Demand for Office Space on the Improve

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AN ARTICLE in the Weekend Financial Review (Page 39) opened with … “Macquarrie Group, a bellwether for the strength of the office leasing market, is expanding.”

And this clearly accords with a recent report released by BIS Shrapnel, which confirmed the Office recovery would be stronger in “service and trade exposed markets like Sydney and Melbourne, but weaker in the mining-based markets such as Perth and Brisbane.” [Read more…]

Residential and Commercial Property Cycles

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WHERE ARE WE right now? And what actually determines the Cycles for each sector?

As it happens, most people believe every sector is quickly affected by interest rate movements. Whereas, that’s not strictly true.

And where interest rates do have an effect … the actual timing of that also varies. [Read more…]

A Growing Economy is Good For Commercial Property

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HAVE YOU NOTICED how people are generally now acting in a far more positive manner. And that’s simply because they are starting to feel “wealthy” again. [Read more…]

Commercial Property Yields Firm As Activity Improves

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FURTHER EVIDENCE of an underlying strength in the Commercial property market is now provided by the latest IPD/Property Council index.

PCA-Cap-RtaesDuring 2013, you saw investors (both local and overseas) stride out from the shadows of the Global Financial Crisis. And as this graph confirms, every sector has displayed a healthy improvement in selling yields. [Read more…]

Is This Good or Bad Debt?

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CAPITAL GROWTH and the type of gearing heavily impact the overall profitability of your property purchases. And so this article will explain how they can significantly affect your bottom line. [Read more…]

How to Improve Your Return From Industrial Property

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DID YOU KNOW that you can claim quite significant depreciation deductions for an Industrial property? Because, legislation set down by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows the owners of any income producing property to claim depreciation. [Read more…]

With Property … How to Stay Cool When Things Get Hot

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A RECENT CASE in the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has brought the laws governing cooling-off periods into sharp focus. And the ability of vendors to retain termination fees where contracts are terminated was challenged.

While the laws relating to cooling off periods differ in each state, this article will discuss the general principles of cooling off periods … and what you need to be aware of when seeking to exercise your rights. [Read more…]

Commercial Property Loans: Fixed Rate for How Long?

 

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IN PART 1, we gave you some advice if you are deciding whether or not to fix your loan.

Today, we continue where we left of with three guidelines to help you avoid a few more common pitfalls when it comes to fixing a loan. [Read more…]

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…]