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Episode 115 | What Does The 2017 Federal Budget Mean To The Property Market?

What a week! Apologies for the podcast’s downtown earlier this week and thank you to those of you who wrote in to us. We had a system update and things didn’t quite work out as we wanted them to be. That aside, the 2017 Federal Budget has been released just a couple of days ago. So let’s talk about that.

There were a few proposals relating to the affordability issue and a couple more that aims at the property investors pool. But overall, this was not an overly exciting budget. It was a conservative one. Nonetheless, what impact will if have on property owners and the Australian Property Market in general. Some of the issues that Bryce and Ben discussed in today’s episode are:

  • The proposed changes to depreciation deductions for plant and equipment
  • Capital Gains Tax exemption for foreign and temporary tax residents
  • Investors’ travel expenses claims
  • The implementation of First Home Super Saver Scheme and is it a good idea
  • The expanded audit on overseas investors

If you would like to understand more about the 2017 Federal Budget, please check out this link.

We’ve also answered a few questions from:

  • Joel on the First Home Super Saver Scheme: Hi property couch crew! Since the website is down ill throw my question for the next Q&A here. A good one of the younger generation first home buyers as well as parents. My question relates to the announcement of the first home buyers saving scheme announced in the budget, with the tax break through superannuation. Being someone who has been taught in uni and at home by my parents not to touch my super and add extra payments where possible, is this scheme of accessing it for a house deposit reasonable? I see the tax break being a great idea but opening the idea of people taking there super to buy a house they cant save for rings alarm bells for me. Do i have the correct understanding of it all? Would you recommend another way?
  • Leo on property valuation: Hi Ben & Bryce – (and the Stig!), I cannot thank you enough for the endless amount of value that you provide for your listeners. Your content is conversational and easy to understand even for a first-time investor like myself.
    I have a suggestion that may also benefit other listeners. I have recently purchased my first investment at 23 years old. It is an existing (3 bed, brick and tile) property and I am in the process of planning a cosmetic renovation. My question is – When refinancing against an existing asset, do all property valuers have a set agenda when valuing your property? Since all valuers will have a different opinion on price, is there a similar set of factors they look at? (i.e Condition of kitchen, bathroom, flooring etc) – going on from this, Is there ways you can make your property more appealing to a valuer in order to gain a higher valuation to leverage onto the next investment? Thanks alot guys – I appreciate your work!
  • Derek on bookkeeping for investors: Something that isn’t as widely discussed in the field of real estate is book keeping. You guys mention the need to spend 10 hours or so per year to review each property in a portfolio. Can you dive into greater detail as to what exactly this entails? What sort of information do we need to keep track of and is that done through spreadsheets or specific software?

 

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Episode 078 | Ten Biggest Risks when Investing in Property in Australia

Investing in property is considered as a relatively safe investment class but as with other types of investments, there are some downfalls that you need to be aware of. So in this week’s podcast, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be sharing their ten biggest property investment risks.
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They will be unpacking this list from a macro point of view such as factors that are beyond an investor’s control down to a micro level. Bryce and Ben will also be discussing some risk mitigation strategy that investors can apply when building their property portfolio.

The first macro risk is General Market and Economic Risks. Although each one of us contributes to the country’s performance as a whole, individually, we still can’t influence it much (unless of course, you are a multi-billionaire). So, if a country is performing poorly for example, during the GFC period, some property market would be affected, and this would impose some degree of risk if you are a property investor. Economic activities in a state level also could be a risk because this affects employment rate in the area and hence, your potential tenants as well the value of the investment property.

Listen to the podcast to find out the other 9 property investment risks.

 

Some of the resources mentioned in this podcast:

  • Webinar Replay with Jane Slack-Smith and Peter Koulizos – Register here
  • Facebook Live Chat (September 13) – Join here
  • Vote for us for the Reader’s Choice Award – Vote here
  • Episode 5 – Asset selection – Listen here
  • Episode 31 – Checklist to getting a great property manager – Listen here
  • Episode 53 – The Money SMARTS System – Listen here

 

Property Manager Checklist

TPC Property Management ChecklistAs promised in Episode 39, here’s the Property Manager Checklist by us. This checklist includes the questions you should ask when interviewing a property manager such as rent roll size, credentials, ongoing management fees and more. We’ve also included some post authority questions to make sure your property manager continue to provide good quality services.

Click on the report to start your download.

 

ps: If you’re wondering why you should hire a Property Manager, check this list out from Your Property Manager: read more.

Episode 031 (Part 2) | Checklist to Getting A Great Property Manager – Chat with Carolyn Wright

In this second part of Episode 31 with Carolyn Wright from Your Property Manager, we look at one of our listeners’ question on managing rental through the property manager, what to expect and how to deal with queries for maintenance.

As mentioned in Part 1, getting a good or bad property manager can make a big impact on your wealth position but what are the characteristics of a good property manager? Our hosts  and Carolyn list out some of the key roles that a property manager should be doing and what kind of expectations investor should have when finding one. The first tip on this part is setting up the right rental rates. Property managers are in the market all the time, meeting both investors and tenants and having access to tools that provide those data. A good property manager will know what rate to list your property at that would make sure you get a fair market value and minimise your vacancy rate. Listen to this podcast to find out the rest of the checklist.

 

Free resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

If you like this podcast: “Checklist to Getting A Great Property Manager – Chat with Carolyn Wright”, don’t forget to rate us at 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 031 (Part 1) | Story of an Investor and Lessons Learnt along the Way – Chat with Carolyn Wright

This week on the Property Couch, we’ve invited Carolyn Wright from Your Property Manager to talk about her own personal experience as a property investor. Bryce and Ben will also be sharing the lessons that most property investors learn along the way, particularly during the post purchase process.

Episode 031 (Part 1) | Story of an Investor and Lessons Learnt along the Way - Chat with Carolyn WrightGetting a property portfolio plan and buying an investment property is only half of the whole journey. At the end of the day, if tenants aren’t moving in, then you could potentially be facing a fair amount of out-of-pocket expenses. That is why having a property manager and understanding the process that they go through is important. Unfortunately, a lot of investors feel otherwise. Start listening to this podcast to find out what our hosts and Carolyn have gone through both as property investors themselves and in their professional role.

 

>> Episode 031 (Part 2) | – Checklist to Getting A Great Property Manager

 

If you like this podcast: “Story of an Investor and Investing Lessons Learnt along the Way – Chat with Carolyn Wright”, don’t forget to rate us at 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/

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