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Rentvesting – is it for you?

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With property prices soaring in desirable cities and locations, rentvesting offers people the opportunity to get into the property market where they can afford to buy, but might not necessarily want to live.

Although the term is new, the concept of rentvesting isn’t altogether revolutionary. It’s a strategy by which investors purchase property in locations that suit their budgets, goals and needs, and rent it out to tenants. The rent helps take care of the mortgage, meanwhile, the investors continue to rent a home to live in that offers what they are looking for in terms of lifestyle, location or size.

This strategy can provide big benefits, particularly for investors who aren’t prepared, or aren’t able, to leave their current location in order to own a home.

For those living in areas where prices have been driven up due to a combination of high demand and low interest rates, purchasing a home to live in can be out of reach. For these buyers, purchasing property in an area that suits their price range, then letting the property out, means they can enter the market and start an investment strategy, without having to give up their lifestyle.

In addition, the purchased property will help pay for itself. The rental income obtained should offset, or perhaps even cover, mortgage and holding costs. Because the ultimate goal isn’t necessarily to purchase a home to live in, rentvestors are able to make decisions based on data, rather than desire. Researching locations and finding areas that suit the individual budget, as well as either offering good capital growth or high rental yields, is key to this strategy.

The major benefit to rentvesting, however, is lifestyle. Investors don’t need to move house or make big changes to their lives in order to purchase property. It almost means the best of both worlds: buy where you can, and live where you want to.

Like any property strategy rentvesting doesn’t come without some legwork. Researching locations, searching for properties, undertaking building and pest inspections and potentially purchasing something sight unseen can all make rentvesting a challenge.

There are many options if you are keen to try your hand at rentvesting. One such option is Defence Housing Australia (DHA), which sells properties to investors then leases them back to house Australian Defence Force members. With DHA, investors have the opportunity to choose from properties in locations across the country, some in cities and some in regional locations. This geographical diversification means that a savvy rentvestor can research areas looking for locations with the capital growth or yield they are after. But what if you own a property on the other side of the country and things go wrong?

Investing with DHA is hassle-free. All properties come with DHA Property Care, a comprehensive maintenance and repair service that takes care of the day-to-day property management. DHA Property Care is a big bonus for busy or inexperienced investors, or those who prefer a more ‘hands-off’ strategy: no inspections, no maintenance calls, no dealing with agents about unpaid rent. So you can live on the other side of the country with no worries.

What’s more, the rent is guaranteed, whether the property is occupied or not1. This is because DHA holds the lease, not the individual defence members who may live there. Lease terms are also much longer than regular residential tenancy leases (up to 12 years), and rents are guaranteed to never drop below the initial agreed amount2. This makes it easy to budget and forecast income for the duration of the lease, with no worries about loss of cashflow due to vacancy.

If you do wish to move into the property at the end of the lease, that’s fine too. Chances are you’ll be moving into your home, with fresh paint and perhaps even new carpets. This is all part of the DHA Property Care package.

In a nutshell, an investment with DHA means a less demanding property investment, which means more time spent doing what you want to be doing.

If you think rentvesting with DHA may be for you, find out more and register your interest today.

 

Attention: All information contained in this article is for general information only and prospective investors should seek independent advice. Investment is subject to DHA’s lease terms and conditions of sale. Investors retain some responsibilities and risks, i.e. rent, restoration and market fluctuations. 1. Rent is subject to abatement in limited circumstances. 2. Rental floor applies to DHA properties leased under DHA’s Lease Edition 6C, which will not cover all DHA properties.  

 

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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.

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

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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.

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If Mark Hodge’s face looks familiar to you it could be because of his time working as a professional entertainer which saw him working with the Australian ballet, appearing on multiple seasons of Dancing with the Stars and touring in musical theatre for 17 years. What you may not know is that Mark is also heavily involved in the short-term property rental marketspace.

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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.

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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