Looking to start a new build investment property in Perth? We've got everything you need to know about building investment homes in Western Australia.
Interested in building investment property in Perth? What better way to enjoy the fruits of your investment than building a new home that’s sure to bring good returns? Compared to commercial property investments, new homes sell or rent faster, especially in Perth – one of the most sought after cities in Western Australia.
At Move Homes, we don’t just build for first home buyers or ready-to-move clients. Over the last 50 years, we’ve been helping Perth families and interstate families build their investment property in Western Australia. From planning to acquiring financial grants, construction and final turnover, Move Homes can help you with everything that you need to maximise your investment!
Reach out to our team and we will put you in touch with a finance specialist who will discuss the tax benefits of a new build investment property in Perth. Upon determining your borrowing capacity and options for financial grants, our property specialists will provide building options depending on what type of investment you want to achieve. Whether that’s long term growth or high rental yields (or maybe both), Move Homes will create an investment package that suits your needs.
Realestate.com.au is predicting Perth to be a great investment choice in 2022. This is due to around 20,000 people expected to move to WA for work. Combined with less than 2,000 properties for rent and under 10,000 properties for sale, Perth is really only set up for an extra 8,000 people before the market tightens.
Like any investment, there are risks. But by doing your research and talking to the right people, you can give yourself the best opportunity to maximise your profit from your new build investment property. Before we look at what items to consider, let’s look at the advantages of building an investment home in Perth.
Capital growth: Did you know that the median house price in Perth was under $200,000 back in 2000? Now, it’s over $500,000. You can use the capital growth of a property as you need, whether that’s utilising the equity or selling to make a profit.
Rental returns: It’s not just your future self that will benefit from investing. Cash flow positive properties give you money now, which can suit some investors depending on their situation. And if your property is negative geared (so the rental payments aren’t covering all your costs), they can be used as a tax deduction.
Less maintenance: With a brand new home, your maintenance costs will be minimal. This is because the appliances are new and in warranty, and your home will have a maintenance period. In contrast, established homes will have more wear and tear with appliances and fittings that could be decades old.
Depreciation schedule: Your depreciation schedule outlines all the tax depreciation deductions for your investment property, saving you thousands of dollars a year. Investors with newer homes will receive higher depreciation deductions.
Choosing the right location is essential if you’re going to build a successful investment home. It’s important to focus on suburbs that are close to amenities that tenants want, such as top-performing schools or promising local jobs. It’s common for first-time investors to choose a suburb they have lived in because they know what the place has to offer and what kind of environment their potential tenants can experience. While this can work, it does limit your portfolio and you can miss out on great opportunities if you’re not open to other options.
Since Perth has many suburbs that offer great potential, we’ve listed down the most important qualities for a successful investment property.
Jobs: Generally people want to work within 30 minutes of where they live. That way, they spend less time driving and more time at home with their families. Perth CBD has the highest number of jobs but there are many other suburbs with employment opportunities. In fact, there are business parks under construction and more offices moving away from the city.
Transport: Whether it’s major road networks or efficient public transport, accessibility is a vital component for every household. In fact, homes that are close to train stations consistently rent out quickly. And with many new train stations under construction, there are more suburbs that join the list.
Schools: Did you know that the school catchment area can add value to your home? Perth is fortunate to have many quality schools in both public and private categories, and families are prepared to pay more for a better school zone. You can check out our map of the high school catchment areas.
Population growth: If you’re looking at new suburbs, population growth is a good indicator of what’s to come in the future. Suburbs like Eglinton, Forrestdale and Hilbert will more than triple in size over the next 20 years, bring higher demand and new community infrastructure.
Absolutely! We’ve built investment homes in many of Perth’s established suburbs like Duncraig and have helped clients source the block of land. As there are less vacant blocks in inner city suburbs, you will need to be prepared to purchase quickly.
Not necessarily. Bigger blocks of land will cost more to buy, so you’ll need to consider if the rental yield meets your requirements and your budget.
A good starting point is to consider the demographics of the area. White collar suburbs like Joondanna are popular for couples and DINKs who value low maintenance homes, so a bigger block may not mean a higher rental yield. Family dominated suburbs like Yanchep are more likely to pay a higher price for a backyard so the kids can run around.
The vacancy rate of a suburb is a great way to determine the demand from tenants. A low vacancy rate indicates that there aren’t many homes for rent, so properties are likely to rent quicker.
You can also look at the owner occupier population. Generally, investing in a suburb that has a higher proportion of owner occupiers than renters means there are less rental homes on the market (so you can get a higher price).
It sounds simple to choose a home design that everyone will like. Unfortunately, investors often get too personal with the home design by selecting features and colours that suit their unique tastes. Instead, it’s important to choose a design that reflects what the local demographics want. A smaller 3 bedroom home is more appropriate for inner-city suburbs, whereas larger floor plans with multiple living areas suit the outer suburbs. The same goes with selecting inclusions that tenants want.
Turnkey inclusions: As an investor, you want to rent out your home as quickly as possible. A turnkey home gives you that ability because everything comes included in your new homes, such as flooring coverings, wall painting and landscaping. If you are looking for investment properties on websites like REA or Domain, you’ll need to double check if the specifications are turnkey.
Bedrooms: Four bedrooms or three? Generally four bedrooms go for a higher rental price, but it’s important to consider if your home design can accommodate a fourth bedroom and if your budget allows for it as well.
Stand out: Adding in a unique feature could help your home stand out from others on the rental market. This could be adding in an extra storage space or including a provision for a third car bay. Remember, it’s important to look at what items tenants want and will be willing to pay extra for.
The number of bedrooms the number one deciding factor for many tenants. But other features that are viewed favourably include having a minimum of two car spaces and a second bathroom. Modern kitchen appliances are also a drawcard for prospective tenants.
Absolutely! Dual occupancy homes provide two independent living areas that are rented out separately. This means an investor will receive two rent payments from the same home. We’ve built a number of dual occupancy homes across Perth, so reach out to us if you are interested.
We recommend avoiding steps as it makes it difficult for people with mobility issues or parents with prams (and it’s a pain to move furniture up and down stairs!). It’s also important to remember not to over capitalise on your home. That free-standing bath may be on your wishlist, but it won’t bring in any additional money from your rental.
Definitely! Move Homes is a custom home builder in Perth and we have over 30+ new home designs that you can customise to suit your vision. You can combine your favourite parts or features of our various designs to build an investment property that fits your requirements.
As you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider when pursuing a new build investment property. Fortunately, we’ve built investment homes across Perth so we know what the right information is and where to source it from. Our reliable team will always be in contact with you every step of the way to explain the concepts and the terms and provide suggestions that can help you build a good investment.
Budget: We’ll put you in touch with the right financial team to determine what your borrowing capacity is and what investment strategy best suits you.
Location: We’ll find the right location that meets your investment goal, whether that’s long term growth or high rental yields. Plus, we can liaise with land agents to help with the purchase.
Design: Our team will design a home that suits your budget, block of land, and will attract tenants. We will work with your property manager during handover so you can rent your home out quicker.
Your investment strategy is unique to your capacity. Let’s work together to find a solution that sets you up for a financially healthy future that can benefit from a good investment property in Perth.
If you are interested to know more about new build property investments in Western Australia, please contact us through the form below or call Move Homes on 9249 4455.
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