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Episode 108 | Five Ways To Improve Affordability

Back in Episode 102, Bryce and Ben discussed if we are facing an affordability issue and when Jan Somers appeared on our show last month, she mentioned that her aunt was also concerned about housing affordability back in the 1950s. Now, with the Federal Budget just a couple of months away, this topic appears yet again, and it seems to be the favourite amongst our politicians.

This time, the debate is about improving affordability for first home buyers. Now, don’t get us wrong. The Property Couch believes in the Great Australian Dream and owning your home. But as mentioned before, your first home will not be luxurious nor will it tick all the criteria of your dream home. This is about setting the right expectation because you would get to your dream home, and you would be able to get that quarter acre house eventually. But it will not happen overnight. You need to work for it, and you need to be smart with your decisions especially when it comes to money and planning for the future. Your first home, may not be your dream home but this does not mean that your second or third home wouldn’t be.

That is why education around property and awareness on the risk of investing in property is so important. This is one of the suggestions that Bryce and Ben chat about to improve affordability in the Australian Property Market. Tune in to find out the rest.

And the other stuff mentioned in this episode are:

  • Has the Way We Look at Financial Stability Changed Since the Global Financial Crisis? – Speech by Michelle Bullock, Assistant Governor (Financial System) of RBA: Listen/Read Here
  • Core Logic’s Pain and Gain Quarterly Report : Download Here
  • Fact Sheet on Guarantor Loan : Download Here
  • Bryce’s video on the four players in the industry is part of the Property Formula video series. If you are interested to watch this, you can Register Here

 

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Episode 103 (Part 1) | Chat with Jan Somers, Housewife And Property Multimillionaire

We are extremely excited here on The Property Couch this week to announce the long-awaited meeting with our special guest today, JAN SOMERS (as we’re sure you would agree)! With a successful property portfolio spanning over 40 years with countless properties within the country, Jan is an inspirational, property-investing mogul who we all could learn a lot from. As we gained so much gold from the hour-long chat, we’ve had to split the episode into two! In this first part, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley discuss the following areas with Jan:

  • What got her into property investing back in 1972 and how did she build her portfolio since then
  • Her mentor in life and her outlook in education and continuous learning
  • Her point of view and experience on negative gearing
  • How did she structure her loans and what kind of loan strategy does she have for her portfolio
  • Tips on improving your borrowing power
  • What motivated her to write her books, Building Wealth
  • Having the right mindset as an investor

And so much more! As Jan is someone who has a continuous passion and drive for property investing, this is definitely a 2-part episode you will not want to miss. Her journey through property investing is definitely a story worth listening to and reading up on so make sure you tune in.

Here’s the link to her books and the PIA Investor software: Click here.

 

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Episode 102 | Do We Have A Housing Affordability Issue?

Finally, back in the studio again this week and as mentioned in Ben’s latest RBA’s cash rate announcement video, this episode of the podcast has Bryce and Ben talking about the all time hot debate topic: The Housing Affordability Issue. But before that, we just want to highlight that the podcast has reached another one of our milestone!

1,027,000 DOWNLOADS!

A big thank you to all of our listeners for tuning in! We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without your support, reviews, feedbacks and all the amazing questions that you’ve sent in! Our next milestone target is 5,000,000 downloads so if you think we are a good bunch of people and the contents are helpful, just let someone else know. 😉

Anyway, back to today’s podcast. Today’s topic is clearly one that Bryce and Ben are both passionate about, as you will hear in this episode. From questioning the ‘affordability’ issue that we are facing, suggestions to help improve this, infrastructure developments that would benefit Australians, the political aspects of urban development and negative gearing, the importance of controlled immigration and population growth, to talking about Money SMARTS and discussing different household configurations; it will be particularly interesting for you all to listen to the different reasons and situations that could affect affordability for anyone, in any part of Australia.

Make sure you don’t miss this episode!

And the other stuff mentioned in this episode are:

 

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Episode 099 | Q&A – Tips For Investing Late In Life, Selling Your Home, Fixing A Downward Portfolio Spiral and more

As Bryce puts it today, we’ve made it to “99, not out!” and with just 1 episode to go before the big 1-0-0, we’re back to provide you with another Q&A Session. In today’s episode, Bryce and Ben give advice on whether to sell your home, tips for investing later on in life, what to do when your property portfolio is falling into a downward spiral, and more. Today’s questions are from the following listeners:

 

  • Fernando on whether or not to sell his home: My wife and I moved from SYD to MELB four years ago without not even knowing where its north was. We rented an apartment in the beautiful East Melbourne for a year as we wanted to enjoy this beautiful city life style but also knowing that we needed to buy a property after that time so we were not building someone else’s future. So we bought “with our hearts” a 3 beds, 2 bath, studio + man cave OLD house out in Donvale with the “vision” of slowly renovate it while starting a family, be surrounded by green, live the Australian dream and on top of that, generate a good growth on the property in a medium term. We love the area BUT… Now, after 2 kids, our cash flow is quite dry and we need to do something about it (classic isn’t it).

Our first bet is to sell as Donvale is not a good suburb from a rent perspective (Yield), put whatever money we can make from the sell – We bought at 520K, the median is 650K and we’ve been slowly renovating a few things, but again, without enough cash to finish it, we are not expecting making a huge profit – into an investment property and then became “Rentvestors”, we wouldn’t mind to sacrifice moving out to a suburb where rent is half what our current mortgage is. In our raw calculations, in 3 – 5 years we could be saving enough to buy the second investment property.

I believe the best things Australia has to offer are for free (parks, security, culture, etc.), so for now, not living in the suburb we’d prefer is not such a big deal when thinking on our medium-long term goals which are given to our kids the best that we possible can and start a passive income strategy for our future ASAP. On the other hand, if we keep the property, we’d need to put a considerable amount of cash on top of the rent in order to pay the mortgage, so our savings wouldn’t be enough to think in buying a good investment property any soon. We will regret not keeping this property… I can guarantee you that but we don’t see any other immediate solution.

  • Monique on whether or not to sell her home: Taken your advice, but what now? Given the projected apartment oversupply, should we sell our inner suburbs 1bdr flat to put towards our next home? Or is it still a good investment worth holding on to?
  • James on interest only loans:Part 1: 2 years ago my wife and I purchased a property 5km from the Brisbane CBD for $530,000. Unfortunately we only spoke to 1 bank, didn’t seek advice and fixed the whole loan for 3 years at 5.05% so have no offset and no way of paying more off the loan than prescribed fortnightly payment amount. After listening to your podcasts and just starting to read your book just this week, we have since found a decent mortgage broker and are considering refinancing and setting up the money smarts structure. We are considering an interest only loan, as discussed in your podcast, to give us the flexibility to purchase another property over the next 2-3 years, but currently we are getting conflicting advice from our financial planner who is against interest only and our mortgage broker who is telling us ‘cash is king’ in your offset account and we should consider it. The idea is to pay the same amount as we are paying now with our P&I loan but go onto interest only 100% variable (4.3% int rate) and let the cash stack up in the offset. What are your thoughts on this?
  • Ronie on investing late in life: Hi Guys, Loving the podcasts. Only started a month ago and am devouring them. Ben, I don’t know if you’ve been told this before, but when I’m listening to you, I can’t help but associate your voice to radio celeb Fitzy. Anyway, my question is, how to start in the property investment after 40. We are self employed, and although have a few savings, is not near enough the 20% asked for a deposit. We don’t even have our own house. Should we work towards that first? Thank you guys!
  • Lyell on the next steps to take in fixing his property portfolio: : I bought my first property at 22 in Kalgoorlie WA. I know i know, mining towns are dangerous. We bought that property is 2010 and have see no capital growth what so ever. Property was bought in 2005 for $197k and we purchased it for $340k in 2010. Not a bad profit for the previous owners. As soon as we bought it, growth stopped. We are however getting 7% gross yield (leased at $460pw). We then bought a house on a big block in Ballajura in the north eastern suburbs of Perth. We bought that for $450k in 2014. Unfortunately that house has dropped by around 7%. We now love in this home. But we leased it at $435pw. We are now at 90% LVR. Both properties are 3 x 2’s with the Perth property on 760sqm. This house was bought for $128K in 1998 prior to us. Very disheartening for a young couple. Could i get a rough idea on what you would do in the situation (in a completely general sense)?
    Also, could you guys discuss ways to get yourselves out of sticky situations like this? I think a lot of people will be feeling this kind of pinch right now (especially WA).

 

 

 

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Episode 079 | Q&A – Underquoting, New Developments Next Door, Fixing an Overly Negatively Geared Portfolio and more

It’s the first day of Spring and a perfect time for a Question and Answer episode! Bryce and Ben started off with some of their auction stories on underquoting and a general market update.The property market had been rather cold this winter but with that over, what will we be expecting these coming months?

 

Here are the questions for today’s podcast:

  • Question on new developments next door from Jesse: My question is regarding to the current development boom that has exploded all over Melbourne as it relates to my property in bayside Melbourne. My wife and I bought a town house in Cheltenham about 8 years ago. It is on a reasonably busy road that goes from Nepean Highway down to the beach in Sandringham. We have been diligently paying it off as quickly as we can in order to give ourselves some freedom (we are both freelance) and now we are looking to buy our first investment property. This week the house next to us and the next seven houses along have all got ‘For Sale’ signs up in front. Our understanding after a brief chat with the next door neighbours is that they have all been approached by a developer who wants to build a large mid level apartment block right next to our house. Our concern is what impact this will have on our property value. We are now planning to move out and ‘rent-vest‘ as we don’t want to stay there through this construction phase.
    Our main concerns are:
    (A) How this will impact the value of our property when it comes to us getting a loan for an investment property.
    (B) The impact this will have on our ability to rent out our townhouse if this new development goes ahead. In light of this are we better off trying to sell now and cut our losses or stick with it as a rental.
  • Question on cash flow from Sonia: Hi Bryce and Ben, I am a big property fan and have been listening to every single episode of the property couch. I have a few investment properties in the Sydney inner city suburbs. Besides that I also have a decent amount of savings in cash. I just quit my job to study interior design, hoping to set up my own business later on. I am a typical rich in assets and poor in cash flow example. Just wondering what is your investment advice for people like me. Thank you. Sonia
  • Question on property portfolio fromKhai:
    • Q1) Is it better to pay off the mortgage or keep buying Investment properties?
    • Q2) I have forecasted passive income of $60,000 (as a couple) in next 10 years (assuming 5% annual price rise and if I sell down my 6 properties to fully own 3 including PPOR). How do you increase this to 100,000? Keep buying 3-5 more properties in next 5 years.
    • Q3) How do I fix a severely negative cash flow portfolio (minus $25k annually for 6 properties)? Options I have in mind are: building a granny flat, refinancing to lower interest rates, raising rents, converting car space in townhouse to LUG (costs probably $10,000 per townhouse but increase rents $1k per year), converting car space in townhouse to LUG (costs probably $10,000 per townhouse but increase rents $1k per year)
  • Question on develop or buy from Adam: I own a positively geared corner property in North Sunshine in Victoria, I am ready to take the next step in building my portfolio, does it make better sense to develop my existing property into three town houses, or to go and buy another investment property keeping in mind that property price growth will most likely exceed building costs ?

 

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