by Dato' Chris Chin
Today, the Ministry of Finance announced that the stamp duty rate on transfer instruments (MOT/DOA) shall remain at the rate of 3% for property worth of more than RM1 million instead of an increase of 1% (from 3% to 4%) which was announced previously by our Prime Minister, Dato Sri Najib in Budget 2017
Having said that, the following is the stamp duty rate for the year of 2018:-
Property Value: First 100,000
Stamp Duty rate: 1%
Property Value: Subsequent up to 500,000
Stamp Duty rate: 2%
Property Value: 500,001 onwards
Stamp Duty rate: 3%
One should know that transfer of a property will not only incur legal fees but also stamp duty on the instruments of transfer, which is to be paid to the Collector of Stamp Duty. Indeed it is very important for one to know the rate of stamp duty and cost which will incur on the transfer of property transaction.
Following Budget 2017, there is an increase from 3% to 4 % for the rate of stamp duty on instruments of transfer of real property worth more than RM1.0 million with effect from 1st January 2018.
Pursuant to the announcement of Budget 2017 by our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on 21.10.2017, First-Time Home Owners can enjoy a great advantage to own their first home as they will enjoy 100% stamp duty exemption on the instrument of transfer (MOT) and loan agreement for first home at the maximum value of RM300,000.00 .
First Home Valued between RM300,000.00 to RM500,000.00
For first home valued between RM300,000.00 to RM500,000.00, the stamp duty exemption will only be given to the first RM300,000.00 and the remaining balance of the value of the residential home is subject to the prevailing stamp duty rates.
Youth Housing Scheme
Can you afford a place to call home especially in Klang Valley? It is undeniable that the sharp rise of house prices over the last 2-3 years had created difficulty for many people, especially the youth, who simply cannot afford to buy a house especially in Klang Valley.
A two-bedroom apartment in Klang Valley would cost at least anywhere between RM400,000.00 to RM500,00.00. Even if the bank approves a 90% loan to finance that apartment, the down payment would cost about RM40,000.00 to RM50,000.00. This would mean that a frugal working adult whom are able to save RM1,000.00 monthly, can only afford his first house 40 months later (that makes 3 years plus). Let's face the reality, by 3 years time, that apartment would cost at least 30% more. And can you really save RM1,000.00 monthly by living in KL with the few thousand ringgit salary monthly?Can you afford a place to call home especially in Klang Valley? It is undeniable that the sharp rise of house prices over the last 2-3 years had created difficulty for many people, especially young working adult, who simply cannot afford to buy a house especially in Klang Valley.
Let us look at the scenario below:
A two-bedroom apartment in Klang Valley would cost at least anywhere between RM400,000.00 to RM500,00.00. How much do you need to purchase this two-bedroom apartment?
TOTAL : RM 52,250 -RM65,450
Can you imagine how much you need to save each month in order to afford RM 52,250 -RM65,450?
The phrase "free legal fees" as advertised by developers is no longer alien to us. In fact, we would think that when we purchase any property direct from the developer, many of us will ask if there is any " free legal fees ". What does the phrase " free legal fees " connotes? Does it mean that we do not need to pay a single cent for legal fees? At least the literal interpretation of the phrase " free legal fees " suggests so. Click below to read more.
When we plan to purchase a property, the only factor most of us consider is the down payment and purchase price of the property, especially if you are planning to get your first property. You should take into account other costs involved such as legal fees and stamp duty for your Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA / S&P) and Loan Agreement and valuation fees (if any).
What is Down Payment?
Stamp Duty for Memorandum of Transfer (MOT) and Loan Agreement
Legal Fees for Memorandum of Transfer (MOT) and Loan Agreement
Legal fees is payable to the appointed lawyer who will prepare Sale & Purchase Agreement between purchaser and vendor.
Valuation Fees (Secondary Market only)
For capital valuation/rating valuation services based on an “Improved Value” basis.