Tax and legal advice

Is your accountant well-equipped to handle your property portfolio?

By Bianca Dabu
property portfolio, accountant, personal accountant, financial accounting, property investment

Being able to find a good accountant is instrumental to the success of most property investors, and while there are many factors to consider when building your financial team, experience and knowledge are often the most effective indicators of the value they can add to your portfolio.

Keshab Chartered Accountants’ Munzurul Khan has helped Smart Property Investment’s Phil Tarrant build his multi-property portfolio and, according to him, the secret to their strong relationship is their shared passion for property.

“When I sit down with someone, I say, ‘I myself don't have a lot of shares … [or] a lot of Managed Funds and so forth, and because I don't have my own ... practical experience in terms [of these], I'm not the best person to advise anything about [them],” he said.

For him, the ability to add value to an investor’s portfolio lies in having practical knowledge about a certain asset class. An accountant who specialises in property, or any particular asset class, will work better than an accountant who considers himself a “Jack of all trades”.

According to Munzurul: “It's all about the practical knowledge. Is your accountant also a property investor … ? What's the mindset of your accountant? Accountants are generally conservative, and that's good—conservative at a level where it is also practical.”

Building relationships

Finding a good accountant is almost like seeking a new trusted friend—you have to be able to communicate well about your goals as well as your capabilities and limitation as a property investor.

Like any property professional, accountants can only work as well as they know their clients.

“Your accountant may know everything in the world but if [you] don't relate to your accountant, [it could be meaningless],” Munzurul said.

Instead of making you feel uneasy whenever talking about your portfolio or your financial circumstance, the right accountant will make a “rejuvenating experience” out of it, according to Phil. 

Every conversation you have will be an opportunity to reassess your strategies and ensure that you’re staying on track towards achieving your goals, and you will look forward to these talks because your accountant is able to relay even the most complicated ideas through simple words. After all, no two property investment journey will ever be the same, so it’s absolutely necessary that your financial team is knowledgeable about your personal financial circumstance for them to give you the best advice.

Phil said: “There's a lot of principles and theories and strategies and experiences [you will] speak about, [and your accountant] should be trying to apply them to your particular circumstances and situation.”

“Use … information [from your own journey] to become a better property investor,” he concluded.

Tune in to Munzurul Khan’s new episode on The Smart Property Investment Show to know which structure is best to buy in, how the ownership of a property works when referring to names, as well as the risks associated with having two names on a mortgage and title and which one is preferable to new home buyers.

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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.

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“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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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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Melbourne
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