How To Start A Property Portfolio

Hannah Williams

Building a property portfolio is a great way to build your wealth. Here, we outline the most common approaches.

Clarify Your Purpose:

Establish a clear understanding of your motivation when venturing into property investment in Auckland. Managing a property portfolio is a substantial commitment, involving your time, financial resources, and attention. Determine whether you aim for quick gains or aspire to build long-term wealth to secure your family’s future.

Know Your Financial Capacity:

Prioritize a comprehensive assessment of your financial capabilities. Consult with a mortgage broker to identify the most suitable loan size and type that aligns with your property management strategy. Click here to contact our in-house Mortgage Advisor, Sanjeev Jangra.

Continuous Learning:

Recognize that expertise in property management is a gradual process. Stay curious and seek guidance from industry professionals. Our team are happy to assist with any questions you may have. Click here to get in touch.

Starting Point:

In all likelihood, you’ve already started by owning your own home, even if a mortgage remains on it. The greatest benefit to owning your own home is that it has no capital gains tax hanging over it. Even if you don’t own your own home, explore the possibilities of becoming a rent-vestor: that is, stay renting and buy a property that you rent to someone else.

Long-Term Perspective:

Property markets, including Auckland, experience cyclical fluctuations. Resist the urge to panic when prices dip. Remember that you only incur losses if you sell during a downturn. Many successful property investors adopt a strategy of retaining their properties and utilizing equity from each one to fund the next purchase, ultimately growing their portfolio over time.

Positive And Negative Gearing:

Make sure you have a great financial advisor and accountant to capitalise on positive and negative gearing. Some 1.2 million investors use negative gearing to maximise tax benefits when the annual costs of ownership (such as interest on a loan) exceed the income it generates from tenants. Don’t shy away from properties that you can gear positively – that is to generate profit. Usually, these are in regional areas where the rental market is tight. Unfortunately, they’re not usually great candidates for capital growth.

Property Flipping:

The practice of purchasing, renovating, and selling properties can yield substantial profits but carries substantial risk. Thoroughly evaluate the property, renovation costs, market trends, and potential buyer responses. Focus on enhancements that enhance property value, monitor expenses diligently, and aim to sell quickly.

Unlocking Land Potential:

If you invest in land, you have various strategies to consider. You can hold the land for potential appreciation over time or explore options like sub-division, dual occupancy, or rezoning to enhance its value.

Property Funds:

Property investment doesn’t always require hands-on management. Explore property trusts that provide diversified investment opportunities, which may include retail and office properties. Another approach is to partner with property developers to share in profits, although success hinges on choosing the right partner and project, and timing the market sentiment for optimal returns.

Remember that property investment in Auckland demands a combination of financial acumen, strategic thinking, and a long-term perspective. Tailor your approach to align with your goals and financial capabilities, seeking expert guidance when necessary.