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Episode 362 | Investing through the Telescope, NOT the Microscope – Q&A on Equity Release, Retirement Purchase & Mistakes with Borrowing

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Back in episode 296, Bryce briefly mentioned the telescope vs microscope analogy and how it applies to picking an investment-grade location.

Fast forward to today’s episode… (66 weeks later)

We’ll be answering ONE of the questions using the same analogy. With a little twist of course 😉

So… which is a better view to take when it comes to property investing and why?

And… are you curious how the same concept can be used for two entirely different scenarios?

If that doesn’t entice you, what about questions relating to equity release, what NOT to do when seeking finance and some tips for our younger investors?!

There’s something for different groups of our community today.

Tune in now for the gold!

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The Questions We Answer

Question from Alan about Best Time to Release Equity.

Bryce and Ben, I’d like your comments on something weighing heavily on my mind.

My wife and I are very fortunate to have bought into Schofields in Western Sydney prior to the 2021 explosive growth period. We paid $740,000 in April 2020 for a 4 bedroom house on a big plot of land following all of the Property Couch “tick boxes”. Our Mortgage is just under $500k.

Our plan had always been to buy a family home, keep our buffer in an offset and pay down the mortgage to under $350k before taking on another loan for investment. Progress has been good and I thank the lord for Money SMARTS everyday.

Fast forward to September 2021, the growth has pushed many of my neighbours to sell. We are seeing astronomical numbers. Properties up $300k-400k plus since April last year, new suburb highs being set on a monthly basis and more and more agents knocking on the door pushing for stock. I know that this has increased the value of our property through pure osmosis, and we are now unsure of how to plan our next purchase.

We want to hold on to this property and NEVER SELL.

We had wanted to buy another property within the Golden Hour Commute region, but the level of debt required is now nauseating. Everyone I talk to is now rushing to the regions and that too concerns me.

The question(s):

  • Is now the right time to pull equity from the house, take on more debt (earlier than planned) and make it work for Sydney?
  • Is there confidence in the regional markets where things are more affordable?

Thanks in advance, your loyal listener.

Recommended episodes for Alan

 

Question from Wayne about Where to buy for retirement

Hi fellas great show.

My wife and I are both in our very early 50s.

We live in Brisbane in a house that’s worth about $1M with no mortgage. We also have a house on the North QLD coast which is worth probably about 420-450 thousand which is currently rented out for 350 a week which we have no mortgage on that, both places are owned outright. We have no children living at home, no debt, don’t have any car loans, we earn in roughly about 65,000 a year with some potential if we wanted to do overtime to earn more but we just chose not to at this stage.

Our question is, we are looking to retire down to the Southern end of the Gold Coast in about 8 to 10 years and we’re not sure whether we should buy something there where we want to live and have somebody in there renting it and with our incomes, we could help pay that house off in quick time or, do we buy another place in Brisbane and rent it out and when it comes times for us to retire so either or of two of the houses then buy a unit down there outright.

Anyway, I hope you can help me out.

Recommended episodes for Wayne

 

Question from Mel about Tips for Young Investors

Hi Ben and Bryce love the show. You guys have been amazing.

I actually bought your property course and I have been doing it with my dad so every weekend we get together and we do a couple of hours, we do one or two modules and have a chat about it, it’s been lovely. Me and my dad are buying an investment property together.

He’s in his 60s and I am in my 30s it’s enjoy the process of doing it together but also for all of the beautiful reasons that you want you know for a time in and income and all of that so I guess I just wanted to know if you have any hot tips for young players remembering that he’s in his 60s, I’m in my 30s, we’ve got 70K saved up, we’re gonna go to a regional town coz that’s all we can afford and look up buying a house’ cause I think that might have a better growth than an apartment say.

Is there absolutely any tips you wanna give any hot tips for young players that, anything at all. Your advice would be appreciated, something we could think about or not think about that would be great. Thank you guys!

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Question from Phillip about What You Shouldn’t Do with Finance

One of the suggestions was what you shouldn’t do when starting to look at finance. Too many people focus on what you should do, and for those uneducated you can make mistakes without the right advice.

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Bonusisode with Julia – The Top 5 Tax Rules Every Property Investor Must Understand

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Episode 361 | When Is It Too Late To Get Into Property?

Have you left it too late?

Has the market moved?

Are you too old to start?

With the media hyping on about how hot the property market is these days, we get that some of you might be feeling a little anxious (even frustrated!). Everywhere you go, you’d probably hear people saying, “The prices are crazy these days!”

And yes, they might be right.

So… If you’re worried that it might be a bit too late to start investing in property, then today’s episode is perfect for you.

And the best part is…

There are quite a few calculations today too!

Better get a pen and paper on standby or just reduce the playback speed on some parts 😉

Oh! Before we go ahead with the questions, just a bit of a teaser… Make sure you stay till the end cause Bryce and Ben will be sharing their early prediction on how this year’s property market will end and where will next year’s market go on the “What’s Making Property News” segment!

 

 

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The Questions We Answer

Question from Luke about Having a $700k Mortgage in Late 40s

My wife and I are at a crossroads.
We never thought owning a home was worth it until now…and I reckon we’ve missed the boat…
For years my wife and I deliberated over buying a home. We travelled for work in our 20’s so renting was easier while we were on the go… by the time we settled down to have kids one income made it almost impossible to save for a deposit.
Fast forward 15 years and we’re 46 with 2 teenage kids and still renting…
We have around $260k in super between us plus $80k in savings. We’re sick of seeing that $3k rent money disappear from our banks each month and we are scared of renting as we age further so is it worth having a $700k mortgage at our age? And if not, what is the best way for us to secure our future?

Recommended episodes for Luke

 

 

Question from John about Selling Shares to Put in an Offset Account

Hi Bryce and Ben.
Love the podcasts and I’ve been a keen listener for a couple of years now.
I’ve learnt a lot from you guys and have recently just bought my first investment property. I also have a small amount of shares invested in the market which I’ve made capital gains on.
My question is – is there any benefit, tax or otherwise, in selling my shares and putting the money in my offset account?
For example, can I reduce my capital gains tax on my shares by moving that asset into the offset account?
P.S GO GWS!

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Question from Renee about When to Buy a PPOR?

Hey guys, I have recently found your podcast and am grateful for the wealth of knowledge you provide.
So firstly, thank you!
I have a potential podcast question. The penny has just dropped regarding what you said about obtaining negatively geared investment properties with an aim for capital growth early on, then leaning towards neutral and cash flow positive properties later on.
My question is, strategically when does buying a PPOR fit into that scheme? Should you invest, sell, buy PPOR then invest with the equity? Particularly in south Sydney where anything 3 bedroom is at least $1.5 million.
I thought some personal context might be helpful.
I’m 25 and have an apartment in south Sydney that I’m currently living in but could be an investment long term. I have a stable income about $115k that will go up to about $150k by the end of next year which is when I will hopefully buy an investment property.
Obviously holding on to both properties would be the goal but I’m struggling to see how I could buy a PPOR by 6 or 7 years time without having to sell both.
Thank you in advance!

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Question from Peter about Get a Loan with high interest vs. not buying?

Hi Bryce and Ben,
Love your podcasts. Want to ask quick question in regarding real estate investing.
I have reached my borrow capacity but can do low doc loans, would you think it better to get a loan with a bit higher interest than not buying property?

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Episode 360 | The XYZ of Property Pricing: Getting The Rules of Engagement Right

Imagine this…

You found your ideal property in the perfect location. You’ve inspected it, you know exactly what the purchase price is going to be AND you’re pre-approved for that budget. You’ve spoken to the selling agent and is crystal clear with the vendor’s motivation. You negotiated some terms and put your best offer forward and BAM!! it got accepted right away. Happy days!

Unfortunately, it’s probably NOT going to happen in the current market.

When it comes to property prices, getting it exactly right would be perfect for buyers. But in a hot market, it’s very very hard for most buyers to nail it right away. Unless of course you’ve got a lot of spare time in your hand or you’ve engaged a professional to help you out. In today’s episode, we will share the XYZ of property pricing that our own buyer’s agent team are practicing and some of the tips that you can implement right away to get as close to the selling price as possible.

But… are you wondering if it’ll work in the current market and with all these new ways of transacting?

On top of that, with lockdown restrictions, how are you going to inspect properties and if you can’t, should you buy sight unseen?

That’s exactly what we are going to unpack today.

PLUS Bryce and Ben will also be addressing the big old Fixed Rate vs Variable Rate question. With the impending lending requirement changes (check it out in Ben’s RBA update), it’s probably best that you get your loan questions answered sooner rather than later!

Tune in now for the gold!

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The Questions We Answer

Question from Mark about Buying in Covid Lockdowns

I’m currently looking for a home in Melbourne to live in.
Over the last month because of COVID you haven’t been able to inspect any properties however in the last month there’s been about four properties in the same suburb that have sold sight unseen for about $50 to $100,000 above asking price.
Is there any way you can explain this behaviour and give me any advice on how to could compete against these people.

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Question from Tracey about Best Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent

Hi Property Couch Team!
Thanks for the podcasts it’s really driven myself and hubby and has given us the confidence to buy investment property, so much now that we’re looking to buy a second one and this one I’m looking at the Gold Coast.
My question is I have a good handful of properties that I’m looking and interested in but they’re nearly all at auction and I live in northern New South Wales.
When contacting a real estate what are the the first best questions to ask when you can’t go to view the property and you wanna see if it’s in your price range.

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Question about Interest Rates – Fixing Your Loan before buying an IP

Hi guys, first of all thanks for the great podcasts. I’ve been listening for a little while and super inspired with all the informative information.
Just a quick question about interest rates and whether or not I should lock in an interest rate before planning to buy an investment property.
So I’m about to buy an investment property within three months. What are your thoughts on locking in a fixed interest rate today rather than waiting for three months?

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Question from Rhys about Buying Off the Plan and Co-Living Spaces

Good day Bryce and Benji, Rhys here I just want to ask two questions if that’s OK?
First question relates to property advisors/buyers agents. The guy who I’ve been recommended by a friend I’m a bit skeptical of because he doesn’t charge outright and so he takes Commission from the sale of properties and these properties tend to be building like off the plan from developers or builders.
Second question relates to this, he’s really big on co-living spaces, you know for young professionals or whatever, who are seeking out shared living space just because of the rental yield.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I love your show guys thanks for that

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What’s Your Money Story Like?

We get it… Talking about money can be quite awkward. We felt it when we open up on our story in Episode 197!

But it’s good! Because then we can understand ourselves better and would be able to learn more from each other as well.

So, would you like to be on our Summer Series Podcast?

We’d love to listen to your story and your own tips and tricks in money management! And as promised, we will be very gentle. And if you have a specific question in mind, we want to hear it directly from you too!
Just fill in the form below and we’ll get in touch right away. 😉

 

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Episode 359 | Locked Down & Locked Out: Buying Property In A Shutdown State! – Chat with Leah Calnan

Is property sliding under the pressure of continual lockdowns?!

Folks, it’s no surprise that Victoria’s extended lockdowns (and indeed lockdowns happening right across the country) are having unintended consequences to property buyers, sellers AND renters.

With Melbourne spending more days in lockdown than ANYWHERE else in the world, it begs the question: How can you buy property in a Shutdown State?!

Here to unpack all this, as well as the Winners & Losers of legislation changes, is returning guest Leah Calnan, President of Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV). Leah has served as REIV President since October 2019 and during this time has seen SIGNIFICANT disruptions and changes to the Victorian property market and Tenancy Act. She has over 24 years’ experience in property management, is the sole Director of Metro Property Management and, of course, is considered one of the industry’s most dedicated, accomplished and senior Property Management practitioners in the country.

Leah is about to give you a behind the scenes look at the stark reality of a property market Locked Down & Locked Out, including the tangible impact this has on property investors, in conjunction with the “VCAT Mess” that’s currently unfolding here in Victoria.

So, is it all doom and gloom? Is it simply Too Much For Too Long for Victorian investors? Is “The Great VIC Exit” fast-approaching?!

Listen now to learn How To Buy Property in a Shutdown State & stay informed of the impact current lockdowns are having on the broader property market.

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 02:13 – FYI: The dark spot on Ben’s forehead…
  • 04:46 – What do you think about this Mindset Minute?!
  • 06:50 – Meet Leah.
  • 07:32 – The Controversial Question we just had to ask!
  • 10:09 – Leah’s first property & money management story…
  • 16:08 – Money Advice for teenagers!
  • 17:14 – Some of the ‘highlights’ as REIV President…
  • 19:15 – Winners & Losers: Legislation Changes!
  • 20:01 – Will these Unintended Consequences further drive investors out of Vic?
  • 21:43 – Which legislation would Leah most like to repeal?!
  • 23:33 – The VCAT MESS!!
  • 26:16 – Have landlords cracked down on the type of tenant they get?
  • 27:42 – Has the legislation change lead to longer first term tenancies?
  • 29:00 – Locked Down & Locked Out!
  • 31:13 – One of the biggest challenges with Victorian lockdowns…
  • 34:09 – What HAS opened up again for buyers?
  • 38:32 – How agents keep potential buyers safe…
  • 40:16 – Can you inspect properties in regional Vic if you live in Melbourne?
  • 42:12 – Is there a “Super Saturday” coming between now and Christmas?
  • 45:53 – The Best Property Management Tips!
  • 48:30 – Why You Should NOT Self-Manage Your Property!
  • 53:28 – How to measure your wealth!
  • 55:25 – What’s Making Property News!?!
  • 55:38 The Scalpel Has Landed: Macroprudential Change Is HERE!

 

 

RBA October 2021: Lending Standards To Change?

Cash Rate JUST Announced 👉 by the RBA!!

And there’s a very important message behind it:

💥💥 💥  Should we be preparing ourselves for the introduction of possible Macroprudential Regulatory Changes in the not-too-distant future?!

And if so, what are the tweaks to lending policies going to look like, and how might they affect property investors???

Watch now to find out & get the latest on the RBA’s October Cash Rate:

 

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

👉 The Global Economic Impact of COVID 19 and the Vaccination story
👉 How are the world’s biggest economies faring?
👉 RBA’s announcement and stand on Australia’s property price and affordability story
👉 Will we be able to avoid another macroprudential regulatory change?!
👉 How’s the unemployment story going with the Delta outbreak and half of the country in lockdown?
👉 Property Prices – What trend are seeing between houses and units in each state?

 

 

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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The Property Couch, its employees or contractors do not represent or guarantee that the information is accurate or free from errors or omissions and therefore provide no warranties or guarantees. The Property Couch disclaims any and all duty of care in relation to the information and liability for any reliance on investment decisions, claiming the use or guidance of this publication or information contained within it.

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