‘Rentvesting’ is a relatively new term that is being used to describe the action of buying property in an affordable area, renting it out to pay the mortgage, while then renting in an area that you would like to actually live in, or that makes more financial sense. Identified as the “most common new buying habit” in LJ Hooker’s The (new) Australian Dream white paper last year, Google Trends have also shown that the term has tripled in search requests.
There are a couple of types of rentvestors. Young people utilising the strategy and saving for a first home and an increasing number of professionally employed people of any age taking advantage of tax breaks and creating wealth through property investment rather than ownership.
Tommy Lim also comments rentvesting allows numerous clients to remain ‘globally mobile’ – either pursuing valuable work experience or further studies in overseas markets such Hong Kong, London or in the United States.Download Our Rentvesting eBook
Renting gives the flexibility not to be locked into an owner occupied mortgage. You are free to travel and move around or upsize should the family grow at any time.
Rentvesting may be less financially straining by investing in a cheaper market, and gaining access to the various tax concessions currently available.
Many first homes are not ‘dream’ homes and are often located where one can afford and further from work, amenities, family and friends. Also to fit a budget, various other features such as number of bedrooms, car spaces, bathrooms may be sacrificed.
Instead of saving and saving to afford where one wants to live, they may be able to continue renting and enter a market elsewhere straight away. History shows that well selected property can quickly outperform average saving abilities.
The desired suburb to live may not contain the 15 Key Investment Drivers (explained later) and therefore the performance of the property may not produce the equity gain needed if the owner is looking to upsize in the future.
In today’s interest and tax environment, there are many investment properties that will produce a positively geared cash flow that may be used to supplement personal rental expenses.
If you are renting and not investing, then your rent money is not working for you in any way. Investing in a property and receiving rent from a tenant will offset this ‘dead’ rent money and also provide some capital appreciation.
If the landlord decides to sell then you may be forced to move.
As you don’t own the property it may be harder to alter the dwelling to your taste or requirements.
Currently if you sell an investment property there will be capital gains tax to pay on any profit (a 50% discount may apply on property held longer than 12 months). Owner occupied homes are exempt from any capital gains tax.
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