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Episode 151 | Is Bitcoin a good investment and what are the Final Budget Changes on Tax Depreciation?

There are so many things to be excited about in this week’s episode!!!

First of all, PICA IS FINALLY UP! Remember a few weeks back (Sydney expo) when Ben gave you a sneak peek at setting up a not-for-profit association for property investors by property investors? Well, it’s official now … and it’s time to unite and make our voices heard. It’s time we take action to ensure our property investments are protected, now and into the future. So make sure you check it out! www.pica.asn.au

(Membership is only $5 a year or $20 for 5 years! Find out more about PICA’s Membership here.)

 

Following on from this … the most drastic change impacting property investors significantly is the recent depreciation changes. On this year’s Budget Night, 7:30 pm AEST on the 9th of May 2017, the Government proposed quite some changes to the tax depreciation schedule. We’ve talked about these changes before with Bradley Beer, CEO of BMT Tax Depreciation back in Episode 117.

Since then, the Government has finalised on some of these changes and has decided that some of the proposed changes will not go ahead after all. But what are the finalised depreciation changes? That’s why we’ve invited Brad back into the studio today for a quick update!

 

And finally… Bitcoin.

It’s the No.1 trending search word at the moment.

So, are we for or against it???

Let’s talk.

So, what are you in for?

  • What depreciation changes did the Government finally decide on?
  • Who will be affected and who WILL NOT be affected?
  • What happens if you purchase an existing property after the 9th of May?
  • Will you be able to claim tax depreciation now, and is it still worth get a tax depreciation schedule done?
  • Are commercial properties affected by this change?
  • How can your accountant help with your claim?
  • What’s the definition of “Substantial renovation” in this new ruling?
  • Will Capital Gains Tax be affected?

and of course, on Bitcoin…

  • What is Bitcoin to start with, and why is it so trendy now?
  • Are there other cryptocurrencies out there?
  • Can they be used as a valid currency?
  • Will this last?

 

Don’t forget the Free Resources mentioned:

  • Brad’s previous appearance on the Couch — Episode 117
  • Ben’s Did You Know Tips can be found here.
  • Access to PICA (Property Investors Council of Australia) — Subscribe here
  • BMT Tax Depreciation Application Form – Fill in the form below to download or click here

 

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P.S. Ben’s Webinar Impact of Interest Only Lending is out! Make sure you check out your Throwback Thursday newsletter. Haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet? Download the Money SMARTS and you’ll get it 🙂

Episode 150 | Margaret Lomas: How this mother of 5 turned $80,000 into a multimillion dollar property empire

HAPPY 150 EPISODES!!!

Yep, that’s right, folks! Today officially marks our 150th episode……. and, boy, do we have a show in store for you.

First up, you’ll finally hear Stiggy speak! Uh-huh. This is one-of-a-kind stuff.

Secondly — and it’s only taken us 100 episodes to get her on — you will also hear from one of the best in the business, Margaret Lomas!

As you likely know, not only is Margaret the Director and Founder of Destiny Financial Solutions, a best-selling property author (8 books, mind you), but also she is an active property investor and qualified property investment advisor; hosting two weekly property investment shows, Your Money Your Call and Property Success with Margaret Lomas, both of which she creates and produces.

Indeed, she is a busy businessperson, also on the board of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), past winner of Business Woman of the Year and — let’s be honest — the receiver of WAY too many accolades for us to list here!

Before we get into it — side note — Ben’s Webinar Impact of Interest Only Lending is finally out! He’ll tell you about it now.

 

So, what are you about to find out?

  • Margaret’s introduction into, and motivations behind, her property investment journey
  • What is the Rapid Debt Reduction method and how Line of credit works
  • Budgeting, tracking and managing your money
  • Why accountability matters and her recommended “Property Headspace” needed for commitment
  • The $18,000 risk it took to create her multimillion dollar property empire?
  • ****** A SCOOP FROM MARGARET LOMAS ******
  • Property development! Her experiences, mistakes and why she would do it again
  • Understanding council plans and how to deal with them
  • What is she working on in property right now?
  • Sell vs Hold — which one?
  • Practical tips you can use to source growth drivers
  • What other things you need to know about picking the next hotspot (and why she thinks public transport may not be as important anymore)
  • Margaret’s shift in mindset & how it’s shaped both her life and investment journey
  • Why is the age of people living in an area crucial to an investor?
  • What is the one thing she wants you to know? (!)

and

  • LIFE HACKS ALL ROUND!!!!!!! (Stiggy AND Margaret Lomas)

 

ps: And here’s the link to our practical but hilarious Facebook video! So much so that Bryce nearly spilled his drink! Watch below or click here to watch it

 

 

 

Episode 144 | The American Property Market: Tax Liens, Tax Deeds, Texas and Investing in Opportunity – Chat with Jeff Goins

We’ve spent the week in America, folks — so we thought we’d better bring you back a bit of gold!

Sitting by a pool in Dellas (yep), we scored some local intel on the American Property Market —like what’s making Texas a HOT place for investing — with today’s guest, Jeff Goins.

So who’s Jeff? A full-time investor of “Tax Deeds” in Texas which includes house “flipping”, he has a builder’s license and a sponge of property knowledge. What’s most eye-opening though, is his local insight into how Americans invest in residential property, including their lending rules and regulations, and their penalties for (and opportunities in) unpaid property taxes, which is VASTLY different from the way us Aussies do it!

Oh, and a couple of Texan “translations” before we start:

“Inventory” = Supply and Demand
“Rehab” = Renovate

 

So, what are we discussing?

  • What’s the appeal of investing in the American market; particularly Texas?
  • The US Government involvement in their lending and how it triggered the global financial crisis (GFC)?
  • Aftermaths of the GFC and how they recover their confidence in the real estate market?
  • The differences in Australia’s and America’s lending regulation
  • What are the interest rates like?
  • How to research investment grade locations
  • Understanding the geo-economic difference between both countries and how will it impact investors’ decisions
  • Why do they have such a volatile property market?
  • Why is the average property price in America SO much cheaper?
  • Are there offset accounts and are they able to leverage off equity?
  • What happens if you don’t pay tax on your property?
  • What does “Tax Liens” and Tax Deeds” mean?
  • How can investors benefit from Tax Liens and Tax Deeds?
  • Is there such a thing as residential property advice in America?
  • Where are the auctions held in Texas? (!)

 

ALSO, we’re doing Movember this month! We’ve been supporting this cause for years but this time, we plan to expand the awareness on men’s health and help the support the cause to our community. Our target is $5,000. Now, our show is free but if you think we are doing a good job, please donate here.

Every dollar counts! (Bucket loads of good karma awaits you.)

Here’s the link again: https://moteam.co/the-property-couch

 

 

 

Episode 143 | When will the Power of Big Data and AI decide the Real Value of your Property? Chat with Greg Dickason, Chief Technology Officer at CoreLogic

Big Data. Artificial Intelligence. When will it start calling the shots?

As promised, here’s our LIVE PODCAST from the Sydney Property Buyers Expo on the weekend! So if you missed our nail-biting chat with Greg Dickason, Chief Technology Officer at Corelogic, we have you covered!

First things first: CoreLogic is THE number 1 data provider in the world for property-related insights. Interested in learning the latest from a mouth that’s had a taste of what’s in store? Us too.

What can you expect?

  • Who is CoreLogic providing its data to? (and why it REALLY matters!)
  • What does Greg do in his role that will surprise you?
  • How and where does CoreLogic collects its data and how are they analysed?
  • When will this data transform the property industry?
  • How will you make property decisions in the future?
  • Is it possible for data to choose a property for you?
  • Top tips from Greg on how to use data to help you in buying your next property.
  • Can you buy this data yourself? How much is it?
  • BEN ANNOUNCES PICA (Property Investors Council of Australia)!!
  • Where can you access this data, right now?

Listen to the episode now.

Episode 137 | Spring Buying Tips | How to Negotiate A Deal During This Selling Season

Spring has sprung! And it’s the selling season, indeed. Properties look more beautiful — the lawn is luscious, the sun’s out, there are flowers all around … these all tickle your emotions, charming a lot of buyers to come out and bid. And pay an emotional price too — a lot more than the property is worth!

So how do you make sure you knock out all the competition AND still buy the property at a price you can afford?

In this episode, the boys explain the 7 tips to Buying in Spring to make sure you, as a property investor, succeed!

 

Bryce and Ben discuss:

  • Why is Spring the selling season?
  • The importance of a vendor’s motivations and which ones could get you a cheaper price (you can listen to The Four D Words here)
  • What to look out for before you make an offer
  • How AND when to make a knockout offer
  • How to outsmart a real estate agent by not being smart
  • What do you need to say to a real estate agent?
  • What type of buyer do you need to be in Spring?
  • When does the negation actually start and how do you negotiate to win?
  • What to do (and what to not do) at Open For Inspections
  • How do you find out what a property is really worth?
  • The power of having a Plan B and why you need it in a negotiation?
  • First Home Buyer Tips and how real estate agents use your words against you.

 

Don’t forget to check out this month’s Money Magazine on Where to Invest $10k! There are tips and advice from 8 Property Experts and TPC Listeners will find one particularly familiar face too. 😉

And if you are interested in the research tool Bryce and Ben mentioned in the podcast, here’s the link to it: Find out more about LocationScore here.

 

 

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