Do You Understand Common Commercial Property Terms?

IT SURPRISES ME just how often I get asked to explain some of the more common terminology used with Commercial property.

For the experienced investor, this short article might seem a little ho-hum. Therefore, here is a link for you to download a rather comprehensive list of over 160 Common Terms Used by Commercial Property Investors.

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Why Do Politicians Pay Such Scant Regard to the Truth?


SURELY THE GENERAL PUBLIC aren’t that gullible? Maybe they are.

Everyone knows politicians tend to massage the truth to suit their purpose. However, it seams Bill Shorten is once again trying to mislead people – in much the same way as he did with the “Medi-scare” campaign, in the lead up to the last election. [Read more…]

Latest Information on the CBD Office Scene


LAST WEEK, the Property Council of Australia released its 6-monthly update on the national Office Market to January 2018. And a few interesting things emerged. [Read more…]

The Importance of Due Diligence When Buying Commercial Property


FIRSTLY, LET’S DEFINE what Due Diligence really means. And then, you need to understand when you should actually consider an in-depth Due Diligence study. [Read more…]

How the Economic Machine Really Works

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MY BACKGROUND TRAINING is as an economist. And yet, trying to explain such things in an easy-to-understand way can often prove rather difficult.

Australia has been more fortunate than most countries emerging from the GFC. And yet, there seems to be a certain complacency regarding our economic well-being. [Read more…]

Is Retail Disruption Feeding An Industrial Surge?

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IN THEIR LAST article, BMT Tax Depreciation took a look at the attractive tax benefits available for you, as an industrial property investor.

However, let’s explore a little further the disruptive influence of Amazon and eBay upon retailers. And how that is having a growing impact on industrial property. [Read more…]

The Future for Retail Investment Property

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OVER THE PAST few years, you will have observed my caution towards purchasing retail property as a worthwhile investment. This is basically been the case since the global financial crisis – when consumers began tightening their belts. [Read more…]

The Office Market Crown is Set to Move to Melbourne

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SYDNEY HAS traditionally claimed to be the largest office market, with the greatest office space take-up each year.

However, more corporate tenants leased space in Melbourne during the second half of last year, then any other capital city. In fact … 110,000 sqm more space than they actually vacated. [Read more…]

You Need to Look Behind The Economic Data

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A NUMBER of journalists and economic pundits seem to have been focussing solely upon the latest GDP figures.

However, the recent NAB monthly business survey appears to contradict concerns about the shaky household consumption sector – where the main concerns seem to relate to past issues.

Mainly things like … the end of the mining boom, resulting in a collapse of wage growth. [Read more…]

Understanding Total Returns

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ONLY RECENTLY, I shared some thoughts with my Mentor group. And they related to the Total Returns investors tend to expect from commercial property.

Here is a graph that appeared late last year in the Australian Financial Review. And it depicts the combination of Income Return and Capital Growth. [Read more…]

Why are Young Couples Flocking to Commercial Property?

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IN HIS BOOK Rich Dad Poor Dad, Richard Kiyosaki tells us: “You must know the difference between an asset and liability, and buy assets.”

Because “assets put money in your pocket.” Whereas, liabilities continually take money out of your pocket.

On that basis, you quickly realise your family home is therefore considered a liability — rather than an asset, or an investment. [Read more…]