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Brenda W.
Brenda W.
Doncaster, VIC
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I am 63, widowed, soon to retire and have inherited $400,000. I have $500,000 in my super fund and am thinking of investing the $400,000 in a small apartment instead of my super fund. Is this a wise move or should put it in my super fund? I've been told that buying an old apartment at this stage of life outside my super fund is too risky. Brenda

2 months ago

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Hi Brenda,

For some buying the apartment will be appropriate, for others it won’t. Approaching retirement the big thing you need to understand is cash flow.

The apartment isn’t likely to provide you much in the way of an income. Sure you’ll receive rent, but there are agents fees, rates, water, repairs etc that will all need to come out of the rental income. If you earned $8,000 to $12,000 a year from it you’d be lucky.

With $500,000 in super & $400,000 inheritance you won’t get any age pension so you’ll be relying solely on your own money.

Super is certainly the more flexible option but you need to make sure things are set up appropriately to fund your retirement. As well as making the most of what remains of your working life, reducing tax etc

If you’d like to talk some more, you can book a time for a Zoom discussion on more of the specifics & your options at the following link.

https://calendly.com/jameswrigley/initial-meeting-video

I’m a financial adviser based in Melbourne.

All the best.
James

Hi Brenda,

For some buying the apartment will be appropriate, for others it won’t. Approaching retirement the big thing you need to understand is cash flow.

The apartment isn’t likely to provide you much in the way of an income. Sure you’ll receive rent, but there are agents fees, rates, water, repairs etc that will all need to come out of the rental income. If you earned $8,000 to $12,000 a year from it you’d be lucky.

With $500,000 in super & $400,000 inheritance you won’t get any age pension so you’ll be relying solely on your own money.

Super is certainly the more flexible option but you need to make sure things are set up appropriately to fund your retirement. As well as making the most of what remains of your working life, reducing tax etc

If you’d like to talk some more, you can book a time for a Zoom discussion on more of the specifics & your options at the following link.

https://calendly.com/jameswrigley/initial-meeting-video

I’m a financial adviser based in Melbourne.

All the best.
James

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