The Australian Real Estate Investment Trust has launched a new website, InvestmentOptions.com, to offer investors a range of investment options that are not available in most financial products.
Key points:Real estate investment funds offer investment opportunities for both new and existing investors, but not everyone can afford themThe fund says most investors will be able to use their existing investment to access investment options available in some financial productsThe fund is trying to create a platform that can help people who are “not quite ready” to invest in real property, such as those who are young and in university, or who have a limited means to save for their future, with an option to invest directly into real estateThe fund has partnered with Investing In Real Estate (IIRO) to make the website, with links to its main investor resources, including:The investment options range from an “investment in your backyard” to an “advice on how to invest” to a “step-by-step guide” that shows investors how to apply the tools of their choice to their specific situation.
It also offers a range the fund is calling “buyers’ guides”, with information on buying a house and how to get the best price.
“Our goal is to get you to the point where you’re ready to make a decision, whether it’s to buy a house or a property, and we’ve designed this website to make it easy to find and use those investments,” said the fund’s chief executive, John Tulloch.
The site has been designed to encourage people to use the investments they want and to make sure they have enough information to make an informed decision.
“The site is designed to help make that decision for you,” Mr Tulloz said.
“It’s designed to give you the information you need so that you’re able to make your own investment decision.”
The website is still in beta, with users able to apply for investments through the website or directly through the Trust’s website.
Investors can also access the website’s tools by visiting its main Investor Resources page.
“We think that investing is a good investment for both existing and prospective investors, and for those who can’t afford to buy but want to make investments to save and expand their retirement savings,” said IIRO chief executive Peter Smith.
“If you are new to investing and can’t find the information online, we’re here to help.”
InvestmentOptions.co.uk has been set up by the Trust to give investors access to more than 70 investment options, including property, shares, bonds, mutual funds and mutual funds.
It’s also giving people a more flexible way to make their own investment decisions, with some of the investments being more “flexible” than others.
“With our website, you can get access to all of our investment tools and invest on a range, from the cheapest to the most expensive, with a range that can suit different financial needs,” Mr Smith said.
The Trust has also set up a new blog, Real Estate Investing for Dummies, where people can share their personal experiences, such the experience of investing in a house that they are not quite ready to buy.
“There are some things that you might be not able to do with a traditional investment,” Mr Dolan said.
For example, people might have a problem paying off a mortgage or not having enough money to cover their investment.
“They may need to put some of their savings aside, or they may be in a lower-income situation, or their spouse may be retiring,” he said.
Some of the investment tools have different fees associated with them, which might affect how much the fund charges for certain investments.
“Some of these tools may be quite high and some of them may be low, but we’re trying to keep it to a minimum to make investing for dummy investors as easy as possible,” Mr Julloch said.
Mr Tullos said some of those tools are available to people who may not have access to other investment options.
“You might be a student and you want to take some time off, or you might not have the cash, so you might want to invest with an account that’s higher in the fees of an account,” he added.
“So we’ve tried to get some of these investment options to be as low as possible so that people can be as comfortable as possible with the investments that they’re taking on.”
Mr Smith said the website was aimed at “people who are not exactly ready” for real estate, such people who have already invested in property, but are in university and studying for a degree.
“I think they’re more in the ‘I need to learn more’ phase,” he explained.
“They may want to get a property as an investment, and if they can get that property then they can be able, in some circumstances, to save more money.”
He said the Fund would continue to expand the site