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Episode 142 | Q&A – Can you achieve a passive income in 3 years? Are you too old?

Alright folks, let’s get down to the “nitty gritty” … how long will it take you to achieve a passive income?

What about the limits of your age? Are you too old? Are you too young? Do you have an outstanding HECS debt to pay off?

In today’s Q&A, we will be discussing all of these and plenty of other tricky questions too.

Oh, AND we have two GUEST LISTENERS featuring on our podcast — don’t forget: you can feature on The Couch too if you leave us a voicemail message!

A handful of dot points for you:

  • Is an apartment in the CBD a bad idea?
  • When will it be too old to begin investing in property?
  • Should you pay off your HECS debt before you buy your first property?
  • If you start right now, can you achieve a $1,000 passive income in 3 years?
  • Which is better in the long term: a free standing house or a unit in a better location?

 

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And here are the questions from today’s show:

SpeakPipe Question from Michelle:

First of all, first of all thank you for the podcast. I love every single episode of it — so keep up the good work!
My question today is: I have a property in Melbourne CBD, which is an apartment in a high rise building. After listening to your podcast, I understand that this is a really bad purchase … should I sell it to fund the next purchase? And my second question is: should I buy in blue-chip areas in Melbourne where the average price is $750,000 or should I start looking further down — Regional Victoria or interstate, where the price is down to $400,000 – $500,000 and aim for better growth?

Thank you!

(You might also like: Episode 007 | Studio or One Bedroom Apartment as an Investment Property)

 

Question from Anonymous:

Hi Ivise & team,
The boys take their work far too seriously and they need to pay a bit more for their advertising campaign — see attached, (the photo is next the Batman Avenue flyover near Punt Rd).
Team: I’m a 55-year-old, married with 2 independent dependents in the house, our house is worth $1.1 mill, we owe $420K, we have some super, less than $100K each, good income of $160K between us, no other real debts; is it toooo late for us to start property investing?
My thought is: if we did start, it’s better than not starting at all — it may not give us great passive income by the time I retire (65), but it’ll be better than our current plan, which is … as soon as I work out what it is, I’ll tell you.

Thanks, Anonymous.

 

SpeakPipe Question from Mathew:

Hi Ben and Bryce,

Hey guys, I hope you’re well. I’m a long time listener and I have a bit of a dilemma with asset selection.

I’m in a situation where I’m preapproved to buy an asset — and I have two areas I’m looking at. In one area, I can only afford a 1 bedroom unit, and in the second area I can basically afford a 3 bedroom, detached house on land.

My question would be: Weighing up all the pros and cons of each, I’m not sure which would be the better investment for the long term. Any help you can give me would be awesome.

Thanks guys!

 

Question from Cate:

Hi Bryce and Ben,

Just love listening to your podcasts. My friend put me onto your podcasts 3 months ago and I’m already up to Episode 70!

Question: I’m a first home buyer looking to buy in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, older style flat, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (not more than 20 units in the apartment block!). Average price from my research is $550K. I have a mortgage broker friend who has advised if I pay off my HECS debt roughly $10K, it means my borrowing power would be $480K with a $110K deposit or $430K borrowing power without paying off my HECS. Would you recommend paying off HECS and sacrifice some of my deposit to free up additional cash flow from my income and enable greater borrowing for this property and other investment properties down the track? (Note: I’ll be moving into the property and renting out the second room).

Look forward to your response.

Cate.

 

Question from Carina:

Hi all,

I’ve been following your blogs for quite some time now and have also read your book. I am a 29 Year old German living in Brisbane and I’m working in the corporate world that doesn’t give me any freedom. My goal is to create $2000 passive income a week and to be able to see my family in Germany more often and follow my real passions. I’ve been going to open houses and looking at every sold property online in and around Brisbane to educate myself and to understand the property market.

I don’t have a property yet, but am looking at buying from November/December onwards. I have $50,000 deposit at the moment. Can I please have your honest opinion if you think that I can achieve $1000 passive income through rent within the next 3 years? I obviously have to invest in more than just 1 property, but I also don’t want to waste my time.

 

 

 

Episode 139 | Pete Wargent, Multimillionaire at Age 33: How did he do it?

It’s podcast day, yay! Today we have a special guest on indeed — Pete Wargent!

Aside from achieving financial freedom at AGE 33 (yep) through property investing primarily in London and Sydney, Pete is now one of Australia’s leading experts on market trends, co-founder of AllenWargent property buyers, a 4-time published author, a Buyers Agent and a blogger —http://petewargent.blogspot.com.au/

 

Originally from the UK and now living in Brisbane, Pete has a worldly insight into investing, finance, shares and is our first guest who achieved a passive income with an international property portfolio. So how many properties did it take Pete to retire?

Pete and the boys discuss:

  • How he retired as a multimillionaire in his early 30s (Pete works for fun now)
  • What he did after he said goodbye to his fulltime job as a Chartered Accountant
  • When and why he started investing
  • Why he has never sold a property (Does investing for the long term actually matter?)
  • Investing in London and the considerations involved
  • The problems with drawing comparisons with world cities (i.e. Melbourne Vs London)
  • Pete’s Property Investment Mistakes
  • The consequence of Brexit on property investors
  • His thoughts on franking credits
  • Does he recommend Australians buy in London?
  • The hard lessons of growing up in a recession
  • What is the equity target to achieve a passive income?
  • The important variables to identify a trend to find investment grade markets
  • Investing in Sydney vs investing in Brisbane (he has now invested in Brisbane)
  • The importance of taking action
  • What NOT to do if you’re investing in the stock market
  • His investment decision on off the plan/high density apartments

 

Pete’s own books and seminar mentioned:

 

Interested to join us on Facebook LIVE next Wednesday, 4th of October at 7:30pm? Register your interest here!

 

 

Episode 138 | Alan Kohler: The Guest Who Changed the Industry as a Financial Journalist!

Alright, folks!

Joining us on the couch today is Alan Kohler, the renowned Australian financial and newspaper journalist! Aside from being the founder of The Constant Investor and co-host of The Money Café podcast, Alan has a wealth of knowledge and experience (which started since 1979, mind you) in the financial sector.

To give you an idea, Alan was the Editor of The Age and CEO of Australian Independent Business Media Pty Ltd (which published the Eureka Report and Business Spectator). Currently, he’s a Finance Columnist of The Australian, the Financial Reporter for ABC News and the host of ABC Inside Business (for 12 years) AND like us, has his own show on Qantas’s Inflight Radio called Talking Business with Alan Kohler.

And this is not even his entire resume!

(So you’re in for some SERIOUS learning.)

 

Alan and the boys discuss:

  • How did Alan flourish in an industry he once had no interest in or knowledge of?
  • What was it like to live through the digital change (and how did he leverage off it to lead a successful career)?
  • What did he do to stop Financial Advisors from operating in a commission based system?
  • Yesterday’s US Federal Reserve Board Meeting and it’s possible implication to the Australian Economy
  • What is Donald Trump’s Impact on the economy?
  • How is the Australian Economy fairing?
  • Will the demand for Sydney and Melbourne markets continue?
  • What and why is the difference between total GDP numbers and GDP per capita matter?
  • How does inflation impact on interest rates and why are the Central Banks of the World care about it so much?
  • What is the reason for increased asset prices (and does Alan think it’s a good thing)?
  • Potential risks with asset selection in outer suburbs
  • Will there be an interest rate rise this year?
  • How much of an issue is housing affordability in terms of predicting the market?

 

Oh, and these are the books (aside from his own) Alan mentioned:

  • Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • Competitive Advantage of Nations, Michael E. Porter

 

And of course, here are the other resources mentioned in the today’s show:

 


 

 

 

Episode 136 | Four Corners and Q&A – The Property Bubble, Being Burnt and Afraid to Invest: What Not to Do

Well folks, after Awe-Guest, it seems like a long time since our last Q&A!

So a lot of you have been writing in to us wanting to know our view on Four Corners’ recent episode on property investment in Australia, Betting on the House.

Now, there was a bit of doom-and-gloom in this episode and we want to talk about it.

To do this, we’re going to answer YOUR hard questions about property investment — the difficulties, the consequences of poor asset selection, bad property investment advice, the fear of debt and the “1 – 2 property block”.

 

Note: Ben’s reference to PIPA’s Framework on regulating Property Investment (very, very important stuff) can be found if you click here.

 

Today’s Questions!

Hot Markets & The Overall Economy from David:

Hi Team,

Wanted your thought on this “bubble” topic and the actions we see from ASIC and APRA with the banks.
The way I see it (I am an Australian working in Malaysia, with 1 property investment in WA and 1 being built in NSW Blue mountains) the rate increases are short-sighted and will hurt more than they help.
With increasing rates it means more money is pumped into paying debt. This means there is less for discretionary spending (going out, movies, dinners, gifts, holidays). With less mining and less manufacturing, Australia needs these service based industries to grow. With less spending on them, due to rates, they will shrink — this in turn hurts our overall economic situation … almost starts to lead us down the “R” word path and a certain “bubble” correction.

Would it not be better to strict things in Sydney and Melbourne markets as a standalone action by:

  1. Restricting bank refinancing and equity accessing for those hot markets – ensure LVR at 70% minimum for a refinance
    2. Ensuring all investment purchases in those hot markets have 20 – 25% deposit minimum
    3. Assessing loans for investment on 10% interest rate for P&I
    4. Limiting foreign investor purchasing in the hot markets?

This will mean the wider economy can continue, other markets needing a boost can see a rate cut maybe, and first home buyers in ‘hot markets’ do not get squeezed out.
Is it that easy?

 

Asset Selection (Numbers versus Emotions?) from Anne:

Thanks for your fascinating podcast! Just had a quick question regarding looking for investment property. I often hear that the property should have owner/occupier appeal, and yet I also hear that you need to take your emotions out of the equation and just look at the numbers! How do you balance these seemingly conflicting ideals? I am trying to just look at the numbers on an area, which I personally would not live in, and am finding it difficult.

 

Why Most Investors Stop At One from Andrew:

Hi Ben, Bryce and Ivise,

My question is about moving onto the 2nd property. I have often heard statistics such as the overwhelming proportion of property investors stop at 1 investment property. I understand that cash flow is king. I really want to know why or how investors get “stuck” after 1 or 2 properties. Is it their fear of debt or high LVRs? Obviously, the serviceability assessment by banks and recent government changes and APRA regulations has put a slow down on the investor space but these statistics were around long before the changes.
I am of the belief that you purchase what you can afford, manufacture some equity, wait for your property to grow in equity to move on again, and again, and again …
I don’t mind sharing my details as there would probably be many listeners out there in similar situation:

I am 33, single income family on $110,000 a year — currently renting in regional QLD due to work. I used a buyer’s agent to purchase my first investment property, a 3 bed, 1 bath and 1 garage in Birkdale QLD on a corner block in March 2017 for $455k. The property manager had it rented in under 2 weeks of being on the market. It currently has a 4.9% gross yield. There is $65k in the redraw, which means the property is neutral, which is good as it is in a trust. Further to this, I am adding an additional $1400 a month to the redraw. I will be ready to go again in a few months. (Yay?) I plan on adding a bathroom and bedroom to the property after the tenants finish their 12 month lease. My strategy is to buy, renovate, hold.
I really hope to receive some information about the “1 – 2 property block”. If this question makes it to a podcast, I’ll be very satisfied as I know many investors would have this question.

PS – Bring back the sign off in different languages!
PPS – awesome book — read it twice already

 

 

Episode 135 | Andrew Bogut – Why is this NBA Superstar Still Adamant on Investing in Property?

Andrew Bogut, NBA superstar & Australia’s greatest basketball player, is here!

Alright, folks — we promised an international sports star to end our month of Awe-Guest — and we are really excited to announce that he’s here!

Yep, let’s not hide it. We are entirely pumped for this show!

Because not only is Andrew a basketball legend — he won the NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2014 – 2015, playing with THE biggest names and best athletes in the world, and even represented Australia at two Olympics with the Boomers — but also Andrew is a highly effective investor himself, savvy with his millions AND (we feel very proud about this) is a regular listener of The Property Couch!

 

The 7ft tall talent gives us insights into the world of NBA (and what it’s literally like to break a leg in his first game with the Cleveland Cavaliers this year), how he set up his investment portfolio and what’s in store after basketball:

  • Firstly, how on earth did this internationally known sports star end up on The Couch?
  • What’s life like as an NBA player?
  • What do the financial future and investment mindset really look like for most NBA players?
  • His experience with some of the Financial “Snakes” out there
  • Why is an NBA player interested in suburb development and gentrification?
  • Investing in supercars and commercial properties
  • How important are trust funds?
  • How was money spoken of when Andrew was a kid — did this shape how he sees his future?
  • Aside from the hype, what does an NBA schedule really look like?
  • Let’s be rule: who is the best player in the league?

 

Oh and (we had to ask) … where does Andrew store his Championship ring?

 

Also, Andrew did a walk through our office … hilarious to see the size difference, even for our tallest members.

The Stig (hiding from the spotlight in true Stiggy style) didn’t stand a chance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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