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Starting Your Investment Property Journey in 2024 

Investing in property can be a rewarding venture. As you move into the new year, there’s no better time to explore the opportunities that the investment property market has to offer. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to embark on a successful property investment journey in 2024.  

Understand the Property Market 

Before diving in, take the time to understand the current state of the property market in the area you’re looking to invest in.  

You’ll want to research key trends, market performance, and regional variations. Consider factors like population growth, infrastructure development, and economic indicators. This knowledge lays the foundation for informed decision-making.  

Suburbsfinder.com.au has a comprehensive guide to help you understand property market terms and what to look for, and it even includes some examples – be sure to check it out! 

Set Clear Investment Goals 

It’s important to define your investment goals early on. Here are some goals you might need to consider: 

  • Are you looking for long-term capital growth, rental income, or a balance of both?  
  • Do you want passive income to help you become financially independent? 
  • Are you interested in multiple investment properties, a development project or a block of flats? 

Remember – and you’ve probably heard this before – but set SMART goals.  

  • Specific 
  • Measurable 
  • Achievable 
  • Realistic 
  • Timely 

For example, instead of saying you want to ‘grow my investment property portfolio, try: 

I will have added at least one property to my portfolio by 30 June 2024, which I will purchase at a price of at least 10% below the fair market value

Establishing goals will give you a clear vision of what you want to achieve with property investment and guide your property selection and overall strategy. Here’s a template you might find useful: SMART Goal Template

Budget and Financial Planning 

Set a realistic budget for your property investment journey.  

Consider not just the property’s purchase price but also additional costs like stamp duty, legal fees, and ongoing expenses such as maintenance and property management. We recommend chatting with a financial advisor who can help you determine whether you’re ready to invest in property and align your investment with your financial goals. 

Explore Financing Options 

Various financing options are available for property investors.  

Investigate mortgage rates, loan terms, and eligibility criteria. Whether you opt for a traditional mortgage or explore government-backed schemes, understanding your financing options is crucial for making informed decisions. 

Did you know: In NSW, if you have owned an interest in residential property since 1 July 2000 that has been solely used for investment purposes, you may be eligible for the First Home Owner (New Homes) Grant on another property. 

Choose the Right Location 

Location is a crucial factor in property investment success.  

Consider factors like proximity to amenities, employment hubs, schools, and public transport.  

‘A mediocre property in the right suburb will do far better in terms of capital gains and rental potential than a stunning home in a terrible location. You need to ask yourself what is prompting buyers to purchase here and, more importantly, what might increase demand in the future.’ 

Source: propertybuyer.com.au 

Regional areas with growth potential or established suburbs with a track record of appreciation can offer diverse investment opportunities. 

Property Types and Strategies 

Explore different property types and investment strategies based on your goals.  

From residential properties to commercial spaces, you have various options to consider.  

Again, we recommend seeking professional advice to determine what strategy aligns with your financial capability, budget and goals. Whether you’re interested in buy and hold, renovating for profit, or diversifying with commercial investments, align your strategy with your long-term objectives. 

Engage with Local Real Estate Professionals 

Building a strong network of real estate professionals is invaluable.  

Connect with local real estate agents, property managers, and financial advisors who specialise in the area that you’re looking to invest in. Their insights and expertise can provide valuable guidance, enhance your understanding of local dynamics, and allow you to learn about new properties before they hit the market. 

Due Diligence 

Thorough due diligence is crucial before making any property investment decisions.  

Investigate property history, market trends, and potential risks. Also, it’s important to stay informed about zoning regulations, development plans, and any upcoming infrastructure projects that could impact property values. And don’t forget it’s important to inspect any property (and the surrounding neighbourhood) you’re considering purchasing. We think the below quote from Streamline Property Buyers sums it up nicely: 

‘You simply cannot rely on images provided by a sales agent on a real estate listing to provide the full story.  An on-site inspection is a must for a thorough property due diligence process.  What you cannot see in listing photos is what the streetscape looks like, the quality of the adjoining homes, and any potential noise impact from nearby transport corridors, local industry, or even the neighbours themselves.’ 

Consider Tax Implications 

Understand the tax implications of property investment by seeking professional advice.  

You’ll need to be familiar with stamp duty rates, capital gains tax, and any available concessions or incentives for property investors. Seeking advice from a tax professional ensures you optimise your investment strategy within the legal framework. 

Build a Diverse Portfolio 

Diversification is a crucial principle in successful property investment.  

Spread your investments across different types of properties and regions to mitigate risks and capitalise on diverse opportunities. Basically, not all your investments will perform the same. While an investment property in one market may be experiencing a downturn in growth, an investment in a different market could be rising in value. 

Exactly how you diversify depends on your age, income, appetite for risk and other factors. A well-balanced portfolio can provide stability and resilience in varying market conditions. 

A Thriving Investment Property Portfolio Awaits  

As you enter the world of property investment in 2024, remember that success is built on knowledge, careful planning, and strategic decision-making.  

With its dynamic opportunities and diverse landscapes, the real estate market offers investors the opportunity to create a thriving investment property portfolio. 

Whether you’re a first-time investor or looking to expand your existing portfolio, the key lies in staying informed, setting clear goals, and leveraging the expertise of local professionals. By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to unlocking the potential of property investment and building a prosperous financial future. Happy investing!  

Ready to tip your toe in the Hunter Valley investment property market? We’re here to help! Engaging with a conveyancer early in the process is the key to understanding the process of purchasing an investment property and ensuring that your best interests are protected from the start. Call our team today on (02) 4056 1070 for a free chat about how we can help.  

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. We recommend consulting with qualified professionals for advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

Oliver and Co Conveyancing Cessnock founder Tayla Ross (nee Oliver)

Hi there! I'm Tayla Oliver

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