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As your property specialists, we offer a scalable solution to help you from start to finish so you can develop your property with confidence.

Whether you’re a sophisticated property developer, an asset manager or just starting out, you’ll face a myriad of commercial considerations, business decisions and tax issues with far-reaching implications.

We’re here to help you lay a solid foundation by structuring your project in a commercially attractive manner while managing your tax position to maximise project return. Our scalable solution means you can engage us for a specific part of your development or the entire project.

Our dedicated team of property specialists is comprised of professionals who focus exclusively on property and understand the challenges you face. With over 35 years’ experience in the sector, we have access to an extensive network of key players within the industry and pride ourselves on building value through the cycle of property acquisition, ownership, development and sale.

Property Development Lifecycle

We pride ourselves on building value through the cycle of property acquisition, ownership, development and sale. As your property specialists, we offer a scalable solution to help you from start to finish so you can develop your property with confidence.

1. Strategy development

Formulating a property strategy is like laying the foundations of your property. A clearly defined strategy will help you manage costs, maximise asset potential, avoid making last-minute or reactive decisions and capitalise on market opportunities.

2. Identifying sites & opportunities

Our focus is to provide the most relevant support possible. Leveraging our extensive network to identify and assess site opportunities coupled with our experience in recognising market trends means the best results for all parties involved.

3. Financial feasibility studies

Accurately assessing your project’s feasibility and return is paramount. This gives you the confidence you need to move forward. Leveraging our 35 plus years of experience, we can provide objective insight into your assumptions and modelling.

4. Transaction structuring

Structuring a successful property transaction is about achieving an optimal outcome for both vendor and purchaser, called ‘working for the deal’. We take a holistic view of the transaction taking into account both commercial and tax considerations on all fronts.

5. Finance & funding

Identifying your funding or finance strategy is an important step, influenced by your long-term objective. Getting the right mix of debt and equity funding can be key to your project’s success.

6. Construction

Negotiating and documenting commercial arrangements with builders and contractors is part of our expertise. We can also guide you through planning and development issues, prior to and during the development phase.

7. Settlement

A successful exit is the result of forward planning. We’ll work with you to ensure all your tax liabilities are accurately scoped, and your income correctly attributed upfront to avoid surprises post-settlement.

8. Reinvestment of proceeds 

Cash is key to property development. Having the ability to recycle proceeds back into your next project is critical. Our tax experts can work with you to ensure proceeds are reinvested in a tax efficient manner or retained stock gives a maximum return on your investment.

9. Portfolio management & assessment

Continuous reassessment of your property portfolio is critical to identify new opportunities and ensure the best return on your investments. We’ll analyse your current portfolio to provide professional advice.

Latest insights from our Property & Construction team

Modernisation of Victoria’s property taxation: commercial & industrial property tax reform
15 December 2023 | Minutes to read: 3

Modernisation of Victoria’s property taxation: commercial & industrial property tax reform

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7 November 2023 | Minutes to read: 3

Significant changes to landholder duty thresholds set to impact property investments

The NSW Government has announced a raft of changes to the landholder duty regime set to take...
Expansion of Victoria’s Vacant Residential Land Tax may drive developers and investors out
12 October 2023 | Minutes to read: 3

Expansion of Victoria’s Vacant Residential Land Tax may drive developers and investors out

On Thursday, 5 October 2023, the Hon Tim Pallas introduced The State Taxation Acts and Other Acts...
Landowners take center stage in Victorian tax reforms
26 May 2023 | Minutes to read: 3

Landowners take center stage in Victorian tax reforms

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Federal Budget announcements for housing and the property and construction sector
19 May 2023 | Minutes to read: 3

Federal Budget announcements for housing and the property and construction sector

Earlier this month as part of the 2023-24 Federal Budget, Treasurer Jim Chalmers announced a range of...
Did your Victorian land tax bill give you a fright?
27 March 2023 | Minutes to read: 3

Did your Victorian land tax bill give you a fright?

Victorian landowners have been in receipt of their 2022 land tax assessments in the recent weeks and...

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