Don’t rule out property investment until you’ve done the numbers. You’ve read the books, magazine articles and reports. And you’ve been religiously checking real estate websites for properties. But when push comes to shove, you never follow through. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, despite real estate being a national pastime, only 8.4% of Australians, or roughly 2.1 million people, owned an investment property, according to the Australian Tax Office.
Auctions are popular in the market at the moment and we suggest you familiarise yourself with the auction process. A standard residential property transaction is known as a Private Treaty sale. This is when you set the price you’d like your house to sell for, and your real estate agent negotiates individually with prospective buyers to achieve a sale as close to this price as possible.