Episode 331 | What Is Your Money Personality? – Chat with Effie Zahos

Did you know we all have a distinct “Money Personality”??

Yep – we do! And in this episode, we’re giving you the complete lowdown so you can identify which one is YOUR personality (and what it says about your money habits!), as well as practical tips to improve your bank balance, make your Super work harder and build a nestegg for your retirement that won’t cost you “an arm and a leg” to set up!

Folks, joining us today is our good friend and one of Australia’s leading personal finance commentators, Effie Zahos! Effie is Canstar’s Editor-at-Large and has more than two decades’ experience helping Aussies make the most of their money. As the money expert for The Today Show, Effie offers her insights into current money matters and – get this! – prior to joining Canstar, Effie was the editor of Money magazine for more than 20 years. (… Anyone remember our interview from the legend Paul Clitheroe!?! Well, Effie worked right alongside him… so you can bet on the fact she knows her stuff!)

We cover a lot of ground in this ep, like… the psychology of money, the best way to tackle debt and simple (but effective) money hacks to get your money working harder. You can see exactly what we cover further below.

EVEN BETTER, Effie gives us some exclusive insights from her new book, “Ditch the Debt and Get Rich” that’ll have you on track to earning a passive income & tweaking your spending habits like a pro!

So. Which Money Personality are you!?! Well, let’s find out….

Psst… bonus points up for grabs if you can guess Ben’s money personality! 🤣



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Here’s What We Cover….

  • 01:50 – Who won our Start & Build giveaway this week!?! (a few more weeks to go!)
  • 04:06 – Mindset Minute!
  • 06:28 – Meet Effie Zahos…
  • 08:03 – Effie’s WORST Fear!
  • 10:57 – The day Bryce met Effie…
  • 12:56 – How to Retire on $2,000 a Week (how it started…!)
  • 13:58 – How to Ditch the Debt and Get Rich!
  • 15:00 – WHY are so many of us “bad” with money?
  • 16:19 – Reasons people derail from their financial goals
  • 17:17 – Triggers companies use to make you spend more money!
  • 18:19 – The $10,000 Online Shopping Cart….!
  • 19:51 – How to bring the future into the present so you can make lasting change
  • 20:30 – Latest Data on investment trends!
  • 22:33 – Why do you need to go BACKWARDS to go FORWARDS?
  • 23:52 – The #1 tip to “get the monkey off your back”!
  • 24:12 – Debt Avalanche vs Debt Snowball
  • 25:45 – Where do people get into financial trouble?
  • 27:13 – What Is YOUR Money Personality?
  • 27:32 – How to model the most successful investors…
  • 29:27 – The overlooked difference between SPENDING and INVESTING!
  • 30:12 – The 48-Hour Rule
  • 32:02 – The 2 Critical Things to put “side by side” to curb your spending
  • 33:08 – Generational Differences with Money Strategies
  • 35:29 – Do this immediately with your super!
  • 37:05 – Why “Balance is B.S” with wealth creation!
  • 39:12 – Why is writing your goals down so important?
  • 39:45 – Effie’s 3 Financial Goals This Year!
  • 40:43 – The “Coke bottle trick” that makes you money!
  • 42:02 – Why money makes money…
  • 43:26 – Investing in shares!
  • 44:52 – How much do you need to invest!?!
  • 45:35 – Understanding the psychology of wealth creation!
  • 47:08 – Buy now and pay LMI… or wait ‘til you have a deposit?
  • 49:37 – Pay off your mortgage or invest?
  • 54:36 – A key tip about Debt Avalanche…
  • 58:44 – Do you have this in YOUR car???


  • 1:00:29 – What’s making property news?




Episode 330 | Top 10 FOMO Mistakes Investors Make!

FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is certainly here in this hot property market, folks! 

Let’s be real… the “Great Australian BBQ Topic” is officially on steroids right now  a combination of low interest rates, rising property prices and lack of supply in the market is seeing all sorts of people jump in on the property party they perceive everyone else is enjoying. 

So, we want to be direct with you… there are NO excuses to purchase property because of FOMO! The reality is you should NEVER make huge financial decisions on a whim or forget to “Look Before You Leap”. 

A hot market — like the one we’re currently experiencing  is the perfect storm for property buyers to make mistakes and land themselves in hot water by stretching themselves too far, act without thinkingfall into the “herd” mentality or disregard that FOMO is paradise for Spruikers!! 

As a follow on to our 3-part mini-series on how to win in a HOT property market, today we’re tackling the Top 10 FOMO mistakes property investors make… because we DON’T want to see you getting burnt out there or Realising Too Late that you fell into the trap of Irrational Exuberance!! 

So, strap yourselves in folks… ‘cos we’re about to give you some TOUGH LOVE! 


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What’s Covered In The Episode….

  • 02:12 – How can you WIN our Start & Build online course?
  • 07:57 – How Bryce’s heckle to Ben ended in a property investment lesson… (LOL)
  • 09:57 – Mistake #1: You buy__ because you __ __ __ !
  • 10:30 – The Perfect Storm for FOMO…
  • 11:23 – A question to ask yourself to rein in FOMO…
  • 11:54 – “I went to buy a loaf of bread and came back with a property!” (yep… real life story!)
  • 14:02 – Why market movement doesn’t mean you should buy property…
  • 15:10 – “CBAD”!
  • 16:07 – Key FOMO difference for investors and owner-occupiers
  • 16:28 – Ben’s Two Controversial Tips for Owner-Occupiers!
  • 20:00 – Mistake # 2: You buy because you want to get __ __ !
  • 20:26 – Why is FOMO a paradise for Property Spruikers?
  • 22:10 – Beware of The Stock List!
  • 23:26 – Why we DON’T like the word “Rich”!
  • 24:15 – The Fundamental Principle to work out if YOU are the product!
  • 25:13 – Understanding the enemy…
  • 26:34 – How to identify “The Millionaire Next Door”
  • 27:17 – Mistake #3: You __ __ __
  • 31:16 – The 30,000-foot view…
  • 31:57 – The two most-common situations we model…
  • 33:51 – Mistake #4: You __ the wrong __!
  • 34:13 – Why you need to be cautious of “flipping” in a hot market…
  • 35:24 – Understanding investment-grade locations…
  • 36:00 – Why a character property could actually be the WRONG property for you…!
  • 37:09 – Mistake #5: You __ __ want to __ on __ !
  • 40:52 – Mistake #6: You __ without a __ __ __ __
  • 41:27 – Why can you borrow more as a rentvestor?
  • 42:20 – Considerations if you’re chasing higher-yielding properties
  • 44:02 – Mistake #7: You underestimate what it takes to __  __  a __ __
  • 44:47 – Mistake #8: You’re too __ or too __
  • 46:17 – Classic examples that lead to a poor-performing property
  • 48:27 – Mistake #9: Your __  is disconnected from __ __
  • 50:20 – Are you paying too much?
  • 53:50 – Mistake #10: You Buy __ Because You Think __ __ __ Changed!!

Episode 329 | From Sports Star To Successful Investor – Chat with Tom Symonds

Here to help to hit your passive income goals and explain exactly how this sports star became a successful investor is NRL champion (and TPC Listener!), Tom Symonds!

Yep. Tom Symonds is a 10-year professional footy player (Roosters, anyone!?!) and, although retired from the game, Tom’s currently the Players Operations Manager with Rugby League Players Association. From 2009-2012, Tom played for the Sydney Roosters; from 2013-2016 for Manly Sea Eagles and from 2016-2018 for Huddersfield Giants!!

In other words – Tom is a Pro Athlete turned Pro Investor!!!

… And he has TWO Big Tips he wants to share with you that’ll seriously move the dial on how you create a passive income for life!!

This episode is an absolute “MUST” if you’re in the sporting world… BUT it’s not just for our sporting folks

… Tom has some great insights into goal-setting (yep!), how to take your ego our of property investing AND – the delayed gratification piece – how to navigate the temptation of “Spend it all now” versus “Save some for later”!!

Plus, there’s something about “The Wage Myth” and professional athletes that might need clearing up too…

Tune in now to hear how this Sports Star became a SUCCESSFUL Investor (and the ups and downs along the way!)…



Free Stuff Mentioned… 


And of course, if you own an investment property in VIC, don’t forget to…


Here’s some of the stuff we cover… 

  • 03:32 – 130 New Victoria Tenancy Law Update!
  • 05:50 – Why you should talk about your own mistakes first…
  • 08:38 – How do you get your kids to listen to you!?!
  • 10:34 – The FOMO.
  • 11:01 – Meet Tom Symonds
  • 12:16 – The money backstory…
  • 13:30 – Money messages from parents!
  • 14:32 – Where did his love for property come from?
  • 16:57 – Can you fast track delayed gratification?
  • 17:54 – Trial and Error with property!
  • 19:16 – When you’re priced out of capital cities…
  • 20:39 – The Buyer Decision Quadrantv – what are people compromising on?
  • 23:11 – What was he earning when he first started?
  • 23:24 – What are the incomes of NRL players and The Wage Myth…
  • 24:54 – The property story!
  • 26:45 – The property “presentations” in sports clubs…
  • 29:10 – How did he course-correct property mistakes?
  • 32:46 – Remember this if you are seeking professional advice…
  • 35:30 – Tom’s TOP TWO TIPS!
  • 39:28 – Little-know insights about Exiting the game
  • 40:39 – What would Tom do differently in his property journey?
  • 41:52 – The importance of influencers and mentors in your life…
  • 43:02 – What do the next 5 – 10 years look like for Tom?
  • 44:28 – Goal-setting hacks!!
  • 46:30 – How important is PLANNING in your property investment process?
  • 50:41 – The Three Key Takeaways from the episode!
  • 51:50 – Did you know this about travel pillows!?!
  • 52:58 – What’s Making Property News?
  • 53:26 – How is the current property market in comparison to the peak of 2017?
  • 55:13 – What does the RBA think about the rise in property prices?
  • 56:38 – How long with this market cycle last?
  • 57:27 – CoreLogic’s Home Value Index Results!




Free Report: 10 Tips Every Landlord Needs To Know To Protect Their Property

We get it, folks… “Landlord Protection Insurance” probably doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing in the world, right!?!

But here’s the deal… it is a CRITICAL element of a property investor’s Defence Strategy to protect themselves and their property portfolio. Our special guest, Greg Rowe unpacked all this and more in Episode 328 – The #1 Checklist For Landlord Insurance!

Now…. sometimes life can get in the way and you might have time to listen to the podcast. We get it! That’s why, we’ve collated all the critical tips and make it a free downloadable! Just to make sure that you don’t miss out on all the gold 😉

Fill in the form below and we’ll email you the Top 10 Tips Every Landlord Needs To Know To Protect Their Property report right away!

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Episode 328 | The #1 Checklist For Landlord Insurance – Chat with Greg Rowe

This episode covers everything a landlord needs to know to PROTECT their investment property!

Sure, “Landlord Protection Insurance” probably doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic in the world… but we can assure you it is a VITAL part of a property investor’s Defence Strategy.

Here’s the deal… Building Insurance is NOT enough if you are NOT going to be the one living in your property… you need to make certain you have Third Party Cover and the necessary protection policies in place that are specific to a landlord’s best interests and needs.

So, here to explain The #1 Checklist For Landlord Insurance is an expert in the field – joining us today is Greg Rowe, CEO of Property Insurance Plus (PIP). Greg has extensive knowledge in ALL things Landlord Protection Insurance – like what to do to cover yourself from Loss of Rent, and loss or damage by tenants to your building and contents… on top of the “regular” cover to safeguard yourself from unforeseen events that could occur to your property.

So, what CAN and CAN’T landlords claim if something goes wrong?

What coverage MUST you have in place from the very beginning?

What is the minimum amount of coverage you should be looking at?

Tune in now to find out, folks!

P.S. To recap all of the gold that’s mentioned in today’s episode, here is PDF Report of Greg’s Top 10 Tips For Landlord Insurance – you’ll also get a deeper dive into what some of the legal terms and claims mean… so every landlord can be adequately protected!


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Free resources: 10 Tips for Landlord Insurance

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Don’t forget… the affordability chart from Ben’s “What’s Making Property News” segment!


Here’s What We Cover…

  • 04:01 – How to criticise and not be hated for it!
  • 07:05 – Meet Greg Rowe!
  • 07:37 – How did Greg get into Landlord Insurance, anyway?
  • 09:22 – What is Landlord Insurance and what does it cover!?!
  • 10:01 – What is Building Insurance?
  • 10:24 – What will a GOOD Landlord Protection Insurance over you for?
  • 10:57 – How many investors get Landlord Insurance?
  • 11:55 – What is Public Liability and how much should you be covered for?
  • 13:51 – How much should you be covered for Rental Default?
  • 15:13 – Do insurers let you choose your policies?
  • 16:11 – The Difference between “Rent Default” and “Loss of Rent”
  • 16:39 – Bryce’s experience with his recent claim for a burst water pipe…
  • 17:30 – The subtle (but significant!) difference between a burst pipe and the resulting damage from a bust pipe
  • 18:21 – Why you need your OWN Landlord Insurance even if you’re a part of a Body Corporate!
  • 20:00 – How do different insurers treat floating timber floors?
  • 20:58 – Understanding policy wording… (get the “jargon explained” here >>)
  • 21:10 – What are the different ways insurers treat Bonds?
  • 22:19 – How much should you be covered for contents!?!
  • 23:27 – Does cabinetry fall under “Building” or contents?
  • 22:43 – GREAT Rule of Thumb to work out Building Items vs Contents Items!
  • 23:59 – How did insurance policies change during Coronavirus?
  • 26:07 – The Armageddon Panic that stripped Rental Default off the table…
  • 27:01 – What was the spike in claims during the pandemic?
  • 27:54 – How do underwriters work and what are the layers involved behind insurance companies?
  • 29:07 – What does “Embargo” mean?
  • 31:17 – How many landlord insurers are there?
  • 33:14 – The biggest complaint that came through to PICA during the height of the pandemic…
  • 34:15 – What was the reason behind “Lower Protection but Higher Premiums”…
  • 36:55 – The biggest change in the insurance industry since COVID-19!
  • 39:38 – What is the cover for legal costs to evict tenants?
  • 40:26 – How great property managers come in…
  • 42:05 – Are the certain limitations and premiums for specific postcodes?
  • 42:41 – What is THE MOST COMMON Claim?
  • 43:00 – What is THE MOST COMMON “Oh, no, we thought we would be covered for that!” claim that is NOT covered?
  • 44:42 – How often should you replace the flexi house attached to the toilet?
  • 45:58 – Differences in cover for periodic lease agreement (month-to-month) vs fixed term lease agreement
  • 48:00 – What is the quickest way to find out what you are covered for?
  • 49:00 – Levels of cover for Damage Caused by PETS…
  • 50:07 – How much does Property Insurance Plus (PIP) cover for pets?
  • 52:45 – Coverage for Death of a Tenant…
  • 53:47 – Coverage for SQUATTERS…
  • 55:19 – What are the Tenant Hardship clauses…
  • 56:40 – The Difference between “Flood Damage” and “Storm Damage”
  • 57:16 – When should you get Flood cover?
  • 59:46 – Rookie Mistakes for Beginners…




RBA March 2021 : Property Prices Break 17 Year Record!

If you’ve been in the news cycle, this shouldn’t come as a surprise but….

Australia Property Prices Break 17 Year Record! 😲

This video features Ben’s update on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s cash rate, and as always, he’ll be unpacking the economic and politic update around the world and within Australia too.


Plus, Ben also includes his latest news and commentary on…

👉 A Quick update on the Pandemic Story
👉 Mixed bag movement in the equity & commodities markets
👉 The TWO big point of discussion in the US
👉 Our Unemployment Story and how’s we’re faring when it comes Job Growth
👉 Are Business Confidence and Conditions going back to pre-COVID levels or better?
👉 The Australia Property Market – Why is it a hot topic at this moment
👉 What’s the real challenge for the property markt



Additional free resources:

If you’re looking to buy at the moment, make sure to check out our Mini Series!

🔥 Episode 325 | The Step-By-Step Process To Win In A HOT Property Market – Part 1

🔥 Episode 326 | How To Win In A HOT Property Market (Part 2) – The Step-By-Step Process!

🔥 Episode 327 | Winning A HOT Property Market (Part 3) – The Step-By-Step Process!


And One Final Word…

If you’re worried about your finances or if you have no clarity on your cash flow position, we strongly recommend you to organise your finances now. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view, down to the exact cent, on how much you’re spending each month and how much surplus you’ve got. If you don’t know it, then log in to your Money SMARTS Platform here and update the numbers.

Don’t have an account yet? Create your free access below and we’ll also send you an e-copy of the instruction manual which is also our best-seller book, Make Money Simple Again. Just fill in the form below and we’ll email it to you right away.




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