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Besides the deposit and monthly mortgage repayments, there are other fees to consider when buying a house. Things like pest and building inspections, borrowing costs, insurance and legal fees all add up.

The average Australian may pay more than $6,000 in unexpected upfront costs on average, according to research from Finder.

When you’re on a budget, every dollar counts. Let’s see what costs you will need to factor in when you buy a house:

Australian average unexpected home costs table
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Stamp duty

What is it? Stamp duty is a one-off state government tax that’s based on the purchase price of the property.

How much? It varies from state-to-state and changes frequently, but it can be well over $10,000. If you are a first homebuyer,  you may be exempt from paying stamp duty or entitled to a rebate or concession. Check out the First Home Owner Grants.

How we can help: We’ll calculate the approximate cost of stamp duty based on your location and property price. We’ll also check to see if you qualify for any government incentive schemes.

Borrowing costs

What is it? Lenders may charge fees to establish a new mortgage and to conduct a property valuation.

How much? These differ between lenders and loans, but you should factor in several hundreds of dollars. (Between $200-$700, according to Finder.)

How we can help: With access to multiple lenders, we’ll compare mortgage rates and fees to find the most suitable product for your needs. We’ll help you understand the costs associated with your mortgage, so you can factor these into your budget.

Pest and building inspections

What is it? Before buying any property, you should get a building and pest inspection to assess for structural, electrical or pest problems.

How much? Around $400.

Why do you need it? Gain a better understanding of how much it may cost you for repairs, or if you should avoid this property altogether. We encourage you to get an inspection to avoid nightmares down the road.


What is it? The legal transfer of property ownership into your name, and registering the property at the Land Titles Office. This is done by a solicitor or conveyancer.

How much? About $1,000 or more. The fee will vary depending on the complexity of the transaction.


What is it? As a stipulation of your mortgage, you’ll need proof of building insurance. This is a recurring cost that you’ll be responsible for as a homeowner.

How much? Varies depending on the provider and property. Shop around for the best price available. You can also bundle contents and auto insurance to save on the total.

How we can help: We partner with some of Australia’s largest Insurers who can help you find the right product for your needs.

Buying a new house is an exciting milestone. We’re here to help you understand these upfront costs so you’re not caught off guard. Give us a call to help you budget, discuss mortgage pre-approval and prepare you for your next property purchase.

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