What You Need to Know as a First-Time Home Buyer
Buying a house for the first time is never an easy affair. There are so many things to consider, and a massive amount of long-term financial planning is required – making the whole process a very daunting one from the start.
However, if you’re a first-time home owner, and don’t press that panic button and tap out just yet!
We at GoBear understand the struggle and would like to help you make better-informed decisions with the following list of seven must-knows when it comes to buying a house for the first time in Malaysia.
We’ve also assembled examples for each item, using a house with the purchase price of RM600,000 as an example.
With these pieces of information under your belt, you’ll definitely be on your way to becoming ‘Malaysia’s Next Best First-Time Home Owner’, so read away!
|Document/Fee||What is it?|
|Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) Legal Fee||
The legal fee is derived from percentages of the purchase price of a house. Based on current tiered rates for SPA legal fees, you would be looking at a payment of RM5,800 for a house that is valued at RM600,000.
|Loan Agreement Legal Fee||
|Memorandum of Transfer (MOT)||
For a house that is valued at RM600,000, the MOT will be RM12,000.
There you go! Five potential fees or charges that you should pay attention to when buying a house for the first-time.
Each has a large effect on the amount of money you will have to pay for your dream home, so do be sure to account for them when undertaking the planning of your finances for your big purchase.
Let's not forget that you should consider the following too when considering your first property.
The location of your desired house can make a huge difference in the valuation or the purchase price of that house. Houses in cities, for example, are far more expensive than those in rural or less-developed areas.
Houses which are nearer to large array of features and infrastructures - like public transport hubs and malls - will also be more costly. For instance, according to Brickz, a landed house in Subang Jaya's popular SS15 costs around RM900,000 while one in USJ 12 costs RM610,000.
Buying a house in a housing estate that has a lot of facilities will be far more expensive than that of a simple and basic residence in a low-cost housing area.
The sam applies to apartments and condominiums. Serviced apartments will be far more expensive than bare and basic ones, as they come equipped with access to a wider range of facilities and services, and are often fully furnished.
Ultimately, you should always remember to purchase properties that you can actually afford. Houses require maintenance too, and this maintenance will become more expensive as time passes. This is why you should budget adequately at all times – instead of exhausting all your funds from the get-go in pursuit of a luxurious and lavish home!