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Broaden Your Investment Property Horizons!

- Saturday, October 16, 2010

Determining where to invest is one of the many key questions an investor grapples with before considering investing in property.


Typically, investors consider investing in their own backyard. That is, the suburb in which they work, live or play in. The underlining basis of such a decision, is investing within one’s comfort zone.


With this premise in mind the questions to be asking are:
Q: How well do you really know the suburb?
Q: Are emotions influencing your decision making process and providing you a false sense of knowing?
Q: Are you basing your decision on facts and figures?

To obtain a clear understanding of how well you actually know the suburb, you may want to ask yourself some of the (but not limited to) following questions:

  • What is the current and historical vacancy rate of the suburb?
  • What is the Median rent?
  • What is the Median value for a new/or old 1 and/or 2 br apartment, townhouse, etc?
  • What does the supply versus demand ratio of stock look like?
  • Is the suburbs population growing or shrinking?
How did you go? Where you able to answer the questions accurately? If you did you may be feeling somewhat more confident about your decision. Nevertheless, if you already own property in the same suburb (that is, your house or principle place of residence) investing in the same area will subject you to concentration risk.

If you already own multiple properties in the one State, the other implication you need to be wary of is Land Tax. Land Tax is a State based tax. The more property you own outside of your principle place of residence, as the land values increase, the more arduous it will become to hold your portfolio.
To mitigate these risks or costs, you should not only be considering another suburb, (but depending upon your investor profile) you should be considering another City or State. Geographic diversity is just one of the many attributes Aviate can assist you with.

Finding the right investment property requires research and due diligence. When properly selected, an investment property can have good potential for capital growth and provide a steady rental return. Industry knowledge and specialised service are keys to finding investment opportunities. This has once again been demonstrated by Aviate and confirmed by an independent panel of experts in this month’s (September) issue of the Australian Property Investor (API) Magazine.

The API used the following points, (which our investment property provider agrees with unless otherwise indicated) in reference to using the Hot 100:

  • View the list as a guide to finding areas worth researching for future investment.

  • Don’t buy a property in a particular location simply because it’s included in the Hot 100. Just because it’s on the list doesn’t mean every property in that area is guaranteed to perform well.

  • Buy for the long term. The Hot 100 is designed to highlight locations that are expected to see price growth in the coming 12 months, but property is best viewed as a long-term investment. The API’s expert panel was asked to choose suburbs that would perform well in the short term, as well as the medium to long term. (Aviate’s view is that some of the suburbs selected are questionable).

  • This list is not your due diligence. You must perform your own, more detailed research into locations you’re going to invest in, as well as the specific property you’re buying. (Aviate extensively documents its research in its Property Investment Reports (PIRs). The PIRs assist investors in making educated decisions on future investments).

To find out how our property investment provider can assist you with geographic diversity and other property investment related matters, feel free to contact us.

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David Carruthers is a credit representative (Credit Representative Number [400226]) of BLSSA Pty Ltd (Australian Credit Licence No. 391237).