The impact of tax deductions on investment property

Property is a popular investment asset that contains a number of significant advantages including income generation, capital growth, resistance to major market downturns and substantial tax deductions. Although tax deductions and offsets shouldn’t be the key reason to invest in property, if you have purchased a property make sure that you use every concession available[…]

Entering the investment property market

Purchasing a property for investment purposes can involve a different set of considerations compared to purchasing a home to live in. Here are some tips to get you started. Which rental market? First, decide if your property will cater for the budget rental market, mid-level rentals or the executive market. While the “executive” end of[…]

Tax rules do not treat all income equally

Anyone who has completed their own tax return will know that the tax office treats different types of income differently. Bank interest is recorded in one section, dividends from shares in another and managed fund distributions somewhere else. And unless you are taking a pension or lump sum from your super, you don’t need to[…]

You’ve paid off your mortgage! Now what?

Paid off your mortgage? Woo-hoo! Break out the champagne and celebrate the freedom you must now feel! But once the dizzy excitement has passed, what will you do next? Discharge or not? The first question is should you discharge your mortgage? You can keep the loan facility open, with a zero balance, and retain the[…]

The holiday home romance

We all know the feeling. The sun is shining, the waves are lapping peacefully on the shore, there’s a cool ocean breeze wafting gently through your hair and the crisp sand is etched between your toes. Sometimes you wish your holiday romance could last forever. Technically it could! Hundreds of thousands of Australians own their[…]