Finance advice

6 tips to make the most of your portfolio this financial year

StephenMcGee 70x60It's time to clean up, shape up, and ship out all those bad habits.

Blogger: Stephen McGee, state manager, National Property Buyers QLD

So another financial year is over and tax time is about to reveal if you are running your property portfolio as a business or not. Using rental income to pay off your investment debt is not the only way of maximising your income from your investment. Here are my tips on how to get your house in order for the start of the financial year.

Tips to consider:
•    Landlord Protection Insurance:  
Even with efficient Property Management in place, tenants’ situations change, ie loss of job, sickness, separation and relationship breakdowns. This is when Landlord Protection Insurance comes into play. When choosing a policy, price should not be deciding factor.  Look at cover and benefits provided.

•    Tax depreciation Schedule report.
This is a great method of putting money into your piggy bank, but often overlooked.  Everything has a value but as an investor you need to know that you are getting the maximum depreciable value you can for your property and its attributes. We often take over the management of properties that the landlords were not advised or they did not know about it.

•    Valuation of your Investment Property:
To ensure you are keeping in touch with the current market, ask your Property Manager to arrange a review of your portfolio. This ensures you have insurance values correct and lets you know your equity standing in the property.  In this upwardly moving market, the time is now to utilise this equity towards a second or subsequent property!

•    Electronic records of income & expenditure:
Don’t leave it till June 2015 to ensure all your PM Statements are easily accessible and on hand.  Set up a “folder” on your computer/laptop to ensure easy reference and forwarding to your accountant at tax time.  NPB customers will appreciate our “Property Hub” web based portal where all statements, invoices etc  are dropped and stored each week to enable direct access and transfer to your tax man.

•    Efficient Property Management:
To maximise the value of your Investment, it’s essential to have a good working relationship with your Property Manager.  This means, he/she knows your property intimately, has excellent communication with you – and your tenants, and acts quickly and efficiently to fix problems, rectify issues and most importantly, keep you informed at all times.

•    Effective Loan structures and rates.
Make sure that you visit your financier & Tax advisor regularly to evaluate your loan position and structures of the loans. A dollar saved here is a dollar to spend there! NPB clients have access to all of our trusted panel of independent experts to help them with all of their financial needs.

Summary:
All points with a tick confirm you are in good Property Management shape.

Items with cross should be transferred to “To Do” list and acted upon immediately!


About Stephen McGee
StephenMcGee 340x408Stephen has over a decade of residential property buying and selling experience and is also an avid property investor himself. Since embarking on a career as Buyers Agent Stephen has assisted property buyers grow their portfolio with premium investment grade properties from the Gold Coast to Cairns.

Stephen can be contacted on: 07-38447376 or 0488501170 [email protected]

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Mark joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss his transition from entertainer to investor, a journey pushed forward by dance related injuries and even a hit and run which saw him needing to find alternate methods to bring in an income. Mark shares how bad long-term tenants and a gang member guided him to the short-term rental market, and how this pushed him into helping others to realise the same benefits.

Mark will also address the common concerns, discuss what his company Maisonnets specialise in and unpack how they are making the process of filling short term rentals easier for investors.

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.

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Buying off-the-plan can be lucrative in the long run, if you can get over the risk factor. If you want to minimise the risk and maximise your chances at profitability, these suburbs might be just what you’re looking for.

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Outlined in The Australian Off The Plan Sentiment Report, published by Investorist, Domain’s data scientist Dr Nicola Powell has outlined where in major markets investors should focus their efforts when purchasing property off-the-plan:

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The south-west region of Sydney has seen an increase of interest in new developments, with Leppington, Austral and Edmondson Park, as well as Marsden Park, which all offer the widest variety of developments available to buy into, according to Domain data.

Sydney was also the most popular capital city for off-the-plan interest, with Domain recording over 2 million views for the property type.

Brisbane

The increased number of new developments has impacted on price growth in the unit market with supply stronger than demand, yet off-the-plan listing prices remain higher than listing prices for all new developments.

The full extent of the market however is yet to be seen, as it is adjusting with the fall of new development commencements and completed developments slide from the peak. Boutique developments in the inner city, targeted towards owner-occupiers, have the potential to show signs of improvement amid underperforming inner city Brisbane units.

Canberra

The key area in all of Canberra is Gungahlin, which according to Dr Powell contains numerous opportunities for buyers, as the area has seen a “significant transformation”.

Gungahlin currently is Canberra’s fastest growing area, seeing its population double in the last 10 years, there is a light rail project under construction and the first commonwealth government agency is scheduled to relocate to the area. Moncrieff is the most popular Gungahlin suburb, with the most development listings and views according to Domain data and has continued to remain popular even with other developments undergoing construction in Throsby, Taylor and Kenny.

Melbourne

Out of all the property types, new house and land packages topped Domain’s list for Victoria in 2017 with 1.8 million views, showing there is high demand for them due to employment opportunities getting stronger and affordability hurdles getting lower. There is also a solid chance for growth, as the strong demand saw prices for new house and land packages rise over 2017.

West Melbourne was the most popular region for off-the-plan supply and demand with the most listings and views, with popular suburbs including Tarneit, Werribee and Rockbank.

Perth

Demand for new house and land packages were proportionally high, making up 87.5 per cent of all listing views, with the majority of listings stemming from south-west and south-east regions of Perth, with the suburbs Baldivis, Piara Waters, Wellard and Hilbert ranking at the top.

There was also strong demand for listings in the north, which include the north-east suburb of Morley and the north west suburb of Doubleview.

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