Property Investment Q&A

  • I am 42 years old and have a self-managed superannuation fund holding approximately $300,000 in cash. I have not retired, but my accountant has told me that I can still access this money now in order to buy property. Is this correct and, if so, what is the process for using my superannuation money in this way before I retire? read more

  • My wife and I would like to borrow 90% LVR to buy an investment property. We're thinking of using some equity from our PPOR to pay for the 10% deposit and other costs. I'm the higher wage earner, so should I claim all the costs including LMI? What's the most tax-effective way to structure the investment property loan? read more

  • I purchased a house with my father in 1989 for $100,000 but I moved out in 2000. He wants to sell the house and is hoping to get a minimum $400,000. Once he buys a new unit, which will cost $350,000, and pays for the real estate fees and so on, he will have about $50,000 left - roughly what sort of capital gains tax I would get charged? read more

  • I'm thinking of managing my parents' superannuation as well as my own. We would have a combined $200,000 fund if we put our money together. I'd like to embark on a property development using the pooled asset. Is this legally possible? read more

  • It is a bit of a trend lately for property owners to set up hybrid trusts in which to manage their properties. The question remains: What are the benefits in doing so? read more

  • Eddie Chung explains how the ‘marriage breakdown roll-over provision’ works and what investors can do to avoid paying hefty capital gains tax during their divorce settlement. read more

  • I've been told that if I buy a property and live in it for at least six months, I can avoid investment stamp duty and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when I sell - is this true? read more

  • My property manager has signed up a new tenant a lower rent than what we agreed on - we discussed $180-$200 per week, and she's signed someone for six months at $165 per week. What can I do? read more

  • I bought an investment property last year for $360,000 with a 10% deposit, and I paid around $5,500 lenders mortgage insurance. If I pay down my loan now, can I get a partial LMI refund? read more