Guide for First Time Buyers in Malta

Thinking of buying your first home? For many, buying a property is the greatest investment of a lifetime – so it’s not something to be taken lightly, or done quickly. With careful planning and time, as well as help from the experts throughout the process, you will be well on your way to becoming a fully-fledged homeowner. With so much to consider, it’s not surprising that the very idea of being a first home buyer could make you nervous. Here’s a checklist of tips to guide you as you take steps towards buying your first home.

Confirm Your Budget

Malta and Gozo are full of properties of all shapes and sizes, in varying locations and suiting every budget — so it’s crucial to establish what you can afford even before you search for your ideal first home. Your first step is to check your finances, and gauge if you will need to take out a loan. If you do, you’ll need to set up a meeting with your bank to discuss the limit of the amount you may borrow, which is usually set based on your salary or a combined income if you are buying jointly with a partner or spouse. Factor in any other expenses you may already have such as the architect’s visits and contingencies for refurbishment, whilst keeping in mind the utilities and general maintenance that would be required before moving in. Once you have your figure, don’t forget to also take any other costs into account, such as furnishings or notary fees and stamp duty which may affect the amount you can reasonably afford to spend on the property. Read this page for more specifics on home loans in Malta.

Property Needs, Wish List and Searching

What we want and what we need in a property can often differ. Even though you might long for five bedrooms and a sea view, you may actually need only three bedrooms in a home where a convenient location for your commute is more important than the vista.

By writing down both your list of wishes and your list of needs for your new home, you will be better equipped to communicate exactly what you are looking for to your agent, including your absolute deal­breaker points as well as any bonus items.

Location, location, location

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential properties, now is the time to consider the location of each one in more detail.

Based on your present circumstances and future plans, how well-connected is each house to family, friends, schools, work and so on? Is its location quiet or busy, or does it offer sufficient parking or other local amenities? Each of these considerations could make all the difference between your dream home today, and what will be your dream home in the years to come.

According to a recent survey, it takes an average of 11 property visits to find the perfect home. If you have seen more than that maybe you need to re-clarify what you are actually after and refine your criteria. Make sure you are on the right track.

Make an offer

Now that you’ve hopefully found your first home, you need to make it yours. As well as the price that is being proposed by the seller of the property, it’s a good idea to check out the prices of other similar properties in the area with the help of your agent.ontract is then registered at the Public registry, and the keys to the property are handed over to you – a proud home-owner. Your next headache is moving all your personal items to your home!

Being mindful of your budget as set in point #1, then you may be in a position to make a reasonable offer on the property, and to negotiate. Once you and the seller have agreed on the purchase price, a date is then set to sign a ‘Promise of Sale’ or Konvenju, which is a contract between the buyer and seller that sets out the terms you have agreed in writing.

This Promise of Sale agreement will also include a specific date on which you will meet again to sign the final contract, following a period of time in which the particulars of the property will have been double­checked by the relevant experts.

Sign on the dotted line

After all the planning, lists, searching and checking, at last you can sign the final deed on your new property, and officially become a homeowner.

At that point, you will also need to settle any outstanding balances such as notary fees, stamp duty and your deposit, and your property agent will be able to guide you to make sure you’ve completed everything that you need to do.

Once the contract is registered with the Public Registry, the keys are yours, and it’s over to you to set about making this house into your dream first home!

Speak to a member of the RE/MAX team today to start your journey towards buying your first home in Malta or Gozo.

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€50,000 - €100,000

This Townhouse is set in a beautiful pedestrian road in the village core of Rabat. 20-minute drive from Valletta and airport. Close to all amenities, Rabat historic sites and walking distance to Mdina. This property comprises of two rooms and a toilet. Once converted this property will make a fantas ...read more

€ 55,000

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€ 80,000

Cospicua - Maisonette highly recommended as a rental investment or as a bachelor"s pad . Situated in the heart of Cospicua close to all amenities such as Restaurants, Church , and University. Layout comprises of a welcoming kitchen/living/dining, bathroom and bedroom on elevated floor . Ready to mo ...read more

€ 85,000

MSIDA - Set in the old part of this town a Solitary Maisonette with its own airspace for further developement into a two/three bedroom house. Good value and ideal for a couple or first time buyers. ...read more

€ 89,500

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€ 90,000

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€ 90,000

BUGIBBA- A studio APARTMENT served with lift measuring approximately 80 sqm at basement level situated a few meters away from the promenade, having an open plan area consisting of a kitchen, living, dining and a bedroom (all in one room), a shower room and a small yard. The property has planning per ...read more

€ 92,000

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€ 93,000

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€ 93,000

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€100,001 - €150,000

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€ 118,000

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€ 138,000

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€ 143,000

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€ 149,000

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€ 150,000

€150,001 - €250,000

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€ 185,000

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€ 190,500

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€ 210,000

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€ 245,000

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€ 245,000

€250,001 - €350,000

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€ 265,000

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€ 265,000

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€ 285,000

Swieqi - Brand new on the market fully finished two double bedroom Maisonette. Consists of an open plan, kitchen/living/dining, main bathroom, en-suite and good size back yard. Maisonette is sold in luxury finishes including bathrooms and doors. Freehold ...read more

€ 295,000

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€ 360,000

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€ 364,000

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€ 390,000

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