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WHAT’S IN STORE FOR AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY
5 DESTINATIONS FOR YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST
Charles Tarbey gives his insights into the long term
TewntyOne explores some travel hotspots for 2018,
outlook of our real estate market.
is it time to brush off the passport?
TIPS FOR AUTUMN DECORATING
WHAT’S ON THIS AUTUMN
The ever insightful Emma Blomfield gives some help
With the Summer Holidays behind us, the events
to refresh your home for the Autumn season ahead.
haven’t slowed down, TwentyOne picks out the events to keep an eye out for.
10 TO-DOS IN YOUR AUTUMN GARDEN
As the leaves fall and the sun begins to tone it down, preparation for the Winter garden can begin!
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY
BY CHARLES TARBEY CHAIRMAN AND OWNER OF CENTURY 21 AUSTRALASIA
Across the country, property value growth is continuing to level out and although this may seem like a negative thing for homeowners, it may be a positive thing for the Australian market. A market experiencing moderate growth can often result in a healthier long-term market. Looking back on 2017, national
cooler conditions. Vendor discounting
parts. Buyers may be placed in a better
dwelling values were 4.2 per cent
is a likely prospect for those selling
position to negotiate a favourable price
higher over the calendar year – which
property Sydney and Melbourne
compared to previous years.
is a slower pace of growth relative to
markets, however, this may level out in
2016 when national dwelling values
the second half of the year.
rose 5.8 per cent and in 2015, when values nationally were 9.2 per cent higher. International market conditions will
Engaging with an experienced real realistic market price of their property
and outlying areas of Sydney and
as they can take advantage of an agent’s
Melbourne especially affected.
market conditions in the coming
involvement in recent transactions.
months, particularly the US and Asian
Not only this, a good agent may
markets. As the US property market
prove invaluable should the need for
is on the move, it may help support
discounting arise, helping to navigate
the Australian market and keep it
the negotiation process between buyer
and seller which is often emotional and
their property goals are in line with
markets across the country, with the Brisbane apartment market
on-ground knowledge of the area and
expectations are realistic this year, and
placed under valuation pressure in
estate agent can help vendors set a
likely continue to influence Australian
Vendors should ensure their
Apartment settlements may be
The Brisbane apartment market may be a key market to watch for first home buyers. New supply combined with first home buyer’s incentives may see unique and affordable buying opportunities present. I believe Perth will also remain a
taxing. Vendor discounting may help to improve housing affordability in some
market to keep an eye on this year. The market is showing signs that it has
moved through its worst, as vacancy
to benefit of
rates have fallen and there are lower
any upside in
levels of stock compared to previous
I encourage Australians to consider the demonstrated value of property as a safe and profitable investment…
resold at a profit over the quarter was $17.7 billion, far
At the end of last year, Perth saw its
first rolling quarterly capital gain since
of the ‘doom
late 2014 with CoreLogic reporting a
and gloom’ talk
0.3 per cent lift in dwelling values over
the three months to November 2017.
levelling market, I
They also reported that settled sales
encourage Australians to
are rising (+3.8 per cent year on year)
consider the demonstrated value
and homes are selling faster (59 days
of property as a safe and profitable
that is still there in many markets and
compared with 68 days a year ago).
investment over the long term.
that will likely remain over the course
There may be many good
outweighing resales losses which amounted to $453.8 million.
CoreLogic’s Pain & Gain Report for
opportunities to purchase Perth
the September 2017 quarter showed
property in the coming months and
the total gross value of properties
This also attests to the underlying demand for property
of the year despite signs of moderating price growth.
ABOUT CHARLES TARBEY
Charles Tarbey is the Chairman and Owner of Century 21 Australasia, one of Australasia’s largest and most diverse property groups. Charles has been actively involved in the property industry since 1972, and has trained and given advice to thousands of real estate agents, vendors and purchasers. He is also the author of two real estate books, Profit Driven Real Estate and Listing Rich.
CYBER SMART KIDS How parents can encourage safer online behaviours Younger generations are growing up in a digital world and now, technology is virtually second nature to many children from the early years. Whilst there is a myriad of benefits for learning, development and keeping in touch with friends and family, there can also be dangers present if savviness is not exercised online. Although many children are learning
information can still fall into the
about cyber safety in the classroom, to
reinforce the message, here are some tips to start the conversation at home and encourage safer online behaviours for children of all ages.
Research from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner reveals children as young as eight are sharing their surnames, school details and uniforms, phone numbers, and
DON’T OVERSHARE It is essential to educate your children about just how much personal information they share online. Whilst private settings may seem secure, they should understand that this setting is not impenetrable and personal
street addresses on their social media accounts. “The good news is that most young people are using privacy settings, however, education is essential to reinforcing the importance of keeping sensitive information private,” says said Children’s eSafety Commissioner,
Julie Inman Grant. “We need to be having regular conversations with young people about what is and is not OK to share online, and make sure we are modelling the same behaviours in our own social media use,” says Inman Grant.
THINK BEFORE POSTING The ease and simplicity of sharing messages online has created a situation where some may not think before hitting send. In an age of oversharing, it is important children remain conscious of the implications of posting negative things on social media.
how they are using digital devices. It may also be beneficial to limit when these devices are used to manage their levels of screen time, such as limiting use before bedtime or during certain hours of the day. By encouraging a balance between online and offline activities, and setting this example through your own activities, it may help children to understand that technology doesn’t need to be an all-consuming form of entertainment.
EDUCATE YOURSELF For those of us who have not grown up with the technology our children are so adept with, it can sometimes be daunting to understand. Research from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner reported that the vast majority of parents are being proactive about their children’s online safety, however, they still feel that they need more resources Ask your children - would you say it to your mum or dad? Would you say it to your grandparents? Or your teachers? If not, then don’t post it. We have seen numerous cases in recent years where public identities or high powered individuals have posted one ill-thought-out Tweet and suffered major consequences, such as public criticism, loss of employment and the need to deal with the subsequent fallout. It is important your children understand things may not disappear in the online sphere, and that all they do and say online should be shaped by this thought.
BALANCE ONLINE AND OFFLINE The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that the average Australian household has six internet-connected devices. However, the ‘Australian Child Health Poll’ form The Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne
to effectively to do so. Attesting to the positive aspects of the internet - there is a myriad of information online to help parents remain up to date with ever-changing technologies. For example, the iParent portal
showed that over half of parents of
houses a vast range of resources, advice
teenagers and a third of parents of
and ‘how to’ videos to keep parents up
children aged less than six years do not
to date with the latest technology used
place any limits on the amount of time
by their children, with the promise
spent or type of content accessed by
of more to come. Here, parents will
their children on screen-based devices.
find plenty of advice on things such
By keeping your children’s screen time out in the open, it may help you keep an eye on what they are doing and
as popular games, apps, and social networking sites, and digital trends.
Visit www.esafety.gov.au/iparent to find out more.
CENTURY 21 NEW ZEALAND
A STEADY 2018 PROVIDES GREAT OPPORTUNITIES
BY GEOFF BARNETT NATIONAL MANAGER OF CENTURY 21 NEW ZEALAND
After the General Election last September, New Zealand saw things quickly settle down with the real estate market showing some positive signs again.
In fact, end of year REINZ figures
also been doing particularly well with
as past data shows only about three
showed some strong price growth in
per cent of buyers had overseas tax
many parts of regional New Zealand and a good lift in sales activity for many provinces. The median house price in Auckland was up by the end of 2017, but only just. However, the long-term prospects of Australasia’s fastest growing city remain strong. The lower North Island has
As New Zealand’s capital city Wellington’s future is assured and in
ongoing and relatively low interest
see our cool little ‘cultural capital’
rates this year, with many fixed
rates still well under five per cent.
Overall, in one word 2018 will be ‘steady’. What we’re witnessing this year is the return to a more normalised market showing more realism and genuine sustainability than the crazy
in recent years. Century 21’s
days of two or three years back.
media profile, while the office in Paraparaumu has had a strong sales presence on the Kapiti Coast. In Palmerston North, Century 21 has
The Reserve Bank is anticipating
this issue of TwentyOne, it’s great to
seen some good price escalation office in Wellington enjoys a high
Some of you may have heard about our new government banning foreign ownership. This is not expected to have an overly negative impact on New Zealand’s residential housing market
This makes it a good time for many Auckland renters, in particular, to run the numbers on a mortgage calculator, if they can then come up with a deposit. Last year, I was one of those who called for a review on the LVR restrictions after the Reserve Bank’s tougher loan-to-value ratios had successfully taken much of the heat out of the market, as had certain
government measures to increase the
When it gets down to the nitty
While sales times may have extended
country’s housing supply. The good
gritty of a sale, more lenders are
on 12 months ago, we’re continuing
news is the LVR restrictions have
then insisting on getting the likes of
to see plenty of willing buyers and
since been softened somewhat, helping
valuations done and giving much closer
vendors negotiating fair prices both
more first home buyers to get into the
scrutiny to mortgage serviceability.
parties are happy with.
It’s heart-breaking for buyers,
In saying that, one aspect
vendors and agents alike
the wider real estate
when finance falls over
industry has witnessed over the past year is the increasing number of deals falling over simply because of finance.
but given some international
This is not expected to have an overly negative impact on New Zealand’s residential housing market…
New Zealand’s real estate coming off such a high, heightened caution by our banks and other
lenders is totally
brought about a new
wave of lending caution from the country’s retail banks and
Nonetheless, housing demand
financial institutions affecting some
continues to outstrip supply and land
settlements, and in some cases after
sold to developers in recent years will
buyers thought they had pre-approved
see plenty more developments and
finance all sorted.
subdivisions come to the market this
Over the past year, some media commentators have been determined to talk down the future of New Zealand’s real estate, but the market’s underlying strength continues to prove them wrong. I believe what we’re now seeing is the New Zealand real estate market entering a consolidation period as household incomes start to catch-up somewhat to property prices. Thanks to ongoing population growth, solid economic forecasts and confidence, and low interest rates coupled with more realistic house prices - plenty of opportunities remain for Kiwis when it comes to real estate in 2018.
year and next.
ABOUT GEOFF BARNETT
Geoff has been involved in the real estate industry for some 10 years. Prior to this he had over 30 years experience in business development and business management. Geoff has well-developed business networks and a thorough understanding of the day to day issues business owners face in running a successful business. Geoff is also very active in the community, he is a member of his local Lions club, and current regional manager of Camp Quality Auckland Northland. Camp Quality is an organisation which provides support for Children Living with Cancer and is a fully volunteer organisation. He is also a trustee of other community trusts.
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AUTUMN HOME IDEAS Brace your home for the chill with this season’s latest pieces B
The YPPERLIG throw from IKEA is the perfect autumn piece for your home, with its muted earthen tones, and super soft texture. With an
anti-pilling finish on both sides, it’s great for snuggling up in with a book and a big cup of tea.
Price: $14.99 AUD
AUTUMN CYLINDER TABLE LAMP
Bring spirited, woodland-inspired style to your space with the entrancing glow of the Autumn Cylinder Table Lamp by Micky & Stevie, available at Zanui (online). The lamp features an ash veneer shade with classic timber grains to cast a warmer hue of light. It’s the perfect autumn transitional piece with its earthy tones.
Price: $79.95 AUD
YPPERLIG STATIONERY SET
If you love your home and office tidy and organised, the YPPERLIG stationery set from IKEA is the perfect accessory for you. Give all the titbits on your desk a home. The YPPERLIG stationery set can be stacked and combined as you
like, so you always have tape, paperclips and pens close at hand.
Price: $14.99 AUD 21 MAGAZINE
AUTUMNAL MODERN RUG
Enhance the artistic appeal of your style with the warm flourish of colour in the Autumnal Modern Rug from Cornermill, available at Zanui (online). The rug features polypropylene frise yarns in a plush weave for superior durability and a comfortable feel underfoot.
Price: from $179.95 AUD
YPPERLIG WALL SHELF
For those who want a small and decorative storage solution, the YPPERLIG wall shelf from IKEA is the perfect piece for you. You can
hang this behind a door or in another narrow space. With its neutral tones, itâ€™ll be easy to pair with any existing dĂŠcor.
Price: $19.99 AUD
Add elegance and cosiness to your bedroom or living area with the Maple Cushion, Malachite from Rapee, available at Zanui (online). Cushions are a great way to introduce a subtle
hint of colour to your living space. The Maple Cushion is also generously sized for comfort as well as style.
Price: $44.95 AUD 21 MAGAZINE
TIPS FOR AUTUMN DECORATING Emma Blomfield helps to give your home a seasonal refresh
ABOUT EMMA BLOMFIELD
2018 is flying by at record pace, weren’t we just sipping cocktails over the Christmas break a minute ago!? It won’t be long before the days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting cooler, so how can we prepare for the cooler months ahead? I like to take the changing seasons as an opportunity to review certain areas of the house and replace anything that needs replacing. It’s also a good opportunity for a clean out!
Bookshelves can easily be an overlooked dumping ground for a
Emma Blomfield is an interior stylist and homewares buyer. Emma is passionate about making decorating affordable and accessible to all Australians. Emma’s decorating services are available not only in the Sydney metro area but also rural and regional towns for people looking for a more hands on decorating approach. Emma runs regular decorating workshops around the country helping her students to become more empowered in their decorating choices. www.emmablomfield.com
range of things we can’t find homes for - so why not take the chance to go through the shelves and throw out anything you know you’ll never read again or books the kids have outgrown. When replacing things back onto the shelf, be ruthless. Ask yourself if you really want it there and if you’ll ever look at it again. If not, turf it! You don’t have to reserve the shelves of your bookcase for books only. Mix up the items on the shelf to keep it interesting and tell a story about your family and your style. I like to use vases, trinkets, boxes and trays on bookshelves when styling for clients. Mixing the horizontal and vertical pieces make the shelf more interesting to look at and discover things. You can also lean some small framed prints or photographs on the shelves too to really personalise the space. 21 MAGAZINE
INTERIORS Another area to review in autumn is your sofa. Does it need a steam clean to refresh it after the hammering it got over the sweaty summer days and nights or wet bathers on the fabric? You can hire a steam cleaner yourself or outsource it to the professionals. Much cheaper than replacing the entire sofa! If you have slip covers, even better. Throw them in the wash and voila, a brand new sofa (sort of..)! I also like to wash my scatter cushion covers every three months or so (if not sooner). Take this opportunity to either throw them out and purchase a new set or soak the existing ones so theyâ€™re nice and fresh. I usually have a lighter summer throw rug on the sofa in the warmer months as sometimes it can be chilly at night but once autumn hits I find a need a thicker weight throw rug to handle the change in temperature. Keeping the material natural makes all the difference when snuggling on the sofa with loved ones, so opt for a heavier weight cotton throw rug or a woollen knit for extra cosiness.
Lastly, create some attractive new vignettes around the home. I love styling little corners of the house with a mix of new bits and pieces and some old treasures. I use trays to collate all the pieces together to tell a story. Vignettes look great on hallway tables, buffets in dining rooms and bedside tables. The key is to keep the collection of objects to an odd number, groupings of 3â€™s and 5â€™s is more pleasing to the eye than even groupings.
GRAN DESIGN Cherie Barber gets canny with granny flat renovations With Sydney and Melbourne property prices at an all-time high, there’s increasing pressure to create more cost-effective housing. One solution that has definitely grown
there’s increasing pressure to create
in popularity is granny flats. And
more cost-effective housing. One
what’s not to love about these compact
solution that has definitely grown in
little gold mines? Today’s granny flats
popularity is granny flats. And what’s
can be as basic or as architecturally
not to love about these compact little
elaborate as your budget and space
gold mines? Today’s granny flats
allow. And most granny flat builders
can be as basic or as architecturally
will manage the whole project for you,
elaborate as your budget and space
from concept through to completion,
allow. And most granny flat builders
including getting the necessary
will manage the whole project for you,
from concept through to completion,
With Sydney and Melbourne property prices at an all-time high,
including getting the necessary council approvals.
ABOUT CHERIE BARBER
Cherie Barber is the renovation expert on TEN’s The Living Room and owner of Renovating for Profit, a company that teaches anyone how to buy and renovate properties for profit. www.renovatingforprofit.com.au
Case Study This is a renovation I did a couple of years back in Sydney’s outer western suburbs for my renovation segment on TEN’s The Living Room. The original house was located on a 670 square metre, wide and level block, so the block was big enough to divide in two and put a twobedroom granny flat out the back. With no formal sub-division required (just complying development for the granny flat), a new paling fence was erected to split the house at the front from the new rear dwelling, providing separate access from the rear lane, making it completely self-contained. For around $50,000, I purchased a two-bedroom granny flat shell with awning from a local supplier, which I had my own tradies fit out. By ordering a bare shell with only the base structure and walls, I was able to achieve a more premium, quality fit-out at a similar cost to a standard, fully finished granny flat. As my tradies were already in full swing renovating the main property, and therefore on site, labour costs were kept to a minimum. Some minor work was necessary to connect water and electricity. Fully completed and ready to rent, the two-bedroom granny flat cost approximately $75,000 and was ready to rent at a tidy $330 per week. In today’s Sydney market, I estimate it would rent for closer to $400.
10 TO-DO’S IN YOUR AUTUMN GARDEN
Handy horticultural hints from the team at Growing Rooms As summer wanes, it’s time to prepare your garden for winter and the spring that follows. To keep your autumn garden vibrant and healthy you need to plan and take action now.
1.REMOVE LEAVES Transfer the leaves that fall on your
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garden and lawn to the compost bin on a regular basis, otherwise they will smother your plants and grass. Rake leaves up and compost or use as a mulch in garden beds. Well-rotted leaf mould, as it’s called, is nutrient rich and extremely beneficial to garden soil.
ABOUT GROWING ROOMS
Growing Rooms has evolved into one of Sydney’s leading landscape firms and have over a decade experience within Sydney. The company was founded by Oliver Sizeland who has worked within the landscaping industry in both London & New Zealand. Since being in Sydney, Oliver has been involved in constructing some of the city’s finest residential gardens. Oliver started Growing Rooms Landscapes with just one simple principle in mind: “To create stunning and functional gardens tailor made to our clients’ needs”. To find out more, visit www.growingrooms.com.au
2.PLANT SPRING FLOWERING BULBS Start planning for a stunning display of bulbs in spring with mass plantings of daffodils, dutch iris, hyacinth, lachenalia, ixia, muscari, ranunculi, Freesia, crocus, anemone, Babiana and tulips. Choose a spot with light, welldrained soil or plant in pots that can be moved out of sight after flowering. In warm areas, chill hyacinth and tulip bulbs in the fridge (about 8 weeks) before planting.
3.TRIM AND PRUNE HEDGES AND PLANTS Trim hedges before the onset of winter to keep them compact and bushy from ground level. The thing about pruning is that it actually stimulates new growth. The reason it does is because a chemical is contained in each terminal bud, or leader, and once you’ve removed that it allows the buds below to break. This means a much bushier plant. Don’t make the mistake of pruning back everything in the garden, because if you do you might miss spring blossoms. A Wisteria, for example, has already set its spring buds – look for the flowering spur and leave it because pruning that means missing its spring flush.
GARDENING 4.POT UP WINTER FLOWERING ANNUALS
Take 10cm cuttings from hardwood herbs such as rosemary…
When it comes to pretty flowers for your pots and bare spots in the garden during late winter and spring, simply remember the three Ps – pansies, Primula and Polyanthus. Mix up with cineraria and other annuals. Sow seed now in trays or punnets, or look out for seedlings at the garden centre.
5.DIVIDE PERENNIALS Dig up and divide large clumps of perennials such as dahlias (pictured), cannas, daylilies, Dietes, Euphorbia,
who can supply plans for your section.
9.ALLOW PLANTS TO SET SEED
pokers. Lift them, divide and re-plant
To really see the best results with your plants, it’s important to prepare
Some flowering perennials such as
into well-conditioned soil.
foxgloves, Hosta, peonies and red hot
the soil properly. Add gypsum to clay
6.TAKE CARE OF THE LAWN
soil to help improve its structure, and no matter your soil type, you’ll need
sedum and coneflower (Echinacea), as well as grasses, have lovely seed heads. Think about leaving those you like on the plant during winter to add
Autumn is the time to feed the lawn.
to regularly add organic matter. This
The reason is that the grass has
might be manure (ensure it’s fully
slowed down with cold nights, but
composted so that you don’t burn the
the roots are still growing well, so it’s
roots), pelletized fertiliser or compost.
a great time for repair because the
This will add nutrients back into your
soil is warm. Use a slow release lawn
soil and feed your soil microorganisms.
food to develop a strong root system
It’s these microorganisms that do the
and thicker grass. Autumn is also a
hard work and will ensure that your
good time to sow new lawn seeds.
soil structure has a good balance of
Before sowing seed, remove stones
water retention and drainage, and let
Give your citrus trees a little late
and difficult weeds such as dock and
summer attention. Feed them now with
dandelion. You will end up with a lush green cover over winter.
7. P L A N T N E W T R E E S A N D P L A N T S Autumn is an ideal time to plant new trees or shrubs provided the soil is reasonably moist. Make sure the planting spot isn’t on top of underground services such as sewerage drains or power cables. If unsure, you should contact the service provider
interest to the garden. Rose growers recommend leaving some flowers on plants to set hips (red/orange berries). Rose hips not only look attractive but help maintain vigour.
10.EXTRA ATTENTION FOR CITRUS TREES
a plant food that’s specially formulated
8.MAKE NEW PLANTS FROM CUTTINGS Take 10cm cuttings from hardwood herbs such as rosemary and bay or natives such as banksias, grevillea and coastal rosemary. Remove the lower leaves, dip cuttings into hormone powder and pot in small containers of premium potting mix. Keep just moist and shelter from strong wind and sun.
for citrus – these formulas contain the full range of trace elements your plants need. Water well before and after application, spreading the fertiliser around the dripline area (the zone beneath the outer branches). Check for pests too – spray bronze orange bugs with an insecticide such as Confidor, and treat aphids and scale insects with a horticultural oil.
ANYTIME MOOD BOOSTING WORKOUT Forget the excuses with this quick and easy routine 30 minutes of any form of activity that gets your heart rate up and stimulates the dopamine receptors will release endorphins to make you feel good - and you can spare 30 minutes anytime.
According to Kate Allott, Head of Fitness at Anytime Fitness, it can be a brisk walk on the beach, kicking the footy in the park, or boxing any movement that gets your heart pumping!
WHAT IS TABATA? Tabata training was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo. Tabata and his team
She’s put together a 30-minute sweat
conducted research on two groups of
session that will not get monotonous or
athletes, coming to the conclusion that
boring - thanks to its Tabata format.
high-intensity interval training has
Kate’s workout below can incorporate
more impact on both the aerobic and
weights - but requires no equipment
at all. All you need is your own body,
The structure of the program is as
and some determination to sweat and
1. Jumping Jacks (3 minutes) 2. Push-ups (3 minutes) 3. Burpees (3 minutes)
Workout hard for 20 seconds
Rest for 10 seconds
Complete 6 rounds of each exercise (3 minutes work)
4. Body weight squats (3 minutes)
You can do pretty much any exercise
5. Mountain Climbers (3 minutes)
you like in this format. You can do
6. Russian Twists (3 minutes) 7. Jumping Lunges (3 minutes) 8. Lateral Slides (3 minutes) 9. V Snaps (3 minutes) 10. Moving Plank (3 minutes)
squats, push-ups, burpees or any other exercise that works your large muscle groups, you can even incorporate weights - your imagination is the limit.
H E A LT H
SWITCH IT UP How to improve your wellbeing with some simple switches Many of us want to improve our health
milky drinks can
and wellbeing, but with so much
quickly add up if you
different advice out there, so many do’s
consume a lot of them.
and don’ts, and tricky jargon about food and nutrition, it can be difficult to know where to start. It might not be as hard as you think, and sometimes starting with small changes to the way you eat and go about your day. Try these easy lifestyle swaps and set yourself on the path to improving your wellbeing.
Of course, one of the best things you can do to improve your diet is to try to pack your lunch as much as possible. If you’re eating out all the time, chances are, you’re spending more money on food that is usually higher in calories and contains much higher levels of sugar and salt.
LIFE SWAPS Are you rushing out the door in the
FOOD SWITCHES One of the easiest life swaps to start
mornings before you get a proper meal
in? Don’t! Swap a sleep in for breakfast
If you’re lacking the motivation to hit
so you start the day right. You’ll have
the gym regularly, try swapping a solo
far more energy throughout the day,
work out for one with friends. Round
and won’t experience that big 3 o’clock
up some friends or colleagues to play
slump, where you will crave more
a team sport or in a competition, or
sugary treats and extra calories to get
arrange designated days with your
through the afternoon.
Try choosing brown rice over white
friends to get into a gym routine.
Some of us are stuck at our desks
rice. Unlike white rice, brown rice has
Having company around you will
during the work day, and it can make
far more essential nutrients and is a
make exercising much less of a drag.
all the difference swapping your lunch
whole grain which provides fibre and
In addition, you may fi nd yourself
at your desk for a quick walk. Even if
will help reduce high cholesterol levels.
feeling more obligated to keep up with
it’s just a stroll around the block, it’s
Cauliflower rice and other vegetable
a regular exercise schedule so you don’t
an easy way to increase your incidental
variations are also tasty and healthy
let each other down.
exercise and get some extra vitamin D.
with is making small changes to your diet. Even a simple search on the internet can unearth numerous common foods that you can swap with healthier options.
Other small changes you can make at
Simple swaps can also be made to the
If you’re looking for a fizzy drink to
the gym include doing slightly more
way we get around – so maybe get off
go with your lunch, opt for flavoured
difficult exercises. Instead of a normal
a few bus stops early just to enjoy the
sparkling water instead of soft drinks
body weight squat, give squat jumps a
rest of the journey by foot, or walk
so you’re not consuming more sugar
try to add cardio benefit, or if you’re
to the local supermarket instead of
than you need to. Coffee lovers may
on a flat treadmill, opt for the incline
driving. A little extra physical activity
benefit from swapping milky lattes
option. Start small and work your way
incorporated into your day can make a
to black coffee, as the calories in
up as your cardio improves.
bigger difference than you think.
TwentyOne explores some travel hotspots for 2018 Where will this year take you? Perhaps it is the year to adventure to a place that is a little off the beaten track. Inspire your wanderlust and fill your passport pages with some of our favourite travel hotspots.
1. SRI LANKA An emerging gem of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a destination that offers an incredibly diverse travel experience. The island nation sits South of India, and travellers are flocking there lured by the chance to adventure and relax in the one trip.
Animal lovers will be delighted at the
from its time as a trading port, and
chance to see majestic Sri Lankan
remnants of the Galle Fort remain
wildlife up close in the country’s
around the city to explore. Take a
renowned safari parks, created with
stroll and lose yourself amongst its
the protection and conservation of
cobblestone streets, and you will
its inhabitants in mind. Sri Lankan
be sure to find great food, quirky
elephants, water buffalo, deer, wild
shopping and plenty of history.
birds, and reptiles such as crocodiles and lizards roam free in parks such as
From the hustle and bustle of
Udawalawe National Park and Yala
the capital city, Colombo, to the
National Park, and visitors can head
rainforests and waterfalls of Ella and
out on guided jeep tours to admire
Nuwara Elia, to the sandy stretches
them in their natural habitats.
of pristine beaches across the southern coastline, such as Mirissa and Weligama, Sri Lanka promises something for all.
Local Sri Lankan cuisine will cater to the taste buds of any travelling foodie – with the country’s famous Ceylon tea, fragrantly spiced curries, countless variations of Kottu, to the classic breakfast dish of ‘string hoppers’ made
The city of Galle is a must-see, holding
of rice or wheat flour, and mouth-
UNESCO World Heritage status.
wateringly fresh seafood on offer.
With a feeling unlike any other city in Sri Lanka, it exudes Dutch influence
Animal lovers will be delighted at the chance to see majestic Sri Lankan wildlife up close…
FIVE DESTINATIONS FOR YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city.
2. PORTUGAL Warm and sunny Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, has long been a must-visit on any European jaunt. The city is famous for its multi-coloured and mosaiced architectures, intricately tiled streets, freshly baked Pastel de Natas or custard tarts, and expansive cityscapes that lie at the end of a ride up the city’s vintage Furnicular. However, there are many other cities in Portugal that are just as charming and certainly worth visiting.
coastal city, with beautiful historical
southern coast. The stunning cliffs,
monuments dotted throughout the
sandy beaches and charming fishing
region. Wine connoisseurs will be in
towns paired with thriving bars and
their element anywhere throughout
restaurants makes the region a unique
Portugal, but Porto – as you might
and often overlooked destination.
have guessed, is also particularly
Although the region remains relatively
famous for its production of Port,
under the radar, new resorts and
which is still stored in cellars that line
Michelin-starred restaurants are
the Douro River.
popping up along the coastline,
If a relaxing beach sojourn is what you are after, picturesque beaches
Visit Porto, Portugal’s second-largest
are found in the Algarve region
city. There’s plenty to see in the
which stretches across Portugal’s
guaranteeing to give the country’s renowned neighbour, Spain, a run for their money.
…hot springs will be a welcome opportunity to warm up in stunning surroundings
3. ICELAND Those willing to brave the cold will certainly be rewarded by the choice to venture to Iceland and experience its breathtaking landscapes. As you travel through the countryside, you’ll see snow-capped mountains and vast swathes of untouched land. Brimming with natural beauty, Iceland is famous for its stunning glaciers, volcanoes, and
Close to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, lies the famous Blue Lagoon - a spa located in the lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The water in the lagoon is full of minerals and is said to bring many health benefits for travellers who choose to take a dip. It is sure to make a relaxing experience and an Insta-photo that will be the envy of your family and friends.
of course the hot springs which boast
Once you’ve warmed up in the baths,
breathtaking views of the landscape.
it’s time to venture out and find
Iceland’s hot springs will be a welcome opportunity to warm up in stunning surroundings. The country has an abundance of natural geothermal energy, which has resulted in plenty of heated baths and pools that are open to the public to enjoy. The thermal baths are a quintessential part of Icelandic life. Locals of all ages and from all walks of life come to the public pools
the spectacular Northern Lights. It’s best advised to join one of the tours led by capable leaders who are experts at finding the elusive natural phenomenon, as the magnificent light show is known to be fickle. It will also be important to time your trip, as the
4. ABU DHABI Many of us pass through the United Arab Emirates waiting for connecting flights, however, why not extend your stop-over and enjoy some time in the capital city, Abu Dhabi. While Dubai often steals the spotlight with its glitz and glamour, Abu Dhabi certainly has plenty to offer. Lonely Planet labels the city one that isn’t afraid to challenge world records, such as the world’s largest hand-loomed carpet in the Abu Dhabi mosque, and the world’s fastest rollercoaster at
darker months from September to mid-
April are said to hold a better chance to
There is no question that Abu Dhabi
is bliss for shopaholics. The city’s many modern malls take the shopping
and baths to socialise.
experience to the next level, and you
If you want to be immersed in the history and culture of the UAE, the Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi will give you a glimpse of the Bedouin lifestyle. In Heritage Village, you can get a snapshot of life in the desert, how the people lived, farmed, and entertained themselves. To this day, there are still artists putting their skills in weaving, metalwork and glass blowing on display. Visitors may also try their hand in the various crafts.
5. SLOVENIA Slovenia has quickly emerged as one
The most popular destination in Slovenia is the stunning Lake Bled
of the most written about “up and coming” travel destinations. Located in central Europe, Slovenia, like its neighbours boasts stunning landscapes featuring snow-capped mountains and jewel-coloured rivers. The most popular destination in Slovenia is the stunning Lake Bled and
will be sure to find your favourite
then think again. The brand new
the single island situated in the middle
luxury brands, designers and high-
Louvre Abu Dhabi opened at the
of it. Legend has it that by ringing
end of 2017 and brings the famous
the church bell on the island, you can
Parisian institution to the United Arab
make your wishes come true.
Emirates. The collaboration between
There are many gorgeous islands to
the two cultures is a must-see.
explore in Slovenia – many of them
If you think you need to venture all the way to Paris to immerse yourself in the artistic delights of the Louvre,
surrounded by magnificent lakes and expansive bodies of water. You can take in the landscape with a boat trip, strolling across a bridge or even from the top of a castle.
Louvre Abu Dhabi opened at the end of 2017 and brings the famous Parisian institution to the United Arab Emirates.
Another must-visit is the Piran salt pans for a truly unique Slovenian experience. Piran, a small town on the coast of Slovenia, is made up of narrow streets crowded with houses built closely together. The town, said to be developed under the influence of Venice, is one of the most photogenic in Slovenia.
WELLINGTON – THE CULTURAL CAPITAL Why New Zealand’s capital city has so much to offer Famous for a vibrant creative culture fuelled by great food, wine, craft beer, coffee and events, Wellington is much more than New Zealand’s capital city. Wellington today is truly cosmopolitan with genuine personality and artistic flare. Situated near the country’s geographic centre, Wellington has been the home of the New Zealand Government, Parliament and much of the country’s civil service since 1865. Despite being much smaller than Auckland, Wellington now also boasts the title of New Zealand’s cultural capital and has been ranked one of the world’s most liveable cities. There are numerous theatres, performance venues, independent cinemas, shopping and retail precincts, as well as two universities. The city is home to nearly half a million people, as well as many high-profile events and cultural celebrations, including the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Wellington Jazz Festival. It plays host to many artistic and cultural organisations, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the New Zealand School of Dance.
Based in Wellington, Oscar-winning filmmakers Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor, along with a growing team of creative professionals and businesses, have given rise to the moniker ‘Wellywood’. Jackson’s Weta Workshop is best known for delivering the blockbuster Lord of The Rings trilogy. On the city’s celebrated waterfront sits the well-visited Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. While the Great War Exhibition at the National Library, also created by Sir Peter Jackson, has received rave reviews since it opened to commemorate the
centennial of World War I. Wellington showcases a variety of architectural styles from the past 160 years – including plenty of 19thcentury wooden cottages, streamlined Art Deco structures, and the curves and vibrant colours of post-modern architecture in the CBD. Two of its most photographed architectural sights include Parliament’s iconic Beehive building and across the road, the Government Building - one of the largest wooden buildings in the word.
island ferry terminal remain central to its transport network. Catching a ferry takes you through the stunning Marlborough Sounds at the top of South Island, while a ride on the Wellington Cable Car takes you above the city for that postcard photograph. Wellington is also a foodie’s paradise, boasting many small dining establishments and independent coffeehouses. While Courtney Place is probably New Zealand’s best-known street for entertainment and nightlife. All in all, New Zealand’s capital city
The Wellington International Airport, Wellington Railway Station, and inter-
is, without doubt, its ‘cultural capital’ as well.
Wellington now also boasts the title of New Zealand’s cultural capital…
GET OUT OF YOUR POST-HOLIDAY PERSONAL STYLE RUT With summer ending and the festive season over, it’s time to move away from the holiday outfits and refresh your everyday style. It can be a little tricky for your personal style to adjust back to everyday life - you’re likely stuck in “holiday mode” and your outfits are too!
Hayley Cooper shares her seasonal style advice
Here are some quick tips I share with
and make it feel like you’re getting
my personal styling clients to get them
more wear out of your clothes. Try
out of that post-holiday style rut and
adding a statement necklace to a basic
back to their everyday style, without
top or a thin waist belt to a flowy dress.
having the same outfit on repeat.
3. FIND WHAT YOU LIKE 1. WEAR SOMETHING NEW
Set aside some “you” time to research
ABOUT HAYLEY COOPER
This is the easiest way to get out of
different looks that you would like to
your personal style rut QUICKLY
wear. Have a look at different outfit
and overhaul your outfit mix. Wear
images online of styles that you like
your new purchase from the sales, the
and save the images. Use these as
gift you received over the holidays,
inspiration to recreate the look in your
Hayley Cooper is a Sydney based Personal Stylist who launched her business over 6 years ago, after completing formal training in Sydney.
that item in your wardrobe that you
own way. You can try and do this from
just haven’t worn yet, or get creative
items in your wardrobe, or by heading
and style a complete new outfit from
to the shops and shopping for similar
your own wardrobe. Styling from your
current wardrobe is the perfect way to maximise wardrobe wearability and revamp your style without the expense
We all get stuck in a personal style rut
of buying something new.
at times but the most important thing to remember is that FASHION should be FUN and make you FEEL GOOD.
2. ACCESSORISE EVERY OUTFIT Accessories are outfit transformers! The right accessory can completely
Here’s to enjoying your outfits and building confidence with your personal style this year!
change your look – they’re an easy,
Since then, she has worked with hundreds of women on their personal style journey, hosted fashion workshops across NSW and worked on some of Australia’s largest television productions. Hayley aims to help women discover their personal style, minimise fashion barriers and have fun with their personal style! She provides expert styling advice and how-to solutions to help women look and feel their absolute best. The mission is simple - to create a style that works for YOU. To find out more, visit www.hayleycooper.com.au
inexpensive way to mix up your outfits
SPOTLIGHT ON SUPERNORMAL CANTEEN TwentyOne visits a Melbourne foodie favourite In the summer of 2013/14, Andrew McConnell launched the funtimes test kitchen Supernormal Canteen. The loud and lively eatery was packed nightly and was the free-wheeling precursor to the hugely successful Supernormal located at Flinders Lane in Melbourne. In the winter of 2017, Supernormal Canteen made a comeback in St Kilda. The eatery offers polished food
Accompanying these super-tasty
and service coupled with a faster,
Asian eats are a streamlined selection
livelier and louder Tokyo spirit. The
of wines by the glass, sake, cocktail
boisterous younger sister is certainly
jugs, and Japanese beers and soft
not overshadowed and Supernormal
drinks. Guests will also have the
Canteen has quickly attracted a cult
option of selecting from a wine cabinet
foodie following of its Asian dining
containing “the good and the rare stuff”.
with a twist.
From its genesis, McConnell wanted
Running the show are seasoned
Supernormal Canteen to be “fun,
Supernormal city veterans Zoë Rubino
approachable local, bursting with people.”
as restaurant manager and Tim Goegan as head chef. A smoking Yakitori grill from a central bar informs a playful menu comprising of new dishes, with one exception – Supernormal’s cult New England
“The kind of place that is just as much loved for the good times as it is for the food and drink,” said McConnell.
2/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Ph. (03) 9525 4488
Lobster Roll will be served up to its adoring fans. The food is punchy in flavour and minimalist in approach - think whole garlic clove yakitori, pig’s head bao, steamed pork buns, chicken skin chicharrones, Chongqing popcorn, and dumplings.
HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT CHEESE BOARD If there is a group at a party hovering around a table, there’s bound to be a fabulous cheese board. So how do you make the perfect cheese board that will make your events the talk of the town? PLAN AHEAD First things first, you need to take care of the little details. How many people are you going to be serving? Will the cheese be a pre-dinner snack or a post-
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CHEESE
the type of cheese that will have the greatest appeal. You should also plan the right platters or cheese boards to serve it on and make it look great. Ensure you are equipped with a board of the right size to arrange all your treats in a pleasing manner. Wooden boards can exude an enticing, rustic appeal, or try a sleek, white platter for a modern arrangement.
PICKING THE RIGHT ACCOMPANIMENTS
There’s really no right or wrong cheese to have on your board, but it’s good
Serve simple, neutral flavoured bread
to remember that if you’re going to
or crackers. Flavoured breads with
be serving the cheese board before
sesame seeds and herbs can often
dinner, to pick the lighter cheeses.
overpower the flavours of the cheese.
Think mozzarella and goat’s cheese,
Other accompaniments you might like
and save the aged cheddars and creamy
to add to the board include seasonal
camemberts for post-dinner. Consider
fruits – but nothing that’s overly
combining different textures – with a
sugary. Think figs, cherries, grilled
mixture of softer and harder cheeses.
peaches. You can also add olives,
Generally around three to four
walnuts or other dried fruits to offer a
varieties is ideal to please all palates.
selection of flavours.
dinner snack? Are you serving it along with other h’orderves? Think about
The entertainers amongst us know that cheese is a crowd pleaser, there’s no doubt about it.
Keep the breads and crackers in a
ARRANGING THE CHEESE PLATTER A popular way of arranging the cheese is to arrange them in a clockwise
separate basket or plate so the crumbs don’t interfere with the textures of the different cheeses.
direction from the mildest cheese to the strongest.
SERVING THE CHEESE
The most important rule to remember
Before serving the cheese you will need
is not to overcrowd your cheese platter.
to bring them to room temperature.
If the cheeses are placed too closely
You’ll need to take the cheeses out
together, it may destroy the aesthetic
of the fridge at least an hour before
appeal of your platter as guests attempt
serving them, and cover them with
to reach their choice.
a damp tea towel. That way, the
Also, provide a different knife for
cheeses will be able to come to room
each cheese so that the flavours of the
temperature without drying out.
cheeses do not get mixed up and end up tasting like each other.
GRILLED CORN, AVOCADO AND SMOKY CHIPOTLE SALSA WITH TWISTED DELIGHT BRUSCHETTA
2 cobs of corn, brushed with butter and grilled on the BBQ
To make the dressing, combine the
1 firm avocado, diced
in a large bowl. Grate half of one
1 tbsp smoky chipotle sauce
chipotle sauce, olive oil and lime juice the cobs of corn then add it to the dressing. Mix together and season to
2 tomatoes, diced with the seeds removed
taste with salt and pepper.
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
To make the salsa, cut the kernels off
1/2 bunch chives, finely chopped 1/2 lime, squeezed 1/2 purple cabbage, finely chopped 1 Bakers Delight Twisted Delight
the remaining corn and add to the bowl with the dressing, tomatoes, cabbage, and chives. Once you’ve mixed through, gently add in the avocado. To serve, cut your Bakers Delight Twisted Delight into thick fingers and place 1-2 tablespoons of the salsa on top.
Try Miguel Maestre’s delicious spin on a classic antipasto
Having worked for many years in various kitchens around the world, Miguel Maestre is one talented Spaniard who has made Sydney his home. Born in Murcia in the south of Spain, his love for food was pre-determined from a young age. Miguel’s passion for food and life is infectious, and he has developed a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles into his Australian menus. It is Miguel’s cohosting role on TEN’s Logie winning show “The Living Room”, that has catapulted him into the world of TV and he is the author of two best-selling Spanish books “Miguel’s Tapas” and “Spanish Cooking”. To find out more, visit: www.miguelmaestre.com.au
SEVEN TIPS TO INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY If you’re thinking of selling this autumn, there are plenty of simple and cost-effective ways to add value to your home. While many people shy away from renovations in the cooler months, a fresh coat of paint and something as simple as new light fittings can easily add 5-10 per cent to your home’s value, even in a flat market. One of the most important things to remember when renovating is to avoid spending more money than will add value to your home. Generally, you should be aiming to get at least $1-2 back in the value of your property for every dollar spent renovating. If
CHRIS GRAY’S SEVEN TIPS FOR INCREASING YOUR PROPERTY’S VALUE: 1 . A P P LY A F R E S H C O AT O F PA I N T INSIDE AND OUT.
or whole new bathroom, it’s worth consulting an independent valuer who can determine whether the amount you plan to spend on a project will provide an adequate return on investment.
3. CHANGE LIGHT FITTINGS. Upgrading light fittings is a simple
First impressions count, and applying
way to instantly modernise your
fresh paint to the interior and exterior
home. While it can be tempting to
of a property can make a dramatic
opt for an inexpensive light fitting,
difference to your home’s appearance.
it’s worth spending a little extra to
Interior designers are a brilliant
purchase a high quality one which
source of style advice, and it’s worth
can act as a statement piece in a room.
setting up an initial consultation to
When preparing your home for sale
get some design ideas. Interior design
in the cooler months it’s important
magazines and Instagram accounts are
to enhance natural light as much
also excellent sources of inspiration.
as possible as there tends to be less
Generally, when selecting colours,
sunlight. Before open inspections,
it’s best to stay away from bold shades
make sure you open and clean blinds
and instead opt for whites and neutral
and curtains and turn on lights.
tones, as these help create the illusion of more space.
4. CHANGE KITCHEN CUPBOARD DOORS.
you’re considering any large-scale renovations, such as an extension
Chris Gray shares his investment advice for autumn improvements
2. RE-CARPET OR POLISH FLOORBOARDS.
Kitchen renovations can often be expensive, involving the replacement
Flooring makes up a large percentage
of several different elements. Instead
of the surfaces within a home and
of adding in a whole new kitchen to
revamping this can help increase your
your home, simply change your kitchen
property’s value. A simple recarpeting
cupboard doors. This can easily be
job can cost as little as $5,000 and can
done by a good tradesperson and can
add around $20,000 to a property’s
transform the room’s appearance.
value. If you have tired-looking floorboards, it’s easy to hire floor sanding equipment or a professional to sand the floor, and then apply the stain and polish yourself. 21 MAGAZINE
6. OFFER SOME UPGRADES TO YOUR NEIGHBOUR’S PROPERTY. Spending a few thousand dollars to upgrade your neighbour’s property and garden, especially if you’re looking to sell, is a great way to maximise the value of your own home and make a good first impression with buyers. It
5. GIVE THE GARDEN SOME TLC.
could be as simple as offering to mow their lawn and plant some new flowers,
Freshening up your garden is a simple
or give their fence a facelift with a
way to add value to your home. Mow
fresh coat of paint.
the lawns, trim the trees and tidy the flower beds. If your finances permit, you could even consider bringing in a landscaping expert to help create
7. H I R E F U R N I T U R E F O R O P E N HOMES.
lasting impression with buyers.
If your home’s furniture is outdated,
Remember, most buyers are looking
hiring a couple of modern items can
for a low maintenance garden, so try
make your home appear on-trend and
to keep outdoor areas as low-fuss as
enhance its appeal with buyers. Your
possible. Instead of having a huge
real estate agent can refer you to some
lawn, opt for paving or a stone garden,
good hire companies to go through,
and invest in hardy plants that require
and can even help arrange the process
for you ahead of an open home.
ABOUT CHRIS GRAY
Chris Gray is CEO of Your Empire, a buyers agency which builds property portfolios for time-poor people – searching, negotiating, renovating and managing property on their behalf. Chris’s team buys one to two properties a week and often spends $5m+ a year renovating on others behalf, providing a unique insight into market conditions and buyer and seller sentiment. Chris hosts “Your Property Empire’ each Monday on Sky News Business channel, where he interviews various heads of property research companies and major industry figures. Chris is a qualified accountant, buyers’ agent and mortgage broker. For more information, visit www.yourempire.com.au, www.chrisgray.com.au and follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisGrayEmpire
PICK THE METHOD TO SUIT YOUR INVESTMENT STRATEGY Bradley Beer explains how to approach depreciation deductions for your property The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows investors to choose between two methods of claiming depreciation on plant and equipment assets*. These are the diminishing value and the prime cost methods of depreciation. When an investor makes their
as a percentage of the balance you
If an investor makes their claim using
depreciation claim, they can choose
have left to deduct. The formula a
the diminishing value method, they
only one of these methods, so it’s
Quantity Surveyor will use to calculate
are claiming a greater proportion of
important for them to understand how
depreciation using the diminishing
the asset’s cost in the earlier years of
this choice will affect their investment
value method is shown below.
the effective life of the asset as set by
Under the prime cost method, the
Both the diminishing value and the
deduction for each year is calculated as
prime cost methods claim the total
a percentage of the cost. The formula
depreciation value available over the
a Quantity Surveyor will use to
life of a property. However, the two
determine the amount of depreciation
methods use different formulas to
deduction under the prime cost
calculate depreciation deductions,
method is shown below.
achieving different short and longterm cash flow positions for the property investor. Under the diminishing value
The strategy of the individual investor must be considered when determining which method is the best choice for them.
method, the deduction is calculated
the ATO, therefore receiving greater deductions in the earlier years of owning the property. Alternatively, by selecting the prime cost method the investor is claiming a lower but more constant proportion of the available deductions over a longer period. No matter what strategy an investor has, it’s recommended they seek advice from an Accountant when making a decision.
* Under new legislation outlined in the Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 passed by Parliament on 15th November 2017, investors who exchange contracts on a second-hand residential property after 7:30pm on 9th May 2017 will no longer be able to claim depreciation on previously used plant and equipment assets. Investors can claim deductions on plant and equipment assets they purchase and directly incur the expense for. Investors who purchased prior to this date and those who purchase a brand-new property will still be able to claim depreciation as they were previously. To learn more visit www. bmtqs.com.au/budget-2017 or read BMTâ€™s comprehensive White Paper document at www.bmtqs.com.au/2017-budget-whitepaper.
A specialist Quantity Surveyor will always be able to provide a Capital Allowance and Tax Depreciation Schedule that outlines the depreciation deductions available to claim using both methods for comparison.
Article provided by BMT Tax Depreciation. Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS, AVAA) is the Chief Executive Officer of BMT Tax Depreciation. Please contact 1300 728 726 or visit www.bmtqs.com.au for an Australia-wide service.
For obligation free advice on your investment property situation and which method might work best for you, speak with the expert team at BMT Tax Depreciation on 1300 728 726.
The strategy of the individual investor must be considered when determining which method is the best choiceâ€Ś
WHY THERE ARE SOME REPAIRS YOU SHOULD LEAVE TO THE PROFESSIONALS Popular reality television programs including The Block and House Rules are fostering a new generation of do-it-yourself landlords.
However, even landlords with the best
inspiring landlords to bypass the
programs to ensure the contestants’
intentions could put their tenants’
professionals and turn their hand to
work looks good, but is safe and legal
safety at risk by relying on their own
their own repairs and renovations,”
handiwork, warns Australia’s leading
said Carolyn Parrella, Terri Scheer
landlord insurance specialist Terri
Insurance Executive Manager.
“The reality for landlords is that do-it-yourself renovations and repairs
“Instead of calling in a qualified
often take longer and cost more. If not
Up to a quarter (25 per cent) of work
tradesperson, many landlords try the
completed to industry standard, their
completed by Jim’s Group building
‘quick fix’ repairs they see on television
negligence could impose serious legal
maintenance franchisees nationally
both to save money and appease their
involves fixing problems created when
property owners attempt DIY repairs or renovations. “Reality television programs are
“Landlords should consider whether
“Many landlords forget there are teams
they have the skills or qualifications to
of professional builders and tradesman
complete the work before getting out
that work behind the scenes on reality
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO CONSIDER: ELECTRICAL
WATER AND GAS PLUMBING
“Landlords can be easily lulled into
Ms Parrella said property owners
“Swimming pools can be an attractive
purchasing electrical upgrades at
should not attempt their own plumbing
drawcard for prospective tenants
the hardware store with such a large
works, including both water and gas
however they can also be death traps
range of products and ‘advice’ readily
when not correctly fenced,” Ms
available,” Ms Parrella said.
“Leaking taps may seem like a minor
“While anyone can buy electrical
issue however if gone unnoticed can
“Landlords can install a pool fence
goods or fittings, you almost always
cause costly water damage, while
with the best intentions of keeping
need to be licensed to install them.
resulting mould can pose a risk to
children safe from drowning, however
Only the simplest tasks such as
tenants’ health,” Ms Parrella said.
there are a number of potential
changing lightbulbs should be completed by a landlord or their tenant. “The biggest risk with poorly completed electrical work is electrocution and fire. An appliance may work one day and zap you the next, while faulty wiring could spark a fire and quickly spread around the property. “Landlords should always do a licence check to verify a tradesperson’s license number and that the licence is also current. More information can be found on the licensing authority
“Natural gas also has minimal odour and is highly flammable. Any naked flame, such as candles, lighters or stove tops can cause explosions. “Generally, non-licensed handypersons should only attempt to replace tap washers and shower heads, leaving all other work to the professionals.
oversights. According to regulation, gates need to be self-closing and self-latching. Fencing also needs to be 1200mm or higher. Over time, ground levels or garden beds can rise, making any work not to code. “Qualified tradespeople and licensed businesses can help ensure that high quality fencing panels are used and
“Most Australian states and territories
that only industry standard installation
require property owners to source
procedures are followed.”
a compliance certificate from tradespeople for any plumbing work carried out. This also applies to other trades and services.” Disclaimer The information contained in this article
website in your state.”
is intended to be of a general nature only. Terri Scheer does not accept any legal responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it. Insurance issued by Vero Insurance. Read the Product Disclosure Statement before buying this insurance and consider whether it is right for you. Contact Terri Scheer on 1800 804 016 or visit our website at www.terrischeer.com.au for a copy.
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APP GUIDE TwentyOne tests out some handy gardening apps Autumn is a great time to be working in your backyard, as the slightly cooler temperatures are easier on you and the plants. TwentyOne has found the best gardening apps to help improve your green thumb. Check them out, then it’s time to put your hat on and pull on the gloves.
YATES MY GARDEN Yates My Garden helps you design, grow and manage the perfect garden for you. The app will help you throughout the whole process, from
ABC VEGIE GUIDE
GARDEN ANSWERS PLANT ID
This is one of the best apps out there
Have you seen a plant that you like but
for keen vegie gardeners. It’s easy to
don’t know what it is? This awesome
use and helps you keep track of all
app can instantly help you identify
the vegetables you’ve planted in the
over 20,000 plants, while also giving
garden. Whether you are a beginner
you accurate and detailed information
or a seasoned professional, ABC
about it. All you have to do is take a
Vegie Guide will give you advice on
few photos of the plant using your
what to plant, and when. The app
phone and upload it to your app. The
has plenty of tips to keep your crops
app is extremely accurate and perfect
healthy throughout the year, as well
for those who are new to gardening.
as valuable information on pest and disease control. In your ‘Patch’ you
can keep a record of what’s growing in your garden, make notes on when you planted what, take photos and mark your progress. ABC Vegie Guide will even let you know when your plants are ready to harvest and enjoy.
sourcing design inspiration to planning and growing the plants in your garden. The best thing about the app is that you can talk to qualified horticulturists in real time about your garden and any questions that may arise.
Get out and about to these great events The year is in full swing and with the summer holidays far behind us, many start to long for a break and a little getaway. With so much on this season, TwentyOne has picked some great events to check out and to inspire a long weekend adventure.
WHAT’S ON THIS AUTUMN GOLD COAST 2018 C O M M O N W E A LT H G A M E S
SCULPTURE BY THE SEA, COTTESLOE
April 4 – 15 2018 Gold Coast, Queensland
May 25 – June 16 2018 Sydney, New South Wales
March 2 – 19 2018 Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia
11 days, 18 sports, and over 6,600
See the beautiful city light up at
athletes. The Commonwealth Games
Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival.
What better way to enjoy the beauty of
promises to be the largest sporting
The city will be transformed with
art than by fusing it with the beauty of
event in Australia this decade, and
mesmerising light installations
nature. Take a stroll along the famous
a wonderful chance to see countless
across various locations and notable
coastline and enjoy the works of many
talented athletes in action. With so
landmarks, such as the Sydney
emerging and established artists on
many events being hosted across the
Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera
display at Cottesloe Beach for the 14th
famous coastal city, the Gold Coast
House. There’ll be music, light shows
annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
will no doubt be abuzz for the duration
and many works of art throughout
The added bonus is that the event is
of the Games, making it a great chance
Sydney, allowing for an immersive
free, so you can bring the whole family
to visit and get amongst the spirit.
and sensory experience. Get inspired
out for a unique cultural experience.
by the many shows, talks and related events held throughout the festival’s duration.
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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL
ARROWTOWN AUTUMN FESTIVAL
March 28 – April 22 2018 Melbourne, Victoria
May 19 – 21 2018 South Australia
April 19 – 25 2018 Arrowtown, Central Otago
Since 1987, Melbourne’s renowned
Kernewek Lowender is a Cornish-
This year marks the 34th year of the
annual comedy festival has been
themed festival held in the Copper
Akarua Arrowtown Autumn festival,
bringing together the world’s comedic
Coast towns of Kadina, Moonta, and
celebrating the season with five days
elite and making Melbourne city the
Wallaroo in South Australia, and is
of fun and family-friendly events. The
centre of the comedy universe. You’ll
the largest Cornish Festival outside
festival is jam packed with activities,
be in stitches no matter which show
of Cornwall in the UK. “Kernewek
with street parades, local markets,
you go to, with many prominent and
Lowender” means “Cornish happiness”
plenty of food and drink to enjoy and
up and coming comedians performing
in the Cornish language, and the
numerous performances, and even
at numerous different locations around
seven-day festival promises this over
duck races and dog shows. It’s a great
Melbourne over three and a half weeks.
the week of food, dancing and maypole
chance to adventure to Queenstown
for a long weekend, as Arrowtown is only a 20-minute drive away.
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