Where to Now for Retailing?

A RECENT REPORT (prepared by CBRE) explains the changes being forced upon traditional retailers by the growing level of online and customer direct activity.

As such, they are predicting the need for a much improved in-store experience over the next decade – if bricks-and-mortar retailers are to remain competitive.

Static shop window displays will need to be replaced with ever-changing virtual showrooms – to attract and keep customers interested. [Read more…]

Capital City Office Markets

THE CBD VACANCY rate for Sydney currently sits at 4.1%. And for Melbourne, it’s now at 3.8%.

As you would expect, overseas events have caused some hesitancy in the market. And the Sydney CBD can be rather sensitive to the global economy.

That said, recent reports show local business confidence growing – with stability appearing to return, after the recent election. [Read more…]

Likely Impact of the US/China Trade War on Property

ACCORDING TO JP MORGAN, the expected trade war should only shave about 0.07% off Australia’s GDP over the next couple of years. [Read more…]

The Pendulum Has Swung

WHAT AN AMAZING election result … although, I had always felt it would be a lot closer than everyone thought. Now many people are now asking how the pollsters could have got it so wrong?

In actual fact, they weren’t that far out. Rather, it was more a heavy bias in media coverage which fanned the Labor fever.

So, How DID the Coalition Manage to Win?

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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…]

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…]

The Future for Retail Investment Property

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OVER THE PAST few years, you will have observed my caution towards purchasing retail property as a worthwhile investment. This is basically been the case since the global financial crisis – when consumers began tightening their belts. [Read more…]

4 Tax Tips for Commercial Property Investors

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AS THE END of the financial year approaches, commercial property players should know their tax implications – especially first-time commercial property investors, who need to be aware of the key differences for owners and tenants. [Read more…]

Underquoting Laws Change

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UNDERQUOTING can take place whenever a real estate agent misleads a potential buyer about the likely selling price of a property – be it for commercial or residential real estate.

For example: When a property is promoted at a price that is lower than its estimated selling price, the seller’s asking price or at a price that the seller has already rejected. [Read more…]

Foreign Resident CGT Withholding Regime

ON 25 FEBRUARY 2016, Parliament passed a new foreign resident capital gains tax withholding regime.

The regime applies to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2016; and is intended to assist the Commissioner of Taxation in the collection of the CGT payable by foreign residents.

Under the regime, a 10% non-final withholding tax will apply to foreign residents on the disposal of relevant taxable Australian property.

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Federal Budget 2016: You and Your Super

SUPERANNUATION, yes, it's still tax free. However, it comes with changes in that if you have more than $1.6m in superannuation at retirement, the amount over those earnings (not the withdrawals) will not be tax free from July 2017.

Not all bad news, as the bits above $1.6m still receive low concessional tax rates (10 or 15%). And, in most cases, it is far better than being taxed outside of superannuation.

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