Articles by Chris Lang

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Chris is a respected Valuer, Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer. Since the mid-1970s, he has been a regular keynote speaker at a wide range of business conferences and seminars around Australia. Many high net-worth clients seek his guidance in acquiring Commercial property. Visit: Commercial Property Made Easy


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Firstly, let`s define what Due Diligence really means. And then, you need to understand when you should actually consider an in-depth Due Diligence study.  You see, it’s not appropriate (nor often cost-effective) for you to undertake a Due Diligence study on every property. Generally, my advice to clients is that it’s not until you purchase…

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Recently I shared some thoughts with my Mentor group. And they related to the Total Returns investors tend to expect from commercial property. Here is a graph that appeared late last year in the Australian Financial Review. And it depicts the combination of Income Return and Capital Growth. You’ll also notice that I have added the reason for the big…

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What can you do when a commercial tenant leaves your investment property? The first thing you need you need to do is come up with some creative ways to address this … AND still maintain your sanity, at the same time. But no matter what your approach may be, there are several things you always need to…

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A recent article in the Financial Review summarised the influx of overseas retailers, who are about to launch new stores within Australia this year.  The key locations being: Melbourne (18), Sydney (10), Brisbane (8) and Perth (4). In addition to these, Microsoft also has a flagship store plan for Melbourne this year. Plus Samsung will…

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Here are several common misconceptions I frequently hear, when people are looking to embark upon Commercial property investing. 1. Securing Commercial properties using the internet is easy There are some people starting out in who feel they don’t need any professional help with this. But finding a suitable property is only half the task. The…

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Several articles in the Financial Review have flagged a slowdown in Asian money flowing into the Australian property market. And that is principally as a result of China clamping down on capital movements out of the country. As an investor in commercial property, this is good news. You see, over the past couple of years,…

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It would be fair to say I’ve lost count of the number of times people ask me about the secrets for a successful negotiation. And so, you might care to watch this short video … to gain a quick understanding of the three key elements which underpin every negotiation. Because, once you know how to…

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All Australian states and territories have (somewhat varied) legislation dealing with land contamination. There are some important concepts applicable to every state and territory. Many actions may be contrary to environmental protection laws, but sites classified as contaminated have to meet specific criteria. This means that mere pollution does not necessarily equate to land contamination….

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Commercial Properties are mainly seen as a longer-term (at least 3-year) investments. And you tend to buy them for their regular, high yields; as well as for some good capital growth over time. Even so, an investor with a little knowledge and experience can easily find properties able to be “upgraded” and then, on-sold for…