Property investment has a lot of potential benefits, and it can help you build up a substantial wealth, in time of course. However, property investing has some risks, and no one can guarantee that everything will go ok and that the money will build up.
Less risky than shares, property investment attracts many people and has two major benefits: the tax advantages from negative gearing and capital growth.
Negative gearing in property investment means buying with money that came from a loan that has the annual ‘rent’ less than the loan interest and the expenses paid for the property’s maintenance together. Doing this brings benefits from taxes and the most important thing is the interest of your mortgage.
Capital growth represents the money made from the value of your properties. This is not guaranteed, because you have no guarantees that the value of a property will raise.
If you plan on starting to do some property investing you don’t have to start by investing in a place where you also live in. You can for example buy an apartment that you can then rent out. Furthermore, property investment that’s done in a place which you are not going to occupy takes some of the stress and emotion of what and where to buy.
One of the first things you must consider after you’ve decided to perform a property investment is where to buy. It is recommended that you try to buy in a growing area that provides everything a tenant is looking for: shops, transportation, and leisure.
Another useful tip if you plan on renting is to choose an apartment instead of a house because they are easier to maintain and a great part of the expenses are shared with the others.
Risk in property investment is that the value of the property you bought may decrease, and you may be forced to sell the property quickly, so consider this when buying and try to pick an area where you know you can always sell the property with no efforts.
And the last piece of advice about buying and renting a property is that before doing the property investment you can ask a little about the history of tenancy in the area, if there are many tenants, if there are periods when the apartments aren’t occupied.
After doing the property investment in a property that will be rented you can pay your ‘rent’ for the loan from the bank, if you got one, and when the ‘rent’ is finished you will no longer be negatively geared, but positively geared. This way you’ve made your property investment pay for itself. Not being negatively geared anymore makes you lose the tax advantages, but you should still be able to make a profit.
If you want to get into property investment but you feel that you don’t have the time to manage and take care of everything, you can hire a property manager that will take care of the property management for you. The fee for such a thing is somewhere around 5% of the profits, but it has many advantages, you save a lot of time and you will benefit from the experience and knowledge property managers have in this domain. These people deal with rentals and tenants daily so they know a lot about this.
Another thing you need to do is trying to keep up with all the changes that occur in property investment and property investing taxation laws.
These are the basic things you should know about property investing if you want to start investing in property.