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Buying Property Interstate

Here’s an interesting statistic – Most property investors start and continue to purchase properties in areas familiar to them, more often than not close to home.  It’s a common part of our makeup as humans to trend towards what we know which delivers a sense of comfort.

But in sticking close to the nest, you could be missing better opportunities in another state. As the property cycle clock runs at different times and speeds around the country there are always different areas in a state of rise and fall. Identifying these and investing around the country and following the cycles give the investor the best chance of achieving capital growth and growing their portfolio faster.

While buying property interstate can seem like a daunting task, the benefits can far outweigh the risks. Accomplished investors regularly sight diversification and early capital growth gains as the pivotal factors behind their success.

Here are my top tips when considering investing interstate:

Research

Doing your homework is key. No matter where you’re buying, the key to success is to investigate the market you’re looking at and the potential rewards and risks. If you do your homework, you could buy at the bottom of the cycle in an up and coming area interstate and enjoy strong capital gains in the near future.

Differing costs

There are a few cost factors that differ state to state such as stamp duty, settlement costs and land tax as well as the tax implications. For example Stamp duty is deductible in the ACT but not deductible in other states. All this information can be found online at http://www.infochoice.com.au/calculators/stamp-duty-calculator/

Property Management

If you don’t live close to your investment, it’s more important than ever to choose a good property manager as you won’t be nearby for regular inspections or for maintenance issues.

It’s important to make sure they do regular inspections, the rent is accurate and up to date and they have local rental market knowledge.

Refer to an expert

Now more than ever there are property mentoring groups and experts offering investors a suite of opportunities Australia-wide. Look to align yourself with a group that can provide you with property options and due diligence around the country. That way you can easily compare the states and different locations performance against each other before jumping into the next purchase.

How to Get Started

Information about the performance of each state is easily accessible through popular investment magazine YIP and Australia property investor. Purchase a copy and familiarise yourself with the state of the current markets, while preparing your finances and buying position with your broker.  When you’re ready to buy, then connect with and investment expert to discuss options in your top 2 states.