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Dangling a carrot to secure a commercial tenant
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Leasing out commercial premises can be a challenge in a slower market, as can attracting the right tenant. That’s where leasing incentives come into play and can make all the difference.   Leasing incentives came about late last decade when the wind went out of the commercial market’s sails. Director of Knight Frank Sydney Shane Bisset…

The language of commercial landlords
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With ‘options to renew’ and ‘three by three leases’, it sometimes seems like commercial landlords have to speak a whole other language. But the lingo isn’t really that hard to translate.  Getting a commercial lease agreement right from the beginning is crucial for both lessees and lessors because rent returns have the potential to make…

House prices drop almost everywhere
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According to Domain, house prices fell in every capital city this quarter, except for Melbourne and Hobart, where prices rose by 1.2 per cent and 4.3 per cent, respectively. Apartment median prices fell in every capital city following a record number of apartments being built in most capitals. The media is full of stories gloating that Sydney median house…

What type of apartment provides the best property investment yields? Michael Matusik
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What apartment type would get you the best gross rental yield as a property investment? A while ago we asked this question on our blog and 545 people replied, and frankly whilst “perception is reality” usually applies, it doesn’t in this case. The majority of apartment investors – reflecting maybe their status and mode of transportation –…

5 tips to buying well at auction
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There are only a few weekends left before the end of the year but many Australians will be looking to buy a property at auction in that time. I know Pam and I are hoping to buying a property at auction this weekend (a block of apartments for our SMSF.) As often happens when the…