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Diversifying Your Property Portfolio

When you’re investing in any asset class, there’s no such thing as a sure bet—and residential property is no different. Whilst there’s potential for capital growth, there’s a flipside of a potential stagnation or decline in market value.

You can reduce these risks by implementing a simple strategy—diversifying your property portfolio. You can do this in two ways. First, buy properties in a range of locations; that is, different suburbs within a city, and/or different States.

Buying all your investment properties in the same suburb or neighborhood means you’re intensifying your exposure to potential changes outside your control. For example, if you buy all your properties in an area where shifting ground increase the prevalence of major cracking, you could be up for tens of thousands in repair bills, more than once.

Further if you buy all the properties in a location that later loses popularity (such as a ‘boom’ town based on a single industry which later goes bust) reduced demand from buyers could affect the resale value of all your assets. If you buy all your properties in an area which later plays host to a freeway that creates considerable nearby traffic noise, you’ll bear an increased risk that not one, but all your properties will stagnate or fall in value.

By diversifying across areas within a city, you can minimize the risk of substantial cash outlays and capital stagnation or loss. If one property takes a hammering, the pain won’t be as bad when your other properties are holding their own.

The second diversification strategy involves buying across different price ranges. This will provide more flexibility when the time comes to sell and free up equity; for example, when you’re nearing retirement and want to top up your super fund.

Let’s say you have $1 million to spend. You can purchase a single asset with the whole amount, or two assets...

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