There are still many folks confused as to the relative value and meaning of strata titles and green titles. There are still many buyers who only want green title properties and overlook great buying opportunities because they misunderstand what strata titles are. There are 2 main types of strata titles, one being ‘survey strata’ which is the subdivided land sometimes with some common property, the other is ‘strata’ which is more common among units and apartments and comprises buildings and common property. A third type of strata is ‘vacant lot strata’ which is very rare – avoid this one at all costs!
Both green and strata title are freehold meaning you genuinely own the property. It is very important that you check the strata plan when making a purchase as no two are exactly the same. Also look carefully for any restrictive covenants and non-standard by-laws.
One common concern with strata titles is that you may need to pay a quarterly strata fee. Again it is important that you check what this is and what is it for. In many cases it is for common insurance on the buildings and/or common property and some minor upkeep and very often is lower than what you pay for the same insurance and upkeep of a green title property.
Survey strata land for all intents and purposes in the vast majority of cases is really identical to green title and to miss out on this at a good price could be a wasted opportunity.