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Episode 140 | Everything you need to know about Styling for Profit – Chat with Sara and Amy Chamberlain from The Real Estate Stylist

It’s about time we talk about selling a property! So today, we lift the standard with not only one, but two Property Stylists extraordinaire to share with us everything we need to know about styling for profit.

Want to add $50,000 – $300,000 to your property? Sara and Amy Chamberlain, owners of the successful styling company The Real Estate Stylist (TRES), are here to explain how it’s done.

Originally from Wagga Wagga, these sisters are making a serious return on investment for their clients, transforming an empty property into a buyer’s oasis in five weeks. Styling 300+ properties every year (1300 since TRES’s inception), these women are specialists in styling a space to make a killing at auction, focusing on buyer demographics, market specifics and a super-human level of detail. Sara and Amy have styled the properties of Rebecca Judd and previous TPC guests, Josh and Jenna from The Block and regularly feature on realestate.com.au as well.

 

Passionate about real estate, style and business, Sara and Amy chat with the boys about:

  • How did they get into the world of property styling?
  • What is a property stylist (and how is it different from an interior designer)?
  • Why a professionally styled property make such a difference to its value?
  • What happens behind the scenes in property styling? (Is it all glamour?)
  • What’s the process of engaging a property stylist and things to consider.
  • Styling 101 — what can you do yourself?
  • What does owner-occupier appeal and styling have in common?
  • What time frame should you be looking at if you want to get a property stylist in?
  • Who should view the property first: a stylist or a real estate agent?
  • Do they style for the market audience? How?
  • What is the “Cuppa Tea Test”?
  • Does property styling works better in an auction or private sale environment?
  • What are the smells you never thought mattered?
  • Should you get rid of those family photos?
  • What should you do with great tenants before you get a stylist in?
  • When will a stylist not make a difference?
  • What happens post-purchase?
  • What are the business (entrepreneurial) tips you need to know?

 

Click here for Tres’s Instagram (it’s pretty great!)

And here’s the case studies mentioned on the show: TRES’s Statistics

 

 

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)!

 

Episode 131 | How Did He Turn $4,500 Into A Multi-Million Dollar Property Portfolio?- Chat with Victor Kumar, Partner at Right Property Group

What would you do if you arrived from Fiji to Australia with only $4,500 to your name and little else? Well, that’s exactly what today’s guest, Victor Kumar, Partner at Right Property Group, and his wife did in 1997. And their story is truly extraordinary! Within 1 and a half years in Australia, the radiographers—thanks to reading The Wealthy Barber and Building Wealth Through Investment Property, learning as much as they could about property investment, lots of hard work coupled with a steel determination —had secured their own PPOR as well as 11 investment properties!

Here to explain how he did it, the co-host of Investing Insights with Right Property Group podcast, Victor Kumar, explains:

  • How he chose a mortgage broker to get the loan he was first rejected for
  • Who to take your advice from (aside from Jan Somers and David Chilton)
  • The difference between money and mindset, and why goal setting is crucial:

“The very first thing is: you’ve got to sort out your goals—why you’re doing it and what are you aiming for—before you start the journey. Most people start the journey and then try and get the GPS up-and-running to say we’re they’re going.”

  • Victor’s reason “why” he invests in property—and why it is crucial to know your “why”
  • A simple, easy habit anyone can do to outsmart a spruiker and determine if the property seminar is genuine
  • His investment strategy, how he accumulated such a ginormous portfolio and if he would do it again
  • A few of the mistakes and lessons learnt while building his portfolio (and they’re hilarious!)
  • When to DIY and when to always pay for professional services
  • What factors to consider if you are investing in the outer suburbs?
  • His renovation “Life Hack” and why it’s the most important renovation tip to add value
  • What are the three things that can ruin a property portfolio?
  • How to manage multiple investment properties and the problems with investing in too many properties
  • Special: Victor unpacked an amazing tip at the 55-minute mark. So make sure you don’t miss that!

 

Note: Victor brought enough gold to the couch to create a mining town … let us know if you agree! What to do and what never, ever to do … wooooaaaah, thanks Victor!

 

Some other resources for our fellow listeners:

  • Our chat with Steve Waters back in Episode 42 – Listen here
  • LocationScore’s Launch Offer is expiring this Sunday, 20th August 2017! (Code: TPC20)Check it out here

 

Episode 130 | Stage to Savvy: How this Singer/Actor Built her Own Impressive Portfolio and Without Guaranteed Work – Chat with Rachel Cole

Awe-Guest, for us, is about bringing in experts from all walks of life and we are proud to say that we’ve finally got Rachel Cole on the show! Welcome Rach!!

Rach is an accomplished performer, singer and actor and is currently understudying Miss Honey, Mrs Wormwood and Mrs Phelps on Matilda The Musical (yes, that one), after understudying Nessa Rose in the Australasian tour of WICKED. A young property investor, Rach loves property research, spreadsheet and is very savvy with her spending. Rach also has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, a quick-witted blog, Stage Door Shrink, and a passion for sharing what she knows about property investing, even when her creative work (read: money) isn’t always guaranteed.

In today’s podcast, she and the boys unfold:

  • How to invest as a young, single woman with intermittent paychecks
  • How a conservative upbringing and 25 cents in pocket money for every year old she was, paid off
  • What things you should never to get a loan for
  • Money SMARTS, how to implement a budget for everything and other ways to save money
  • Why investing in a $100 bike can land you a house deposit
  • The necessity of sacrifice
  • Getting her first investment property without a fixed income
  • How to be a borderless investor and things you need to consider
  • The costs of renovating and how much is too much
  • What you should always ask the “the locals” before you buy in their suburb
  • What research do you need to do to get the best possible returns?
  • When is the only time to buy off the plan?
  • How to act now when you’re circumstances “aren’t right”

 

PLUS you’ll also get to hear an exclusive performance from Rach! Don’t miss out!

 

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