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Easing of Lending Restrictions

With the handing down of the Federal Budget last week there is much to digest and indeed the path to economic recovery is a long one; however, the government have been widely praised for their handling of the pandemic, particularly in regard to stimulus packages aimed at keeping the economy moving, and the JobKeeper payments enabling employers to retain staff.

One of the real game changers, in term of stimulus emerged … Read the full post »

Make Your Spring Garden Shine!

Whether you are on a house block or have a small courtyard garden in a duplex or townhouse; spring is the season for planting and growth, and as the weather warms up and the sunshine sparkles just the little bit brighter – our gardens just love spring as much as we do!

One of the keys to a great spring garden is soil.  The more nutrient-rich the soil, the more your … Read the full post »

Market Sentiment QLD

The Queensland real estate industry body, the REIQ, have been carefully monitoring not only the state property market in the wake of the COVID19 global pandemic, but also consumer sentiment across Queensland regarding consumer confidence in recovery and general outlook.

Whilst there is evidence property prices have dropped nationally by 2%; Queensland has fared somewhat better overall with a 0.3% drop, and the Sunshine Coast, very much a lifestyle-driven regional market, … Read the full post »

Queensland Sticking to Original Moratorium

The Queensland state government has announced that it will stick with the original deadline of the eviction moratorium for residential tenants. Under the announcement, the moratorium, which is applied to residential tenants suffering an income loss of at least 25% amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will be lifted by the end of the month.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said Queensland’s economy is faring better than other states, making it ideal to … Read the full post »

Home Loans Surge…

Queensland’s ‘The Courier-Mail’ published on September 9th that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that new home loan commitments in July 2020 rose 8.9% compared with June; this is the largest month-on-month rise in new home loan activity ever recorded by the ABS.

Why is this happening?  Well, it is driven by a few factors, from the easing of restrictions (in most states), continual historic low interest rates, along with … Read the full post »

Buying an Investment Property at Auction

When looking for a property to commence or add to your investment portfolio, are you put off by Auction properties?  What are the benefits and challenges? Certainly, compared to private treaty sales, you are bidding against other potential buyers, with the winner the highest bidder; this competitive environment sometimes creates fear in investors of overpaying.  How do you avoid this?  Below are some tips to help you navigate the auction … Read the full post »

New or Old?

When it comes time to consider investing in property, many discussions arise around the question of the benefits of purchasing new, as opposed to old.  Which is better, particularly from a depreciation point of view? Whilst there is no black or white answer, generally if you are focused on capital allowance deductions then new is the way to go.

Why new?  What are the benefits?

The main benefit of buying a new … Read the full post »

Demand for Lifestyle Regions on the UP!

The media is flooded with stories, mostly negative, about the Covid19 virus and its impact on the national economy – particularly focused on employment, business confidence, and diminishing international migration so critical to growing our economy, particularly in the property development sector.

However, amidst all this doom and gloom, there have been some interesting and quite positive trends emerging that are really starting to gain traction and the attention of industry … Read the full post »

First Time Property Investors: Tips for Rookies – Part II

Last week we spoke about four key factors to consider when purchasing an investment property: capital growth, cash flow, tax benefits, and accelerated growth.    This week we will talk about location and professional advice.

Location

You are all familiar with the real estate mantra ‘location, location, location’.  Location is a key factor that can make or break a property investment.

Question: How do you get it right?

Answer:  Research.

You need to find out about … Read the full post »

First Time Property Investors: Tips for Rookies

Property investment is not for the faint-hearted, it is a big decision, and like all investment that involves significant amounts of capital outlay or borrowing; it is not without risk.  However, it is also one of the most solid and proven ways of growing your wealth, and generally involves less risk than the stock market and other capital ventures that can deliver strong returns in short periods of time.  A … Read the full post »

Regional Housing Market and COVID-19

Whilst the unfolding events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to escalate in Victoria, along with pockets of outbreak in New South Wales; Queensland is still faring very well in comparison, and our state government continues to monitor the situation closely.

The million-dollar question is ‘what impact is this having on the property market’?  Well, there has been a noticeable slowdown in Victoria in particular, as well as a drop in prices.  … Read the full post »

Investment Property Depreciation: How Does It Work?

Investment property depreciation can save investors thousands of dollars each year, minimising your tax and maximising your cash flow.  Depreciation is classed as a non-cash deduction, meaning that investors do not need to spend any money in order to claim it.

Below is a basic summation of what property depreciation is and how it works.   

What is property depreciation?

As a property ages, its structure, and the assets within it wear out … Read the full post »

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