Breaking down investment jargon
Making money generally comes two ways – via working and investing. Investing your money means making your money work hard to help generate more money.
People invest their money for all kinds of reasons – some have the goal of not having to work, while some want to be able to pay for their children’s education or to simply live a desired lifestyle in retirement.
Whatever your goals, it’s wise to consider ensuring your money is being invested, rather than just sitting in your back pocket.
You can invest your money in a number of ways, including:
While some investments may be more suited to you than others, it’s important to consider how a diverse investment portfolio can increase your ability to make money, and decrease risk factors.
Seeking professional help can be a good way to get started and review your current investments. If you’re considering purchasing a property as an investment now could be a good time to talk to somebody.
It’s important to think carefully about who you speak to and what their agenda might be. Services you might approach include a financial planner or an accountant.
When investing in property you will need to have an understanding of how you intend to make money from the investment. Consider the different types of property investment strategies available to help work out which you may be interesting in pursuing.
The strategy you go with could impact the decision on where and what you will buy.
The minimum deposit depends on the type of loan. As a guide, try to save at least 20% of the property’s value, plus a bit extra for other costs.
If you’re borrowing more than 80% of the property’s value, your lender may require you to pay Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance. The more you have for a deposit, the less interest you will pay.
If you're a first home buyer purchasing an investment property or helping a family member purchase their first home, then you may be able to use a guarantor solution to contribute to the deposit.
To find out what your repayments could be use our home loan repayments calculator. This calculator helps you to estimate the true cost of your mortgage, including stamp duty, rates, insurance, maintenance, and more.
Talk to one of our lending specialists to organise pre-approval for an investment property.
The cost of buying an investment property will depend on a number of things. The purchase price will depend on what kind of property you buy and where it is. Aside from the purchase price, there will be a number of other costs to consider when purchasing an investment property, such as:
The cost of owning and managing an investment property will vary depending on your strategy. Costs you may need to consider include:
Take a look at our Mortgage Crusher offset account that offers 100% offset with your eligible variable loan and convenient access to your money.
A fixed rate loan allows you to lock an interest rate for a fixed period of time. It helps safeguard you against any changes to interest rates, making it easier to know exactly what repayments will be for the fixed period. A disadvantage could be that you won’t benefit from any decrease to interest rates, and breaking the fixed term may incur a cost.
A variable rate loan means the interest you pay can go up and down in response to changes in the Reserve Bank of Australia cash rate, and changes made by the credit provider. The advantages and disadvantages of a variable rate are pretty simple – if the rate goes down, you’ll be paying less, if it goes up, you’ll be paying more.
A line of credit facility is a revolving form of credit secured against your property (your equity). This means you can draw on the funds within your approved available limit at any time. You can make transactions online, using a Visa Debit Card or with a chequebook (available on request).
Heritage offers a formal pre-approval process to help give you some peace of mind when you’re wanting to make an offer on a property. Visit your local branch or phone 13 14 22 to find out if you qualify for a pre-approval.