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Investment Property Home Loans

Home loans are useful for buying any properties and are typically associated with helping us to afford the homes we intend to live in (hence the term ‘home’ loans). However there can also be good reasons to take out loans for properties other than your home, and investment property home loans mean that you can afford to start investing in property and making money from those investments without having to start off as a multimillionaire.

Investing in property as we all know is one of the most reliable investments anyone can make. This is or several reasons and we’ve all heard them quoted a hundred times: everyone needs land, the population is growing, its almost guaranteed to increase in value… etc etc You can further increase the success of these investment opportunities then by investing in properties in up-and-coming areas, or in places that are soon to have a lot of money spent on them for development. At the same time there are so many ways for you to make money from a property investment that it makes tonnes of sense as a way to tie up your money and watch it grow.

The problem is however that property is obviously very expensive and is a very considerable investment. This means that not everyone can afford to buy a property outright, and thus they believe they can’t join in on these lucrative investments.

However that need not be the case, and with investment property home loans it’s very possible to afford to buy properties that you might not otherwise be able to as you won’t need to pay for them in one lump sum. By spreading out the cost of your property with an investment property home lone, you can then make the investment much more manageable. Of course you will pay more for investment property home loans than you would buying the home outright as you will have to pay interest. However the idea of this purchase is that you’re making an investment which means hopefully you will make lots of interest yourself on the purchase. If all goes to plan then you will be able to earn significantly more than the interest on the loan making that negligible. This is even more the case if you somehow increase the value of the property rapidly. For example if you are fairly adept at DIY and maintenance, then it is a great money making scheme to buy up properties using a loan, to make them more presentable by painting and decorating, and then selling them on for a large profit. It’s possible this way to make thousands in a few weeks or months’ worth of work.

Another great thing about an investment property home loan is that you won’t be living in the property which frees it up for you to lease it out. For example then you can take out a loan and rent the property out, then use their rent to pay the loan back before selling it on for a massive profit margin.

Using Your Home To Invest

Many people dream of owning some investments one day. People look forward to owning something that will hopefully give them some money in the future. For a lot of people though, this dream never eventuates as lots of people think that they need to save lots of money before they can think about investing any money. Sadly, lots of people don’t know the tricks to budgeting and saving money so their dreams of investing remain on the “to do” list for many years.

Having a good control over your money is certainly the first stepping stone before you consider any investment. Saving sums of money will lever you into certain investments such as term deposits, managed fund, shares etc. However if you wished to invest in a property, it would be really difficult to save sufficient money to buy an investment property especially if you already owned your own home. So what can you do as an alternative?

Well if you already own a home you are likely to have some equity in it especially if you have had it a long time, paid a lot off your home loan or if property values have risen since you purchased it.

What Is Equity?

Equity is the difference between what your home is worth and what the balance of your home loan is. In other words it is how much of your house you actually own.

e.g. Jack has a property worth $380,000 and he has a home loan for $180,000. His equity is therefore $200,000.

Peter and Jan have a property worth $684,000. They have a two home loans totalling $249,000. Their equity is therefore $435,000.

How Does Equity Increase

There are a number of ways that the value of your equity can increase

1. Paying down your home loan

2. Paying out your home loan

3. Property values increasing

4. Improving your home so the property is worth more

How Do You Use Equity To Invest

Banks are generally willing to lend you money against the security of your house. They take a mortgage over your home which gives them the power to sell your home if you don’t repay your loans. They are often willing to lend about 80% of the value of a property. This means you might be able to take out a loan against your house and use that money to invest.

e.g. Jack’s property is worth $380,000. IF the banks were willing to lend him 80% of the value of his home, then they might consider lending him $304,000 ($380,000 x 80%). As he only owes the bank $180,000 on his home loan, he could have the potential to borrow some more money and to use this money to invest. He could potentially borrow up to $304,000 giving him access to $124,000.

Peter & Jan’s property is worth $684,000. IF the banks were willing to lend them 80% of the value of their home, then they might consider lending them $547,200 ($684,000 x 80%). As they only owe the bank $249,000 on their home loans, they could have the potential to borrow some more money and to use this money to invest. They could potentially borrow up to $547,200 giving them access to a further $298,200.

What Sort Of Investment?

Depending upon how much equity you have available, you could use your equity to invest in any sort of investment that suits you and your particular circumstances. You would need to speak with an accountant / financial adviser / real estate agent / share broker to discuss your different investment options. You would generally be looking for investments that have the potential to rise in value over time. These are called capital growth investments.

There are many tricks to investing wisely and you should always do plenty of research and consider all of your options and personal circumstances before making a decision where to invest.

Loan Repayments

Any loan you take out to buy investments is likely to have some sort of regular repayment plan. As an example you might have to make a loan repayment each month or you may have to meet an interest payment every quarter. You can explore your loan options with your loan broker / banker.

A lot of investments don’t give you sufficient income to meet the repayments on the investment loan (such as property) or if they do, the income may not come through regularly enough (your loan repayment might be due monthly, but an investment such as shares generally only pays dividends half yearly). Before you look at borrowing to invest, you need to ensure this new commitment sits well within your budget and that you can afford to carry additional loans.

Risks

There are risks with all forms of investing and these should be carefully considered before you make any commitments. A financial professional will be able to discuss these with you. Borrowing money doesn’t increase or decrease the risk of a particular investment. That investment would carry its own risks irrespective of whether you paid cash for the investment or borrowed money for the investment. The investment itself doesn’t change based upon where you sourced the money.

What additional risks you do carry if you borrow money to buy investments is that if the investment falls in value and if under a worse case scenario you lost all of your money, you would end up with a debt owing to the bank for something that you no longer own or was worth less than the loan.

You should therefore consider the strength of the investment and the likelihood of it going up in value over time. It might not be wise to chase speculative investments if borrowing money and remember any investment that looks too good to be true generally is.

Hopefully this article has given you some ideas how you can use your home equity to buy some investments. This article is intended as a guide only and naturally you need to speak with financial professionals who specialise in the fields of financing and investing so you can do the appropriate research before you decide whether or not borrowing to invest suits your individual circumstances. Happy researching and happy investing!