Property Investment Tricks

Property Investment Tricks

These days I like to drop my daughter off to school as much as I can. I know soon enough she’ll be embarrassed of me – so better make hay whilst the sun shines right?

The other day as I was dropping her off, I looked across the road and noticed something strange.

I said to myself “wait a minute…I reckon those two blocks were the spitting image of each other in another life”. Depreciation Quote Schedule

So being the nosey real estate junky I am – I raced to work and did some research on RP Data and Google maps.

Sure enough, back in the day, these two blocks were pretty similar. But now the block on the left leaves its poor cousin for dead!

Being a Quantity Surveyor – I quickly did some maths – I reckon new balconies, render & paint for a block that size probably cost each owner around $65k.

But I’m thinking they’ll get a $120k more each in resale value.

That’s a pretty good return, but I’ll let you into a very little known trick that’ll make that return even better.

If the work carried out was paid for from the sinking fund…the total cost would have been 100% tax deductible.

So, if the body corporate had been increasing levies whilst the work was being planned – the investors in the block would have been able to claim the work as an outright deduction.

However, if the body corporate had to raise a special levy to do the work, most of the work would only be claimable at 2.5% per annum based upon the cost of the work.

That’s a MASSIVE difference to the bottom the line.

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About Tyron Hyde

Tyron Hyde is the CEO of Washington Brown Quantity Surveyors. He is regarded as one of the industry's leading experts in property tax depreciation, is regularly quoted in the media & asked to speak at conferences.

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