Costs when Buying Property

Every now and again we get buyers viewing properties or visiting our show houses with no idea that there are transfer and registration costs payable when buying property. Some of them also think that this can be financed with the bond amount.

So just to shed some light on this subject, especially for first-time buyers ….

When buying property, the purchasers (in most cases) are responsible for paying  the Transfer Costs as well as the Bond Registration Costs to the Transferring Attorney upon request. This is done after all suspensive conditions in the Sales Agreement has been fulfilled and needs to be paid in order for the registration process to proceed. In the case where someone buys a property in a new development these costs or a portion of these costs may already be included in the sale. Most property websites and portals as well as banking sites have built-in cost calculators where these costs can be calculated. Please have a look at our website at http://www.steynrealty.co.za for more detail.

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Transfer Costs: Is paid on the full sales / purchase price.
Bond Registration Costs: Is paid on the bond amount only.

Both these costs are calculated by the Attorney firms involved according the a schedule and sliding scale. Please look at the following example:

Full Purchase Price: R 1 500 000
Deposit Amount: R  100 000
Bond Amount: R 1 400 000

In the scenario above, the following estimated costs will apply.

Property Transfer Costs (R 50 298.00)
Attorney Fees: R 23 598.00
Transfer Duty: R 25 500.00
Post, petties, FICA and other: R 1200.00

Bond Registration Costs (R 29 985.00)
Attorney Fees: R 22 800.00
Bank Initiation Fee: R 5 985.00
Post, petties, FICA and other: R 1200.00

TOTAL COSTS: R 80 283.00

The Purchaser in the above scenario will then have to have R 180 283.00 cash available to cover the deposit and costs. Costs cannot be added to the bond amount / purchase price as this is not allowed by the Banks or Attorney Firms.

It is very important that prospective buyers take the time to calculate all the various costs and payments that they will be liable for before shopping for a new property.

For any queries on the above, please feel free to contact us or send us an email to marnus@steynrealty.co.za / juanita@steynrealty.co.za

Hope you have a great day …… off to go sell some houses.

 

 

Fixtures and Fittings

Fixtures and Fittings ….

Every Offer To Purchase (‘OTP’) has / should have a specific clause where the Purchaser and Seller agrees on which fixtures and fittings to be included or excluded as part of the Sale Agreement. This is done by mutual agreement on presentation of the OTP. Once the OTP is signed by all parties involved it becomes very difficult to change any clauses or conditions and must therefore be done prior to acceptance. Sellers should, as part of the Mandate Agreement be advised by their agents to specify any inclusions or exclusions of fixtures and fittings in the mandate agreement so that prospective purchasers can be informed accordingly when viewing the property.

To make this process easier, our OTP includes the following items as standard fixtures and fittings thatMAY NOT be removed unless otherwise specified in writing. The specific clause reads as follows ….

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“The Property is sold with all fixtures and fittings of a permanent nature, which the Seller warrants are fully paid for, and owned solely by the Seller, including all existing garden trees / shrubs / plants, stove, electrical light fittings / shades and (if any) curtain rails / rods / pelmets / blinds, swimming pool equipment / filters / motors, fitted carpets, fitted kitchen storage units, post box, electrical geyser(s), TV aerial, DSTV satellite dish, burglar alarm system, door-bell / knocker, keys and remotes. All electrical items are to be in working order on date of occupation. The purchaser is aware that the radio transmitter connected to the alarm system (if applicable) is the property of …………………………………………Security Company”, where the radio transmitter is therefore excluded.

The OTP also gives the Seller / Purchaser the opportunity to specify any inclusions / exclusions to this clause. Inclusions would be any NON-fixtures that will be sold with the property. Exclusions would be any fixtures that will be removed are not sold with the property. Apart from the items mentioned in the clause above, fixtures and fittings in general can be understood as being as the following:

Any items that form part of the permanent structure of the property such as built-in cupboards and vanities, mirrors, towel and curtain rails, blinds, shutters, light fittings & switches, light bulbs, security systems, built-in heaters, fans and air conditioning systems, gate / garage door motors & automated systems or anything that is bolted, nailed or screwed onto the property can be seen as fixtures. If, for example, there are bathroom cupboards hanging on the walls of the bathroom with towel rails attached to the cupboards, Purchasers viewing the property could assume that these cupboards and rails are fixtures as they won’t know if the cupboards are bolted to the wall or hanging on screws / nails like portraits / paintings. Sellers might think that these are non-fixtures and remove them causing huge frustration and unhappiness when the new owners take occupation.

According to our OTP the complete DSTV dish or any other antennas / dishes, brackets and cables are also seen as fixtures and therefore, unless excluded, are sold with the property. As previously mentioned, the Seller should exclude all of these items during the listing and mandate process and prior to signing any OTP in order to avoid unnecessary unhappiness and disappointment later on.

Should any items, deemed to be fixtures, be excluded, the purchaser may request that it be replaced by the Seller with a suitable alternative / replacement item. Take the DSTV dish for example: If the Seller has a very expensive, multifunctional DSTV dish and “LNB” combination and he / she would not like to sell it with the property, it should be excluded in writing and replaced with a suitable replacement / alternative system if necessary. The Purchasers may also request that should any fixtures be removed from the walls of the property where it was bolted onto the walls, that the holes be filled and the walls painted, or not, depending on what has been agreed. Purchasers may also decide to include certain items that are non-fixtures such as loose standing cupboards, pot plants, curtains etc. which the Purchasers may or may not agree to.

All the above should be negotiated and written into the OTP prior to finalizing and signing of the OTP to avoid any future misunderstanding.

We hope that you find the information useful. Happy selling. If you need any assistance with the sale of your property in the Roodepoort, Gauteng area, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Marnus Steyn: 072 264 7806 / marnus@steynrealty.co.za

Juanita Steyn: 083 604 1231 / juanita@steynrealty.co.za

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I recently posted this article on our website in an attempt to notify sellers and future property sellers as to the potential pitfalls / costs when selling.

Just in the case of purchasers who need to do their homework before buying, making sure they are credit worthy and what they can afford, Sellers also need to do their homework ….

While touching on a couple of other issues, the article aims to outline most of the potential costs that Sellers may be responsible for during the sales and registration (transfer) processes. It covers the following:

  1. Avoiding Penalty Interest
  2. Bond Cancellation Costs
  3. Compliance Certificates
  4. General Condition of the Property and
  5. Nomination of the Transferring Attorney Firm.

You can read the article by clicking on the link below.

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For any sales or rental related queries or to get your property listed in the Roodepoort, Ruimsig, Wilgeheuwel, Little Falls, Constantia Kloof and surrounds …. please contact!

Marnus Steyn – 0722647806 / marnus@steynrealty.co.za

Juanita Steyn – 0836041231 / juanita@steynrealty.co.za

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SA Interest Rate and how it will affect buyers and sellers

THE SOUTH African Reserve Bank, during the recently held Monetary Policy Committee meeting (MPC) announced an increase in the interest rate of 50 basis points. This also meant an increase in the Prime Lending Rate from 9.75% to 10.25% – which means you will now have to fork out even more.

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As a homeowner, this suggest that you will now pay around R330 more per month for every R1 000 000 you owe the bank on a normal 20 year bond repayment period.

Many economists are, however, predicting that the interest rate will see a further increase by up to an additional 100 to 125 basis points towards the end of the year. This will raise the prime lending rate to from 10.25% to 11.50%.

What this will mean is that on a R1 000 000 bond taken over 20 years at a rate of 11.25% your repayment will be R 10 492.56 compared to a repayment of R 9 485.17 at a rate of 9.75%. With this forecast in mind, many homeowners could possibly decide to sell and downgrade.

The “theme” for this year will aptly be known as AFFORDABILITY and many articles have since been published warning the public not to incur additional debt if at all possible this year. Homeowners feeling the pinch of their bond repayments will have to cut down on unnecessary spending and luxuries in order to absorb these increases.

Many homeowners will decide to downgrade by selling and renting or buying something more affordable. Some investors feeling the pressure of multiple bonds and additional exposure might also decide to re-look at their portfolios and possibly sell-off some property.

This will mean an increase in property in the lower to medium price brackets as well as an increase in the demand for rental and affordable properties. Some investors, not affected by these rate hikes, will be keeping a close eye on the market and try to pick up some good deals. They normally have some cash and as long as the rental income makes sense, they will look at it.

Sellers need to make sure that they don’t fall into the trap of overpricing their properties. They need to make sure that they do their homework thoroughly and then enter the market at the right price bracket so that they can attract buyers. By making use of estate agents, which are specialists in the area where you are selling, you can easily get a couple of valuations and then get an opportunity to assess the situation from there. Don’t just go for the agent with the highest price as this could take too long to sell.

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Well priced, neat and well looked after properties will be seen as good value for money; they will attract more buyers and also sell much quicker. These properties that are overpriced and neglected will struggle to sell at the asking price and will have to drop in price eventually in order to sell. Having said that, I truly believe that every house has a buyer, as long as the price is right.

Currently there are property shortages in many price brackets which mean that sellers can possibly get a bit more for their properties as they have more negotiating power due to an undersupply. As more stock comes into the market, property prices will stabilize and qualified buyers will get more of an upper hand when negotiating on the purchase price.

Buyers also need to do their homework and find out what their credit scoring is and for how much they can qualify. Over and above that, they need to be clear on what they can afford taking all the costs and additional expenses of owning and maintaining a property into consideration. Many bond originators offer a service where they can, very accurately, assist buyers to check their credit scoring, affordability and determine what they will qualify for.

By keeping an open mind, speaking to the right people and getting advice and as much information as possible, you can make sure that you are ready for whatever the market brings. Owning property is still a fantastic investment with great advantages.

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For any assistance buying or selling property in Roodepoort and surrounding areas, please call Marnus on 072 264 7806 or email marnus@steynrealty.co.za

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Posts to come …..

So much is happening in the Real Estate market at the moment. Agents and agencies are fighting for a piece of the pie with less stock and most buyers struggling to qualify for bonds. Marketing of your brand, your stock and most importantly, yourself is becoming increasingly important for agents.

Most often than not, sellers want too much for their properties and they believe that somewhere out there is a buyer who’s prepared to pay more for their home than what similar properties have just sold for, and its up to the agent to find that 1 buyer!

Property websites are becoming more & more popular but many buyers are frustrated with all the duplicate and outdated stock on most of these sites. Not sure if we can solve this one but knowing how and why this happens might benefit buyers browsing these sites for properties.

Some issues I would like to blog about before 2013 ……..

1. Pricing right for sellers
2. Giving / Taking a sole mandate or not ….
3. Multi-Listing or not ….
4. What’s up with commission?
5. Finding your new home ….
6. Some smart marketing tips for agents ….
7. Stock on property websites …. what you as a buyer, and seller should know.

Watch this space for more details.

Happy blogging.