Washington Brown director and property tax expert Tyron Hyde’s long-standing love for property caused him to miss the opening scenes of movies – but it has made him a savvy investor, author and media expert in the property worldHow long have you been investing in property?
About as long as I can remember! For me, the term ‘investing in property’ means more than just buying an actual property. I’ve been ‘invested in property’ ever since I was about 17 and walked onto my ﬁrst building site.
I was that kid that would always stop and stare through the hoarding of a building under construction and look with amazement at the excavation and try to work it out. It drove my girlfriend (now wife) stir-crazy as we would often miss the start of the movie!
What is the best investment property deal you have made?
My ﬁrst property investment was probably the best deal I ever did.
It was over 20 years ago and I had just started working at Washington Brown. We were acting as the bank auditor on the redevelopment of the Balmain RSL.
I liked the area and knew the potential this site offered. Together with a friend, we put down a $2,000 holding deposit on a $259,000 unit. The builder went into administration on the job, and the project took a lot longer to complete. Luckily, the values of the property rose strongly.
By the time settlement took place, the prices went up so much we didn’t have to put our hands in our pockets because the price rise was all the equity we needed to settle. We ended up selling the unit in 2005 for $490,000. So we turned our $2,000 into $231,000 in less than 10 years.
Excluding taxes and stamp duty, that works out to be around a 70% compounding return over a nine-year period!
What did this investment allow you to do?
This investment allowed me to buy more property of course! Every property I have ever sold has always been reinvested back into another property. In hindsight, with some of the recent price rises in Sydney, I wish I had found a way to hold on to them. But it’s not always that easy.
What is your ultimate goal as a property investor?
My ultimate goal as a property investor is to live comfortably off the income
I receive from my investments.
I have a mix of investments, including commercial and residential, and not all are based in New South Wales.
As I get older, I am more debt risk averse and don’t like borrowing that much, if at all, to fund these investments. With negative gearing still around, I know this probably isn’t the wisest economic move, but it sure makes me sleep better at night.
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