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Episode 132 | Josh and Jenna from The Block! New things for this Bickering Couple and their Tiny House Movement in Australia

We’re very excited to announce that Josh & Jenna—who, let’s face it, ditched their surnames after becoming household names on the 2011 series of The Block—have landed, with their 8 week old bubba, Freddie, on the Couch!

The husband and wife duo, also featuring on The Block’s All-Star Series and Reno Rumble, are founders of Melbourne-based interior bicker design. With Josh a qualified plumber and Jenna currently sharing her knowledge and passion at Design School, they are here to chat about all things renovation—and how to make a profit out of it!

We’ll cover quite a few things, folks:

  • What being “the bickering couple on The Block” was really like
  • How it felt to lose at auction
  • The most important tips for renovating
  • How they used the equity in their first home to buy in Melbourne (a city they hadn’t been able to afford until then)
  • What is the end game of buying and renovating in today’s market?
  • Their budget formula for renovations
  • How to invest in Blue Chip areas when you can’t afford it yet
  • The financial benefits of paying a Stylist to “stage your house” before selling
  • Tiny House Movement in Australia: What is it and how will it impact asset selection
  • The future of renovating and what need to know
  • Investing for Airbnb

 

Happy listening (you can hear Freddie in this podcast too, naaw)!

 

Episode 131 | How Did He Turn $4,500 Into A Multi-Million Dollar Property Portfolio?- Chat with Victor Kumar, Partner at Right Property Group

What would you do if you arrived from Fiji to Australia with only $4,500 to your name and little else? Well, that’s exactly what today’s guest, Victor Kumar, Partner at Right Property Group, and his wife did in 1997. And their story is truly extraordinary! Within 1 and a half years in Australia, the radiographers—thanks to reading The Wealthy Barber and Building Wealth Through Investment Property, learning as much as they could about property investment, lots of hard work coupled with a steel determination —had secured their own PPOR as well as 11 investment properties!

Here to explain how he did it, the co-host of Investing Insights with Right Property Group podcast, Victor Kumar, explains:

  • How he chose a mortgage broker to get the loan he was first rejected for
  • Who to take your advice from (aside from Jan Somers and David Chilton)
  • The difference between money and mindset, and why goal setting is crucial:

“The very first thing is: you’ve got to sort out your goals—why you’re doing it and what are you aiming for—before you start the journey. Most people start the journey and then try and get the GPS up-and-running to say we’re they’re going.”

  • Victor’s reason “why” he invests in property—and why it is crucial to know your “why”
  • A simple, easy habit anyone can do to outsmart a spruiker and determine if the property seminar is genuine
  • His investment strategy, how he accumulated such a ginormous portfolio and if he would do it again
  • A few of the mistakes and lessons learnt while building his portfolio (and they’re hilarious!)
  • When to DIY and when to always pay for professional services
  • What factors to consider if you are investing in the outer suburbs?
  • His renovation “Life Hack” and why it’s the most important renovation tip to add value
  • What are the three things that can ruin a property portfolio?
  • How to manage multiple investment properties and the problems with investing in too many properties
  • Special: Victor unpacked an amazing tip at the 55-minute mark. So make sure you don’t miss that!

 

Note: Victor brought enough gold to the couch to create a mining town … let us know if you agree! What to do and what never, ever to do … wooooaaaah, thanks Victor!

 

Some other resources for our fellow listeners:

  • Our chat with Steve Waters back in Episode 42 – Listen here
  • LocationScore’s Launch Offer is expiring this Sunday, 20th August 2017! (Code: TPC20)Check it out here

 

Episode 130 | Stage to Savvy: How this Singer/Actor Built her Own Impressive Portfolio and Without Guaranteed Work – Chat with Rachel Cole

Awe-Guest, for us, is about bringing in experts from all walks of life and we are proud to say that we’ve finally got Rachel Cole on the show! Welcome Rach!!

Rach is an accomplished performer, singer and actor and is currently understudying Miss Honey, Mrs Wormwood and Mrs Phelps on Matilda The Musical (yes, that one), after understudying Nessa Rose in the Australasian tour of WICKED. A young property investor, Rach loves property research, spreadsheet and is very savvy with her spending. Rach also has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, a quick-witted blog, Stage Door Shrink, and a passion for sharing what she knows about property investing, even when her creative work (read: money) isn’t always guaranteed.

In today’s podcast, she and the boys unfold:

  • How to invest as a young, single woman with intermittent paychecks
  • How a conservative upbringing and 25 cents in pocket money for every year old she was, paid off
  • What things you should never to get a loan for
  • Money SMARTS, how to implement a budget for everything and other ways to save money
  • Why investing in a $100 bike can land you a house deposit
  • The necessity of sacrifice
  • Getting her first investment property without a fixed income
  • How to be a borderless investor and things you need to consider
  • The costs of renovating and how much is too much
  • What you should always ask the “the locals” before you buy in their suburb
  • What research do you need to do to get the best possible returns?
  • When is the only time to buy off the plan?
  • How to act now when you’re circumstances “aren’t right”

 

PLUS you’ll also get to hear an exclusive performance from Rach! Don’t miss out!

 

Episode 128 | How a Country Boy Went From a Butcher to Property Success – Chat with Duncan McPherson, Director of Nelson Alexander

That’s right guys. Duncan McPherson, Director at Nelson Alexander (also a successful property consultant, auctioneer, founder of Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation and a property investor himself) started his roots in a small country town as, well, a butcher. Yep—his story is absolutely a white-butcher’s-coat to wealth-building-creation!

Duncan is a family man, centred on honest and committed customer service, who has built his riches on sharing what he knows and paying it forward, giving almost $2.5 million dollars to local charities in the process.

On the couch to share his wisdom, humbleness and good humour with the boys, Duncan explains:

  • How he came to Melbourne as a butcher and ended up as highly-successful real estate figure
  • Why one man in a black BMW, a shiny suit and a bad attitude was likely the catalysis for his career change
  • How Nelson Alexander, since 1971, has transformed the face of real estate services, especially in the Northern suburbs
  • How he approaches property investment with 20+ years’ experience
  • What are his criteria for a successful asset selection?
  • Which one is a “better” investment: a house or a townhouse?
  • What “buying land and airspace” means and how you can value from it
  • What is “The Beef Wellington” to add value to your property?
  • What to look for in a quality real estate agent and how to outsmart them
  • How many off-market properties exist without you even knowing they’re For Sale? (Hint: it’s more than you think!)
  • The inevitability of housing affordability—has it always been tough breaking into the market?
  • When will he consider buying a property with someone else?
  • What he looks for in an investment property and what always impresses him
  • The mentors who have changed and continue to change his life.

 

We really, really think you’ll benefit from this one guys. It’s one thing to hear tips from the best in the business; but another thing entirely to hear it from someone who made it there from the humblest of beginnings!

 

PS: Hear your own voice on the podcast by dropping us a Voicemail! Simply click on the long orange button on the right-hand-side of your screen J

LocationScore: You can access it here. (And don’t forget to use this code: TPC20. Valid till 19th August 2017)

 

Episode 125 (Part 2) | Everything You Need To Know About Picking The Next Hotspot – Chat with Jeremy Sheppard

Did we deliver on the gold in PART ONE?

Jeremy Sheppard, also the Director of Research at Select Residential Property, definitely has a serious knack for data collection and analysis, doesn’t he? (Side note: he actually calls himself the “property-data Nutcase”. Yep.)

Chasing the tail of Part One, PART TWO unpacks the remaining 3 of the 8 fundamental indicators that affect demand and supply.

The last 3 are:

  1. Vendor Discount
  2. Rental Yield
  3. Renters versus owner-occupiers

 

Yep. Did we warn you that this episode could be quite overwhelming? Stay with us.

It’s been no secret that we’ve been waiting A LONG TIME to share this episode with you because … LocationScore is finally live!!

 

So, what is LocationScore?

Jeremy met with The Property Couch’s Bryce and Ben back in 2016 and that led to their creation of this online property research tool.

All of the indicators you hear mentioned in this episode are exactly what LocationScore’s algorithm measures! They are the tools that sniff out supply and demand levels of all across the country, changing the face of Capital Growth, and investing, forever!

So, what if we could tell you the suburbs—right down to the specifics of houses and units—that are saturated in scarcity, landing you the BETTER LOCATIONS to increase your chances of making real returns in the long term?

This is what LocationScore, pioneered by Jeremy, Ben and Bryce, has been designed to do for you.

These indicators are the wires that power LocationScore. And with over 15,000 suburbs in the Australian market, Jeremy, Ben and Bryce continue to untangle them for you, hoping to fix the headache of finding investment grade suburbs and, in turn, crucial asset selection.

Let’s be honest: there’s obviously a lot to tell you.

We hope you like this one guys!

 

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