Family investment properties

January 8, 2015

family investment properties

The holidays are often a time that people reflect on ways that they may be able to give their family members a little extra help and family investment properties may be something for you to think about.

With the price of Australian real estate continuing to climb, especially in capital cities, a lot of people are considering the challenges that will face their children when they want to enter the property market.

It is not uncommon for parents to purchase investment properties with the intention of one day passing them onto their children. If this is something you are considering, here are a few things to think about:

Location

You should look at schools, employment opportunities, transport infrastructure and, most importantly, planned future developments. Remember, many of today’s hot-spot suburbs were not as popular fifteen years ago, and you’re in this for the long game.

Cashflow

If your rental income is below what you expected you might be forced to sell the property before you intended, losing out on long terms gains. Make sure that the type of property you buy fits the demographic profile of the area and make sure that your property manager is first class.

Tax strategies

If you are planning on passing a property onto your children one day, ownership through a family trust is a potential option. The advantage here is that when the property is positively geared or disposed of with a capital gain, the benefits can be distributed to the family member with the most favourable tax circumstances.

However, the disadvantage here is that if the property is negatively geared the losses generally cannot be distributed to members, and can only be used to offset future earning within the trust.

Our team of accountants and financial planners are ready to take your call.

Phone (02) 4926 2300 or email us.

If you wish to discuss family investments properties with our advisors please do not hesitate to call us here at Leenane Templeton.

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