Off the plan

Here’s how it typically works:

Initial Stage: The developer announces plans for a new development, whether it’s residential, commercial, or mixed-use.

Expression of Interest (EOI): Interested buyers can reserve units by paying a minimal deposit, up to $5000, which secures their right to purchase the property while contracts are drawn up. Once contracts are finalised a deposit of 10% is payable to the developer and held in trust.

Completion: Once construction is finished, the buyer completes the purchase by paying the remaining balance.

Off-plan buying offers several potential benefits:

  • Potential for Capital Appreciation: Buying off-plan may offer the opportunity for capital appreciation as property values tend to increase during the construction phase and after completion.
  • Customization: Depending on the stage of construction, buyers may have the option to customize certain aspects of the property, such as finishes or fixtures.
  • Payment Flexibility: Developers often offer flexible payment plans, allowing buyers to spread payments over the construction period.

However, there are also risks associated with off-plan buying:

  • Delays: Construction projects may face delays due to various factors such as permitting issues, construction problems, or economic downturns.
  • Changes in Market Conditions: The property market can fluctuate, and there’s no guarantee that the value of the property will increase as expected.
  • Quality Concerns: Buyers may not have the opportunity to inspect the finished property before purchase, leading to concerns about quality or discrepancies between expectations and reality.

Overall, off-plan buying can be a lucrative investment strategy for those willing to accept the associated risks and uncertainties. It’s essential for buyers to conduct thorough research, assess the reputation and track record of the developer, and carefully review all contractual terms before committing to an off-plan purchase.