Buying an investment property is about creating wealth, so you'll need to leave your emotions out of the decision-making process. Much of the research you will need to do is similar to buying your own home. Also consider factors like:
Use our Tips for Buying the right home to help ask the right question. If you're going to auctions, we have Tips for Auctions as well.
HSBC will usually lend up to 80% of the value of the property, so you could get started with as little as 20% of the purchase price. Use our Borrowing Power calculator to work out how much you could borrow.
You'll need to take into account the other costs associated with buying an investment property:
Stamp duty is the largest expense after your mortgage and varies by state. Stamp duty is payable on both the purchase price of the property you are buying and the amount you borrow for your home loan. Use our stamp duty calculator to work out how much your stamp duty will be.
Our home loan selector asks you a few simple questions to help you work out what home loans best suit your needs.
Alternatively, you can speak to a home loan expert by calling 1300 694 722 or visit an HSBC branch.
You can also view our full range of home loans here.
Once you have an idea of the type of property you are looking to buy, your budget and which loans could work for you, it's time to apply.
To speed up the application process, it is recommended you have your documents handy to supply the correct information.
Once you submit your application. you can receive conditional approval - this means it is approved conditional on further information being verified e.g. income, property valuation etc.
Buying an investment property is a considerable investment so it pays to do your research. After all, you don't want to find out from your tenants that your new investment is full of white ants or a wall is about to collapse.
A building inspection covers the condition of the building and identifies any potential problems, including cracks and rising damp, structural movement or inadequate plumbing.
Pest inspections include tricky areas under floors or on roofs to pick up any termite or woodworm infestation.
While you are getting your finances sorted and searching for a good investment, it's a good idea to engage a solicitor or conveyancer. They will take care of the legal side of buying an investment property. Friends, family, real estate agents and HSBC home loan experts will be able to recommend someone.
Fees will vary from state to state and it is wise to shop around. The cost will depend on the type of title the property is registered as, and also how much time and work is required. Call several solicitors or conveyancers to get quotes. Conveyancing can include strata title searches, council building certificates, drainage diagrams and documents from the state traffic authority and water board. In addition, they will handle the exchange of contracts during settlement.
Once you've found your investment property, you're ready to make an offer. There are two types of offers – unconditional and conditional offers. Conditional offers are more common however the type of offer can be discussed and agreed between the seller and buyer.
This is an outright offer to buy a property. You should be 100% sure that this is the property you want and that you have access to the money to buy the property. Once the vendor has accepted your offer, you are legally obliged to go through with the sale. Unconditional offers are the norm at auctions.
A conditional offer is also a binding contract, provided that all your conditions are satisfied. You can only back out now if one or more of the conditions are not met.
There are two copies of the contract of sale, one for you and one for the seller. You both sign both copies before the contract is 'exchanged'. This is usually when the deposit is paid.
If you are buying at an auction, you are required to pay a deposit.
If you are buying privately, you are usually required to pay a holding deposit (can be anywhere between $2,000 and 10% of the purchase price).
We will arrange a valuation of the property you are intending to purchase. This will provide HSBC with an independent valuation of what the property is worth, which is used to calculate if mortgage insurance is required and what percentage of the property value you are borrowing.
Once the valuation has been complete and you have paid your deposit it is time to finalise your loan documentation. Your HSBC home loans expert will let you know if any additional information is required. Once complete, you will receive unconditional loan approval.
As part of your loan contract you will need to show proof that you have home (building) insurance for the new property, effective from the date of settlement. You can get an online quote for Landlord insurance with HSBC Insurance anytime.
We will send you a 'Letter of Offer' which is your loan contract. We recommend you review this documentation with your solicitor / conveyancer. To finalise the loan you will need to sign these documents and return them to HSBC.
The date of settlement is the date you take legal ownership of the property. The balance of the purchase prices must be paid this day. Settlement is usually 6 weeks (30 days in QLD) and can be negotiated as part of the contract of sale documentation.
What happens during settlement?
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