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Why First Home Owners Grant should not be a driving factor in investment decisions

By Bianca Dabu
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First-time property investors often consider a lot of things before making their first purchase—from their personal and financial goals to the possibility of renovation—but according to propertybuyer's Rich Harvey, First Home Owners Grant need not be one of them.

Property investor Colin Finch got the $10,000 First Home Owners Grant for his first property—a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-level townhouse off-the-plan in Maidstone, Victoria—in July 2015 and was wondering if it was a wrong first purchase.

"It's great to get that, but $10,000? Look, in the scheme of a property investment... [First Home Buyers Grant] shouldn't be driving factor for them making a decision on a property investment. Certainly, it's the icing on the cake, but consider the fundamentals of the property and the area that he's buying in first," Rich said.

"I mean, look what happened in Sydney. I can't remember the year that it was introduced, [maybe] 2011 or 2012—there was, what I call, huge pull-forward demand in that low end of the market. It just ignited that bottom end of the market, [and] properties between $400,000 to $600,000 just went crazy. It was just a bunfight to get properties in that bracket.

Smart Property Investment's Vivienne Kelly also made a point about how the access to the grant can affect the market and property investors in general. 

"There's been a lot of evidence with First Home Owners Grants... that if everyone has access to that money, it just ends up pushing up the prices, because if every first time buyer has an extra $10,000, then everyone can afford an extra $10,000 and it's not always the sort of carrot that people think it is," Vivienne said.

Property investors should instead focus on the fundamental drivers of growth in a certain area when deciding to purchase a property.

"What [happens in] the next 10 years for that area? Has it had its growth and is going to flat line for a while? Or are there enough fundamental drivers in terms of population, investment and infrastructure that's really going to drive the growth forward in that area? That's really key... to know," Rich said.

According to Phil Tarrant, editor of Smart Property Investment, knowing when an investor makes a wrong turn in his journey is as simple as looking back to his own goals. After all, there is no one sure way to success in property investment.

As always, good education and mentorship go a long way in ensuring that one is always on the right path towards achieving his short- and long-term goals.

Tune in to The Smart Property Investment Show's special Q&A episode to know the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about property investment, including off-the-plan risks, creating equity, the financial backing you need to get started. and identifying the best real estate agents to sell a property.


 

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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.

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“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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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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