits and are expected to pay for the expenses of the procedure of advance endorsement.

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)

Secondly, you have to account for Lenders Mortgage Insurance. LMI is home loan protection required by a mortgage lender when obtaining a home loan. This is in most instances a one-off payment you are required to make to protect the moneylender against  default. Default is the occasion where you may neglect to make your home advance reimbursements. Furthermore, some lenders may allow you to combine the LMI into your overall home loan.

Valuer fees

Then you have to make allowances for independent valuer fees. Before any lender can endorse your home loan application they will need to ensure that the property is worth the asking price. As such every lender will require an independent valuer to assess the value of the property you are planning to buy.

Legal costs

You also have to plan for various legal fees. Given the various legalities, technicalities and complexities involved in property exchange, legal aid is a must. Examples of specialists involved include conveyancers and solicitors.

Council rates

Next you have to remember council rates. Payment of council rates is a legal obligation you have to make when you purchase a property. Council rates are essential for maintaining vibrant, clean and safe local communities.

Strata fees

Additionally you have to pay strata fees. Utilisation of strata fees can support continuous costs. For example, cleaning, gardening, power, building upkeep, plumbing works and so forth.


Furthermore, you have to appreciate that it is a sound financial decision to take out insurance against your savings. For instance, mortgage protection insurance will guarantee your home loan reimbursements are met regardless of your present circumstances.

Lastly, it is imperative that you explore every single expense that you expect to encounter and make relevant provisions. Moreover, you have to set aside a little extra for miscellaneous expenses that haven’t been prepared for but creep in. Expenses, such as moving, connecting water and electricity can seem irrelevant. However, they have ability to place unnecessary strain on your finances if not taken into consideration. Everything surely adds up at the end of the day, thus planning adequately will help make the process enjoyable rather than stressful.


Teddy Chibanguza

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