What’s the bottom line?
A very important step in choosing an investment property is to have the cash flow figures worked for you to make sure that the property suits your financial circumstances.
There are several professional programmes designed for this purpose, but with any computer-generated information, the output is only as good as the input.
A qualified and professional Property Advisor will provide the assumptions their model is based on and explain why these are important.
Based on these assumptions after rent and tax rebates and all associated costs, the property should return approximately + $35 per week to the investor.
This result assumes that the tax rebate of $4,420 is collected week by week after submitting a PAYG Withholding Variation. If it weren’t, then the investor would need to contribute approximately $50 per week.
Calculated by taking away the expenses ( interest cost and the rental expenses) from the income the property generates (rent) : $21,403 – $16,195 – $7,818 = – $2,610 / 52 = $50.19 per week:
Manipulating inputs such as anticipated rent, vacancy rates, inflation rates etc. will distort the truth and impact the bottom line result, making the costs appear better than they are or implying growth in capital value and rental income that cannot be guaranteed.
Be wary of rental guarantees – these sometimes provide a subsidised rent from the developer or the vendor at higher than market rates for a limited time. These can be very worthwhile and a great way to start with rental income right from the point of settlement, BUT if the cashflow is worked based on this ‘inflated’ rent, it will not give an accurate long term view of the holding costs. Sometimes they are used, and after the guaranteed period ends, the property owner receives a shock when suddenly they are asked to contribute more to the property than was projected at the point of purchase. Always ask your advisor to work the figures at verified market rates to see if you are still comfortable with the bottom line.
However, if the vendor is offering a rental guarantee that corresponds to current verified market rates or has identical properties in another development already achieving that rent, then the guarantee is a legitimate bonus.
A powerful way of looking at the affordability of a property investment purchase is to see who will pay to cover the holding costs of the property.
In this particular case, after rent and importantly, PAYG tax credits are collected, the property costs, on average, are serviced by both the tenant and the ATO: