Tips for starting your property portfolio 

Tips for starting your property portfolio 

Starting your own property portfolio may seem daunting, although with a few sage tips you can avoid unnecessary pitfalls and ensure success!  Be clear on your goals  Be clear on what you are trying to achieve from property investing. Be specific about the financial outcomes you looking to achieve from property investing, and in what time frame you want to achieve this in. Property is just a vehicle to get you to the financial position to give you the lifestyle you desire – ask yourself, “is it passive income, or a net equity position, or is it a combination, and when do you want to achieve this by?”  Be educated  We’re playing with large sums of money, and most often buying a property will be the biggest financial decision you will make in your lifetime. It still baffles me that some people spend more time researching a weekend getaway than they do buying a property. There are some great online platforms including Smart Property Investment, Australian-specific property investing books, podcasts, online forums, networking events, and free seminars.  It’s in the strategy  It’s important to understand what financial outcomes you are trying to achieve from investing in property because this will dictate the strategy you adopt, and how passive or active you need to be. It’s also important to assess your risk appetite dependent upon your situation. Some well-known strategies are buy and hold, renovation, flipping, development, and joint-venture to name a few. It might be a combination of these, however always be clear on what outcomes you are trying to achieve.  Build your team  Once you’ve created what you believe is...
How to buy property the right way

How to buy property the right way

Buying property has definitely got its upsides and its downsides. The skill lies in navigating these in your favour in order to make your property investing most profitable.  The most common words of wisdom heard from those that do well with their investments are; buy with your head, not your heart; and the profit is in the purchase.  This is where most investors and especially those new to property investing, go wrong. Most tend to treat buying an investment property just like buying their home, which translates to an emotional buy. This is where most go about it the wrong way too.  Commonly, we tend to look at agents’ windows, websites and the big property portals for suitable properties to find an investment. Yet, there are other ways to go about it if you want to buy with the added value of either having fast capital gain, scope for improvement, sub-division or even development potential.  Ultimately, when we want to buy any other product at the best price, we look at ways to buy from those that need to sell, how we can get it at a reduced price; buy it at wholesale or direct from the producer. Come to property, most investors look only at the retail end, which in most cases means that they are paying a premium price to begin with.  ‘The biggest profit is made at the point of purchase’, I have been told too many times from successful investors to ignore.  Just like a personal trainer at the gym, or a life coach for your career development, a property investment mentor are available to help you to understand...
Why high-end properties are not the key to real estate wealth

Why high-end properties are not the key to real estate wealth

It may surprise many first time investors that purchasing well-located lower-priced properties can deliver higher rates of capital growth than properties located in much more expensive suburbs.  In areas such as Perth and Brisbane, for example, you can still purchase well located properties in suburbs with a median house price of less than $500,000 that can achieve greater annual capital growth rates than properties in suburbs with a median house price of above $1 million.  First time investors should take the lead from the large number of people whose wealth has been based on buying affordable properties in well located areas.  There are literally thousands of wealthy people throughout Australia who at one stage in life bought a very affordable home as their first home and then used this as a stepping stone to create personal wealth over the long term. How to buy affordable property; Check if there are any upgrades in affordable areas to local infrastructure such as new schools, shopping centres or transport. New infrastructure can increase the value of properties by making homes in these areas more appealing to buyers.  The best areas to buy affordable properties are locations with high population growth rates. You should target affordable properties in these locations with as much land content as possible.   Make contact with a number of agents to check what type of properties are most in demand in the local area. This will give you an indication of what type of property will appeal to future buyers if you decide to sell.  Check with the local council to find out which suburbs have any future potential...
Building a property savings plan

Building a property savings plan

As property prices rise rapidly in some capital cities, the savings for a deposit on a property often represents a significant chunk of a person’s yearly income. Yet this amount should not dissuade would-be investors! Whether you already own property or are planning your first purchase, buying an investment is an achievable goal. If you’re a first-time buyer… Set a target Putting aside money that could instead go towards indulgences is not an easy task. It’s even harder when you have no clear plan or purpose. People really struggle with savings unless they have a specific goal in mind. Saving needs to be a mind-set. You really need to want to succeed. This alone will help build up your savings. Sitting down with a mortgage broker or financial adviser can increase people’s motivation by giving them a clear understanding of their goals. While five or 10 per cent deposits allow people to get into the property market faster, lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI) can dramatically add to the monthly cost of a mortgage. If you know that saving an extra $10,000 is going to save you $5,000 in lender’s mortgage insurance, that’s pretty good motivation. First-time buyers should be aware that the costs of buying go beyond just the deposit. Legal fees, inspections, stamp duty and repairs all need to be taken into account when saving. For investors, for untenanted properties, an initial vacancy period might also add to the cost. You’re also going to have to pay an agent to find a tenant. Investors who take these issues into account from the start are less likely to be hit...
What to consider when buying smaller

What to consider when buying smaller

There are benefits to buying smaller dwellings such as units, townhouses and villas as they generally required less capital to purchase and were often positioned amongst stronger infrastructure. When looking to break into the property market, there are a myriad of particulars to consider. Your list will include where and what to buy, often leading to some confusion about which kind of property will be the right fit.   How much capital Where investors can buy is often determined by how much capital they have to contribute to their mortgage. Dependent on location, a unit, townhouse or villa could be a cost-effective option for those investors looking to swiftly add a new listing to their portfolio or simply enter the property market for the first time. If you’ve got limited capital, then you are probably going to go to something cheaper which is, for the most part, going to be a unit or a townhouse as opposed to a house. However units were only good for investors so long as the strata fees are realistic and the building itself is in good condition.   Avoid the fancy stuff While investing in smaller dwellings could indeed be a cost-effective way for new investors to enter the market, this is only true so long as investors don’t aim for the “flash stuff”. Don’t aim for the “flash stuff” where there are gyms, pools and the concierge downstairs. You’ve got the associated costs with that which pushes the strata fees up.   Distance to infrastructure Employment and infrastructure are two of the underlying factors to an investment’s success In comparison to houses, units,...
The best way to become a powerful property investor

The best way to become a powerful property investor

Securing a powerful property investment portfolio can be an amazing source of financial security. But when getting started, it is vital that the right steps are followed.   Why are you doing it? Be clear about your reasons for choosing to invest in property instead of other asset classes such as shares. Some do it for the wrong reasons, such as trying to keep up with their neighbours or friends who are investing. Property investing is not a competition.   Understand the risks Just because prices have been growing consistently for a number of years doesn’t mean they’ll go on indefinitely. Growth in value is rarely consistent and linear. Precise capital growth is hard to predict. Sometimes there are vacancies or tenants that default. There are ways to reduce these risks, but they remain a part of investing in property. If the area is in high demand, discounts are virtually non-existent as vendors know they could get the price they want.   Be a long term investor There’s no guarantee that you see growth quickly. While some areas may experience rare short-term surges, the majority of suburbs go through periods of slow to no growth before values rise. Be prepared to hold your property for at least 5 years if you want to make a solid gain. Make sure you have a solid cash flow to maintain your property to avoid selling prematurely.   Learn, learn, learn While you’re building your deposit, learn everything you can about property investing. Buy a few books from a range of authors to get a variety of opinions. Once you start hearing the...