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Negative gearing – WA survey results revealed

by ShelMarkblog In Shelmark RE

23 June 2016

With the Federal election looming, one of the most hotly debated topics remains the issue of potential changes to negative gearing. While the issue is Federal, any decision to make changes to the policy will affect us at a local level. REIWA conducted a survey of 352 Western Australian property investors to learn who they are and their opinion on the negative gearing debate.

  • 72% negatively gear their investment property (i.e. the money they receive in rent is less than the cost to finance and maintain the property. This creates an allowable tax deduction under the current policy).
  • 76% own 1-2 investment properties (suggesting most are ‘mum and dad’ type investors).
  • 30% earn less than $80,000 per annum (gross annual salary).
  • 51% earn a gross annual salary of less than $100,000.
  • The majority of WA property investors (almost a quarter) work in the Business and Human Resources sector.
  • The other industry sectors in the top 5 for WA investors are:
    • Mining and Engineering (17%)
    • Construction (13%)
    • Health, Education and Social Welfare (11%)
    • Public Service (11%)

Considering more than half of WA property investors earn less than $100,000 further highlights the fact that negative gearing provides an important benefit to low and middle income earners in WA. It also puts to bed the myth that property investment and negative gearing only assists wealthy Australians.

REIWA president Hayden Groves said, “These results show us that property investment is for everyone and provides an opportunity for all West Aussies to secure their future.”

To learn the facts on negative gearing and how changing the current policy will affect you as a property investor, click on the link to download the fact sheet.


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When art and real estate collide

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

20 June 2016

As many of you know, we have long been supporters and proud sponsors of the annual Alfred Cove Art Society (ACAS) Awards of Excellence. In fact we have been the major sponsors of the Awards since 2006, each year donating the first prize for ‘Best in Show’. Every year we are astounded by the quality of the artists’ works and it is especially rewarding to see the progression of talent from year to year. This year’s prize for ‘Best in Show’ was awarded to Richard Exham for his stunning pastel painting, Waves Breaking.

ACAS President Jenny Tunnacliffe wrote us a letter to thank us for our ongoing support over the years. She wrote, “We are very appreciative of your support and continued sponsorship in light of these tough economic times, as this ensures that we can encourage ACAS members to enter competitions and support our organisation to hold this annual event.”

While we sponsor this event due to our genuine appreciation for the arts, we were delighted to be acknowledged in the Alfred Cove Art Society’s June newsletter for our work in real estate, specifically for helping one of the members with the sale of her home and the purchase of a new one. Below is a copy of her letter featured in this month’s ACAS newsletter.

A Note from ACAS Member, Elizabeth MacColl

Our major sponsors, Shelley and Mark Clayton (Shelmark Real Estate) have been helping me. After 31 years living in my duplex home, I asked Shelley and Mark to assist in finding a new house and to sell my duplex.

It was wonderful to have available to me the genuine interest, knowledge, experience and professional expertise of Shelley and Mark. As a result of Shelley’s rigorous research, my duplex was accurately priced. As a result of Mark’s extensive advertising many people came to view my home. Shelley and Mark made themselves knowledgeable about my property and it was sold in one weekend. This saved me much time and energy preparing for home opens. The process of buying and selling property was interesting and I enjoyed the experience.

ACAS is privileged to have the Shelmark Real Estate team as our major sponsor. As a happy client I would recommend Shelley and Mark as outstanding real estate agents. Their attention to detail was valuable. For members of ACAS, their families and any friends thinking of downsizing, upsizing, investing in real estate then I recommend that you contact Shelley and Mark Clayton, Shelmark Real Estate.

Call our office on 6267 5151 or email mark@shelmark.com.au or shelley@shelmark.com.au if you are gearing up to take advantage of current marketplace conditions and move or invest.

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