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Episode 122 | Q&A – A Transitioning Market, Money, Habits, Tax Deductions and What It’s Really Costing You

It’s that time again … a few questions from you and a few answers from the boys!

Oh, before we give you a tiny tease about today’s podcast … just a huge shout out for being SO supportive about our technical glitch last week. Our inbox was flooded with all of your emails and concerns—please know that our hearts’ burst (with love) and we missed you all too! We really did. But we’re back and better than ever this week. (With an epic guest next Thursday we’ve got The Stig running the server like a pro.)

Right … to today’s Q&A! It’s the time of a transitioning market. So things are starting to balance out in the property scene. The boys will fill you in on the nitty gritty; but, guess what? This is an empowering time for buyers!

Think Question. Think Answer. Think Golf. Blame Bryce for his legendary metaphors.

 

  • Question on debt reduction from Allen:

I am trying to get into a better money management system and have just a few questions.
I currently have 1 personal loan of $22,000 and 2 credit cards both roughly $5000 each. In your previous podcasts about credit card management and The Money SMARTS System you suggest paying off whichever debt charges the most interest first. Well, the personal loan charges more than the credit cards in the long run and has more to pay off although the credit cards are of smaller amount but it is still high, which would you recommend paying off first?

  • Question on how to work out a property’s true value from Laura:

When monitoring an existing Investment Property’s capital growth, and trying to do this in an objective, non-biases and reliable method, can you please compare and contrast—get the advice—just relying on a real estate agents sales appraisal vs. a proper bank valuation?

My wife and I bought a house (PPOR) in Croydon Vic 2.5 years ago, which has since appreciated by nearly 20%. We are looking at buying our first investment property this year, around mid-year. We had a child last year, my wife will be going back to work part time mid-year and is currently on maternity & LSL. My salary will be about $100k more than hers.

Will it make sense to get the investment loan out in my name so that the losses can be claimed against my greater income? For some reason she is apprehensive about this idea, which I’m not sure why because we are married anyway and the titles can still be put in both our names even though the finance is in my name. Is this worth considering this or should everything just be in both our names, joint loans the like?

 

And here are the Free Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

 

If you like this Q&A episode (A Transitioning Market, Money, Habits, Tax Deductions and What It’s Really Costing You), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://thepropertycouch.com.au/topics/

Episode 108 | Five Ways To Improve Affordability

Back in Episode 102, Bryce and Ben discussed if we are facing an affordability issue and when Jan Somers appeared on our show last month, she mentioned that her aunt was also concerned about housing affordability back in the 1950s. Now, with the Federal Budget just a couple of months away, this topic appears yet again, and it seems to be the favourite amongst our politicians.

This time, the debate is about improving affordability for first home buyers. Now, don’t get us wrong. The Property Couch believes in the Great Australian Dream and owning your home. But as mentioned before, your first home will not be luxurious nor will it tick all the criteria of your dream home. This is about setting the right expectation because you would get to your dream home, and you would be able to get that quarter acre house eventually. But it will not happen overnight. You need to work for it, and you need to be smart with your decisions especially when it comes to money and planning for the future. Your first home, may not be your dream home but this does not mean that your second or third home wouldn’t be.

That is why education around property and awareness on the risk of investing in property is so important. This is one of the suggestions that Bryce and Ben chat about to improve affordability in the Australian Property Market. Tune in to find out the rest.

And the other stuff mentioned in this episode are:

  • Has the Way We Look at Financial Stability Changed Since the Global Financial Crisis? – Speech by Michelle Bullock, Assistant Governor (Financial System) of RBA: Listen/Read Here
  • Core Logic’s Pain and Gain Quarterly Report : Download Here
  • Fact Sheet on Guarantor Loan : Download Here
  • Bryce’s video on the four players in the industry is part of the Property Formula video series. If you are interested to watch this, you can Register Here

 

And as always, if you like this episode (Five Ways To Improve Affordability), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

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.

 

If you like this podcast: “Bonusisode | Chat between TPC and SPI Show – How does a property expert invest in property?”, don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/.

Episode 105 | Insights from the Money Queen – Chat with Effie Zahos, Editor of Money Magazine

Our second Live Podcast Recording at the Melbourne Property Buyer Expo last weekend was with Effie Zahos! With more than 20 years in the finance and journalism industry, Effie started as a graduate trainee for Westpac and then moved on to being the head researcher for Channel Nine’s successful Money program in 1997. She has been the editor of Money Magazine since 1999 as well as the magazine’s banking specialist, a regular finance commentator on TV and radio, and the author of The Great $20 Adventure and Getting Rich, Staying Rich!

 

 

So for today’s episode, the three of them will be talking about:

  • How did she start in the finance and journalism industry
  • Being the editor of Money Magazine, working with top economists and industry experts and investors’ success and horror stories she’s come across over the years
  • Having a mentor and how it helps in her career
  • The Top 4 Money Magazine Cover Story and the changes in readers’ interest when it comes to building wealth
  • Building wealth through superannuation and why you should take an interest in it at an earlier age
  • Salary sacrificing and if it’s a good idea
  • The housing affordability debate and what others ways to get onto the property ladder sooner
  • Continuous source of information and education for property investors

 

Here are the resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

  • Money Magazine Cover Story | Earn $2500 a Week at Retirement – Read here
  • Money Magazine Cover Story | Rent and Invest – Read here
  • ABS Website for Population Clock – Find out more

 

If you like this podcast: “Insights from the Money Queen – Chat with Effie Zahos, Editor of Money Magazine”, don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

Episode 103 (Part 2) | Chat with Jan Somers, Housewife And Property Multimillionaire

As promised, here is the second part of the highly anticipated Episode featuring the incredibly humble housewife, author of 4 best selling property books, sophisticated property investor and a property educator extraordinaire, Jan Somers.

In this part, Bryce, Ben and Jan discuss the following areas:

  • The mistakes she made along the way – holiday homes, overcapitalising and more
  • Types of properties she likes to invest in
  • Her thoughts on borderless investing and if it is for everyone
  • Australia’s housing affordability issue and are we in one?
  • Ideas on renovating and adding value to your investment property
  • Most common questions she gets asked when it comes to property investment
  • Will property forever be a sound investment class
  • How she utilises the money she earns for good causes

We hope you would enjoy listening to her as much as we do. As mentioned in the first part, Jan is definitely a property educator that is worth listening to as her years of expertise and knowledge in property investing is absolute gold!

Here’s the link to her books and the PIA Investor software: Click here.

 

And as always, if you like this episode (Chat with Jan Somers, Housewife And Property Multimillionaire – Part 2), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

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