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Episode 388 | Why do people sell off-market properties?! – Q&A

Folks we have received one of the greatest compliments bestowed upon us in this episode… 

We have been called… 

THE NETFLIX FOR PROPERTY INVESTORS! 

And folks that has absolutely made our day! Thank you, Andrew!!  

But we’re guessing if you’re here, you haven’t just come to hear us celebrate our new title. 😉 

You’ve probably been like us and Jordy – who asked the question – and wondered “Why do people sell off-market properties??” 

And we’re so excited to dive into this because honestly, we think the answer is going to surprise you!  

We’ve also got a fantastic line-up of questions for this week’s Q&A episode, like… 

  • How do you actually put the big rocks in the jar first?! In this case, our question-asker Clancy is having to choose between buying an investment property or home first… 
  • Is it possible to have a multi-purpose investment that actually works??
  • How can question-asker Demi allay her family’s concerns over her investing in her third property within a year?

Listen in now folks, we’re streaming tons of audio gold (Since – you know – we’re the Netflix of property investors 😉)  

 

Free Stuff Mentioned… 

 

Questions We Answer…

Jordy on Why People Sell Off Market Properties  

“Hey Bryce and Ben, 

How you guys going? 

Just had a question around off market opportunities. You hear that there are so many off market opportunities out there that they actually make up nearly more than listed properties. 

I’m just wondering why there would be so many real estate agents who are working on the seller’s behalf wouldn’t want to take it to market to get as much competition and try and get the best price.  

Obviously, there’s times when someone might want a quick sale, but outside of that it just seems kind of just goes against logic, so if you guys could have a discussion about that. Thank you.”  

 

Clancy on Putting the Big Rocks in the Jar  

“Hey property couch guys, 

Long-time listener here. I’ve got a question for you around putting the big rocks in the jar and just having a better understanding of what that means. 

Our current position is me and my partner own a unit on the Northern beaches in Sydney approximately worth 1.4 something, with around 400 and something in equity in that property. 

Over the next sort of five years, we want to move into a house. It’s also in the northern beaches and we also want to start our investment journey in terms of buying investment property. Question is what should we do first? 

Should we have our next goal be behind the house or the next goal be behind the investment property? Everyone in the family says we’d be crazy to buy an investment property first. 

It kind of makes sense to me that that would be the next option. I’d really appreciate your guy’s insight and maybe help me understand what putting the big rocks in the jar means I know that’s an important concept, but I’m just not quite there conceptually, thanks.” 

 

Andrew Kringas on Lifestyle Property purchases 

G’day Ben and Bryce.  

Big shout out to you guys and the podcast. I kind of refer to this as the Netflix for property investors. 

Like a lot of your listeners, I got into you a couple of months ago and have not been able to stop going through all the episodes. Obviously starting up from the beginning and then ended up coming to some of your newer ones.  

My question is really in relation to lifestyle property that you referred to and there has been obviously a really big surge in the past two years of people buying properties in regional, Victorian coastal areas, and looking at using it as a holiday destination for themselves, but also seeing how they can make some substantial rents during peak holiday periods and also use the opportunity to let family use it. 

 Just wondering what your take is on this and with the pending interest rate rises, is it something that you guys look at or do you steer away from it? Similar to high rise apartments. Would be really happy to hear your thoughts, thanks. 

 

Demi on Advice to family after 4 properties 

“Hey Bryce and Benji.  

My question is around family, so my family been watching me. We’re about to purchase our third property in a year, so we have 4 all up. I’m only 25 and my family will get very nervous about it. I have buffers. I have everything. What would you say to them to make them not stress out? 

Thank you.”  

  

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 2:05 – Focus more on the H___ than the G___! Let us know what yours are… 
  • 4:34 – Question 1: Why People Sell Off Market Properties  
  • 9:00 – Remember folks, just because it’s off-market doesn’t mean… 
  • 11:05 – Real Estate Agents are influenced by E____ too! 
  • 12:24 – Don’t fall for the THIS myth 
  • 16:12 – Question 2: How to put the big rocks in the jar first 
  • 17:48 – It’s a relatively easy decision if you take out… 
  • 19:35 – What we would recommend! 
  • 23:52 – Question 3: Lifestyle Property purchases (Netflix for property investors?! We are HONOURED mate!)  
  • 25:20 – Can you have a multi-purpose investment? (and Ben’s predictions for the regional exodus trend!)  
  • 28:23 – Will the Lifestyle Property Purchase trend continue? 
  • 33:36 – Question 4: Allaying family concerns over investing 
  • 35:24 – Why you should test your buffers…  
  • 38:18 – “Be a student of history!”  
  • 42:10 – Folks, remember there is no “right” way to invest… 

And… 

 

Episode 387 | Everything you need to know about Home & Contents Insurance – Chat with Steve Mickenbecker

It’s no secret that Australia is facing an insurance crisis. 

Did you know that roughly 70-80% of all Aussies are underinsured?!  

With the constant string of natural disasters from fires to floods, the ability to choose the right personal insurance that actually covers you is becoming more and more critical!  

It might not be our sexiest topic folks, but it’s definitely super important to know!! 

But how are you supposed to know what insurance is best for you?   

Or what makes an insurance policy a good insurance policy??  

Thankfully to help us clear this muddy water we’ve got Steve Mickenbecker, financial services expert!  

As well as being part of Canstar’s Group Executive Team (aka. Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison site!!), Steve is also Canstar’s financial commentator.

He brings more than 30 years of experience in home loans, superannuation, insurance, mortgages, banking, credit cards, investment, budgeting, money management and SO MUCH MORE!  

Basically…he’s the ultimate insurance guru!!  

And he’s here to explain… 

What the heck is Stagflation?!  

How to ensure your insurance policy appropriately covers flood damage!  

What the future for insurance policy services will be (Are we destined to forever be served by robots and AI?!)  

PLUS, Steve will deep dive into some of  Canstar’s and the Insurance Council of Australia’s Catastrophe Data. 

Listen in now folks – this one is real eye-opener! 🤯 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned 

 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 2:02 – Money problems are actually Money H___!  
  • 3:48 – Welcome Steve Mickenbecker!!  
  • 5:37 – From ledger cards to cryptocurrency: Steve’s Money Backstory  
  • 14:36 – How Steve first got into finance!  
  • 16:21 – What the heck is Stagflation?! (And why haven’t we seen it since??)  
  • 22:13 – Why is it important to get your insurance right?   
  • 25:24 – What factors should you consider when selecting insurance? 
  • 27:44 – The underinsurance epidemic and why we’re seeing it today! 
  • 29:10 – How to CORRECTLY calculate if you’re underinsured… 
  • 35:23 – Folks, THIS is why you should read annual changes in your insurance policy!  
  • 36:36 – How to ensure your big-ticket items inside your house are actually covered!  
  • 40:20 – Steve’s rule of thumb for knowing what items you should ensure 
  • 42:05 – How to choose the best insurer for you!  
  • 47:30 – So…what actually makes a good policy?  
  • 51:15 – How much excess is juust right? 
  • 53:31 – Online vs. Human insurance service  
  • 55:45 – What sort of records should people keep for claims?  
  • 58:21 – Data dive into natural disaster coverage… 
  • 1:00:30 – The Average out of pocket costs for home and contents insurance!! (WOW!)  

And… 

 

Free Report: Tax Implications of Building a Duplex

Folks, we are a biased group of people.

There you go, we said it.

What do we mean by that?

Well, if you have been listening to the past 300+ episodes, you would know that we lean towards passive investment more than active investment. Hence why we say we are bias.

But that does not mean we do not share helpful and educational tips on active investments! In fact, because we know we are no qualified experts in active investments or tax for that matter, we always get the best in the industry to help unpack the nitty-gritty.

And this time it’s no different!

In Episode 386 | BEWARE Tax Traps! How to rebuild or repair after a natural disaster, we asked Julia to enlighten us on what are the tax considerations when it comes to Building a Duplex. As usual, being the detailed-oriented professional that she is, Julia has also helped us create this downloadable to help our community understand this topic a little bit more.

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p.s. To help you understand it a little bit more, make sure to tune in to Episode 386 | BEWARE Tax Traps! How to rebuild or repair after a natural disaster – Chat with Julia Hartman. Fast forward to the 36 minute mark and you’ll get to play along at home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Report: Tax Traps to Avoid If Your Property Was Damaged in the Fires or Floods

There’s no doubt that we are seeing an increasing amount of natural disasters… from unstoppable flash floods to raging bush fires.

And it’s always devastating when your property is damaged by fires or floods, be it your home or investment.

Unfortunately, it’ll never be an easy fix either as it can range from significant repairs to a complete rebuild. Needless to say, the financial and emotional consequences are hard to bear. What’s worse, sometimes when you’re on your way to recovery and decide to rebuild your property, you get hit by a big fat tax bill 😨

So to help raise awareness of this tax debacle, Bryce, Ben and Julia unpacked all the key details in Episode 386 | BEWARE Tax Traps! How to rebuild or repair after a natural disaster. The best part is… Julia has also helped create a free report to help provide more clarity!

So what are you waiting for?

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p.s. If you are affected emotionally, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. That’s the first step to recovery.

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Episode 386 | BEWARE Tax Traps! How to rebuild or repair after a natural disaster – Chat with Julia Hartman

To celebrate the beginning of the festive (tax) season, we’re welcoming back a special guest…. 

It’s the only and only…Julia Hartman!!!!  

And this week she’s sharing with us how to repair or rebuild your house if it was damaged by a natural disaster (Like a fire or flood) … 

Without paying tax through your eyeballs!!!  

She’ll cover all bases from why it’s paramount that you move back into your house as soon as it’s been fixed (trust us, it’ll save you a heck of a lot of tax…listen in to find out what we mean!) 

To what you should do if you’ve been living overseas when your property was damaged!  

But we’re not just covering that of course, Julia’s got far too much knowledge just waiting to be shared! 

We’re also looking at all the recent changes to tax rates and how you can be prepared for them this tax season… 

Plus – we unpack all things Duplex like…  

What’s the optimal way to create a battle-axe duplex (and not lose any or all of your benefits to GST or CGT!!), 

Why you should keep records of everything from lawnmower fuel to maintenance costs,  

And basically, in the wise words of Bryce, how you can “Make apple pie with apples” folks!!  

But we’ll give you a little spoiler first…before embarking on EITHER of these renovations, it’s critical that you speak to a tax advisor who specialises in property. 

We can NOT stress this enough – there are so many fine details in the process and rather than giving yourself a headache, or worse, kicking yourself later for paying unnecessary tax, it’s best to seek advice first!! 

Now that we’ve got that triple highlighted, tune in to today’s episode folks! It can seriously save you a lot of stress later down the track. 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned 

 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 1:52 – Don’t miss the next PICA webinar with Peter Koulizos!!  
  • 2:51 – Remember to stop and smell the roses folks…  
  • 6:35 – Welcome back Juliaaaa! (She’s a LEGEND!)  
  • 8:00 – What should you do if your home or investment property was damaged by fires or floods?  
  • 11:48 – Do I need a property depreciation expert? (PLUS, listen to this part for a silver lining)  
  • 14:47 – Why you shouldn’t accept cash payouts for rebuilding!  
  • 16:34 – The importance of intention and using the principal place of residence exemption   
  • 18:20 – What happens if I choose to sell? (And tax implications) 
  • 21:55 – Use a M___ Scheme to reduce your CGT 
  • 24:28 – Case study with Julia’s client 
  • 28:57 – Living overseas? Listen to this part!  
  • 33:16 – Let’s RECAP! (Want more details? Read the FREE report in our show notes)  
  • 36:00 – Building a Duplex: What to consider when demolishing your home!  
  • 39:38 – Why having the INTENTION to use it as a duplex has a lot of upsides  
  • 42:47 – The ideal battle-axe duplex situation is… 
  • 44:10 – Julia’s advice on Buying and Demolishing vs. Renting  
  • 53:30 – Changes to the Tax Rates: Why we think you should claim your deductions NEXT financial year!  
  • 55:54 – Ben’s prediction for the future… 
  • 58:50 – Keep it simple folks, share the CGT!  

And… 

 

Episode 385 | THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN DREAM – How to make it more affordable?

Ahh yes, The Great Australian Dream. 🇦🇺☀️🏖️

Great beaches just a stone’s throw away, endless sunny days and the ability to own a large house on a quarter-acre block of land (With enough space to invite all your mates down for a barbeque on the weekend!)…

But while this dream has survived over the years, its accessibility is another thing entirely. 

And it has not gone unnoticed!  

A recent 2022 inquiry published by the Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue addresses this very issue… 

Titled The Australian Dream: Inquiry into housing affordability and supply in Australia, it provides a list of suggestions on…

How to make The Great Australian Dream MORE affordable!! 

 And today, we’re unpacking all 16 recommendations from this report!!  

There’s all the good stuff, like…. 

How can the Federal AND State Government play a bigger role in supporting those in need?!  

Is removing stamp duty actually a good idea?!  

 What policy is a good policy for land and house taxes?  

We’re also getting some blasts from the past as we look back at Australia’s history to inform us where our future should go…  

Like what the Menzie Government did to increase house ownership post World War 2…   

PLUS, see the image below to understand Ben’s section in “What’s Making Property News?” this week.  

Source: Seven News

(It’s one of those stories which prove EXACTLY why you should hold out for the long-term!)  

So strap in folks, we’re taking a hard look at our current property market and what NEEDS to change!!  

Free Stuff Mentioned 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 1:50 – Grow silently, folks!  
  • 6:35 – How was The Great Australian Dream was born?  
  • 8:39 – Is Australia able to provide affordable stock anymore?  
  • 12:16 – #1: Changing the NIMBY-ism mindset 
  • 15:42 – #2: Cutting the Red Tape  
  • 20: 51 – #3: Cash incentives for state and local governments  
  • 23:45 – #4: More housing for the vulnerable  
  • 28:47 – #5: What can State Govs do to support those in need?  
  • 31:16 – #6: Discount-to-market vs. rent-to-own affordable housing 
  • 31:50 – What the Menzie Gov did to boost H___ O_____… 
  • 34:44 – #7: Using Super as…house security?!  
  • 39:23 – Ben has a controversial opinion on this!  
  • 40:28 – #8: No changes to N____ G___?!  
  • 43:09 – #9: The Argument for Removing Stamp Duty  
  • 46:00 – #10: Hello…Land Tax?!  
  • 46:39 – #11: The Government Sting on Developers  
  • 50:32 – #12: Reviewing the Build to Rent policy  
  • 53:10 – #13: Changing Lending standards 
  • 55:10 – #14: The RBA’s role in housing (And if that should change!)  
  • 56:40 – #15: This one’s a no brainer, a big “YES!” from us  
  • 57:14 – #16: Support the concessional loans!  
  • 59:28 – What Labor thinks of this report… 

And… 

 

RBA Cash Rate April 2022: An Invasion, a Mandate and a Federal Budget… What does this mean for you?

The Reserve Bank of Australia has just released their cash rate folks! A lot has been happening both internationally and domestically over the past month. The Russia-Ukraine war continues, the floods in QLD & NSW, the release of the Federal Budget 2022/23 and heaps more.  

For today’s RBA release, here are our three other key themes for this month’s economic 

  • The current economic impact of Russia’s invasion 
  • Will China’s Covid elimination mandate cause further global supply & inflation problems? 
  • What’s next for the Aussie Economy? 

 

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

  • US’s recent interest rate announcement and their take on Inflation 
  • How is the global inflation story affecting the Equity Markets? 
  • Australia’s GDP Data for the December Quarter 
  • RBA’s standpoint on inflation and their next rate rise 
  • The recently released Federal Budget 
  • Recent Housing Credit and Building Approvals announcement 
  • CoreLogic’s Home Value Index – 31 March 2022 
  • And heaps more! 

 

 

 

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