Depreciation: The Rules May Change … But Your Goals Remain The Same


THOSE OF YOU considering the purchase of an investment property often ask whether a commercial or a residential property will provide them with more deductions in the form of depreciation.

As you will appreciate, there are many important factors an investor needs to be aware of – when making your choice between these two investment options. [Read more…]

Pros and Cons of Driving Alternative Vehicles


HAVE YOU BEEN thinking of buying “alternative fuel” vehicles recently?

You would have noticed more and more hybrid, electric and natural gas vehicles on the roads these days. But before you rush of and buy one for yourself … you should consider the advantages and disadvantages of each one based on fuel, maintenance, cost and size. [Read more…]

Do You Understand Common Commercial Property Terms?

IT SURPRISES ME just how often I get asked to explain some of the more common terminology used with Commercial property.

For the experienced investor, this short article might seem a little ho-hum. Therefore, here is a link for you to download a rather comprehensive list of over 160 Common Terms Used by Commercial Property Investors.

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Why Do Politicians Pay Such Scant Regard to the Truth?


SURELY THE GENERAL PUBLIC aren’t that gullible? Maybe they are.

Everyone knows politicians tend to massage the truth to suit their purpose. However, it seams Bill Shorten is once again trying to mislead people – in much the same way as he did with the “Medi-scare” campaign, in the lead up to the last election. [Read more…]

The 9 Experts You Need on Your Investment Team


AS YOU HAVE gathered, BMT’s main focus is helping investors claim maximum property depreciation deductions. Yet as Chris Lang recommends, we also recognise the importance for property investors to have their own team of trusted experts in place. [Read more…]

Latest Information on the CBD Office Scene


LAST WEEK, the Property Council of Australia released its 6-monthly update on the national Office Market to January 2018. And a few interesting things emerged. [Read more…]

The Importance of Due Diligence When Buying Commercial Property


FIRSTLY, LET’S DEFINE what Due Diligence really means. And then, you need to understand when you should actually consider an in-depth Due Diligence study. [Read more…]

New Depreciation Legislation for Australian Property Investors


IN ONE OF THE most dramatic changes to property depreciation legislation in more than 15 years, Parliament has passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 as at Wednesday 15th November 2017, with the Bill now legislation.

The new legislation means owners of second-hand residential properties (where contracts exchanged after 7:30pm on the 9th of May 2017) will be ineligible to claim depreciation on plant and equipment assets, such as air conditioning units, solar panels or carpet.

The good news is that there are still thousands of dollars to be claimed by Australian property investors, as there has been no change to capital works deductions – a claim available for the structure of a building and fixed assets such as doors, basins, windows or retaining walls.

These deductions typically make up between 85% to 90% of an investor’s total claimable amount.

In the Past …

Previously, existing depreciation legislation will be “grandfathered” – which means investors who already made a purchase prior to this date can continue to claim depreciation deductions as per before.

Investors who purchase brand new residential properties and commercial owners or tenants, who use their property for the purposes of carrying on a business, are also unaffected.

Owners of second-hand properties who exchanged after 7:30pm on the 9th of May 2017 will still be able to claim depreciation for plant and equipment assets they purchase and directly incur an expense on.

To read more about the new depreciation legislation and how this applies to a range of property investment scenarios, download our comprehensive white paper document Essential facts: 2017 Budget changes and property depreciation.

Bottom Line: It’s more important than ever to work with a specialist Quantity Surveyor to ensure that all deductions are identified and claimed correctly under the new legislation.

Each and every BMT Tax Depreciation Schedule will be tailored to suit an individual’s property investment scenario, ensuring that all deductions are maximised.

Pop-up Shops are Becoming Far More Common


THE RETAIL LANDSCAPE is altering and evolving – being partially driven by the changing expectations, wants and needs of today’s consumers. And the rise of the ‘pop-up’ shop is one example of this. [Read more…]

How the Economic Machine Really Works

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MY BACKGROUND TRAINING is as an economist. And yet, trying to explain such things in an easy-to-understand way can often prove rather difficult.

Australia has been more fortunate than most countries emerging from the GFC. And yet, there seems to be a certain complacency regarding our economic well-being. [Read more…]

Tenancies, Leases, Business Types … How They Relate To Your Loan Applications

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IN COMPARISON to the residential market, lending applications for commercial investment loans require a far greater scrutiny on the reliability of income from the property itself, often more so than that placed on the actual borrower.  [Read more…]