NEGATIVE GEAR OR POSITIVE GEAR AS A STRATEGY

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Negative vs Positive Gearing

Gearing simply means borrowing money to invest.

Think of it like a bicycle. You have gears that increase your pedal power when you ride uphill. Well, borrowing for your investment multiplies your investment power so that you can buy a property that you might not otherwise be able to afford.

Every time you borrow money to buy an investment property, this is effectively gearing your property.

Negative Gearing

A property is negatively geared when the rental income is LESS than the property expenses including interest on the loan.

I am sure you’ve heard about property opportunities in the past: “you can own this property for only $100 per week”. At $100 per week, this property would be making a loss of $5200 per year. So, to be ultra-clear, you would be paying $100 per week for the privilege of owning an investment property.

Well, you’re probably thinking, aren't investment properties supposed to make you money? Who would invest in a loss-making situation?

In an upward-trajectory market such as Sydney circa April 2021, an argument could be made that you would be happy to pay (or lose) $5,200 per year to hold a property because the property is going up in value by $50,000 to $100,000 or more per year during the boom.

Therefore, negative gearing is one strategy that could be considered in the right market; with the right interest rates, deposits, and strategies. Keep in mind that negative gearing would reduce your overall borrowing capacity if you were hoping to create a portfolio of properties.

Positive Gearing

Ok, so what is positive gearing? A property is positively geared when the rental income is MORE than the property expenses including interest on the loan.

You do not need to contribute anything; the property is fully self-sufficient. A cash flow-positive property will help most people sleep better at night because the financial burden is minimised.

The Key Take-Away

So, should you negative or positive gear your property? That will depend on your needs and goals and how much risk you are willing to take on.

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