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Major change to the Commercial Building Disclosure Program is fast approaching on 1st July 2017

shutterstocMelbourne - Australia. 03.08.12Following the announcement made by the Australian Government last year, the mandatory disclosure threshold on commercial office buildings will reduce from 2000 square metres to 1000 square metres starting the 1st July 2017.

From 1st July 2017, this expansion of the CBD program will require most sellers and lessors of office space of 1000 square metres or more to obtain a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) before the building goes on the market for sale, lease or sublease.

BEECs include a Part 1 – the building’s National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy for offices star rating which is valid for 1 year, and a Part 2 – Tenancy Lighting Assessment (TLA) of the relevant area of the building which is now valid for 5 years (since September 2016).
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Developing Property to be Operations Ready

ready to goThe origins of ‘Operations Ready’ go back in time and relate to the military being ready to engage.

Property companies are turning to military like tactics to ensure property developments achieve the best possible performance at completion – and are mission ready for operations.

Whether property companies develop their own property or portfolios, procure by contracting or through  property acquisitions, they tell us of the challenges of navigating handover – through transition from construction to ‘taking ownership’ of the property – and the ongoing management requirements. Continue reading

2016 in review and 2017 going forward

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We are already off to a busy start to 2017 with expectations of substantial Real Estate Investment activity in our region over the year ahead.

2016 saw many milestones for us and our independent and trusted advisory services, throughout which we worked on:

  • more than 600 technical due diligence reports for vendors, purchasers and financiers of property or development acquisitions. Our large national team allowing us to deliver more than 12 due diligence projects every week.
  • a significantly increased number of debt rollover re-financing due diligence projects for financiers of existing assets. Continue reading

Season’s Greetings from Napier & Blakeley

santa-present-beach-reduced2016 was quite an incredible year with significant global change and with it, new opportunities opening up for us here in Australia.

It was also another busy year for Napier & Blakeley, with our independent trusted advisory services again being in great demand from both local and offshore clients investing in Australia and SE Asia.

In 2016, we managed client projects across all states and territories of Australia and also in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Fiji, The Maldives, Guam and New Zealand.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our clients and send all of you and your families our Season’s Greetings.  We look forward to working with you again and to a successful and prosperous 2017 for all.

Our offices will close at 5pm on Friday 23rd December and reopen on Monday 9th January.

Should you have any urgent business during that time, please contact our Managing Director, Alastair Walker on 0419 503 289 or at awalker@napierblakeley.com. Continue reading

Napier & Blakeley Brisbane has moved up in the world…

… by moving from Level 7 to Level 8.

We’ve always liked this building, having been one of the original tenants, and now our people are enjoying the bright new fitout.

We invite you to pop in and say hello any time to have a look at our new place and have a chat.

All our contact details remain the same – just go to 8 and not 7.

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Is your Lodgement day approaching ?

The end of the financial year has come and gone and if your tax lodgement day is approaching we can still assist you to maximise the tax deductions available on your investment property.

Not only can we assist you, we guarantee that you get maximum deductions and also be fully compliant with the A.T.O. as we are Registered Tax Practitioners.

Napier & Blakeley, the first Property Depreciation Company and still the best – just ask your Accountant.

Call Napier & Blakeley today for assistance with your Tax Depreciation Schedule or any other Napier & Blakeley services at any of our offices below:

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It’s Tax Time

tax.time_-753x269Before you instruct us to do your detailed Depreciation Schedule, we can tell you how much your tax deduction will be.

Then… you can decide if we provide value for money.

So if you have…

  • Acquired an investment property of any age, type or in state of repair;
  • Completed any construction works;
  • Completed a fit out;
  • Had a tenant leave your property and you have inherited their fit out;
  • Had a tenant leave your property and you have removed their fit out and made good;
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Important changes to the Commercial Building Disclosure Program

A view of Sydney's skyline from the Royal Botanical Garden. 30.07.12Following a comprehensive review of the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program earlier this year, and public consultation on the proposed changes to the program, the Australian Government announced this week that the mandatory disclosure threshold on commercial office buildings will reduce from 2000 square metres to 1000 square metres starting 1st July 2017.

Importantly, this impending expansion of the regulatory requirements of the CBD program to include additional commercial office buildings, also comes with the announcement of reducing the regulatory requirements for the Tenancy Lighting Assessment (TLA) component by increasing the TLA validity period from 1 to 5 years from 1st September 2016. Continue reading

Opportunity the investment conundrum

Alastair Walker Backgroundv2-editedWhile Australia’s property market remains a safe haven, limited stock is a significant obstacle for overseas investors, says Napier & Blakeley’s managing director Alastair Walker.

“There is still a substantial amount of investment funds under management looking for a home – and the volatility in other markets serves as a reminder that Australia remains a safe haven,” says Walker (pictured), who oversees the independent property, development and sustainability consultancy.

The latest investment intentions survey from the Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV) reports around AU$82.4 billion is expected to be poured into property in 2016, with the top three investment destinations in the regions of Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne. Continue reading

Napier & Blakeley relocates Sydney Office

20_Hunter_St___12aNapier & Blakeley has relocated its Sydney office to 20 Hunter St, which is owned by TIAA Hendersons.

The firm has leased 605 sqm of space, occupying the whole of Level 8 in the 16-level building.

The move will bring Napier & Blakeley into the heart of Sydney’s financial district, closer to its clients, and importantly really centrally located for their expanding workforce.

Napier & Blakeley’s managing director Alastair Walker said the Company had been in residence in Kent Street for 13 years and it was time for a change.

“Although we have taken a slightly smaller space, there has been immense change in  technology over that time, which has allowed us to have substantially more seats providing space for our continued expansion.   We are looking forward the next few years of further growth and to really bringing on our range of services, including our new NB Emancium offerings, to the market,” Walker said.

Published on the Property Review Website
22 January 2015