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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!

 

Episode 121 (Part 2) | Does The Guy With The Most Money Always Win At Auction? – Chat with Damien Cooley

Part two with Damien Cooley, Australia’s most respected auctioneers and the face of Cooley Auctions, On top of his Australian record—see part 1— he has an uncountable number of industry trophies tucked under that orange tie—winning the 2015 & 2013 Auctioneer of the Year at the Real Estate Business Awards for example—and has performed auctions on other reality TV series, including The Renovators, Under The Hammer, Hot Auctions and Selling Houses Australia.

Oh, and you might have heard this in Part One that just two years ago, Cooley Auctions delivered up to 6000 auctions in the same year. So Damien definitely knows his stuff.

What are you waiting for? Get the insider’s guide to:

  • Which avoidable mistakes buyers make
  • How to win at auction, just by observing the mood of buyers
  • Which bidding tactics work and which ones absolutely don’t
  • What the Five Second Rule is
  • What a Flexible Buyers Strategy looks like
  • How the auction process differs between Victoria and NSW

and

  • Is there a shift in buyers’ sentiment in Sydney’s property market?

 

If you like this podcast: “Does The Guy With The Most Money Always Win At Auction? – Chat with Damien Cooley”, 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 121 (Part 1) | Does The Guy With The Most Money Always Win At Auction? – Chat with Damien Cooley

We’re pretty chuffed to announce that Damien Cooley, one of Australia’s most respected auctioneers and the face of Cooley Auctions, has landed a spot on the couch! For those not in the know: Damien holds the Australian record for the highest sale of a single dwelling home sold at auction—no easy feat at $23 Million—and is the most booked auctioneer on The Block, having appeared on the show nine times.

In fact, we were SO chuffed to have Damien on the couch that Bryce and Ben just didn’t want him to leave. There are golden auction tips pouring out like a long string of confetti in this one guys! (Damien was almost late to the set of The Block, he was so pumped to give you all his insight!)

So here is Part One, people.

Unpacking his property prowess with us, Damien reveals the importance of keeping lists, debunk some auction myths and explains why he’s more than just “The Guy in the Orange Tie on The Block”.

Together, he and the boys will cover:

  • How jotting your dreams on paper will write tomorrow’s reality
  • How he left high school to become one of the best auctioneers in the country
  • How Damien managed to score that impressive $23 million auction record (Hint: it has something to do with $50,000)
  • How to work out if an external auctioneer is right for you

This one’s a big one guys! The take home (out of the many):

If you go to work on your plan, your plan will work for you.

 

Disclaimer: But this is in Part 1 only … just wait until you hit PART 2 (!)

 

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