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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 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 035 | What does the PIPA Annual Investor Sentiment Survey means?

In this podcast episode, Bryce and Ben will be explaining the recently released 2015 PIPA Annual Investor Sentiment Survey and help our listeners in understanding what the report means to property investors and the industry itself. Some of the key insights of the report include the impact of APRA’s regulation on residential real estate, overall sentiment on how the market is performing and where it is heading, where does most investors get their property investment advice from, which state capital provides the best potential for investment and more.

Bryce and Ben will also be spending the first half of the podcast discussing about this week’s change in lender’s interest rates on residential properties and the logic behind this decision. Listen to the podcast now to learn more.

 

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Episode 025 | Q&A – High LVR, Capital Gains Tax, Cross Collateralisation and SMSF Property

Its Questions and Answers time! Thanks for all the suggestions on new topics to cover in this podcast. For today’s episode, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be addressing questions from:

  • High Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) question from Andy : As a relatively new investor, would you recommend gearing as many of my initial purchases at 90-95% LVR as possible to help get ahead early on and do you foresee a lot of the banks starting to restrict this type of lending going forward with the interest rates currently so low. If you do recommend it, how do we best manage the risk for the first few years until the properties grow and loans come down to the 80% mark?
  • The Property Couch - Property investing podcast - smsf propertyCapital Gain Tax (CGT) question from Paul : It would be great if an episode could cover “capital gain tax“. I have recently had to sell an investment property due to lifestyle decision but didn’t incur any charges as it was my first place. In future if I have to sell to upgrade to a bigger investment It would be great to know the CGT laws in each state.
  • Cross Collaterisation from Andrew : In recent Episode 20 you touched on cross collateralisation and while it is not the best option, I  was wondering if you could expand on where you might need to use, why you would use it, to what extent would you use it and how would you un-cross collateralise your portfolio?
  • SMSF and Property from Billy : I’m interested in using a Self Managed Super Fund to invest my super in property. I’d like to hear your opinions on this subject. Would you recommend SMSF Property or not?

 

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