Combined Capital City Dwelling Values up, led by Sydney & Melbourne

City Dwelling

Sydney and Melbourne continue to post strong results, showing a consistent 1% growth per month in dwelling values, with the sum of regional areas relatively flat. In Sydney and Melbourne, cumulative growth in dwelling values over the cycle (June 2012 to date) now stands at 64% in Sydney and 44% in Melbourne.This result highlights the…

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Investing with Super – Commercial Offices & Depreciation

Commercial Offices

According to the Australian Tax Office, close to 600,000 self-managed super funds are now in operation. Hardly surprising given the fairly ordinary results of retail super funds, the fallout from the GFC and the relaxation of SMSF rules in Australia. Clients purchasing property within their super fund are entitled to claim depreciation deductions, and we’re…

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Sydney leading the charge as dwelling values rise in May

Sydney Dwellings

Whilst month on month figures are a little haphazard, the last quarter has seen Sydney prices grow by 6.6% with Perth and Hobart the only capitals in negative territory. Our current property growth cycle comes to around 4 years now since May 2012 and values have risen 36.6% to May 2016. Sydney’s growth for this…

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Budget 16 Property & Tax Changes


Negative gearing has thankfully been ruled out as an area the coalition will be attacking to provide budget savings. Any policy which creates a disincentive to self-fund your retirement is a ludicrous one in our view. Not to mention the net tax result of a diminishing property market.   So what has changed in the…

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The questions we’re asked on a daily basis


Navigating the world of property depreciation can be a daunting task for property investors. Our aim is to simplify the process, eliminate the B.S. and arm investors with the knowledge they need to get the most out of their property. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good time to answer some…

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Negative Gearing and the Mum and Dad Investors

Negative Gearing

Much has been posited about the typical Australian property investor, especially their salary. According to the ATO, 67% of investors claiming rental interest deductions take home under $80,000 per year. At least as far back as 2014, the data has been pulled apart and commentators have asserted that the data is flawed. Their argument is…

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RBA Meeting Minutes March 2013 – Construction Activity

Construction Activity

The RBA’s March 2013 meeting minutes were issued today and with respect to the property market, the minutes stated “non-residential building approvals remained low and office vacancy rates had risen over recent quarters, reflecting softening demand for office space.” Members also observed that “dwelling construction activity had picked up further in the December quarter. Forward-looking indicators…

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Consumer House Price Expectations Index Moderates in January 2013

Consumer House Price

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer House Price Expectations Index moderated in January, all but reversing a spike in October. The Index indicated that 26.7% of respondents expect house prices to rise over the year ahead. This is a fall of 7.7pts from October, following a rise of 9.1pts between July and October. This reversal of consumer’s…

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