Property Investment Guide

The kind of investment property that you want to purchase will depend on your goals. You have to consider whether you want to buy a property and hold on to it for long term capital growth. For this strategy to work effectively, you need to consider the location where you want to buy. Property prices can usually increase in older, well established suburbs where renovation is possible on a bigger land and also in areas where property prices will increase due to the growing population.

Other investors purchase property for the rental yield. Positive income returns happen when your investment income is higher than your investment expenses.

Negative gearing is when the cost of owning a property is higher than the income it produces.  If the rent you get for an investment property is less than the interest repayments, strata fees, maintenance and other costs, your investment is negatively geared, or making a loss.  This loss can be offset against your income, reducing your income tax bill.

Whether your investment property is negatively geared, or getting a positive rental income, you can claim expenses relating to your rental property for the period your property was available for rent.

About the author

Obu Ramaraj Obu Ramaraj has been a mortgage broker since 2009. She has written over $80 million dollars of loans and still maintains a personal touch to all her clients, no matter how small or big your deal is because she enjoys helping people achieve their dream of buying their own property. By sharing her knowledge and experience she hopes to instil confidence in anyone looking for a home loan. Her attention to detail and drive to achieve the best result for each and every client are enviable assets in the home loan industry. Obu is passionate about helping all home buyers feel comfortable with the property buying process; however her strongest passion is to help more people become self-assured property buyers. Her goal is to increase their financial awareness and have more people buying houses from a very early age, comfortable in the knowledge that they have made the right choice for their circumstances.