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Rentvesting is the concept of renting where you want to live, but can't afford to and investing your money where you can afford to buy a property.

Rentvesting suits the lifestyle of many millennials, allowing them flexibility in where they live, giving them the opportunity to travel and at the same time grow their wealth.

Interestingly this shift could mean the official statistics showing record low first home-buyer activity probably understates the real buying activity of young Australians as rentvestors purchasing investment properties wouldn’t be documented as a first-home buyer in the data, thereby skewing the figures.

Although the traditional belief that “rent money is dead money” is a sticking point for some people, rentvesting allows you to use renting as part of an effective overall investment strategy and may help you achieve your ultimate goal of owning your dream home in a number of ways:

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