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…]

7 Ways to Add Value Fast

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES are mainly seen as a longer-term (at least 3-year) investment. And you tend to buy them for their regular, high yields; as well as for some good capital growth over time.

Even so, an investor with a little knowledge and experience can easily find properties able to be “upgraded” and then, on-sold for a quick gain.

Typically, this would involve you in improving the income stream from your property; and perhaps the security of that income. Both of which would result in a boost to the property’s overall appeal AND value.

Your Options for a Fast Turnaround [Read more…]

The Very Serious Taxation Consequences of Having a Non-Complying SMSF

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IN PART 1, you discovered the main breaches that lead to non-compliance. This article outlines the very ugly tax consequences of being labelled non-compliant by the ATO.

Taxation Penalties

SMSFs are subject to income tax but receive concessional treatment — provided they are complying funds.

A complying SMSF’s assessable income is generally taxed at a rate of 15%. BUT for a non-complying fund the rate is 45%. [Read more…]

Floor Loading Traps: Part 2

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IN PART 1, you saw how changing the use of a property can affect the loading requirements — and what it can cost you.

Read on to find out who is actually responsible for determining floor loading, Australian Standards, and how to protect yourself. [Read more…]

Floor Loadings can often be A Trap for the Unwary

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

YOU MAY KNOW that floor loadings differ depending upon the intended use of the floor — but it is not that simple.

Floor Loading Requirements

The imposed loading on a office/commercial use building is generally 3 Kpa (3000 kg per sqm). And a residential use building is 1.5 Kpa (1500 kg per sqm).

Therefore, if you plan on converting a Commercial property to residential — the floor is capable to withstand the higher loads and meet the requirements. [Read more…]

Getting All The Adjustments Correct at Settlement

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IN THE CONVEYANCING stage, before settlement, the vendor and purchaser adjust the purchase price to deal with the following matters:

  • Periodic payments of all statutory outgoings (such items as council rates, water rates and land tax); plus …
  • Rent and outgoings payable by a tenant under a lease. [Read more…]

Part 2: More About Your Loan Security

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IN THE LAST article, you read about two different types of security that lenders can take other than the mortgage. They were “Fixed and Floating Charges” and “Personal Guarantees”.

However, there are a few other forms of security that you should be aware of before entering into any agreements. Read on to find out more. [Read more…]

What Creates Security for Your Loan?

Loan-Security

WHEN YOU TAKE out a property secured loan, you understand that a lender will register a mortgage against the property that is being secured.

However, typically, when you read through actual loan agreements, the mortgage is just one part of the security that is taken.

In this article, we will be looking at some of the other types of security that lenders will typically request when applying for a loan. [Read more…]

How to Claim Depreciation on Your Older Commercial Properties


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ARE YOU FAILING to take advantage of the depreciation deductions available on your property because you believe your property is too old to warrant making a claim?

Your assumption is wrong and you could be missing out on valuable deductions. [Read more…]

Beware of Latent Conditions or Undocumented Scopes

Latent Conditions

ARE YOU AWARE of your latent condition or scope of work costs? If you are investing or developing you should have contingency funding set aside for these expenses.

Latent Conditions

Latent conditions can take many forms. You should know what kinds of latent conditions exist so you have a better picture of the possible rectification costs of these issues. [Read more…]