First thing to understand is WHY INVEST? There is no way you can save enough money to retire on, for a passive income of $50,000 today you need about $1m in cash at the bank, super or income producing assets such as Property.
3 Reasons to Invest in Property
If I have a $40,000 cash deposit it can only grow by its “asset value” times by the “rate of return” i.e. $40,000 x 5% interest rate = $2,000
I can use that same $40,000 to acquire a property valued at $400,000 the new asset value is $400,000 times by “rate of return” i.e. $400,000 x 5% = $20,000
THAT MEANS YOU ARE 900% BETTER OFF BY BUYING AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY THAN SAVING YOUR MONEY IN THE BANK
Given you probably want to retire with more than $50,000 income per year in retirement you should consider Leveraging to hold a higher value of assets.
Which asset will the banks lend you the most money on? You guessed it… Property!
Another significant benefit of investing in Property is managing your Tax affairs better, over the past few years the emphasis has shifted from Negative Gearing to SMSF & Property.
Additional money that you put into Superannuation (Salary Sacrifice) is a deduction that you can claim against your Income Tax.
An average Australian earning $75,000pa could Salary Sacrifice $10,000 into their Superannuation Fund and the actual out of pocket would be as little as $62.50p/w
Superannuation is essentially a Savings account that you cannot access until you retire, in this scenario you are able to save $192p/w and it only costs you $62.50p/w the rest is made up of your Tax-refund!
You can today setup a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) relatively cheaply, if you were to buy Property with this structure you could essentially reduce Capital Gains Tax to $0 and reduce Income Tax on rental to $0 in Retirement – Another Tax saving!
Historically Property has been one of the strongest assets in the world and is the main reason that ‘ultra-high net worth’ individuals hold one-fifth of their wealth in Property (source: CBA)
Property is one of the best assets you can leave to your family, rather than leaving cash to your children - Property increases in value and Cash decreases in value over time
“My parents bought their first house in Australia for $23,000.. fast forward to today and that same property is worth approximately $650,000! “