Buying Your First Home? Here's What You Need to Know
What You Need To Know Buying Your First Home
home | Monday, 07 Aug 2017
Don't own a home, but would like to? You aren't alone; 93% of non-homeowners in Malaysia plan to own a home in the next few years. However, buying - or even affording - your first property can seem like a formidable task. To ease you through the process, we've outlined what you'll need to consider in order to choose the right home, the financial costs of buying and owning a home, and finally some useful tips that will help you as a new homeowner.
Choosing the Right Home
There are a plethora of options and factors to consider when choosing a home to buy. Here, we list some of the most important factors to take into consideration.
Costs of Buying a New Home
Of course, one of the biggest factors to consider when buying a home is how much home you can actually afford. Read on for a breakdown of costs you can incur during the process.
1. Down payment
Most banks will offer up to 90% of the property’s price for your first two residential properties. You will need to put a down payment of 10% to cover the remaining price.
2. Other Upfront Costs
You might be surprised to find out that there are other upfront costs to buying a home, such as legal fees and stamp duty costs, which could cause a serious dent to your bank account. Here, we look at the entry costs of houses valued at RM100,000 to RM600,000.
However, if you're a first time buyer, purchasing a property between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2018 will grant you a 100% exemption from the SPA stamp duty. Additionally, if you qualify for the My First Home Scheme (SRP), you may be able to obtain 100% financing, enabling you to buy a home without having to pay a 10% down payment.
3. Monthly Installments
Now that you've paid for the down payment and other upfront costs, you'll have to finance the rest of the purchase price with monthly installments after acquiring a bank loan. Here's an estimated guide of how much you may have to fork out monthly.
These numbers can seem intimidating, especially if you're a young Malaysian with limited savings or disposable income. In order to purchase your first home, you'll want to consider a savings or investment plan that can help you achieve your financial goals.
You can also consider the following government schemes that will help you afford your first home:
What to Do as a New Homeowner
So the house keys have been handed to you, and you are now the proud owner of your very own home...now what?
Don't forget that major events like fire, theft or major structural damages are the basics you need to get insured against. The right home insurance can help cover these losses. Allianz Smart Home Cover will even let you customise your home protection from structure to contents or even cater to your needs as a landlord. You'll have peace of mind knowing that the home you've spent your money on is well protected.
Even if you're comfortably paying your monthly installments, you'll need extra cash tucked away in the event of issues such as repairing faulty wiring or fixing burst pipes. Allianz Smart Home Cover even has a HomeFix component which allows you to choose a specialized home maintenance expert to handle areas which a new home owner might be unfamiliar.
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