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.
As the population ages and property prices rise rise, equity in owner homes has more potential as a significant source of ‘retirement income’. But an ASIC report highlights complexities in reverse mortgages not well understood.
As interest rates remain low and foreign buyers come looking for assets, listed property has performed well, but asset allocators can move in and out of the sector based on other factors.
The tightening of credit conditions for home lending driven by the Royal Commission has not fully translated into aggregate statistics, and the slowdown may already be worse than we realise.
SMSFs are being targeted by property marketers, but is a single, illiquid investment a good super strategy, with its associated leverage? ASIC is worried SMSF trustees are not seeing the full picture, so we went looking.
In 2017, significant changes were made to property depreciation legislation. Residential property investors and owners should become familiar with how the changes will affect their current and future assets.
An SMSF can buy business real property and lease it to a member and the laws and processes are clear. The rent paid is classed as income from the investment rather than a contribution from the member.
In certain limited circumstances, especially relating to Business Real Property, it is possible for an SMSF to acquire property from a member but check the rules carefully to avoid penalties.
New technologies are transforming the property industry. While many have recognised this trend, they haven’t yet developed a business strategy based on this transformation.
Economic growth and interest rates affect housing prices, but political decisions around zoning, migration, and taxes are also strong influences. Overall, the current climate suggests a much slower growth in house prices.
Non-residential real estate performed strongly in 2017, but much of this return came from cap rate (yield) compression. Going forward, investors will need to focus more on income growth and sector allocation.
When it comes to company floats or IPOs, sellers know much more about the business than buyers, so before getting caught up in the euphoria of a new listing, consider what it is they know that you don’t.
The property market is far from homogeneous, and investors should consider different impacts on residential, office and retail sectors. Is Myer a bellwether for retail changes?
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.