Episode 149 | Money Tips to Survive this Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like…… Spending!

That’s right, folks. Christmas is just around the corner, and let’s face it: it’s an expensive time of the year for all of us.

So we thought we’d share some money management tips so you avoid filling the stocking with all your hard earned cash. We’ve also taken apart the latest CBA Report, which explains some alarming spending habits that you and a whole lot of Australian’s are doing in December.

Plus, we’ve got a ripper SURPRISE FOR OUR 150TH EPISODE next week. Yep — not only is The Stig opening, closing and Life Hack-ing the show (thanks to your Movember donations, woot woot) — but also, we have a SERIOUSLY EXCITING GUEST ON!!! It’s someone we’ve been trying to get on for a loooooong time.

Want to find out who it is?

You’ll find out in today’s episode!!! (After all, we’re in the festive spirit.)


*****Also, stay tuned to the end and you’ll bear witness to Ben’s truly ridiculous Did You Know?*****


So, what are we on about today?



Final Movember Tally: $11,533

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P.S. Don’t forget: next week’s 150th Episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.P.S. And here’s the link to the Dirty Santa’s Rules!

Episode 050 | Q&A – Credit card management, professional fees, LOC for negative cash flows, adding value via reno and interest only loans

Only a couple more weeks left to our Summer Series. This week, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be answering the questions below from our fellow listeners. Thanks again for submitting your questions!

  • Credit card management question from Peter on Facebook: Loved reading the book. Quick question, in your Money Smarts section (Chapter 3 of the book) you discuss using your credit card for fixed expenditure. Does that include groceries…assuming groceries doesn’t come under lifestyle? That seems to provide a variable – do you think that is still best? I want to adopt your setup but worry about using a credit card, considering we don’t have one currently. Thoughts?
  • Professional Fees questions from Andrew : Hey guys, thanks for all the valuable information so far. I have a question in regard to the fees and cost of the property portfolio and buyers agent services. I am a first time investor with limited funds for my purchase, and I am trying to get an idea whether or not I could
    • a) even afford the above services and
    • b) whether those funds would be better spent contributing to a larger deposit? Can buyers with smaller budgets (sub $400k) still maximise capital growth and rental yield using qualified property advisers and investment savvy buyers agents? Cheers.
  • Question on line of credit from Christian: Hi Ben, what are your thoughts on using equity and/or a line of credit to fund the negative cash flow on high growth properties?
    I know that some other high profile companies are advocates of this strategy. Your thoughts? Would love to hear your thoughts in podcast.
  • Value add question from Heath: Hi guys, love the show and I am currently up to the Buyer’s decision quadrant in the book and really enjoying it. My question to you is:
    I have a recently renovated investment property in Brisbane that is a 3x2x2. We have built in a 4th bedroom downstairs in the existing utility room (legal height, ventilation, windows and power supply etc.) Currently I am speaking to a few building certifiers and engineers etc. to assess whether or not I can get the 4th bedroom certified through council. It’s looking like the certification will cost me around 5k and the difference between the median for 3 & 4 bedrooms in the area is around 60K. Would you think moving forward with this would be feasible? And if so when issued the certificate through the Brisbane council is this something that I would submit to the valuator when they would be doing the inspection?
  • Repayment question from Joe: I actually just finished reading your book about 30 min ago and I have to say I really enjoyed it. In particular chapter 9 and 10 (investment strategies and the case studies). I found it very easy to follow and understand though I do admit I learn a lot of the terms and phrases from the podcasts. I do have a couple of questions though.
    • I noticed that in the case studies the loans were always interest only which is fine and I understand why it’s like that, but is it possible to have Interest only repayments over the course of the entire loan? Surely at some point the bank wants principal paid back.
    • This leads me to my second question, during your case studies do you factor in the fees of your service as this would have a noticeable  impact on the overall purchasing power of the buyer?


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Episode 041 | The Moving Parts of Cash Flow Management (Money & Wealth Accumulation Model)

Money & Wealth Accummulation Model - FinalThis week on The Property Couch, Bryce and Ben discuss about the moving parts of a cash flow management strategy. As compared to Episode 3 (Four Pillars of Mastery – Cash Flow Management) where we talked about the flow of money, this podcast is mainly about the Money and Wealth Accumulation Model. It includes the variables and assumptions to consider when modelling sophisticated wealth outcomes. As this topic can be fairly detailed, we strongly recommend our listeners to have the diagram open while listening to the podcast.

We will also be answering this question from Bradden:
You often refer to paying down debt during your talks as a means of creating passive income. Is there a strategy of paying down debt on your rental properties? Is it just as simple as paying P&I? Do you only start paying down debt once you have finished your accumulation phase? Does this only happen when you start to sell one of your properties? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on paying down debt.
PS: Ben’s not a bad bloke for a Collingwood supporter.


This topic is also discussed in Part Three (Section 10) of our book: The Armchair Guide to Property Investing. For those who have the book, you can also refer to page 219 for additional reference. And here’s the video mentioned in the podcast:



Free resources mentioned in this podcast:


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Episode 003 | Four Pillars of Mastery – Cash Flow Management

In this Episode of The Property Couch, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley talk about the four areas that each property investor needs to master. Property Investment is not just a transaction. There is a science behind it and in this episode, Bryce and Ben disclose the Property Investment Formula and how an investor can use it. They started off with the most complicated area: Cash Flow Management. Why is it the most complicated? That’s because cash flow management requires a lot of planning, observation and discipline from the investors themselves. In other parts of the Four Pillars of Mastery, you can get help from professionals but in this area, you need to be able to do it yourself because the advisor can only give you an indication not your actual number. Cash flow management demands a lot of time and effort but it is the first step to building your property portfolio and very likely the most important step. Listen to this podcast to find out more.


Below is the Cash Flow Management – Flow of Money chart that was mentioned in this podcast.
Ep 003 - Four Pillars of Mastery - Cash Flow Management - The Property Couch chart 2
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