How to get into the property market young

To buy or not to buy? It’s one of the biggest ‘grown-up’ decisions you’ll make. But, when done right, it doesn’t have to tie up all your money.

There are a number of ways to invest your funds, but when considering your options, property is a stable investment worth investigating.

“One of the biggest benefits is the leverage power you get from using a smaller amount of money to buy a much larger asset through borrowing,” says Director of Pivot Wealth, Ben Nash.

“If you buy a good quality property you get compounding returns, which help you build the initial momentum that is so important in the early stages of wealth creation.”

Common concerns

There are so many things to consider: When and where to buy? Established area or up-and-coming ‘hotspot’? House or unit? New-build or existing property?

Because there are vocal supporters for every option, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, says Nash, who runs regular training workshops geared to teaching young professionals to ‘Buy Property like a Pro’.

But the two fundamental things that keep young people on the sidelines are: stumping up the initial deposit, and worrying a mortgage will curb their lifestyle.

“Once you get past these and come up with a strategy, you’re well on the way to property ownership,” Nash says.


If you’re like most young professionals, you won’t want property ownership to put a dampener on regular holidays, eating out or even joining a local sporting team.

Yet many people make the mistake of diving in with a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude, Nash notes.

“They’ll do back-of-the-envelope calculations, or sit down with a broker and run some rough numbers, with no real focus on what’s the perfect amount of money to spend.”

The deposit

After seeing all the zeros on that initial deposit figure, people will often put property in the too-hard-basket, or at least push it out to the never-never.

Being clear about what your target is, rather than coming up with a ball-park figure, is vital advises Nash, and it’s something that your financial adviser can help you with.

“Once people have that focus it’s really easy for them to see what’s required and when that’s possible – that provides a huge psychological boost, so it doesn’t seem too hard and far away,” he says.

Get a strategy, get it right

To achieve both your long-term wealth goals and maintain a good lifestyle, you need to come up with a detailed strategy.

In practice, what that often means is modelling financial outcomes under various scenarios and working out what you’re comfortable with. This applies to the deposit-saving phase, and well beyond.

“We model the client’s situation with financial planning software focusing in on cashflow, talking about detailed budgeting, factoring in one-off things like holidays, new cars and time out of the workforce for children,” Nash explains.

“That’s the only way you can get a good quality plan for buying property – to actually lay it all out and say: ‘These are the outcomes we’re likely to expect. Are we happy with the outcomes? Or do we need to change something?’.”

If, after you run the numbers, your plan doesn’t stack up, you may need to have a long hard think about whether buying is right for you, Nash advises.

Then if you still want to make property ownership work, you can look at the following variables.

– Borrowing strategy: Loan structure, blended mortgage insurance and guarantor setups may get you into the market sooner. If you can avoid putting all your savings into property your risk exposure may also be reduced.

– Spending and borrowing amounts: Consider investing in an area where property values are less and therefore more in line with the size of deposit you have saved.

– Tax position: Buying as an owner-occupier or an investor can dramatically alter your financial outcomes.

– Cashflow: Having a structured, easy to track, and easy to manage cashflow strategy can make it easier for you to stick with your plan and own sooner.

Final word

If you have a good strategy in place, getting into the property market early can put you on the right track to securing long-term wealth.

And by having clear goals and systems in place, you’re less likely to have to sacrifice your lifestyle.

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Zac Zacharia (Managing Director) has been assisting clients to create wealth and secure their futures for over 14 years.

He is also an accomplished presenter and educator

Co-authoring the popular investment book, Property vs Shares.