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…]

Accounting Tips for Commercial Property

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AS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY investors, managing your finances can be one of the most important aspects of ownership. No matter how many buildings you own, you still have to run your business and finances accordingly. [Read more…]

Why Shopping Centre Owners Should Try on Depreciation for Size

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THE FACE OF RETAIL has changed dramatically in recent years.

With the rise of online shopping, the arrival of international brands, climbing rents and challenging economic conditions … some shopping centres (and retail landlords) have started to feel the pinch as these factors affect their bottom line. [Read more…]

Is Retail Disruption Feeding An Industrial Surge?

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IN THEIR LAST article, BMT Tax Depreciation took a look at the attractive tax benefits available for you, as an industrial property investor.

However, let’s explore a little further the disruptive influence of Amazon and eBay upon retailers. And how that is having a growing impact on industrial property. [Read more…]

You Can Turn Your Mortgage into an Asset

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DO YOU VIEW your mortgages as liabilities or assets? The way you look at it can actually determine your financial success.

People often think that debt is bad and you should repay your loan as soon as possible. However, the truth is, some debt is good if used to own appreciating assets. [Read more…]

Is There an Industrial Property Revolution?

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IF YOU HAVE ever bought something online, you probably haven’t put much thought into the detailed process from purchase to delivery.

With the rise of online retailers such as Amazon, this process has become very systematic and sophisticated using a mix of advanced technology and human labour to pick, pack and send orders.

This process usually takes place within an industrial warehouse. [Read more…]