1. The Pros And Cons Of Negative Gearing

    Property investment can be a positive way to build wealth and protect the financial security of your future. Whilst there are many investment strategies to explore, ‘gearing’ or borrowing funds to finance a property investment, is a strategy that many investors pursue.

    Negative gearing, when your investment property outgoings are higher than your incoming revenue on the property, is currently a highly topical aspect of the Australian property market. Whilst it can be a lucrative approach to investment, there are potential shortcomings that need to be taken into account prior to deciding to

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  2. From The September Desk Of Suzie And Julie: Keeping It Personal

    Where is technology taking us? Good or bad?

    I have always thought real estate is about people, not bricks and mortar. After all, where we all live is what anchors our place in the world.

    Today we have all the advantages that technology brings us but we pay a big price for these benefits in the loss of direct personal contact. As all the incredible technology available to us becomes more pervasive, the human contact we have becomes even more important because it is the human side of our joint lives that helps us connect to each other.

    We are really lucky to have the connection that we do with o

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  3. Will the European Trend of Renting Forever Happen in Sydney?

    The long-ago dream of home-ownership is evolving and, for many, the prospect of saving enough money to get a foot in the property door is becoming more out of reach as property prices continue to soar – especially in the sought-after Sydney market.

    The so-called Generation Rent is dealing with a new reality – and the concept of renting into retirement years and beyond is a new experience that no other Australian generation has had to explore. Although the older generation of Australians has a strong foundation in home-ownership, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show th

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  4. Helping Your Children step onto the Property Ladder

    The 2017 Census reports that fewer young people are entering the property market because the increasing cost of living is growing at a faster rate than salaries which are remaining stagnant.

    Helping your children with their first property could be what they need to kick start their property portfolio and secure their future with property assets. Below are a few ways that you can help.

    Help with the cost of living

    If your children are saving to buy a property then allowing them to live at home rent free can help take the financial pressure off whilst they save. Saving a deposit for a property i

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  5. Decorator Provides her Thoughts on the Best Finished for a Rental

    Considering refreshing or renovating your investment property? The way you present your property to the rental market can have a significant impact on securing a great tenant and rental return.

    According to Justine Wilson, Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors the key is to be conscious of making decisions based on personal taste if you do not plan to live in the property.

    Here are her top tips for decorating your investment property:

    1. Stick to neutral tones

    Select neutral colours that will appeal to a broader audience and be less likely to date.

    “A fresh coat of paint will brighten a room

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  6. Should I Rent My Property to Pet Owners?

    It’s a hot topic, should rental properties be pet friendly? The RSPCA is reporting Australia as holding the highest rate of pet ownership in the world, sitting at 63%, so it is becoming an option that more landlords are beginning to consider, particularly as more strata buildings are becoming “pet friendly”.

    Should I?

    Allowing pets in your investment property is not something to take lightly, however, it is not something that should be completely taken off the table. There are some benefits to making your investment property pet friendly.

    • Pet friendly rentals tend to be filled faster th
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  7. A Simple Guide To Tax Depreciation with Bradley Beer

    Did you know that 70 – 80% of property investors don’t get their tax depreciation done properly potentially missing out on thousands of dollars in savings?!

    Tax depreciation doesn’t need to be confusing! Having a good understanding of tax depreciation will allow you to develop smarter tax minimisation strategies with greater opportunities for deductions that could save you thousands of dollars.

    Claiming tax depreciation deductions should be an important part of any property investment strategy. There are some basic tips to know when maximising cash return from a residential or co

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  8. 5 Tips for Property Investors at Tax Time

    If you’re on the way to building your wealth through strategic investments in property, understanding the best possible ways to minimise your tax and maximise your deductions is a smart way to get the most value from those investments. We talk to tax depreciation specialist Bradley Beer from BMT Quantity Surveyors to get his expert tips and advice.

    1. Keep accurate paperwork and all documentation

    According to industry insiders, the ATO may be planning to look more closely at claims made by property investors in the next 12 months. To protect against any auditing issues, always keep thorough

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  9. Laing and Simmons Double Bay Property Management

    _E1A7244Laing + Simmons Double Bay Property Management is part of a high profile franchise group yet remains independently owned by Principals Suzie Reid and Bart Doff.

    Through a combination of hard work, dedication, knowledge, local expertise and credibility backed by results, we have achieved a reputation as one of Sydney’s premier property management companies.

    The office is acknowledged as the market leader in prestige Eastern suburbs leasing, a reputation which has been forged in over 20 years leasing and managing a large portfolio of the best properties available in the Eastern  Suburbs renta

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