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.

 

 

Are you pricing yourself out of the market??

We live in the information age where information such as property values can easily be accessed by the public without the help of an agent or agency. Looking at the information on the various websites such as Property24 and Private Property, buyers can see which properties are well priced within the area where they are shopping. They won’t waste their time going to see the properties which are over-priced and will only focus on those ones that are priced according to the area average. There are some stunning properties out there but “PRICE” is still the main factor that will attract buyers.

If buyers are so well-informed, surely SELLERS should also be …. or not? As a seller, before you blame your agent for not selling your house quick enough, have you done the following?

  1. Do you know which properties in your street have recently sold and for how much?
  2. Do you know which similar size properties in your complex or estate have recently sold and for how much?
  3. Have you seen the condition of any of these properties that have recently sold around your property?
  4. Have you had a look on the websites, in the area where your property is situated, what the properties are listed for and how long they have been listed for? These properties will be your competition should you decide to list.

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A professional and experienced agent can assist you with all of the above and can provide you with the information, they also use their experience and industry knowledge to recommend a marketing / listings price at which the property should be marketed to get maximum exposure. By doing some of your own homework you will also see which agents are just out to “Buy” a mandate on your property and which are serious about their business. Give yourself enough time and evaluate the various valuations from as many agents as possible.

Don’t get sidetracked by the sales pitch …. Look at the marketing price and compare it to your own homework.

Factors such as the area, location, specifications, offering, overall condition, finishes and security (to mention a few) are also very important in determining the price but in the end, if two properties offer the same and they were listed for the same price, the property that is in a better condition will sell quicker at a price closer to the asking price (or even for the full asking price) than the one that is not in a good condition. If the one which is in a good condition is far over-priced, out of the area average / market buyers won’t be interested.

Fashionable_Businessman-051.pngBottom Line: Properties that are priced correctly will sell within 12 weeks of being listed ….. If it hasn’t sold within 12 weeks, your problem is the “PRICE” and your agent should have alerted you to this. Ask yourself the following question: “As a buyer, looking for the type of property that you are selling, would you consider buying your own house at the asking price you are asking?”.

For an honest, free, no obligation assessment in writing of the value and possible selling price of your property in any area from Sterkfontein, Honingklip & Pinehaven in Krugersdorp & Roodepoort all along Hendrik Potgieter to Radiokop & Allen’s Nek including Helderkruin, Constantia Kloof, Kloofendal and Weltevreden Park …. give Steyn Realty a call, we can assist. We also specialize in rental portfolio management and procurement of tenants.

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

Juanita Steyn / 083 604 1231 / 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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