Taking property investment plans off hold

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5 August 2014
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Property investment is becoming a popular wealth creation strategy for many homeowners who have created wealth through the value of their property increasing, generating rental income and reaping tax benefits. 

Being uncertain about the practicalities of what’s involved, however, or being unfamiliar with the costs associated with this type of investment holds some homeowners back from pursuing their property investment dreams.

When considering an investment property strategy, be sure to factor in purchase costs (e.g. inspection fees, stamp duty, legal fees and loan establishment costs) and ongoing ‘holding’ costs, including mortgage repayments, building maintenance/repair costs, Council fees and utility bills, as well as management and letting fees (e.g. advertising for a tenant).

If your property is part of a strata scheme there are strata fees payable and if your investment is a house, there’s annual land tax. Don’t neglect landlord insurance, either, which safeguards your investment and rental income if, for example, your rental property was damaged in a storm, a fire, or through theft.

On the tax side, there are deductions to take advantage of, such as depreciation (the writing down of the cost of an asset over its life) of items such as furniture and carpet. Consult your accountant to get a complete picture of associated costs.

An ideal investment property should cost very little to ‘hold’, and ideally the rent should cover the loan repayments and outgoings, but this isn’t always the case so research your purchase thoroughly. Property investment should be considered a long term strategy as rental returns may not always meet your expectations and the property value cycle may vary over the life of your investment.

Mark, from Sydney, who has a growing property portfolio in Sydney and Brisbane, suggests: “In addition to the recommendations you’ve received from your financial advisor, ensure you do your own due diligence and be completely comfortable about the level of debt you’re taking on.”

Having bought investment properties interstate, Mark suggests keeping up to date with market rent and having a property manager onboard to resolve tenancy issues and building repairs quickly and effectively has helped him manage his interstate portfolio.

If you’re looking to buy and investment property, your Gain Financial Adviser can help you find a loan that’s right for your needs, to help make sure you’re maximising the performance of your investment.

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Jeff Suter

Managing Director at Dark Horse Financial
Jeff is a long term property investor and provides clients with both residential and commercial finance strategy for a living.

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