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Episode 81 | Does investing for the long term actually matter? – Chat with Stuart Wemyss

For today’s podcast, we have Stuart Wemyss, owner and Director of ProSolution Private Clients joining us to talk about his property investment journey and his investing philosophies. Coming from an Accounting and Finance background and with more than 19 years of experience in the investment services, Stuart is also a PIPA Member and has authored two books; Smart Borrower’s Handbook and The Property Puzzle.

So for today’s episode, the three of them will be talking about:

  • When did he buy his first property and how did he start investing in property
  • What are the lessons he learned when building his property portfolio
  • Why does investing for the long-term matter and the mindset needed for this approach
  • In his role as a mortgage broker and finance specialist, what are the common mistakes he has seen over the years
  • What are his tips for listeners when they are choosing an investment advisor
  • Two questions you need to know the answer for before prior to building an investment portfolio
  • What he thinks about commission-based financial advice

 

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And if you are interested to learn more about Stuart’s books, here are some reference points:

  • Smart Borrower’s Handbook | An Essential Guide for Property, Sharemarket and Superannuation Investors – Buy here
  • The Property Puzzle | A Simple Guide for Property Investors on How to Develop a Safe Financial Plan – Buy here

 

 

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Episode 080 | The Four ‘D’ words that equal a motivated seller!

One of the negotiation tips mentioned in previous episodes is to understand the vendor’s motivation to sell. Once you understood that, you would have a better idea on what to negotiate on and increase your chances of securing that property. But as always, this is easier said than done because how would you know if the real estate agent is clouding the truth? Hence why you need to make sure you are asking the right questions, in the right way and is capable of assessing the agent’s reaction to your questions.

 

In some cases, some vendors are extra motivated to sell and you can take advantage of this to help you boost your chances. So in today’s episode, Bryce and Ben will be discussing the four ‘D’ words that would indicate a very motivated seller. They will also be sharing some of the questions you need to ask to spot these situations, answers from real estate agents that you should look out for and negotiation tricks that you can use if the vendor’s motivation fall into these 4 categories. Start listening to find out more.

 

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Episode 079 | Q&A – Underquoting, New Developments Next Door, Fixing an Overly Negatively Geared Portfolio and more

It’s the first day of Spring and a perfect time for a Question and Answer episode! Bryce and Ben started off with some of their auction stories on underquoting and a general market update.The property market had been rather cold this winter but with that over, what will we be expecting these coming months?

 

Here are the questions for today’s podcast:

  • Question on new developments next door from Jesse: My question is regarding to the current development boom that has exploded all over Melbourne as it relates to my property in bayside Melbourne. My wife and I bought a town house in Cheltenham about 8 years ago. It is on a reasonably busy road that goes from Nepean Highway down to the beach in Sandringham. We have been diligently paying it off as quickly as we can in order to give ourselves some freedom (we are both freelance) and now we are looking to buy our first investment property. This week the house next to us and the next seven houses along have all got ‘For Sale’ signs up in front. Our understanding after a brief chat with the next door neighbours is that they have all been approached by a developer who wants to build a large mid level apartment block right next to our house. Our concern is what impact this will have on our property value. We are now planning to move out and ‘rent-vest‘ as we don’t want to stay there through this construction phase.
    Our main concerns are:
    (A) How this will impact the value of our property when it comes to us getting a loan for an investment property.
    (B) The impact this will have on our ability to rent out our townhouse if this new development goes ahead. In light of this are we better off trying to sell now and cut our losses or stick with it as a rental.
  • Question on cash flow from Sonia: Hi Bryce and Ben, I am a big property fan and have been listening to every single episode of the property couch. I have a few investment properties in the Sydney inner city suburbs. Besides that I also have a decent amount of savings in cash. I just quit my job to study interior design, hoping to set up my own business later on. I am a typical rich in assets and poor in cash flow example. Just wondering what is your investment advice for people like me. Thank you. Sonia
  • Question on property portfolio fromKhai:
    • Q1) Is it better to pay off the mortgage or keep buying Investment properties?
    • Q2) I have forecasted passive income of $60,000 (as a couple) in next 10 years (assuming 5% annual price rise and if I sell down my 6 properties to fully own 3 including PPOR). How do you increase this to 100,000? Keep buying 3-5 more properties in next 5 years.
    • Q3) How do I fix a severely negative cash flow portfolio (minus $25k annually for 6 properties)? Options I have in mind are: building a granny flat, refinancing to lower interest rates, raising rents, converting car space in townhouse to LUG (costs probably $10,000 per townhouse but increase rents $1k per year), converting car space in townhouse to LUG (costs probably $10,000 per townhouse but increase rents $1k per year)
  • Question on develop or buy from Adam: I own a positively geared corner property in North Sunshine in Victoria, I am ready to take the next step in building my portfolio, does it make better sense to develop my existing property into three town houses, or to go and buy another investment property keeping in mind that property price growth will most likely exceed building costs ?

 

If you like this Q&A episode (Underquoting, New Developments Next Door, Fixing an Overly Negatively Geared Portfolio and more), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

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

 

Episode 077 | Right Strategy in the Right Market at the Right Time

What is the possibility of investing in property with the right strategy, in the right market, at the right time? Well, that depends. Now, we know this sounds really vague but in order to determine that, one need to ask if they have the right understanding in the first place? Because it is very dangerous if the perception of a right strategy or a right market is wrong and you go ahead and build a property portfolio based on your assumptions. For example, if Alex believes that capital growth is the right strategy and buying within 5km radius from Melbourne CBD is the right market, then he would be in a very tricky situation because the supply at the moment is quite low (unless he has a very deep pocket).

So in this episode of The Property Couch podcast, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley focuses on understanding what is considered as “the right market” and why it is important that you take the long view on where the market is going before committing to anything. Bryce and Ben will also be answering Maria’s question on cash flow management and an investor’s mindset. Here’s the question:

“Hi guys

Love the podcast and the book,  well-deserved success with both.

How do you draw the line between good cash flow management and depriving yourself of things you enjoy? My husband and I have always lived within our means and we now have two properties under our belt in Sydney, with plans to buy more. We’re in our thirties. But I’ve found that as we’ve come along the investing journey I’ve become increasingly preoccupied with spending less. I have no issues buying necessities, paying bills, or paying for things that benefit our investing or our health. I don’t blink an eye at spending on insurances, BA fees, etc, because those things are useful and necessary.

However, when contemplating discretionary lifestyle purchases, often costing less than $100 (you know, stuff you don’t need, but want) I spend weeks analysing whether to buy, to the extent that I’m spending too much energy on it. I guess I worry that if I spend $100 here and $100 there, I’ll just eat away at our cash buffers. What are your personal real life experiences with discretionary spending while trying to build a property portfolio? Did you and your family buy your toys and vices freely, or did you find yourself analysing every purchase?

I want to have the best cash flow position possible, but I want to have occasional frivolous luxuries too. I know I need some sort of mindset shift, but what does that shift look like?”

 

Some of the resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

Website - The Property Couch half a million downloadPS: And we’ve just achieved half a million downloads on the podcast! Thank you so much for all of your support and feedback. We will continue to provide good quality contents, ‘unpack’ more frameworks and case studies and answer your questions on all things property. If you are wondering what are the boys doing in this picture, this is what happens when Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley heard that we’ve got half a million downloads on the podcast!

Episode 76 | Building a property portfolio after the boom – Chat with Veronica Morgan

 

This time on our Special Guest Episode, we’ve got Veronica Morgan on the Couch! Most of you would have known her as the co-hosts of Location Location Location Australia on Foxtel Lifestyle Channel with Bryce but when they aren’t filming, Veronica is the Founder and Principal of Good Deeds Property Buyers. She is also the Vice President of the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) and an active property investor herself.

So for today’s episode, the three of them will be talking about:

  • What does REBAA do and why did she join it?
  • Her transition from a selling agent to a buyers agent – why did she switch sides?
  • How is the regulation in Sydney differs from other states such as the gazumping law?
  • Her journey as a property investor – what motivated her to start investing?
  • How did the recent market boom in Sydney affect her role as a buyers agent
  • What are some of the principals and strategies when it comes to building a property portfolio after the boom
  • Her asset selection tips to finding an investment grade property
  • Some of the mistakes and lessons learn in her property investment journey

 

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In this video we set out to prove that not every property is created equal when it comes to investment and it’s our job to help you learn what makes for smarter investing!. We will highlight the factors and variables that expert property investors consider when selecting the right location and then the right property in this location. This research approach takes into consideration:

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Episode 075| Q&A – RBA Rate Cut, Planning for Reduction in Income and Bidding Tactics at Auction

This week on The Property Couch Podcast, we are going through some of our listeners’ questions. But before that, Bryce and Ben will be discussing the 25 basis point cut passed on by the Reserve Bank of Australia early this week. How will this impact the Australian Economy, how much have the banks passed on and will there be any flow-on effect on the Australian household?

Here are the questions for today’s podcast:

  • Question on planning for a reduction in income from Matt: How do you plan for a reduction in income when you are still a reasonable distance from retirement and would it be wiser to maintain current income for long term potential or is there a process that could be applied?
  • Question on bidding tactics at auction from Adam: I was hoping in your next Q&A perhaps Bryce might be able to address the topic of bidding tactics at auction. Most of the tips and strategies you read amongst the property press propaganda are ridiculous things like dress in a suit and pull up in a sports car out the front. In your experience is there any value in these sorts of image approaches? or concepts such as ‘knockout bids’ and bidding late, or are auctions pre-determined events going to whoever was always going to pay the most. I know you will say the gold standard is to employ a buyers agent but I’d be interested in your tips for someone keen to DIY.

 

Some of the resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

If you like this Q&A episode (RBA Rate Cut, Planning for Reduction in Income and Bidding Tactics at Auction), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

Episode 73 | Building a property portfolio in a tough market – Chat with Damian Collins

 

It is Special Guest Day and we’ve got Damian Collins from Momentum Wealth with us on our very first Vodcast!

Just a bit of a background on Damian, he is an established property investor, the founder and managing director of Momentum Wealth, a Perth-based property investment and buyers advocacy firm and is also on the board of PIPA which means he is very well qualified to talk about the art of investing in property and building a portfolio.

So for today’s episode, the three of them will be talking about:

  • Damian’s experience as an investor and what motivated him to build his portfolio
  • The mistakes, lessons and investing tips he learned as an investor
  • How is the Perth’s property market doing and where is it on the cycle
  • Was there a sentiment shift considering the recent economic changes
  • How does he conduct his property research when it comes to asset selection
  • What are his principles and investment strategy when it comes to building a property portfolio in a tough market
  • Some of the horror stories that he has seen in his seat

 

PS: We hope you enjoy watching the video and we would really like to hear what you think about it! If you like it, let us know and we will produce this more regularly. 🙂

 

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