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…]

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…]

Are You Interested in a Strategic Opportunity?

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ONLY THE OTHER DAY, I gave you some advance notice about this exciting new Project located in South Road, Moorabbin.

And now that the marketing campaign has formally begun, it is certainly generating a fair amount of interest. [Read more…]

At last, Something Nifty for Commercial Property Investors

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FOR THE PAST month or so, I’ve been working behind the scenes to produce this free App … the Hi-Return Filter. And it was released only last week.

You see over the years, I have noticed how even seasoned investors can sometimes make subjective judgements, about the potential of certain properties.

What this App does is take your 8 Investment Objectives and neatly combine them with your 12 Buying Criteria. And then, create an inter-active matrix … which allows you to objectively shortlist your potential properties. [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…]

Commercial Property and The Baby Boomer Dilemma

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YOU MAY RECALL several blogs in the past about Baby Boomers … explaining the effect they will have upon the property market — both Residential and Commercial.

In 2005, I warned investors that: If you hadn’t sold your traditional inner-city family home by 2010-11 … you had better be prepared to hold it until 2025.

My reasoning for this was NOT that there would be any fewer buyers. Rather, they would be five times as many of these homes on the market — as baby boomers sought to downsize en masse. [Read more…]

Been Looking to Purchase a Good Industrial Property?

658South

This could be your opportunity!

MOST PEOPLE RECOGNISE Moorabbin as being the focal point for Industrial property in Melbourne — and maybe, even Australia.

And with the Development permit having just been granted, 658south Business Park offers you a strategic opportunity to snare an affordable Investment going forward.

As you soon discover, there is a distinct lack of well-located alternatives. Plus, you will be enjoying attractive Stamp Duty savings — which go hand in hand with an off-the-plan purchase. [Read more…]

Adding Some New Life to Your Older Offices

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LAST THURSDAY, The Australian Financial Review published an article (page 42) by Mercedes Rueh highlighting the emerging trend of Hubs and co-working spaces in Melbourne and other Australian capital cities.

What you need to take away from the article is that the nature of work is changing. And therefore, creating new opportunities for you and other Commercial property investors, who are flexible and forward thinking. [Read more…]

Why Would You Ever Accept a Lower Yield?

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ON THE FACE of it … there’s no apparent logic as to why doing that would make sense.

Unless of course, you intend to occupy the property when the lease expires; or it may adjoin the one you already own. In which case, the initial low rental is really of little (or no) importance.

However, not every such sale will have a special value to the purchaser. More often, the reason for accepting an initial low yield will be that …
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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…]

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…]