Are you buying a second property? Make sure you know these 5 things

Buying your own home remains the great Australian dream – and purchasing a second property may help you take your wealth further.

Whether you’re building your property investment portfolio, buying a holiday house or supporting a family member, there are plenty of things to think about before you take that next step.

“Having a great mortgage broker on your side when evaluating second property is a huge help for a client”

– Joe Gardiner

1) Consider your cashflow

Property tends to be a long-term investment, so do your sums to make sure you can afford the ongoing repayments on two mortgages.

Also think about any major life changes on the horizon. For example, you may be planning to expand your family, or you might need to support a parent in the coming years.

2) Know the market and location

Research what’s happening in the current market and whether it’s the right time for you to buy.

Get to know the area you’re considering by speaking to local residents and real estate agents.

It’s also wise to look into the short and long-term planning for the area. For example, nearby construction may affect your ability to find a tenant.

3) Research before you invest

If you’re buying a property as an investment, carefully consider its location. Buying in a high-demand area is likely to see you enjoy a constant flow of income from the rent.

You’ll need to provide your lender with a rental estimate letter, which you can get from the agent managing the property.

Keep in mind that generally lenders only take 50–80% of the rental income into account when calculating whether you can afford the loan.

Putting in due diligence upfront can reduce hassles later on. In all cases, licensed mortgage advice and licensed financial advice are the best things to have on your side when investing.

4) Choose the right home loan

The amount you can borrow and the type of loan you choose will depend on various factors, including the equity in your current home, your income and expenses, and your property valuation.

It helps to get quality advice on the right mortgage for you, along with other considerations such as negative gearing, and how to structure your loan to maximise tax effectiveness.

Whatever your reason for considering a second property, being well-informed will ensure a smoother purchasing process and a financially secure future.

5) Get an accurate valuation

When releasing equity to buy a second property, a good valuation on property number one will be a cornerstone of that strategy.

Banks will only lend on formalised valuations (not free property reports). The best thing to do is to establish the value of property #1 via a formal valuation, which can be done as one of the earliest steps in the process. This helps to take the guesswork out of what you can afford for your 2nd property, whether that is an investment or an upgrade.

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