Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why would you holiday let your apartment?

A large resort complex is currently advertising a special on luxury one bedroom apartments with beach views, separate lounge and kitchen, spa, etc etc, for $115.00 per night - no minimum stay. The complex is obvioulsy managed with hefty Body Corporate levies to go towards maintaining the extensive grounds, pools, gyms, tennis courts, etc.

The units were sold as "investments" with a "guaranteed return" for a set time frame. If you do your calculations, $115.00 a night will not leave very much at all for the owner of the unit after deducting cleaning and linen fees (often at $80.00 per clean), management fees/commission, Body Corporate levies, rates, etc etc. By the time all that is taken into account there is no possible way an owner can make a viable return.

The managers of the complex argue that they have to compete with other resorts but all they really care about is having high occupancy.

Many owners have had to liquidate their investments for far less than their purchase price because they were misled into believing that the holiday rentals would cover their repayments.

Bottom line is that you should think very carefully about purchasing an apartment for holiday letting.

The opinions expressed in this blog are personal and not intended in to be advice in any way. I have spent many years participating on a number of different Body Corporate Committees. I am a dealer in Vintage Movie Memorabilia specialising in original movie posters and movie art. also present a radio programme on Jazz Radio 94.1fm Monday - Friday afternoons on the Gold Coast.

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