Before you decide to invest in any property it is essential to consider any risks involve

Investment essentials

The property you select will highly depend on your affordability factors as well as long-term investment goals. Before you decide to invest in any property it is essential to consider any risks involved, to grow your knowledge and always get advice from experts to have a clear understanding of everything involved.

If you would like help to determine a property that fits in with your investment strategy then we provide you with access to some great tools to help you get an investment that suits your particular circumstances.

Buying a property to rent out is a popular form of investment. Houses and units are easier to understand than many other types of investments, yet they do have some issues you need to be aware of.

Before you enter the property market, check if this type of long-term investment suits you

Where and what you buy will affect your return on investment. The following tips will help you develop your own criteria for a good property investment.

Where to buy

  • Think twice about investing in property markets you are not familiar with
  • Look for areas where high growth is expected, in other words where there is potential for capital gains. Property experts regularly provide tips on up and coming suburbs, just make sure you are aware of any biases they may have
  • Look for areas where rental income is high compared to the property value
  • Research recent sale prices to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay for property in the same area
  • Find out about the vacancy rates in the neighbourhood. A high vacancy rate may indicate a less desirable area. This may make it harder to rent the property and may make it difficult to sell in the future
  • Research proposed changes in the suburb that may affect future prices. Things like planned developments or zoning changes can affect the future value of a property. Don't assume that last year's boom will continue this year.

What to buy

  • Look for properties with features that will appeal to as many people as possible, such as a second bathroom, lock up garage or somewhere close to shops, schools and transport
  • Look for a property that will attract more than one segment of the rental market such as singles, couples, young families or retirees
  • Low maintenance costs are important
  • Units can be easier to maintain than houses, although you will have to pay body corporate fee