The Do’s of Investment Property
There are many different properties investing strategies, and no single strategy is perfectly suited to meet everyone’s needs. An investment property is real estate bought for the purpose of generating income. Choosing the right strategy will depend on your income, life stage, time availability, skill, and risk factor comfortability. Before becoming a property investor or adding another property to your portfolio, it’s always important to ensure you have done your homework and understand what you can afford. There can be many additional costs to buying a property and all of them need to be factored in along with potential interest rate movements in the future.
DO BUILD IN A CASH BUFFER
There will always be an element of risk, regardless of your investment. It’s important to try to reduce that risk as much as possible. Buying the best quality properties you can in the best locations is key. It is also just as important to have plenty of spare cash on hand for any unseen circumstances, such as emergency repairs. Having a cash buffer will reduce that risk and give you more time to ride out any bumps.
DO BUY IN THE BEST LOCATION YOU CAN AFFORD
Buyers and renters are attracted to areas that are close to work, schools, transport, and leisure facilities, and will often pay a premium for them. As affordability becomes more and more of a problem with ever-increasing property prices, the limited supply and high demand in the good suburbs may continue to sustain those higher prices.
DO GET PROFESSIONAL ADVICE
"Professional investors hire the best experts they can throughout the entire process including accountants, lawyers, valuers, building inspectors, property managers, and buyer’s agents. The best professionals are often very busy and are successful property investors in their own right." Info from Pam Pester, Commercial Real Estate Agent
DO CONCENTRATE ON THE NUMBERS
Numbers tell you virtually everything and are cold and hard, which is just what you want when making investment decisions. Most property investors aim to make money, and the numbers don’t lie.
DO CONCENTRATE ON THE LONG TERM
Property is a long-term game, especially when it costs five to six percent to buy and two to four percent to sell before capital gains tax. It’s essential that you buy the right property in the first place and don’t have to sell soon after, as that can quickly make any profit disappear.
DO LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL POSITIVE OUTCOMES
The value of your property may rise enough for you to sell and make a profit. You can benefit from tax deductions on your rental property, such as mortgage interest, property taxes, and expenses like advertising, repairs, and insurance. You can gain consistent income from long-term rentals. You can pay down your mortgage with rental income and build equity in the property.
When investing in real estate, the goal is to put your money to work today so you have more money in the future. The profit, or return, you make on your investments must be enough to cover the risk you take and the taxes you pay. Real estate investing can really be quite simple once you understand the basic factors of investment, economics, and risk. You buy properties, avoid going bankrupt, and earn money through rent, all so that you can buy even more properties.
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