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Episode 008 | Investment Stock vs. Investment Grade

Well folks, after eight long weeks of waiting, we’ve FINALLY reached our most anticipated topic yet…Investment Stock vs. Investment Grade Properties! 

Did you know, there’s a higher percentage of investors who’ve sold their property for less than their original purchase price, than owner-occupied properties? 💸 

Yep, that’s sadly true. That’s why in today’s episode, we’re deep dive into what investment stock actually is, how it differs from investment-grade properties… 

...And how to know if YOU’RE being spruiked into buying stock!  

We’re also examining the science behind Investment Grade Properties, why depreciation shouldn’t be the end-all, and how becoming a borderless investor can benefit you!! 

PLUS, guess what milestone we’ve just achieved…

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A HUGE thank you all our listeners and to those of you who have left us a review! We love hearing from you so please keep those reviews and questions coming via the iTunes store or our Facebook page!

 

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Here’s some of the gold we cover…

  • 1:19 – What are some concerns for investors today? 
  • 2:10 – What is Investor Stock? 
  • 3:00 – Why Investor Stock can cause losses 
  • 4:50 – How to tell if your advisor has your best interests at heart 
  • 6:00 – The Enthusiastic Amateur (BE WARNED!)  
  • 7:43 – How to know YOU’RE not being sold Investment Stock! 
  • 8:35 – Don’t Invest in property for THESE perks! 
  • 9:06 – Why ________ shouldn’t be the end-all 
  • 10:07 – The science behind Investment Grade properties! 
  • 11:27 – How WE look for properties 
  • 14:00 – Why FOMO is an indicator NOT to buy! 
  • 16:33 – How to be a borderless investor  
  • 17:29 – Why investing is all about the ____!  
  • 18:22 – How you can stay educated on investing 
  • 19:20 – We’ve hit WHAT milestone?! 

 

Episode 007 | Studio or One Bedroom Apartment as an Investment Property

Folks, we’ve been sharing what we believe will make you into successful investors, but today, we’re turning the microphone over to you 

We’re answering one of the FIRST questions we ever received on our podcast from Matt:  

Ep 007 - Studio or One Bedroom Apartment as an Investment Property - The Property Couch - Property Investing in Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what a great question it is! 🏠 

With the rise in apartments in CBDs around Australia, this is a common question we’ve been hearing, and we’re excited to get into the meat of it today!  

We’re breaking it down into HOW these two accommodations differ, the different types of asset classes you can invest in and the regulations around them… 

PLUS, we investigate density and spacing (More importantly, how it can create pesky glass ceilings for you)… 

Whether holiday homes are a better investment (Curveball, right?!)  

 And how lifestyle factors and the fading Great Australia dream impact our response!  

But before we let you jump into today’s episode, we’ve got a huge announcement!

We’re almost at 1,000 downloads!!

Thank you to all our listeners, we appreciate you tuning in each and every week!

And if you’re like Matt and have a question you’d like to ask, send us a voice message through our SpeakPipe (It’s the tab on the bottom right of this page!)

But back to today’s episode…

👉  Tune in now folks, there’s some evergreen wisdom in there!  

 

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Here’s some of the gold we cover…

  • 1:30 – What’s the difference between a studio and a 1 bedroom?  
  • 2:30 – Why one size doesn’t fit all!  
  • 3:30 – These are ALL factors which impact our answer  
  • 4:05 – Our banks and Valuers are shy around THIS  
  • 5:30 – What Ben predicts will change in Australian markets  
  • 6:18 – What do banks look at? (And how can this put a glass ceiling on YOU)  
  • 7:01 – Our 2 cents on studios  
  • 7:41 – ___ households are the fastest growing in Australia!   
  • 8:00 – How our culture plays a role  
  • 9:55 – Is the Great Australian Dream fading? 
  • 10:50 – How a shift in developer stock and lifestyle factors impacts your choice  
  • 12:20 – There’s no ____ value in medium/high density areas  
  • 13:10 – Mainstream vs non-standard property investing  
  • 14:10 – Why to avoid specialised lending (You need THIS strategy instead!)  
  • 14:45 – The issue with investing in holiday homes  
  • 17:10 – Our verdict: Studio vs. 1 bedroom!   

 

Episode 006 | Four Pillars of Mastery – Defence

Folks, it’s scary to watch investors pour bucketloads of time and money into budgeting and buying a property, to then not invest in any protection!  

This is exactly why we’re homing in on the fourth and final part of our ABCD Property Investment Formula series: Defence!

Previously, we’ve spoken about Cash Flow Management, Borrowing Power and Asset Selection. If Asset Selection is the favourite of the Four Pillars, then Defence is definitely the least favourite. Most investors are always on the lookout for new investments or new ventures to go into, but the most important asset is actually the investor themselves.

That’s why we’re looking at… 

🛡 HOW to minimise risk across Asset Selection, Borrowing Power and Cash Flow Management… 

🛡 WHO you shouldn’t be taking advice from…. (Hint: Ben and Bryce are declared enemies of these types of advisors 😉)  

🛡 WHY you should be investing in certain policies and mortgage brokers… 

And why mining towns aren’t the ideal investment – especially if it’s your first property!  

So don’t end up like some of the people that Ben references in today’s podcast, or spend years investing to be blindsided by weak defence… 

Tune in and get smart with our final pillar in the Property Investment Formula!  

 

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Here’s some of the gold we cover…

  • 1:18 – When we say defence, we’re talking about… 
  • 1:50 – Why you need to unpack YOUR story  
  • 2:35 – Risk mitigation and Borrowing Power 
  • 3:40 – The 3 filters for determining Defence in Asset Selection  
  • 5:00 – Understanding Risk vs. Reward 
  • 5:25 – Mining Towns vs Blue Chip areas  
  • 6:10 – How you should be analysing properties (and what you shouldn’t be seduced by!)  
  • 7:50 – Who you should be taking Defence advice from!  
  • 10:14 – The BIGGEST defence you can have in Cash Flow Management  
  • 12:30 – How to install defence measures to you Borrowing Power  
  • 13:00 – Why you need an _____ _____ mortgage broker!  
  • 13:42 – What are we actually protecting? 
  • 14:08 – How to mitigate asset risk  
  • 15:45 – Defence for assets is also defence against _____!  
  • 16:08 – How to protect your income and lifestyle  
  • 17:55 – Why THIS type of insurance is important as you get older  
  • 19:42 – Help us educate others! 

 

Episode 005 | Four Pillars of Mastery – Asset Selection

 We’re going to let you in on a secret for selecting great assets… 

Look at the big picture BEFORE the property!  

That’s right folks! We’ll be discussing this (and more!) as part of the third episode which focuses on A for Asset Selection in our ABCD Property Investment Formula.  

And while most think they score an A+ in this area, we look at a couple pitfalls that can cause people to score an F!  

Bryce discusses why you should avoid being sold on “The Bling!” (Think shiny taps and sparkling stainless steel…yep, he definitely fell for that one 😉)  

…and instead, what other areas you should be focusing on when selecting an asset! Is investing in new or old properties better? And how important is location and land value?  

On top of that, we look at the big question on everyone’s mind: Who should you be taking property investing advice from anyway??  

Tune in for all this and more in today’s episode!  

 ✨ Plus don’t miss Ben’s golden return ratio which could completely change the way you select your assets! ✨ 

 

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Here’s some of the gold we cover…

  • 1:40 – The Big Picture of Asset Selection 
  • 2:33 – Folks, property is an emotional asset!! 
  • 3:00 – What is the Growth story?  
  • 4:12 – A bit of gold for our listeners… 
  • 4:45 – Why medium and high-density areas are different to this golden rule? 
  • 6:00 – Why is asset location so important?  
  • 7:10 – Ben’s “ugly duckling to swan” property story! 
  • 8:15 – Using the Telescope vs. Microscope approach  
  • 9:25 – Bryce’s first property: Don’t be sold on the bling too!  
  • 10:10 – What is the buyers quadrant?  
  • 11:28 – First-time property investors – don’t be seduced by ____!  
  • 13:31 – How new properties are sold  
  • 15:15 – The generational difference: Apartment vs. house properties 
  • 16:30 – It’s NOT about land content it’s about…   
  • 18:00 – A good rule of thumb for land to asset ratio! 
  • 19:30 – WHO should you be taking your advice from when buying an investment property? 
  • 22:00 – Send us your questions!   

 

Episode 004 | Four Pillars of Mastery – Borrowing Power

This may be one of the most important factors when investing in property… 

Continuing with our “ABCD” Property Investment Formula which all property investors should master, we’re advancing to B for Borrowing Power!! 

Folks, now that you know how much surplus you have at the end of each month (thanks to the previous episode on Cash Flow Management), the next step is knowing YOUR borrowing power! 

Did you know that having higher borrowing power can greatly increase your accumulated wealth?  

But it’s not always as simple as going to your bank or mortgage broker to set up a loan…

 In fact, many unseen factors can create unwanted “glass ceilings”.  

We’ll cover how to recognise the signs of Borrowing Power and more importantly HOW to increase yours… 

PLUS, we’re unpacking INCOME: how does it affect your suburb’s desirability and value growth, and when did income and property value even become linked?! 

👉 Tune in for the gold!  

 

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Here’s some of the gold we cover…

  • 1:55 – What is Borrowing power (and why is it so important?!)  
  • 3:34 – Don’t make this couple’s mistake! 
  • 4:55 – The relationship between borrowing power and prices  
  • 7:00 – Who actually sets the market price?  
  • 7:38 – The signs of Borrowing Power!  
  • 8:00 – How do occupants affect their suburb’s value?  
  • 10:07 – The rise of The Great Australian Dream!  
  • 11:11 – The 1970s saw THIS positive change 
  • 11:53 – The 1990s, however, were… 
  • 12:40 – Why income is SO important! 
  • 14:34 – Leverage decides ____ class  
  • 15:54 – What is Cash-on-Cash returns?  
  • 16:50 – Cash Flow Management and SENSIBLE Gearing!  
  • 18:00 – How to increase YOUR borrowing power   

 

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