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Research SMSFs over your break

By Reporter

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are the hot topic at the moment, and they can be a powerful structure for property investing, yet they can also be complex. However, there are some quick and easy early-on steps that will leave you in good stead.

It’s increasingly a younger crowd looking to self managing their super, according to Heffron’s Mark Wilkinson.

He explains that “There’s certainly more people in the 55 to 70 age group that have got them but there’s an increasing number of young people setting it up.

“[Having a] self management fund is being control of your own destiny,” he says.

However, he urges that there are certain skill sets found in those that do well with SMSFs. “The successful ones will seek out advice. Whether it goes together with the nature of individuals that set them up in that they want control or they know anything, certainly those that make success will get advice when they need it.”

Luckily, with the four-day Easter break, many investors now have valuable time they can spend educating themselves, getting organised and looking for advice.

First things first, head to the Australian Taxation Office website and read through their free guide and resources.

This guide includes: An SMSF Overview, including everything from setting it up to record-keeping, and managing the investment. There’s also a section on whether or not you should be investing in an SMSF.

This was the topic of Smart Property Investment’s first feature in our new SMSF section (for those of you who have picked up a copy, turn to page 64 ‘Is an SMSF right for you?’).

You can also find calculators, forms and tips on the ATO website on that page that are an invaluable starting point to anyone coming in fresh to SMSFs.

ASIC’s MoneySmart website also has some easy-to-understand information that is worth a read, spanning how it works and those frequently asked questions we’re always hearing.

It’s also worth getting your hand one at least a couple of a number of investment books available. We recently reviewed Martin Murden’s How to invest in property through your self managed super fund and will be reviewing a number of other books over the coming weeks.

Managing director and CEO of Open Corporate, Matthew Lewison, who co-wrote ‘My Four-Year Old The Property Investor’ explains that this is not going to be the best option for investors who are unwilling to take the time to learn the basics.

“A lot of people don’t even understand that their current superannuation includes life insurance and suddenly they set up an SMSF and are uninsured,” Mr Lewison says of one pitfall that many fall into due to lack of research and understanding.

A first point of call would be an accountant, whom you should ask for upfront fees, he advises.

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If Mark Hodge’s face looks familiar to you it could be because of his time working as a professional entertainer which saw him working with the Australian ballet, appearing on multiple seasons of Dancing with the Stars and touring in musical theatre for 17 years. What you may not know is that Mark is also heavily involved in the short-term property rental marketspace.

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Mark joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss his transition from entertainer to investor, a journey pushed forward by dance related injuries and even a hit and run which saw him needing to find alternate methods to bring in an income. Mark shares how bad long-term tenants and a gang member guided him to the short-term rental market, and how this pushed him into helping others to realise the same benefits.

Mark will also address the common concerns, discuss what his company Maisonnets specialise in and unpack how they are making the process of filling short term rentals easier for investors.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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Inverell
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Buying off-the-plan can be lucrative in the long run, if you can get over the risk factor. If you want to minimise the risk and maximise your chances at profitability, these suburbs might be just what you’re looking for.

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Outlined in The Australian Off The Plan Sentiment Report, published by Investorist, Domain’s data scientist Dr Nicola Powell has outlined where in major markets investors should focus their efforts when purchasing property off-the-plan:

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The south-west region of Sydney has seen an increase of interest in new developments, with Leppington, Austral and Edmondson Park, as well as Marsden Park, which all offer the widest variety of developments available to buy into, according to Domain data.

Sydney was also the most popular capital city for off-the-plan interest, with Domain recording over 2 million views for the property type.

Brisbane

The increased number of new developments has impacted on price growth in the unit market with supply stronger than demand, yet off-the-plan listing prices remain higher than listing prices for all new developments.

The full extent of the market however is yet to be seen, as it is adjusting with the fall of new development commencements and completed developments slide from the peak. Boutique developments in the inner city, targeted towards owner-occupiers, have the potential to show signs of improvement amid underperforming inner city Brisbane units.

Canberra

The key area in all of Canberra is Gungahlin, which according to Dr Powell contains numerous opportunities for buyers, as the area has seen a “significant transformation”.

Gungahlin currently is Canberra’s fastest growing area, seeing its population double in the last 10 years, there is a light rail project under construction and the first commonwealth government agency is scheduled to relocate to the area. Moncrieff is the most popular Gungahlin suburb, with the most development listings and views according to Domain data and has continued to remain popular even with other developments undergoing construction in Throsby, Taylor and Kenny.

Melbourne

Out of all the property types, new house and land packages topped Domain’s list for Victoria in 2017 with 1.8 million views, showing there is high demand for them due to employment opportunities getting stronger and affordability hurdles getting lower. There is also a solid chance for growth, as the strong demand saw prices for new house and land packages rise over 2017.

West Melbourne was the most popular region for off-the-plan supply and demand with the most listings and views, with popular suburbs including Tarneit, Werribee and Rockbank.

Perth

Demand for new house and land packages were proportionally high, making up 87.5 per cent of all listing views, with the majority of listings stemming from south-west and south-east regions of Perth, with the suburbs Baldivis, Piara Waters, Wellard and Hilbert ranking at the top.

There was also strong demand for listings in the north, which include the north-east suburb of Morley and the north west suburb of Doubleview.

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