The rent (of $34,500 a month) is too low!

One of the more striking aspects about this article from The Age  is the monthly rental price tag for this Toorak mansion. $34,500 per month. $414,000 per year.

Is this exorbitant? Many people would say yes. But perhaps not if you're wanting to rent a property worth between $8.5 and $10 million (the value suggested in the video embedded into the article).

Imagine you owned this property freehold and it was your only investment. It is an investment worth $8.5 million or $10 million. Income of $414,000 on on asset of this is a yield of somewhere below 4.9% or 4.1%, before factoring in other costs associated with owning the property.

From this perspective, you could argue that rent of $34,500 per month is too low!


Sonnie Bailey

Sonnie is the founder and principal of Fairhaven Wealth.

Before founding Fairhaven Wealth, Sonnie worked in the legal and financial services industries for over a decade.

Sonnie first became involved with financial advice as a specialist financial services lawyer. For many years, he was an “adviser of advisers”, reviewing thousands of advice files prepared by hundreds of financial advisers, and providing feedback in relation to the quality and appropriateness of advice; industry best practice; risk management; and regulatory compliance. He has published work in industry publications and spoken at various financial advice conferences.

Sonnie has also worked with banks, investment management firms, insurers, and derivatives providers.

Sonnie has worked as a private client lawyer, focusing on succession, estate planning and trusts. He ran his own legal firm in Australia before relocating to New Zealand. He has also acted in independent trustee and company director positions.

Sonnie is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and manage the risks to which they are exposed.

He has written extensively on his blog, New Zealand Wealth and Risk, which can be found at

Sonnie is married to his wonderful wife Chrissy, and has two young children, Ben and Anna.