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Episode 054 | Q&A – Entry into the property investment market, debt reduction and investing in house and land packages

It’s Q&A time! This week on The Property Couch, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be answering the questions below from our fellow listeners. Thanks again for submitting your questions!

  • Entry into the property investment market question from Aaron: Hi guys! could you possibly talk about entry into the property investment market? Specifically how much money you need? I have some money sitting in a term deposit but I have heard that you need more like $40,000 before you can even look at starting out. If that’s true, then I need to keep saving. But I keep thinking to myself “what if its better to start investing that money into cheaper property so that you can start investing sooner rather than later”. How much money should people have before starting?
  • Debt reduction questions from Marty: I have just finished the new book and found the content informative and practical. I do however find myself grasping for answers about debt pay down in the practical section. How does the graph move to a zero debt position on IOnly loans? I would like some more detail on this area as it’s probably the missing link for me in the whole process. In case study three a couple with surplus annual income of 36k Pays 1,000,000 in principle in 10 years with IO loans. The property selections are not high yielding so I’d expect the cash flow to be only just positive even at year 15. Am I missing something?
  • Debt reduction questions from Mitch: Hey guys. Love your podcasts and your book. Just a quick question about paying down debt to start receiving passive income. In your book you say to set up all loans to interest only, if I want to retire off passive income at the age of 40 how do I pay down debt without selling any properties and without access to my superannuation?
  • House and land packages question from Rob: Hi Guys, love the podcast – I’m an avid listener and after finding you, went back to Ep 1 and went through them all. I’m just about to place an order on the book… Fundamental Question: Is a house and land package always a bad investment, or are there situations it can work as an investment property?

 

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Episode 043 | How to Choose a Mortgage Broker Wisely?

Merry Christmas! It’s the first Christmas on The Property Couch and Bryce and Ben is definitely in a festive mood. In this podcast they will be sharing some of their stories on mortgage brokers and what role do they play in building a property portfolio.

We’ve spoken about this before in Episode 17 where we talked about the concept of a Personal Banker. In this episode, we’ll list out the criteria to look for when you are thinking about including a mortgage broker into your property team. Yes, it does need to be an investment savvy broker but what else? Bryce and Ben will also be discussing about why loan structure and a sound finance strategy is crucial.

We will also be answering this question from Andrew:
Hi guys, loving the podcast. You’ve talked in past episodes about what to look out for when choosing to engage a property manager for your investment property. Could you discuss how you would go about selecting a mortgage broker? I have utilised the services of mortgage brokers in the past and have found that many of them are purely transactional and only use the big 4 lenders.

 

 

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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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Episode 034 | Q&A – Investing in Commercial Property, Fixing your Loan, Using a BA and Estimated Growth & Returns for Property Plans

It’s another Q&A episode! We are loving these 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:

  • Using a Buyers Agent question from Tim : For a person that is looking to purchase an investment property where they’ve already educated themselves on property investment from Podcasts, read property investment books and attended seminars and they’ve done all their due diligence from getting the right loan structure, finding the right location with all the growth drivers, will there be any benefits to engage a Buyer’s Agent?
  • Fixed loan question from Jonathan : Due to interest rates have been low for a few years now and flexible loans are good, when is the best time to fix them? When the interest rate reaches a point eg, 6%-7? Do you refinance your home and do 50% fixed and 50% variable . What is the rule of thumb on this topic?
  • Investing in commercial property question from Hany : What are the discussions of the pros and cons of investing in commercial property?
  • Estimated Growth and Returns for Property Plans from Josh : My question is around Bryce’s publications and the extent yield and growth percentages are applied. Exploring these publications I have found that the sum of both the yield and the growth figures never exceed 12% to 13%. Is this a rule of thumb? If so, to what extent can you divide these figures up when building an investment plan? is this constrained by property value? What is considered average, exceptional and using a Buyers Agent, what can be expected?

 

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