It’s always important to keep up to date on the latest trends – investors who rent out their property are no exception. Here are trends that make profits in the rental space.
According to Justin Ferguson, founder and principal of Ferguson Property Agents, approximately a third of Australians prefer renting over buying.
“With such a large portion of the population renting, significant trends have emerged for both renters and leasers,” says Mr Ferguson.
He has identified four key trends around property management and leasing that can improve the profitability of an investor’s portfolio throughout the end of the year:
1. Houses do better than apartments
At the moment, Mr Ferguson notes there is an oversupply of apartments, with buildings being turned into large blocks of apartments, which then makes housing provide more incentives due to their scarcity.
“Houses and semis give you the added privacy that more and more people are opting for [these] over apartments. You usually have more flexibility with a house, often allowing pets and the freedom to make it your own,” he says.
“For leasers, the desirability of a house often means you can charge more, and take your pick of potential tenants.”
Mr Ferguson says that homeownership does not have to be the end goal for a landlord, as he points out that more homeowners are becoming interested in renting while they maintain their investments, as it can assist in saving money.
“The rising property prices are attractive to sellers who would like to invest their money elsewhere and live a more flexible lifestyle by renting,” he says.
3. ‘Hot’ tenants
By teaming up with a real estate agent, Mr Ferguson says investors can request for any hot tenants, or those who have told the agents they are interested in renting and what kind of property they are looking for.
These tenants have been approved by the agents, which would allow for a quick move-in process, and remove advertising costs looking for a new tenant.
Rather than staying in the short-term, Mr Ferguson says a lot of tenants are looking for long-term rentals for “a more permanent lifestyle”.
“This is mutually beneficial for landowners and tenants, guaranteeing monthly rent and providing protection for the renters,” he said.
“For leasers, this means you can calculate your ROI over the period of the lease, which will often have a stable, higher return.”