Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do I figure out how much I can spend on an investment property?

    If you’re using a bank’s money as well as your own, a useful rule of thumb is that you can spend about 5 times what you’ve got as a deposit - assuming you can show that you can service the loan. You need to show the bank that you earn enough to afford paying your normal living expenses as well as the costs of their loan to you – both interest on the loan & repayment over time of the loan itself (the principal).

    While it’s sometimes possible to borrow up to 105% of the cost of a property, borrowing more than 80% usually comes at a price, such as a higher interest rate and lenders mortgage insurance. Not only does that make it more difficult to afford, it’s a real yield killer!

    So if you’ve saved $80,000, or you have equity in another asset such as shares or another property, there’s a good chance you can look at buying an investment property for about 5 x $80,000 = $400,000, with the bank lending you $320,000.

    But keep in mind that the bank is unlikely to lend you more money to cover other costs relating to the purchase such as transfer duty (formerly called stamp duty), land title transfer & mortgage registration fees, conveyance, loan application costs, etc. These can be many thousands of dollars, so be sure to factor them in!

    We can help you pull all of the figures together so you know exactly how much you can spend on an investment property. And we can help you find the best, easiest, cheapest place to borrow the funds from.

  • I’m looking at buying an investment property. What type of property should I buy?

    We recommend you purchase a property that ticks as many of these boxes as possible:

    • A 4-2-2 (4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage) or larger with garage access to the home
    • As new as possible (offers the greatest depreciation benefits & the least maintenance)
    • On as much land as possible (land appreciates, buildings depreciate!)
    • In the best location possible (capital appreciation)
    • With side access to accommodate trailers, caravans, etc
    • With as large a shed(s) as possible

    We’re happy to do the leg work for you & present you with a list of properties to choose from that score highest in as many of these categories as possible.

  • Which (if any!) Stamp Duty (called Transfer Duty by the Queensland government now) concessions do I qualify for?

    If you’re buying an investment property, probably none! Queensland government transfer duty is calculated using a series of brackets & rates, like the ATO does with income tax. You can see the brackets & rates here:

    There are other concessions relating to family businesses & superannuation, but the most common concessions apply if you’re buying the property to be your home – whether it’s your first home, land you’re going to build your first home on, or your next home. If it’s not going to be your home, chances are you’ll be slugged with a heftier Transfer Duty bill!

    To see the government fine print on how much Transfer Duty you’ll have to pay, check here: