As an investor, we are taught to be counter-cyclical and buy when nobody is buying. What nobody mentions is that it can be scary in the moment. One investor compared it with feeling like he was playing a game of chicken vs an onrushing train … and I wouldn’t hold it against any property investor to feel particularly bruised by this current Government’s policies and rhetoric.
Here are some ideas that might help with investing when it starts to feel like the cards are stacked against you.
Like most investors I am impacted by the new tax by way of removing interest deductibility from residential investment property.
I feel a lot better when I am taking action and making moves to control and improve my situation – I encourage you to also. It beats sitting around and reading gloomy articles by people who don’t invest themselves.
I have some choices on how to get through this, remembering that we are months away from the rules being finalised. I will have a good long chat with my broker and accountant before making any real moves.
I’m going for #3, #4 and #5 and seriously investigating #2, with an eye on starting to invest in commercial property.
Most of my properties are multi-tenancy and would not suit a home buyer, with one exception, which has stunning ocean views in Wellington. It produces great cashflow for me because I developed it to do so, however the yield on today’s value is low. I could sell and reinvest the equity into something of similar value and increase my cashflow.
My strategy for properties to hold has always been multi-tenancy and I will keep looking for opportunities to buy, renovate and rent out properties. For example, there’s a growing shortage in one to two-bedroom flats for older renters.
For deals to increase cash a relatively fast strategy is to renovate run-down homes and sell them to homebuyers. Slower but potentially more lucrative is development, subdivision, etc. Team up with experienced operators if you consider this route and get tax advice first.
Lastly, on repaying debt. Somebody much more successful than me pointed out that nobody ever went broke with too much cashflow and not enough debt, and that is as true today as ever. Interest rates are historically low and this is a tax on debt so it makes sense.
This article was published in the June 2021 issue of the New Zealand Property Investor Magazine and is shared here with permission from the magazine.
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