5 Steps to Refinancing your Home Loan

 1. Why are you refinancing? It’s important to be clear about your motivation for refinancing. If it’s a cheaper interest rate you’re after, make sure you’re comparing apples with apples by looking at the loans’ ‘comparison rates’. If you’re craving better service, ask people you trust about their bank, look at online reviews and research… Read more »

Sell or buy first? Which is right for you?

It’s the ultimate dilemma for any home owner planning to move on to a new property – do I sell or buy first? You don’t want to sell unless you have somewhere else to live, but you don’t want to buy unless you have the money from the original home. Whichever way you go, there… Read more »


Do you know what the difference is between a repair, maintenance and a capital improvement? Deductions for repairs, maintenance and improvements are areas the Australian Taxation Office pay particular attention to on annual tax returns. For this reason it is important that investors understand the difference. Repairs are considered work completed to fix damage or… Read more »

Real Estate and Self Managed Super Fund Requirements

Owning property in a SMSF (Self-Managed Super Fund) can be a great way to invest in your retirement. Owning property in a SMSF gives power back to you to choose and manage how and where your superannuation monies are being invested and with the right advice and the right decisions can make your retirement a… Read more »

Big Tax Time Savings For Landlords

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows property owners to claim depreciation on the structure as well as the plant and equipment assets contained within any income producing property. Depreciation related to a building’s structure can be claimed via a capital works deduction while plant and equipment assets are deducted based on an individual effective life… Read more »

For Sale or Auction?

Choosing the right marketing method for your property can be one of the biggest decisions you have to make. In a strong real estate market vendors (sellers) are choosing to sell their homes through auction rather than via a private treaty sale. When prices are going up buyers are keen to buy. People don’t want… Read more »

Spring Selling Season – 7 Magic ‘P’s’ of Selling

The Spring Selling Season is on us and if you  want to maximise your sale price following these 7 Magic P’s will do just that! The sun’s out, the flowers are out and so to are the buyers, so now’s the time to take some action and get your property ready to hit the market…. Read more »


There is an increasing number of Australian home owners becoming property investors – in some scenarios, it is by turning their primary place of residence into an income producing investment property. Before renting your own home, there a number of factors associated. Investors should contact a specialist Quantity Surveyor such as BMT Tax Depreciation and request… Read more »

Top Photos = Top Dollars

If 80% of what we as humans absorb is visual then it only makes sense that 80% of the focus when marketing property should be on the image (or photography). Not just good photography, great photography! First impressions count they say and these words couldn’t be truer when it comes to buyers eyes scanning the… Read more »