Investment Properties

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Why invest in property? : Understanding the key elements

Discover the potential tax benefits of property investment.

Investment properties have many benefits when it comes to building long-term wealth, but this wealth is not always guaranteed.

As a means of diversifying your exposure to different asset classes, property can be less volatile than shares (although not always) and tends to be the haven investors rush to when other assets suffer. While it has lost its gloss since the boom times of the late 1980s, sensible investments in property have many attractions.

Learn more: Is your property a winner or a flop?, Personal Investor, 1 Feb 2001 All investments need a benchmark to measure performance against. Residential property isn't any different, yet few investors monitor their returns, reports Susan Hely.

Your first investment in property doesn't always have to be something you live in. Indeed, buying a small apartment to rent out can be a good way to accumulate a big enough nest egg so you can eventually buy your own place.

Generally, investing in real estate gives you access to two benefits:capital growth and the tax advantages associated with negative gearing.