Feature Article 2

By Kristi

HOW PROTECTED ARE YOUR ASSETS?

For most investors, properties are the ticket to financial freedom. Jennifer Duke finds that many, however, fail to properly look after their investments, putting not just their future, but everything else they own at risk

Subscribe-with-stripWHILE OWNING investment properties can make many feel financially secure, it’s worth taking a close look at how well a portfolio stands up to any potential nightmares to ensure you aren’t running the risk of losing everything.

The truth is, the unexpected can always happen and things can go wrong, so investors are wise to consider asset protection from the early stages of their portfolio.

Unfortunately, on the whole, asset protection is not well understood by property investors, says Strategies 4 U managing director, Murray Seymour, and “While most understand that they should have insurance, many are not aware of the benefits offered by other types of asset protection.”

This protection can range from the structure in which to purchase the investment, whose name to buy it in or even the specific type of insurance required.

In fact, “Asset protection is vitally important to all property owners, and in particular for those that own investment properties,” he says, noting that this isn’t necessarily an area where scrimping on every cent is a good idea.

“Without the correct protections in place, investors run the risk of losing everything if something goes wrong.  As an example, if someone was to be injured or worse at your investment property, and there was a lawsuit brought against you, it is possible that your insurance would not fully cover the amount of the claim.”

In a case like this, if the properties are all owned in the investor’s own name, then all the assets can be claimed. This includes the investor’s home.

“In the worst case scenario where their claim is successful, then you stand to lose not only the property the incident occurred at, but any other properties, assets and even the family home that you own in the same name – leaving you with nothing.”

Knowing which name of structure to purchase an investment in can, however, be a confusing exercise.

It is always worth seeking advice from financial planners, accountants and solicitors that have experience with property.
“They will be able to asses your overall situation and advise you on what is most suitable for your circumstances and your portfolio, both in terms of asset protection and tax benefits.”

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Tune in to the latest episode of Property Showcase, the podcast with the inside track on the products and businesses that will help turbocharge your portfolio, maximise returns and make your overall investment experience seamless and stress-free!

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To hear more about these services, make sure to tune in to this episode of Property Showcase!

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Will Magee has had ambitions to enter into the Australian property market for quite some time, but it has been more than just finances holding him back.  Having been granted permanent residency just two weeks ago, Will is wasting no time and is now in the process of signing papers and finding his first investment property.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Will joins host Phil Tarrant to share why he is purchasing his first property in partnership with his brother, discuss the complications that can arise from such a strategy, and unpack the ongoing plan for building a joint property portfolio with his brother.

Will will also share how they approached saving for their first property, why he is taking out the mortgage in his name exclusively, and share their savings plan for the year ahead.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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Median house prices in regional Victoria outperformed that of Melbourne in the June quarter, the latest REIV figures reveal. 

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Median house prices in the regions rose 4.0 per cent to $419,500 but in Melbourne they dipped by 0.6 of a percentage point to $840,000.

The result in Melbourne was due to a 0.8 of a percentage point fall in prices achieved at auction; this was despite a lift of 2.3 per cent in private sales.

Inner Melbourne suffered due to auction prices, where median prices fell by 4.9 per cent to $1,459,000 but it was middle Melbourne that was hardest hit, with a 5.4 per cent drop to $974,500.

Outer Melbourne had a good quarter with the median rising by 0.5 of a percentage point to $681,000.

Apartment prices in regional Victoria grew by 3.7 per cent to $304,500 while the metro media was up by 0.5 of a percentage point to $604,000.

REIV President Richard Simpson said that despite fewer sales, many sectors of the market were performing well.

“2017 was a bumper year and while the trendline has flattened, despite the fall in median house prices in the June quarter, median prices are still up this calendar year for both houses and units, in Melbourne and in the regions,” Mr Simpson said. 

In particular there was been strong growth in regional centres which is probably due to the first-home buyers’ concessions said Mr Simpsons.

“The first-home buyers’ concession has been a boon for regional areas. A new entrant to the property market buying a house at the regional median will pay no stamp duty, while a first home buyer of an apartment in Melbourne at the median price would pay stamp duty of nearly $25,000,” he said.

Mr Simpson said that more prospective buyers are looking towards regional Victoria which is also having an effect in Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s outer perimeter continues to grow. Small increases in the June quarter mean that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

Mr Simpson said moving forward that vendors need more realistic expectations as the highs of 2017 are now over.

“Negative chatter about the future of the sector coupled with stronger lending controls by financial institutions has created some uncertainty and vendors need to be realistic with their price expectations,” Mr Simpson said.

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