Finance

The cost of buying an investment property

Posted on November 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments
Are you thinking about buying an investment property? If the answer’s yes, listen up. While buying an investment property is a great first step to take in future-proofing your wealth, it’s important to know exactly how much the endeavour will set you back before you get too carried away. As with any property purchase, you’ll have to spend more than just the cost of the dwelling in order to secure the premises. Some of the...

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StanChoosing the right ownership structure

Posted on November 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments
One definition of the term “structure” is “something built or constructed, as a building, bridge or dam”. Ironic, then, that as property investors we use the term “structure” to define how we arrange our property investment portfolios. Like a building, our investment portfolios need to have a good structure… otherwise they’ll topple down on our heads! The structure we establish will depend upon a variety of things: our personal situations; our goals; our financial and...

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The tax implications of subdividing your backyard

Posted on April 16, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Subdividing your PPOR (principal place of residence) is a strategy we often get asked about. If you’re thinking about going down this path, there’s a lot to consider before making your decision. By Pat Mannix and Rebecca Mackie There are many different strategies with different outcomes, depending on whether you’re planning to sell the part with the house, or the vacant land, or build and move in, build and rent out or build and sell...

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EXPOSED: How Banks Manipulate Property Values

Posted on April 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment
by Brian White I’ve been involved in the property industry for 25 years (as a mortgage broker, real estate agent and investor). In recent times,flawed valuations have become a significant source of complaint, with manyagents advising that valuers are routinely undervaluing property and causing contracts to fall over. Buyers also accuse builders and developers of overpricing property, resulting in low valuations and contracts being terminated. While these scenarios do occur,the hidden culprit is often the type of...

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Size Matters When It Comes To Defaulting On A Home Loan

Posted on December 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment
An article by Clancy Yeates Bad housing loans will increase one day, and bankers say that many of the loans that will go bad are probably being written now, when interest rates are so low. Australian borrowers are a fortunate bunch. Unlike households overseas, they’ve managed to avoid the wave of painful mortgage defaults that have brought other economies to their knees. Indeed, local banks say the share of people falling behind on their mortgage...

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Converting Your Home to an Investment

Posted on November 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments
Shannon Molloy, deputy editor of Australian Property Investor Magazine, has posted a commendably detailed and informative article on-line on the above topic. Discover what the legal and tax implications are, he writes, when converting your family home into an investment property: Whether you’re taking off overseas for a holiday or new job, moving interstate or buying a new house elsewhere, it’s probably crossed your mind to rent out your current family home rather than sell...

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Property advice regulation and legislation is not enough to protect consumers

Posted on October 24, 2013 by | 1 Comment
If the past 10-15 years in real estate has taught us anything, it’s that no amount of regulation and legislation can protect consumers from bad advice or crooks hell-bent on ripping them off. The 1990s was the era of the get-rich-quick seminar, when tens of thousands of Australians were duped by two-tier marketeers, seminar gurus and others into paying inflated prices for badly-located real estate or grossly over-priced “mentoring” services. Eventually, the level of consumer...

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Rent all that’s left of shredded dream

Posted on October 14, 2013 by | 0 Comments
It’s a worldwide phenomenon called ”Generation Rent” – and it has landed in Australia. While the term is used internationally to describe the wave of people in their 20s and 30s who will never be able to afford to own homes, a report has found that permanent renting is becoming a way of life for Australians of all ages. Families, older people and young people are all increasingly being locked out of home ownership, says...

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Demand for home loans falls in August

Posted on October 14, 2013 by | 0 Comments
INVESTORS continued to elbow first-home buyers out of the property market in August, with the share of first time buyers taking out new home loans falling to its lowest level in almost 10 years. The number of housing loans fell almost 4 per cent to 49,900 from July to August, ending six straight months of rises, while the share of first-home buyers shrank from 14.7 per cent to 13.7 per, the lowest level since April...

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Borrowers Don’t Understand How Lenders Look At Them

Posted on October 11, 2013 by | 0 Comments
This isn’t what you want to hear when you make the trip to your bank, cap in hand, to ask for money. However it’s often what’s said. The main reason is that many borrowers don’t understand how lenders look at you and how they assess your worthiness. BY JANE SLACK-SMITH It comes down to a two things:  1.You  2.What you’re buying   Let me deal with the first component. Without getting over the initial hurdle...

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