If you decide to buy a property off the plan, it means that you are buying it before it is built. This is how most apartments and townhouses are sold today. The good thing with this investment is that you will buy a property for months or years to come at today’s price. This investment can lead to large capital gains way before you decide to move in. If for instance the next ten years are going to be hit by economic recession, you will be better placed since you are going to protect your savings. What happens is that, those with property and other valuables are not affected by world economy downsides as they will keep living life as normal or even better. You will be required to pay 10% deposit on signing the stamp duty and contract by most developers.For many investors, it is the combination of property boom and the construction work that has given them a chance to buy apartments off the plan so that they can secure this structure at today’s price. They keep on banking on that property whose value is continuously increasing during the construction, as well as the notion that it will sell higher or can easily get rented on completion. Most of these investors have turned quick profits by selling the apartments that were bought off the plan at higher prices, way before the construction is completed.One thing that you need to consider is that even when the market activities have slowed down due to the recession, there is still high demand for the property. Marketing structures have emphasized on tax savings for most of these off the plan investments. However, in most countries, the tax savings can be compared to situations where an investor buys a new property with an allowance for depreciation and warranties on the appliances as well as the development. If the property has been completed and rented out, the same tax regulations apply just as it is for any property investment.However, financial advisors put it that tax benefits from buying property through this plan should not be taken lightly and that this should not be the sole reason for the purchase. If an investor can claim 2.5% allowance on depreciation for the construction costs, it can be substantial if it is in the case of a new development. However, the depreciation allowance will come off the base of the costs when it comes to the selling of the property. This will also add hugely to the capital gain.While it is important to buy off the plan apartments, you are advised to be equipped with all the details about the costs to be incurred including that of the first turn on the land’s soil. If this is not possible, then you can seek the services of quantity surveyors and you will be good to go. You can visit websites that give insight on buying off the plan as well how to get reputable quantity surveyors. Signing up for the community forums online can be a great idea since you will be able to exchange ideas with colleagues who already know the working of these investments.
When a property investor is active in the market place they will, in most cases, tend to stick to one type of investment strategy. By that I mean that investor A might stick with investing in homes and investor B might prefer to buy apartment blocks and have all their properties together, so to speak. Purchasing apartment blocks requires a totally different set of criteria than that of purchasing a house.Buying An Investment ApartmentSome investors might like to have in their portfolio, a holiday apartment that is let out throughout the year, but at which they can holiday.If an investor is purchasing the whole building that most certainly limits a lot of problems because they are the sole decision maker as to what happens at the site, but where an investor is buying just one apartment then care needs to be taken to know all the ins and outs of the requirements attached to the management of the building.Group InvestingPurchasing apartments in holiday destinations is popular for the ‘group investor’ type of purchasing as the various owners can holiday there but also let the unit out at various times of the year and recoup some of the investment expenses. Sometimes group investors will purchase single dwelling holiday homes too.CBD ApartmentApartments are popular for CBD investing as CBD living is always sought after and rental returns and property value increases are usually on an upward climb. Usually there are several standards in the CBD. Those where the buildings are much older and not in such good condition, and those that are in upmarket buildings which attract young executives or contract workers.Facts To Check Out When Buying Single Apartments (could be permanent rentals or holiday rentals)· who is managing the body corporate· read through the recent minutes and establish if all is running well with the BC· are there onsite managers – these blocks are usually better run that when there are individual tenancy managers· what overall state is the building in· are their problems getting maintenance done in the building· what type of tenancy is run at the building, short term letting or permanent rental· what overheads are you required to pay annually (and how frequently) for the apartment· what is the general state of other units in the block· what is the average length of time of other owners in the block· what is the parking like· can the management control the tenants or are there ongoing problems· what security is in placeThis gives you a basic grounding and food for thought but don’t leave it there. Talk to other owners and even stay there before purchasing just to make sure you are happy with the management.Owners who own the whole block do not face a lot of these problems, but there is still a lot to research before signing the dotted line.