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The pros of property investing

Income & tax opportunity
A solid building with good tenants can deliver a reliable ongoing income. And certain expenses could be offset against your income tax through negative gearing.
A tangible asset
Unlike stocks and shares, you can do things to raise a property’s value – like renovating, adding solar, building a granny flat or upgrading the kitchen.
Growth potential
During the last 5 decades, property values have displayed good capital growth over the long term, with less unpredictability than stocks and shares.

Paving the way to an investment property

1. Knowing your price range

How much could you borrow? Figure out your borrowing power to get an idea of the properties and locations you can afford.

Borrowing power calculator


2. Raising capital

Accumulate the necessary deposit to secure your investment.

Stamp duty & costs calculator


3. Doing your homework

Hunt for emerging hidden gems, with property and suburb snapshots. Get the trends, demographics, and nearby opportunities

Property & suburb reports


4. Pre-approval

Begin your no obligation application. A lender will call you back to chat about your home loan, rate and potential pre-approval. 

Start applying

Negotiate your investment home loan interest rate

Talk about better cash flow

One of our helpful lenders will call you back to chat about some rates – including a variable interest rate with offset, calculated just for you.

What stage are you at?

I’m starting out, this will be my first

Rentvesting can be a smart way to get your foot in the front door. You buy a property and rent it out. Meanwhile, you might rent your own place, live interstate or board with parents. If your rent is lower than your rental income, you could come out ahead.

I already own a property, but I’m new to investing

You could rent out your current place as an investment property or buy somewhere else and rent that out instead. Before making a move, get a feel for your loan repayments and negative gearing options, the property market, insurance costs and more.

I’m ready for my next investment property

There's an all-in-one $395 annual package fee#, no matter how many packaged home loans you hold with us. Whatever your portfolio needs more of – acreage, a new granny flat, or something else – our lenders are ready to help make it happen.

Property investing: guides & calculators

Doing the sums

Add up your expenses, then calculate your net rental yield.


Match with the right loan and insurance, then apply.

FAQs on property investment

There are three main differences:

  • Owner occupier home loans (for a property you live in yourself) tend to have lower home loan interest rates than residential investment home loans. Vacancy rates and rent income can fluctuate, so there's a little more risk for the bank.  
  • Investors can apply for up to 10 years of Interest Only repayments, after which, their repayment type converts to Principal and Interest. For owner occupiers it’s up to 5 years.  
  • By opting to pay 12 months Interest Only in Advance*** on our Fixed Rate Investment home loan^^, property investors can get an extra fixed interest rate discount. Ask your lender for details. 


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The Detail

Conditions, credit criteria, fees and charges apply. Based on Bank of Melbourne’s credit criteria, residential lending is not available for Non-Australian resident borrowers. Interest rates subject to change. Before making a decision, it’s best to read the terms and conditions.

Loan Accounts – Charges for specific services and accounts (PDF 33KB)

#Advantage Package: A $395 annual package fee applies and is payable from a Bank of Melbourne Complete Freedom transaction account. Before deciding to open a Bank of Melbourne Complete Freedom account, read the Terms & Conditions, and consider if the account’s right for you. 
Terms & Conditions (PDF 179KB) apply.

^^Fixed rate home loan: Bank of Melbourne will apply the fixed rate that is available at the loan settlement date or the date the fixed rate period commences. At the end of the fixed rate period the interest rate will convert to the applicable variable home loan interest rate.

***Interest Only in Advance:  Credit criteria, fees and charges apply, application is subject to Bank's approval. Interest Only in Advance interest rates and discounts apply to new Fixed Rate Investment Property Loans and loans which have been switched into Interest Only in Advance products. Existing fixed loans are not eligible unless the loan is re-fixed (a break cost may apply). Discounts are subject to change.