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Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Consider Off-The-Plan Apartments

9 May, 2022

Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Consider Off-The-Plan Apartments

Is buying an off-the-plan apartment the right choice for you?

Off-the-plan has become an attractive real estate option due to its array of potential benefits that continue to entice both real estate investors and buyers alike.

What is buying off-the-plan?

Put simply, Off-the-plan properties are available for purchase before the property has been built. Apartments and townhouses are typical examples of real estate types that can often fit into the off-the-plan category.

When purchasing an off-the-plan apartment, the price is fixed, and a contract with the developers is executed without a physical examination of the property (as it’s not yet built).

However, you will be provided with complete transparency over project information such as property plans, images, floorplans, amenities, finishes, and computer-generated images (CGIs), which give a clear picture of what is to expect.

Despite not being able to conduct a physical inspection of the finished property prior to purchasing, there are important financial and peace of mind benefits to consider when buying off-the-plan.

Here are 8 of our top reasons you should buy off-the-plan.

1. Create YOUR own home

An existing property may be challenging to deal with if you want a home that represents your uniqueness. The building time allows for design feedback.

On many properties, you may be able to work with the developer to choose from a variety of design options. This can include the colour palette, flooring material and even kitchen or bathroom finishes. Buying off-the-plan means you often have the first pick of the apartments available, putting you first in line to select the best apartment in the complex based on your requirements. Including access to a wider variety of floorplans, levels, aspects and availability of parking spaces.

For investors, a new home could be seen as a more attractive option to renters and this would typically enable you to create a higher rental yield compared to other surrounding existing properties. 

2. Deposit Benefits

When buying off the plan, the typical deposit amount is set at 10% (sometimes even as low as 5%!). This deposit is paid at the time of exchange, where a formal agreement between the developer and the buyer is made, and the remaining balance does not need to be paid until the building is complete (which is when you will settle). This is the perfect opportunity to save! 

3. More time for saving

Construction time provides a buffer period to help you build up financial assets. This allows you to set up or reset your financial strategy and prioritise spending, save for a larger deposit, or pay off debt. As a result, off-the-plan apartments may be a better method to maintain financial security during the home-buying process. Time is money!

4. Take advantage of Capital Gains

When purchasing off-the-plan, the purchase price of the property is locked in at the time of exchange. Therefore, the price was fixed at the time of contract signing and will stay the same, regardless of what happens in the property market. The construction time can allow for capital growth as the property has the potential to appreciate during this time!

5. Claim Tax depreciation

Interested in renting out the home after it’s finished being built? When you file your tax return, you may be eligible to claim tax depreciation on the property and some of the contents as the Australian Tax Office (ATO) recognises these slowly depreciate in value each year. 

6. Your purchase is protected

You can be certain that security measures are in place to protect your future off-the-plan apartment purchase. Fair Trading New South Wales (NSW) has put in place a number of safeguards for every off-the-plan sale in NSW. 

Developers are obligated to provide additional relevant information about the property. This includes a disclosure statement in the contract outlining important aspects like sunset dates and other conditional events, as well as drafted papers like a plan, projected timetable of completion, and so on.

From 1 December 2019, all deposits and/or instalments paid under an off-the-plan contract must be held by the stakeholder (Usually the selling agent’s company or a third party) in a trust or controlled money account during the contract period. This money cannot be released to the developer before settlement, meaning that deposit and instalment monies are protected.

7. Save on Stamp Duty 

In most cases, stamp duty must be paid within three months of the contract’s exchange date. For off-the-plan purchases, there is a stamp duty concession that allows stamp duty to be deferred for up to 12 months after your exchange date – deferring this payment and giving you time to save for it!

There are also many stamp duty concessions available for first home buyers, where you may not have to pay any stamp duty at all – Find out more here!

8. Save on repair/renovation costs

When buying pre-built real estate, there’s always a risk it’ll have some defects and difficulties due to previous owners neglect.

Problem solved! – An off-the-plan purchase can avoid this common issue because it rewards the buyer with a brand new, top-notch home that is unlikely to require any costly, drastic adjustments or repairs in the near future.

Therefore, you won’t have to worry about mildew, cracks, defective floors, or any other faults and concerns with the property, that you may often find with existing properties!

More and more Australians are choosing to buy off-the-plan due to the many financial and lifestyle advantages mentioned, as these are desirable by prospective buyers. 

Is off-the-plan buying for YOU?

Consider the advantages we’ve mentioned to plan out your next property purchase or speak with us by enquiring below!

 

AUSTRALIA PRIVACY STATEMENT

Last updated: August 2020

INTRODUCTION

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WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOLD?

Under the Act Personal Information is defined as information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual that is reasonably identifiable, in whatever form and regardless of whether it is true or not (Personal Information). The Act also defines a subset of Personal Information as sensitive information (for example health records, racial or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, criminal records).

The types of Personal Information we collect and hold will depend on the circumstances of collection and on the type of service we are providing. For example, when we are engaged to sell a property, we may collect and hold Personal Information from both the seller and potential buyers such as name, address, email address, telephone numbers, employment details and details about their business.

We may also collect and hold certain sensitive information that is reasonably necessary for the provision of our services, including health and criminal records. If you provide us with any sensitive information, you consent to us collecting that information and handling it in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

HOW WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may collect Personal Information about you directly when you deal with us over the telephone, send us correspondence (whether by letter, fax or email), have contact with us in person, visit our websites or complete hard copy or online forms.

There are also circumstances where we may collect Personal Information about you from someone else. For example, from:
• Market research companies contracted by us to obtain information so that we may improve and market our services;
• Your employer;
• Other agents and valuers who may be involved in the services we provide;
• Property developers who contract us to market properties;
• Publicly available information and databases;
• Any of the companies within the St Trinity Property Group (both local and overseas);
• and Anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf.

We also automatically collect certain information when you visit our websites or our subscribers receive promotional emails from us via cookies and other tracking technology (such as web beacons), some of which may be capable of personally identifying you. Such information includes the type of browser and operating system you are using, your IP address and how you use our websites.
Depending on the type of service you or our customers have requested, we may also seek to collect information about someone else from you (for example, contact details of your solicitor, emergency contact person or tenant). However, you must not provide us with Personal Information about another person unless you have clear consent from that person to do so, told them that their Personal Information will be handled in accordance with this Privacy Policy and directed them to where they can find it.
Regardless of how it is collected, we handle Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

WHY WE COLLECT, HOLD AND USE PERSONAL INFORMATION

We generally collect, hold and use your Personal Information for the purposes for which it is provided to us (which will usually be obvious at the time of collection), related purposes or as permitted or required by law. Such purposes may include:
• Acting as agent for vendors or purchasers in relation to the sale of a property;
• Acting as agent for owners or tenants in relation to the leasing and or valuation of a property;
• Project management services;
• Structured advisory services;
• Town planning services;
• Capital allowances services and other consulting services in relation to the property market;
• Administration of our business, such as collection of overdue commissions or outstanding fees;
• Responding to client enquiries and communicating with you from time to time to maintain contact and keep you updated on the services you have requested;
• Forecasting future needs of our services and general quality assurance and training purposes;
• Engaging in legal proceedings and/or enforcing judgments and/or orders;
• Complying with the applicable legal or regulatory requirements and/or orders of competent authorities;
• Providing you with promotional and marketing information, including market research reports, newsletters, event invitations and/or property market information relating to our products and services which we think may be of interest to you; and Any other purpose identified at the time of collecting your Personal Information.

We generally use information automatically collected by cookies and other tracking technology to identify you as a valid user, ensure that no one else can sign on simultaneously with your account from another computer and help us serve you better based on your registration preferences. We may also use cookies to help us facilitate any promotions or surveys that we provide. Third parties whose products or services are accessible on our websites may also use cookies, and we advise you to check their privacy policies for information about their cookies and other privacy practices.

DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may disclose your Personal Information to third parties as may be necessary for any of the purposes stated in the above section. Such third parties generally include:
Our third party providers, contractors, consultants, agents and/or representatives (such as law firms, banks, financial institutions, insurers, IT providers, mortgage referral services providers and/or wealth management services providers) who provide services to us or on our behalf, including to:
• Conduct valuations;
• Assist with obtaining payment from creditors;
• Operate data centres;
• Conduct market research;
• Provide advice;
• Potential buyers, tenants, conjunctional real estate agents and brokers for the purpose for which the information was collected or for related purposes (for example to complete a transaction on your behalf or provide you with a service that you requested); Anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf;
• Any of the companies within the St Trinity Property Group and their related companies; Government authorities, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, courts, tribunals and/or parties to the legal proceedings where you have consented to this or we are required or authorised to do so by law;
• Debt collection agencies; and/or Any other third parties identified at the time of collection of your Personal Information.

DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION OVERSEAS

Some of the third parties listed above to whom we may disclose your Personal Information are located overseas. For example:
Our information technology and business process service providers that are located in countries including (but not limited to) the Indonesia, India and Philippines; and Our overseas clients that are located in the same countries as the companies within the St Trinity Property Group.
Our contracts with these parties generally include an obligation for them to comply with Australian privacy law and this Privacy Policy.
However you acknowledge that, by agreeing to the disclosure of your Personal Information to these entities outside of Australia, we will no longer be required to take reasonable steps to ensure the overseas recipient’s compliance with the Australian privacy law in relation to your Personal Information and we will not be liable to you for any breach of the Australian privacy law by these overseas recipients. On this basis, you consent to such disclosure.

ACCESS, UPDATE AND CORRECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the Personal Information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, we also rely on you to advise us of any changes to your Personal Information. If you are able to access your Personal Information by logging on to an account you have with us, it is your responsibility to ensure your information is accurate, complete, relevant and up-to-date.
On request we will provide you with access to the Personal Information we hold about you, including for the purpose of correcting or updating that information, unless otherwise required or permitted by law.
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If we refuse to provide you with access we will provide you with a written notice that, at a minimum, outlines reasons for the refusal and the complaints mechanisms available to you.
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We take reasonable steps to protect any Personal Information that we hold from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, alteration and disclosure. For example, we implement IT security procedures including password protection, firewalls and site monitoring and we store your Personal Information on a secure server.we store your Personal Information on a secure server.
However, data protection measures are never completely secure and, despite the measures we have put in place, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information. You must take care to protect your Personal Information (for example, by protecting any usernames and passwords). You should notify us as soon as possible if you become aware of any security breaches.

DIRECT MARKETING

When you register as a member on our websites, you will be given a choice as to whether you want to receive e-mail messages from us, including newsletters, announcements and e-mail communications about our latest news, products or services. To the extent the relevant local law requires us to seek your consent, we will only send such messages to you if you opt-in. If you do not wish to receive direct marketing calls or materials, you may use the unsubscribe facility in the marketing communication or contact our Chief Privacy Officer using the channels prescribed below. Further, as a registered member with us, you can modify your choice at any time by accessing your registered account with us. We will stop using your Personal Information for direct marketing if you so request.

PRIVACY ON OUR WEBSITES

Our websites may contain links to the websites of other entities. If you click on such links, you will be transferred to the websites of these entities. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy practices of these entities. You should read the privacy policy of these entities to find out how they handle your Personal Information when you visit their websites.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT?

If you wish to make a complaint about a breach of this Privacy Policy or the Australian Privacy Principles of the Act you can contact us using the contact details below. You will need to provide us with sufficient details regarding your complaint together with any supporting evidence. Our Chief Privacy Officer will investigate the issue and determine the steps that we will undertake to resolve your complaint. We will contact you if we require any additional information from you and will notify you in writing of the outcome of the investigation. If you are not satisfied with our determination, you can contact us to discuss your concerns or contact the Australian Privacy Commissioner via www.oaic.gov.au.

PRIVACY & SITE CHANGES

St Trinity Property Group may update this Privacy Policy from time to time so please review it periodically for changes. If the changes are significant or substantive, they will either be advised to you in writing or posted on our websites at www.sttrinity.com.au. Your continued use of our websites or services, requesting our assistance or the provision of further Personal Information to us (directly or via an authorised person) after this Privacy Policy has been revised, indicates your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy.

OUR CONTACT DETAILS

If you have a query relating to this Privacy Policy or wish to make a complaint, please contact us using the following contact details:
• St Trinity Property Group
• Chief Privacy Officer

• PO Box 1235
• Menai NSW 2234
[email protected]

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Privacy Act in Australia and protecting your privacy, visit the (external link) website below:
oaic.gov.au