ijcParticipant@ijcJoin Date: 2002Post Count: 28
Firstly, thanks everyone who contributes to this forum, especially those regular information and advice givers who have much more experience than me, a mere beginner. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from you all and hopefully one day I’ll have something of value to offer myself.
Anyway my situation is that I have enough equity in my own home to borrow 110% of an investment property. Therefore when calculating cashflow on prospective properties the loan repayments include all the costs of purchasing the property. When doing this I am unable to find anything cashflow positive. My question is this, and I guess I’m looking for a yardstick here- am I being unrealistic with my expectations? Should I be paying a deposit and/or purchase costs out of my own kick so that the actual loan is less, and overall the property is then more likely to be cashflow positive? What do you think??? Thanks for youe help!!!Steve McKnightKeymaster@stevemcknightJoin Date: 2001Post Count: 1,749
Thanks for making your post and welcome to the Property Investing.Com commmunity.
Anyway my situation is that I have enough equity in my own home to borrow 110% of an investment property. Therefore when calculating cashflow on prospective properties the loan repayments include all the costs of purchasing the property. When doing this I am unable to find anything cashflow positive. My question is this, and I guess I’m looking for a yardstick here- am I being unrealistic with my expectations? Should I be paying a deposit and/or purchase costs out of my own kick so that the actual loan is less, and overall the property is then more likely to be cashflow positive? What do you think???
You raise a very interesting question.
I think that finding a positive geared property and also gaining a 100%+ lend is a very difficult task. The 11 Sec. solution assumes that you will contribute a 20% deposit – that is, your loan will be about 80%.
I think that the answer to your question requires that you separate your property investing into at least two distinct phases.
Finding properties that in the ordinary course of events would provide positive cashflow based on an 80% lend.
Working out the best and most creative way to finance those properties.
Doing this will at least allow you to find properties that in the ordinary course of investing would be +ve cashflow.
Cash On Cash Returns
If you use 100% financing then you really can’t calculate a cash-on-cash return as it is infinity.
Perhaps a way forward is to assume that you contribute x% as a deposit and then annually adjust the amount of your deposit by your interest so that you work off an accurate denominator.
The danger in what you are describing here is that you become so highly leveraged and may be prone to a collapse in a high interest rate environment.
I think that you will be OK so long as part of your strategy also involves a plan for repaying the debt and bringing your overall borrowings down.
Perhaps look at the 100%+ financing as an interim way to get into the property and then soon after look to pump some equity in that will:
1. Improve your cashflow return
2. Reduce your overall credit risk from overgearing
I believe buying properties based on 100% lends is a dangerous strategy given the liklihood of capital appreciation becoming flat and potential interest rates rises.
Has this helped?
Steve McKnight | PropertyInvesting.com Pty Ltd | CEO
Success comes from doing things differentlydr houseParticipant@dr-houseJoin Date: 2001Post Count: 281
I agree with Steve. We are facing difficult financial times and could well be nearing the top of the market. My focus would certainly be on something cash flow positive.
My other properties have subdivision back yards, hopefully a buffer, when the property market starts to flatten out.
I have just taken a profit on a block of 3 units and some reduction in debt.
Also of note and possibly related to the building boom and first home owners grant, the rental market is very slow.
New units, especially douoble storey are very slow to sell and rent out, I have heard from outer east R/E agents.
Just some ideas.
ReginaVincentGMember@vincentgJoin Date: 2002Post Count: 3
My wife and I went to Sean O’Reilly’s evening when it came our way. He advocated the revolving line of credit instead of using all of your home for equity support. You can then do the 80/20 loan with the interest on both being tax deductible.ijcParticipant@ijcJoin Date: 2002Post Count: 28
Thank you so much for your advice Steve, Regina and Vincent. Steve I appreciate you breaking the issue down like that for me- you have provided me with the yardstick I was looking for. I do have some redraw available on my home loan that I will now use for a deposit to get started, with a more realistic head on my shoulders. I’ll also feel safer doing it because I was feeling some anxiety myself about being too leveraged. Thanks again, Ian.
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