Positively geared property investing has become very popular over the last decade, but what exactly is it and how can you benefit from it?
Positive property is an investment vehicle that by definition pays the holding costs of a property and puts profit in the owner’s pocket. That is, it provides a passive income to you, the investor, from the first day of holding. This is called ‘passive income’ and it’s what makes it different from other forms of investing when you’re paying out each month.
When you begin investing, it pays to start with the end in mind if you want to be successful.
This includes two main aspects of planning. The first is being clear about your goals and motivations, and the second is understanding exactly what success looks like to you (for instance, retiring early, travelling more, working part time). The key is to understand exactly what you want your investment outcome to look like, as this will assist you in structuring and shaping a property portfolio that will get you there. Without a clear end, you won’t know the type of property to purchase and the required benchmarks to reach your goal, and it’s entirely likely you will fall short as a result.
A recent in depth study by University of Melbourne and Towers Watson found that only 53% of couples and 22% of single people are on track to achieve a comfortable level of retirement income – a grim prospect.
If you’re like most who look to property investing, you’ll want to continue living on your current household income into retirement, which really should be the minimum standard you consider. Even on $100,000 per year as a household income, 20 years into retirement works out at a requirement of $2,000,000. Sadly, Australians who have not created a stable investment portfolio through their earning lives will have no chance retiring with this sort of money put away.