9 Property Investment Mistakes to Avoid

Not keeping and supplying all documentation to your accountant

Not keeping good records can really impact your investment profitability. Make sure you talk to your accountant about what documentation the ATO requires you to keep to support your tax return and claims. A safe suggestion is to keep all your receipts even if they are small, as it doesn’t take long for these to these expenses to add up.

Thinking you’ll save money by managing the property yourself

Although many investors are financially-savvy, when it comes to finding tenants, dealing with day-to-day property issues or legal jargon, they are left in the dark. Experienced property managers can help make sure you receive a reliable income stream, excellent capital growth and the best returns possible – as well as a guarantee of exceptional customer service.

Having the wrong insurance

Things go wrong and properties get damaged or are vacant – some tenants willingly damage properties, whilst other residences fail to attract tenants for an extended period of time. Not having the right landlord insurance to help cover damage and rental shortfalls can have a massive impact on an investor if they have to find the cash to make repairs or pay the bank back.

Not adjusting rent to market conditions

The market determines the appropriate rent and if you don’t take this into consideration you may end up pricing yourself out of the market. Tenants either won’t be able to pay their rent or you won’t be able to find new tenants to move in. We buy houses in Daytona Beach

Borrowing too much money and not planning ahead

Many investors can get over-confident when they have bought multiple properties – they think they are on a roll. However, refinancing can become an issue if the investor has borrowed to their limit. This is especially problematic given the tightening in lending restrictions.

Forgetting about the tenants when buying an investment property

Before you buy an investment, remember that it is not the same as buying a home for yourself. When you are looking at buying an investment property consider every aspect of the potential property from a tenant’s perspective – what would they value, what would they pay more for?

Choosing the wrong ownership structure

There is no ‘one-size fits all’ solution when it comes to structuring property investments because everyone’s situation is unique. However, many investors don’t spend enough time upfront planning the structure with their accountant and financial advisor, causing a great deal of trouble down the track.

Failing to have a long term strategic plan

Not knowing what you want to achieve with your property investment is not a good way to start. Many first time investors don’t consider their long term strategy.

When working out your strategic plan, think about what you want to achieve and when, immediate cash flow, long term capital growth, ongoing income in retirement, and funding of additional investments to name a few.

Not doing enough research and due diligence

Investments are big decisions, and they can go tragically wrong if investors don’t spend enough time doing their due diligence and researching the market.

Many investors use property investment companies to help advise them on what and where to invest. Whilst this can help people who are unfamiliar with the process, it is still critical that the investor double checks any suggestions from the investment service.

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