Is it better to be an ‘owner-occupier’ or a ‘rentvestor’?
FHBA Weekend Preview: 8 – 9 July 2017
With new first home buyer incentives from the government kicking in this week to assist first home buyers with housing affordability, one question the industry is asking itself is “will the growing trend of ‘rentvesting’ continue”?
Government first home buyer incentives are mostly only available to owner-occupiers (people who will actually live in their first home). With some states first home buyer incentives from the government growing (in particular in NSW and Victoria) some are wondering whether more first timers will favour buying as an owner-occupier over rentvesting to ensure they maxmise government entitlements (such as the First Home Owners Grant [FHOG] and stamp duty concessions).
For those new to the term, ‘rentvesting’ involves buying your first home as an investment property that your budget can afford, while you continue to live (via renting) in an area need to be for employment or other reasons.
According to a Herron Todd White Residential Property Report (April 2017) 13% of first home buyers nationally now enter the property market as a rentvestor (rather than as an owner-occupier). In Australia’s two most expensive states, NSW and Victoria, the proportion is higher at 24% and 20% respectively.
FHBA co-founder Daniel Cohen said there are advantages and risks of buying your first home either way. “One of the first questions first home buyers want to know is what entitlements they are eligible for. While it’s always good to check what government entitlements you could be eligible for, you need to consider various other factors before buying your first home. What’s your budget, what do you want out of home ownership, where do you need to live for work, these are just some of the factors you need to consider”.
“The flexibility of rentvesting is what makes rentvesting so attractive. However, there are pro’s and con’s of being either an owner-occupier and being a rentvestor, so you need to think about what’s right for you”.
Fellow FHBA co-founder Taj Singh said FHBA is well equipped to assist first home buyers in making this decision. “At FHBA we understand that every first home buyers needs are different. Regardless of your goals and requirements, as Australia’s best first home buyer specialist organisation, we offer a range of cost effective services that can help you, including a no-charge mortgage searching and settling service”.
Over the months the industry and FHBA will be monitoring to see how many first home buyers are taking advantage of government first home buyer incentives (usually titled towards owner-occupiers) versus going down the rentvesting route.
- Learn more about rentvesting
- Speak to an FHBA Coach about buying as an owner occupier versus rentvesting
- Read the HTW Residential Property Report (April 2017)
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Want to know more about this weekend’s auction activity? Visit the CoreLogic blog
Good luck to all first home buyers this weekend!
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