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24 Nov, 2020
Buy to live vs Buy to Rent: which approach best suits you?
A growing number of us are using this time to start considering our life goals and wanting to do something more with our savings, so the question has been raised: do you buy to rent (investment property) or do you buy to live (a home)? Younger Australian see our greatest obstacle to buying our first home is saving up the deposit. Millennials feel locked out of the market but this could all change if we started to weigh up our options.
Benefits of Buying to rent (or rentvesting):
You can buy an investment property where you can afford and rent where you desire to live. For example, you could buy an apartment in our Midtown Wollongong development starting from $360,000 where you can afford a smaller deposit but still achieve strong rental returns. Compared this to buying in your preferred area in Sydney with a current median house price of $1,143,000.^
When you buy to rent out the property it becomes very cost-effective because someone else is paying off your mortgage. This allows you to build equity within your property while not having to pay down your own mortgage.
When buying an investment property you could qualify for a generous tax break. Property investors often qualify for tax breaks such as negative gearing. This lets you offset the interest you pay on a home loan against rental income
Rentvesting gives you the option to live a flexible lifestyle. With someone else paying down your mortgage, you’re not locked into living in your property, so you’re free to move around or live somewhere that caters to your needs.
After owning the property for a while a new revenue stream will open up overtime, the rent on your property will grow potentially more than cover your mortgage repayments, therefore, you will have a new income stream.
Benefits of Buying to live:
You have the option to renovate the property into your dream home. Owning your own home affords you the opportunity to make changes to the property to better suit your needs, compared to renting a property where you have limited options to make changes.
You may be entitled to take advantage of the first home buyer schemes. Within Australia, both state and federal governments want to help you achieve the great Australian dream of owning your own property. In NSW this includes first home buyer grants, plus stamp duty concessions and exemptions which could help you save up to $26,587.
You won’t be paying off someone else mortgage. When you are renting ultimately you are paying off someone else’s mortgage and not your own, so if you are in the position to buy, you are building up your own equity.
When you decide to sell your owner-occupied property you will generally avoid paying Capital Gain Tax (CGT). Investment properties usually attract capital gains tax at the time of sale, compared to your owner-occupied property is CCT-free.
When making the decision between buying an investment property or home to live in, consider what stage of your life you are in, where you see your future heading and your financial goals. If you like the idea of being able to live in a property and making it yours then you may be better off buying a home to live in. Although if you love living a flexible lifestyle and don’t want to commit to living in the same property for a while and are interested in building a new wealth stream, rentvesting could be your best option.
The best way to consider your options is to get in touch with one of our property experts and see how you could benefit from rent vesting or owner-occupation. Contact us.
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We may collect Personal Information about you directly when you deal with us over the telephone, send us correspondence (whether by letter, fax or email), have contact with us in person, visit our websites or complete hard copy or online forms.
There are also circumstances where we may collect Personal Information about you from someone else. For example, from:
• Market research companies contracted by us to obtain information so that we may improve and market our services;
• Your employer;
• Other agents and valuers who may be involved in the services we provide;
• Property developers who contract us to market properties;
• Publicly available information and databases;
• Any of the companies within the St Trinity Property Group (both local and overseas);
• and Anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf.
We also automatically collect certain information when you visit our websites or our subscribers receive promotional emails from us via cookies and other tracking technology (such as web beacons), some of which may be capable of personally identifying you. Such information includes the type of browser and operating system you are using, your IP address and how you use our websites.
WHY WE COLLECT, HOLD AND USE PERSONAL INFORMATION
We generally collect, hold and use your Personal Information for the purposes for which it is provided to us (which will usually be obvious at the time of collection), related purposes or as permitted or required by law. Such purposes may include:
• Acting as agent for vendors or purchasers in relation to the sale of a property;
• Acting as agent for owners or tenants in relation to the leasing and or valuation of a property;
• Project management services;
• Structured advisory services;
• Town planning services;
• Capital allowances services and other consulting services in relation to the property market;
• Administration of our business, such as collection of overdue commissions or outstanding fees;
• Responding to client enquiries and communicating with you from time to time to maintain contact and keep you updated on the services you have requested;
• Forecasting future needs of our services and general quality assurance and training purposes;
• Engaging in legal proceedings and/or enforcing judgments and/or orders;
• Complying with the applicable legal or regulatory requirements and/or orders of competent authorities;
• Providing you with promotional and marketing information, including market research reports, newsletters, event invitations and/or property market information relating to our products and services which we think may be of interest to you; and Any other purpose identified at the time of collecting your Personal Information.
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We may disclose your Personal Information to third parties as may be necessary for any of the purposes stated in the above section. Such third parties generally include:
Our third party providers, contractors, consultants, agents and/or representatives (such as law firms, banks, financial institutions, insurers, IT providers, mortgage referral services providers and/or wealth management services providers) who provide services to us or on our behalf, including to:
• Conduct valuations;
• Assist with obtaining payment from creditors;
• Operate data centres;
• Conduct market research;
• Provide advice;
• Potential buyers, tenants, conjunctional real estate agents and brokers for the purpose for which the information was collected or for related purposes (for example to complete a transaction on your behalf or provide you with a service that you requested); Anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf;
• Any of the companies within the St Trinity Property Group and their related companies; Government authorities, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, courts, tribunals and/or parties to the legal proceedings where you have consented to this or we are required or authorised to do so by law;
• Debt collection agencies; and/or Any other third parties identified at the time of collection of your Personal Information.
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Some of the third parties listed above to whom we may disclose your Personal Information are located overseas. For example:
Our information technology and business process service providers that are located in countries including (but not limited to) the Indonesia, India and Philippines; and Our overseas clients that are located in the same countries as the companies within the St Trinity Property Group.
However you acknowledge that, by agreeing to the disclosure of your Personal Information to these entities outside of Australia, we will no longer be required to take reasonable steps to ensure the overseas recipient’s compliance with the Australian privacy law in relation to your Personal Information and we will not be liable to you for any breach of the Australian privacy law by these overseas recipients. On this basis, you consent to such disclosure.
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We take reasonable steps to ensure that the Personal Information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, we also rely on you to advise us of any changes to your Personal Information. If you are able to access your Personal Information by logging on to an account you have with us, it is your responsibility to ensure your information is accurate, complete, relevant and up-to-date.
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There is no charge for making the request or giving the access to your Personal Information. We will deal with your request within a reasonable period after the request is made.
If we refuse to provide you with access we will provide you with a written notice that, at a minimum, outlines reasons for the refusal and the complaints mechanisms available to you.
If you wish to access the Personal Information we hold about you or to update or correct it, you can either do so by logging on to your account (if you have one) or contact us using the contact details provided below. We will require you to verify your identity and specify what information you require.
SECURITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We take reasonable steps to protect any Personal Information that we hold from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, alteration and disclosure. For example, we implement IT security procedures including password protection, firewalls and site monitoring and we store your Personal Information on a secure server.we store your Personal Information on a secure server.
However, data protection measures are never completely secure and, despite the measures we have put in place, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information. You must take care to protect your Personal Information (for example, by protecting any usernames and passwords). You should notify us as soon as possible if you become aware of any security breaches.
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OUR CONTACT DETAILS
• St Trinity Property Group
• Chief Privacy Officer
• PO Box 1235
• Menai NSW 2234
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