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Episode 050 | Q&A – Credit card management, professional fees, LOC for negative cash flows, adding value via reno and interest only loans

Only a couple more weeks left to our Summer Series. This week, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be answering the questions below from our fellow listeners. Thanks again for submitting your questions!

  • Credit card management question from Peter on Facebook: Loved reading the book. Quick question, in your Money Smarts section (Chapter 3 of the book) you discuss using your credit card for fixed expenditure. Does that include groceries…assuming groceries doesn’t come under lifestyle? That seems to provide a variable – do you think that is still best? I want to adopt your setup but worry about using a credit card, considering we don’t have one currently. Thoughts?
  • Professional Fees questions from Andrew : Hey guys, thanks for all the valuable information so far. I have a question in regard to the fees and cost of the property portfolio and buyers agent services. I am a first time investor with limited funds for my purchase, and I am trying to get an idea whether or not I could
    • a) even afford the above services and
    • b) whether those funds would be better spent contributing to a larger deposit? Can buyers with smaller budgets (sub $400k) still maximise capital growth and rental yield using qualified property advisers and investment savvy buyers agents? Cheers.
  • Question on line of credit from Christian: Hi Ben, what are your thoughts on using equity and/or a line of credit to fund the negative cash flow on high growth properties?
    I know that some other high profile companies are advocates of this strategy. Your thoughts? Would love to hear your thoughts in podcast.
  • Value add question from Heath: Hi guys, love the show and I am currently up to the Buyer’s decision quadrant in the book and really enjoying it. My question to you is:
    I have a recently renovated investment property in Brisbane that is a 3x2x2. We have built in a 4th bedroom downstairs in the existing utility room (legal height, ventilation, windows and power supply etc.) Currently I am speaking to a few building certifiers and engineers etc. to assess whether or not I can get the 4th bedroom certified through council. It’s looking like the certification will cost me around 5k and the difference between the median for 3 & 4 bedrooms in the area is around 60K. Would you think moving forward with this would be feasible? And if so when issued the certificate through the Brisbane council is this something that I would submit to the valuator when they would be doing the inspection?
  • Repayment question from Joe: I actually just finished reading your book about 30 min ago and I have to say I really enjoyed it. In particular chapter 9 and 10 (investment strategies and the case studies). I found it very easy to follow and understand though I do admit I learn a lot of the terms and phrases from the podcasts. I do have a couple of questions though.
    • I noticed that in the case studies the loans were always interest only which is fine and I understand why it’s like that, but is it possible to have Interest only repayments over the course of the entire loan? Surely at some point the bank wants principal paid back.
    • This leads me to my second question, during your case studies do you factor in the fees of your service as this would have a noticeable  impact on the overall purchasing power of the buyer?

 

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Episode 49 | Possibility of an out-of-cycle rate rise and media commentaries on the Property Market

The Governor and Reserve Bank has decided to keep interest on hold at 2% in the cash rate announcement this month. But will there be another out-of-cycle rate rise by the lenders? We’ve seen it last year where interest rates on residential loans were raised but what are the chances that it’ll happen again this year? Bryce and Ben talks about this in today’s episode. They will also be talking about the recent hype in media commentaries regarding the Australian Property Market.

Not to forget our promise for the Summer Series, these are the Q&As for today’s podcast:

  • Loan question from Ben on Facebook: Read a book that outlined the kitty loan system. I was wondering what Ben and Bryce’s opinion on using this system was and whether it truly works or not. The book indicated to let the amount accrue over a period of time, but I’m not sure what bank and what type of loan allows you to do this?
  • Expat investment question from Glenn: I am an Aussie expat living in Dubai and looking to invest back home. I have been told to look at property investments that provide a loss for tax purposes so I can benefit when I return. Any information on how I can invest or what would benefit me from overseas would be interesting to hear about. Is the tax benefits the most important issue for me or should I just be looking for growth that will then outweigh any taxes I have to pay. I hope that makes sense. I have enjoyed your podcasts thus far and have now purchased your book.

RBA has kept the interest rates on hold this month but what are the chances for an out-of-cycle rate rise from the lenders?

 

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Episode 48 | Different investment structures (family trust, company, partnership), CGT and other tax related topics – Chat with Frank Azzopardi

Our loyal listeners would have noticed by now that every single time a tax related question pops up on the podcast, Bryce and Ben will try and answer it in a general sense (sometimes, probably too general). So, this time on The Property Couch, we have invited Frank Azzopardi from YK Partners to help give a clearer definition when it comes to questions related to tax and property.

Sit tight and be prepared because this episode can be very technical. Some of the issues that they’ve touched on in this episode are:

  • Investing under trust ie: family trust – what it involves and the tax implications
  • Investing under a company structure – why people do it and areas to be cautious about
  • Partnership in property investing – what to expect, difference between partnership with family and friends and types of partnership
  • Capital gain tax (Capital Gains Tax) and the 6-year rule
  • Are buyers agent fees and stamp duty tax deductible

 

Now, please remember that this podcast is general information only and is intended to assist you in understanding the different investment structures and some tax regulations related to Australian property. It is by no means a full representation of all aspects of the property tax and listeners/viewers should not rely on the information provided in this podcast when making their investment decisions. The Property Couch and our guests strongly recommend that listeners/viewers first seek qualified and professional advice to assess their individual and unique circumstances before making any decisions. For more disclaimer, please click here.

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Episode 47 | 2016 Property Outlook and Findings on Gentrification – Chat with Peter Koulizos

Peter Koulizos is back on The Property Couch podcast! The last time Peter joined our podcast, Bryce and Ben couldn’t stop discussing about his thesis on Gentrification. This time, with his thesis almost at its completion stage we are more than keen to invite him over and discuss in detail the findings his thesis has uncovered.

On top of that, as a bonus, they will also be revealing their 2016 Property Outlook for the Australian Market. With the dropping auction clearance rates in Sydney and Melbourne market, the increasing high density apartments in the Gold Coast area and the up and coming investment spots in Brisbane, this segment is a must-hear for all those who are serious about property investing. Some of the issues that they’ve touched on in this episode are:

  • Which part of the cycle is each state currently in
  • Things to look for when selecting an investment grade suburb and property
  • Type of properties to stay away from
  • Development or changes affecting the economic activities in each state

 

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

  • Peter’s Book: Top Australian Suburbs: A Guide for Investors and Homebuyers – Click here
  • Peter’s Book: Property vs Shares: Discover your knockout investment strategy – Click here
  • The Property Couch’s Book: The Armchair Guide to Property Investing – Click here
  • If you are interested in joining Peter’s course, please email him at: Peter.Koulizos@tafesa.edu.au

 

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Episode 046 | Q&A – Things we would have done differently, Buying sight unseen, Tax and purpose of property, Investment grade in regional centres and Joint ventures

We are back on with the Questions and Answer time for our Summer Series. This week, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be answering the questions below from our fellow listeners. Thanks again for submitting your questions!

  • Question from Alex: Aside from getting into property earlier or not selling… knowing what you know now, what 5 things would you both have done differently?
  • Buying sight unseen questions from Lewis : We are currently living overseas and want to want to move back to Australia in a number of years. Late 20s and want to start buying investment properties in 2016, we have two questions.
    1. Best advice for buying property without being able to walk through the property.
    2. Best area to buy in Australia if you don’t know where in Oz you want to move back too!
  • Question on tax implications on property from Chris : A question relating to turning an investment property into a PPR. My partner and I just completed construction of a home which was intended to be an investment property for 5-7 years after which time we were going to move in and make our family home. Situations have changed and we will be able to completely pay off and move into the new house within the next 12 months. Will there be any issues arising from all the tax deductions (ie interest during the build, deprecation etc) Since we will be changing the purpose of the house?
  • Investment grade for regional properties question from Lou: Loving the podcasts – succinct and very informative so thank you! I’m currently saving for my first investment property and I have a couple of questions. I am considering regional Victoria (as I grew up there) and was wondering how ‘Investment Grade‘ the properties are, particularly along the Vic/NSW border. Should I be looking here or become more ‘borderless’ in my approach? I am looking to purchase in 2016 however I’m concerned with the property cycle, should I hold off another year until the market drops or is it likely to only increase in the short/medium term? I understand you can only give general advice, but I would like to know what the generally suspected trends are.
  • Joint venture question from Christopher: I am a first time investor and am looking at buying an older federation era home. For a 3 bedroom home of this style you are looking at a purchase price of around the $550,000 mark. Due to an over inflation of new homes, I can see these are the only worthwhile investments for the future as they have generally around the 1000 sq m block at less than a km from the CBD and are rising in value at around 2-3% per year depending on what renovations are performed where they can be anywhere up to 10%.  To find these funds I am looking at doing a joint venture with a good mate of mine who is a builder, do the minor renovations without overcapitalising, hold it for maybe 5 years rented out for that period and then sell it for hopefully a decent capital gain.  Are joint ventures worth it and will this be a silly strategy for such an old house as depreciation will have been used up already and these older houses can be a pandora’s box once opened up and end up costing way over budget?

 

Free resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

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Episode 045 | Why should you conduct a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection and what could go wrong? – Chat with Paul Baker

Welcome to The Property Couch’s first episode in 2016! Joining us on the podcast today is Paul Baker from Independent Property Inspectors Melbourne.

As mentioned in Episode 22 and Bryce’s video on “When to conduct a building and pest inspection“, pre-purchase building inspections are non-negotiable for us. We cannot emphasize it enough the consequences of buying a property only to discover later on that a lot more money has to put in to ensure its livability. Not only will this impact the investor’s cash flow but it will also affect any property plans that has been put in place. Leveraging from Paul’s background as a building inspector and also a builder, Bryce and Ben will chatting about:

  • Why is a pre-purchase building inspection so important
  • What are the obvious tell-tale signs for water damages, footing and stumping issues
  • How much should a buyer expect to spend on an inspection
  • When should an inspection be conducted
  • Best way to decipher a building report
  • and a few horror stories from IPI’s Book of Horror!

 

Here are the pictures promised in the podcast!

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Click here to download the PDF for these horror stories.

 

And here’s the HSBC video that Ben mentioned:

 

 

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