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As promised, we're sharing the key data from the episode, and we've left the data shared from the first interview down the bottom.
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On the show Veronica asked the average post purchase renovation spend on houses vs units. Here's what we found:

New Houses Established Houses New Units Established Units
Average Post Purchase

Renovation Value

$15,338.16 $65,506.87 $5,078.94 $27,404.81

Some of the data mentioned on the show:

Percentage of investors buying a new dwelling: 49.6% (up from 23.9% in 2016/17)

Investorys occupying their property prior to rental: 25.7%

Investor puchase types 2019:
House 37.5% (down from 43.2% in 16/17)
Units 33.7% (down from 47.2% in 16/17)
Townhouses 13.6% (up from 6.3% in 16/17

Average Development sizes:
2016 – 61.53 units
2017 – 70.59 units
2018 – 96.91 units
2019 – 83.26 units (Opal Towers Dec 2018, June 2019 Mascot Towers)
2020 – 72.38 units

Buying New:
49.6% of people bought a brand new dwelling in the April 2019 to Dec 2019 period – So new dwellings are certainly popular with investors
71.5% bought OR built a new dwelling in the same period (28.5) established – A lot of investors build a new investment property, so the numbers are quite high for “brand new”

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The data we shared from our first 1000 sample on the previous episode is below:

From our analysis of 1,000 of our residential reports:

Type of residential investment
1              43.1% of investors buy/build a house
2              8.5% townhouse or duplex
3              47.3% a unit
4              38.2% of all investors buy brand new

1              68 is the ave. number of units in the development for investors that purchase a unit
2              Ave purchase price is $539,570
3              43% are bought new (204/473) compared to 26.2% for new houses (drops to 7.3% if we exclude properties where the client engages the builder directly)

Depreciation Deductions
1              Ave first year deductions $9,415
2              over first 5 years it's $38,388
3              ave total deductions over 40 years $192,159

Let's get real
With Ave deductions of $9,415 here's what you'd get back in your pocket (source: ATO Calculator)
On an income of 200k you'll get $4,237 back in your pocket
150k is $3,484 in your pocket
100k is the same
50k is $3,060 in your pocket

Budget Changes (9/5/2017)
38.2 % of schedules are on brand new properties*
69.9% of the properties were built after div43 cut-off date 16/9/1987
Of all pre 87 properties, 63.8% have been renovated to an ave value of $39,191
83.9% of investors would still have been recommended a schedule from our modelling

Div 40 vs Div 43
Post budget we analysed 100 schedules, ave value of 1st year deductions was $11,628
the div 40 component was $6,870, div 43 is $4,758
investors lose 59% of first year deductions from the budget changes

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