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Six warning bells against property spruikers

Property spruikers use common techniques, and con men will increasingly target older people who feel they do not have enough financial independence for their retirement years.

Seven property depreciation tips for EOFY

An important part of the economics of property investment is claiming tax deductions for depreciation of plant, equipment and buildings, and a qualified expert should perform the assessment.

Labor policies and the impact on housing

Labor's proposed policies on negative gearing and capital gains may come at a time when residential property is already weak, and it's unlikely to make buying a property easier for first-home buyers.

Australia tops Asia-Pacific for property investment

Melbourne and Sydney rank well among Asian commercial property markets, with relatively high yields, constrained supply and changing use of industrial property driving demand.

How will Labor’s negative gearing rules apply?

Confirmation that Labor's proposals on negative gearing will apply not only to investment property but all investments will require a rethink on many tax management strategies.

Residential exuberance usually ends in tears

An industry veteran told clients last week that demand for investment property has fallen off a cliff, and even price discounts were not shifting stock. Take great care what you buy.

6 ways to manage investment property loan serviceability

As a consequence of the Royal Commission, banks have tightened their lending criteria, especially for loan serviceability. Here are some practical ways to improve your investment loan application.

How state charges can kill investment returns

Want a city car space for $35,000? Property investors face a never-ending stream of costs, and while some are well-known, state government charges often fly under the radar until the bill comes in.

The meaning of life and real estate portfolio construction

Most simple questions in investing disguise a myriad of complex issues. Here are 11 questions that should be asked before investment in a real estate portfolio can be pursued.

Four tips on what makes a good commercial property

Direct investment in a commercial property often comes with unique risks not associated with a diversified portfolio, such as the exposure to a single tenant and special lease conditions.

Institutional investment in affordable housing one step closer

Successful affordable housing initiatives in the UK and indications from Australian institutional investors that they would invest in a similar scheme here are encouraging developments.

Negative gearing doubts and ATO watches home purchasers

Housing affordability is a political no-go zone although the longer term survival of negative gearing is doubtful. The ATO is keeping a close watch on agents to check whether property is selling to foreign investors.

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Retirees facing steep increases for basic items

ASFA has updated its tables on how much money is needed for a 'comfortable' or 'modest' lifestyle in retirement, but there are some prices rising well ahead of inflation.

Let’s stop calling them ‘bond proxies’

With cash and term deposit rates at all-time lows, and fixed interest bonds not much better, investors are looking for ‘bond proxies’ to deliver more income. But is ‘proxy’ a misnomer, and what are they anyway?

Adele Ferguson on ‘Banking Bad’ and weaving magic

The journalist most responsible for the calling of the Royal Commission takes care not to be roped in by everyone with a complaint to push. It takes experienced judgement to gather the right information.

Six warning bells against property spruikers

Property spruikers use common techniques, and con men will increasingly target older people who feel they do not have enough financial independence for their retirement years.

Helping your children build their super

It has become more difficult to build large superannuation balances with contribution caps and more people paying off home loans for longer. How can wealthy parents help their adult children?

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