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Canberra's Property Market Outlook

Friday, July 27, 2012

Reports are showing a more positive outlook for the ACT property sector despite continuing concerns about the Federal political environment and the outlook for economic growth in the Territory.

 

The Property Council of Australia-ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey showed a shift in sentiment from 94 on the index for the March quarter to 101 for the June quarter. A score of 100 on the index is considered neutral. 

Catherine Carter, Property Council ACT Executive Director says the latest Survey shows the ACT was the only state or territory that recorded a shift from overall negative sentiment in the March quarter to positive sentiment in the June quarter.

Confidence in house price growth has also shifted from a negative outlook to a positive outlook between the two quarters.

Confidence index jpg April 2012

ANZ Head of Property Research, Paul Braddick, says ACT respondents to the survey had a “moderately balanced view of the property sector, with a confidence index of 101, reflecting an uncertain outlook for ACT employment with the existing budget pressures and a sharp unwinding of the boom in dwelling construction through 2011.”

Year End Tax Tips for Property Investors

Friday, June 29, 2012

Year End Tax Tips for Property Investors

n  Documentation – when it doubt – keep the record anyway so your Accountant can claim it if possible.

n  Depreciation – Have you got a depreciation report for every property?  If not, get one.  It is free cash in your pocket.  We use a company that guarantees more cash to you than the report costs

n  Travel – ATO accepts 4 trips per year to the property and maybe more if justified.  Keep travel expenses and diaries.

n   Interest Expenses  - Learn how to maximise tax deductible debt and minimise non tax deductible debt

n  Pre-Pay Expenses – interest & other expenses can be pre-paid 12 months in advance

n   Manage Capital Gains & Losses – if you are selling a property speak to your Accountant first.  An Accountant experienced in CGT can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars by correctly planning Capital Gain

n   Manage Capital Losses – if you are selling an Asset for a Gain are these any Assets you can also sell for a loss to help you minimise the gain?

n   PAYG Variation – get it done now ready for next year. Extra cash in your pocket per fortnight.

SMSF and Property

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hello All,

First you tube video has been uploaded:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=222bPwA2LxQ

 

Topics include Loans in SMSF. Property in SMSF, CGT in SMSF advantages in SMSF and DIY super. 

Hope you enjoy it!

feel free to suggest topics you would like me to discuss.

 

Catherine

 

SMSF and Property

Friday, June 01, 2012

  A new battalion – property and superannuation join forces?

 

Since time immemorial it has been argued as to whether the benefits of gearing property investments outweighed the tax concessional environment offered by superannuation.  Now the battlefield has changed dramatically.  Why would you choose one over the other when you can have the best of both worlds.  New laws introduced in September 2007 allow Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF’s) to, for the first time, buy geared property in a simple and uncomplicated manner.  SMSF’s can now select a property of their choice, be it residential or commercial, and borrow up to 80% of the value of the property. 

 

The most common investment strategy seen in the baby boomer era was to invest all surplus funds into accessible investments including property and shares and then cashing these in and contributing the funds into super just prior to retirement.  The only disadvantage of this strategy was a potentially very large Capital Gains Tax bill. 

 

However, this strategy has been dramatically hampered by the Governments new contribution rules which only allow $25,000 of concessional contributions per year.  

 

The effect of the new contributions rule is to significantly disadvantage generation X and Y.  It is fair to say that most young singles and young families have better things to do with their money and more pressing needs than to make the most of their $25,000 per year contribution limit.  Then when they are getting closer to retirement and have more surplus funds they will be prevented from, like their pre-decessors, making large contributions just prior to retirement.

 

Why would you buy property in a SMSF instead of personally?

 

For many reasons including;

 

  • you get the benefit of ‘leverage’,
  • a maximum of 15% tax on any rental income in excess of costs,
  • you receive a tax deduction for the loan repayments of principal (which is normally impossible) via salary sacrificing the amount required to cover the shortfall,
  • asset protection – the asset is protected from creditors in the event of a lawsuit or bankruptcy (some conditions apply),
  • the property can still be sold and the loan repaid at any stage,
  • any capital gains on the property when sold will be taxed at a maximum rate of 10% (if asset held for more than 12 months)
  • But the biggest incentive of all – if you keep the properties until age 60 and commence a pension from the fund,
  • any capital gain on the property will be TAX FREE,
  • any rent on the property will be TAX FREE,
  • any income paid out to you will also be TAX FREE.

 

The laws are only new and law complying products are now being introduced and marketed.  It is envisaged that these products will hit the market like a storm once investors realize the potential.  SMSF's are now the largest segment of the superannuation industry and it is likely that this figure will increase exponentially once knowledge of the loan products becomes widespread.  It is also interesting to note that this may be the first time in history that all advisors (financial planners, accountants, auditors, property advisors and mortgage brokers) have a common ground for advising clients.  All advisors have something to gain by assisting clients into these products. It’s not only a busy time ahead for advisors but a time to join forces and put a cease fire on the battle.

 

The team at Wholistic Financial Solutions can assist all trustee of SMSF’s consider this option in regards to borrowing to buy property within their super fund.   Come along to our free information seminar or request a free consultation to discuss your personal situation.  Call Catherine on 02 6162 4546


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