Seeds of Opportunity Emerge from the Turmoil

IT MAY SURPRISE YOU to learn that new businesses grew at a record rate during the last financial year. And that’s because COVID-19 served up a whole host of new opportunities among the economic turmoil.

Apparently, there were 365,500 new start-ups along with 277,700 established businesses closing shop – delivering a net gain of 87,800 new businesses.

As encouraging as that may sound, these newcomers will face challenges going forward – given they began in a climate of low interest rates and government support.

Nonetheless, they will clearly add to the demand for suburban office space – as workers seek to avoid the grind of a long daily commute.

Add to that the large CBD firms currently decanting whole departments out to the suburbs – to also be closer to where their employees live.

Bottom Line: Every change (however disruptive) brings with it seeds of opportunity. Sometimes these are hard to recognise – but highly profitable, for those who do.

Commercial Property Outlook

THERE HAS BEEN much talk about Commercial Property emerging post-Covid. So, let’s quickly explore just how things are likely to unfold. [Read more…]

What are commercial plant and equipment depreciation deductions?

WHEN YOUR SPECIALIST QUANTITY SURVEYOR tells you that you can claim depreciation on almost anything, they mean it. [Read more…]

When Buying … Why Would You Accept a Passing Yield Lower Than Market Level?

ON THE FACE OF IT … there’s no logical reason why you would.

Unless of course, you were intending to occupy the property when the current lease expires. In which case, the initial low rental is really of little (or no) importance to you. [Read more…]

Handling Depreciation for Commercial Mixed-use Developments

YOU WILL FIND Commercial properties come in all shapes and sizes.

Office towers, warehouses, the local café, and farms are all examples of commercial properties. The flexibility and sheer size of commercial properties can offer investors the opportunity to own mixed-use commercial property.  [Read more…]

Tenders Due to Close on Thursday 27 May

This Property offers you a really “clean” Opportunity

It’s just one Building … with one Title… and one ASX-backed Tenant … paying $435,000 per annum NET – which is due to increase to $452,400 per annum in September this year.

Simonds Homes has taken out a fresh 5-year lease … with a 6-month Bank Guarantee. [Read more…]

Commercial Depreciation and Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is one of the more complex areas of tax legislation.

WHILE MOST INVESTORS just imagine a large tax bill, it isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ result for every business and commercial property owner. 

So, let’s perhaps explore this in a little more detail. [Read more…]

Why is Everyone Surprised at Our Speedy Recovery?

IF YOU REMEMBER back to last May and June of last year, I explained that the economic decline caused by COVID was quite different from any other recessions.

What we experienced was a Medical Crisis with economic implications. As opposed to a total collapse of the Financial System – as you experienced during the GFC. [Read more…]

Retail Sector Still Struggles

ONLINE SHOPPING boomed during the lockdown. However, smaller retail outlets in strip centres and malls are actually struggling.

A recent study showed 37% of some 10,000 tenancies are run by small business owners – with just 1 to 3 outlets. And they mostly comprise food, health and beauty. [Read more…]

How Will COVID Affect CBD Office Vacancy Rates?

IN LATE JANUARY, the Property Council of Australia released its 6-monthly summary of CBD vacancy rates around Australia.

And not surprisingly, there has been an increase across the board – following a slow return of office work, as a result of COVID. [Read more…]

Do You Really Understand The Fundamentals of Commercial Depreciation?

AS YOU’RE PROBABLY aware, BMT Tax Depreciation has been providing depreciation services to commercial owners and tenants for over 20 years.

During this time, their team has ensured these businesses maximise these returns by claiming millions in tax deductions.

Despite being the only non-cash deduction you have available, many investors are not making the most of the opportunity – or in some cases, not even claiming it at all. [Read more…]