Financial Management FNCE90060
Semester 2, 2019
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One of most common and significant financial decisions people make is whether to buy or to
rent a home. In Melbourne, a family-sized home in a suburb within 20km of the CBD costs
roughly $1 million. The maintenance costs are approximately $6,000 per year, growing by 2%
per annum. By comparison, the annual rent for a similar home is approximately $36,000.
To purchase, a buyer needs to pay a 20% down payment on the purchase price, as well as a
stamp duty (tax) of 5.5% payable to the state government. Loans are currently available at
about 3.5% interest per annum per on 30-year loans.
Suppose the buyer will sell the house in 10 years. They must pay 30% capital gains tax after
the sale of the house. The tax is calculated as 30% * (sale price in ten years minus original $1m
sale price). If sold at a loss, the capital gains tax is negative, meaning the buyer receives a tax
credit for that amount.
For simplicity, we’ll make the following assumptions:
1. The buyer pays cash for the down payment and stamp duty and borrows the remaining
80% of the purchase price.
2. Other than the down payment and stamp duty, all cash flows occur lump-sum at the end
of the year. This means that a) we’ll estimate loan repayments assuming 30 annual
payments are made, the first starting in one year; and b) the first year’s maintenance or
rent will similarly be due in one year.