Episode 163 | Infrastructure: What’s the Game Changer for Property?

We’re going off the cuff today, folks! Yep, there’s been no prep behind this podcast… BUT we guarantee it’s still going to be golden!

Why?? It all started (yesterday) when Ben created a little pop quiz for the staff at our company… and his question is:

What is the No.1 infrastructure needed to grow property prices?

Based on the banter that spread through our office, the answer might also surprise you!!
So, let’s drill it down to these two points:

  1. How are megacities built?
  2. What’s the connection between infrastructure and property prices?


Here’s the deal:


Stick around for Ben’s Did You Know … you’ll find out the projected population growth for Australia’s cities (this might influence where you invest!)

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P.S. This episode’s a true glimpse of what an overheard convo between Bryce and Ben sounds like! Gold!!!!



Episode 162 | Q&A – Second-tier Lenders, Brisbane’s units market and the order in Investment Assumptions (PLUS a special appearance from Jeremy Sheppard)

We have a couple of treats in store for you today, folks!!

Not only is it Q & A Day — we know: it seems like forever since we had one, and we love ‘em!! — we’ve also created A BRAND NEW SEGMENT, which is kicking off on the Couch TODAY.

Yep. Think property markets. Think sneak peak. Think data!

Actually, speaking of data, joining us for a portion of today’s episode (hint, hint) is Jeremy Sheppard! He’s our other third of LocationScore.com.au and the pioneer of the DSR Formula, which collects, analyses and researches the level of supply and demand across every market and 15,000 suburbs in Australia!

(You would have heard his insights back on Episode 125 | Everything You Need to Know about Picking the Next Hotspot — Chat with Jeremy Sheppard or on our last Facebook Live!)


…. What will be covered from today’s questions?

  • Should you invest in a Brisbane unit?
  • What are the pros and cons of second-tier lenders?
  • Are the assumptions about property investing making you confused?

Alright folks, before we kick off the questions, you’ll notice soon that all of them are voice recorded messages! Yep, we’re officially prioritising all of our questions that come in through our SpeakPipe widget! So leave us a quick, 60 second voicemail here!


Question about Investment Assumptions from Matthew:

“I’m wondering if you guys can take a moment and reflect on the investment assumptions in property, particularly on stuff like, “Hey, you should always buy in this order for capital gains: you should by a free standing house, and then a townhouse or a free standing house and a duplex and a townhouse and an apartment”… all of these investment based assumptions, which are general rules of investing in property. It’d be good to examine when they’re true and when they’re not true with different cases. I look forward to your answer. Cheers guys!”


Question about Investing in Brisbane Units from Pia:

“I’m a 31 year-old single woman from Brisbane with a budget of $360,000. My question is about the Brisbane unit market.
My priority is investment and I’m open when it comes to the location or type of property I purchase, but ideally I’d like to buy a place I can live in for the short to medium term, and a Brisbane unit is the best fit in that regard. I’ve been looking a 2br, 1 – 2 bathroom units in a 3 – 10km radius of the city in older boutique blocks. I’ve heard all of the warnings about the oversupply of apartments in the Brisbane market at the moment, but I’m wondering if this is the time when “Others are fearful and I should be greedy”? Where do you think we are in the market cycle? Are Brisbane units about to go up in value or are we still looking at another couple of years of downward or flat growth?


Question about Second-tier Lenders from James:

“My question is there have been a lot of media articles and posts around lenders outside of the big four banks, or second-tier lenders…. What are the Pros and Cons of using these lenders?”



And our chat with Jeremy Sheppard?

  • Why there’s not much data in January?
  • Recapping what is Online Search Interest and should investors be worry about the impact the season would have on the property market?
  • What’s the BIG NEWS on Perth??
  • Auction Clearance Rates and who are the outperformers and underperformers in this cycle?
  • How’s the month to month trend for each of the state?
  • What does Adelaide and Gold Coast’s property market trend have in common?
  • How about Days on Market data for February 2018?


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Episode 156 | Tim Lawless – Property Outlook 2018 with CoreLogic’s Director of Research

We promised you a market outlook last week….. so, folks, we had to deliver!

Yep! This week on the Couch, we’ve wrangled in Tim Lawless, CoreLogic‘s executive research director for Australasia, who heads up the Data Research and Analytics team, analysing and interpreting real estate, demographic and economic trends across the country! He’s one of Australia’s leading property market commentators, so…..

In a nutshell: Tim knows his stuff.

For our newer listeners, Tim no stranger of the Couch. Back in Episode 90, he joined us to chat about the impact of Donald Trump on the Australian Property Market. So what’s in store this year for each state and capital in Australia?

Tune in…… you’re about to find out!!


Before we jump in and tell you the property outlook 2018, Bryce wants to remind you to send in your Android Life Hack (please and thank you) so we can even the playfield with the iPhone users! Just email it in to info@thepropertycouch.com.au!


Okay, so today’s big questions are:

  • What’s in store for the Australian property market?
  • Is there going to be a significant shock?
  • What’s up with the economy? (Think, “Will your wage increase?” and interest rates!)


Now, let’s drill it down to Capital Cities:

*** Scroll down for the city you’re most interested in ***



  • What are the tips and trends happening in Sydney?
  • How much has the market fallen and how much more will it fall?
  • What areas are holding their value?
  • Which quartile is coming down the most?
  • Will Sydney bust now that it’s peaked?
  • Are first home buyers entering the market?
  • What is the median value for houses and units?
  • How will the lending restrictions affect the market?
  • Are yields increasing?



  • Is there growth happening in Perth?
  • Are the investment stock levels reducing?
  • How many new listings are there?
  • Is it on our radar?
  • Where are the vacancy rates highest?
  • What signs should you look for?


  • Is it a sustainable market?
  • What sort of investor should you be in the Hobart market?
  • What are the investment trends?
  • How much of the market is investment driven?
  • Who is buying in Hobart?
  • Will there be investment opportunities coming up?




  • Is Darwin showing signs of turning around?
  • What’s happening with the yields?
  • Are buyer numbers increasing?
  • How many new listings are there? How do they compare to Melbourne & Sydney?


p.s. Looking for the CoreLogic January 2018 Chart Pack? Download it here!



Episode 154 | The Do’s and Don’ts: The Discoveries We’ve Learnt in Property Investing (PART 2)

Alright, folks! It’s that time again… Podcast Day!

And today we’re bringing you PART 2 of our Summer Series on the Foundational Principles of Property Investing, featuring THE best bits of gold from our guests!

So if you’re interested in building a property portfolio in a tough market, learning the key elements of property investing or wouldn’t mind a handful of renovating tips to increase that capital growth……. then this episode’s got it all!

But before we jump in and tell you which FIVE GUESTS are featuring today, we thought we’d slap on a sticky note here that reads:

Remember: $5 is all you need to become a PICA Member!

At the end of the day, it’s important we come together and join forces in protecting our investments, livelihood and ability to determine our own future.


That said, let’s get on with today show!

Featuring in today’s episode include the following guests…

Answering these questions:


Bonusisode | Chat between TPC and SPI Show – How does a property expert invest in property?

In this joint episode with The Smart Property Investment Show, Phil chats with Ben on the importance of a good money management system when investing in property, having a sound but flexible strategy in place and understanding what you want to achieve at the end of this game of property investing.

We have mentioned it a few times on The Property Couch that it is important to have an end goal in mind when you are building your portfolio. What are we striving to achieve and where is the final destination we want ourselves to be at? These are the questions you need to ask yourself because otherwise, you would constantly be wondering if it’s ever going to be enough and ultimately, when would you stop to enjoy the fruits of your labour?

They also chat about Ben’s personal portfolio, how he started investing in property and why he’s so passionate about this industry. Tune in now to find out more.


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