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Seven common mistakes investors makeI

uWhen it comes to winning big in real estate, many turn to property investment. But achieving success takes time and patience, with only a handful making it past their first investment.
To ensure you don’t fall into the property trap talk to an expert and do research.

1. Don’t buy in an overheated market

Momentum Wealth Research Advisor Shaun Strickland said many investors see reports of unprecedented growth in one area and assume this must be the next ‘boom’ suburb.

“If you are reading about a boom in the media, chances are it is already too late to be buying in the suburb. Instead, investors need to be identifying areas that are likely to outperform in the long-term, which is where the advice of a professional buyer’s agent could prove invaluable,” Mr Strickland said.

2. Not doing enough homework

The property market is always changing, and you will never know EVERYTHING there is to know about real estate. But, doing your homework nonetheless is essential and studying the suburb you wish to buy in will make it worth your while.

Mr Strickland believes research is the cornerstone to a successful property investment.

“Identifying high-performing properties requires analysis of demand and supply, knowledge of the local demographic, consistent market monitoring and awareness of other key growth factors,” he said.

“Once investors have narrowed their search to a specific suburb, they will then need to assess the potential of individual streets and properties.”

Another common mistake investors make is that they tend to only research properties within five kilometres of their current location.

Mr Strickland also said “whilst it’s a natural reaction for investors to look in areas they are most familiar with, this could result in them missing out on key investment opportunities elsewhere.”

3. No backup cash

According to Momentum Wealth Finance Team Leader Caylum Merrick, many investors fall into the trap of not saving up a sufficient cash buffer once they’ve actually acquired a property, which could leave them in a disadvantaged position should unexpected scenarios arise such as property repairs, rises in interest rates or tenants leaving a property.

Mr Merrick advises investors to set aside a cash buffer to cover unexpected costs for each property in their portfolio.

“We also advise investors to work with an experienced property manager to understand any of the potential costs that could occur for their particular property,” he said.

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4. Cross-collateralisation

This is when more than one property is used as security for a loan or multiple loans.

“Cross-collateralisation can significantly reduce an investor’s ability to borrow in the future, so it is especially important to seek the help of a mortgage specialist who fully understands their financial needs and long-term investment goals.

“Choosing the right loan strategy from the start can significantly maximise an investor’s borrowing capacity and give them more flexibility moving forward,” Mr Merrick said.

5. No plan, no gain

All property investors have one goal – to build a lucrative property portfolio. However getting there without a plan or goal will backfire. As the old saying goes, if you fail to plan you plan to fail.

You need to have an end vision of where you want to end up and then follow a strategic plan to get there.

6. Thinking with your heart not your head

With the Perth property market starting to show signs of recovery and stabilisation, interest will grow from property investors, meaning buyers need to act fast to secure their ideal property.

An investment should be look at as a business decision. Making an ’emotional purchase’ is to be avoided at all costs. A decision driven by your heart can lead you to over-capitalise rather than prioritise the best outcome for your investment goals.

Base your decision on facts, statistics and research.

7. Choosing to self-manage

Seeking the advice of a professional can help you avoid making simple mistakes, and they can also play a vital role in helping investors identify opportunities to maximise rental returns.

“Property investment experts can assist investors in identifying properties with the highest growth prospects that a single investor may not be able to discover or analyse on his or her own,” Mr Strickland said.

It can be very daunting trying to handle all aspects of property investment on your own, especially if you have a portfolio of more than one or two properties.

Momentum Wealth Asset Management Advisor Clare Christiansen said property managers play an important role not only in the day-to-day running of properties, but also in supporting an investor’s overall investment strategy and protecting their long-term wealth.

“Property investment doesn’t stop at the acquisition of a property,” she said.

“Savvy investors will also realise that smart asset management is key to their long-term wealth strategy.”

Read more about why property managers are vital to a successful investment.

What condition should the property be in at settlement?

One of the most widely misunderstood elements of real estate is what condition a property should be in at settlement or possession.

What does ‘buying as inspected’ really mean?

In short, a property is sold “as inspected”. If there was dust on a ceiling fan when you first inspected before contracting to buy then the fan can be dusty at settlement. The same goes for a dirty oven, a blown light globe or a squeaky laundry door. If it was dirty, blown or squeaky at inspection before purchase then so it should be at settlement.

Buyers will typically expect that the property is handed over to them spick n’ span and thankfully most house-proud sellers leave their homes in an appropriate condition when moving out, however legally there is no obligation for them to do so.

What should you expect at settlement?

If you’re buying a home, it’s smart to have a realistic expectation of what to expect at settlement.

Unless otherwise specified in the contract, the seller is under no obligation to have the property professionally cleaned for settlement and it is surprising how few buyers ask that such a condition be included.

The seller’s only obligation under the contract (Clause 6.1(b) 2 of the General Conditions) is to “…remove from the Property, before possession, all vehicles, rubbish and chattels, other than the Property Chattels.”

Many modern contracts to purchase include provision for essential plumbing, gas and electrical components to be working at settlement. Hence, if at settlement the toilet cistern leaks then the seller ought to make good because the contract says so.

It is trickier when, for example, a telephone jack doesn’t work at settlement. It is not strictly electrical but it is probably reasonable for a buyer to assume that it was functioning at inspection. This is partly because, caveat emptor (buyer beware) has all but disappeared according to some legal practitioners. The onus is probably on the seller to disclose (in this case) that the telephone jack didn’t work.

How to ensure you’re happy with the property at settlement

My view is that buyers need to take reasonable steps to ensure the property they have bought will be presented to them in a condition they are satisfied with.

This can be achieved by either contracting with the seller to guarantee it and/or being more thorough when inspecting the property in the first instance. Ask the agent if it’s ok to turn on taps, flush loos, flick switches, open and close doors, open the oven, turn on the dishwasher and so on before making an offer to purchase.

Buyers ought to have a realistic expectation of what to expect at settlement when buying an established home and acknowledge that opinions of presentation are subjective.

If you’re unsure about what to expect, it’s a good idea to speak with the agent selling the property about your concerns.

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Best time to buy in Perth since 2013

March 2018 quarter has revealed it’s the best time to buy in Perth since 2013.

The Index, released quarterly, assesses whether it’s better to buy or rent in Perth based on past and current trends in the economic and property market climate.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said the March 2018 quarter index showed the annual rate of house price growth required over 10 years to break even in the Buy-Rent Index had declined from 3.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent over the quarter, suggesting an improvement for prospective homebuyers weighing up the decision.

“To put that into perspective, Perth’s annual house price growth rate has been 5.9 per cent for the last 15 years. Based on the March 2018 quarter Index, house prices in Perth would only need to grow by more than 3.1 per cent annually for buying to be considered more financially beneficial than renting,” Mr Groves said.

“This improvement in buying conditions can be attributed to the Perth median house price softening by 1.9 per cent during the March quarter, while the median house rent price increased $5 to $360 per week. We also saw the 10 year average mortgage rate drop to 6.43 per cent, which means home owners are paying less on their mortgage repayments.

“This is the most affordable buying environment we’ve seen in Perth for some time, so if you’ve been weighing up whether to buy, now is the time to take advantage of favourable market conditions,” Mr Groves said.

Mr J-Han Ho, a Property Researcher and Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance at Curtin University, said the data indicated a continued improvement for the home buyer in the near future.

“Our analysis shows home buyers gaining an advantage, largely due to the low interest rates for home loans, home ownership costs continuing to be affordable and the median rents stabilising,” Mr Ho said.

Real Facts. Pictures worth a thousand words.

Member Real Facts 22 May 2018 Sales activity experienced stability over the week, with REIWA members reporting no change in weekly sales at 538.

The overall steadiness in weekly sales is attributed to a seven per cent rise in house sales, a four per cent fall in unit sales, and a 34 per cent fall in vacant land sales over 1th2 e week. 2 3 PROPERTY SALES TOP SELLING SUBURBS

Total properties listed for sale grew over week to 14,896. Listings for houses and units both remained stable.

Whilst listings for vacant HOUSES 418 North of the River
Morley 9 land increased by four per cent. UNITS 72 Bayswater 7

The total number of listings recorded this week are on par with levels seen four weeks ago, but are one per cent lower than levels seen a year ago.

LAND 48 Member Real Facts 22 May 2018 Turning to the rental market, REIWA members reported total properties available for rent fell to 8,324 over the week.

Location! Location! Location! Free Park!

37 Orient Circuit, Hillarys

Make an offer! Asking price: $775000

Professionally freshly painted walls, ceilings and doors, display presentation facing a park!

Double-storey home, with self-contained living on the ground floor.
The upper-floor master bedroom and ensuite flows seamlessly outside to a private Balcony where you can enjoy views of the tree-lined reserve nearby.

Also upstairs are three minor bedrooms and the second bathroom.
You’re so close to the coast where you can enjoy an enviable lifestyle, including golden beaches, Hillarys Marina, with specialty shops and restaurants and public transport.
The home’s kitchen boasts soft-closing cabinetry, dual stainless-steel sink, dishwasher, oversized cavity for a combined fridge/freezer, gas cooktops, 600ml oven and pantry plus a third toilet of the adjacent laundry.
Reverse-cycle, ducted air-conditioning services upstairs and the living areas downstairs.
The double lock-up garage and low maintenance gardens round-out this wonderful home.

 

 

 

Spacious family home!

31 Coldstream Circuit, Merriwa

Asking price: $339000

Owners moved overseas and this home needs to be sold and is ready for you!

Use a bit of “elbow grease” and change this “plain Jane” into your “castle”

Brand new painting, professionally done.
Brand new carpets professionally laid.
The electrician did his bit and fixed any unsafe wiring. Everything is perfect.
The tree cutter removed a tree that was covering this beauty.
The plumber had a go and the house is “spic and span”
A fantastic 630 square meter corner block with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, open concept kitchen, meals and family room and there is also another living area which is the formal lounge.

Everything smells fresh, new and “homey” and is great for a family, a first home buyer or investor and totally ready to move in.

Complete with a double lock up garage, security alarm system and a massive backyard for you to enjoy and entertain all close proximity to all amenities and transportation.

This looks good but all it needs is you!

 

 

 

Oops! Under Offer already! Didn’t even came to market!

Almost about to come and…..GONE!

37 Orient Circuit, Hillarys

While Sellers had painters and cleaners preparing the house to go to market I was busy working my own database and showing the property to prospective buyers.

It is now Under Contract!

  1. Are you thinking of selling? I am looking for more homes to sell.

Double-storey home, with self-contained living on the ground floor.
The ground-floor master bedroom and ensuite is offset by a gorgeous open-plan living space, which flows seamlessly outside to a private courtyard.
Upstairs are three minor bedrooms and the second bathroom as well as a private balcony where you can enjoy views of the tree-lined reserve nearby.
You’re so close to the coast where you can enjoy an enviable lifestyle, including golden beaches, Hillarys Marina, with specialty shops and restaurants and public transport.
The home’s kitchen boasts soft-closing cabinetry, dual stainless-steel sink, dishwasher, oversized cavity for a combined fridge/freezer, gas cooktops, 600ml oven and pantry plus a third toilet of the adjacent laundry.
Reverse-cycle, ducted air-conditioning services upstairs and the living areas downstairs.
The double lock-up garage and low maintenance gardens round-out this wonderful home.

New GST legislation passes for purchasers of new residential

 

  • New GST

NEW

The Federal Government has passed legislation that will require purchasers of new residential property sales to remit the GST directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as part of settlement.

Announced as part of last year’s Federal Budget, this reform is designed to improve the integrity of GST on property transactions. According to the ATO website, some developers were failing to remit the GST to the ATO despite having claimed GST credits on their construction costs.

The legislation specifies;

  • purchasers of new residential property transactions will be required to withhold 1/11th of the purchase price and pay this to the ATO,
  • the developer will receive a credit for this GST through the normal GST business activity statement lodgement,
  • a reduced withholding tax rate of seven per cent can be used where the margin scheme has been applied,
  • developers will now be required to provide purchasers with information that assists them with determining whether the withholding applies,
  • special transitional provisions are included for project delivery agreements.

This change will take effect on 1 July 2018, however the Government have announced it will introduce a transitional arrangement to this budget measure, which will exclude contracts signed before 1 July 2018, as long as the transaction settles before 1 July 2020.

For more information about this new legislation, visit ato.gov.au.

First Home open Saturday and Sunday

31 Coldstream Circuit, Merriwa

Owners moved overseas and this home needs to be sold and is ready for you!

Use a bit of “elbow grease” and change this “plain Jane” into your “castle”

Brand new painting, professionally done.
Brand new carpets professionally laid.
The electrician did his bit and fixed any unsafe wiring. Everything is perfect.
The tree cutter removed a tree that was covering this beauty.
The plumber had a go and the house is “spic and span”
A fantastic 630 square meter corner block with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, open concept kitchen, meals and family room and there is also another living area which is the formal lounge.

Everything smells fresh, new and “homey” and is great for a family, a first home buyer or investor and totally ready to move in.

Complete with a double lock up garage, security alarm system and a massive backyard for you to enjoy and entertain all close proximity to all amenities and transportation.

This looks good but all it needs is you!

First Home Open Saturday and Sunday

37 Orient Circuit, Hillarys
Freshly painted. Tiles throughout for easier maintenance.
So close to the coast, from this family abode you can enjoy some of Perth’s best beaches, the stunning Hillarys Boat Harbour and marina, public transport, shops & restaurants all around you and just opposite a marvellous treed park for the children to enjoy.

This striking double story home offers virtually self-contained living on the ground level, with double auto garage, kitchenette, open plan living/dining flowing onto a private courtyard, Master bedroom with ensuite, 3 minor bedrooms with built-in robes, family bathroom on the upper level.

From your private balcony you can overlook the landscaped tree-lined reserve and soak up those world-famous sunsets.

The kitchen boasts soft closing cabinetry, dual stainless steel sink, dishwasher, oversized cavity for combined fridge freezer, stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, 600ml oven & walk in pantry

Reverse cycle ducted AC caters for the upper and downstairs levels.

With every creature comfort on hand, good living spaces offering flexible living configurations with great separation between levels, and an outdoor low maintenance courtyard this really is a home with a LOT to offer.

Housing affordability has declined in all states and territories, according to a new report.

New report shows housing affordability has declined in Western AustraliaNEW
12 March 2018

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) have released the findings of its latest Housing Affordability Report, which found housing affordability declined in Western Australia in the December 2017 quarter.

The national report, which is produced in partnership with Adelaide Bank, showed housing affordability had declined across all states and territories, and rental affordability had declined in every state and territory except for Western Australia and New South Wales.

REIA President Malcolm Gunning said a coordinated and aligned approach by all three levels of Government were needed to address the housing affordability issue.

“We need to address this with some urgency and reform the planning and approval process. We need all tiers of Government involved and implementing change.

“REIA believes a first step in this is the appointment of a Minister of Property Services. This would also recognise the importance of the property sector as a driver of economic growth and employment. Property investment supported by historically low interest rates has been a significant contributor to growth in the Australian economy since 2013-14 as we transition away from a decade-long reliance on mining,” Mr Gunning said.

Housing affordability results for WA
There was a mixed bag of results across WA in the December 2017 quarter, with housing affordability worsening over the quarter but improving when compared to the December 2016 quarter.

The report found the proportion of income required to meet loan repayments increased 1.5 per cent to 23.9 per cent in the three months to December 2017 and declined by 0.3 per cent decline compared to the December 2016 quarter.

First home buyers

The number of first home buyers in WA decreased to 3,996 in the December 2017 quarter, a decrease of 9.8 per cent over the quarter but an increase of 4.9 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Of all Australian first home buyers over the quarter, 12.9 per cent were from WA, while the proportion of first home buyers in the state’s owner-occupier market was 34 per cent.

The average loan to first home buyers increased to $316,067, an increase of 4.1 per cent over the quarter but a decrease of 1.5 per cent compared to the December quarter 2016.

Loans

The total number of loans (excluding refinancing) in WA decreased to 11,744, a decrease of 4.2 per cent over the quarter and a decrease of 2.7 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The average loan size increased to $352,796, an increase of 6.8 per cent over the quarter and 0.5 per cent compared to the December quarter 2016.

Perth rental market

Rental affordability in WA remained stable during the December quarter, with the proportion of family income required to meet the median rent remaining at 16.4 per cent, the same as the previous quarter but a decrease of 1.3 percentage points compared to the year before.

For more information about the WA property market, visit the WA market page.

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