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Real Estate Investment Myths (Part 1)

Updated: May 26, 2022

There are many misconceptions surrounding investing in proeprty. At Real Estate Investment Finance, we like to ensure that we're providing our clients with accurate information to ensure their making the most informed decision to benefit their investment strategy.

In this article we're going to share five out of ten common myths on the topic of real estate investment.

Myth 1: You should only invest in cities

This is probably the biggest myth you'll hear when buying an investment property. Property commentator, Michael Yardney has stated that some city suburbs actually present buyers with low rental yields, high prices and oversupply of property. If you're attempting to build a successful property portfolio, this can be damaging.

When buying an investment property, you should look for options that will provide you with the potential for long term growth. Properties that will provide long term growth are generally those with rising populations, infrastructure developments and future plans, as well as high levels of local supply and demand. Regional markets are proving to be great markets to invest in property. Ballarat, a regional market (located in Victoria) saw a 32.4% jump in median house price in the last three years, whereas Sydney's decreased by 1.7%.

Myth 2: You need a lot of money to be a real estate investor

DO NOT believe this myth! Everyone has to start somewhere, right?

Many people believe they need a lot of money to build their property portfolio. Though, they often neglect to consider this thing called equity, which is the current market value of your home. Equity is calculated by subtracting how much you purchased your house for by how much you're still owing on your home loan. You can use equity in an existing property to fund an investment purchase.

As a niche business, we assist investors from the beginning to end process of real estate investing, we have a team of finance specialists who can sit with you to map out your finances. Our specialists review your current financial situation to determine the costs and returns that you can expect to generate from a positively geared investment strategy.

Fun fact: did you know that most investors who own at least two to three properties are earning average wages?

Myth 3: You should only buy in locations that you're familiar with

Similar to only buying in cities, many investors think that they should buy an investment property in a nearby suburb to where they're living. Though, this isn't always the best move. In fact, it doesn't matter where your investment property is located, so long as you are purchasing one that will see you maximise on returns.

When looking at property, establish your investment strategy. Determine what it is that you want to achieve from it. Ideally you should be looking at lifestyle features that the area will offer potential tenants. You also need to determine the economic and infrastructural components within the property's location. When researching the right location, look for the following factors:

  1. Vacancy rates

  2. Rental yields

  3. Past capital growth trends

  4. Demographic data

  5. Stock on the market

  6. Average time to sell property

At REIF we have a property acquisitions team that is monitoring the best markets and locations. Our property specialists will be able to work with you to determine the best location for you when buying property.

Myth 4: You need to wait for the right time to invest

It's not about timing the market, rather, it's about having the right time in the market. The truth is, property values are only expected to increase in coming years. Across Australia, we're expected to see a 30% increase to housing values within the next three years. Housing inventory is low at the moment but demand for houses is high. If anything, this moment in the housing market is proving to people that they shouldn't wait. Now is the time to invest!

Myth 5: Negative gearing is a good investment strategy

In the current market people are investing to make money from day one, not hope that their investments are going to work for them in the future. At Real Estate Investment Finance we work with investor clients to ensure that they're buying property that's positively geared. This helps them to generate a passive income. We work by structuring our clients finances to ensure that they're property is cash flow positive and can put anywhere between $50 to $300 + into their pocket each week after bills and tax.

Reach our for a FREE consultation

If you're interested in real estate investing and building your property portfolio, we'd love to be able to assist you. For a FREE no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists, feel free to reach out on the details provided below. There is truly no better time than now to make property your investment strategy. So don't wait!

Ph: 1300 130 932


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