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Episode 272 | Q & A: The Unspoken Truth About Growth Corridors & Picking The Right Property Investment Strategy

How many times have you heard something along these lines…?

“This suburb’s a growth corridor…”

“There’s heaps of development happening here… it’s the next growth corridor.”

“With all the new public transport networks, job opportunities and shops coming in, this place is absolutely a growth corridor… full of investment potential.”

With all this buzzword talk, it’s would appear that all us property investors need to do is hunt down the next “growth corridor”, invest in it before it really kicks off, and then sit pretty for the rest of our lives …

BUT. Folks, there is a massive problem with this! An unspoken truth about growth corridors that trips up a lot of investors out there. Sure, some “growth corridors” might indeed grow in value, but there is a huge misconception out there that we want to clear up today.

So, in our first Q&A of 2020, we’re diving deep on this unspoken truth and we’re also going to answer your questions about how to pick the right investment strategy… ‘cos guess what? While a whole lot of you folks know the fundamentals of property investing, you don’t necessarily know how to apply these to your own situation and goals!

 

Here’s a 30,000-foot view of what we’ll cover … 🚀

 

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The Questions

03:26 – Question from Jack on Bris vs Melb and differing opinions:

Hi there guys, first up I just want to stay that I’ve just tuned into your podcast and I’m absolutely loving it! I’m going to be buying a couple of your books too they seem to have a lot of great reviews and, yeah, I’m really excited to read them.

Fellas, I’m looking at starting my property investment journey in December 2020. Now, I’m following a couple of investors – one guy’s currently investing up in Brisbane. And this other guy I follow as well stays purely local, mainly Melbourne. He’s explained to me about the growth corridors – how they’re not really growth corridors – Packenham, Windenvale, Tarneit. I’ve gone and had a look and they don’t average as much as I thought they would. Nice places, but yeah. I can’t afford to invest in Melbourne itself and the different to the two is – the one up on Brisbane is getting people starting up around the $500 mark. And the other guy who invests only in Victoria says start out somewhere like Bendigo or Ballarat. He doesn’t think Geelong’s got good growth. Yeah, I’m hesitant to go to Bendigo and Ballarat as they are inland, but I’m hesitant that my judgement’s being clouded. I’ve always grown up in coastal places – always lived near the coast and love the coast. If you guys could give me your opinion that would be fantastic

 

13:18 – Question from Nick on Investing as an Expat:

Hi Bryce and Ben, my name is Nick. I’m calling all the way from Switzerland, although originally from the northern beaches in Sydney. My wife and I are both from the northern beaches, but we have been working here in Europe for the past 3 years and we are looking to buy our first property back in Australia. We’re keeping an open mind and looking all over the country – so not necessarily in Sydney.

We have a general question about what type of strategy we should be looking for being non-residents for tax purposes but Australian nationals, taking into account we can’t take advantage of first home owners grants, or negative gearing as we have no income back in Australia. Originally, we were considering purchasing an apartment with potentially 5-6% rental yield with the idea of having a high yielding property so one that can be potentially positively geared. What are your thoughts on this?

 

20:03 – Question from Nikii on upgrading PPOR now or later based on economic forecast:

Hi it’s currently June 27 2019, currently my husband and I purchased a 3 bed 2.5 bathroom 2 garage, 243sq townhouse, freehold in prime real estate in Hawthorne, Brisbane. We have been provided by market experts that we could get $830 – $850K  from the sale of our property. We’re currently wanting to upgrade to live in a better area. Would we be best with the economic forecast over the next couple of years to keep that property as an IP before upgrading to a property just in the very low millions.

 

26:03 – Question from Craig on selling a property at a loss or wait to recoup loses:

Good afternoon The Property Couch, my name’s Craig and I have a question. My partner and I currently own 3 investment properties between us. 2 of these properties are performing quite well, in terms of growth and low upkeep. The third investment property in Darwin was originally bought as a PPOR and is not performing well as an IP. The market is at the 32% downturn and is unlikely to recover any time soon. My question is… Should we continue selling the Darwin property at a loss and still walk away with about $30,000 to reinvest into a new or existing investment OR should we hang onto this investment long term with the intent of recuperating our losses, even though this property costs us about $8K a year? Thank you for your time.

 

31:40 – Question from Scott on what to do with money in the bank:

Hi guys, Scott* here, I’ve been on board following the podcast at April 2015 and have loved the journey. Almost five years in and I thought it was finally time to hit you guys up for some advice!

My wife Teresa* and I live in regional WA with our two kids aged 7 and 9. Both of us work full time for a state government department and we currently earn $270k gross per year combined. We own two properties in our hometown Perth. Our first home in Bibra Lake (shout out to Bryce!) which is valued at 430k with 350k owing. Our other property is a 1940s weatherboard cottage 5kms from the city with owner-occupier appeal, valued at 630k with 500k owing. So our total LVR is about 80%. Both loans are interest only and both properties have reliable tenants in them, paying $350 and $410 a week respectively.

We aren’t big spenders, and have no personal, car or HELP loans. Due to this, and the fact that our employer has heavily subsidised our rent whilst we’ve lived regionally, we’ve quietly amassed savings of $320k which currently sit in an offset account. We intend on staying in the bush for at least another 2 years before heading back to the big smoke, and in this we anticipate the $320k we have will grow by $75k each year in which we don’t do anything with it. However, I’m sensing there’s a huge opportunity cost here if we leave things any longer! Any advice as to what our next move should be would be very much appreciated. Keep up the stellar work.

 

39:30 – Question from David on Subdividing Parent’s Land:

Hey Ben and Bryce, Really been enjoying the podcast. I’ve got a bit of a unique question. At the moment I live with my parents and I am in my mid-20s, and I’m looking to subdivide a bit of their land as housing pricing are a bit too expensive for a single income. I was wondering if I classify for the First Home Buyers Grant if I build on their land and whether the actual certificate of title transfer needs to come onto my name, or can it remain in their name? Cheers, David.

 

Quote of the Episode

“An informed investor is a smart investor.”

 

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Bryce and Ben have unpacked this report in detail in Episode 271 but it is quite hard to visualise it on audio. So we’ve created this report as well as the definition for the terms used.

We’ve also included the hot pockets that Jeremy Sheppard listed in the episode. Hot pockets are clusters of suburbs either neighbouring one another or in close proximity where demand exceeds supply in all of them. Heat in an “isolated” suburb (i.e. not in a cluster) may dissipate into its neighbours, diluting growth. But a cluster means buyers have fewer options. They can’t turn their attention to a cooler market unless they look much further afield. This makes clusters a good choice for investors to start their research.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 271 | Property Outlook and Hotspots To Watch in 2020

Who wants to know what’s in store for the property market in 2020?

Think Hot Spots. Suburbs to watch. Capital city drive by. Property Predictions!!

Sure, we know all of this property outlook stuff is a bit “crystal-bally” folks… BUT we also have some cool data up our sleeves that’s backed in some serious research! So today we’re gonna give it a solid crack at letting you know what we think is going to happen this year!

And not only are we going to do a “fly around” of the entire country so we can paint a realistic picture for you, we’ve also pulled our Capital Growth King, Jeremy Sheppard, our from the lab to share the outperforming suburbs in each state and territory!!

For our folks who’ve been with us for a while, you’ll know who our mate Jeremy is… and for the folks that don’t — basically Jez is THE guy you want on your side if you want to find the best locations to buy in! He’s the Property Analyst, Research Director and Creator of DSR data, one of the many property research tools of Select Residential Property!

We’re not holding back on today’s episode either folks — you won’t JUST get the property hotspots, you’ll also get the insights into the specific properties we buy in each capital city. and why! Plus, of course, you’ll learn all of the states we’re currently buying in, the “up-and-comers” and the ones we avoid at all costs.

Let’s kick your year off with the CORRECT data-backed information!! (Also, you can get all of the numbers we refer to below. We don’t want your email or anything. You might just want it handy when we’re going through the numbers!)

 

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Key Learnings

  • Typical value versus median values
  • Current value vs. peak and trough in EVERY state & territory
  • How many outperforming suburbs are in each state?
  • The suburbs to watch in Sydney
  • The suburbs to watch in Melbourne
  • The suburbs to watch in Brisbane
  • The suburbs to watch in Adelaide
  • The suburbs to watch in Canberra
  • The suburbs to watch in Perth
  • The suburbs to watch in Hobart
  • The suburbs to watch in Darwin
  • The types of properties we buy in Sydney
  • The types of properties we buy in Melbourne
  • The types of properties we buy in Brisbane
  • The types of properties we buy in Adelaide
  • The types of properties we would buy in Canberra if we were an owner-occupier
  • The types of properties we would aim for in Hobart
  • WHEN we’re thinking of buying in Perth
  • Affordability and Apartments as Investment Properties?
  • The Capital King’s Property Hot Spots and Hot Tips for you!!

 

 

 

 

Episode 270 | How To Recover When You’ve Lost Everything – Chat with NRL Star Matt Srama and Jaemin Frazer

“The aim of the game is to learn how to fill your own cup… to do the adult work.”Jaemin Frazer

Matt Srama lost everything. But then he did something that would turn this loss into a profound learning experience. And his life has dramatically changed as a result.

The question for you is… have you ever wanted to change something in your life, but found yourself getting in your own way? Maybe you keep repeating the same bad habits that are interfering with the result you really want. Or maybe you’re shackled to the same story that’s been running your life for a very long time, keeping you stuck, perhaps without you even realising what’s happening!!

Well folks, today’s exclusive episode is all about how to become the hero in your own story and finally do the “adult work” you need in order to live the life you truly imagined for yourself & recover from ANY set back. And we have not one, but TWO very special guests in with a very candid interview to reveal the framework folks need to create LASTING positive change… and ditch any self-fulfilling prophecies, insecurities or setbacks that could be standing in the way of real success!

Joining us today are two “repeat offenders” on the Couch and names you might already recognise…. retired professional NRL rugby league player for the Gold Coast Titans, Matt Srama (Episode 254) AND one of Australia’s leading Life Coaches and Founder of The Insecurity Project  — and Bryce’s own personal development coach — Jaemin Frazer (Episode 179).

Here’s the deal… Matt’s ridden the cycle of being a professional athlete – the excitement of being drafted, the excitement of earning good money, the excitement of having a huge crowd cheering for him and his teammates… and then felt the complete reverse of this … the shattering disappointment of a promising career cut short due to injury. And so, ‘cos we’re a big fan of the frameworks Jaemin teaches about getting through insecurity, Bryce saw an opportunity to chat to them both today and get a unique perspective that we don’t hear about too often…

 

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Key Learnings

  • How to Be Self-Sufficient Financially, Physically, Mentally and Relationally
  • What are some of the unique challenges athletes face?
  • What are some numbing strategies we all face?
  • What did Matt miss the most when he retired?
  • Tony Robbins and a false sense of security…
  • The Child Strategy vs The Adult Strategy
  • Better Ways to Meet Your Needs – Distinguishing Between Internal and External
  • What are Healthier Habits To “Fill The Void”
  • Tony Robbin’s 6 Core Needs and how it affects your choices
  • How many of these core needs create addiction?
  • What was it like for Matt once the “shield” came off?
  • The stories we tell ourselves…
  • How to switch your mindset
  • The tipping point…
  • Why do you have to go all the way back to the place the story it started?
  • How can thinking “you’re nothing special” help?
  • Learning your subconscious blueprint
  • The problem with mental health…
  • The Two Things you need to become an “adult”
  • How to recover when you’ve lost everything

 

And this is the last of our Summer Series 2019/20 folks! We hope you’ve enjoyed it! And if you ever want to re-visit some of the other episodes in this series, they are all right below!

 

 

RBA February 2020 – Bushfire Crisis, Coronavirus & Economic Outlook

The start of the decade doesn’t look great at the moment. At the end of last year, we faced with a bushfire crisis domestically and now, internationally, we are looking at coronavirus outbreak. 

So, what’s in store for this month’s RBA Cash Rate Decision? Here’s what Ben will be unpacking in this month’s session:

  • The impact of the bushfire crisis, drought and coronavirus to Australia’s Economy
  • The US-China have sealed Phase One of the deal. What will we be expecting from now onwards?
  • Brexit and what does it mean to us?
  • The inflation rate is currently sitting at 1.8%. Will we be seeing a drop or rise from here?
  • Unemployment and job growth data – How did this affect the RBA’s cash rate decision?
  • Credit and Lending Data Update
  • and more!

 

 

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Bonusisode with Nerida – What’s the MOST IN-DEMAND suburbs for upsizers?

Our first Monthly Economic Outlook with Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist of realestate.com.au and we’ll be talking about some serious updates folks! There have been some major events this couple of months so make sure to tune in.

Here are some of the topics we touched on today…

✔ Will rates be cut this week?
✔ Most in-demand suburbs for upsizers
✔ Updates on BREXIT and the US/China Trade War
✔ How will the coronavirus outbreak impact Australia’s Economy
✔ Why are listings hard to predict?
✔ Update on the property market across Australia Make sure to tune for more!

 

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Episode 269 | Gamifying The Race To Retirement: Granny Flats, A Garage Full of Cars, And An Ex-Seller of House & Land Packages – Chat with Athena Anca

Put your hand up if you want to fast-track to the day when you can choose whether to go to work or not? Okay. Hands down. Most folks — probably early morning on a Monday when the alarm goes off — have thought it’d be nice to have the option to roll back over… or simply get out of bed and have the whole day to do whatever you want, without worrying about where the money’s going to come from.

So that’s why today’s guest is gamifying the race to retirement — that is: she’s turning money management into a game… a fun competition where her and her partner are trying to beat how much surplus they can trap… and how fast they can race to retirement!

BUT, as all “real life” stories go, this one’s a bit more layered than that. In fact, it’s WAY more layered….

Because, for one thing, Athena Anca — the FINAL “everyday investor” who has put their knowledge into action and is tying up our 2019-2018 Summer Series — wasn’t always like this.

What’s most interesting is Athena actually used to SELL House & Land Packages! … And she and her partner Jason BOUGHT one as their first property!! Sure, now they’re investing in granny flats and planning for their dream home with a garage full of super cars, BUT…….

Guess what??? This actually is isn’t the first time Athena’s been on The Property Couch! If you circle back to mid-last year (Episode 236), Bryce actually read out an Instagram message from Athena….

 

Our first property decision was a setback in disguise. In 2016 we bought a house and land package based on first home buyer incentives that weren’t in line with our goals. Cue Bryce and Ben….
One episode at a time we learnt the difference between Investment Stock and Investment Grade, became my familiar with the lending landscape and finally channeled our discipline into managing money rather than it managing us. I only mind a little bit that our friends think we’re tight-arses! We became borderless investors and this year added our third property to our portfolio…”
– Athena on Instagram, Read out in Episode 236

 

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Episode Breakdown

01:53 – The Money Backstory!
07:20 – How did Athena manage her money before she met Jason?
14:50 – The “tight-arse” money moments!
16:28Why invest in property?
16:58 – Gamifying the race to retirement…
18:28 – How had they set up their lending?
19:53 – Why didn’t they buy a house and land package again?
21:42 – Investing for Yield: Is a Granny Flat a Good Strategy?
23:10 – The “Super Car” story!
23:51 – What was it like selling House and Land Properties??
25:18 – The House and Land Sales Spiel…
30:21 – How much are the granny flats? How many beds, etc?
31:25 – … and the rent return for the granny flat?
32:37 Pros and Cons of Granny Flats
33:15 – The Plan
35:20 – Athena’s advice for YOU….
35:44The Mindset Tips: How to overcome analysis paralysis
40:52 – Are they still tracking ever single dollar with Money SMARTS?
41:11 – What do they do differently with their 7 day float?
41:38 – How far ahead are they on their money target?

 

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Episode 268 | From Fear of Property Investing to Three Properties By 29 – Chat with James

When James McLellan was a kid, money was an issue. To the point that it ultimately resulted in his parents’ separation.

You see, today’s guest grew up in a small country town of about 1,200 people — and ever since he can remember, money was a stressor. To make matters worse, his mum tried her hand at investing, choosing to self-manage her property, which unfortunately was tenanted by folks who had money problems of their own. The result? Even more pressure on the family finances. So not only was money tough, but also James was left believing that property investing was something to fear…

But wanting to overcome his money back story, James made it his mission to work hard — committing to his first job at just 13 years old where he cleaned out the diesel pits at a mechanic for $5 an hour every Saturday morning.

And even though he was scared of investing, he knew that if he wanted to move the dial on his own wealth, he’d have to take the plunge. So he kept working worked hard, and at 22, while still at uni, he saved enough for his first property…. A 2 bedroom unit in Albury-Wodonga for $170,000…

And now? Well, as well as having THREE properties to his name and overcoming his fear of property investing, as you’re about to hear, he’s walking proof that just because you come from a background where money was tough… it doesn’t mean you’re stuck for life! And James was able to show once and for all that this can be accomplished…  even at 29 years old!

 

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Episode Breakdown:

01:50 – Why was money an issue growing up?
03:35Lessons learnt from self-managing an investment property
04:05 – How much is his 1st property?
06:20 – Does James value money differently considering his backstory?
08:15An insider’s view of attending a Spruiker seminar!
10:26 – Why do you need to be careful of “instant equity”?
11:15 – How did James avoid the Spruiker’s sale pitch?
14:59 – The 2nd  property
16:23Is it worthwhile using a Buyers Agent?
18:15 – Why did James find a strategic investment Plan useful?
20:28 – When did he get this Plan & where is he at now?
25:30 – When money was tough…
26:56How do you plan for kids and a passive income?
30:15 – What’s the best tip he learnt from The Property Couch?
32:29 – James’s personal advice for listeners
33:38How to Spot a Property Spruiker
36:15 – 5 top things James wants property investors to know now

 

 

 

Bonusisode – Would You Like To Be A Buyers Agent?

Let’s cut to the chase folks! Yes, we are hiring.

You’ve probably heard us mentioning our parent company, Empower Wealth a few times in the past. Our company is growing rapidly and we are currently looking for a Buyers Agent for our Melbourne office!

So…. Do you have a passion for property or have been listening to the podcast, loved it?
Or if your current job isn’t fulfilling for you or it’s not allowing you to be that person who wants to help others achieve their goals and dreams?
Or you want to work with BRW Fast 100 Companies for 2016, 2017 & 2018 and multi-award winner for customer service and innovation?
Or you simply want to work alongside Bryce, Ben and Stiggy?

Then we want to hear from you! Please send your resume together with a cover letter to Cristina Rodriguez at enquiries@empowerwealth.com.au.

Want to learn more about the role? Click here to go to www.ThePropertyCouch.com.au/jobs

 

 

 

Episode 267 | The Unorthodox Twist To The Money SMARTS System & Why It STILL Works – Chat with Brendan

“I needed to set something up so it’s essentially on autopilot and I’m protected from myself.”

Brendan Gale and his partner Marrissa have an unusual way of running our Money SMARTS system that we think is pretty cool. At first, this unorthodox twist made us go “Woah, what?!” and we kinda struggled to wrap our heads around it (we’re old school, folks)! But as you’re about to hear…. this surprise twist to the Money SMARTS system STILL works… and they’re trapping more surplus than ever before (just like they would if they were running it our ol’ simple way.)

Even better? Since running their “version” of Money SMARTS, they were able to….

  1. Afford their dream wedding in the Greek Islands (yep! Not a cheap affair folks — and there’s a bit of story about an unexpected cost that came up here, eek!)
  2. Invest in property
  3. And still have their own cash to spend!!

 

And the craziest thing is of all?? Before all this… Brendan was living paycheck-to-paycheck!

So if you want to hear from someone who has been running Money SMARTS for some time now… and you’re curious to hear about the spin they’ve put on it, which might actually work for you… then hit play on another great ep from our Summer Series 😉

Pssst…. yes, they’ve got the same name… but today’s guest is NOT the Richmond Football Club President, ha!

 

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