Five Tips for Property Investor Success

There are five key things you can do to accelerate your climb up the property ladder. Investing in property can involve significant financial commitment and also requires regular dedicated time and effort. Before making your investment, it is worthwhile considering the following top tips that may help you climb the property ladder.

Time in the market not timing the market:

Did you know the national index remains 15.9% higher relative to five years ago, highlighting that most property owners remain in a strong equity position. This is despite the National broad based weakness, where values have been trending lower for seventeen months and have fallen by a cumulative 7.4% since peaking in October 2017. When investing always go into property with a long term plan as often the best gains come with time in the market and not timing the market.

Location, Location, Location: Investing in an area where there is strong demand for rental accommodation may significantly increase your investment return. Besides rental return, you may also be looking for capital gain. If possible, try investing in an area that has already seen its downturn and may be ready for, or beginning, its next stage of growth. New developments or expanding regions can offer great appeal. These options may be attractive to young couples or young families and may often be associated with new infrastructure and amenities such as schools, park lands and shopping precincts.

Do your research: Regardless of whether you purchase a new or established property, it may be valuable to enlist the services of a professional building inspector. An authorised inspector will check for signs of termites, salt damp, and other inconspicuous damages which may be costly to repair in the future. Before purchasing an investment property, it may be worthwhile seeking professional realty advice to determine the appropriate rental price. Setting the rent too high may make it difficult to find a tenant, while setting the rent too low may place you under financial pressure, limit your rental income and potentially attract unsuitable tenants.

Consider a property manager: The experience and knowledge of a professional property manager may outweigh the cost of their services. Astute Realty can assist in finding suitable tenants as they have experience in screening prospective tenants and have access to a database that lists tenants with a history of defaulting on rental repayments, damaging property and eviction. As well as finding tenants, property managers are able to ensure all the required procedures take place, such as conducting property inspections, collecting rent and liaising with the tenant on behalf of the landlord. If you choose to self-manage your property, it may not be realistic for you to be able to attend to maintenance issues promptly. Delayed maintenance may lead to increased repair costs, poor professional relationships with tenants and susceptibility to legal liability claims if the tenant or their guest is injured.

Appropriate insurance cover: A specialised form of landlord insurance may be something to consider, regardless of whether you choose to self-manage or appoint a property manager. A sound insurance policy should cover landlords for both malicious and accidental damage, their legal liability and the loss of rental income. A standard building and contents insurance policy generally won’t cover landlords for these risks. Check your insurance policy and seek professional advice to ensure you have the appropriate coverage.