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An unseen investment

An unseen investment

By Sarah Lefebvre on Feb 25 2019

Your best investment opportunity might not be just out your front door, yet travelling across Australia to inspect a property may not be an option either.  So, is buying sight unseen a wise decision?

Smart investors look for opportunities anywhere.  If they are in search of both capital growth and positive cash flow, many investors look well beyond their own backyard.  They look at other suburbs, states and territories, including regional centres with strong fundamental growth drivers.

How to minimize your risk?

Buying sight unseen is considered a risky strategy, however many investors continue to make a lot of money using this approach.  So how can you minimise your risk?  The answer is doing your research and thorough due diligence.

Property investment is now much like buying shares. Although you might not sit in the boardroom of the company, you undoubtedly conduct comprehensive research and analysis.

The same applies to buying a property sight unseen.  Fortunately, there are so many online resources it has given us improved access to other property markets.  You can easily review and analyse local market reports, council zoning regulations, recent capital growth and current vacancy rates to create an overall understanding of the market you are looking at investing in.
With proper research you can pick the market, pick the locality and pick the entry point. Fail to do your research thoroughly however, and you won’t get a full understanding for a local market - regardless of location.  To find out how to research the next property hotspot click here.

Being able to identify key growth drivers is a crucial part of the research and due diligence process and you will need to thoroughly research key drivers, such as employment and infrastructure development.

Pracitcal ways to help you make a smart purchase

  • Take a video walkthrough of the property
  • Get a comprehensive building inspection with detailed report and photographs
  • Discuss the property with a local property manager and get them to inspect it for you
  • Get a rental appraisal if the property is vacant
  • Speak to local agents about the street and surrounding area
  • Look at google maps and street views to help understand what is around the property
  • Get an independent property evaluation
  • Stick with your buying criteria – does this property meet all your important must have's?

Speak to a real estate expert

Your local LJ Hooker real estate agents live and breathe real estate right across Australia and are a great source of insider knowledge – much of which you wouldn’t discover alone, so make sure you contact them and ask about the local market.

Proven property investment ‘must-have’ success factors

When assessing a potential investment no matter where it is across Australia, consider these factors.  Having three or more may increase the chances of making a good investment decision. 
  • Proximity to the city or beaches
  • Inner city with trendy cafes, restaurants and shopping centres 
  • Nearby facilities like good schools, hospitals, parks and transport 
  • Has the neighbouring suburb boomed as there may be a future ripple effect in the surrounding suburbs
  • Good public transport infrastructure 
  • Prime locations of any city – located around the outskirts of the CBD or near beaches
  • Well positioned suburbs that may have been shunned by property buyers as run down and old
  • Government initiated urban renewal projects often help transform areas from being run down or industrial into areas of exciting and prestigious residential hubs 
This is general information, please seek tax advice from a specialist accountant and/or wealth planner before making investment decisions.

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