Off The Plan Purchase in Maitland & The Hunter Valley


An off the plan purchase is a property investment strategy that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It involves purchasing a property before it has been built, based on the plans and designs provided by the developer. This approach has many advantages, including potential capital gains, lower entry costs, and the ability to customize your property to your liking. However, it also comes with some risks that you need to be aware of before making a decision.

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Benefits of an off the plan purchase

  1. Lower entry costs: One of the biggest advantages of an off the plan purchase is the lower entry costs compared to buying an established property. You only need to pay a small deposit, usually 10% of the purchase price, and the balance on completion, which could be years away. This allows you to secure a property at today’s prices without having to come up with a large sum of money upfront.
  2. Potential Capital Gains: Another benefit of an off the plan purchase is the potential for capital gains. As the property is not yet built, you have the opportunity to purchase at a lower price than the market value when the property is completed. If the property market rises during the construction period, you could potentially make a significant profit by selling the property before or after completion.
  3. Customisation: When you buy an established property, you’re stuck with what’s already there. With an off the plan purchase, you have the ability to customize your property to your liking. You can choose your preferred fixtures and fittings, color scheme, and even the layout of the property. This can be a major advantage for those who want to create their dream home or a property that stands out from the rest.

Risks of an off the plan purchase

  1. Delays: One of the biggest risks of an off the plan purchase is the potential for delays. Construction projects can be delayed for many reasons, such as bad weather, labor disputes, or material shortages. If the completion date is delayed, it could affect your financial plans and lead to additional costs, such as temporary accommodation.
  2. Changes to the property market: The property market is unpredictable, and there is always a risk that the market could decline during the construction period. If this happens, you may find that the property is worth less than what you paid for it, leading to potential financial losses.
  3. Developer liquidation: There is always a risk that the developer could go bankrupt during the construction period, leaving you with an incomplete property and potentially losing your deposit. To minimize this risk, it’s important to do your due diligence on the developer before making a purchase and ensure that they have a solid track record of completing projects.

Tips for a successful off the plan purchase

  1. Do your research: Before making an off the plan purchase, it’s important to do your research on the property market and the developer. Research the location of the property, the amenities in the area, and the potential for growth in the future. Look into the developer’s track record and their financial stability to ensure that they are a reputable company.
  2. Get legal advice: Off the plan purchases can be complex, and it’s important to get legal advice before signing any contracts. A lawyer can review the contract and ensure that it protects your interests, and clarify any legal jargon that you may not understand.
  3. Understand the contract: The contract for an off the plan purchase can be quite different from a standard property purchase contract. It’s important to understand the terms and conditions, including the estimated completion date, what happens if the completion date is delayed, and any clauses related to changes to the property during construction.
  4. Monitor construction progress: Once you’ve made an off the plan purchase, it’s important to monitor the construction progress to ensure that everything is on track. Keep in touch with the developer and ask for regular updates on the construction progress. If there are any delays or issues, you can address them early and avoid any potential financial losses.
  5. Prepare for settlement: As the completion date approaches, it’s important to prepare for settlement. This includes arranging finance, organising insurance, and conducting a final inspection of the property to ensure that everything is as expected. You should also ensure that you have the funds available to pay the balance of the purchase price on settlement day.
David Allen, Principal & Maitland Solicitor at Hills Solicitors
Daniel Allen, Maitland Solicitor at Hills Solicitors
David Allen, Principal & Maitland Solicitor at Hills Solicitors

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