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Property Investment Jargon Explained

June 5, 2018
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Does the jargon leave you feeling confused? Fear not, investor-to-be.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list explaining the most difficult terminology. By the end of this article, you’ll sound like a seasoned property investor when conversing with your friends at the dinner table.

Negative gearing
Put simply, negative gearing is when the costs of owning a property – like the interest repayments, rates and maintenance costs – exceed the income you receive. Say you earn $25,000 in rental income and your expenses add up to $35,000, the property would be negatively geared to the tune of $10,000. This could potentially provide a significant tax break, which is why negative gearing is a popular strategy with property investors.

Positive gearing
As you may have guessed, positive gearing is the opposite of negative gearing. It’s when the income you make on a property is greater than the expenses. This could provide you with an income, however it should be noted that you will most likely be required to pay tax on this income. Another term for this is ‘cash-flow positive’.

Depreciation
‘Depreciation’ is a term used to describe the decrease in value of an asset over time. With a property investment, it includes items like stoves, carpets and hot water heaters. Each of these items depreciates a little bit each year according to a Depreciation Schedule you have drawn up by a Quantity Surveyor, and these amounts may potentially be claimed back as a tax deduction.

Capital gains
A capital gain is the amount by which the property increases in value, relative to what you paid for it. A capital gain is usually realised when you sell the property. However, if your property goes up in value, you can often borrow against the capital gain (also known as accessing your equity) by asking a lender to value the property and refinance your loan.

Capital Gains Tax
Capital Gains Tax is the tax you pay when you sell an investment property that has gone up in value since you purchased it. You need to report capital gains (and losses) in your income tax return.

Equity
Equity is the proportion of the property that you own. So, if the property’s worth $600,000 and you owe the bank $100,000, you have $500,000 in equity. Equity can be used in a variety of ways, for example you can potentially borrow against it to buy additional properties or fund renovations.

Rental yield
The rental yield refers to the money your tenants pay you. Rental yield is calculated as a percentage of the property’s value. You can calculate the gross rental yield by multiplying the weekly rent by 52 weeks, divided by the property’s value.

LVR
LVR stands for loan-to-value ratio. Essentially, it’s the percentage of the money you borrow for a loan, compared to the value of the property. Lenders generally like to keep the LVR within 80% – so you would need a 20% deposit. If you don’t have a 20% deposit, you will be subject to lenders’ mortgage insurance which protects the lender if you default on the loan. This can be expensive.

Your mortgage broker’s role is to advise you how to structure your finance according to your property investment strategy, and find you the right investment loan for your specific financial circumstances and goals.

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David Philipsen

Finance Broker at Parker Finance
With a "can do" attitude in both work and life, David is passionate about his family, work and local community. He often supports his community by volunteering or raising money for local schools or sports clubs.

At Parker Finance, David is assisting his clients with financial solutions including Residential, Commercial, Business or Vehicle & Equipment. David keenly shares his extensive knowledge of property and finance to solve his client's needs.
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