Older investors shouldn’t “play the casino” with property warns Patrick Bright

Older investors shouldn’t “play the casino” with property warns Patrick Bright
Older investors shouldn’t “play the casino” with property warns Patrick Bright

It seems that many think about retirement only when they’re nearing it, suddenly considering property investing as a viable option to quickly build themselves a nest egg.

However, EPS Property Search director Patrick Bright says that undertaking risky strategies, or going to “play the casino” with property, should not be an approach for those with little time until retirement day, despite the reality that most people will not have accrued enough super to maintain their current lifestyle.

“Often people who are getting closer to retirement have a lot of disposable income with many at the height of their career and the kids off the books,” said Bright.

“It’s incredibly important to take advantage of this situation and set yourself up with the right investments to ensure you can enjoy all that retirement has to offer.”

Those with a decade left who are now considering investing are fairly well placed, he said, pointing to those in their 50s still able to build a small portfolio with a range of investments. Property, in this dynamic, can be low-risk and insurable.

However, those looking for quick, high returns to catch up may see themselves going backwards.

"The greater the return the greater the risk,” he said.

“In your 50s you don’t have time to recover from a significant financial loss and secure your retirement if the investment goes pear-shaped,” Bright warned.

Instead, looking to preserve capital.

“You should be investing and protecting your financial position with reliable income producing assets that generate both capital growth and cash flow and property plays an important part in this strategy.”

Two key rules for 50+ investors

  1. Protection and preservation of your capital is more important than the return on it

    Invest in secure, quality property primed for capital growth rather than speculating by chasing the latest ‘hot spot’. Investing in locations with upside is important however looking at a location’s history and track record is equally important. Capital cities offer the best opportunity for consistent capital growth, particularly in the inner ring around the CBD but not in it. Buy for high capital growth not high rental yields as these properties generally have high overall returns over the long-run.

  2. Invest in the liquid part of the market

    It’s wise to invest in property that is easy to sell when and if you need to regardless of market conditions at the time. Here, I recommend buying investment properties around the median price for the suburb you’re investing into. I would stick to 20% above or below the median. There are always plenty of buyers and plenty of tenants in the middle of the market.

Source: EPS Property Search

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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