Property

Development Application (DA)

Rennovating your home or investment property isn’t as simple as grabbing your tools, a couple of mates and a slab of beer. In most cases you need to go through the formal process of applying for and obtaining a Development Application (DA) and construction certificate before you can even think about renovating. When do you…

Greening your home

Australians, per capita, are among the highest producers of greenhouse gas emissions in the world but a few small changes around the home can make a significant difference – and it doesn’t have to involve spending bucket loads of money on retro-fitting your infrastructure. In fact, going green can actually save you thousands each year….

Landlord (tax considerations)

– When taking out or refinancing a loan for an investment property the tax deductibility of the interest is determined by the use of the money, not the security used. The security for the loan could be your own home or personal assets. However it is best to use any available cash to buy a…

Property valuation

Has your property dramatically risen since its pre-boom purchase or could its value have slipped since the market’s peak? And for those intending to buy property now, how do you know that you’re not paying too much? Most investors seek answers to these questions by contacting their local real estate agent. Ultimately, a property is…

Tax deductions

It gives most property investors great satisfaction to know that the Taxation Commissioner is picking up nearly half of every repair bill. It seems that many people are attracted to real estate not only because of the expected investment returns but also because of the tax deductions that this class of assets creates. But this…