Archives for May 2013

Be Wary of Bank Bills

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Part 2: Remain in Control of your Destiny

LAST WEEK, we made a start on understanding the pros and cons of Bank bills. But you also have other options.

Non-bill facilities are available through the big four banks, but are generally priced in a way as to only be competitive at smaller loan amounts.

While the big four banks are generally able to price better than smaller lenders, there are other factors considered to be important than merely the cost. And for small business, the interest rate on their borrowing is a relatively small consideration, in the overall scheme of things.

Far more important is access to credit, and flexibility of being able to draw up and down on that credit. Because, having this ability will reduce your overall interest costs in the longer run. [Read more…]

The New Victorian Fire Levy

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THE RECENTLY passed Fire Services Property Levy Bill 2012 will introduce an additional annual levy upon all Victorian land from 1 July 2013. And this is intended to create a more equitable system for funding Victoria’s fire services.

Currently, a fire services levy is imposed by insurance companies upon Victorian land owners who have taken out policies to insure their property. As insurance companies are required to provide funding to Victoria’s fire services, this levy is designed to cover their contribution. [Read more…]

Retail Sector Still Patchy

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IN RECENT TIMES, the entire retail sector has been hit on two fronts — with local traders having been challenged by both the highest-rated in dollar, and weakened global economic conditions.

Plus, you’ve also seen a structural shift in how modern consumers are choosing to engage in the market — with the continued growth of online consumer purchases.

The effect of Global uncertainty [Read more…]

FAQs About Depreciation

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AS WE APPROACH the end of the financial year, many Commercial property owners often seem rather confused as to all the Depreciation deductions they might be entitled to.

To help you, here are the most commonly asked questions — purely to highlight just how depreciation can significantly bolster the overall cash return you can extract from your Commercial property.

1. What actually is Depreciation? [Read more…]

How to Complete a Building Project on Time & on Budget

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AS YOU DISCOVERED last week, carrying out a proper due diligence is vital for any significant Commercial property purchase.

And that’s part of our role … assessing the overall structure, along with the various building services — simply to ensure they are all in good order.

However as time goes by, you may well have the need to upgrade or extend your building … if only to meet the changing needs of your tenants.

Yet this is where many investors seem to get into trouble — by undertaking something well beyond the limits of their capabilities. [Read more…]

Be Wary of Using Bank Bills

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Part 1: An Understanding, plus the Hidden Costs

WHENEVER YOU ARE financing a commercial property investment or a business, the types of funding can be broadly classified into two categories: bill facilities and non-bill facilities.

The Concept

Bill facilities are charged as a margin over the inter-bank lending rates, published each day in the Financial Review as commercial bills; while non-bill facilities are charged as a straight interest rate.

The funds for these facilities may also be raised through the money markets, but they are priced on a simple interest rate basis over a loan term. [Read more…]

To Caveat … Or Not to Caveat?

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BEFORE EVEN beginning to answer this question, you first need to understand what a Caveat involves.

A Caveat is a document, which any person with a legal interest in a Property is able to lodge with the land registry (or titles office).

After registration, a caveat note appears on the Title giving prospective purchasers or financiers notice that a third party might have rights over the property.

The process of preparing, lodging and having a caveat registered with the land registry is quite straight forward. Accordingly, caveats are commonly lodged over properties without obtaining legal advice. [Read more…]

Melbourne Office Market is Holding Its Own

Melbourne-OfficesMELBOURNE is Australia’s second-largest office market, and has remained relatively resilient since 2010.

A range of factors supported this, including … limited new supply and growth in absorption (driven by Australia’s economic recovery during that period).

Underlying Strength

On the demand side in particular, the size and diversity of Melbourne’s white-collar workforce was a key reason supporting the market’s resilience, although on-going staff reductions in the finance and government sectors is lessening demand. [Read more…]

The Tax Man and You

TaxDepreciationBEING A COMMERCIAL property owner, the Australian tax system allows you to claim a deduction from your income.

And that relates to the wear and tear upon the structure of a commercial property, and the depreciation of the plant and equipment items it contains.

Depreciation is available to all property owners who generate an income from that property. But the secret is to make sure you maximise these deductions, to boost your bottom-line cash flow.

By maximizing your tax depreciation deductions every financial year can make a huge difference to the tax you pay. And it may even result in the ATO paying money back to you, at the end of the year.

A few facts about Depreciation for Commercial Properties [Read more…]

Proper Due Diligence is Vital

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MANY PEOPLE will make the mistake of not carrying out a due diligence study BEFORE they acquire their Commercial properties.

But this can end up becoming a very expensive process — because you’ll can often miss out on the property, if someone else snaps it up, before you’re able complete your study.

Therefore, the secret lies in ensuring you negotiate a deal — where your due diligence occurs AFTER you have tied up the property, under a binding contract of sale.

Anyway, here are the 5 Key Elements you need to investigate … [Read more…]

Arranging Your Finance

Your Top 5 Tips ...

IT IS NO SURPRISE that banks are still rather coy about funding Developments, so maybe a few ideas on how to get your projects across the line could be helpful.

Here are the Top 5 Tips …

  1. Properly Assess Your Capital Requirements
    Do a thorough feasibility before proceeding with any project, to ensure you have sufficient funds to complete the project based on 80% funding of total costs. Make sure you factor into your calculations capitalised interest, for least 12 months.
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  2. Lock In Enough Pre-Sales
    Make sure you are aware of the number of pre-sales you will require. And also properly research the market — so you are confident the properties in your development will sell off-the-plan. If your development is not suited to pre-sales, ensure that you are able to arrange finance without pre-sales (or with a lower pre-sale requirement through a non-bank) before proceeding. [Read more…]