Buy my first home
Buying your first home is a very important financial decision. Knowing when you are financially strong enough to make the acquisition, how much to borrow, how to structure the loan and so on are all important and often daunting decisions for a first home buyer. In addition, the property buying process can be a minefield. Not only can we help you arrange your finance, we will guide you through this very important transaction and answer all your questions – no matter how silly you think they are. Also, we can explain why the first home you buy is the most important acquisition you will probably ever make in your life (from a financial perspective).
The first step in buying your first home is to work out if you are “financially ready” to buy now. You can download our first home buyers’ readiness checklist below and contact us today.
Invest in property
Investing in property can be very rewarding but only if you invest in the “right” property. We can definitely help you with working out how much you should borrow, how to tax effectively structure your debt, arrange the finance with the bank/s and so on. However, one of the most valuable things we can do for you is guide you to ensure you invest in the “right” property. It is important to point out that we do not have any vested interest i.e. we don’t sell property to our clients or accept or pay any referral fees. We know that if we help you buy a high quality investment that, in time, you will have a lot of equity and we can therefore help you to further build your wealth. However, if you buy a dud property, it makes it very difficult to help you in the long run.
The benefits of compounding growth are significant. If you buy a $500,000 property today and it appreciates in value by say 5% p.a., in 30 years it will be worth over $2.15 million. However, if you buy a higher-quality property and it appreciated in value by 7% p.a., it will be worth over $3.8 million. That is a massive $1.66 million difference (which is equivalent to $780,000 in today’s dollars). Remember, both these properties cost the same in stamp duty, interest and holding costs. Click here to read an article that sets out the 3 factors that make a property investment-grade.
To learn more download our investment-grade property checklist below or contact us to arrange a complimentary meeting today.
Upgrade my home
Maybe you would like to move to a different area or buy a larger home to accommodate your growing family. Either way, upgrading your home is an important financial decision. The first decision is whether you keep your existing home or sell it. We have an abundance of experience with this decision and can walk you through all the considerations so that you make an informed decision.
The next important factor is structuring your lending to minimise any non-tax deductible debt – particularly if you do retain your existing home. There are some really valuable strategies to consider here.
Finally, we need to help you work out the safest way to implement this upgrade so that you don’t expose yourself to financial risk and don’t risk being homeless for a period of time.
We have helped literally hundreds of clients with this important decision so if you would like to discover if you are “financially ready” to contemplate a home upgrade, contact us to arrange a complimentary meeting today.
Plan for retirement
When in their 40s most people start to think longer term and realise the need for some financial planning. One of the most valuable outcomes of planning is clarity. Clarity on exactly what you need to do to meet your goals and a clear roadmap to allow you to confidently move towards a comfortable retirement.
However, whilst you might be keen to get moving it is important to spend some time on mapping out a strategy – before you implement some investment tactics. Tactics refers to where to invest whereas strategy referred to how to invest. Your strategy needs to address things like what your financial and lifestyle goals are, what assets and income you will need to accumulate to achieve your goals, the most appropriate ownership structures to hold said assets, how and where to allocate your surplus cash flow and so on. It doesn’t need to be a complicated process – in fact a good financial plan should fit on one page.
When seeking advice, it is critical that your advisor has no vested interest in the advice outcomes. Put simply, make sure the Advisor has nothing to sell you (i.e. doesn’t earn commissions from selling super funds, shares, managed funds or property). ProSolution does not generate any revenue or benefits from any investments so we are able to provide absolutely conflict-free advice.
If you would like to have a complimentary meeting to discuss how we can work together and provide you with independent strategic financial advice, contact us today.
Review my insurance cover
In your 40’s you are probably at your peak in terms of insurance needs. The reason for this is that your expense and commitments are typically high whereas you haven’t owned your investment long enough to have significant equity. In short, you are probably cash flow rich and asset poor.
As your assets base improves with time (e.g. another 10 years), arguably you’ll need less insurance cover. Therefore, if you are close to your peak insurance needs now, it’s important that we look for opportunities to minimise or optimise the cost of cover – so that hopefully we can protect you and your family without breaking the bank.
When providing insurance advice to our clients we carefully balance out three important factors: quantum of cover, quality of the policy (to maximise the chance of a benefit being paid when you make a claim) and overall cost to ensure you get the best value for money. We are not in the business of trying to sell you anything you don’t want or need. We are simply here to help you discover how much cover is appropriate for your circumstances and risk profile.
If you would like to have an obligation-free discussion with our insurance expert, please contact us today.
Reduce my tax
In 1991, the Late billionaire, Kerry Packer declared in front of a parliamentary committee that “I don’t know anybody that doesn’t minimise their tax. I’m not evading tax in any way shape or form. Of course I’m minimising my tax. If anybody in this country doesn’t minimise their tax they want their head read. As a government, I can tell you you’re not spending it that well that we should be paying extra.”
Our approach to providing tax advice is to take every opportunity to reduce it whilst sticking well within the black letter of the law. There is no need to take on any tax compliance risks. It’s simply not worth attracting the ATO’s attention. Acting as our clients’ tax and financial advisor means that the right hand knows exactly what the left hand is doing and nothing gets missed. It also means we can take more of a strategic approach to tax planning as we can consider your current arrangements in balance with any future plans we have discussed.
If you would like to consider appointing us as your tax agents, please contact us today for a confidential discussion.
Plan for children education costs
Having a family can be a very busy, stressful and tiring time of life. Often you have to juggle both family and working commitments. It is common for young parents to start thinking more “long term” now that they have a child to look after. This can include how they might educate their children and in particular, planning to have the financial resources so that private school education is a realistic option.
We have worked with many clients and helped them develop a school education strategy. The sooner you can start investing for the future, the more successful you are likely to be.
If you would like to explore some strategies to fund children’s education, please contact us today for a confidential discussion. In the meantime, this blog might also be of interest.
Review my super
Almost 10% of our income is paid into our superannuation fund every year – which becomes a significant amount of money by the time you’re in your 40s. Did you know that a relatively small difference in fees could reduce your super balance by 70%? This blog discusses how important it is to minimise super (admin and investment) fees to around 0.20% p.a. – particular as your balance increases as percentage fees start to really add up. Secondly, you should probably sack the investment experts – Warren Buffett says most investment experts are far better at generating high fees as opposed to high returns. Instead, we believe that you should adopt a passive (index) investment philosophy which has been proven to generate higher returns in the long run as discussed in this blog. But your asset allocation is probably your most important investment decision.
We don’t receive any commissions or any other benefits from recommending any super funds. Therefore, we can independently guide you through the myriad of superannuation options that are available to you.
If you would like us to conduct a complimentary review of your super fund fees, please contact us today.
I’m not sure what I need help with
We understand that sometimes it difficult to know exactly what you need help with. As the saying goes; you don’t know what you don’t know until you know it. With that in mind we invite you to book a complimentary meeting with us where we will take the time to learn about your financial circumstances and life goals and share some ideas with you on how you could maximise your financial opportunities.
If appropriate, we will articulate how we can work together to help you with your financial journey. Our caring and friendly approach is completely focused on your needs and is not “salesy”. We will only contact you after our initial meeting if you request it.
If you would like us to book a complimentary meeting, please contact us today.