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Episode 050 | Q&A – Credit card management, professional fees, LOC for negative cash flows, adding value via reno and interest only loans

Only a couple more weeks left to our Summer Series. This week, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be answering the questions below from our fellow listeners. Thanks again for submitting your questions!

  • Credit card management question from Peter on Facebook: Loved reading the book. Quick question, in your Money Smarts section (Chapter 3 of the book) you discuss using your credit card for fixed expenditure. Does that include groceries…assuming groceries doesn’t come under lifestyle? That seems to provide a variable – do you think that is still best? I want to adopt your setup but worry about using a credit card, considering we don’t have one currently. Thoughts?
  • Professional Fees questions from Andrew : Hey guys, thanks for all the valuable information so far. I have a question in regard to the fees and cost of the property portfolio and buyers agent services. I am a first time investor with limited funds for my purchase, and I am trying to get an idea whether or not I could
    • a) even afford the above services and
    • b) whether those funds would be better spent contributing to a larger deposit? Can buyers with smaller budgets (sub $400k) still maximise capital growth and rental yield using qualified property advisers and investment savvy buyers agents? Cheers.
  • Question on line of credit from Christian: Hi Ben, what are your thoughts on using equity and/or a line of credit to fund the negative cash flow on high growth properties?
    I know that some other high profile companies are advocates of this strategy. Your thoughts? Would love to hear your thoughts in podcast.
  • Value add question from Heath: Hi guys, love the show and I am currently up to the Buyer’s decision quadrant in the book and really enjoying it. My question to you is:
    I have a recently renovated investment property in Brisbane that is a 3x2x2. We have built in a 4th bedroom downstairs in the existing utility room (legal height, ventilation, windows and power supply etc.) Currently I am speaking to a few building certifiers and engineers etc. to assess whether or not I can get the 4th bedroom certified through council. It’s looking like the certification will cost me around 5k and the difference between the median for 3 & 4 bedrooms in the area is around 60K. Would you think moving forward with this would be feasible? And if so when issued the certificate through the Brisbane council is this something that I would submit to the valuator when they would be doing the inspection?
  • Repayment question from Joe: I actually just finished reading your book about 30 min ago and I have to say I really enjoyed it. In particular chapter 9 and 10 (investment strategies and the case studies). I found it very easy to follow and understand though I do admit I learn a lot of the terms and phrases from the podcasts. I do have a couple of questions though.
    • I noticed that in the case studies the loans were always interest only which is fine and I understand why it’s like that, but is it possible to have Interest only repayments over the course of the entire loan? Surely at some point the bank wants principal paid back.
    • This leads me to my second question, during your case studies do you factor in the fees of your service as this would have a noticeable  impact on the overall purchasing power of the buyer?

 

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Episode 040 | Q&A – Line of Credit, NRAS Program, Fixing a Broken Portfolio, Conducting a Due Diligence and Insurances

Introducing the first episode of our summer series! Let’s kick start with a Q&A episodes. If you have a property related question that you couldn’t solve or needs an opinion on, please do not hesitate to let us know here. In this episode, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be addressing some topics on:

  • Line of Credit (LOC) question from Brad : Firstly, love the podcast, but have to agree that the sports commentary should be left out. ( 😥 from TPC Hosts). I have a finance related question, specifically about the intricacies of Lines Of Credit. All the articles I can find say you should get a LOC, which I get, but none drill down deeper into the intricacies of using the LOC. I understand that you would use your LOC for investing costs, such as a deposit on new property, or the levies or rates for a property. My uncertainty is whether I am then able to claim the interest charged on the LOC for these expenses. To make things more complicated, what if you were to pay your investment loans off using this LOC. Surely you couldn’t then claim the interest on the LOC as well as the investment mortgage? That would be double-dipping, right? Please do a segment on your show (which I listen to religiously) that explains more how to use the LOC tax effectively and legally.
  • NRAS questions from Cesar : What is your view on the NRAS program? From everything I hear from you it is probably a no go, but would be nice to hear more as many spruikers are heavily promoting NRAS to investors.
  • Property Portfolio question from Sandy : Guys, love the podcast and wish I had listened to it a few years ago. My suggestion is to discuss the strategy to fix a “broken” portfolio ie a number of under performing properties (pretty much all the things you have explained to avoid) that were spruiked.
  • Due Diligence and Research from Daniel : You always hear from professionals in their podcasts that you need to do due diligence and do your research into finding a property. I’m a first time investor, but this question could be used for every investor. What resources do you need and what do you have to look for in conducting due diligence? I wouldn’t know where to begin. Could you please elaborate on who one can achieve this?
  • Property Insurance from Daniel : Advice on what’s the best type of insurance to have on your investment property?

 

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