How can I buy my first investment property? – Part 1

April 28, 2016
Simone Ruddock

When you do not own an existing property:

Many people think you need to own your own home outright (with no loan) before investing in property but this could not be further from the truth!

Similar to purchasing your own home, you need to have savings to contribute to the purchase. Lenders will normally provide up to 90% of the value of the property so you need to come up with the remaining 10% plus the costs related to the purchase.


As an example, let’s consider purchasing an investment property for $500,000 in Victoria:

With a loan at 90% of the property value - $450,000

There are always costs involved when buying any property.

Allow for:

  • Loan application fee                            $600
  • Lender legal fees                                $300
  • Your legal fees                                 $1,500
  • Registration of Mortgage                    $135
  • Stamp Duty                                    $25,070
  • Registration of Transfer                   $1,369
  • Lender’s Mortgage Insurance        $10,000

Total Costs                                           $38,979


Therefore, your contribution is $88,979, which is the total of the purchase costs and your 10% deposit.

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