Category: Investing

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Can I use my home equity to buy an investment property?

If you own a property and have been paying off the mortgage comfortably, it could be time to think about taking the next step on the property ladder: investment. For many Australians, an investment property is a fantastic way to generate extra income and secure a long-term asset. Even so, getting a deposit together while […]

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Australian Taxation Office

New depreciation rules affect property investors

Changes to the way landlords can claim tax-deductible expenses related to their investment property were introduced on 1 July. The changes mean property investors can no longer claim a tax deduction by depreciating plant and equipment assets – which are the easily-removable and mechanical fixtures and fittings on the asset – for properties that exchanged […]

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Should you rent out your home on Airbnb?

Savvy property owners and investors are turning to creative strategies to make some extra cash. Sharing economy platform Airbnb is turning into a popular investment strategy, seen by landlords as a way to reap the rewards of higher rental yields, and by owner-occupiers as a way to gain some money to put towards bills and expenses. […]

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Rentvesting: another option for property ownership

Rent money is dead money – owning your own property is almost always the better financial decision, if you can afford it. However, ‘rentvesting’ – that is, renting where you want to live and investing in a property elsewhere – can be an even better option. What are the advantages 1. You can live where […]

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Buying your first investment property

It can make a lot of sense to buy property as an investment; historically it has provided strong returns. In addition, owning ‘bricks and mortar’ gives investors a sense of having an interest in something real. But buying property as an investment is different to buying property to live in. Here, we look at some […]

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Learn to recover from the post-Christmas financial blues

There’s no time of year more exciting than Christmas – but the truth is that once it ends, it’s common to feel a little blue. The gifts, the meals, the special time with friends and family – they’re all over until next December. And also, there’s usually a financial crunch that comes with wrapping up […]

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Negative Gearing, is it a Rort?

Best “pro” discussion on negative gearing I have heard for some time (and I note the irony that there is very little commentary on investors being slugged again over the last week (pre RBA meeting) with out of cycle interest rate increases, which amount to higher costs in running their “property business”):   The first […]

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Investing together part 1: The guarantor

The median cost of a house in one of Australia’s five biggest cities exceeds $800,000, according to CoreLogic RP Data. Small wonder then that your average first and second home buyer might struggle to get approved for the loan necessary to buy in such an expensive market. Could having a guarantor for your loan be […]

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Client stories

Kerry Simpson and Scott Wright

Kerry and Scott joke that their Smartline Adviser knows more about their finances than they do. Over the past 11 years...

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Udaya and Nita Lohani

With their family having outgrown the two-bedroom unit they had lived in for seven years, Udaya and Nita Lohani knew the time was...

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Ivan Marsic and Tanja Brinkman

When Ivan Marsic and his wife Tanja Brinkman decided they wanted to knock down their house and build a duplex, they didn’t...

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