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Episode 187 | How to Inspect Property Like a Pro! Chat with Andrew Mackie-Smith, Expert Building and Pest Inspector

Folks, let’s just come right out and say it… getting a Building and Pest Inspection is very, very important if you’re going to buy a property. So much so that we’d go as far as to use the word “vital”. Yep, this is true for both homeowners and investors!!

So, we think it’s in your BEST interests to listen to what today’s guest, Andrew-Mackie Smith, Principal Consultant of BuildingPro (Building and Pest Reports) and author of Building Success: Why Property Investors Need Building Inspections has to say about it.

Here’s why he’s the guest qualified to give you these tips:

  1. He’s personally carried out over 12,500 Building and Pest Inspections
  2. He’s qualifications are legendary — Andrew is a licensed builder, building inspector, pest inspector and holds qualifications as a building surveyor, scaffolding inspector, timber stores greater, real estate agent and pest manager
  3. He’s a sought-after speaker to provide expert advice, specifically (but not exclusively) aimed at helping property investors.

We’re absolutely sure you’ll get a bag full of golden nuggets to take away from this one folks!!!

 

Oh, and guess what, folks?? It’s that time of the year!

Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) would like your input in this year’s Property Investor Sentiment Survey!

It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and your feedback is really important to reveal the mood, confidence and key trends underlying the Australian property investment market (yep, that also includes your thoughts on the current lending environment).

Complete PIPA’s Survey Now >>

 

And before we jump into what you’ll learn from Andrew Mackie-Smith, just a quick shout out to a few free resources:

  1. Data Dive! Click here to download Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns and we’ll send it to your email right away.
  2. Pre-Building Checklist – Click here to fill it in
  3. We’re coming to Sydney’s Property Buyer Expo next weekend (7 – 9 September 2018)! BOOK your free ticket here and use this discount code: COUCH

Similar to Melbourne’s Expo, we’ll be presenting a First Home Buyer/First Time Investor MASTERCLASS Live!!

When: 10 AM SATURDAY 8th of September
Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney
Cost: FREE for TPC Listeners!

PLUS, Ben’s also doing his own presentation on Sunday @ 1:00PM – How to Achieve Financial Peace with 5 Properties or Less!

Join us there!

 

Back to today’s show.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

 

 

 

Episode 186 | Q & A – Should You Pay Down the Principle Loan When Interest Rates are Low? Are Multiple Offset Accounts a Good Idea? PLUS The Step-by-Step Process to Buy an Investment Property!

“The people’s podcast” is EXACTLY that today folks! Because here’s the deal… it’s full-on, gold-packed Q & A Day!!

And we’re diving headfirst into…

  1. Offset accounts —is it a good idea to have multiple offset accounts? And should you offset your highest loan or the oldest loan?
  2. Investing in outer suburbs versus inner suburbs
  3. The step-by-step process of buying an investment property
  4. Buying a home (PPOR) versus an investment property (IP)
  5. Lending — should you pay down the principle of an investment property when interest rates are low?
  6. Why should you join PICA?
  7. TWO amazing LifeHacks from our community!

Oh folks, we don’t want to pick favourites — but even we’ll admit it — these are some solid questions from our listeners!

From start (Mindset Minute) to “Knowledge is empowering, but only if you act on it”… this episode is ALL YOURS!

Before we jump into the questions, click here to download Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns or fill in the form below and we’ll send it to your email right away.

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Questions from Kyrillos:

  1. If you’re purchasing more than 1 property, can you get more than one offset account? And if so do you split all the cash between them, or is it wiser to pour in all the cash in the offset against a larger loan?
  2. To do with LocationScore — I’ve gone through and created a Spreadsheet of all of the suburbs within 50km of Brisbane’s CBD and found that most of the better-scored suburbs are actually quite far, in terms of the asset selection criteria you guys talk about. I understand that LocationScore is more of a demand versus supply score, so if you’re a Buy and Hold investor, at a suburb level, is buying in a better location still the better option?
  3. Would you be able to run through the process of buying a property? Could you run through a quick, step by step process of what happens when (research, when should you get building and pest inspection etc)?

Note 1: Looking for the link to join the Property Investors Council of Australia (PICA)? Learn more about their membership here!

Note 2: Keen to watch Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns on Investment? Just click here or fill in the form below to get access to it.

 

Question from Cam:

My partner and I are wanting to buy 1st home. We are 27 years old, have $100,000 saved and are in our 3rd year of full time employment with a combined income of $150K. Should we be stretching ourselves to buy in the area we love FIRST, or should we be buying an investment property and hope to build equity and use it to purchase our Principal Place of Residence down the track?

 

Question from Sonya:

Hi guys, love the podcast. There’s a lot of talk out there about the risk of Australians switching from Interest Only to Principal and Interest loans. I’m currently paying Interest Only, with no interest to refinance as I am starting up my own business and currently don’t have any other income coming in. Half of my loan is fixed, the other half is variable. My question is: should I pay down the principle of my investment property while the interest rates are low to control the risk of a high interest rate at a later date and the Principal and Interest I would have to pay when my loan switches over? I’m less interested in the tax advantages, and am more interested in controlling risk and reducing my overall repayments. I know that the longer my Interest Only repayment is, the higher my repayments will have to be when it switches over — and that doesn’t sound great to me. I’m sure this, and the impact of Interest Only lending, is of interest to other listeners, so I hope you can provide insight. Love your work again. Cheers!

 

 

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Episode 181 | Tips from Three Birds Renovations on How to Create the Perfect Renovation, Survive it, and See a Return on Investment!

Folks, just a heads up: ripper episode coming your way!

To give you roughly an idea of what we mean: we even flew up to Sydney to check out an epically-renovated property, and to have a sit-down chat with three wonderful (and wonderfully talented) women.

Why three? Well, folks, today we’re interviewing Lana, Bonnie and Erin of Three Birds Renovations! And if you’re not familiar with them, we’d urge you to check them out! Here’s why… these three best friends left their jobs to renovate properties, film the whole thing, and show Australians how to flip houses for a profit! AND they’re nailing it. In a really big way.

They’ve done flips, forever homes; the works. Not to mention, they’re also finishing up on house number 9 (yep)… so, let’s just say, they’ve got some hot renovation tips coming your way!
Oh, and did we mention… these women’s energy is seriously contagious… this is probably our funniest episode yet!!!

 

But before we get knee deep into the contents, we’ve got a few events coming up! (in bullet points cause Stiggy has to finish our slides for the Expo!):

  • Thurs, July 19 : PICA’s Melbourne Meet and Greet is this 6pm this evening at Royal Park Tennis Club! Haven’t got your ticket yet? Here’s the link.
  • Friday – Sunday, July 20 – 22 : We’ll be speaking at the Property Buyer Expo! More info here.
  • Thursday, August 9 – And finally, yes, we will be holding a webinar on the 7 Deadly Sins when Building a Property Portfolio at 7:30pm AEST! Interested? Just fill in the form below or click here to reserve your seat.
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Here’s what you’re in for…

  • Why did they quit their job, and start flipping properties?
  • How do their personalities drive their renovation business?
  • How do you find, and keep, a good tradie?
  • Do Three Birds Renovations divide every cost between three?
  • How did they manage their first flip?
  • What are the legal requirements of property “flipping”
  • How much should you spend on a renovation?
  • How long did their first renovation take? And how much did they make on that renovation?
  • What percentage spend should you spend on a cosmetic renovation?
  • What renovation tips can earn you the most money?
  • Can you make a renovation “magazine worthy?” on a budget?
  • What was the most financially successful property?
  • At what stage of a renovation should you focus on the landscaping?
  • When should you start preparation plans?
  • Do you always make a profit on renovations?

 

Also, folks, don’t forget we’re presenting at The Property Buyers Expo in Melbourne THIS weekend. We’ve got a couple of free tickets left, so come meet us and listen to some exclusive property investment advice!

Exclusive Listener Code: COUCH

GET YOUR FREE TICKET HERE

 

 

Episode 179 | Five ways to Create a Winning Property Investor’s Mindset – Chat with Jaemin Frazer

In this day and age, we know that what you think plays a very real part in the life you lead, whether you’re aware of it or not. In truth, thoughts have the ability to change, create or enhance your mood, behaviour and reality. Some people know this instinctively, some not at all, and some are adamant that their mindset alone is responsible for their success.

So, if you’re an actual or inspiring property investor — regardless of your thoughts on thoughts ; ) — what can you learn from? Are there any USEFUL takeaways you can benefit from right now to help you build your property portfolio and create a passive income for life?

Well folks, today’s guest is going to tell you the EXACT ways to create a winning mindset and get ahead in investing AND in life so you become the hero in your OWN story!

Joining us is Jaemin Frazer, one of the leading personal development experts in Australia and founder of The Insecurity Project. He’s also the author of Elegantly Simple Solutions to Complex People Problems, the voice behind the “One Minute Couch” radio/podcasts segments AND… Bryce’s own personal coach.

Yep! And he has a different way of providing solutions for people problems…

Are you keen on property investing? Are you unsure why you haven’t started yet? … then it’s probably a great idea to check out this episode!

Before we kick it off…

 

Want a free ticket to the Melbourne Property Buyers EXPO (normally $50)??

Along with other property experts, we’ll be giving away heaps of tips!

Register here: https://mayhem.eventsair.com/pbemelbourne18/tickets/Site/Register (Please use this Promo code: COUCH)

You can learn more about what goes on at the Expo here too: http://www.propertybuyerexpo.com.au/melbourne/

 

Back to today’s EPISODE TO SUCCEED AT INVESTING AND LIFE…

 

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Episode 178 | Q & A : Is that 4th Bedroom Such a Good Idea? APRA’s Affect on Credit Cards & What’s The Secret to a Career in Property Investment?

If you’ve got a question about investing in property, then it’s in your best interests to listen to this episode!

Why? Because it’s our favourite day, folks… Q & A Day! And, not only is today just a couple of days away from the end of Financial Year, but also we’ve got some new, timely SpeakPipe Questions to answer! Which means … 1. It’s probably a bit too late to get your Depreciation Schedule into your accountant, BUT 2. You’re in for a high-powered learning session!

This Q & A is great for folks who…

  • Want to know how APRA’s regulations have impacted your ability to get a loan AND a credit card?
  • Are you seriously interested in getting a career in property investing and want to how to land a job?
  • Aren’t sure what tenants are REALLY looking for in your area, but want to maximise your returns?
  • Thinking about renovating tips, but don’t know if you should add a bedroom or where to put the toilet?
  • Wondering if it’s a good idea to live in your property BEFORE you rent it out?

 

So if this sounds like you, you better strap your headphones in!

 

But, as routine has it, before we tell you EXACTLY what the questions are that’ll give you all this invaluable information, we’ve got some housekeeping to get out of the way, like…

Our Melbourne LIVE Podcast has SOLD OUT!!!

We even did a dance about it! WATCH OUR FLOSS DANCE!

Yep, it’s true, folks! But if you’re lucky, another local listener might have something come up on the night, so you COULD land their ticket. CLICK HERE if you’re keen to join the waitlist, or find out more details.

 

We’re hiring!!!

Our company is currently looking for new members, so if you’re qualified, passionate and prepared to do what it takes to help other people, we’re looking for:

Interested? Send in your Resume and Cover Letter to info@thepropertycouch.com.au

 

We want your Money Hacks

If you’ve got a great Savings Tip or a way to make your dollar go that extra mile, we want to know about it! Let us know here.
If you have implemented the Money Smarts System where do you feel most vulnerable? Let us know here.
If you want to be a Case Study and you’d like to know how Money SMARTS can help you, let you know. Let us know here.

Remember to leave us your SpeakPipe Questions.

 

Question about Ideal Rooms and Features of Investment Properties from Joel:

Hey Bryce, Ben and Stiggy. My name’s Joel, from Adelaide. The question I’d like to ask is what kind of rooms and features do Australia’s want in the rental market at the moment? The property I’m looking at the moment is a 3BDR, open living area & a large home entertainment, or cinema, room. Now, looking at the plans, I’d probably convert that room to a bedroom, add some wardrobes, because it’s quite large, but I don’t know what other Australians would want. So I’d live there for a couple of years before renting it out, but I don’t know what Australian’s would prefer another bedroom, or that extra room for activities and stuff like that? Any input would be great, thanks!

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Question about Bank Assessment of Loans from Matt:

Hey guys, Matt from Canberra … via sunny London here! First up I can tell you our architecture and Land Tax in Canberra is just to make sure not too many of you and the other Capitals turn off the Hume Highway and discover Australia’s best kept secret. So thanks very much for helping to keep our secret safe there! My question is about the banks and them having to assess us against increasingly restrictive assessment criteria. But do they have to do that when they are looking at non-mortgage lending criteria? The Money SMARTS System works best with a nice, big credit limit with maximum interest free days and there’s sometimes great deals on car loans that are cheaper than the interest savings on our offsets this is often still with APRA regulated providers. But do they only assess you against the lending criteria for the lowest common denominator, essentially, when you’re applying for a mortgage vs non mortgage finance? Do they have to assess you for the same criteria with their other products? Thanks so much guys for everything you do!

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Question about getting into a career as a Buyers Agent and Property Investment Advisor from Francis:

I know that this topic has been touched on in the past but I would love to hear Ben and Bryce give a few pointers to people (like myself) wanting to make a career in property investment, Buyers Agents and financial planning. In my case, I have done the REIQ (QLD) registration course but wondering if I need to complete the full license? Also, if I want to help people buy property in every state and territory in Australia, do I need to go and complete that course for each and every state / territory to become registered, or does the buyers agency take on that responsibility? Other than the QPIA course, are there any other ways to learn the industry while still working, so that people can transition into their new career relatively seamlessly? I just thought I would send this to support my recorded message and give a little more context to the question. Thanks again for everything you are doing!

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P.S. Have you cut a full lap of The Property Couch yet? If not, and you’re too strapped for time, just make sure you MUST WATCH the first 20 episodes. Because they are FOUNDATIONAL episodes.

CLICK HERE to listen to our very first Episode

 

 

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