A classic question in the property market has always been – buy or rent? Rentvesting allows you to do both. It involves renting a place to live in at the same time as buying an investment property.
It’s an unfortunate fact that house prices in Melbourne are among the most expensive in the world. Many young Australians (Gen Y and Millennials) are convinced that entering the property market is simply beyond them, even with the help of their parents. Thirty-five years ago, the average home cost three to four times the annual average wage. Today, homes cost nearly ten times that amount.
Owning your own home has always been the great Australian dream and rentvesting can help to make it possible.
The advantages of rentvesting
Rentvesting can allow you to:
Enter the property market sooner.
- Generate rental income to help you with your investment property loan repayments.
- borrow more to buy a good property (because your tenant income can help with your repayments)
- Live in (rent) a better home than you could afford to buy so you don’t compromise the life you want to live now.
- Be more mobile than you would be if you bought a home to live in (for example, you can move more easily if you move for a career opportunity).
- Build financial wealth over time as your investment property increases in value.
- Pay less tax get because you can deduct your investment property loan interest and other associated expenses. You can’t deduct these expenses if you buy your own home to live in or if you rent your own accommodation.
Where should you rentvest?
There’s an old saying that there are three important considerations when buying property – location, location and location. It’s especially true when it comes to investment properties.
It’s easier to attract good tenants to investment properties in good locations. These properties also tend to increase in value by more over time than properties in less desirable locations.
Good investment property locations tend to be:
- in inner-city suburbs where there is usually high tenant demand, and/or
- in suburbs where good school, shopping, transport and entertainment facilities are available.
Ideally, you are looking for suburbs that will outperform the market average in terms of future growth. These opportunities always exist; it’s just a matter of doing your research to find them. You may be able to find yourself a bargain.
The bottom line
As with any financial decision, we recommend you seek independent advice to help you determine if rentvesting is appropriate for your financial circumstances.
How we can help
At ARG Finance, our experienced team of home loan brokers can help you to get an investment property loan. We’ll take the time to understand your individual circumstances so we can provide you with appropriate advice.
Contact us today for an obligation-free chat to find out how we can help you!
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