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Episode 310 | Is Property Just A Ponzi Scheme?

Have you ever questioned if property is as good as it’s cracked up to be? Like, is it really a sure-bet investment?

You’ve seen the headlines… You’ve heard us say certain properties should be in the “no go” zone for investors… And maybe you’ve even seen or heard about other property markets around the world that actually CRASHED – quite literally… some even plummeting in prices overnight.

So… What makes the Australian property market different? Is it guaranteed to NEVER fail? And how do we know “for sure” that your money is as “safe as houses”?!

Here’s the deal… a client of ours recently gave us some feedback after working with us. Feedback that, to be quite frank, made us stop in our tracks.

And we wanted to address that feedback today because, one, it raises a few valid points… and, two, we think this episode will help any of you folks out there who might have some reservations about the property market of your own… and/or you simply want to educate yourself more on the Australian property market, how it works and why investing in it isn’t going to end in tears in a few years down the track…

Suss the feedback we received below & Listen Now to hear our response!

 

The Feedback We Received…

A lot of millennials (including myself), are sceptical about property and put off investing because we read/consume a lot of stuff that is bearish on property. I would also say that I found it difficult to listen to the podcast because it is too ‘normie’ and doesn’t address/contend with a lot of the current zeitgeist outside the mainstream media that people consume nowadays (Zero hedge, Martin North, Real Vision, Jolly Swagman podcast, Nasim Taleb, Steve Keen, the case for crypto).

I put off investing in property for years because of this sort of content saying that property is a pyramid scheme for boomers and that valuations are only maintained due to central bank policy and credit availability. Instead of dismissing this stuff as conspiracy theories – actually take it on and come up with persuasive arguments against it instead of relying on me taking 5 years to find them myself.

  • admit that current immigration levels are unsustainable politically and can’t be a key driver of house prices
  • admit that the majority of growth in house prices is due to credit availability and decreasing interest rates
  • admit that there is nothing inherently different about Australia from say Ireland or Spain and their property crashes (other than maybe the ability to print our own currency). 
  • admit the risk of a Japanese lost decade and drop in consumption and birth rates caused by high levels of household debt.  

I would have felt way better going into this if I’d heard some strong arguments against this stuff. Having said all that – I want to invest in property because it’s a human need and it will never go to zero (wealth preservation). I remain sceptical of continued price growth (or at lease real price growth). However, I acknowledge that yes, the game is rigged for boomers but what choice do I have? Getting a bad return on real estate is better than doing nothing. If you want to get more (smart) millennials on board you need to address this stuff.

 

 

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How to Create $2,000 A Week – Six Real Life Case Studies from Six Very Different Investors

Want to hear how six very different people — that’s different ages, different incomes, different incomes and different demographics — ALL managed to build a multimillion-dollar property portfolio that creates $2,000 a week in passive income?

Yep. They each hit that magical figure of $2K per week in passive income!

So… how’d they do it?!

Psst.. for a FULL breakdown into all the numbers and property portfolio builds for each case study, please pick up your  FREE physical copy of The Armchair Guide to Property Investing here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • Six Real Life Case Studies!
  • How much do kids really cost?
  • What is Consequential Finance?
  • What are the Four Levers to Financial Peace?
  • What’s the biggest challenge for Millennials?
  • What’s the interest rate we use to model out our property portfolio builds?
  • The Money and Wealth Accumulation Model
  • The Variables and Assumptions we use 

 

Free Resources

  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)

 

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18 Investment Strategies: Which One Are You Implementing?

We’ve NEVER spoken about these investment strategies publicly before… but right now going through ALL 18 of our tried and tested investment strategies!

And in case you’re wondering… YES!… we use these investment strategies every single day when work with our clients! Basically, each of them can be a powerful standalone strategy, but they can also be interlinked and intertwined depending on which pathway you choose.

Here’s the deal…

Our 18 strategies each fit into one of these four categories:

  • Area Strategy for Capital Growth
  • Property Selection Strategies for Capital Growth
  • Are Strategies for Yield/Income
  • Property Strategies for Yield/Income

So, in this episode we’re diving deep on each investment strategy, including…

  • Investors it’s suited to
  • Difficulty Level
  • Risk and time allocation level
  • Price point
  • Tax implications and when to buy

 

And here’s a sneak peak into The 18 Investment Strategies…

  1. The __ Performer
  2. __ Earth
  3. Million Dollar __
  4. __ Places, __ Faces
  5. The __ Fling
  6. The __ Rider
  7. Scarce __
  8. Ugly __
  9. The Shoulder __
  10. __ Mission
  11. __ And __
  12. __ Matters
  13. The __ Backer
  14. No __
  15. The __
  16. The Non-__
  17. The __ Up
  18. The __ And __

 

Listen now to get all 18 investment strategies and discover the best one for YOU! 

Pssst… Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • 18 Proven Investment Strategies to Build a Multimillion Dollar Property Portfolio
  • What and Where to Buy…
  • What should you look to purchase if you have a tight budget?
  • What property is best if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands?
  • How to tell which investment strategy is right for you
  • What are the tax implications of each strategy?
  • What strategies can you adopt if you can’t afford to buy in blue-chip areas?
  • What’s the critical difference between “city” and “city fringe” locations?
  • What if you want a more hands-on approach?
  • Where will you get the highest rents?
  • The pros and cons of subdivisions
  • Is a Granny Flat a good investment strategy?
  • What strategies will get you the highest capital growth?

 

Free Resources

  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)

 

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The 5 Types of Property Investors – Which One Are You?

In this episode you’re about to discover the Five Types of property investors…

… the question is: which one are you?!

Here’s the deal… depending on your level of risk, the amount of time you have (and the amount of time you want to sacrifice), your current cashflow position and borrowing power, how long you want to be in the market AND your overall “Why” when it comes to property investing, you will fall into one of either five categories…

  1. Active Worker
  2. Active Weekend Worker
  3. Active Manager
  4. Passive Investor
  5. Pure Investor

In this episode we’re giving you a detailed rundown of each type of investor­, including the risk vs rewards, pros vs cons, et cetera, et cetera…

Plus, we’ll also be walking you through the THREE Tax Positions you can use to invest in property!

Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • The Five Types of Property Investors: Who, Why, What It Means
  • Which type requires the least amount of time?
  • What are the tactical considerations of each type of investor?
  • Is any type better than the other?
  • What is a “Speculator”?
  • How long is considered “Short”, “Medium” and “Long-term” Investing?
  • What is the difference between “Investor Considerations” and “Tactical Considerations”?
  • The Three Tax Positions You Can Use to Invest in Property?
  • Why is Negative Gearing NOT a property investment strategy?

 

Free Resources

  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)

 

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How To Pick The Right Investment Property: “Know Thy Quadrant…”

So, what makes for the RIGHT investment property… and how do you pick it?

Well, let’s be honest… most of us can’t tick all the boxes on our property wish-list. We’d like to, sure, but often this isn’t an accurate depiction of reality. We can’t all afford the best house in the best street in a blue-chip, capital-growth-centric location every time we invest in property! So, chances are you’ve had, or will have, a conversation about what you might have to compromise in the buying process.

… And this is where our “Buyer’s Decision Quadrant” comes in!

This is a framework that can help you with the asset selection process and help you make an informed decision so you are NOT compromising where it matters most. Because there is something that is absolutely non-negotiable.

So in today’s episode, we’re going to take a deep dive on the four areas — the “Quadrants”  — of our Buyer’s Decision Quadrant so you can sleep well knowing you’ve picked the right investment property with the money you have and the ambitions you seek!

Listen now to learn how to pick the right investment property by using our Buyer’s Decision Quadrant to weigh up the “wins” and “loses” of what you compromise on!

Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • What is “The Buyers Decision Quadrant” and how can you use it to purchase your next investment property?
  • What is The One Thing you should NEVER compromise on?
  • Should you buy “Smaller, Closer In” OR “Bigger, Further Out?”
  • What can you compromise on if you have a smaller budget?
  • How to recognise which investment property will work for your own circumstances…
  • Is a property that “ticks all boxes” – AKA the perfect property – really a myth?
  • Is “Uglier” always better?
  • Land size considerations…
  • What should you quickly overlook?

 

Free Resources

  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)

 

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The #1 Reason Why These Properties Soar In Value… While Others DON’T!

Not all properties are created equal. And there is a specific reason for this – what we like to call “The Psychology Behind The Price”. And this has EVERYTHING to do with human interest and human behaviour – something that can indeed be measured and, almost always, stays exactly the same… no matter who you are or where you live.

Here’s the deal… there are two “types” of properties – Investment Grade and Investment Stock. And most investors are often tricked into thinking – or falsely assume – that what they think is a good investment is going to turn out to be, well, a good investment. And this is NOT the case. In fact, it’s often the complete opposite.

This may come as a surprise to you… but the greatest investments – what we call “investment grade” properties – actually target the owner-occupier (that is, the home owner)… NOT the investor!

And in today’s episode we’re going to tell you exactly why this is and give you the science behind what makes for an Investment Grade property and how to recognise one using the golden rule that underpins the value of propertySupply and Demand!

Listen now to learn how to get a return on your investment property and keep it… simply by identifying high demand in the property market.

 

Remember…

Investment Grade = Great.

Investment Stock = No good.

 

Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • What types of properties almost always outperform others?
  • What do we mean by “Supply and Demand” and how can property investors use this to get a return on investment?
  • Investment Grade vs Investment Stock
  • What is “Owner-Occupier Appeal”?
  • How To Identify REAL High Demand in The Property Market!
  • Critical Supply Considerations and How to Identify “Scarcity” in the market
  • The Three Biggies: Human Behaviour, Human Interest and Economic Activity
  • What Property Indicators should property investors assess?
  • Why does the Demographic of a property market have such an impact on property prices?
  • What areas will grow most in value?
  • What is gentrification?
  • Tips for Investing in Apartments

 

Free Resources

  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)

 

 

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The Property Investment Formula That Works In ANY Market And At ANY Time!

If there’s just one framework you should focus your attention on if you want to be a successful property investor… please make it this one!

Folks, in today’s episode we’re revealing THE Property Investment Formula you need, not just in your toolkit, but also what you must implement if you want to build a multimillion-dollar property portfolio that creates a passive income for yourself and your loved ones!

Our Property Investment Formula is made up of FOUR critical elements – what we call our our “A.B.C.D.” Pillars of Mastery – and it works in ANY market and at ANY time… (yep!)… ‘cos this is an evergreen formula to invest in property. It really will work today, tomorrow and forever. So make sure you get this framework RIGHT.

The “A.B.C.D” Pillars of Mastery are…

  • Asset Selection
  • Borrowing Power
  • Cashflow Management
  • Defence

BUT while this “A.B.C.D” Acronym makes it super easy for you to remember… these Pillars are NOT in their correct order as you would apply them in real life… so, please NEVER start with the property (Asset Selection)!

We’re about to unpack what order to apply our “ABCD” Property Investment Formula and how to implement and what to consider in each individual Pillar.

This is one of our all-time favour frameworks and, yep, it is absolutely critical for every property investor, no matter what stage they are in!

Listen now to get the proven formula to invest in property that works in any market and at any time!

Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • What is Asset Selection?
  • What and Where should you buy?
  • The 4 Developer Tricks To Avoid At All Costs
  • New vs Old Properties
  • Investment Grade vs Investment Stock
  • How to recognise an Investment Grade Property
  • What is Borrowing Power?
  • How do you maximise your Borrowing Power?
  • How to Structure your home loans
  • Principle Interest vs Interest Only
  • What’s a Cash-on-Cash return?
  • Why’s interest rate NOT king?
  • What is “cross-collateralisation” ?
  • Should you pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)?
  • Why should you NEVER get a loan directly from the bank?
  • Who should you get your mortgage advice from?
  • What is Cashflow Management?
  • Good Management vs Great Money Management
  • Four Steps to Elite Money Management
  • Why is “Liquidity” so crucial for a property investor?
  • What should you do with your money?
  • Or Money SMARTS system to Financial Peace
  • What is Defence?
  • How can you protect yourself, your family and your property portfolio?
  • What type of insurances are there?
  • What professional should you seek out?
  • How can you reduce your risk?

 

Free Resources

  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)

 

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Bet $1 To Make $10 – How To Master Leverage And Compound Growth Without Risking It All

Have you ever wondered how to accelerate your wealth position without having to risk everything? If so, we have something very important to tell you in this episode that – let’s be real here – a lot of folks don’t actually know about.

Property Investors actually have a Superpower…. and that Superpower is LEVERAGE.

But it gets even better than that. Because if you add this superpower with another one – “The Compound Effect” – you’ll be sitting very pretty indeed! And these two fundamentals of investing are what make property such a safe and sustainable vehicle for wealth creation.

If you have no idea what we mean by “leverage” or “compounding”, that’s totally okay… ‘cos we’re about to fill you in on exactly what these terms mean and how they amplify your ability to create a passive income for life.

Plus, we’ll be walking you through WHO exactly property investors should have on their team as well as other investment choices you can consider instead of/as well as property!

Sound good?

Listen to now to learn how to master leverage and compound growth WITHOUT risking it all!

Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • How does lasting wealth creation occur?
  • Why can’t you “save your way” to a passive income?
  • What is Leverage and how can you use it to make your money work MUCH harder for you?
  • What is The Compound Effect and why does this totally change the game if you’re investing over the long term?
  • What are the four ways we generate money?
  • How can you accelerate your wealth safely AND sustainably?
  • Why shouldn’t you trust the Australian Pension to look after you in retirement?
  • What types of investments are available to you?
  • Why is property such a great investment vehicle, particularly if you want a “hands off” approach to a passive income?
  • What professionals do property investors need on their team?

 

Free Resources

  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)

 

Episodes from The Property Couch to Further Support You…

 

 

How To “Cheat” The Property Game: The 5-Step Framework, Money SMARTS and Meeting The Industry Players

“Cheat?” By this we mean… How to “Fast Track” The Property Game by getting the PROVEN method from the get-go.

In all honesty… if you’re looking to “rig” the system or are chasing a “Get Rich Quick” scheme you’re likely not going to succeed in property investing… especially over the long term.

That said, there IS a simple 5-Step framework to follow that will make your property investing experience a whole lot easier and much more fruitful… which, of course, we’re unpacking in today’s episode! Plus, we’re diving deep on our famous Money SMARTS system – it’s a no B.S. money management system that will keep you ahead of the game by trapping more surplus cash in only 10 minutes a month (yes, really!… this system is currently transforming more than 15,000 everyday folks’ bank account as we speak!).

On top of that, we’re also walking you through the Industry Players – that is, the major players in the property industry who provide advice. Warning: Not all of these individuals can be trusted, so it’s vital you know what professionals to use and which “Property Spruikers” to avoid at ALL costs!

Listen now to get our proven 5-Step Framework, our simple money management system designed to trap more surplus cash AND meet all the industry players!

Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • The Five Steps to Property Investing – The “Yellow Brick Road” to Financial Peace
  • Money SMARTS: The Simple Money Management System That Traps More Surplus in Less Than 10 Minutes A Month
  • Free vs Free: Who Should Property Investors Take Their Advice From?
  • Who is really on the side of the property buyer?
  • What is a Buyers Agent and do you need one?
  • How to spot a property spruiker
  • Where should ALL of your income go?
  • Why is an Offset Account so powerful?
  • When should you use a credit card?

 

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DON’T Invest in Property Without These Four Foundational Levers…

The process of building wealth is like operating a bulldozer…

What do we mean by that?

Well, a bulldozer comes with a few levers that you’ll need to push and pull to make sure that it’s doing what it’s meant to do. Likewise, when it comes to building your property portfolio, there are “Four Foundational Levers” that you’ll need to adjust to achieve your own specific and unique end goal.

And the faster you can adjust each of these levers, the quicker you’ll get to your goal.

To put this into perspective… Let’s say you’re building a house. First, you’d start with the number of rooms you need (the floor plan), then it’s size (the measurements), then the engineering (how it’s going to be built) and, finally, what it’s going to be built from (building materials). Without these things you can’t build the house as you planned to build it, right? Not to mention, if you changed just one of these things you automatically affect the other three.

And, yes, the same applies when you’re building wealth. You need ALL four levers and if you adjust one you impact ALL the rest….

So. What are the Four Levers when it comes to building wealth? And why are these so important for a property investor?!

Listen now to find out.

 

Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/

 

Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • The Four Foundational Levers To Financial Peace and How They Work Together
  • How To Use The Four Foundational Levers To Align Your Passive Income Target With Your Current Circumstance
  • How can you PLAN your property portfolio?
  • Why won’t a “Cookie-Cutter” approach cut it?
  • How do you work out how much money you’ll need to retire?
  • WHEN should you start earning the passive income?
  • What’s the difference between discretionary and essential spending?
  • How much do kids cost?!

 

Free Resources

  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)

 

Episodes from The Property Couch to Further Support You…

 

 

 

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