Why are Young Couples Flocking to Commercial Property?

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…]

Using Your Self-Managed Super Fund for Investment Without SMSF Borrowing

SINCE THE Superannuation Industry Supervision Act was amended in 2007 to allow superannuation funds to borrow against property, Self-Managed Super Funds have become a popular vehicle for investing in property — in particular, for self-employed borrowers or those in transition to retirement phase.

However, the loan products associated with this type of lending can be onerous and restrictive and this makes this form of lending far from preferable for many borrowers. [Read more…]

Kick-start Your Business by Claiming Depreciation

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MOST PROPERTY investors also run their own business. And as such, you realise there are significant costs involved in starting any new venture.

There are expenses for equipment, stock, insurance, staff overheads and (if you don’t own the building) funds required to cover rent.

Whether you own or rent the building, there may also be costs involved in fitting out the new space to make it appropriate to open the doors for business. [Read more…]

How Will Trump’s Win Affect Commercial Property?

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WHILE THE WORLD may be stunned by Donald Trump’s win, you’ll most likely find things will not be nearly as bad as everyone thinks.

And that’s reflected in the huge rebound in the stock market — once investors began studying his policies in more depth.

How did Trump achieve the Win?

In many respects, the media is responsible for the outcome — because so much airplay was given to his outlandish rhetoric. [Read more…]

Depreciation Benefits Fill a Pharmacist’s Prescription

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IT’S EASY FOR business people, like pharmacists, to get so caught up in their day-to-day schedule … that they don’t stop to think about what tax deductions they could be claiming. [Read more…]

5 Ways to Maximise Your Borrowing Capacity

WITH BANKS having tightened up investment lending considerably, gaining access to money for active property investors has become increasingly difficult.

Here are several strategies to help you to get the greatest amount of borrowing capacity with your lenders.

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Generate Cash Flow for Your Commercial Property

CLAIMING DEPRECIATION is paramount for commercial property owners and yet research suggests around 80% of owners fail to maximise the deductions available and therefore miss out on thousands of dollars in tax benefits.

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Foreign Resident CGT Withholding Regime

ON 25 FEBRUARY 2016, Parliament passed a new foreign resident capital gains tax withholding regime.

The regime applies to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2016; and is intended to assist the Commissioner of Taxation in the collection of the CGT payable by foreign residents.

Under the regime, a 10% non-final withholding tax will apply to foreign residents on the disposal of relevant taxable Australian property.

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Commercial Vs Residential Property Depreciation

OFTEN INVESTORS considering purchasing an investment property will ask whether a commercial or a residential property will provide them with more deductions in the form of depreciation.

As you'll appreciate, there are many factors an investor needs to be aware of when making their choice between these two investment opportunities. Let's take a look at just some of the differences.

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APRA Cracking Down on Commercial Property Investment Loans

AS MANY INVESTORS would already be aware, borrowing for investing in property has become increasingly difficult over the past 12 months.

And that's because APRA (the banking regulator) has issued a warning to major banks to reduce their exposure to investment property loans.

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Recent Changes to the Lending Environment

THE CURRENT LENDING environment has changed markedly over the last two months with the main developments being:

  1. Lending to foreign investors has been severely restricted or entirely removed by all Australian banks.
  2. Interest Rates have been cut, with the drop passed on for owner-occupied loans and partially passed on for investment loans.
  3. Concerns have been raised about housing oversupply in certain parts of the country, including Melbourne and Sydney, and lenders have placed increased restrictions on higher density developments. 
  4. Some banks have been advised that their loan books are too heavily weighted to property investment (including commercial) and have thus pulled back their lending ratios.
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