Baby Boomers: Strategies for success in retirement

Baby Boomers: Strategies for success in retirement

Baby Boomers heading into retirement or even already enjoying their golden years, have much to think about when it comes to their future prosperity.


Aged roughly between 50 and 70 years old, this generation is looking for ways to ensure they can support themselves in their retirement years.

One of the best ways to generate long-term healthy income is from rental returns through investment properties alongside long-term capital growth but you need to the research and buy correctly.

The objective is to buy and hold, but you also need to know where to buy and which market you are targeting – primary (which is eligible for tax concessions) or secondary (not eligible for tax concessions).

Investors need to understand that if they try to sell these properties they will be in the secondary markets so, if the reforms do take place, they may not qualify for tax concessions.

It’s important to look for properties with good long-term rental return and long-term capital growth, and these can often be found in the middle rings of the city and have the added bonus of not only being suitable to families but also have demand  needs making them more likely to appreciate.

It’s true that the first couple of years prices could go down in some areas because they carry a high level of risk due to credit restrictions, a drop in foreign investors, and the reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax but prices will go back up and then you have a property suitable for owner-occupiers.

It is important to choose properties that appeal to families who were more likely to be long-term tenants than singles.

This is especially the case if they have children and the unit is in a school catchment area. It must also have proximity to good transport solutions and parking is a must.

If you can attract good tenants, you can also reduce the costs associated with the changes of tenants such as letting fees and other expenses. It also means there is a low vacancy rate.

Good tenants mean you don’t have to spend as much on maintenance as they are more likely to look after the property.

Younger renters on a budget are more likely to move around and therefore you have a higher vacancy rate and letting fees.

Due to demand and affordability issues in places like Sydney, Melbourne and many areas in southeast Queensland, there was strong demand for such properties by owner-occupiers, so not only were they likely to achieve healthy capital growth, the potential audience in the market was higher.

Small units with one or two bedrooms are not as suitable for families have less a demand for owner-occupiers and therefore presented greater risk.

The number one strategy in property investment is to have low-risk, good long-term tenants and projected return, along with good mitigating strategies regarding any potential changes to negative gearing.

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Paul Basso

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Established in 2000, First National Basso is a business based on transparency, honesty, personal service and trust. With a commitment to innovation, First National Basso has continually evolved and grown to become one of the longest running and most trusted real estate teams on the Mornington Peninsula.

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