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Episode 189 | Q & A – Vic Residential Tenancy Changes and “Legoland” in a Good Location

Folks, today we’re tackling your questions around some tough topics!

Because chances are, you’ve heard about the amendments that’ve recently been passed on Victoria’s Residential Tenancies Act — laws that allow tenants to keep pets and make ‘minor’ modifications to the property, regardless of the landlord’s wishes.

So we’re going to give our take on this, as well as take a deep dive on “Legoland” and whether or not these properties are worth considering if they’re sitting in a good location. Plus a certain Donald Trump gets a mention, as does the interest rate rise we’ve seen from the big banks right here on our home turf!

And why the tough topics now?

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Before we kick it off, just a shout out that PICA’S holding a limited-seating event on Tuesday 18th September at 6pm — to discuss on the amendments to the Victorian Residential Tenancy Act…

This is an exclusive event (only 60 seats available) with Yvonne Martin and will take place at Madgwicks Lawyers, Level 6, 140 William Street, Melbourne.

Register Here: PICA – Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

 

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But back to the tricky Q & A….

 

Question — Chris on Tenancy Changes

I’m disappointed at your quick video overview regarding proposed rental tenancy changes in Victoria. I have no problem with most of the suggested changes but, how can you not be alarmed at tenants being given the right to have pets and make modifications deemed ‘minor’ – whatever that means? We are not just talking about picture hooks here! After investigating further, this may include security measures and air conditioning! Who pays for these? You flippantly dismiss the pet comment with a remark about ’tiles’. Are you serious??? What about carpets and polished floorboards taking a pounding from pets’ claws and their excrement! I will tell you from experience that any sort of steam cleaning and fumigating of carpets etc….even at the tenant’s expense is not the answer. I’ve had to on at least two occasions (where both urine and faecal matter was so prevalent) had no choice, but to change the carpets! Forget the floorboards – too damn expensive to re-sand and polish!  Please tell me that these abovementioned points are also concerns for you?

 

SpeakPipe Question – Emma on Rate Statement showing a Decline

I have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 car spot investment apartment in Maribyrnong. I’ve just noticed on my new rate statement that the Capital Improved Value and the Site Value have decreased. It is a long term investment, should I be worried? Or should I just enjoy the lower rates this year? Thanks!

 

SpeakPipe Question — Lucas about Trump and IO Loans

… As we know, America runs at huge deficits, and Trump’s now starting trade wars with a whole bunch of economic blocks and their interest rates are going up so it’s going to be harder for them to service their debt. Deficits are going to become bigger & in case that backfires, and causes another GFC situation, what impact will Trump have on the Australian housing market? And, also, we’ll probably have another compounding problem with tougher lending criteria and people having less opportunity to roll interest-only with banks. So I’d like to know what you think will happen to the property market if these things happen, which is the worst case scenario. Thank you.

 

Question — Nick on History of Sales

Hi, I am a casual listener of the podcast and a first time buyer looking for a place to live in Melbourne. We have found a townhouse in Thornbury, a property that ticks all the boxes for us and looks like a good price. However, the property is selling for only a fraction over that which it was purchased in 2014 and is amongst about 50 of other similar townhouses — the property next door is also for sale. It is probably the best located/nicest property we can afford that we have found in Melbourne but those seem like red flags from an investment point of view. I thought I might just ask and see if you might be able to point us in the right direction as to how much we should read into previous sale prices and also about what saturation means in the townhouse market? Thank you and keep up the rad podcasts!

 

 

The Property Couch’s Top Tips for entering the Property Market on a Budget!

We’ve appeared on the Today Show once again and this time, we chat about the Top Tips for Entering the Property on a Budget!

Hope you enjoy this segment! If you’d like to learn more about investing in property and building a property portfolio, here are some helpful episodes! >>

 

And there are heaps of other free resources on our website. We update them every week so make sure you check them out before you go. 🙂

Any questions or suggestions for new topics? Just send them in to info@thepropertycouch.com.au or fill in the form below and we’ll chat about it at our future Q&A episodes.

 

 

 

Episode 186 | Q & A – Should You Pay Down the Principle Loan When Interest Rates are Low? Are Multiple Offset Accounts a Good Idea? PLUS The Step-by-Step Process to Buy an Investment Property!

“The people’s podcast” is EXACTLY that today folks! Because here’s the deal… it’s full-on, gold-packed Q & A Day!!

And we’re diving headfirst into…

  1. Offset accounts —is it a good idea to have multiple offset accounts? And should you offset your highest loan or the oldest loan?
  2. Investing in outer suburbs versus inner suburbs
  3. The step-by-step process of buying an investment property
  4. Buying a home (PPOR) versus an investment property (IP)
  5. Lending — should you pay down the principle of an investment property when interest rates are low?
  6. Why should you join PICA?
  7. TWO amazing LifeHacks from our community!

Oh folks, we don’t want to pick favourites — but even we’ll admit it — these are some solid questions from our listeners!

From start (Mindset Minute) to “Knowledge is empowering, but only if you act on it”… this episode is ALL YOURS!

Before we jump into the questions, click here to download Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns or fill in the form below and we’ll send it to your email right away.

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Questions from Kyrillos:

  1. If you’re purchasing more than 1 property, can you get more than one offset account? And if so do you split all the cash between them, or is it wiser to pour in all the cash in the offset against a larger loan?
  2. To do with LocationScore — I’ve gone through and created a Spreadsheet of all of the suburbs within 50km of Brisbane’s CBD and found that most of the better-scored suburbs are actually quite far, in terms of the asset selection criteria you guys talk about. I understand that LocationScore is more of a demand versus supply score, so if you’re a Buy and Hold investor, at a suburb level, is buying in a better location still the better option?
  3. Would you be able to run through the process of buying a property? Could you run through a quick, step by step process of what happens when (research, when should you get building and pest inspection etc)?

Note 1: Looking for the link to join the Property Investors Council of Australia (PICA)? Learn more about their membership here!

Note 2: Keen to watch Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns on Investment? Just click here or fill in the form below to get access to it.

 

Question from Cam:

My partner and I are wanting to buy 1st home. We are 27 years old, have $100,000 saved and are in our 3rd year of full time employment with a combined income of $150K. Should we be stretching ourselves to buy in the area we love FIRST, or should we be buying an investment property and hope to build equity and use it to purchase our Principal Place of Residence down the track?

 

Question from Sonya:

Hi guys, love the podcast. There’s a lot of talk out there about the risk of Australians switching from Interest Only to Principal and Interest loans. I’m currently paying Interest Only, with no interest to refinance as I am starting up my own business and currently don’t have any other income coming in. Half of my loan is fixed, the other half is variable. My question is: should I pay down the principle of my investment property while the interest rates are low to control the risk of a high interest rate at a later date and the Principal and Interest I would have to pay when my loan switches over? I’m less interested in the tax advantages, and am more interested in controlling risk and reducing my overall repayments. I know that the longer my Interest Only repayment is, the higher my repayments will have to be when it switches over — and that doesn’t sound great to me. I’m sure this, and the impact of Interest Only lending, is of interest to other listeners, so I hope you can provide insight. Love your work again. Cheers!

 

 

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Episode 185 | Will your Generation achieve “The Great Australian Dream”? — The Future of Australia’s Population, Retirement Expectations, And Other Things You Thought Were True – Chat with Mark McCrindle

Attention! Baby Boomers, Gen XYZ,  Alpha and everyone else — yep, that’s probably you — we have THE episode that just might teach you a thing or two about your generation, your next door neighbour’s generation, AND the next “smashed avocado” to take Australia by storm!

What are we talking about?

Folks, making himself comfortable on the couch today is Mark McCrindle, founder and Principle of McCrindle Research, and an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author, influential thought leader, and, wait for it… a demographer!

This is one topic that made all of us on the show super excited because as a demographer, Mark tracks emerging issues, researches social trends and sets the stage for Australia’s population — which is VERY handy if you want to know where the future’s heading, and why. Plus, he’s also the author of best-selling book, The ABC of XYZ, which opens the “can of worms” on each generation, their values and shares the story of a country centred on “the fair go”.

So, aside from learning the story behind the data, you’re about to hear all about Australia’s people, and our insights into property, retirement and wealth creation!

Oh, and Mark’s brought in his latest infographics and insight and everything — you can get all of them here — so get ready for a knowledge-packed episode! His team’s research into Australians living a successful life is one that you can’t miss as well! Just click here to download or fill in the form below and we’ll send it all to your email. 🙂

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Episode 184 | Five Property Investment Rules You Should NOT Ignore Today

Folks, today we’re unpacking the FIVE PROPERTY INVESTMENT RULES that will turn the media headlines on their heads and help you succeed as a property investor in a changing market!

Let’s just come straight out and say it: there is an opportunity in the market RIGHT NOW. No ifs, no buts, no “doom and gloom” about it.

So, what do you need to do to ensure your investment’s safely backed and bound to get you a return?

Simple. Listen to this episode. Implement these 5 rules. And see why the richest and most respected businessman, Warren Buffet, said exactly this…

“Invest when others are fearful, and be fearful when others are greedy.”

Before we jump in and tell you what nuggets of gold you’ll learn today, just a reminder…

Our Free LIVE Webinar, 7 Deadly Sins of Building a Property Portfolio, is happening TONIGHT at 7:30pm (AEST)!!

CLICK HERE to grab the last tickets.

Folks, we promise this Free Live Webinar will help you build a successful property portfolio AND help you avoid and overcome the hidden habits that you might not realise are undermining your success! We’ve only got a very limited number of seats left though, so please reserve your spot before it sells out.

 

And here’s what you can expect from today’s show…

And finally, looking to check out our very first appearance on the Today Show as The Property Couch host? The clip’s below or you can also watch it here. Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 

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