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

Buying bulk – Apartment blocks in Sydney’s East

Investors are scrambling to buy entire apartment blocks to renovate in Sydney’s eastern suburbs making them a great long-term investment but difficult to find. Back in 2015 we saw the emerging trend of buying an entire block of apartments and the renovation of each of its units to either rent them out or sell them

Strata versus Airbnb

With Airbnb’s growing fan base, it is time for strata groups to analyse their options, and the scope of their jurisdiction, to ensure that strata living remains peaceful for everyone.  We explore the regulatory instruments being used to address issues such as property damage and noise from short-term stayers. Since its Australian launch in November

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includes a warning on loose-fill asbestos as well as some other additions which will be useful to the buyer.* They have repealed the Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2010 and removed

Does Size Matter?

From soaring house prices to increased energy costs, there are many factors driving the change towards a smaller sized property. In Australia living in compact housing is becoming increasingly popular due to the demographic makeup and lifestyle expectations. Traditionally, Australians have loved their big houses and the sizeable yard to have ‘somewhere for the kids

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

Important Things to Consider Before You Start Renovating

Keen to renovate? Before you pick up that sledgehammer, you might like to consider our pre-renovation checklist to ensure you have all the boxes ticked and the right plans in place to ensure a successful outcome. Renovating your house, whether it is a one room refurb or a more extensive remodelling is not something to

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.

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

Why is Investing in Property a Great Long-Term Bet?

It’s no secret that when it comes to investing, Aussies generally seem to favour bricks and mortar over other asset classes, preferring its stability and long-term growth potential. The recently released 2016 Census results confirmed that there is a big shift in the number of people renting with nearly 31 per cent of Australians falling

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