What depreciation the comedian Dave Hughes gets on his Block Elsternwick investment buy

What depreciation the comedian Dave Hughes gets on his Block Elsternwick investment buy
What depreciation the comedian Dave Hughes gets on his Block Elsternwick investment buy

The weekend finale of The Block Eslternwick saw comedian Dave Hughes buy the renovated home of celebrity couple and winners on the night, model Elyse Knowles and her boyfriend Josh Barker.

He paid $3.07 million for the home marketed as Regent House, which won Knowles and Barker the top prize, pocketing $547,000 in the process.

Hughes could stand to claim a maximum of nearly $2.4 million in depreciation deductions (below) as a property investor in his tax returns, as he has signalled he intends to rent the well-positioned top seller out.

Property Observer noted pre-auction that the forecast rentals were $2000 plus a week.

Price estimations were conservative by the marketing agents, while ANZ auction tipping website RealAs were way off the mark with their predictions given five days prior.

What depreciation the comedian Dave Hughes gets on his Block Elsternwick investment buy

The minimum estimation of available depreciation by BMT suggest he will be able to claim around $1.95 million over the property's timeline.

What depreciation the comedian Dave Hughes gets on his Block Elsternwick investment buy

Two years ago the buyers of apartments in The Block: Blocktagon could claim an average of over $1.5 million in depreciation deductions.

The penthouse of Dean and Shay had the highest deductions available, with a minimum of $62,735 claimable in the first year and $1,621,688 claimed over the specified lifetime of the property.

For the buyers of The Block Triple Threat townhouses in 2015, the fully-furnished South Yarra properties with new interiors were able to claim between nearly $40,000 and $55,000 in depreciation benefits in the first year of ownership.

Tim and Anastasia's renovation offered the greatest deductions, with between $44,316 and $54,163 claimable in the first year. In total, their apartment offers a maximum deduction of $1,389,708.

Legislation allows the owners of any income producing property to claim depreciation deductions for the wear and tear of the building structure and the assets contained within.

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Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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