The difference between a sound property investment and a less than desirable property experience can come down to research and communication – strong research into the area you’re interested in, coupled with open and honest communication with your agent and property manager.
Do your sums to make sure that it’s something you can afford to do. Speak with a mortgage broker or your bank to get pre-approval in place and understand all of the costs involved and how much you can afford to borrow. Be aware of the extra costs of stamp duty, capital gains tax and land tax if applicable.
Look to buy a property that you would be happy to live in yourself. I think if the home is more appealing then there’s a greater chance of securing a better quality tenant. It will also help in the long run if, and when, you decide to sell. Also be on the lookout for an area that’s going through redevelopment or an area that’s improving with facilities such as shops, schools and transport.
Don’t get caught up with emotion. Remember it’s an investment property so try to buy logically and not emotionally. The numbers need to add up and make sense to ensure that it’s a sound long term investment.
Remember that investing in property is a long term investment. The longer you own the property the more equity you build which will then help build your property portfolio. Give the property time to appreciate in value. Find an experienced property manager to help you source the right tenants and manage the property on your behalf. They’ll be able to provide the right advice to help maximise rental return and keep the value in the property by taking care of any maintenance issues and making sure the rent is being paid on time.