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Episode 189 | Q & A – Vic Residential Tenancy Changes and “Legoland” in a Good Location

Folks, today we’re tackling your questions around some tough topics!

Because chances are, you’ve heard about the amendments that’ve recently been passed on Victoria’s Residential Tenancies Act — laws that allow tenants to keep pets and make ‘minor’ modifications to the property, regardless of the landlord’s wishes.

So we’re going to give our take on this, as well as take a deep dive on “Legoland” and whether or not these properties are worth considering if they’re sitting in a good location. Plus a certain Donald Trump gets a mention, as does the interest rate rise we’ve seen from the big banks right here on our home turf!

And why the tough topics now?

Well folks, it’s pretty simple… we’ve sweated out our brand new book, Make Money Simple Again (Get 30% off here), and now that it’s off to the printers… we’re ready to take on some of your other challenges!

 

Before we kick it off, just a shout out that PICA’S holding a limited-seating event on Tuesday 18th September at 6pm — to discuss on the amendments to the Victorian Residential Tenancy Act…

This is an exclusive event (only 60 seats available) with Yvonne Martin and will take place at Madgwicks Lawyers, Level 6, 140 William Street, Melbourne.

Register Here: PICA – Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

 

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But back to the tricky Q & A….

 

Question — Chris on Tenancy Changes

I’m disappointed at your quick video overview regarding proposed rental tenancy changes in Victoria. I have no problem with most of the suggested changes but, how can you not be alarmed at tenants being given the right to have pets and make modifications deemed ‘minor’ – whatever that means? We are not just talking about picture hooks here! After investigating further, this may include security measures and air conditioning! Who pays for these? You flippantly dismiss the pet comment with a remark about ’tiles’. Are you serious??? What about carpets and polished floorboards taking a pounding from pets’ claws and their excrement! I will tell you from experience that any sort of steam cleaning and fumigating of carpets etc….even at the tenant’s expense is not the answer. I’ve had to on at least two occasions (where both urine and faecal matter was so prevalent) had no choice, but to change the carpets! Forget the floorboards – too damn expensive to re-sand and polish!  Please tell me that these abovementioned points are also concerns for you?

 

SpeakPipe Question – Emma on Rate Statement showing a Decline

I have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 car spot investment apartment in Maribyrnong. I’ve just noticed on my new rate statement that the Capital Improved Value and the Site Value have decreased. It is a long term investment, should I be worried? Or should I just enjoy the lower rates this year? Thanks!

 

SpeakPipe Question — Lucas about Trump and IO Loans

… As we know, America runs at huge deficits, and Trump’s now starting trade wars with a whole bunch of economic blocks and their interest rates are going up so it’s going to be harder for them to service their debt. Deficits are going to become bigger & in case that backfires, and causes another GFC situation, what impact will Trump have on the Australian housing market? And, also, we’ll probably have another compounding problem with tougher lending criteria and people having less opportunity to roll interest-only with banks. So I’d like to know what you think will happen to the property market if these things happen, which is the worst case scenario. Thank you.

 

Question — Nick on History of Sales

Hi, I am a casual listener of the podcast and a first time buyer looking for a place to live in Melbourne. We have found a townhouse in Thornbury, a property that ticks all the boxes for us and looks like a good price. However, the property is selling for only a fraction over that which it was purchased in 2014 and is amongst about 50 of other similar townhouses — the property next door is also for sale. It is probably the best located/nicest property we can afford that we have found in Melbourne but those seem like red flags from an investment point of view. I thought I might just ask and see if you might be able to point us in the right direction as to how much we should read into previous sale prices and also about what saturation means in the townhouse market? Thank you and keep up the rad podcasts!

 

 

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 180 | Building A Portfolio in a Changing Market – LIVE Q & A in Melbourne

The Australian property market collapsing. Housing market under the pump. Melbourne’s property downfall. House sales hit new low…

… folks, with headlines like these, we may as well call it a day, bid you farewell in a foreign language like old times, and exchange the ol’ investor returns for an earlier-than-planned retirement!

Wait, why would we say such a thing?

Well, you might’ve noticed — the market’s corrected and it’s making a LOT of folks out there nervous! And why shouldn’t it?

You don’t want to fork out the big bucks (probably the most you’ve ever spent) on a property that’s going to end in little-to-no return come market crash, right? Not to mention, you don’t want this said “investment” to wind up in an economic tsunami, which by the way, WILL happen when life follows the fate of a catchy news headline.

So… is that what’s really what’s happening here? Is the market seriously “bottoming out”… because, as far as we see it folks, we’re sitting pretty happy where we are!

BUT for the record folks, there ARE things you need to keep in mind come a market correction (whether you’re a current investor or just getting started)… so, what do you need to know?

We shared all of the exclusive hacks and current market news in our Melbourne LIVE Podcast last week… and we’re bringing the love to you right now!

 

Before we get into what you can expect out of today’s show, just a few quick shout-outs…

Are you coming to see us at the Melbourne Property Buyer’s Expo??

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Yep, if you want to learn heaps more about property investing, meet us and leave your wallet at home (in other words: spend ZERO money)… you should come and see us at the Melbourne Property Buyers Expo!

  • Saturday, 12:30 PM – Ben on How to achieve financial peace with five properties or less!
  • Saturday, 2:30 PM – The Property Couch with Greville Prabst, Executive Chairman of WBP Property Group and Judge on Nine Network’s The Block.
  • Sunday, 10:00 AM – Special Length Masterclass – Ben and Bryce with Special Guest to talk about Buying your First Home / Investment Property
  • Sunday, 12:30 PM – Bryce on 7 Ways to Build a Property Portfolio in a Changing Market
  • >> Learn more about each of the session here!

And…

 

Property Investors Council of Australia (PICA) is COMING TO YOU. Well, provided you live in Melbourne or Sydney! Meet and Greet includes a Q&A Session followed by a brief networking session. And old mate (and Chair of PICA) Ben Kingsley will be hosting!

Meet and Greet Sydney
Thursday 12 July 6:45PM – 8:30PM
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Meet and Greet Melbourne
Thursday 19 July 6:00PM – 8:00PM
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BACK TO TODAY’S SHOW… What’s behind the headlines??

 

 

 

Episode 169 | Alan Oster – NAB’s Group Chief Economist – on Interest-Rate Rise, Tax Cut and The Future of Residential Property

Let’s get down to business, folks! Today we’re tackling the past, present and future of Australia’s economy…

And who better to help us out than Alan Oster, Group Chief Economist of the National Australia Bank (NAB)!

Alan sure knows his stuff, folks — as Group Chief Economist, Alan is responsible for NAB’s global economic and financial forecasts. Not to mention, before he started at NAB (which was in 1992, mind you), he worked as Senior Adviser in Treasury specialising in economic forecasting and modelling for an impressive 15 years. Oh, and in 1987 he was seconded for nearly four years as Counsellor-Economic and Financial with Australia’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development — OECD — in Paris.

Yes, he’s definitely the man you want to speak to if you’ve got a question about Australia’s economy!

 

Hold on to your seat folks cause here’s what you’re in for:

  • Where is the economy going in the next 12 – 18 months?
  • Rather than mortgage stress, what’s the number one issue at present?
  • What’s going to happen, on average, to house prices?
  • Will your wage increase any time soon?
  • Federal Budget 2018: What’s in store and will we see tax cuts?
  • Who will struggle most with postcode restrictions?
  • What needs to happen to benefit the economy?
  • Is the Australian economy going to be better or worse?
  • How do foreign buyers and the Chinese market fit in?
  • Will APRA keep tightening the lending regulations?
  • When’s the cash rate likely going to increase?
  • Is inflation on the rise?
  • What’s in store for interest-only loans?
  • What’s happening in the US with the 10-year bond rates?
  • Why do banks care about outer city living and inner city living?
  • Is the demand in Sydney and Melbourne slowing?
  • What’s the riskiest sector should unemployment starts to rise?
  • What’s the difference between “the bricks” and the “the clicks”?
  • What do banks ALWAYS look for before handing out loans?
  • Who owns most of the apartments in the capital cities and what are his thoughts on the future of the apartment market?
  • What about the second-tier cities (Brisbane, Adelaide etc.)
  • Which states are having the fastest rental growth?
  • Is Perth now an investment-grade location?
  • Where would Alan invest his money?
  • What happened when then Treasurer Paul Keating removed negative gearing?
  • What will be the economic impact and consequences if negative gearing is removed again at the current time?
  • How should we tackle housing affordability?

 

p.s. Looking for the special reports mentioned in today’s show?

 

Episode 165 | Royal Commission’s Role in the Lending Sector and Q&A on Improving Loan Serviceability, Sell v Hold Strategy and Investing in Shares

Just a heads up, folks: we’re tackling a couple of serious topics today!

Because, not only are we diving into the world of the Banking Royal Commission (and what they do), we’re also answering a few voicemail messages about how to best service your loan, what to look out for if you considering investing in shares and having a crack at the million dollar question: should you sell or hold??

Yep, Ben will be donning on his Chair of PICA hat to address some of these topics, especially when it comes to choosing your mortgage broker wisely and making sure, as property investors our assets and financial wellbeing are well protected!

 

As part of this, we will be dropping the “F” word… Fraud.

It should go without saying, DON’T go there… but if you find yourself taking dodgy advice, you could find yourself in boiling water too. And remember — for the folks that haven’t signed up yet — you can get an individual Membership of PICA for as little as $5 to lobby government regulations and help us get rid of the “bad eggs” and spruikers responsible!

 

So, let’s jump into the SpeakPipe Q’s:

Question from Nick (from New Zealand) about Selling or Holding a House and Land Package:

I purchased a house and land package in Landsdale, Perth in 2012. It’s next to the parks, next to the school; it’s a beautiful place with nice places around it — should I play the long game and hold onto it? Or should I look at selling it & placing my money elsewhere? It’s cash flow neutral, so it’s not costing me anything. It’s rented out, I’m paying the debt down through my own cash flow… the only other thing is, I’m at university so if I sell it, I won’t be able to get another place — I wouldn’t be able to get a mortgage — for 2 years until I graduate. I know it’s a million dollar question — but should I sell it or hold it?

 

Question from Will about serviceability concerns with current lending regulations:

We’ve got a current portfolio of currently 3 properties, looking to buy our 4th and final property in late 2018. I’m a little bit concerned about serviceability since the new APRA rules? have been brought in with the big banks. I was wondering if there were any practical things we could do to improve our serviceability? The second part to the question: Is there anything we can do to increase serviceability with second-tier lenders and third tier lenders?

 

Question about shares from Jamie:

Through your podcast, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. In the book, it talks about using shares to raise a deposit to purchase property. I was wondering if you were aware of any podcasts or books or any other resources that are similar to your own podcast but talk about trading shares? It’s something that is less tangible than property and I have a harder time understanding it.

 

p.s. Make sure to check out PICA’s website: www.pica.asn.au

p.p.s. And the video that we talked about is called, Becoming Warren Buffet.

 

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