You have to be careful before you buy any residential, commercial or industrial property for rental. The developer or the marketing agent will usually release the available units in batches and they will try to push up the price by created a perceived scarcity of supply. They will pressure the buyer to commit to the purchase through a combination of the following techniques:
- pretend to get a special price from the developer
- ask the buyer to submit a cheque to book the unit
- tell the buyer that someone else is waiting to submit a cheque to book the same unit
- tell the buyer about the current market rental and that the property represents an attractive yield.
The market rental indicated by the property agent or consultant is likely to be exaggerated. It could be the highest market rental for a recent transaction, but the average rental from several transactions could be much lower.
The buyer may also overlook to consider other cost of purchasing or renting the property, such as stamp duty, legal fees, GST, agent's commmission (to secure a tenant) and other costs. After deducting these expenses and taking the actual market rental (and not the exaggerated figure), the rental yield is likely to be more modest.
It is better to invest in a REIT (real estate investment trust) to earn the yield on properties, rather than bear the hassle of being a landlord and having to deal with property agents. I found that REITS are able to provide an attractive dividend yield of 6%to 8% at current market prices.
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