So, you’ve decided to invest in property, what do you need a financial adviser for?
Whether it’s your first property or fifth, upgrading to your family home or part of a long-term property investment strategy a financial adviser can enhance your property journey in five key areas:
1. Developing your strategy & financial model
A good strategy will address your financial goals and how to achieve them. It will cover saving for your property deposit/s, how to structure your cash accounts and loans, what entities should hold the property e.g. whether a Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) or family trust should be considered and a plan for the timing of your purchases.
Financial modelling taking into consideration your strategy as well as income and capital growth. The result gives you a picture of what the future looks like 2,3,5,10+ years down the track. Giving you clear insight into whether you are on the right track to achieve your goals.
2. Helping you prepare for applying for finance
Lenders are now taking a deeper look at personal spending when assessing loans. Gone are the days where you jot down estimated expenses, now they want proof. They will ask for your bank statements; they are looking for how much you spend on UberEATS, Netflix and gym memberships. Realistically you will be able to cut down on your discretionary spend once you obtain your finance, but you don’t want to get questioned about your spending habits. We work through three months of your spending with you and identify areas that may come under scrutiny. Depending on your situation we may discuss cutting items before you apply for finance; giving you the double benefit of having everything neat and tidy for potential lenders and increasing your deposit.
3. Protecting your wealth
When you’re starting out on your wealth journey, your major asset is your potential. Potential to work and earn an income and put that income to good use, to build your wealth. Often you will have debt too, particularly when investing in property. But what happens if something occurs to slow your earning potential down or stop you from being able to make your loan repayments?
You need a back-up plan! This generally involves establishing a buffer account with 3-6 months expenses and a solid personal insurance strategy in place. Personal insurances are; Life, Total & Permanent Disability, Income Protection and Trauma insurance. Insurances that pay out in a variety of circumstances related to illness and injury.
The right amount, the right combination and the right ownership structure of your insurances are tricky to work out on your own, so we work with you to understand your needs and step you through the process.
4. Keeping you accountable
Once you have a strategy in place you need to stay on track to achieve your goals. We check in with you to make sure you are saving for your deposit/s, building up your offset account and selecting the right properties as per your strategy. Often something will come along that can derail you from your goals, a property you must have, a new job opportunity, a holiday or maybe a baby. We will help you evaluate whether this opportunity is the right decision for you and assess the impact on your strategy or adapt your strategy if required.
Life throws curve balls and having someone impartial to keep you accountable helps you make the right decision for your best future.
5. Work with your other professional advisers
There’s nothing worse than having your professional advisers give you opposing opinions. It makes you feel like you have to choose just one to deal with. Clients get the best results when their professional advisers work together. Having your mortgage broker, accountant and financial adviser on the same page, means you have all bases covered. Resulting in a team working for you, to achieve your goals.
Consulting with a financial adviser before you embark on your property journey is an excellent way to optimise your journey. It is never too late or too early, although I’m a believer in the earlier the better.
Keryn Batsilas is an authorised representative of Total Financial Solutions Limited. AFSL No. 224 954, ABN 94 003 771 579
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