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Should I buy a new build or existing investment property?

July 18th 2022

One of the questions most often asked by property investors, is should I buy a new build rental investment, or an existing home?

There are pros and cons of each, and the right answer for you will depend on your current investment portfolio, the ability of your rental income to cover costs, and whether you want to add value, or purchase a home that will be low maintenance for an extended period. 

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So, why should you buy a New Build?

  1. Lower long term maintenance
  2. Easy to rent, even in winter
  3. Contemporary design is attractive to tenants
  4. Highly energy efficient
  5. Available to rent immediately
  6. Tax advantages - exempt from interest deductibility tax changes

Why buy an Existing home?

  1. Potential to make cosmetic improvements and add value/increase rent
  2. Usually has a much better return on investment (ROI)
  3. A multi-income property will provide some financial protection if one rental is vacant
  4. If the home has a large section, there may be future development options through adding a minor dwelling or extra house
  5. It may be possible to reconfigure inside to increase the number of bedrooms (without changing the footprint of the home), and increase the rent and value
  6. There are more tenants looking for homes in the lower priced end of the market, up to $450 per week.  

Learn more about buying a new build or existing investment property from the mortgage/Finance perspective