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The Office Scene Revisited

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I gave you an overview of the CBD Office scene around Australia. And that depicted a 2-speed market between Sydney & and Melbourne, and the rest of the capital-city CBDs. Now the Property Council of Australia has come out with its latest Office Market Report — as of June 2016.

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Commercial Vs Residential Property Depreciation

OFTEN INVESTORS considering purchasing an investment property will ask whether a commercial or a residential property will provide them with more deductions in the form of depreciation.

CBD Offices Shaping Up as a 2-Speed Market

ACCORDING TO the latest quarterly report from JLL, the Australian CBD office scene was in much better shape, as at the end of June this year.

However, it was only Sydney and Melbourne that displayed any marked improvement.

APRA Cracking Down on Commercial Property Investment Loans

AS MANY INVESTORS would already be aware, borrowing for investing in property has become increasingly difficult over the past 12 months.

Claim More From Your Home Business This Tax Time

IT’S ESTIMATED that close to one million businesses in Australia are home based and this sector is considered to be one of the fastest growing business sectors.For those who choose to operate a business from home there are many benefits including a better work-life balance where you can adjust your hours to suit the needs […]

Recent Changes to the Lending Environment

THE CURRENT LENDING environment has changed markedly over the last two months with the main developments being:
Lending to foreign investors has been severely restricted or entirely removed by all Australian banks.
Interest Rates have been cut with the drop passed on for owner-occupied loans and partially passed on for investment loans.

Federal Budget 2016: You and Your Super

SUPERANNUATION, yes, it’s still tax free. However, it comes with changes in that if you have more than $1.6m in superannuation at retirement, the amount over those earnings (not the withdrawals) will not be tax free from July 2017. Not all bad news, as the bits above $1.6m still receive low concessional tax rates (10 or 15%). And, in most cases, it is far better than being taxed outside of superannuation.

Do You Fully Understand ?Cooling Off? Periods?

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INVESTORS will generally live in a residential property. So, here is something to consider when you come to buy your next home.

A recent decision in the Supreme Court of Victoria (Tan v Russell [2016] VSC 93) has made it clear that real estate agents do not have authority to receive notices of termination when purchasers seek to exercise their cooling off rights, unless otherwise authorised to receive such notices.

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