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…]

Limit The Security You Grant to Your Lender

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IN MY LAST ARTICLE, you read about the various securities lenders can take over your property, in addition to mortgages.

This article will highlight various options for improving your security position when borrowing as a means of maximising your asset protection. [Read more…]

Will Commercial Property Keep on Performing?

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THERE HAS BEEN a whole lot of negative talk recently about the detrimental impact of the Car Industry leaving Australia.

And clearly, our hearts go out to all the affected workers and their families in car manufacturing and those related component suppliers.

Most of us cannot even begin to imagine the shock and surprise they are now feeling — particularly right on Christmas.

And yet, if you just focus upon the likely impact on the Australian economy … much of the commentary can be seen as misguided. [Read more…]

With Commercial Property … Balance Wins the Day

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THIS CHART APPEARED as part of a recent article in the Financial Review, by Mercedes Ruhl (30 October, page 41).

The article reassured investors that the anticipated short-term surge in sublease space (within Australia’s CBD Office markets) has simply not eventuated.

“Sublease space spikes at times when the economy is weak and business confidence is low because companies are restructuring and downsizing.”

Furthermore, the article suggests the overall amount of sublease space is expected to fall sharply over the next few months — following the post-election improvement in business confidence.

And of all the capital cities, the CBRE research shows Melbourne has provided the greatest improvement over the past year. [Read more…]

Using Non-Conventional Lenders … Part 2

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IN PART 1 of this article, you read about some of the reasons you might want to use a non-conventional lender. And about two types of non-conventional lenders that could be useful to you — Mortgage Funds and Solicitor’s Funds.

If you missed it, you can find the original article here.

Anyway, you read on now … to learn about three more non-conventional lenders. [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…]

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…]

Never Cross Collateralize Your Loan Arrangements

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Part 2: Proper Loan Structuring can give you Protection.

LAST TIME (in Part 1), you discovered why the banks should not be allowed to call the shots. And perhaps a couple more Case Studies will help to further explain that.

Let’s take a look at what happened “Kevin”

He was a very successful property investor who had an impressive portfolio, consisting of several residential and commercial properties.

Kevin was able to build this portfolio through a mixture of a good knowledge of the market, savvy negotiating skills, a high-income job with a resources company and, it has to be said, some luck in picking the trends.

Kevin’s problem was that he wanted to retire early — which is something someone of his net worth should easily be able to do. But he made one major mistake. [Read more…]

Commercial Property Investors are Relishing the Current Drift

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EVER SINCE Julia Gillard announced the September election in February … the ensuring political hiatus has meant almost everything (including our thinking) has simply been moving sideways.

Neither up, nor down … just drifting!

And that is completely understandable — because, when uncertainty reigns … people tend to do nothing.

What are the Experts saying? [Read more…]