Whether you are a frst time property investor or a property portfolio owner, cash ﬂow is critical. There are many ongoing, and sometimes surprising, costs associated with holding investment properties. Numerous unending costs include insurance, body corporate/strata fees, council and water rates, property management fees, land tax, maintenance and repairs.
According to a recent ‘Super Shortage’ study, for Australians to live the retirement lifestyle they aspire to from 65, their savings will last just five years. With the average life expectancy of Australians being 82.5 years old, this creates a super shortage of 12.5 years.
Australians LOVE a holiday and while overseas travel is high on the list for many of us we are also blessed with an abundance of fabulous holiday destinations in our own backyard. For some of us, when we find a piece of paradise on home turf the lure of our own holiday hideaway is strong. Be honest! Have you ever checked out real estate prices at your favourite holiday spot?
We recently chatted to a client who has been investing in residential property for over 25 years. We asked her “What do you know NOW that you wish you knew BEFORE you started investing?” In fact she listed over 20 tips! We thought we would share with you her top seven insights.
With a generation of baby boomers entering retirement there is no end of information on downsizing a home. On the other hand, for a generation of homeowners with entirely different needs what do YOU need to know when it comes to upsizing your home?
We’ve all seen the headlines – ‘Housing affordability crisis’, ‘Will Gen Y ever own a home?’, ‘Young buyers turn to bank of mum and dad’ etc. Yet despite media reports of an ’affordability crisis’ in the Australian housing market, recent research shows that one in every five Australians owns an investment property – an increase of 3% since 2015.
When we hear of properties selling at eye-watering profit margins it is tempting to think the vendors got ‘lucky’. Shows such as ‘The Block’ also create the impression that it is easy to jazz up a bargain buy (if you can find one!) and then ‘flip it’ for a quick profit.