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We’re being inundated with enquiries from first homebuyers at the moment, who are all keen to take advantage of record-low interest rates to get into the property market. 

With mortgage rates so low, it’s a great time to think about buying a home, and at Zippy, we love the opportunity to help everyday Australians reach their dream of owning property. 

But we’re finding a recurring theme with the first home buyers who are coming to us right now – and it’s holding them back from getting started. 

Taking Your First Step on the Property Ladder 

It reminds me a little of leaving school. For some people, the path after high school leads to university. And sometimes, people can have an expectation that they’ll graduate, swiftly land an executive job and start earning six figures from day one. 

The reality isn’t quite like that. You have to start somewhere. Usually, you start in a junior role, learn about the industry and work your way up. Then, as your knowledge and experience grow, your climb your way up the career ladder.  

Some people may be able to skip some steps and take a different path. But for the majority of us, this is the recipe to career success: hard work, grit, determination, and time.  

The same philosophy applies to buying a home. Unless you have a hefty inheritance or financial gift to give you a leg up, saving a deposit to buy a home in a city like Sydney or Melbourne isn’t going to be easy. This leads me to the dream home myth that’s holding people back… 

The Dream Home Myth 

Just as you don’t step out of university and into a high-paying executive job, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to step from your rental home into your ideal dream home.  

And if you hold on to the idea that your first home should be your dream home, you might delay your ability to buy a home by months, years… or even indefinitely.  

Here’s the truth: for many first home buyers, your first home won’t be anywhere near your dream home. And that’s okay. In fact, that’s really normal.  

You may not be able to buy in your ideal area, with your ideal number of bedrooms and with the kitchen you’ve been building in your mind for the past decade. 

But you will be able to take your first step on the property ladder – and that is going to lead you towards your ultimate goal. 

Getting Realistic about Your Next Step 

We’re getting a lot of enquiries from first home buyers at the moment and their wish list is not easy to achieve. They want to live…

Often, these homes have a price point of $1.5 -2m (or even higher), which means these first homebuyers are toiling year after year to save a deposit. It’s disheartening and heartbreaking, and it’s understandable why so many people feel that buying a home is never going to happen for them.  

But, there is an alternative.  

If you can adjust your thinking and get realistic about what’s possible, you could find yourself owning a home sooner than later. 

It’s about adjusting expectations: to get your first house, you start small, in an area that you can afford. It might mean you buy a house in a different suburb for $750,000, then wait until that grows in value and leverage into something closer to the city. 

You don’t have to live in it – you might decide to rentvest instead, where you continue renting in your desired suburb, but buy a home where you can afford it. Want to learn more about rentvesting and how it could help you get onto the property ladder? Read our article ‘The risks and rewards of rentvesting.’

After 2 or 3 years, you buy a townhouse, a little closer to town. Before long, you work your way up to a freestanding house in your ideal suburb. 

The sooner you get started in the property market, the sooner you can get on the path towards owning your dream home, on the beach, with a brand new kitchen and a pool. And it all starts with letting go of the myth that your first step on the property ladder needs to be your dream home. 

If you’d like to find out more about getting started in the property market, get in touch with Zippy Financial today. Buying your first home is an exciting time but it can also be stressful. It is not uncommon to feel a little overwhelmed by the whole process, but with us on your side we can make buying your home much, much easier.  

Phone: 1300 855 022             

Zippy Financial is an award-winning mortgage brokerage specialising in home loans, property investment, commercial lending, and vehicle & asset finance. Whether you are looking to buy your first home, refinance or build your property investment portfolio, the team at Zippy Financial can help find and secure the right loan for you and your business. 

About the Author:  

Louisa Sanghera is an award-winning mortgage broker and Director at Zippy Financial. Louisa founded Zippy Financial with the goal of helping clients grow their wealth through smart property and business financing. Louisa utilises her expert financial knowledge, vision for exceptional customer service and passion for property to help her clients achieve their lifestyle and financial goals. Louisa is an experienced speaker, financial commentator, mortgage broker industry representative and small business advocate.  

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Louisa Sanghera is a Credit Representative (437236) of Mortgage Specialists Pty Ltd (Australian Credit Licence No. 387025). 

Disclaimer: This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation and needs before making any decisions based on this information. This article is not to be used in place of professional advice, whether business, health or financial. 

Why You Never Succeed as Property Investor | Zippy Financial

Here is an interesting fact: did you know that most property investors fail dismally when it comes to using real estate to build wealth?

According to The Conversation, 83 per cent of Australian property investors are small players who own just one or two dwellings. The average landlord is not the rich, greedy, monocle-wearing mega-rich mogul you might have imagined.

But with real estate offering a safe and proven opportunity to make money, why is it that most investors fail to build a successful property empire?

The answer is actually pretty simple – these would-be investing superstars stumble at the first hurdle, because they don’t seek the right help and advice.

They think they can take care of everything themselves – after all, how hard could it be? They have read the property blogs, maybe subscribed to a few newsletters. And let’s not forget Uncle Dean, who has kindly imparted his words of wisdom on how they should approach property investing at their last family BBQ…

How to Invest in Property for Profit

The number one reason why property investors fail is because they don’t get adequate or accurate advice.

In reality, becoming a successful property investor relies on a lot more expertise than what dear old Uncle Dean has to say on the topic. It’s a business and should be approached using your head, not your heart.

You are more likely to have success if you are being guided by experienced, qualified experts who are in the business of helping other investors to profit from property every day, right?

So, how can you make sure you are in the slim percentage of Aussies who build a healthy financial empire out of real estate?

The first step is to nail your financial strategy. Whether that is positive or negative gearing, using the equity in your home to fund an investment or partnering up with a friend or family member to pool your funds and buy a property together, you must have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and how you want to get there.

The good news is you don’t have to figure this out all on your own. By engaging the services of an accredited and experienced property advisor, you can get help in creating a plan that suits your income, budget, risk profile and future goals. This may require a small investment upfront, but when you consider the long-term outcome of financial wealth and prosperity, it is a small price to pay.

Nailing Your Finance and Property Strategy

Getting the financial fundamentals right also means working with an experienced mortgage broker. With access to a myriad of lenders, along with lesser-known products and tips and tricks to help the self-employed and those in unique situations an experienced broker can help you access the most suitable loan products on the market.

Once you have financial ducks in a row in terms of your strategy and your finance, and you know what you can afford to borrow, you can move on to finding the perfect investment property.

Many first-time investors simply look for an inexpensive property that can be cheaply jazzed-up to attract tenants – one that is close enough to schools and public transport and seems to appeal to tenants. Unfortunately, not doing enough homework here can really cost you a lot of money.

The smarter option is to seek the guidance of a reputable buyer’s agent. They know how to identify true investment-grade properties that will deliver on capital growth and rental returns. They understand vacancy rate trends, know which type of properties are likely to be popular in different areas, and can forecast how future population growth and infrastructure spending could impact values and rents.

They also know when you should offer an extra $10-20,000 for the ideal property – and when you should put your auction paddle away and continue the search.

And, a really good buyer’s agent should be able to help you plan out your long-term property investing strategy, taking into the account things like how long you plan on holding the property for, and if it’s going to be a suitable candidate for renovating, subdividing or developing.

Consider this Hypothetical: Marc is a typical representation of a homebuyer who wants to use property as a wealth-creation tool.

Around 8 years ago, he had the opportunity to invest in a three-bedroom family home in Melton, Victoria, in an area popular with renters, for just $300,000.

Lucky for him, he spoke to a buyer’s agent who recommended a smaller townhouse in the suburb of Vermont instead. This property was $150,000 more, so he paid $450k. However, it attracted a much higher rental return, thanks to the area and its proximity to a popular high school.

Since then, house prices in Melton have risen to a median of $385,000 – but in Vermont, that townhouse is now valued at almost $700,000. Marc has been able to access that equity to grow his portfolio to include two additional properties and set himself up for a comfortable retirement. Imagine how much he’d be kicking right now if he hadn’t engaged appropriate experts to help put him on this path?

This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation or needs before making any decisions based on this information. 

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