If you are one of the many first-home buyers who has been working hard over the ensuing years to pay down your mortgage as quickly as you can, there is good news. With an increase in the value of your property, you now have access to a significant amount of equity sitting in your current home. This accessible equity can provide you with the perfect springboard to becoming a first-time investment property buyer.
So, if you are considering taking your first steps into the property investment market, you may find that you are:
>> Looking at the second property as “doubling your commitment” to servicing your ongoing debt, or
>> Unable to muster up enough courage to start the first move into an investment property market
Useful “Tips” for First-Time Investment Property Buyers
Don’t worry if you worried about your financial situation. If you are serious about being financially independent by the time you retire and you have been considering investing in property for the first-time, here are some useful tips to help you become successful in obtaining investment property loans:
Find a Suitable Property – Have a clear idea of the type of property you want to buy and its location
How much you can Borrow – You will need to assess the amount of debt you can take on. You can use a suitable “Borrowing Power Calculator” to help you determine the amount you can borrow
Budget – You will need to establish a personal budget, which involves adding up all your income as well as working out all of your expenses. You can use a “Budget Planner Calculator” to help you determine the amount you can borrow
Rental Income – You will need to make sure the rental income you receive from your investment property will cover the total costs of your investment property
Tax Deductions – There is a range of property investment tax deductions you can claim. So, it is important you seek tax accounting and legal advice from your tax accountant and solicitor with the recent tax law changes.
Loan Purchase Costs – Buying your investment property does come with a range of costs. Some of the typical costs include loan establishment fees, conveyancing costs, stamp duty, and Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) premium (i.e. payable if the total amount of your borrowings is more than 80% of the total security value of your properties)
Investment Loans and Options – The type of loan you obtain should depend on your individual situation and should reflect your investment goals. There are also numerous home loan options with a range of features and benefits to choose from.
Loan Pre-Approval – Before you go looking for your first investment property, you should arrange to get your loan pre-approved. Because, a pre-approved investment loan will give you the peace of mind and surety when you are bidding at an auction.
I hope these tips will guide you in obtaining a better investment loan deal and make you a successful first-time investor. If you are overwhelmed with the amount of work that you will have to do for making an investment in a property, it is best to seek help and guidance from a professionally qualified finance broker.
Having a specialist finance broker on your side will save you lots of time and heartache because he/she will negotiate on your behalf with numerous lenders/credit providers and secure your eligibility for a first-time investment property loan. So, don’t take tension of the loan process, employ a specialised finance broker and let him/her find the best investment property loan deal that suits your needs.