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?

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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…]

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…]

5 Common Myths About Commercial Property

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HERE ARE several common misconceptions I frequently hear, when people are looking to embark upon Commercial property investing.

1. Securing Commercial properties using the internet is easy.

There are some people starting out in who feel they don’t need any professional help with this. But finding a suitable property is only half the task.

The other half involves properly assessing the property — both physically and financially. Then you have to package up the deal that’s best for you.

And this is where having a top consulting team (for the property, legal, finance & construction aspects) is worth its weight in gold. [Read more…]

Brand New … Rearing to Go!

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Bringing you Commercial Property in far Greater Depth.

NOTHING BEATS hearing it straight from an Expert in their field. Whether it is Legal matters, Finance, Due Diligence, Tax Depreciation, Valuation issues or about the Commercial property market … who better than those handling these specific areas day in, and died out?

And that’s why I’ve brought together an Expert Panel … to provide you with regular, in-depth articles on each of these aspects.

Meet all the New Contributors [Read more…]

Commercial Property … With a New Look and Feel

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BY NEXT WEEK, everything will appear different!

No, I’m not referring to the Commercial property market. Rather, how it will be presented to you.

Right now, this website is undergoing a total refurb. Very much like one of your investment properties you’ve been holding for a while.

And straight away, you will notice two key differences:

  1. The articles will be presented in a modern “Newsy” format; and
  2. There will also be a wider range of topics covered — by a team of expert guest contributors. [Read more…]