Interest Rate Rises …
Are they a Good Sign?

The RBA’s decision on interest rates yesterday came about because of what’s happening here in Australia, rather than in Europe.

It has been made against the backdrop of our exporters having recently extracted massive price hikes for iron or in coal, as a result of China’s strong growth.

Since the global turmoil started in 2008, the $A has climbed by nearly 55% against the $US — and just over 40% against our other key trading partners.

RBA Logic

RBA Logic

This has more or less offset the rise in Australia’s local retail prices, through a sharp decline in the cost of imported items — like electrical goods, clothing, footwear and furniture.

As a result, the NAB’s business confidence index stands firmly positive for the third consecutive quarter. And even more importantly, actually improved throughout the last quarter.

h2. How will this affect Commercial Property?
[Read more…]

“Things Can Change So Quickly”

Share of Trade

Share of Trade

Have you stopped to think just how things have changed over the past 25 years?

Just take a look at the global trade figures for the United States, Japan, Germany and Britain.

After the United States, China is now the world’s largest economy. However, it is currently the largest exporter; while being the second-largest importer.

Here’s a cunning question you might care to pose at your next dinner party.
[Read more…]

Your Baby-Boomer Opportunity!

Whenever you go through a major structural change within society or the economy … opportunities will always emerge.

But you’ll find that Baby Boomers won’t be retiring — well, not in the conventional sense. Most will leave their long-time employment, to establish some type of small consultancy business.

In the past, many well-known firms simply evolved as a result of one generation following the next into the family business.

Traditional Family Business

Traditional Family Business

Invariably, sons (and even daughters) left school to join their parent’s firm. It was a handy way to ensure easy succession; and stood Australia in good stead throughout the 1900s. [Read more…]

“How Baby Boomers affect
your Commercial Property”

Last week, you hopefully gained a clearer understanding of the timing (and impact) Baby Boomers will have on Residential property, until around 2025.

Most people probably feel all this would have little or no impact on Commercial property.

And for some of you, that might be true. But I suspect there are many Boomers, where the effect could be quite devastating.

And here is the reason why [Read more…]

What about the Baby-Boomer Effect?

Yesterday, the Federal government released Australia’s third Inter-generational Report.

And about five years ago, I came out with a somewhat startling statement:

“If you haven’t sold your traditional family home by 2010-11 … you had better be prepared to hold it until 2025 — because there simply won’t be a market for it!”

Chatswood ... Sydney

Chatswood … Sydney

And given the recent surge in home sales (particularly in Sydney and Melbourne) over the past 6 months … you would be excused for thinking my prediction might be way off the mark. [Read more…]

Australian Commercial Property is Runnning Its Own Race

Unlike the US and Europe, Australia has not suffered a banking crisis. Therefore, our banking system is still capable of providing credit for normal growth.

With the US unemployment rate approaching 10%, this will delay any quick turnaround for the Commercial property sector.

Decoupling from the US

Decoupling from the US

As you would expect, there is a strong correlation between high unemployment, tenancy contractions and falling commercial property prices. And as a result, a reluctance by banks to provide credit.
[Read more…]

Thankfully, The RBA Displayed
The Courage of Its Convictions

Clearly, many households and first home buyers will have reason to complain … but someone had to step up and show leadership. And it certainly wasn’t going to be the Labor Party.

The RBA's Reasons for Increasing Rates

The RBA's Reasons for Increasing Rates

By increasing the official cash rate from 3% to 3.25%, the RBA has signalled its intention to ensure Australia’s financial future remains the envy of the world.

Rather than simply basking in the recent praise from the IMF and other G20 members.
[Read more…]

The Time Has Now Come …

h3. “And I decided to Make the Move, as of 1 July!”

You would already be aware … that I merged the entire business of Gardner & Lang with GrayJohnson, in May 2005.

And that simply occurred because I was becoming “stretched far too thin”, trying to provide the level of service that you (as my Clients) deserved.

From then until June 2009 … I have headed up their Acquisition Division, for Clients wanting to purchase Commercial property.

Property Edge Logo

Property Edge Logo

However, I have now left GrayJohnson and set up Property Edge Australia … to “help you turn Commercial Property opportunities into Solid Profit”.
[Read more…]

CBD Office Shortage Looming for Melbourne

h3. And Rentals are Set to Rise …

The recent boom period saw prime Office rentals in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth hit the $1,000 per sq metre mark. However, they have fallen dramatically from that peak, since mid-2008

Meanwhile, Melbourne has remained steady at around $750 per sq metre — mainly because most of its new development has occurred in pre-committed medium-rise buildings, within the Docklands precinct.
[Read more…]

Depreciation : 4 Myths Keeping You From
Maximising Your Secret Tax Advantage

Capture The Benefits

Capture The Benefits

Depreciation is probably the most under-used weapon to legitimately shelter a significant portion of your property income.

And as a Commercial Investor, you really do have an unfair advantage over somebody investing in only residential property.

Therefore, let’s now set about dispelling a few of the common Myths concerning Depreciation.
[Read more…]

Bring along your Friend, Spouse or Partner?

The question has been raised as to whether you could bring along a “significant other” with you to attend the full-day Workshop on Saturday 4 April?

And over the years, I’ve found some of the most successful results have been achieved when people act as an Investment team. So, the answer is a resounding … “Yes!

But given the turbulent times, I’m happy to play my part in helping you out.

Simply enrol yourself and you can then bring along your “Investment Partner” absolutely FREE.

That’s how serious I am about seeing you gain the upper hand in the current market.