How to Prevent Budget Blowout During a Renovation

Time and time again in our line of business, we see people embarking on their dream of renovating their homes only to find they have gone way over budget. We look at some of the best ways to prevent this from happening. Fuelled by the many reality TV programs that make it look all so

The Rise of the Granny Flat

Granny flats are increasing in popularity due to their worth as a high yielding cash cow and as a smart way to enter the investment market. Thanks to government policy reviews, we have seen a building frenzy of granny flats across the nation due to increased demand and changing demographics. Driven mainly by soaring property

Fancy New Changes to Conveyancing Legislation in NSW

The new Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2017 introduces changes affecting contracts for land and residential property purchases in New South Wales – it now includes a warning on loose-fill asbestos as well as some other additions which will be useful to the buyer.* They have repealed the Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2010 and removed

Victorian Terraces Continue to Charm

Cohen Handler’s Melbourne specialist Scott Hall is a big fan of the Victorian Terrace house. Here he outlines the key benefits of this type of housing as well as some of the issues to be aware of before buying. Given the current popularity of the terrace house, it’s hard to believe that this type of

Can You Claim a Buyer’s Agent’s Fee as a Tax Deduction?

We open up the discussion as to what can and can’t be deducted as a tax expense when it comes to buyer’s agents’ fees and investment properties. At Cohen Handler we are often asked about whether buyer’s agents’ fees can be considered a tax deduction and for the most part the answer is fairly straightforward.

Paddington never goes out of fashion

Cohen Handler’s Buyer’s Agent Michelle Chanique looks at why Sydney’s Paddington remains one of the most sought after suburbs in Sydney and shares some of her favourite places. I have always loved Paddington in Sydney’s inner city with its fashion, art and food. What’s not to love about this elegant and creative suburb? Whether you

How do you upgrade a heritage home? Off-Market Renovation Part 1

Maintaining and upgrading a heritage home requires tireless work and specialised knowledge to ensure the beauty of its original form and unique features are displayed in all their glory. Earlier this year Cohen Handler’s Buyer’s Agent, Scott Hall – Buyer’s Advocate for the inner city of Melbourne, acquired the pictured Victorian free-standing house off-market from a

Investment bought for $530K – Up 22% after 16 months at a 4% yield

Yes, it sounds too good to be true, or like a one-off investment win because it’s nowhere near Melbourne’s average stats – That’s because it’s not an average buyer doing the search.  It is possible to achieve positive capital growth and rental returns if you are willing to invest in proper due diligence and a

Its Not Always The Highest Bidder That Secures The Property

Cohen Handler buyer’s agent Clive Delmenico, explains how it is not necessarily the highest offer that wins you the property. You may have seen recent media reports on the fact that a lot of buyers were taking the opportunity to buy property prior to the July 1 introduction of the First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS)

Is Brisbane still the place to be for first home buyers and investors frustrated with Sydney and Melbourne’s tight market?

Property buyers and investors from Sydney and Melbourne are continuing to head up to Brisbane – Where the number of ‘affordable’ suburbs greatly outweighs their local options… It’s not just the weather that has people talking about Brisbane as an attractive option for relocation. Property buyers, particularly first home buyers and investors from both New South

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