Ask Paul: Why would anyone want to negatively gear a rental?
Are the tax benefits truly that beneficial over paying off the debt sooner and increasing the portfolio sooner? - Jake
A. You are right, Jake. Positively geared property, meaning it makes more in rental than you pay in interest and costs, is a great idea.
But it is not just about income; a key issue is capital gain. This tends to come in close to city and public transport locations. Yields are usually low on great property but I would argue the potential gains are higher.
So forget tax for a minute. This is about making good investment decisions.
If you can find a really well-located property in a near-city location that is positively geared, good luck to you. But I think you will find the market is pretty rational and very competitive.
Great property will tend to be low yielding. High-yield properties will be more often in more distant locations. They offer greater yield but poorer capital gain. I'd always go for the best-located property.