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Episode 261 | How to Hack Your Habits to Make You a Better Money Manager – Chat with James Clear

Have you ever wanted to create better habits… and have them stick for the long term… even when your willpower is gone??

If you’re like us (and practically every other human on the planet), chances are you probably have! Despite the best of intentions, at some point or other ALL of us have struggled to stick with positive routines or follow through on what we said we’d do!

So, folks, imagine if right now you were about to get an easy and proven way to build good habits AND break bad ones….. well, you can imagine how game-changing it be, right??

Well, we’ve talked this guest up for a while now… and it’s about time we introduce him to you…

Here, all the way from US, with a practical solution to build a system for getting 1% better every day, is none other than…

JAMES CLEAR!!!

 

Yes, he IS the guy Bryce has been banging on about since we attended the Australian Real Estate Conference (AREC) back in June… and who made a HUGE impact on the two of us… both professionally and personally. And here’s why…

James Clear is a writer and speaker focused on habits, decision-making and continuous improvement. He is the author of the New York Times’ best seller, Atomic Habits (we highly recommend this one folks!). And his website — https://jamesclear.com/ — receives MILLIONS of visitors each month with hundreds of thousands who subscribe to hear his insights, which bridge the gap between scientific research and practical life. James is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work is used by coaches and players in the NFL, NBA and MLB.

 

Here’s just a tip-of-the-iceberg look at what we’re discussing today…

  • Motivation is overrated; environment often matters more
  • How to start small consistent habits that will lead to unimaginable results
  • Forget about goals, focus on systems instead

 

Before kicking-off THE FIRST EPISODE OF OUR SUMMER SERIES, here are your resources…

 

 

Wondering what they chat about throughout the episode??

04:56 – James’s backstory…

08:14 – Why focus on daily habits??

10:47 – How does behaviour science impact our attitude with habits?

12:40 – What is the downside to goal-setting?

14:09 – What happens if there’s a gap between your goals and your systems? (And why do systems ALWAYS trump goals?)

16:11 – How does habit formation apply to Money SMARTS?

17:37 What is “Scaling Down” and how can you do it to sustain good habits?

19:27 – Why do you need to emphasise the entry point?

20:41 – What’s the one thing you need for true behaviour change?

23:13 – What common habits can you move the needle on quickly?

25:55THE 4-STEP FRAMEWORK TO BUILD GOOD HABITS AND BREAK BAD ONES

31:15 – How do you create your environment to encourage good habits?

35:40 – Why do you need to Master the Art of Delayed Gratification?

35:57 – What is The Valley of Death? (And how do you get through it?)

39:06 – GOLD!

42:35 – What does James recommend?

43:51 – How does James get so much done??

47:55 – How do you deal with disappointment and setbacks?

 

And here are the Books James Clear Recommends…

 

“A habit is not a finish line to be crossed, it’s a lifestyle to be lived”

 

 

 

Bonusisode – The Four Critical LEVERS to Financial Peace and… a Free Book! 😊

The process of building wealth is like operating an excavator truck..🤣🤯🤔

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What do we mean by that? An excavator 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. So in this Facebook LIVE, Bryce and Ben shares four 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.

Tune in to this Facebook LIVE to learn more.

And of course… it was our Black Friday Sales folks!!! This is our first sale ever so we’re a bit excited about it AND since you’re part of our community, we’re letting you know that the offer is still up!

Here’s the link to claim your Free Copy of The Armchair Guide to Property Investing >> www.thearmchairguide.com.au

 

 

P.S. Interested to learn more about building a property portfolio? Here are our top recommendations!

 

 

RBA December 2019 – Two Big Stories from the RBA

It’s the final cut of the year folks! Did you know… for 34 months between August 2016 and May 2019, the cash rate was on a hold at 1.5%? And just this year alone, we’ve got three cuts! More about that in today’s RBA Commentary. 

Now, what’s in store for this month’s RBA Cash Rate Decision? Here’s what Ben will be unpacking in this month’s session:

  • What’s forecasted for the Global Economy in 2020
  • RBA’s Unconventional Monetary Policy – What they thought of 2019 and what they have in mind for 2020
  • Update on equity and housing market – Are we on the rise?
  • Newest update from CoreLogic Housing Market Index – Download here
  • What’s the unemployment data showing us and is wages growth still stagnant?
  • How’s the property story going across the capital cities?
  • And more…

 

 

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is general information only and is an opinion comment by Ben Kingsley. The information contained in this video is for Australian residents only. The information does not take into account the particular investment objectives or financial situation of any potential viewer. It does not constitute, and should not be relied on as, financial or investment advice or recommendations (expressed or implied) and it should not be used as an invitation to take up any investments or investment services. No investment decision or activity should be undertaken on the basis of this information without first seeking qualified and professional advice.

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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Episode 260 | Q&A: Picking The Right Investment Strategy and Beware: Proposed Changes to QLD Residential Tenancy Act

How do you know if you’re following the right investment strategy? Like… how long are you meant to wait until you buy the next property? And how much should you look at spending? OR what about all the variables in the mix — say, you or your partner is about to take maternity leave, or your overall aim is to leave a decent inheritance for the kids? And where do cashflow-positive properties fit in to all this? (And what even are they??)

We get it folks… there’s A LOT to consider when it comes to picking and following the right investment strategy!! Let alone adding on top of that trying to factor in future costs, changes to income, individual needs and capital gains on each property!

So, in this special Q&A on property investment strategies, we’re going to answer a handful of our listeners’ very own questions that dive into the common dilemmas and unique situations folks are facing!

Plus, given the recent news, we’re going to touch on the proposed changes to Queensland’s Residential Tenancy Act as well!! Learn more about the ‘Opening the Doors to Renting’ Reform here.

 

Oh, and not to mention we have a very, very special gift for you…

(which we hope will even the par on the “Black Friday” discounts happening all over the globe, which let’s be honest, aren’t exactly designed to make your money work HARDER for you!)

 

FREE BOOK!! (yes, it’s a physical copy!) – The Armchair Guide to Property Investing – How to retire on $2,000 a week

www.TheArmchairGuide.com.au

 

Yes, really. We’ve got a stack of books ready to go in the office — and until we run out, we’re GIVING THEM AWAY! Here’s our crazy deal…. We pay for the book. You pay for the shipping.

CLICK HERE to Get Your FREE COPY of The Armchair Guide to Property Investing (just pay shipping, and it’s all yours, provided we have enough left!)

 

The Black Friday Announcements:

 

 

Today’s Questions

Question from Brad

Hi guys, awesome podcast! Very informative. My wife and myself are in a bit of  a unique position, we currently have a house on the family farm we pay minimal rent for. We recently bought our first home, which we are living in due to the First Home Buyers scheme, and will turn into our investment in February; my question is how long until we buy our next property? How much should we look at spending? How do you set up the next investment, as in interest only or principle and interest?

 

Question from Stephen

Hi. Just in relation to The Property Couch Facebook Page I was just wondering what makes a cash flow property if you could explain. Thanks all. Totally addicted to the podcast.

 

Question from Scott

G’Day property gurus, LOVE your work. For the case that we are holding multiple investment grade properties, have a strong cash buffer, and they are cashflow positive but not enough to fully live off. Is a hold strategy and living off the capital growth a possible retirement strategy? Of course, it’s important that they are growing at a faster rate than our living expenses, but can this strategy work long term in retirement?

The big pro for me is that it maximises the value of the inheritance which we’ll leave the kids. What are the watch outs for this strategy? Keep up the great work, and Go Pies. Scott

 

Question from Sara

Hi Bryce and Ben, thank you for your fantastic informative podcast. I listen to it a few times a week and am learning so much. I am a 36 year old woman and have a question regarding buying an investment property now, or family home in 3-4 years. I have $115K saved for a deposit. I am currently on maternity leave with my first baby and will return to work 3 days per week from March 2020 earning around $66K pa total (not pro-rata). I anticipate that I’ll stay at 3-4 days per week ($66-88K pa total) until we hopefully fall pregnant with a second baby in 2021. All of this means I will have part-time and maternity leave income until around 2023 when I’ll likely return to full-time work (earning around $115K pa).

I have wanted to get into the property market for ages but wanted to wait until I met a partner so we could consolidate our savings and buy a family home (and this only happened in the last 2 years). As it turns out my partner works freelance and has not been able to make enough to save for a deposit, so the responsibility for that is with me at the moment. We obviously hope that his earning capacity will improve. At the moment he makes ends meet with around 30K pa.

We currently rent in the inner city but would like to buy a family home in a regional area with a commutable distance to the city, as it is more affordable (median house price $650K), and offers a better quality of life for our family. With my work commitments we don’t see ourselves moving out of the city until after we have baby number 2 (so in 2-3 years).

My question is this: given that we don’t plan to move out of the city for 2-3 years should we keep saving during that time and then buy our family home in the regional area, or should we consider buying a 2 bd unit in the area we currently live (at around $500K) initially to live in (to save on stamp duty) and then as an investment property? I feel anxious about waiting another 3 years to get into the market as prices will continue to increase (albeit at a slower pace in the regional area), and at 36 years of age I am already leaving it very late to start out.  Additionally, if we were to buy a unit in the city, would we be able to use that as equity in buying a family home in 3 years’ time? Or would that mean we couldn’t get another loan? I know that our borrowing power will not be strong with me only working part-time and my partner’s low income.

I know you can’t give specific financial advice, but I thought this must be a common dilemma with the restrictions of maternity leave income bumping up against the pressures and timing of getting a foot on the property ladder. Thanks in advance for any insights you can offer,  Sara

Ps. Are you able to let me know when/if you answer my question? I’d hate to miss it.

 

 

 

Bonusisode with Nerida – Will we ever see interest rates high again? 😥

The cash rate in Australia has never been lower and most mortgage holders are paying a lot less on their loans than they were a year ago. With banks being urged to lend more and consumers and business being urged to borrow, how likely are we to see rapid interest rate rises and will they ever get back to double digits?

That’s exactly what we’re chatting about in our Facebook LIVE with Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist for REA Group.

 

Of course, that’s not the ONLY thing we chatted about. Here are some other things we discussed in this month’s Market Wrap:
** Why speculation is a nightmare for housing markets
** Where will interest rate go from here
** Can digital banks disrupt the home loan market
** The start of a price growth in Melbourne and Sydney
** Update on wage growth and unemployment numbers
** How are things going on the retail side of things and will the festive season brings a bit of positive outlook?
** And much more!
 
AND, of course, our regulars…
++ The MOST EXPENSIVE property sold in October
++ The most clicked on property going to AUCTION
++ The most clicked on property for SALE
++ The most clicked on property SOLD
 

Want to see these properties? Click here to View the Properties (all are in the Comments section)

P.S. Interested to learn more about borrowing and loan structure? Here are our top recommendations!

 

 

Top Money Podcast – Episode Ranking | November 2019

It’s been an amazing month folks and we cannot thank all of you enough for your continuous support. With the holiday season coming up, they will be lots of fun times ahead along with some additional spending activities! If you’re following Money SMARTS and have provision for it, that’s great! Have a great time ahead.

But if you’re not…. 

We’ve got a present for you! This festive season is usually the time when people tend to overspend on their credit card. We are not asking you to stop spending entirely but just make sure you’re spending within your means. That’s why we want to help you by offering a free e-copy of our best-seller book, Make Money Simple Again! Click here to choose your adventure and start reading it now.

Now, let’s get to the highlights! And remember, if you’re new to our podcast, make sure to listen to Episode 1 to Episode 20. They are the foundations and fundamentals that you need to know when it comes to property, finance and money management. Play it on 1.5x speed and you’ll catch up in no time!

 

p.s. Did you know we’re big on videos as well? Every week, we try to go LIVE on Facebook unpacking the fundamentals of finance, money management and property OR simply just to answer some of the great questions that we received from our community. If you’re interested, we’d love to connect with you on Facebook! Click here for more info.

p.p.s. And here are some of the Facebook LIVEs that we’ve done in the past. Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Episode 258 | WARNING: The Unconscious Mental Triggers Property Spruikers Use To Trick You

Property investors who get seduced into Off the Plan and house and land packages are often seduced through a marketing process that targets universal, emotionally-driven mental triggers.

And after heaps of folks wrote in about last week’s episode where we spoke of the perils of investing in these types of properties, we’ve decided that today we’re going to lift the lid on what exactly these mental triggers are. So people can spot the spruiker from miles away! Because there’s a VERY big difference between marketing for marketing’s sake… and simply being sold into buying dodgy advice & dud properties.

Full disclosure: you will notice that some of these we actually do ourselves… and, yes, we’re being very explicit in this. The reason why we use them is simple… these tactics get people to take action. But getting people to take action on something that will ultimately help them… versus taking advantage of human psychology so people buy an asset or invest in bad advice that only the Spruiker will profit from…... well…… it’s about time we even the playing field here, don’t you think?

And folks… Property Spruikers do NOT want you to know this stuff. Full stop.

… ‘cos once you learn this stuff… you won’t be tricked quite so easily!

 

Free Stuff mentioned…

 

The Unconscious Mental Triggers

  • 13:36 – Mental trigger #1
  • 16:25 – Mental trigger #2
  • 20:46 – Mental trigger #3
  • 22:45 – Mental trigger #4
  • 25:50 – Mental trigger #5
  • 27:05 – Mental trigger #6
  • 32:11 – Mental trigger #7
  • 39:51 – Mental trigger #8

 

 

 

Bonusisode – 7 reasons why most investors fail…

If building a multi-million dollar property portfolio really only takes three or four properties …then why do most folk FAIL to buy one?

If only three or four properties — maybe five, if you’ve got a shorter time frame — is all it takes to achieve a passive income for life, why aren’t most investors achieving their dream lifestyle and financial goals then?

Why haven’t they got a successful multi-million dollar property portfolio???

Well, Ben and I nutted out these SEVEN reasons why this is so. And we went “Live” with these little-spoken truths!

Yep. We got serious…. even if our faces don’t show it 😉

Or click here to watch the video on Facebook.

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Bonusisode with Nerida – Is the oversupply in Sydney over?

A couple of weeks ago we had our regular Monthly Wrap Up with Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist for REA Group. There are some amazing contents in this LIVE so we thought… why not share it with our community? 

 

As well as getting a “wrap” of the property market for the month of October, you’ll also get some very interesting insights into our economy (incl. where it just might go from here!)
 
We discuss:
** Will the cash rate get to ZERO?
** Is the oversupply in Sydney over?
** What’s happening with “Rent Control”? (and what does this mean for investors?)
** What is Quantitative Easing?
** Are the things that got us through the GFC currently present?
 
AND, our regulars…
++ The MOST EXPENSIVE property sold in October
++ The most clicked on property going to AUCTION
++ The most clicked on property for SALE
++ The most clicked on property SOLD
 

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