How To Find Your Ideal Investment Property

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Finding a great investment property requires discipline and due diligence around the organisation of your finances. You have to be on top of your mortgage and tax obligations, as well as potential income and tax benefits from negative gearing and write-offs. Seeking professional financial advice is a great first step to avoid any unforeseen costs.

Picking the right property to invest in requires an equal if not more amount of attention than buying a home. Before purchasing your investment property, it is crucial to figure out your expected financial benefits before purchasing one. Are you seeking an outright profit from day one, or is the purchase strategic to minimise tax? Perhaps you would like to develop a long-term wealth portfolio?

To help you in your search, here are nine critical considerations when deciding on an investment property. 

Investment Tip #1: Vacancies

Research the number of vacant rentals around your target area. This may indicate if there’s a demand or an oversupply in the area. In other words, try not to pick an area with low demand and an oversupply or somewhere that doesn’t attract good quality renters.

Investment Tip #2: Rental Rates

Compare the rental rates for similar properties in the area. You can also request a rental appraisal from your sales agent prior to purchasing the property. That way, you will have a rough idea of your returns.

Investment Tip #3: Future Developments

Are there any significant developments about to come on to the market? If so, what type of developments? A release of several hundred apartments places pressure on rental incomes which can result in a short to medium-term fall in values.

Investment Tip #4: Employment Opportunities

Areas with readily available work are excellent locations. Therefore, picking an area with local employment opportunities is beneficial. If there is a casual workforce and strong hospitality, the area will be great to invest in! This is usually evident in tourism centres and university towns.

Investment Tip #5: Entertainment

Location close to cafes, restaurants, and movie theatres will attract young professionals as tenants. That is why researching your surrounding amenities is so important to target the right demographic for your investment property.

Investment Tip #6: Neighbourhood

Know the neighbourhood as the locality will influence the type of renter. Locations near a university will usually attract students and lecturers. In addition, surveying the type of restaurants nearby could be a good indicator of the area’s demographic.

Investment Tip #7: School

A rental property near a school is an ideal investment property, especially if you’re thinking of investing in a house. Families who rent are usually longer-term tenants which mean less paperwork and fewer vacant days.

Investment Tip #8: Crime Rate

Seek advice from the local police or check the internet for local crime statistics. Crimes such as vandalism and petty crime can drag down the value of your investment and diminish rental returns. 

Investment Tip #9: Council Rates

Check on council rates in your favoured locations. You might be surprised at the difference from one council area to another.

Calibre Real Estate

Purchasing an investment property can be a daunting experience. Here at Calibre, our team of experienced Sales Agents are ready to lend a hand.

Get in touch with us on 07 3367 3411.

In Summary

How To Find Your Ideal Investment Property

  1. Vacancies

    This may indicate if there’s a demand or an oversupply in the area. In other words, try not to pick an area with low demand and an oversupply or somewhere that doesn’t attract goo

  2. Rental Rates

    Compare the rental rates for similar properties in the area.

  3. Future Developments

    Are there any significant developments about to come on to the market?

  4. Employment Opportunities

    Areas with readily available work are excellent locations.

  5. Entertainment

    Location close to cafes, restaurants, and movie theatres will attract young professionals as tenants.

  6. Neighbourhood

    Know the neighbourhood as the locality will influence the type of renter.

  7. School

    Rental property near a school is an ideal investment property, especially if you’re thinking of investing in a house.

  8. Crime Rates

    Seek advice from the local police

  9. Council Rates

    Check on council rates in your favoured locations.

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