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Adelaide flies under the radar as one of our strongest capital city property markets: Hotspotting’s

Investors will be piling into the Adelaide market – just as soon as they read somewhere that there’s a boom in the South Australia capital. But not before. The only constant in the residential property market is that the herd mentality drives the actions of buyers and sellers. Adelaide right now is a strong value-for-money proposition, with one of the steadiest and most consistent markets in capital city Australia, underpinned by an economy that the experts have recognised as one of the nation’s best. But investors generally refuse to consider it. Adelaide flies under the radar screen, with many people clinging to the outdated notion that Adelaide and SA is a low-growth sort of place. But th

Annual Change In Capitals' Median Prices Restrained

The change in median dwelling price across most capital cities was moderate year-over-year, according to realestate.com.au’s April Property Outlook report. Sydney posted the sharpest annual drop at 8%, down to $830,000. Melbourne’s median price, meanwhile, declined 4.1% to $660,000. Perth (-3.9%), Darwin (-3.4%) and Brisbane (-0.9%) also reported price drops for the 12-month period. Hobart tracked the opposite direction, recording a steady increase of 5% growth to $425,000. Canberra and Adelaide prices also rose— up 0.9% and 0.8%, respectively. The property downturn is nowhere near the worst the Australian market has experienced. However, housing conditions in Sydney, Perth, and Darwin are s

ATO To Double Audits Of Rental Deductions

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announced that it would double the number of audits scrutinising rental deductions. ATO has made rental deductions a top priority in 2019, according to Assistant Commissioner Gavin Siebert. “A random sample of returns with rental deductions found that nine out of 10 contained an error. We are concerned about the extent of non-compliance in this area and will be looking very closely at claims this year,” he said. ATO’s detection methods have become more advanced. “We use a range of third-party information including data from financial institutions, property transactions and rental bonds from all states and territories, and online accommodation booking plat

BMT still finding an average of $8,212 in depreciation deductions

Many of Australia’s 2.1 million property investors are still missing out on thousands of dollars in tax deductions each year by failing to maximise or claim depreciation for their rental investments. While changes to depreciation legislation introduced on the 15th of November 2017, have impacted some investors, there are still thousands of dollars available to be claimed by property investors. Despite the changes, BMT Tax Depreciation are still finding clients an average of $8,212 in legitimate tax deductions during the 2017-2018 financial year for residential properties. Furthermore, owners of properties directly affected by the legislation changes, i.e. second-hand residential properties w

New research identifies housing markets where prices are 'set to soar'

Data from property marketing organisation Select Residential Property has listed the Australian suburbs that are best placed to experience a rise in property values across the next three years. Queanbeyan or Toowoomba may be the best places to escape Australia's housing downturn doom and gloom across the next couple of years, according to Select Residential Property. Data from the company has identified the top suburbs with median house prices of about $500,000 which are tipped to grow in value by up to $150,000 by 2022. The top-performing suburbs are located in the New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, with the Queanbeyan suburb of Karabar forecast to see the biggest three-year g

Adelaide Lures In More Investors

Adelaide is starting to attract more investors because of the city’s “great value dollar-for-dollar,” according to a report by news.com.au. CoreLogic’s first Quarterly Rental Review for 2019 showed that rental prices in South Australia’s capital are rising slowly but surely— up 0.8% over the March quarter and up 1.2% over the past year. The median weekly rent for a property in Adelaide is $386, making it the second cheapest rental city in Australia. Gross rental yields, meanwhile, have been unchanged over the year at 4.4%. News.com.au defined gross rental yield as a calculation designed to indicate rental return over a 12-month period by dividing annualised rent by median sales prices. Acro

Reno Focus: Unlock Equity

If you’re looking to build a healthy nest egg for your future, then investing in property can be a fantastic way to make a profit. Securing a property that requires some improvement, in the right location, could be your fast-ticket route to building a property portfolio in as little as five years. The secret to this property fast-track is a strategic renovation. A renovation is an excellent way to increase the value of a property at a faster rate than by simply hoping and praying that the market will naturally grow. So, what do you do with your property after your renovation is complete? Well, you leverage it to fund your future property investments. I saved $45,000 for my first deposit and

5 Complex Depreciation Rules Explained

What are the depreciation rules if you inherit a property? Can you still claim plant and equipment on a new build if it’s a few months old by the time you take possession? And what’s the story if you convert a PPOR into a rental? Tyron Hyde provides some answers... The dust has finally settled on the new legislation regarding changes to the way depreciation will apply to second-hand residential properties. In this article we will dig deep into some of the questions we have commonly been asked since 9 May 2017, when the changes were announced in the federal budget. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s begin with a quick recap. A property investor who acquires a second-hand residential p

PCA and REIA speak out after Labor announces start date for proposed negative gearing changes

Labor's announcement that January 1 will be the start date of its proposed negative gearing and capital gains tax changes has drawn condemnation from the Property Council of Australia and the Real Estate Institute of Australia. he Property Council of Australia and the Real Estate Institute of Australia have again voiced their disapproval to Labor's proposed changes negative gearing and capital gains tax after Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen announced January 1, 2020 as the date when the reform would come into effect. A week after welcoming a report from SQM showing the proposed impact of the changes, REIA president Adrian Kelly has used the release of further details from Mr Bowen to reiterate

New research identifies housing markets where prices are 'set to soar'

Data from property marketing organisation Select Residential Property has listed the Australian suburbs that are best placed to experience a rise in property values across the next three years. Queanbeyan or Toowoomba may be the best places to escape Australia's housing downturn doom and gloom across the next couple of years, according to Select Residential Property. Data from the company has identified the top suburbs with median house prices of about $500,000 which are tipped to grow in value by up to $150,000 by 2022. The top-performing suburbs are located in the New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, with the Queanbeyan suburb of Karabar forecast to see the biggest three-year g

Perth and Adelaide revealed to have most affordable rents

CoreLogic's Quarterly Rental Review for 2019 has shown that national weekly rents have risen by 1 per cent during the first three months of the year. Perth is the most affordable capital city to rent a property in, according to new research from CoreLogic. Released on Monday, the CoreLogic Quarterly Rental Review for 2019 tracks median rents and rental yields across Australia, revealing Perth to have median rent of $385. It is closely followed by Adelaide, which has a median weekly rent of $386. At a glance: CoreLogic has released its first Quarterly Rental Review for 2019, showing rents have risen by 1 per cent during the first three months of this year. Sydney is the most expensive capital

Most capital cities have now seen values fall below their peak

With the housing market weakening over the past few years, most capital cities have experienced dwelling value falls with a more significant correction experienced in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin. Although the past few decades have been characterised by increasing property values, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been periods when property values have reversed; in fact that housing market is highly cyclical with upswings generally followed by a period of falling values. At a national level, since 1980 there have been eight separate housing market downturns (as highlighted in the first chart). The current downturn which commenced after October 2017, has seen values fall by -6.8%. Althou

Two-Thirds Of Investors To Snub Property Under Labor

More than 70% of investors would shy away from purchasing a second-hand property if they could no longer claim negative gearing benefits, according to a new survey conducted by Washington Brown Quantity Surveyors. The Labor Party has proposed a limit to negative gearing on second-hand homes, allowing deductions only on newly-built properties, so investors will be encouraged to direct their funds to those properties to boost supply. “With the clear majority of respondents having second thoughts about purchasing a second-hand property if this proposed policy is implemented, any government should be considering the wider implications for both the property markets around Australia and the effect

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