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Cost Considerations


 

An investment property has many benefits and if chosen carefully can provide solid financial returns. However, it can also be an expensive asset to acquire and maintain.

There is not just one overall cost of investing in property but many initial and ongoing costs which need to be taken into account when taking the plunge.

No matter what type of investment property you’re after, there are important costs outside of the deposit and investment loan you should be aware of.

We will assist you to factor in these costs when you begin your investment journey so you’re not hit with any surprises later on.

 

 

EXPENSE 

FREQUENCY

NOTES 

DEPOSIT 

Once
Only
Payment

The deposit needed to purchase an investment property is 10% of the asking price. However, if you borrow in excess of 80% of the property value, you maybe required to pay mortgage insurance.

LOAN
ESTABLISHMENT
FEES

Once
Only
Payment 

Some financial institutions will charge an establishment fee to cover the set-up costs for your loan. Consult your financial institution to determine establishment fees

MORTGAGE
INSURANCE

Once
Only
Payment 

If your deposit is less than 20%  of the value of the property, the lender may require you to pay mortgage insurance. Consult your financial institution to determine likely costs to insure your loan.

CONNECTIONS 

Once
Only
Payment  

The cost of the connections for all the utilities and services you will need to have installed in preparation for the tenants who will be occupying your property.

LEGALS 

Once
Only
Payment 

This cost covers the legal transfer of ownership. This is usually conducted by a solicitor or conveyancer. It may cost approximately $600-$1800.


 

Estimating ongoing costs can be a difficult task as they may vary from month to month and year to year.
It is important to allow for the following costs you may incur as well as any extras which may arise.  

 

EXPENSE 

FREQUENCY

NOTES 

INSURANCE
(BUILDING &
LANDLORD)
 

 

Annual
Payment

 

Building and landlord insurance will not only protect you from unforeseen building repairs (from fires or flooding) but also common tenant problems i.e. damage, tenant refusing to pay rent, leaving the property prior to the agreement’s finishing, etc. 

YEARLY 
MORTGAGE
FEES

Annual
Payment

Your loan may be subject to a yearly loan account fee. It is important to consult your financial institution to determine if this is applicable. 

LAND TAX

Annual
Payment

This cost is the annual tax levied on the owners of the land. Land tax may be exempt in certain cases, however, when purchasing a property as an investment you will be liable. Land tax is levied by states and territories. 

COUNCIL RATES/
GOVERNMENT TAXES

Annual
Payment 

In most instances, council rates and government taxes will be the responsibility of the landlord. These rates will vary from state to state.

BODY
CORPORATE
FEES

Quarterly
Payment  

If your property resides on a shared block (e.g. is a townhouse, unit or flat), it is likely to incur owner’s corporation fees. These fees cover the maintenance of common areas as well as building insurance. The fees will depend on the condition of the property, its features and the area.

MORTGAGE
REPAYMENTS

Monthly
Payment

Although the rental payments you receive may cover most of your monthly mortgage fees, you may need to contribute and cover the shortfall. You will also need to keep up with the interest costs on the borrowings of your property and consider the impact of a rate rise.

UTILITIES

Monthly
Payment 

You will also be responsible for the cost of any services which do not have separate metering devices like water, as well as the annual sewerage charges. 

PROPERTY
MANAGEMENT

Monthly
Payment 

If you have decided on seeking an expert to manage your property, their commission or fees will need to be considered. These fees may vary from state to state

REPAIRS

Ongoing/varies

As the owner, you will need to maintain the property. Maintenance of a property may be partly tax-deductible, however, it is important to double-check what you can and cannot claim.

 

Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together can be daunting.

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