Buying a brand new home often means signing up to a house and land package, or if you’re buying into a townhouse or apartment complex, buying off the plan.
In both instances, however, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds, as no two house and land packages or off the plan purchases are ever the same.
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With tighter prudential lending rules, people wishing to get onto the property ladder may find it harder than it was 12 months ago. (They might also find the high property prices in most Australian states a barrier, too.)
But a number of new fractional investment platforms aim to make it easier for investors to start a property portfolio and these options are available through an Australian company that’s listed on the ASX!
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Newcastle property prices are relatively cheap
I moved to the Morisset peninsula so my family could have more time having fun in the backyard and pool. We live close to the lake, there are plenty of good schools, several shopping centres and property prices are increasing quickly.
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The toughest part of getting into the property market for a first home buyer is getting the deposit together. Most lenders require at least 20 percent — though tightened lending practices mean some lenders require more. But there are Government incentives and other ways to get into the property market, particularly in the Newcastle area.
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While an established property in an established suburb is never a bad investment — older suburbs tend to be in higher demand and property values appreciate faster — there are more than a few reasons why the right new home could be a better investment.
Governments often consider Stamp Duty Concessions and Super Contributions to encourage not only First Home Buyers but also the building industry.
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Separation Agreements Matter
With the volume of property bought and sold in Australia each week, you might assume getting a home loan is a straightforward process. Unfortunately, it’s rather complex. And not every lender approves applicants the same way, leading to some very different lending outcomes.
A mortgage broker understand what each lender is looking for and which one will suit your circumstances.
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Stamp duty is a “State based” tax levied on certain transactions, including the purchase of real estate. The rate you’ll pay varies in each state and territory.
As stamp duty is a tax, you cannot borrow money to cover it, though it can accommodated for by reducing the amount of your cash deposit and increasing your home loan to cover the difference. This may mean taking out lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI) [What is Lender’s Mortgage Insurance?] to compensate for your reduced deposit.
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In last year’s 2017 budget, the federal government introduced a new measure to help first-home buyers gain a foothold in the property market: The “First Home Super Saver” (FHSS) scheme, which lets individuals use up to $30,000 of voluntary superannuation contributions as a deposit.
It’s a little complicated but if it helps you get into the property market you might find it worth it. Here’s the important information.
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When you first agree to buy a property, your offer and the vendor’s acceptance of that offer is not binding until both buyer and seller have exchanged contracts, but you’re not finished until settlement occurs.
There are always technicalities during this “Cooling Off” stage so it helps to be aware of the process. It can be nerve racking for first home owners.
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Bad Rap, but close to Newcastle, Beaches and Lake!
Windale, a suburb of Newcastle, is portrayed as one of the most disadvantaged communities in NSW. It has some of the highest rates of unemployment, substance abuse and social housing in New South Wales but much of the social housing has already been sold to investors and first home owners and at VERY cheap prices!
Would you kick yourself if you didn’t invest in a property in one of the closest suburbs to Newcastle at these prices?
Continue reading “Windale is Redfern Twenty Years Ago — Should You Invest?”