Which comes first, the home or the investment property?

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Owning a free-standing home in the suburbs has always been the Great Australian Dream, but according to a white paper from Mortgage Choice in conjunction with research firm Core Logic Data, 70 per cent said ‘there is a need to imagine a new Australian dream that is more in line with reality’.

Mortgage choice suggests the Great Australian Dream is evolving to simply owning a home or investment property in a ‘desirable’ area. Regardless of whether that property is a free-standing house or an apartment, buying and owning any type of property is now the number one goal for Australians.

So which is it to be? A home or an investment property?

There are pros and cons to both of course but first and foremost, you’ll need to speak to a financial advisor to find out what you can afford, work out your long-term goals and then decide on whether to buy a home or an investment property first.

Here are a few points to consider when making your decision.

Pros for buying an investment property:

  • Lots of tax deductible benefits.
  • Depending on how you set up your investment, you may earn an income from it.
  • More people are happy to rent a smaller apartment if the location and amenities are right for them.
  • Interest only loans are available, which means you can get a better cash flow.
  • You’re not limited to locations and can even buy interstate.
  • The property can be used as leverage for future borrowing and can help you build a property portfolio.
  • It can be used to help you achieve long-term financial independence.
  • Once you’ve created your property portfolio, you can then buy the home of your dreams.
  • Invest in a property in an affordable area while you rent a property in your preferred neighbourhood.

Pros for buying a home first:

  • Stamp duty has been abolished for first home buyers of existing and new properties costing up to $650,000. First home buyers also benefit from stamp duty concessions for properties of up to $800,000.
  • As long as you keep up with the mortgage repayments, you have the security of knowing the place is yours – unlike renting where you may have to move at the end of a tenancy agreement.
  • You won’t need to pay capital gains tax when you come to sell it.
  • The property can be used as leverage to buy an investment property later down the track.
  • As a first home buyer you may be entitled to one of the New South Wales Government’s first home buyer grants.

Property ownership is still within many people’s grasp; interest rates are still at a record low, so when you’ve spoken to a financial specialist, come in and talk to us. Having been in the business for over 40 years in the Newcastle and Cardiff area, we do know a thing or two about property!

If you’d like to know more about investing in property, our talented team would love to share its knowledge with you.

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