Who are we? The Property Couch is a podcast hosted by two of Australia’s Property Experts, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley. This Podcast is about helping people make smart property investment decisions.
Why we are doing this? Property investing is a high value transaction where the right decisions can mean wonderful outcomes and the wrong decisions can have disastrous financial consequences on a household wealth and financial position. To make the right decisions you need to get educated and this is what this podcast is all about. We are passionate about educating people to stop them making bad investments choices.
Bryce Holdaway is the Co-Host of Relocation Relocation Australia and Location Location Location Australia on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel and a Partner at Empower Wealth. A qualified Buyers Advocate and Financial Planner, Bryce holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Real Estate Agent Licence and Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning).
Bryce Holdaway’s appetite for property spans eighteen years starting when he first stumbled upon Jan Somers’ book – ‘Building Wealth through Investment Property’ in 1994. Bryce was studying to be an Accountant at the time but was frustrated with the well-worn path of accounting and knew somehow he would make a career out of property.
Fast forward a few years and Bryce is now one of Australia’s foremost property experts and commentators. Originally from Perth, for the past 15 years he’s been actively assisting home buyers and investors (nationally and internationally) to purchase property in every state and territory in Australia.
As Partner of Empower Wealth, Bryce’s philosophy is that property investment is “simple but not easy”. In his role, he works with buyers looking to buy their next family home and first time investors right through to experienced property portfolio builders who are seeking to create a life changing retirement lifestyle.
Bryce is also the co-host of Relocation Relocation Australia and Location Location Location Australia on the Lifestyle Channel giving him unprecedented access and knowledge of Australia’s property hotspots.
Professionally, he holds an Accounting Degree, a Diploma in Financial Services as well as a Full Real Estate License and this unique collection of qualifications, along with almost a decade and a half of experience in the property industry, allows Bryce to relate well to all types of property buyers.
A regular keynote speaker on the property speaker’s circuit, including the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Perth Property Expos as well as professional events around the country, he prides himself on making complex property concepts simple and easy to understand. He has contributed feature articles in Money Magazine; columns in Your Investment Property, Australian Property Investor and Smart Property Investment magazines; sought after commentary in numerous national publications; and has been interviewed on The Project (Channel 10), ABC News, 2GB and 2UE (Sydney), 3AW and MTR (Melbourne), 4BC (Brisbane) and 7HOFM (Tasmania) all relating to property.
Personable and down to earth, Bryce lives in Melbourne with his wife and his two young sons.
Ben Kingsley is the Chair of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) and Founding Director of Empower Wealth. A qualified Property Investment Advisor (QPIA), he holds a Real Estate Agency License (VIC, NSW and QLD), a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management, Diploma of Business and has become one of Australia’s leading experts in property investing for wealth creation.
Ben founded Empower Wealth in late 2007 after a successful career in Resort Tourism Sales and Marketing.
Passionate about personal wealth creation, yet frustrated by the lack of independent property advice and the quality and balance of information in the marketplace, Ben turned his attention to building a truly specialist advisory practice. Empower Wealth combines all the key areas of wealth creation professions including; Property Investing, Finance, Money and Wealth Planning, Risk Management, Superannuation, Shares, Managed Funds and Estate Planning.
Hand picking the very best and most qualified specialists, Empower Wealth has become one of Melbourne’s leading wealth advisory consultancies with a major point difference – everything is under one roof.
Ben’s ultimate goal for the business has always been very simple – provide clients and potential property investors with access to specialist advice and tools which will help them achieve superior investment returns and ultimately total financial independence.
His philosophy is that with a little effort, a commitment to building knowledge and a support network of qualified professionals, anyone can vastly improve their wealth outcomes, almost irrespective of what income they currently earn. This approach, coupled with experience building his own multimillion dollar portfolio, has seen Ben personally help hundreds of individuals and households invest into millions of dollars worth of residential property for either owner occupied or investment purposes.
In 2012, Ben was appointed to the Chair of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA). PIPA is a not for profit association whose mandate is to increase the professionalism of those in the industry and to champion consumer protection from unscrupulous operators. PIPA is currently lobbying government to have the property investment industry regulated by ASIC. As the Chair of PIPA, Ben is at the forefront of the industry and is a contributor of content to the newly revised QPIA (Qualified Property Investment Adviser) certificate level course offered by PIPA.
20 years experience in property investing, finance and wealth creation, together with a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, issues and trends, has positioned Ben as a genuine expert in property finance and money management. In 2014, he won the Best Property Investment Advisor of the Year Award by Your Investment Property Magazine.
Ben is a regular media contributor and keynote speaker and is regularly featured in the Melbourne Home Buyers and Property Investor Shows, CPA Public Practice Conference and more. He also appears as a panelist and commentator on Sky Business News ‘Your Money, Your Call’, ABC News and Look at Property.
Ben also writes for Money Magazine, Smart Property Investor and Your Investment Property Magazine.
For information on having Ben Kingsley or Bryce Holdaway speak at your next event, or to arrange an interview, please contact us on at [email protected].