Building a property portfolio is a rewarding yet often complex process which requires planning, research, consulting, and most of all strategy.
How does you know where to begin? Here, BMT Tax Depreciation provide the steps to building your investment property portfolio and how to get started.
Define goals and expectations
It is important to have goals when investing in property, as well as a realistic way to achieve them.
This is where professional advice can be handy. A financial adviser will determine if property investment is appropriate for your personal financial scenario. They will determine your risk tolerance and find the most effective way to achieve your set goals while protecting personal assets and wealth.
Put equity to good use
Home equity is the difference between the market value of a house and the outstanding balance of the mortgage. For instance, if a property is valued at $800,000 and the remaining amount left on the mortgage is $300,000, there is $500,000 in equity. The $500,000 in equity can then then be used as a deposit on another property.
This method allows you to purchase property without putting down another cash deposit, which removes one of the largest obstacles of property investment.
Look for opportunities for capital growth
While no one can accurately predict which areas will have substantial capital growth there are strong indications.
When purchasing an investment property researching the area is essential – it’s important to consider plans for housing developments, proximity to schools, hospitals and shopping precincts, commute times and local job opportunities.
For instance, you may find an investment property in a regional town two hours out of a major city that’s quiet now but if there are plans for expansion it may be a gold mine for capital growth within the next five to ten years.
Buying a property that appeals to a large demographic of tenants is key to building a successful property portfolio.
Rentvesting is a progressively popular way to get into the property market, especially for first home buyers.
Rentvesting is a strategy in which you purchase an investment property in an area that fits within your budget whilst renting a home in which to live in an area that suits your lifestyle.
Rentvesting allows investors to maintain their lifestyle while building their investment portfolio. It holds valuable benefits other than homeownership including negative gearing, depreciation deductions and equity build up.
Renovate, renovate, renovate!
While style preferences differ between tenants, renovated homes are highly sought after.
Renovating even small areas or a couple of rooms in your investment property can increase your rental return considerably. Installing built-in wardrobes, updating flooring, adding a fresh coat of paint and updating areas like the kitchen or bathroom will all attract tenants and can further increase capital growth.
And these aren’t the only benefits of making improvements. You will also benefit from heightened depreciation deductions.
Optimise cash flow by claiming depreciation
Depreciation is the natural wear and tear of a property and the assets within it over time. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows owners of income-producing properties to claim this as a tax deduction.
Claiming tax depreciation reduces your taxable income, meaning you pay less tax. You may be eligible for thousands of dollars in depreciation deductions each year.
BMT Tax Depreciation conduct physical site inspections to ensure all claims are maximised and fully compliant with current ATO regulations. To learn more about depreciation call BMT on 1300 728 726 or Request a Quote.
Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS, AVAA) is the Chief Executive Officer of BMT Tax Depreciation. Please contact 1300 728 726 or visit bmtqs.com.au for Australia-wide service.
Article written by BMT Tax Depreciation