The advantages and disadvantages of property investing
25 January 2023
There are pros and cons to every investment and only a financial professional can advise what’s right for you. If you’re looking for general information, we’ve outlined some of the advantages and risks associated with investing in property.
Potential advantages of owning an investment property
If the rental income you generate from an investment property covers all your expenses, including loan repayments, maintenance and property management, then the property could be ‘positively geared’.
For some property investors, a positively geared property is one component of their overall investment portfolio, helping them generate income. An accountant or other financial professional can help you understand the potential benefits and tax implications of rental income.
The opportunity for tax deductions
If the rental income does not cover an investment property’s costs, it could be ‘negatively geared’. As above, an accountant or other financial professional can help you understand the potential tax benefits of ‘negatively geared’ property investing and whether it’s relevant for you.
Risks to consider when investing in property
Higher interest rates can mean higher costs
Borrowers with variable rate property loans could pay higher loan repayments if interest rates rise. It’s important to work with an investment adviser to ‘stress test’ any property investment to help ensure it’s suitable for you in a range of circumstances.
Maintenance and property management time and costs
Investing in property can be time-consuming, especially when it comes to finding tenants and keeping the property in good condition. Some property investors may prefer to hire a professional manager, who will generally take a percentage of your rental income.
High entry costs
Saving up enough money to enter the property market may take time. In addition to accumulating a deposit on an investment property loan, you may need to consider:
- stamp duty
- inspection costs
- renovation costs.
For more information, read our article on the costs of property investment.
Talk to a home lending expert
If you’re considering purchasing an investment property, talk to a specialist at Suncorp Bank. Our home loan experts can answer your lending questions and work with you every step of the way.
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