There is a wide range of opportunities for property investors with a “lazy” $500,000 to invest and a creative mindset, according to the July edition of the Herron Todd White Property Market report.
Herron Todd White says the results of this year’s “lazy half million issue” show that “market performance has varied as much as the landscape”.
Investment options range from buying an older house in western Sydney on a large block and adding a granny flat, investing in four-bedroom homes near Newcastle University and converting them into student accommodation or considering a worker’s cottage in East Brisbane.
Here are 15 eclectic investment opportunities for savvy investors with $500,000 to invest:
Build a granny flat in western Sydney (rental returns of between 6.5% and 7%)
Investors should consider purchasing a circa 1960s to 1970s dwelling on 650- to 700-square-metre allotments and erect granny flats on the rear of the allotment, thus creating two separate tenancies. According to HTW, this type of investment has grown from a trickle to a flood and is mainly taking place in the Penrith Council area, although it has started to creep into neighbouring Blacktown Council area as well. Typically the investor is paying somewhere between $280,000 to $330,000 for the existing dwelling and between $60,000 to $80,000 for the granny flat plus spending an extra $25,000 on sprucing up the original dwelling. According to HTW the dual tenancies can generate monthly rent of $600 ($350 for the main house and $250 for the granny flat) with vacancy rates at practically 0%. HTW considers granny flats the “best investment from a rental return basis in the western suburbs”.
Convert a four-bedroom house close to Newcastle University into student digs
Investors should look at the Newcastle suburbs of Birmingham Gardens and Jesmond close to Newcastle University in Callaghan. HTW says investors are buying four-bedroom homes and turning them into six- and eight-bedroom residences and then renting the rooms separately to students. “Although rental returns are higher (as, however are the management costs), it is important to ensure that the right approvals are in place otherwise you might find a nasty surprise when the bank comes to value the property and you find its still valued as a four- bedroom home,” warns HTW.
Buy a pre-1980s houses in Port Macquarie and Forster
Investors should look for houses close to either the town centre or beach priced from $270,000 to $340,000 in Port Macquarie and Forster on the NSW mid north coast. HTW says the remaining $160,000 to $230,000 could be used to acquire a pre-1980s two-bedroom unit within the same location parameters. According to HTW, houses in the low to medium price range offer the greater likelihood of lower vacancy rates, higher yields and better potential for capital growth. Investors should avoid modern high-rise units in Forster in the $400,000 plus price range, as the market remains oversupplied.
Buy workers’ cottages in East Brisbane
HTW says entry level workers cottages with two-bedroom, one-bathroom configurations can be bought below the $500,000 mark. “The suburb is frighteningly close to the CBD and facilities abound. Renters are readily available so the upside is once again a good thing,” says HTW. For something a little bit more flash in the same suburb HTW suggests a circa-2000 unit with a two-bedroom, two-bathroom layout for around the $425,000 to $450,000 mark would rent for around $440 per week.
Buy a detached post-war home in Camp Hill or Coorparoo
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Investors can pick up a detached post-war three bedder in Camp Hill or Coorparoo on a 600-square-metre block. The suburbs are about 1o kilometres south east of the Brisbane CBD, with “facilities are around the corner” and “renters keen to be there”. According to HTW, these assets also look good for a long-term future sale.
Buy an older house close to the beach at Wollongong
Investors should consider buying an older house close to the beach at Towradgi, Fairy Meadow and East Corrimal just north of the Wollongong CBD. From an investment perspective good capital gains coupled with high rental returns can be found in Fairy Meadow, with the suburb benefiting from the expansion of the University of Wollongong, Innovation Campus and an improvement of public transport to and from the suburb. It is also close to the F6 freeway to Sydney.