Millennial property investors are finding it tougher than ever to enter the property market. But is renting indefinitely actually a path to the property ladder? The first step to breaking the cycle of becoming ‘forever renters’ is to accept that your first property investment doesn’t need to be your own home. Read my chat with The Property Tribune‘s Liam Wignell below to find out more.
‘Forever renters’ should rethink options.
By Liam Wignell, The Property Tribune, August 19, 2021.
Millennials that rely on the ‘bank of mum and dad’ have been warned this may no longer be an option when it comes to entering the housing market, an housing affordability expert has warned.
While some have their family’s financial support to help with the deposit-gap hurdle – the ABS reported in April that the average house deposit is now over $100,000 – Ian Ugarte, founder of Small is the New Big, argued that other young people are suffering from making bad assumptions which subsequently are keeping them out of the property game.
“There are three underlying beliefs that are entrenched in the minds of most Aussie millennials that are keeping them ‘trapped’ in the rental cycle forever,” he said.
“Firstly, people believe they need to live in the house they buy. But there’s nothing wrong with buying a property you have no plans of living in long term, if ever.”
“Naturally, there are tax benefits to buying and then living in that property, but given so many of us are working from home, there are also tax benefits to running a home-based business from a rented home office.
Lastly, Mr Ugarte said that buyers needed to flip the lid on the idea that you have to own a property in order to generate money.
“(This) one is a bit out of the box, and needs a genuine entrepreneurial mindset to think through it, but we’ve helped our ‘rentrepreneur’ clients with limited savings get into the market by learning how to legally have their own tenants in a property they don’t even own.
“This approach is clearly not well known, but the system can definitely give renters a cash injection when saving up for a deposit.
“Obviously, strict regulations apply to this approach, but those who use it accumulate savings a lot faster to help them move on from renting and into their own home,” he concluded