Archives for July 2013

Environmental Issues Loom Large Among Commercial Property Transactions

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION is fast becoming a contentious issue in the 21st century. As such, it is not surprising this is becoming one of the key factors in property transactions.

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All aspects of contamination and compliance with environmental laws have emerged as an issue in negotiations between vendors and purchasers.

Generally speaking, a vendor will aim to sell a property ‘as is, where is’. Accordingly, the vendor’s preference would be for the purchaser to rely on its own enquiries; and therefore, buy the property in its present state of repair.

This would mean the purchaser buys the property subject to any pre-existing contamination, or non-compliance with environmental laws. [Read more…]

Claiming Depreciation Can Transform Your Bottom Line

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IN MANY CASES, commercial properties are positively geared. And that means their rental returns are often higher than loan repayments and outgoings for the property.

What what you may not realise is that the income received from a positively geared property can have avoidable tax implications.

Claiming depreciation on a positively geared commercial property can help you substantially reduce your overall taxable income, and further improve your after-tax cash position.

Perhaps a Case Study would help … [Read more…]

Control The Loan Process

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THE OTHER DAY, I was doing some analysis on the loans lodged over the past year … looking at the time-frames, and where the delays have occurred.

And I was struck by the number of stages a loan application needs to go through, before settlement. Plus the number of people the file depends upon, to go smoothly.

The people involved in this process can include the broker, the bank officer, credit analyst, valuer, borrower’s solicitor, bank’s solicitor, vendor’s solicitor, accountant, financial adviser (if financial advice is required), real estate agent and, possibly, the tenant.

As you can appreciate, delays can occur at the hands of any of these stakeholders with dire consequences. That’s why it is advisable (as far as possible) for you to retain as much control over the process as you can … in order to avoid potential pitfalls. [Read more…]

Detect Hazardous Materials BEFORE Demolishing Begins

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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS are found in a range of locations, forms and types of building structures; plus they are not just limited to Commercial projects. Unfortunately, they are widely spread through residential and public properties as well.

The identification process is the first step for anyone wishing to undertake alterations, demolition or disturbance of materials — which could be potentially harmful to workers, or the general public. And then, you need to quantify the cost of rectification; and what effect that will have upon your intended project.

3 Key Questions to ask … [Read more…]

With Commercial Property Managers … What Should You Expect?

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OF COURSE, everyone’s expectations will differ as to how your property should be managed. But over the years, my clients have provided a few clues. And these have been rather helpful in creating a simple checklist.

Good Property Management is the Key to Your SuccessAnd so once you’ve finally acquired a suitable Commercial property, any ongoing Management will need to make sure that … [Read more…]

How Does Property Depreciation Fit into Your SMSF Startegy?

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Self Managed Super Funds and Property Depreciation (Part 2)

IN THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE, your SMSF owns a commercial warehouse purchased for $700,000 with a rental income of $1,200 per week … resulting in a total income of $62,400 per annum.

Expenses for the property such as interest, rates and management fees totalled $42,000. Therefore, the net earnings of this commercial property was $20,400.

Without claiming depreciation, your SMSF would have to pay 15% tax on the net earnings, which would result in a tax payment of $3,060. By claiming $14,500 in tax depreciation, the total earnings is reduced to $5,900 leaving the total tax payable of just $885. [Read more…]

4 Key Tips for Couples Arranging Loans

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WHEN BORROWING against Residential or Commercial properties for investment, it is important to keep in mind the most effective ways of claiming tax benefits, if you wish to maximise the return from your investment.

This is particularly so, when the purchasers are couples — because working with the correct loan set-up can ensure the household tax burden is considerably reduced. [Read more…]

Learn About Commercial Property Investing … via a Weekly Podcast

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SOME PEOPLE like to read Blogs … while others prefer listening to Podcasts. And then, there are those who simply enjoy both.

Anyway, I have just launched a new website called … Property Briefings.

PB-PatchWhat it involves is an ongoing series of Podcasts … where each week Ken Henmens AOM will be grilling me on everything to do with Commercial property investing. [Read more…]

STOP! Is Your Commercial Property Affected by an Easement or Encroachment?

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EASEMENTS and encroachments remain one of the key considerations within property transactions — due to their consequential implications for purchasers and landowners.

Easements

An easement is an interest in land creating the right to make use of another owner’s land for a specific purpose. In many cases, there will be two properties subject to the easement — the property, which is burdened by the easement … and the property, which benefits from the easement. [Read more…]

How to Manage Those Fearsome Project Variations

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YOU THOUGHT you had negotiated a fixed-price contract for your planned building works, only to find yourself being progressively hit with expensive “Variations” as the construction phase progressed.

So, perhaps it is worth exploring how this comes about, in a little more detail.

What is a Variation? [Read more…]

Commercial Property and Your SMSF — Understand The True Benefits

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Self Managed Super Funds & Property Depreciation (Part 1).

FOR MANY AUSTRALIANS, superannuation is one of the most important investments they have to help them save for the future. 


Although most people may choose professionally managed super funds, an emerging trend has seen a growing number of people who elect to set up a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF).


A few Facts

According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO): In the four years leading up to the 30 June 2012, the SMSF sector grew by $109 billion or 33 per cent. In dollar terms, this represents the strongest growing super sector. The SMSF sector contributed the largest proportion of overall growth with 42 per cent of the total growth in super assets.
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