Why it's a good time to buy an investment property in Perth

In many respects, Western Australia has the strongest economy in the country – but what does this mean for property investors looking for long-term capital gains? 

Western Australia has the strongest economy in Australia and you would think as a result that Perth would nationally have the most expensive home prices.

The reality is that Perth home prices are now amongst the most affordable in Australia, taking into account the high wages in Western Australia.

In addition, rental yields for the well-located properties are still strong and the outlook for the Perth property market is still very favourable, taking into account future population growth and the fact the state economy is fundamentally sound.

With a median house price of $535,000, Perth represents a low-risk environment in which to buy property with the potential for strong capital growth over the long term.

In contrast, every day we read about the Sydney property market booming with the median house price now over $800,000.

Unfortunately, this type of publicity tends to encourage first-time investors to make misinformed decisions and buy into ‘booming’ property markets such as Sydney precisely at the wrong time in the property cycle.

Making impulsive decisions to achieve a short-term gain is one of the key reasons why many first-time investors never go on to build a property portfolio.

For example, ATO figures show that 72.8 per cent of individuals who own an investment property owned just one, while 18.9 per cent of individuals own two. Only 0.9 per cent individuals, or less than one in a hundred, own six properties or more.

The main reason so many individuals fail to own several properties is that they make mistakes with their very first property purchase. This then prevents them from moving on to buy additional properties.

However, individuals who do make the correct decisions at the start in property investment can go on to amass a highly successful property portfolio, which will help fund a comfortable retirement.

This is why it is critical to undertake extensive research before buying your first investment property, to avoid simple mistakes that can undermine a long-term strategy of creating wealth through property investment.

Property still remains one of the best ways for 'mum and dad' investors to create wealth and this has been proven over many years with Perth real estate achieving a high level of capital growth consistently over several decades.

Many first-time investors never buy more than one investment property because they make simple mistakes which include:
*  Investing in property with the view to a quick return rather than viewing it as a long-term investment and a stepping ladder to purchasing a portfolio of properties that will fund their retirement

* Buying an investment property they would like to live in without thoroughly looking at capital growth and rental return potential

* Deciding to buy an investment property close to their owner-occupier home rather than looking at investment opportunities outside their local area

*  Buying into an area that is heavily marketed rather than focusing on overlooked suburbs that might present better long-term capital growth – i.e. sleeper suburbs

*  Selecting the wrong home loan – i.e. principal and interest rather than interest only, which will help increase cash flow

*  Buying a property in a location which is not attractive to tenants – i.e. not close to amenities such as shops or transport

*  Purchasing a property in an area where there is an oversupply of properties, meaning rents will be low and capital growth rates limited

* Trying to select the tenant themselves rather than using the services of a number of reliable property management companies

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