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Case Study for Single 30-something Investor (How to Build a Property Portfolio to Retire on $2,000 a week in Passive Income)

Hi Couchers! The Case Study for Single 30-something Investor demonstration is finally here! We know some of you have been waiting for this one since our second Facebook Live back in September. Thank you for your patience and let’s not wait any longer, just fill in the form below and we’ll send you the link to start watching the Case Study Demonstration on How to Build a Property Portfolio to Retire on $2,000 a week in Passive Income for a Single 30-something!

 

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Episode 064 | Case study: mid 30s couple, combined income of $150k p.a, existing PPOR and two IPs

It has been quite some time since our last case study so this time on The Property Couch, Bryce and Ben will be discussing one the case studies that we’ve received from our fellow listeners! Here’s what Tom wrote to us:

 


 

After listening to Episode 56 where you discussed various other case studies I thought I might write in to see if you were interested in discussing our situation. I’ll try and keep it short!

Basically, my partner Kirby (30yo) and I (32yo) are both teachers on a combined income of about $160k. 3 years ago we got the bug to do something with our money but weren’t exactly sure how. Our simple goal is to have choice whether to work or not. If we had no loans to service we imagine a passive income of $80-100k would be more than enough, and any more is a bonus!

We had a PPOR property valued at a tad over 300k with a mortgage of ~200k, limited other expenses and a disciplined approach to spending. Property sounded like a great avenue so we went about increasing our knowledge. Unfortunately our naivety led us to a property investment ‘education’ group where although we have learn a lot we have made what we think are two poor investment decisions. We overpaid for both to fatten the developer’s margins.

Our first was brought using the above equity in our PPOR and was a House and Land duplex in Dakabin, Qld for circa $500k. Although the yield is decent there were many costs that the property investment ‘education’ group failed to mention/understand that we have been left with, and there is little scarcity or owner occupier appeal to make growth a good prospect. We have always had tenants in both sides which has been great. We borrowed 90% on interest only terms.

About 18 months ago we signed another contract, this time on a 4 bed H & L in Doolandella, 18kms out of Brisbane for circa $400k. After a long land settlement this was completed yesterday and will be advertised for rent tomorrow. Looking at about a 4.9% yield. Again, this is on an interest only loan at 90%. Deposit and costs were paid from our savings – I know, huge mistake!

Right after we signed this contract we found your podcasts which have taught us that there are so many fundamental errors in our property selections, and if we had our time again would have purchased existing properties with scarcity and owner occupier appeal.

We have just had our first child and Kirby is now off work. We have a ~$45k buffer in our PPOR offset and somehow are still managing to save, even though Kirby is off work, although receiving maternity leave payments.

We use a credit card to pay for 95% of our spending, and repay at the end of every month to ensure no interest payments.

So, we are still very keen to use property as our investment vehicle and have learned so much in the last year but are now stuck as to our next step. We doubt we would have enough equity to purchase again now and the fact Kirby is off work will severely hamper our serviceability. She will return to work at the start of 2017.
Questions:

  • Do we sell both/one of our current properties? We’d like to keep if possible as I am a firm believer in buy and hold, although will they hamper us moving forward?
  • Where to from here?

Any information from you would be extremely appreciated. I’m sure there are a number of people who have used ‘property spruikers’ such as these to purchase less than ideal investments.


 

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Money Magazine – Earn $2500 a Week at Retirement

Money Cover Story - March 2013 - The Property Couch earn 2500 a week at retirementAs mentioned in Episode 20 | Science of Asset Selection – The Buyer’s Decision Quadrant, here’s the article that Bryce wrote on Money Magazine: Earn $2500 A Week at Retirement in March 2013.

 

Here’s a snippet of the article:

How often have you found yourself picturing a retirement where you’re enjoying regular overseas holidays, spending your spare time with your grandkids and leisurely filling up your days doing all the things you love? We all have but we’re brought down to earth quickly by reports suggesting there won’t be enough money for a comfortable retirement. Perhaps even worse, some of us will have to work much longer than planned.

So the idea of creating a $2500-a-week passive income for a life in retirement free of debt ($130,000pa in today’s money) could be thought a stretch of the imagination. This would put you in the highest bracket of retirement earnings in the country and, according to the latest census (2011), would provide you with more than double the average total household income of $63,960.

The goal is achievable

Nevertheless, after looking at three typical households – a late-20s single, a mid-30s couple with two young children and a mid-40s couple with two teenagers – that have never invested in property, and carefully considering if it’s possible to achieve this passive income of $2500 a week, it’s exciting to know it can be done with low to moderate risk and potentially minimal impact on their current standard of living.

The big question is, how?

 

Click on the image to Download the article.

Episode 015 | Real Life Property Investing in Australia : Case Study

The Property Couch ep 15 Real Life Property Investing in Australia  Case StudyAs promised in our last episode (Ep 14 : Should we buy in a boom and are we in a property bubble?) this time on The Property Couch, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley talk about a new topic suggested by Aaron, one of our valued listeners. He has provided us with a case study and we think it’s a great chance to discuss about real life property investing stories in Australia. Here’s a summary of the question:

“Why does some apartments that seem to tick all the boxes just don’t appreciate in price overtime? This block at Brunswick is close to the public transport, schools, cafes and lifestyle but based on the comparable sales, the apartments have only achieved very little if any price gain since 2010. Your podcast have been saying “Location First, Property Next”, but I’m confused with this property. Why is this place so cheap? If it’s because of the property itself, does it mean the location is not always the biggest factor? And finally, should investors seriously consider properties like this or stay clear?”

 

Start listening to the podcast to find out why this block of apartments is not appreciating in value and why they are not investment grade properties but more like investment stocks. If you are interested in investing in apartments, check out Episode 7 as well where we talked about investing in One Bedroom and Studio Apartments.

 

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

Warning: This podcast is longer than usual but we promise you that it is jam packed with good quality and independent advice and point of view. However, remember that you should always get professional property advice before making any decisions.

Thanks again for all of our listeners out there. If you like this podcast: “Real Life Property Investing in Australia : Case Study”, don’t forget to rate us at our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

Episode 010 | Tax Depreciation (Case Study)

Here are the Case Studies mentioned in Episode 010 | Tax Depreciation of The Property Couch:

Tax Depreciation Case Study 1:

A $600,000 – $700,000 period home with a rental income of $22,880 per annum

An investor owns a period home purchased for between $600,000 and $700,000 with a rental income of $440 per week.
Expenses for their property such as interest, rates and management fees totaled to $40,950. A depreciation schedule from specialist Quantity Surveyors BMT Tax Depreciation found the investor would be entitled to claim $9,880 in depreciation in the first financial year. By claiming depreciation deductions, BMT was able to help the investor to turn their negative cash flow into a more positive one, reducing the costs involved in holding the property by $3,655.
The following scenario shows the investors cash flow with and without the depreciation claim:

Tax depreciation case study 1 - The Property Couch
This investor used property depreciation to reduce the costs of holding their property. Without depreciation, they were paying out $219 per week. By taking advantage of tax legislation and making a depreciation claim, the weekly cost of holding the property is reduced to $149.

 

 

Tax Depreciation Case Study 2:

A $400,000 – $500,000 older villa with a rental income of $21,060 per annum

An investor owns an older villa purchased for between $400,000 and $500,000 with a rental income of $405 per week.
Expenses for their property such as interest, rates and management fees totalled to $29,610. A depreciation schedule from specialist Quantity Surveyors BMT Tax Depreciation found the investor would be entitled to claim $7,930 in depreciation in the first financial year. By claiming depreciation deductions, BMT was able to help the investor turn their negative cash flow into a more positive one, reducing the costs involved in holding the property by $2,935.
The following scenario shows the investors cash flow with and without the depreciation claim:

Tax depreciation case study 2 - The Property Couch

This investor used property depreciation to reduce the costs of holding their property. Without depreciation, they were paying out $104 per week. By taking advantage of tax legislation and making a depreciation claim, the weekly cost of holding the property is reduced to $47.

 

Case studies provided by BMT Tax Depreciation.
Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS) is the Chief Executive Officer of BMT Tax Depreciation.

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