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Property tax debate intensifies following federal budget

By Georgia Brown

Property experts and politicians are once again at loggerheads over what to do about property taxes, housing affordability and those battling to enter the property market – so what could be on the horizon for stamp duty and land tax?

Opposition leader Bill Shorten last night delivered his official budget reply speech, detailing the Labor Party’s plans to address housing affordability.

“Building a stronger budget demands an honest look at housing affordability, and tax subsidies such as negative gearing and capital gains that make the problem worse,” he said.

“These two measures will cost the budget more than $10 billion this year. They are not tax breaks for battlers. Half of all the benefit goes to the top 10 per cent of income earners.

“This is not sustainable, and it’s not fair. Instead, we will redirect investment into new housing after 1 July next year, saving the budget $32 billion dollars over the decade.”

However, Property Council of Australia CEO Ken Morrison has slammed Labor’s proposal to substantially increase property taxes in a bid to ease the housing affordability strain.

“We refute the idea that placing $32 billion in additional taxes on property through changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax arrangements will lead to an improvement in housing affordability. It won’t,” he said.

“Housing affordability is a huge issue in Australia. Housing affordability needs to change, but it won’t change if you prescribe the wrong solution.

“The way to tackle housing affordability is to deal with the weaknesses in supply and to undertake meaningful reform of state taxes.”

Mr Morrison said Australian citizens are crying out for the government to address housing supply imbalances and to reform state property taxes, with stamp duty at the forefront.

Late last month, Mr Morrison issued a response to the proposed abolishment of stamp duty, saying that it is “an inefficient tax that costs jobs, hurts the economy, makes our cities less efficient, and is an unpredictable tax base for state governments”.

“One of the consequences of stamp duty is that it makes moving costs inordinately high. Families and couples hold on to homes long after they have outgrown them, or long after the children have left.

“Scrapping stamp duty will result in an acceleration of housing turnover – with the current average of 13 years falling to eight years.”

A CoreLogic RP Data analysis of the latest ABS report into government taxation for the 2014-15 financial year showed 50.6 per cent of taxation revenue was from property.

“While total tax revenue increased 7.0 per cent over the year, property tax revenue increased by 10.5 per cent, highlighting that property taxes are the largest source of taxation revenue for state and local governments and are rising at a rapid pace,” CoreLogic RP Data research analyst Cameron Kusher said.

“Interestingly, since the 1999-00 financial year, total state and local government taxation revenue has increased by 103 per cent compared to a 150 per cent increase in property taxation.

“Again, this highlights the importance of property taxes for these two levels of government.”

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Will Magee has had ambitions to enter into the Australian property market for quite some time, but it has been more than just finances holding him back.  Having been granted permanent residency just two weeks ago, Will is wasting no time and is now in the process of signing papers and finding his first investment property.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Will joins host Phil Tarrant to share why he is purchasing his first property in partnership with his brother, discuss the complications that can arise from such a strategy, and unpack the ongoing plan for building a joint property portfolio with his brother.

Will will also share how they approached saving for their first property, why he is taking out the mortgage in his name exclusively, and share their savings plan for the year ahead.

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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Median house prices in regional Victoria outperformed that of Melbourne in the June quarter, the latest REIV figures reveal. 

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Median house prices in the regions rose 4.0 per cent to $419,500 but in Melbourne they dipped by 0.6 of a percentage point to $840,000.

The result in Melbourne was due to a 0.8 of a percentage point fall in prices achieved at auction; this was despite a lift of 2.3 per cent in private sales.

Inner Melbourne suffered due to auction prices, where median prices fell by 4.9 per cent to $1,459,000 but it was middle Melbourne that was hardest hit, with a 5.4 per cent drop to $974,500.

Outer Melbourne had a good quarter with the median rising by 0.5 of a percentage point to $681,000.

Apartment prices in regional Victoria grew by 3.7 per cent to $304,500 while the metro media was up by 0.5 of a percentage point to $604,000.

REIV President Richard Simpson said that despite fewer sales, many sectors of the market were performing well.

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In particular there was been strong growth in regional centres which is probably due to the first-home buyers’ concessions said Mr Simpsons.

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Mr Simpson said that more prospective buyers are looking towards regional Victoria which is also having an effect in Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s outer perimeter continues to grow. Small increases in the June quarter mean that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

Mr Simpson said moving forward that vendors need more realistic expectations as the highs of 2017 are now over.

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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 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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