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Builders and renovators are pretty happy at the moment after the Federal Government announced the new HomeBuilder program, which will see those eligible receive a $25,000 grant.

To qualify, a renovation must be valued between $150,000 and $750,000 with income limits for those applying sitting at $125,000 for singles and $200,000 for couples. While the value of the property can’t be more than $1.5 million.

So what are the best ways to use HomeBuilder and add some serious value in the process?

Open Up Your House

One of the best ways to add value to your current home is to do some structural renovations and that usually means removing walls.

Removing walls is a great way to convert an older style home into a more modern open plan layout.

Removing walls is an expensive process and you need to get all the associated local Government approvals which can add up.

Add a Second Bathroom

A second bathroom is a great way to not only add value but also improve the livability of a home.

Most modern-day homes come with a second bathroom or ensuite and a great cost-effective way to do this is to convert an old outdated laundry into a shiny new bathroom.

Upgrade the Kitchen

The first thing most people look at when buying a home or inspecting a rental property is the kitchen.

A modern kitchen that is well laid out and easy to use adds huge appeal to a home and can make your life a lot easier in the process.
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With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on just about every area of our economy, it’s looking likely that Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth will see slight downturns in property price again for the month ahead.

According to Michael Yardney’s Property Update (one of the world’s leading property investment websites), the month of June saw the capital city index fall as much as 0.8%, however it’s not that much of a surprise.

Listings have been on the rise as buyer confidence looms ever so slightly as we carry on into the beginning of July. More people are starting to come to open houses and inspections as well as seeing an increase to online purchases and enquiry.

Clearance rates – Auctions – Sydney and Melbourne remain in the 60-70% range in average.

Rentals – Rent prices have been dramatically discounted in Sydney and Melbourne with property website Domain concluding that 1 in 3 rentals had been slashed between the start of 2020 leading up until now.

Lack of employment opportunity, complete job losses and zero immigration have all contributed to these saddening facts and dismal figures, but is it all as bad as it seems? CoreLogic’s Tim Lawless didn’t think so.

Tim explains that a fall of under 0.5 per cent isn’t as bad of a hit as the experts had expected given the situation over the past few months – in other words, it’s significantly slowed but was projected to be much worse.

Also, as restrictions start to ease, we may see the curve begin to head in a levelling direction over the proceeding months.

What’s likely to come? 

None of us can predict the future of the Australian property market meaning more buyers are stuck on the fence about where to purchase and when. However overall things are looking promising!
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You may be able to claim an accelerated depreciation deduction in your 2020 income tax return. If the assets are eligible, there’s no limit to the:

Eligible depreciating assets must be:

If you claimed the instant asset write-off for an asset, you can’t claim accelerated depreciation.

To help you get your claim right:

Remember, registered tax professionals can help you with your tax.
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Did you know there’s no threshold for business income? This means you need to lodge an income tax return even if you only earn $1. Income can include money you receive from:

Remember, if:

Remember, registered tax agents can help you with your tax.
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Sources: CoreLogic, Property Update and ATO
Disclaimer: This is general information only and is subject to change at any time. Your complete financial situation will need to be assessed before acceptance of any proposal or product. The Content provided herein has been prepared for informational purposes only. The Content does not constitute tax, legal or accounting advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek tax, legal or accounting advice before acting or relying on any Content.

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