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Episode 124 | Q&A – 20 minutes Saved 20 Years of Regret, Investing in Airbnb, Property Spruikers, Buying Cash Flow Only and the Cost of Commission

Alright folks, it’s that time again … you ask, the boys answer!

After receiving a tabletop full of new topics, we’ve taken our que this week behind an anonymously-sent testimonial. Turns out an earlier podcast Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Property saved our listener from being “sold a lemon by a spruiker”! Yep. Unfortunately guys, the property spruikers are still out there, so Bryce & Ben will be answering similar questions on the red flags to look out for, like:

  • How to sniff out the so called “educators” and get your trust back
  • What your next move should be to fix bad property advice
  • How 20 minutes stopped 20 years of regret
  • What the consequences are with ‘fee for service’ and ‘working for commission’
  • Why the right asset selection can flip the spruikers on their heads
  • What the finance in the first two stages of property investing are
  • Why negative gearing is really only a moment in time
  • How long and how many properties do you need in the accumulation phase
  • What ‘buying only for cash flow’ is, and its risks and rewards
  • Investing in regional area and factors to consider
  • How to spot the difference between a genuine property educator vs a spruiker

and (SUPER TOPICAL)

  • Airbnb Investment: Is it worth considering them?

This is a goodie, especially for those who don’t want to feel the sting of bad investing!

(For those who want to know the website Ben talks about, it’s PIPA.)

 

The questions we’ve handpicked are from:

 

Listener Anonymous (as continued from their nightmare situation, which the boys will read out):

… We have about $200,000 of available equity, but we are now not sure what our borrowing power is as our previous broker was also linked to the spruikers and we don’t trust what they’ve told us. In your opinion, what should our next move be? Ideally we’d like to invest in Melbourne or Sydney but are not sure if it’s the right time to get into these markets.

 

Andy:

Can you guys talk about the finance in the first two stages of property investing? How do we go about understanding the numbers eg loans, consolidation and what is involved how everything works with the finance and loans, what to do with the loans from accumulation stages to consideration stages and onwards?

 

Jonathan:

Hi guys. I’ve recently started listening to your podcast and think it’s great. I’ve recently attended a seminar with ‘XYZ’ company, ‘XYZ’ Education they call themselves. Just wanted to know if you had heard anything about them? I understand there are many of these ‘mentors’ out there—those that are ‘fee for service’ and those that work off commission. These guys are the later. Any thoughts, comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

 

Kate:

What do you think about the idea of buying for cash flow only? I live in Adelaide and there are many areas within 60 – 90mins of Adelaide where you can buy quality character properties for less than $250,000. If only earning an average income, and planning to buy and hold for 15 – 20 years, do you think a larger portfolio of properties like this may be less risky than one or two closer to the CBD, which will have substantial holding costs?

 

Eddie Airbnb:

Hi. I am an avid listener to your podcasts and I started listening to them since 2015, but I have stopped for a year. I have recently bought another investment unit and have started listening to them again. I am currently at episode 51 and it is great because I can listen to them nonstop without having to wait for the next one to arrive in my podcast. Great work, I really enjoy your shows.
I have a question regarding Airbnb. I know it is not aligned with your property investing strategy and overall investing mantra. But recently, it has taken the property market by storm and there are many investors who are doing this to become positive cash flow. It is sort of the elephant in the room and there is a lot of talk about it out there, whether it is in high-rise holiday resort, or brick and mortar family homes. People are doing it. I have recently bought an apartment (yes: high rise, high density, tourist destination, lifts and caretaker) and so far I am cash flow positive, after netting all costs including cleaning, rates and body corporate. I only manage the bookings of the apartment and outsource everything to a cleaner who doubles up as my meet-and-greet host. I also have insurances to cover those times when needed, and I do everything above board.
I would like your views on how your look at Airbnb investment as part of an investment strategy—if it is something that you are interested at discussing.
Thanks.
If you like this Q&A episode (A Transitioning Market, Money, Habits, Tax Deductions and What It’s Really Costing You), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://thepropertycouch.com.au/topics/

Episode 122 | Q&A – A Transitioning Market, Money, Habits, Tax Deductions and What It’s Really Costing You

It’s that time again … a few questions from you and a few answers from the boys!

Oh, before we give you a tiny tease about today’s podcast … just a huge shout out for being SO supportive about our technical glitch last week. Our inbox was flooded with all of your emails and concerns—please know that our hearts’ burst (with love) and we missed you all too! We really did. But we’re back and better than ever this week. (With an epic guest next Thursday we’ve got The Stig running the server like a pro.)

Right … to today’s Q&A! It’s the time of a transitioning market. So things are starting to balance out in the property scene. The boys will fill you in on the nitty gritty; but, guess what? This is an empowering time for buyers!

Think Question. Think Answer. Think Golf. Blame Bryce for his legendary metaphors.

 

  • Question on debt reduction from Allen:

I am trying to get into a better money management system and have just a few questions.
I currently have 1 personal loan of $22,000 and 2 credit cards both roughly $5000 each. In your previous podcasts about credit card management and The Money SMARTS System you suggest paying off whichever debt charges the most interest first. Well, the personal loan charges more than the credit cards in the long run and has more to pay off although the credit cards are of smaller amount but it is still high, which would you recommend paying off first?

  • Question on how to work out a property’s true value from Laura:

When monitoring an existing Investment Property’s capital growth, and trying to do this in an objective, non-biases and reliable method, can you please compare and contrast—get the advice—just relying on a real estate agents sales appraisal vs. a proper bank valuation?

My wife and I bought a house (PPOR) in Croydon Vic 2.5 years ago, which has since appreciated by nearly 20%. We are looking at buying our first investment property this year, around mid-year. We had a child last year, my wife will be going back to work part time mid-year and is currently on maternity & LSL. My salary will be about $100k more than hers.

Will it make sense to get the investment loan out in my name so that the losses can be claimed against my greater income? For some reason she is apprehensive about this idea, which I’m not sure why because we are married anyway and the titles can still be put in both our names even though the finance is in my name. Is this worth considering this or should everything just be in both our names, joint loans the like?

 

And here are the Free Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

 

If you like this Q&A episode (A Transitioning Market, Money, Habits, Tax Deductions and What It’s Really Costing You), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://thepropertycouch.com.au/topics/

Episode 119 | The Power of Compounding

Smart Money Management. Savings. Leverage. Compounding interest.

That is basically what we are talking about in today’s podcast as inspired by two of our listeners who wrote in. Now, rewind a few episodes, and you’ll find the boys quoting Albert Einstein famous words, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… he who doesn’t… pays it.” And today’s focus is all about getting the foundation RIGHT, finding the SWEET spot for your money management habits and understanding WHAT delayed gratification is all about.

One of the questions that we asked the listeners today is,

Would you take a million today or take a cent now and double the amount every day for the next 30 days?

Tune in to find out the numbers behind this question and here are the Free Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

 

Just in case you’re wondering, here’s what the two listeners wrote in:

 

  • From Chris:

Hey guys. Love the podcast. I’ve told so many people about you guys. Out their flying the flag. One day I’ll probably knock on your door for a job. Seriously.

I find that one of the biggest advantages/disadvantages to building wealth can of be determined as to whether you are or aren’t on the same page as your partner when it comes to finance and household spending. I meet so many people in life who are either money savvy (to some degree) or they just aren’t. I love that we all have different passions in life, it makes the world go round, but wouldn’t it make life, relationships and wealth building easier if we all LOVED the concept of making our money work harder for us. We were all money SMART 🙂 *Thanks rubbish Australian education curriculum!

So my challenge is to you. Not an easy one. Do one podcast that in the most effective mainstream fashion, gives those that aren’t ‘interested’ yet, just a taste of how they MUST be money smart. Because…it is not actually that hard, how it can impact their lives so dramatically and how they should take a bigger interest in how to make their money work for them now if they want options of living a wonderful life. A life of experiences. Inspire them. One podcast I can make my loved ones listen to, to try flick that switch in them to take more control of their finances with joy. Like when I read Rich Dad Poor Dad. I know how amazing compound interest is, I know how amazing leverage is, but so many people just don’t. Therefore they don’t know why they should be delaying gratification. So they simply choose to spend.

In a time that is crazy busy for you guys building a business and living your own family lives, well done on giving so much back to society. You will never know how great an impact you have had on generations to come.

 

  • From Greg:

Hi Guys

I just watched the first video you’ve done with realestate.com.au. Congratulations on the partnership and great work as usual.

Just one comment on the first video. The savings/investment glass got filled with what was left over. This goes against many of the gurus (The Richest Man in Babylon, Robert Kiyosaki etc) who all say “pay yourself first”. So, in the video, the savings/investment glass should have its share first (whatever amount the person has decided) and then the other glasses divide up what’s left over.

Keep up the great work.

 

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Episode 116 | Q&A – How does Guarantor Loan actually works, Fixing a Joint Venture, Investing in WA and more

It’s Question and Answer time!  Now, we answered a few questions in the last episode but realised that we wouldn’t be able to respond to all of your questions at this rate, so we will be doing a Facebook Live very soon. Stay tuned for that!

On another note, there’s an exciting announcement at the end of this episode so make sure you stick around. And here are the questions that we would be answering today:

 

  • Question on Guarantor Loan from Kate:

My partner and I earn a combined gross income of roughly $130,000 annually. We have a small amount of savings – about $5000 (remember we’re getting married). But really nowhere near the amount needed for a deposit on our first home. Listening to your episode about guarantors got me thinking. Is it possible to borrow the full amount for an invest-grade property in Newcastle? Do banks really loan 105% with interest only repayments so that we can continue putting money into an offset account? Or are we better to wait and rent and continue saving?

My parents have been lucky enough to own a home in Sydney that has enjoyed the crazy house price growth. Their home would be worth at least $1.5 million at the moment. How long would my parents need to be guarantors – would it be until we had saved 20% of the loan? Perhaps in our offset account? Or would it be until the full amount was paid down?

My dad is from the generation of debt is bad and avoids risks. If you thought this was a smart move, do you have any tips on how to explain the risk/benefits so that he can understand?

 

  • Question on “To Hold or Sell” from Warren: Hi ‘couchers’, thank you for your entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking podcasts. I’d like to know what your thoughts are on rescuing a situation where someone has an investment property they’ve had for 10 years that isn’t performing. Cut the losses and look to replace it, or hang onto it? (I bought this place at age 20 on apprentice wages, it was all I could afford) Thanks! (specifics: paid $195k, current market value $240k, current rent $270/wk)

 

  • Question on Property Investing in WA from Daniel:

My partner and I recently bought a duplex (2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 living rooms, 475 m2) in Spearwood for $400,000. We have $112,000 equity in the property and $73,000 cash in our offset. Our salaries are $50,000 p/a for my partner and $71,000 p/a for myself, and we do not plan to have children for another 5 years. There is an opportunity to buy the second duplex (also a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, with a small granny flat at the back) for $385,000. The site is zoned R40 on 950 m2 (we see a 4 property potential), 3 km from the new Port Coogee Marina, the North Coogee development estate and the potential South Fremantle Power Station development bringing 6,000 new high-density houses/apartments into the area. We are 300 m from the local shopping centre and 5 km from the satellite employment hub of Fremantle (Bryce’s old hood). It ticks all the lifestyle boxes bar being near a train station (it is currently challenging to access the freeway to the Perth CBD). My two part question is:

  1. I am currently weighing up the opportunity cost. What is your inference of Spearwood as a potential “wave rider” suburb piggy backing off the growth of the coastal development? Do you feel that it would have long-term, consistent capital growth or a short term upswing, followed by a flattening capital growth and thus be better to buy into a blue chip area?
  2. As a first time investor, would it be wise to buy the adjacent duplex and land bank the asset, then develop the land after we have acquired several more properties in our portfolio or focus on the subdivision straight off the bat?

 

  • Question on Joint Venture from Tristan:o

I am in a bit of a bind and require some help. I currently have 4 properties. PPOR, a house in country VIC (Nathalia) that my father rents, a house in Frankston (that’s had 10% growth in 5 months!) and the front house on a sub dived block in Seaford.

The last 2 properties were purchased with friends as tenants in common.

I wanted to try and get another property with just my wife and so (as my friend has changed his plans a bit) I spoke to a well-regarded mortgage broker and they told me that the banks have changed the rules and that now they take the full loan amounts of the split properties and only half the rent!?

This destroys my serviceability. I am now not sure what to do, my friend is moving interstate and will not be ready to buy again for 2 years. (which I think my turn into 5 years) and I am keen to keep purchasing.

Should I concentrate on paying down the debt on my PPOR (280k worth 750k) or look at selling one of the joint houses (to gain the serviceability)?

 

And here are Free Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

 

 

If you like this Q&A episode (How does Guarantor Loan actually works, Fixing a Joint Venture, Investing in WA and more), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

Episode 115 | What Does The 2017 Federal Budget Mean To The Property Market?

What a week! Apologies for the podcast’s downtown earlier this week and thank you to those of you who wrote in to us. We had a system update and things didn’t quite work out as we wanted them to be. That aside, the 2017 Federal Budget has been released just a couple of days ago. So let’s talk about that.

There were a few proposals relating to the affordability issue and a couple more that aims at the property investors pool. But overall, this was not an overly exciting budget. It was a conservative one. Nonetheless, what impact will if have on property owners and the Australian Property Market in general. Some of the issues that Bryce and Ben discussed in today’s episode are:

  • The proposed changes to depreciation deductions for plant and equipment
  • Capital Gains Tax exemption for foreign and temporary tax residents
  • Investors’ travel expenses claims
  • The implementation of First Home Super Saver Scheme and is it a good idea
  • The expanded audit on overseas investors

If you would like to understand more about the 2017 Federal Budget, please check out this link.

We’ve also answered a few questions from:

  • Joel on the First Home Super Saver Scheme: Hi property couch crew! Since the website is down ill throw my question for the next Q&A here. A good one of the younger generation first home buyers as well as parents. My question relates to the announcement of the first home buyers saving scheme announced in the budget, with the tax break through superannuation. Being someone who has been taught in uni and at home by my parents not to touch my super and add extra payments where possible, is this scheme of accessing it for a house deposit reasonable? I see the tax break being a great idea but opening the idea of people taking there super to buy a house they cant save for rings alarm bells for me. Do i have the correct understanding of it all? Would you recommend another way?
  • Leo on property valuation: Hi Ben & Bryce – (and the Stig!), I cannot thank you enough for the endless amount of value that you provide for your listeners. Your content is conversational and easy to understand even for a first-time investor like myself.
    I have a suggestion that may also benefit other listeners. I have recently purchased my first investment at 23 years old. It is an existing (3 bed, brick and tile) property and I am in the process of planning a cosmetic renovation. My question is – When refinancing against an existing asset, do all property valuers have a set agenda when valuing your property? Since all valuers will have a different opinion on price, is there a similar set of factors they look at? (i.e Condition of kitchen, bathroom, flooring etc) – going on from this, Is there ways you can make your property more appealing to a valuer in order to gain a higher valuation to leverage onto the next investment? Thanks alot guys – I appreciate your work!
  • Derek on bookkeeping for investors: Something that isn’t as widely discussed in the field of real estate is book keeping. You guys mention the need to spend 10 hours or so per year to review each property in a portfolio. Can you dive into greater detail as to what exactly this entails? What sort of information do we need to keep track of and is that done through spreadsheets or specific software?

 

If you like this episode (What Does The 2017 Federal Budget Mean To The Property Market?), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

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