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The three best types of investment properties

Updated: May 25

Interested in making property investment your means of wealth creation, but unsure on what's going to be the best type of investment property?


Well, we're here to help! As experts in the property investment space, we're going to share the most common types of residential investment properties that we're assisting our investor clients with.


In this article we'll be exploring the types of rental properties and how well suited they are to different strategies. We explored these strategies in our previous blog that you can access here.


At Real Estate Investment Finance we only deal with properties that are full turnkey. Such investment properties that we primarily assist our clients with are; house and land packages, townhouses, and apartments.


We'll be analysing each of these types of rental properties to help you decide what is more suitable for your real esate investment strategy. As a disclaimer - we must note that there is no one property type that's better than another. It all depends on your circumstanes and what you want to achieve as a property investor.


Investment property type 1: House and land packages


At REIF we find that NEW house and land packages make great rental properties. We only work with builders that offer full turnkey packages. Full turn key packages have all the essentials (stoves, dishwashers, lawns, fencing, etc.) included in the build cost.


House and land packages are one of the safest property types for real estate investors

There are numerous reasons why we choose new real estate investments. Primarily being that they're better in the long-run, due to low maintenance, improved tax implications and the pure fact being that they work better with adding more money back into your pocket!


Pro's of buying a house and land package


As opposed to established, there are great benefits to investing in new house and land packages. A few being:

  • Low maintenance and therefore lower costs in property upkeep

  • Builders warranty

  • The ability to design your rental property to suit it's investment needs

  • Land is ever-increasing in value. So, if the house depreciates over-time, the land will generally appreciate in value

  • Tax refunds. As the property depreciates you can claim this as a cost at tax time


Con's of buying a house and land package


There aren't many negatives associated with buying house and land packages. Though, the few downfalls that you may wish to consider are:

  • Sometimes it costs a little more, compared to established house and land packages

  • Servicing your loan throughout the construction process of building the property


Investment property type 2: Townhouses


Townhouses are a great investment. Once again, we only offer full turnkey townhouses to our clients. Refer to the below for pro's and con's of this investment property type.


Townhouses can be more affordable for real estate investors and offer high rental yields

Pro's of townhouses

  • They offer a greater sense of community for prospective tenants and residents

  • Often more affordable and can produce higher yields if your real estate investment strategy is to generate more money to pocket each week after costs

  • Easier to maintain

  • Most usually have common area amenities for residents to use

  • Generally bigger in size compared to an apartment


Con's of townhouses

  • Lower potential for capital growth due to lack of land

  • Reduced space which sometimes means less privacy

  • Strata fee's/body corporate fees


Investment property type 3: Apartments


Apartments are a great market for investors to chip into. They're one of the best rental property types due to their practicality for tenants, especially in built-up city regions. If you're thinking about buying an investment property that's an apartment, consider some of the pro's and con's.


Pro's of apartments

  • Less maintenance

  • Location and convenience

  • Appealing for those seeking an urban lifestyle, particularly within the inner-city

  • Can produce higher yields as they generate more profit after costs

  • Common areas for building complex to use


Apartments offer less maintenance for real estate investors and their tenants

Con's of apartments

  • Reduced potential for capital growth due to lack of land

  • Reduced space which can mean less privacy

  • Strata fee's/body corporate fees




Ready to find the right property for your property investment goals?


Want to take that next step as a property investor? If you think that you know what your strategy is for wealth creation, reach out for a free consultation with a REIF Investment Strategist. We will be able to help you map out your goals and assist you with finding the best investment properties to align with your circumstances.


For a free no-obligation consultation, reach out to us on the details below.


Ph: 1300 130 932

Email: clientservices@reif.com.au


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