Someone else’s back is a buy and hold property strategy. It is based around Cash flow Positive properties. The aim of this strategy is to input as little as possible of the owners resources into their properties. Basically the tenants end up financing the property until it is entirely paid off. This will often be over a 25 year period although this will be reduced if the property is considerably cashflow positive since it’s excess income can be used to pay it off faster. Obviously this really only suits Cash flow Positive or Cash flow Neutral properties.
The Snowball is a buy and hold property strategy. The idea of the snow ball is very simple: purchase enough properties to make the investor financially free once they are all paid off. These properties can be Cash flow Positive, Cash flow Neutral or even Cash flow Negative, as long as the investor has a decent amount available above living costs and any additional costs imposed by these properties. It does work best with positively geared properties.
Many investors have a set of rules which helps them focus effort when searching for property to buy. The rules will immediately create a shortlist of properties to investigate, by eliminating all those that do not meet the criteria.
A leading property investor has questioned why people on above-average wages cannot afford to buy a home after a report predicted dramatically falling home-ownership rates. Property Investors Federation vice-president Andrew King said people on $70,000 a year had to look at their other spending – on things like coffee and cars – if they thought they could not afford a house.
Pre-Purchase Property Inspection Check-list
Many people purchase investment property simply because it goes up in value. Consider which is important: capital growth, cashflow or a combination of the both? What type of property do you want to buy?
Would you buy a large asset item like a car without test driving it or getting it assessed by an expert in that field e.g. AA vehicle testing? Would you buy a computer without checking out its specifications? If necessary would you talk to an IT guru to ensure the product will meet your needs?