Investing in the Sydney Property Market

 

An investment property can be an excellent asset and a wonderful start or addition to your property portfolio. Whether you are a local buyer looking for an investment property or overseas or interstate, we have your investment property needs covered.

To help you further, here are our Top Tips when Buying Investment Units or click to read our Investment Property Strategy Article.

TOP TIPS WHEN BUYING INVESTMENT UNITS

Premier Home Finders follows an important set of criteria when searching for your investment property. Listed below are the guidelines that we follow when searching for your investment unit:

 

1. LOCATION

Located within 10 kms of Sydney CBD

Close to public transportation

Not on a main road / artery / through-road

Located in an up-and- coming area that is becoming “hot” – perhaps lots of cafes/restaurants or close to beach

Good infra-structure around it, i.e. amenities / cafes / universities

Rental vacancy rate in the area that is less than 2.5% to ensure rental demand for your property

2. APARTMENT

Prefer smaller, older style apartment blocks

Prefer apartments with parking. Exceptions are inner city areas such as Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay where parking is an exception rather than the rule

Strata title preferred. Unrestricted company title does allow for property rental however banks sometimes won’t lend on this title and if they do lend, it may only be up to 50% of property value.

Always have a strata search conducted prior to purchase to ensure financial health of the apartment complex and the body corporate.

3. POST PURCHASE

Use a professional property manager to manage your investment. Interview at least two different property management companies who are active in your property’s area– don’t just automatically use the real estate agent that sold you the property. They may be excellent, but you want to ensure that the property management agency you use has a dedicated rental department with a senior staff member overseeing the area. Questions to ask include:

  • How much are their fees
  • A written comparison of comparable rental properties currently in the market, and

References from existing landlords using their property management services.

Take out building and contents insurance upon exchange of contracts as regardless if something happens to the property, you are still obligated to complete the transaction.