Businesses are beginning their rebound post-COVID-19 despite Victoria’s second wave of infections, while brokers have gotten a glimpse of what their new best interests duty to consumers will look like: Here are the biggest property stories from this week.
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Ray White Group managing director Dan White has said that it’s important to understand that the real estate industry has remained very active despite restrictions starting two to three months ago. “During April and May, we served nearly 9,000 Australian families and businesses, representing over $4.4 billion of property. We also conducted 1,025 online auctions, with a better auction day clearance rate than the same months last year.”
It is unlikely that the Australian property market will sustain any long-term falls due to a combination of migration, foreign investment and government intervention, writes David Hancock. Many markets across Australia also have low supply, with demand likely to continue to grow.
First home buyers have been warned not to dive into a property purchase for the sake of government grants without properly considering the future return on that investment, a property investment consultancy has flagged.
An “administrative oversight”, which saw a Perth real estate agency fail to lodge a number of security bonds for up to three months, has led to $5,000 worth of fines.
MI Real Estate Pty Ltd, trading as Soco Realty, had accepted three security bonds from tenants but failed to lodge them as soon as practicable, or within the required 14 days.
A combination of instilling an optimistic attitude and utilisation of technology available has paid off in spades for the team at Raine & Horne in the New England region. Raine & Horne Armidale | Glen Innes has managed to sell several properties “sight unseen” in May and within two weeks of listing.
There’s been a notable surge in demand across many Australian regions. The Real Estate Buyers Agents Association has highlighted how buyer’s agents are witnessing “a steady surge in regional property markets” for both investors and owner-occupiers, despite the COVID-19-driven downturn.
According to the associations’s president, Cate Bakos, the demand is being partly driven by young families, relocating workers and retirees who are looking to optimise their superannuation savings.
The corporate regulator has published the long-awaited guidance concerning the application of the best interests duty on mortgage brokers.
ASIC’s high-level, principles-based guidance seeks to outline obligations under the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response – Protecting Consumers [2019 Measures]) Bill 2019, but does not prescribe minimum standards of conduct nor impose new or additional obligations.
Adelaide Bank will not consider applications for its Connective Select white label product from borrowers depending on the federal government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant to complete a renovation or construction project – and if the HomeBuilder grant has been disclosed but will not form part of the funds needed to complete a project, then conditional or formal approval would exclude considerations of the $25,000 grant.
Tax time is nearly here again. If you own a property as an investor, you might already be thinking about preparing for the end of financial year. The good news is there are many ways to reduce annual amounts, and deductions can sometimes be the difference between your investment having a positive or negative cash flow.