Deductions & Depreciation for all – Why the kids are doing OK

Depreciation & Deductions

Like any good analytical thinker, I love to hypothesise. Some think it’s a character flaw, whereas I – and those of my quantity surveying ilk – enjoy nothing more than ingesting data, extrapolating the assumptions and producing a conclusion. I was thinking about the recent federal election and the discussions put forward pre-poll day about…

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Our predictions – Property Market Scorecard for 2017 and 2018

Property Market

What a year property has had in 2017. We’ve seen some double-digit growth in major capital city markets and a big move from APRA in the investor lending space. We’ve also written extensively about changes to depreciation. There’s also been plenty of debate about foreign investors and housing affordability. So, what did the numbers show…

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Plant & Equipment Depreciation Changes – 2017 Budget Measures


The announced budget changes by the treasurer Scott Morrison, effectively take a sledgehammer to residential depreciation legislation that hasn’t really changed since 2006. The Reserve Bank only has a blunt instrument to work with, in changing the cash rate to curb/stimulate inflation, but fiscal policy can be far more nuanced. The Government opted against a…

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Inside a 2.5 million dollar northern beaches holiday home

Northern Beaches

There are certain pockets of Australia we find ourselves coming back to alot, and fortunately one of those places is Bynya Road, Palm Beach. We were engaged to prepare a capital allowance & tax depreciation schedule on this stunning holiday home. Estate agent Amethyst McKee described the property as a “charming timber and sandstone home…

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An inside look into a landmark lakeside lodge

The Clan Terrigal

November was a busy month here at MCG, and one particular report kept us pretty busy. For anyone that’s ever been to Terrigal on the NSW central coast, you couldn’t help but have noticed a little place called ‘The Clan.’ Here you can see it perfectly positioned along the entrance to Terrigal, just a sand spit away…

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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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Average Depreciation for Port Macquarie Home

Residential Deductions

Last month we looked at some depreciation deductions for a typical unit in Sydney. We chose a rather average unit and this month we’ll be doing the same with a house in Bonny Hills, which is near Port Macquarie. It’s easy to pick an eight million dollar unit and talk about how fantastic the deductions…

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What will a new kitchen do for you?

New Kitchen

What will a new kitchen do for you?Updating a kitchen can be a fantastic way to increase both your rental yield and the capital value of your investment property. We’re often asked what a new kitchen will do for depreciation deductions. Ignoring any scrapping component discussed in the adjacent article, let’s take a look at…

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Which terms in real estate ads result in higher prices?

Real Estate Adds

In a recent study in Canada by a Professor Paul Anglin, an analysis of the language used in real-estate ads shows that certain words are strongly correlated with the final sale price of a house. Surprisingly words like ‘charming’, ‘spacious’ and ‘fantastic’ do not equate to a higher sale price. The study dissected the wording…

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