Leveraging Equity for Investment

Clients often asked how they can leverage the value in their home for further investment. Below is an example of how the equity in a home can be used to invest in property or shares, without using any cash savings.

Kate and Chris own a home currently valued at $1,200,000. They have a home loan of $450,000 which they have been diligently paying off using their offset account and making extra repayments. Based on the $1,200,000 value, they have over $510,000 in available value (equity) which they can borrow against for a new investment property.

They would like to purchase a new investment property for $750,000 using the equity in their home.

We still need another $190,000 to cover the deposit plus purchase costs.

We still need another $190,000 to cover the deposit plus purchase costs.



How does this impact their cashflow?

Estimated net rental income: $2,200 per month
Interest only loan repayments: $2,963 per month
Shortfall: $763 per month


They have borrowed the full purchase price plus all purchase costs so they haven’t uses any cash savings.

Their cash savings can remain in their offset account to continue helping pay off the home loan sooner.

The shortfall of $763 per month is tax deductible and can potentially help minimise their tax, while also enabling them to invest in an asset which will continue to grow in value over the long term.

Any future increase in value in the new investment property can potentially help invest in other properties, shares, fund school fees or upgrade the family home.

Please note, this is a general case study and all tax related assumptions would need to be confirmed with your tax advisor.

Just a short note of appreciation to say thank you very much for your assistance with refinancing our mortgage – and the very efficient service you provided. From our perspective you made the whole process so clear, easy, and friendly – so we are very grateful, especially given there was a timing issue to be surmounted (as we were about to depart overseas!).

So many thanks again, and we’ll certainly be back in touch with you for future loan manoeuvres.

Gerard and Jacqui, G., Sydney

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