There’s been an ongoing debate in property investing circles about whether you should invest in positive cash flow properties (those where the rent is more than your mortgage) or capital gain ones (those where the rent doesn’t cover the mortgage, but tend to rise more in value). Let’s examine objectively which option would suit investors best.

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Know what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re buying a property to live in or as an investment – you need to have a clear picture of the suburbs you’re interested in and exactly what you are looking for. The more defined your plan, the more likely you will know it when you see it. If you’re looking at 10 different suburbs, chances are you’ll end up with analysis paralysis – too much information and too many options to weigh up. In this scenario, you might never make a decision.

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As you may very well know from first-hand experience or witnessing it happening to someone else, a high salary doesn’t always equal wealth. Money isn’t very likely to spontaneously turn into more money but real estate has the ability to all but guarantee you a return. Investing in a property can be a great way to ensure your income and financial freedom into the future but the question remains, what can you do to make the most of your income?

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