In recent years, dual income property has become a popular investment strategy in Australia. Rising property prices have pushed many out of the market, thereby leading to an increased need for other types of living arrangements.This demand led to the current popularity of dual income properties.
What Is Dual Income Property Investment?
A dual income property is a type of property where the owner derives two incomes from two separate rental agreements. Examples of dual income properties include duplex, granny flat, dual occupancy, or dual-key property.
- Duplex: Two adjoining properties occupy land, with the same title in most cases. This may also be a residential building split into two townhouses or apartments.
- Granny flat: A secondary dwelling, usually the same size as, or smaller than, a studio apartment, built behind or in the backyard of an existing property.
- Dual occupancy: Similar to a duplex in that there are two properties occupying the same plot of land. However, the properties are not adjoining, though they may share the same entrance area and/or driveway.
- Dual-key property: Multiple properties that share the same front door, but have separate access to their own living areas and kitchen facilities.
Pros and Cons of Dual Income Properties
Dual income properties are popular among investors for a reason, although there are also downsides to this type of property investment.
- As potentially high-income property investments, they represent a vehicle for improved cash flow. You essentially have twice the rental income, which can be used to supplement a mortgage or home loan repayments.
- They maximise the land use and property potential, as you have two dwelling places built on a single plot of land.
- They help save on maintenance expenses, since you can split expenses with your tenants (depending on your agreement), and the projected high rental yield can sufficiently cover these, and more.
- They increase the size of your property portfolio without the associated costs of purchasing two separate properties.
- They are great for rental yields and will help balance your portfolio and improve your serviceability for future property purchase.
- They may decrease the desirability/saleability of your property as not a lot of owner-occupiers like the idea of having a property attached to their own residence.
- If you do not properly plan or set a strict budget, you may end up spending more—which may not be recoupable in the final sale price.
- They may not be the best vehicle for increasing equity.
- They are subject to market fluctuations (supply and demand), so you may end up losing two incomes if the property is no longer in demand in your area.
- They can be challenging to sell separately (except some duplexes).
- You need to spend extra on setting up separate utility meters for each property.
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