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Buying An Investment Property

There’s no doubt that buying an investment property comes with its share of benefits. You can earn extra passive cash by putting it up for rent and enjoy the potential tax benefits that it brings.

In recent years, more first home buyers are choosing to invest in property before buying an owner-occupied. Australian properties are also popular with overseas investors looking for returns.

By getting the right information and applying with the right lenders, you’ll have an easier time investing in Australian property.

Why should you consider property investment?

Australia doesn’t have very restrictive investment laws or banking regulations like many countries so it’s relatively easier to borrow to invest in Australian property.

The biggest advantage that comes with property investment is that these types of loans are highly leveraged. This means that you can magnify your potential returns with minimal funds available.

You can, of course, also enjoy potential tax benefits from buying an investment property.

Australian mortgages are easy

Most bank regulations in Australia are nation wide, not state by state like some countries like the US. It’s, thus, far easier for websites and mortgage brokers to gather information on potential home loans for you.

As such, investing in the Australian property market is far less stressful than many other countries.

Mortgage brokers in Australia often provide free services for residential loans.

They also need to follow far stricter regulations than other countries, which means that they have no option but to find mortgages with great terms and competitive interest rates for you!

Borrow 100% even for an investment property

There are generally two ways you can borrow 100% for buying an investment property. They are:

  • Guarantor loan for investment: Your parents can use their property to secure your investment loan. This will allow you to borrow up to 105% of the property price and you won’t need to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).
  • Another property as security: If you already own property then you can use the equity in your existing property as a deposit for the new investment purchase. You can borrow 100% or 105% of the property value depending on the lender you apply with.

Without a guarantor or equity in another property, you’ll be limited to borrow a maximum of 95% of the property value.

Need help getting approval for a 100% investment loan?

Our mortgage brokers specialise in getting tough investment situations approved. They can help you find the right lender from our list of almost 40 lenders.

Contact us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free online assessment form to speak with one of them about your situation today!

Who should buy an investment property?

Basically, you should get an investment loan if you’re buying an investment property.

Most property investors are professionals who earn high taxable incomes and are in a strong financial situation.

Is property investing for me?

Buying an investment property can be quite expensive. Especially if you’re borrowing at a high loan to value ratio (LVR).

For instance, an investment loan at 95% LVR is only suitable if you’re in a strong financial position and have a good credit history.

Someone with a poor credit history isn’t suitable for an investment loan as you won’t make a decent return on your investment.

Also, if you’re a foreign investor then you may need an approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). You can get more information about this on our FIRB page.

Call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free online assessment form and speak with one of our brokers about your options.

What else can I invest in?

Other than property, you can also use your investment loan to invest in shares, managed funds, options or business.

Lenders generally accept all investment purposes, as long as they’re legal.

Buying An Investment Property FAQs.

How does negative gearing work?

Simply put, negative gearing is the loss you make when the sum of your interest and running costs is greater than your investment income.

Effectively, the aim of this strategy is to get into the market early and increase your investment income over time to cover your expenses.

Meanwhile, you can claim the net loss as a tax deduction against your other income.

It’s recommended that you always seek independent financial advice from your accountant or a financial expert before deciding on an investment strategy.

What other factors affect my serviceability?

Every lender uses their own method to calculate your investment property borrowing power.

Generally, lenders will take into account your:

  • Gross income: Your gross income includes all of your base income, as well as overtime, bonuses, commission, tax-free income and rental income.
  • Tax or medicare: Every lender has different ways to assess your tax and medicare payments.
  • Negative gearing benefits: Most lenders consider negative gearing benefits when calculating your serviceability. This means that, normally, investors will be able to borrow more than home buyers.
  • New mortgage: Lenders generally assess the repayments of your new loan at a higher assessment rate, usually 1% to 3% higher than the actual interest rate you’ll pay.
  • Existing commitments: Lenders take several factors into account when assessing your existing commitments, including existing mortgages, credit cards and personal loans. Some lenders will include notional rent, minimum estimated rent, when assessing your loan application.
  • Living expenses: Banks use either your estimated living expenses or their calculation of the minimum expenses for a family of your size, whichever is higher.

What documents do I need to prepare for taxes?

Setting aside the documents you’ll need from the start will help you prepare for when you do your taxes.

Most property investors normally procrastinate talking with their accountant until the next year when they do their taxes. As a result, they end up wasting valuable time to find the right documents and figures.

You can provide all of your documents to your accountant at the start and let them take care of it. Many professional investors provide their accountants with a summary of the income and expenses for their property.

This can not only help you reduce your accounting fees but you can check your cash flow position with the property, identifying abnormally high expenses in the process.

You can use our investment property spreadsheet template to give your account the required figures.

What if I get an offset account?

From a tax perspective, you could be at a disadvantage if you get an ordinary mortgage. You would only be able to claim the interest on the loan balance at that time as the tax deductible interest.

For instance, suppose you have a balance of $250,000 remaining on a $1,000,000 mortgage that you’ve been diligently paying off. One day you redraw $200,000 for deposit to buy an apartment to live in and rent out your last property.

Your new loan would be $450,000, however, the deductible investment loan interest would be limited to the interest on the previous $250,000 loan balance.

How can an offset account help?

Offsets for investment loans are like extra bank accounts that are linked to your loan account. Any excess repayments you make can be deposited in this account.

Although this account doesn’t earn any interest, the lender will include the balance in this account when calculating your loan interest.

For example, if you have a $1,000,000 loan and $300,000 in your offset account, the bank will calculate your loan interest only on $700,000. This will give you a much better tax result.

Disclaimer: This is general information only and shouldn’t be taken as tax advice. It’s recommended that you speak with your accountant for professional tax advice.

You can call us on 1300 889 743 or fill in our free online assessment form if you would like further information on buying an investment property.