Is it possible to obtain positive geared and capital growth properties in one?

There have been many debates over the years about whether it’s better to get positive geared properties or capital growth properties.

Without question capital growth properties will make you a lot more money than positive geared properties.low interest rates

The numbers show how far you will be if you chose positive geared properties over capital growth properties.

You can’t get wealthy from positive rental that you end up losing a large portion in tax.

It also takes many years to accumulate sufficient number of properties to generate a decent rental income to fund your lifestyle.

However one way that you can have high growth properties with positive cash flow is to reduce the principle on your loan.

Yes ok I hear you say but that means I cannot buy many properties because my Cash flow is “used up” with paying the principle on the loan where I could use the principle payable to fund negative gearing on another property and have two properties rather than one working for you.

That is true in a growth environment but in a flat property market it’s better to pay off the principle so it’s either neutrally or positively geared.investment

Especially in a low interest environment where you will have more cash available to pay down your principle.

Alternatively it takes around 7 years for the rents to increase sufficiently before the properties become neutrally geared and self-funded.

[sam id=34 codes=’true’]You can fast track this process by paying down some of the loan to either a 50% to 60% LVR before properties can potentially become neutrally geared.

Hence both positive gearing and capital growth can be found in the same property if you are prepared to either save for a bigger deposit or dedicate some of your money to pay down some of the principle until it becomes neutrally geared.

With the double effect of rental increases and debt reduction it won’t take long before your growth property is neutrally geared and the property funds itself.

At this time you can switch back to an interest only property freeing up Cash flow for the next property and repeat the strategy.

Before you know it you will have several properties all neutrally geared or funding themselves.

This strategy requires you to roll with the ebbs and flows of the market.

When you are too heavily negatively geared you will need to slow down further purchases and pay down some debt to create more equity plus achieve neutral gearing before using the equity generated as security to borrow the deposit for the next property.

This whole wealth strategy can be worked out on a spread sheet and a plan can be developed for a wealthy retirement without compromising your lifestyle too much.



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Ed is a founding partner of Chan and Naylor accountants and a leading property tax specialist. He has co-authored 3 best selling books. As a seasoned property investor he shares his unique understanding of the relationship between property investment and tax. Visit

'Is it possible to obtain positive geared and capital growth properties in one?' have 2 comments

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    July 15, 2013 @ 12:00 pm Ashley Smith

    Interesting article Ed,
    Could another strategy be to deposit monies into a offset account attached to the investment property mortgage. This way you can access this money for further investments and by being a little bit smart keep the property at a neutral or positively geared state.



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      December 5, 2014 @ 6:00 am [email protected]

      I have three cashflow positive properties and I find people have a common misconception you “lose money on tax”. This is not true as with a decent depreciation schedule each they still provide me with a positive cashflow and many tax advantages.


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