Archives for February 2014

The Importance of Having As-Built Drawings for your Commercial Properties

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WHENEVER YOU EMBARK on any form of construction work in an existing building, you’re first request from the Design Team should be for As-Built Drawings — for review, and to form the basis of the design process.

More importantly, the availability and compilation of As-Built documents (after a project is complete) should form part of your due diligence process at the completion of project.

Because, this provides the full scope of work undertaken, and allows for easy assessment of existing buildings — to help eliminate any surprises that may arise down the track, during future alterations. [Read more…]

How to Improve Your Return From Industrial Property

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DID YOU KNOW that you can claim quite significant depreciation deductions for an Industrial property? Because, legislation set down by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows the owners of any income producing property to claim depreciation. [Read more…]

With Property … How to Stay Cool When Things Get Hot

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A RECENT CASE in the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has brought the laws governing cooling-off periods into sharp focus. And the ability of vendors to retain termination fees where contracts are terminated was challenged.

While the laws relating to cooling off periods differ in each state, this article will discuss the general principles of cooling off periods … and what you need to be aware of when seeking to exercise your rights. [Read more…]

Commercial Property Loans: Fixed Rate for How Long?

 

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IN PART 1, we gave you some advice if you are deciding whether or not to fix your loan.

Today, we continue where we left of with three guidelines to help you avoid a few more common pitfalls when it comes to fixing a loan. [Read more…]

CBD Offices Give Direction For Commercial Property

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THE PROPERTY COUNCIL of Australia recently released its latest survey — for the six months to January 2013.

It reports that the national Vacancy Rate for CBD offices has increased slightly to 10.4%. However, that hardly tells the whole story. [Read more…]

Commercial Property Loans: To Fix or Not to Fix?

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INTEREST RATES REMAIN at historically low levels. And the competition for business between banks and non-bank lenders is fierce.

As a result, you can find some very attractive fixed rate options in the market at the moment.

However, if you are considering fixing an existing loan or taking out a new fixed loan, you must understand some fundamental rules that govern these loans.

The following guidelines will help you structure your fixed loans to provide the most benefits for both your residential and commercial investments. [Read more…]

Surge in Confidence Bodes Well for Commercial Property

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY stands to benefit from the recent improved business trading figures — which have soared to a 2-year high. And these now fall into line with the NAB Survey’s confidence levels.

As such, many forecasters believe these latest figures (together with the growth in house prices over the past 12 months) now reflect the underlying strength of Australia’s post-mining economy.

Therefore, further interest rate reductions expected by the RBA are unlikely to occur any time soon — if at all. [Read more…]