Property Investment Q&A

  • I’m thinking: why not live in the property I’m renovating? Are there any drawbacks? I know the house will be a mess, but will it take any longer to do the renovation if I’m living there? read more

  • I have fallen into a sticky contract dispute, owing to the fact that the buyer didn’t pay his deposit when he should. I would like to know what right he might have on the property, despite breaking the contract terms read more

  • We are developing land in Western Australia. Currently we have a DIA from the council, but are looking for ways to fund the development. A number of options were suggested to us, but we’d be interested to know their pros and cons from a tax point of view read more

  • My current tenant is great: pays on time and never wants anything from me, except now I’m hearing complaints about him from the neighbours. They say he regularly jams with a band in the living room and has made uninvited sexual advances on girls in the complex. What should I do? Should I let him stay? read more

  • My partner and I moved out of my PPOR in Nov 2010 and into a new home in her name. How would capital gains tax be calculated in this instance? Can I lay claim to renting a room from my partner and pay no CGT? read more

  • I earn roughly $50,000 a year but worry that I don’t earn enough money to invest. I am also hopeless at saving money. With all these negative ideas spinning in my head, I’d like to know: is there something I’m missing? Is it possible to invest in property with so little money? read more

  • My partner and I want to enter the investment market but we're $40,000 in debt. We’re thinking that purchasing high growth property now could allow us the option of refinancing later to consolidate the credit card debt. Is this a good strategy? Or, should we rather hold off for another 12 months and focus on reducing the debt? read more

  • Property books tell us to avoid purchasing property in regional areas and it makes sense, but I can’t help feeling drawn to the area I live in. Are there any circumstances where investing in a small, regional town can work? read more

  • I bought my first house five years ago and have recently picked up another one. The old house is a huge drain on our income, should I sell it and start afresh or hold onto it and wait for capital growth? read more