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Episode 157 | 7 Reasons Why Investors Should Think Like Ants

Folks … we’ve gone a bit creative on today’s episode!!

We want you to think, act and do like …. ants!

Yep. We really do mean those teeny tiny insects…. who would have thought ants would come up in a property investing podcast? But before you ask yourself, “Have we left our marbles somewhere?”, we solemnly swear we’ve got a reason!

Well, 7 actually.

And we reckon you can take something away from today’s crafty, critter-fueled episode … especially if you’re in need a bit of a pick-me-up in the mindset department!
So, before we give you the low down on today’s episode, let’s get to the real talk: The proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.

Yep, it’s causing a bit of a stir after a few disgruntled tenants have had their say ….but it’s now time to have ours. Because these reforms WILL have negative impacts on landlords. Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Allowing tenants to make non-structural modifications to rental properties, which may include repainting an entire property, installing hooks for picture frames, concreting the backyard or reconfiguring built in robes
  • Removal of the landlord’s rights to consent to, or refuse, pets
  • Changes to notice periods around ending a lease, removing the ability for a landlord to serve a 120 Day Notice to Vacate for ‘No Specified Reason’, and removing the option to serve a 60 or 90 Day Notice to Vacate for ‘End of Fixed-term tenancy’ after the initial first term
  • Capping bonds at one month’s rent where the rent is less than $760 per week. This reform will also apply rent that is paid in advance.

We get that a hook in the wall is one thing.. but concreting a backyard, or painting the walls in lime green, is an entirely different thing. These are our assets, and shouldn’t we have the voice to protect them?

So, The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) released an online petition calling on the Andrews’ Government to change these proposed reforms to Victoria’s rental laws. We want fairness for both sides.

 

They need 20,000 signed petitions are needed by 6th February 2018.

So, if you feel passionate about this and want to make sure your landlord rights remain, you can sign the petition here.

 

 

BUT BACK TO THE ANTS & TODAY’S EPISODE….

Did you know that ants can carry 50 times the weight of their body weight?!

Impressive, huh?

This all comes into our 7 reasons why investors should think like ants because:

  1. Ants aren’t intimidated by their workload.

We’ll tell you how this all fits in with property investing, as well as:

 

Enjoy the episode, folks!
Please let us know what you think of today’s episode! (Be honest.)

 

 

Property Hotspots & How To Find Them

 

 

We are thrilled to announce that our free webinar, Property Hotspots – How to find them is now available.

We’ve been working on the content for this webinar for the past month to make sure it’s jam-packed with great information to build your knowledge and for you to take action on it. It would have gone for three hours, but we have worked hard to get all the great tips, insights and DIY links into just 90 minutes and we think we’ve done it.

Our webinar showcases the right way to research property. Breaking it down into easy to understand concepts. Most importantly, it shows you where to look to find the information you need so you can make an assessment of any location in Australia.

We have learnt how to find property hotspots over our decades of being in the field doing the hard yards. Now you can leverage from our knowledge and experience to learn this stuff too!
Don’t delay – register now for the next webinar.

>> Choose A Session Time Here

 

Regards,
Bryce and Ben

 

 

 

Episode 135 | Andrew Bogut – Why is this NBA Superstar Still Adamant on Investing in Property?

Andrew Bogut, NBA superstar & Australia’s greatest basketball player, is here!

Alright, folks — we promised an international sports star to end our month of Awe-Guest — and we are really excited to announce that he’s here!

Yep, let’s not hide it. We are entirely pumped for this show!

Because not only is Andrew a basketball legend — he won the NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2014 – 2015, playing with THE biggest names and best athletes in the world, and even represented Australia at two Olympics with the Boomers — but also Andrew is a highly effective investor himself, savvy with his millions AND (we feel very proud about this) is a regular listener of The Property Couch!

 

The 7ft tall talent gives us insights into the world of NBA (and what it’s literally like to break a leg in his first game with the Cleveland Cavaliers this year), how he set up his investment portfolio and what’s in store after basketball:

  • Firstly, how on earth did this internationally known sports star end up on The Couch?
  • What’s life like as an NBA player?
  • What do the financial future and investment mindset really look like for most NBA players?
  • His experience with some of the Financial “Snakes” out there
  • Why is an NBA player interested in suburb development and gentrification?
  • Investing in supercars and commercial properties
  • How important are trust funds?
  • How was money spoken of when Andrew was a kid — did this shape how he sees his future?
  • Aside from the hype, what does an NBA schedule really look like?
  • Let’s be rule: who is the best player in the league?

 

Oh and (we had to ask) … where does Andrew store his Championship ring?

 

Also, Andrew did a walk through our office … hilarious to see the size difference, even for our tallest members.

The Stig (hiding from the spotlight in true Stiggy style) didn’t stand a chance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 134 | From The Screaming Jets to Rock-tioneer! How this 90’s Music Icon went from Playing the Drums to Building a Property Portfolio – Chat with Craig “Rosie” Rosevear

Alright folks: what does the drummer from The Screaming Jets and property investment have in common?

Craig “Rosie” Rosevear!

That’s right—on The Couch today, the man behind the drums of one of Australia’ legendary bands explains how he used his royalties to break into the property market and transformed his touring days into a growing property portfolio and now, a charismatic, auctioning career! Yep. Aside from being the Founder of Rock Your Future and the owner of Rosie’s School of Rock—where he and his wife, Belinda, motivate and educate young people to be confident in both music and life—Craig is also an auctioneer at Cooley Auctions, winner of the Newcastle Heat of the Real Estate Institute of NSW Auctioneering Competition and a property investor with a knack for DIY renovating!

 

No stranger to hard work, Craig explains:

  • Firstly, what life is really like as a rock star!
  • How invaluable a good work ethic is, and how he managed to maintain it, despite fame and, well, being a rock star
  • Why he used his royalties to buy his first investment property
  • What he discovered about investing with equity that changed his way of thinking
  • How he became a borderless investor in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney
  • Ways to get around Sydney’s Housing Affordability
  • First Home Buyer mistakes and DIY renovation tips
  • How he got into auctioneering (it has something to do with Episode 121 with Damien Cooley)
  • The similarities between being a rock star & an auctioneer (“Rocktioneer”)
  • Investing in Newcastle, NSW
  • Things buyers should do at an auction
  • Business acumen tips from rock band KISS (!)

 

And (we had to ask), what is Craig’s “go to” rock star story? The unexpected, sneak peek into what Muso life was like …

He tells us right at the end—of course he did.

What an absolute pleasure!

 

 

Episode 132 | Josh and Jenna from The Block! New things for this Bickering Couple and their Tiny House Movement in Australia

We’re very excited to announce that Josh & Jenna—who, let’s face it, ditched their surnames after becoming household names on the 2011 series of The Block—have landed, with their 8 week old bubba, Freddie, on the Couch!

The husband and wife duo, also featuring on The Block’s All-Star Series and Reno Rumble, are founders of Melbourne-based interior bicker design. With Josh a qualified plumber and Jenna currently sharing her knowledge and passion at Design School, they are here to chat about all things renovation—and how to make a profit out of it!

We’ll cover quite a few things, folks:

  • What being “the bickering couple on The Block” was really like
  • How it felt to lose at auction
  • The most important tips for renovating
  • How they used the equity in their first home to buy in Melbourne (a city they hadn’t been able to afford until then)
  • What is the end game of buying and renovating in today’s market?
  • Their budget formula for renovations
  • How to invest in Blue Chip areas when you can’t afford it yet
  • The financial benefits of paying a Stylist to “stage your house” before selling
  • Tiny House Movement in Australia: What is it and how will it impact asset selection
  • The future of renovating and what need to know
  • Investing for Airbnb

 

Happy listening (you can hear Freddie in this podcast too, naaw)!

 

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