Property Investment Q&A

  • Q: I’d like to know how to get the best valuation on the house I’m planning to sell. What are things that valuers look at that I could work on to help my case? Obviously I can’t change what city, suburb and street it's in, but are there some changes that I can do to the house itself to improve the valuation? read more

  • Q: I recently sold my house and soon received a letter from the buyer complaining about things that aren’t working. The issue is that these things didn’t work well before exchange. Will I still be liable? read more

  • Q: Seeing as the market’s quite slow at the moment, I’m looking into renovating to add value to my properties. I’ve seen them as ‘set and forget’ investments so far, so am new to the world of renovation. How do I go about working out if it’s worth renovating, and what kind of renovations will increase a property’s value? read more

  • Q: I’m trying to understand the cash flow versus capital growth argument. Is one investment strategy considered better than the other? I’m a single, high-income investor based in Canberra – is one strategy better suited to me than the other? read more

  • Q: I own an apartment and have recently rented it out to go back to university. I'm now considering buying another property as an investment property with the vision to move into it after around a year. Can I claim stamp duty and other initial costs on the second unit, as it is an investment property, if I am going to move into it in about a year? read more

  • Q: I’m looking to purchase a three-bedroom house in southern Sydney, with a view to renovating and selling in two or three months for a profit. I’d like to know if CGT is calculated at different tax rates for individuals and corporations. If so, what is the best way to structure the purchase? read more

  • I’ve had my home for more than 20 years, but have decided to downsize and move closer to the city. It’s a pretty old place and I was wondering what the merits are of knocking it down, subdividing and then selling the land? It’s my PPOR, so will I have to pay CGT? read more

  • They say it’s a buyers market at the moment, so investors are in a good position to negotiate prices. My worry is that in some areas it’s a buyers market for a reason – no one wants to buy there. What will indicate that an area is not worth buying into at the moment, even if there are many bargains there? read more

  • Question: I have recently changed jobs (two months ago) and my wife is expecting our first child in the next six months. With the housing market ripe for the picking, and having saved a 15% deposit, we’re thinking of buying our first home. read more