The Truth Behind Falling Office Workspace Ratios

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THE QUESTION IS: Have the major corporate tenants been “sold a pup”? Or have their Financial Controllers merely been focusing upon cost savings, rather than employee productivity?

Why not watch this short video and then, make up your own mind?

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Why Choose Commercial Property Over Residential?

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OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS the question every residential investor asks … whenever they are considering the transition across to Commercial property.

However, you will quickly discover the reasons are rather compelling. [Read more…]

What Can You Do When Your Tenant Leaves?

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THE FIRST THING you need to do is come up with some creative ways to address this … AND still maintain your sanity, at the same time.

But no matter what your approach may be, there are several things you always need to do. [Read more…]

Now It’s Priced to Sell

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HardwareLane

LATE LAST YEAR, Tenders were called for this Hardware Lane property — which closed just before Christmas.

Over the holiday break, negotiations progressed with two parties … without actually concluding a deal.

However, in the process, the Vendor has significantly reduce the price at which he is now prepared to sell. [Read more…]

Will Lower Oil Prices Mean Improved Economic Growth?

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THE ANSWER is both Yes and No … depending upon which country you live in.

Oil-GDPLast weekend’s Financial Review reported an analysis by Oxford Economics, which predicted the likely effect upon GDP during 2015-16 … of oil being at $US40 Vs. $US84 per barrel.

And a quick summary of that is included over on the right. [Read more…]

Investment Opportunity … 67-73 Hardware Lane, Melb

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Hardware-Lane

THIS TROPHY BUILDING is being offered for Sale by Tender — closing at 3 pm on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 (AEDT).

The magic of Melbourne’s cafe culture within its streets and laneways is well known throughout the world. And nowhere captures this cosmopolitan mix of food and buildings … quite like Hardware Lane. [Read more…]

Commercial Property: State of The Nation

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Office-Buildings

OFFICE VACANCY RATES have lept towards 15% in Brisbane, Darwin, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. And this takes the national average to 12.4%, as an overall vacancy level.

However, businesses are now leasing space once again in both Sydney and Melbourne — where their vacancy rates are currently hovering around 10%, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. [Read more…]

Your Age and The Full Passage of Time

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I’M IN MY 40s … and well behind where I want or need to be. My career has stalled and the marriage is shaky because we’re constantly arguing about money. This is probably because my partner never returned to serious paid work after we had the children.

We’re far from making any dents in the mortgage. In fact, it’s actually rising slightly each year, what with the kids’ secondary education to pay for on top of all the other demands on our single income. [Read more…]

When is a Bank Guarantee NOT Guaranteed?

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YOUR TENANT’S OBLIGATION to pay rent, care for the premises and abide by the provisions of the lease is usually secured by your right (as the landlord) to terminate the lease and recover possession.

In reality, this does little to remedy the financial loss suffered by a landlord, as a result of a breach by the tenant. [Read more…]

Office Markets Around Australia

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CBD-Offices

NO LONGER are the Office markets in sync, for the main capital cities around Australia.

During the last century, the CBD markets seemed to operate within a fairly regular 18-year cycle — in other words, from “peak to peak”.

However, all at ceased when the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2008. [Read more…]

FIRB Approval for Commercial Property

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YOU SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS when entering into negotiations with foreign purchasers for the sale of property, due to the restrictions imposed by the Foreign Investment Review Board (“FIRB”).

Vendors should ensure that the contract of sale protects them when approval is required by the FIRB. Because, if the purchaser fails to gain approval, the FIRB can reverse the transaction. [Read more…]