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Episode 306 | The Game of Loans: How To Find & Finance An Investment Property

How do property investors Find and Finance their investment properties?

Let’s face it: Asset Selection (aka finding the property) and Borrowing Power (aka financing the property) are two of our Four Pillars of Mastery for a reason… they’re crucial!

So with this in mind, how do property investors make sure they get these two things right?

Well, that’s where today’s episode comes in. We’re unpacking heaps of listener questions on these two topics so you get the insider’s guide into what to buy and how to set up your loan structure and strategy correctly!

We’ve dubbed it “The Game of Loans” and we think there’s quite a few takeaways in here, and even a few bits of gold we’ve never discussed before…

Listen now so you can learn how to find and finance your assets!

 

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The Questions

Question about “Investing in Victoria During COVID-19” from Trav:
Hi, gents, just a quick one. I haven’t yet mustered up the courage to do any investment in property. I’m looking to do my first one, hopefully within the next six months. And just want to get your views on the current environment here in Victoria. And if you think it’s a good time to invest in Victoria, the area that I’m looking at is Chelsea, down by the beach there, close to train line three bedroom, townhouse, one bathroom, own title, nobody corporate in a secure, parking area. I tick all those boxes that you guys talk about. I have low debt, zero debt effectively. I own my own property. I’m in a secure government style job around the 120K Mark and regular high-rises, and I’m quite a good money manager, yet to do the last little part of my structure. And that is obviously getting in touch with a good savvy mortgage broker rather who’s savvy around investments. So I just, your thoughts on that and let me know, keep up the good work and I hope to hear from you, sir. Bye.

 

Question about “Closer In And Smaller or Further Out And Bigger” from Violet:
Hi, Bryce and Ben we’ve been conditionally approved for our first home to the value of $750,000. We live in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne way. Wondering whether we should buy a two bedroom property with the potential to add an extra bedroom, which definitely needs a little bit of work, but we can get in for, you know, under $600,000 we believe, or if we should max out budget right up to the $750,000 and get a house that needs very little work and already has three bedrooms, which would be the best option here?

 

Question From Tom:
Hi Bryce and Ben, I’d just like to ask a question regarding timing on principal and interest payments on an investment property. We currently have four investment properties, which are all interest only payments. We still plan to purchase another one or two properties in the future. We’ve recently just refinanced our investment properties to take that to maximum borrowing. And we drew the equity to purchase our primary place of residence. That primary place of residence has an offset account. The old wages and our rental income goes into. I’d just like to know at what time do the investment properties turn from interest only to principal and interest repayments? Thank you.

 

Question From Shashank:
Hi Ben and Bryce, my name is Shashank Pande, and I’m based in Adelaide. I’ve been a regular listener of your podcast and would like to thank you for the amazing knowledge share and experience share that you do for the wider community. My question relates to auctions and my question is about the feasibility of an auction, from a seller’s perspective, in getting the best price for the seller, because it’s predicated on the reserve price for the seller, which is the lowest price that the seller would sell the property for and not on finding the highest bidder for the property. So I just wanted to get your views on whether an auction is the best for the seller to sell a house. Thanks, Bye.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 305 | Chalk & Cheese: The Difference Between The Art & Science of Investing

We bang on about the “Art” and the “Science” of property investing a fair bit. But have you ever stopped to wonder what this actually means? Like, what’s the difference between “Art” and “Science” anyway? And how does this apply to picking an investment-grade asset?

Well, step right up folks, ‘cos we’re about to unpack all this in today’s episode!

‘Cos first things first… Art and Science are like “Chalk & Cheese”… completely different things!

So, when you’re looking at them through the lens of a property investor, you have to be mindful to the subtleties of each… and you need to know firsthand how they both complement each other and, most importantly, how they come together to ensure your overall success.

We can assure you… you can’t have one without the other. And just like Yin and Yang, there’s a balance you need to strike to get the art and science of asset selection right!

Tune in to today’s Q&A to get the difference between the art and science of investing… and the answers to a whole heap of listener questions about where and what to buy.

 

 

Question about How To Work Out If You Have A Good Asset Or Not from Alex Herbert

Hey guys, uh, just a quick, thank you for your podcast. I’ve only discovered it four months ago and you know, it’s been really good listening through everything and it’s, yeah, it’s definitely has a bit of a culture feel to it and I really enjoy it. So, thanks. Thanks for the effort you guys put into that. Um, quick background on me, I’m 31 years old. I have six properties. Uh, one is a PPR, which I live in and then there are others, our investments at this stage. Um, so basically my sort of worry, or the question I would like to know a bit more information on, is, um, I put all my eggs in one basket using a property advisor and walked through all the process and building this portfolio. Um, and all of the things you guys talk about, he’s implemented, uh, in my portfolio as well. So there’s, there’s a lot of things there that I have in place that you guys do say that’s, you know, the, the golden rules. Um, the biggest thing though, that does sort of get the, the alarm bells ringing a little bit, or makes me want to find out a bit more if I’ve made the right moves is I do have a few of them, which are new developments, new houses where had the land and are built on the land. Um, and I just want to know once you do have some assets in place, how do you know that they are the good assets to hold or whether you’re wasting opportunity by holding onto them? 

 

Question about Capital Growth Considerations from Kieran

Hi, Bryce. And Ben, you guys made a comment the other week in one of your podcasts that medium to high density apartment investors investor stock type assets that are likely to be most affected, by COVID over the next 12 to 24 months as investors get scared and that the mantra is up for those types of assets. My wife and I currently looking at a two bedroom for the units with a little courtyard and garage, but I guess we’re wondering whether the performance or the growth of those is less in the short term and is likely to be dampened perhaps somewhat of prices of apartments do drop or at least stunted in their growth. Is that likely to flow over into the next closest asset class being most of those two-bedroom units? Would we be better off potentially stretching a little bit further to get into at least a three-bedroom Villa unit, but perhaps a little bit more living space, a little bit more land and courtyard? Is that likely to be perhaps less impacted in its growth?

 

Question about Strategies For Buying from Soph

Hi, Bryce. Hi, Ben. Love the podcast. Thanks very much for your time. Um, I’m just wondering if you can give a bit of an overview of some of the strategies of buying when you sort of mentioned some of the strategies here and there, but I was wondering if there was a list or something that we can sort of, um, go through and look at those. Thanks very much.

 

Question about Tips To Go From One Investment To Two from Daksha

Hi, I’m Bryce and Ben. Looking for some property investment advice, I already have my primary principal home and also have one investment property. I don’t know where to go from here onwards. Um, I do have equity on my principal home and my investment property. Uh, I mortgage insurance, so it’s independent. Um, yep. Looking forward to, to getting some advice on how to go for the second investment or how can I do my financial planning so that I’m ready? Um, thank you.

 

Question about Buying As An Owner-Occupier from Frez

Hi Bryce and Ben. My name is Frez. I’m asking this question. I am from Melbourne and I’m hopefully a soon to be first home buyer. Um, my question to you guys was would I be crazy to purchase a home as an owner-occupier, so a home that I’m going to be living in when the address has left and to the right of me, I filled with two or three units. The address in front of me is a, you know, a compound with four townhouses. And it’s pretty much the same story up and down the street or up and down any street within that suburb. So the suburb I’m talking about is an area called Laverton in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, traditionally an industrial area, but I think recently with Williamstown landing popping up, Truganina popping up in tiny, further down the road was all these house and land packages.  It seems elaborate and has been all the more, uh, appealing, um, purely because it’s established homes, much bigger blocks, and they’ve actually got public transportation, which these other areas like two train stations, closer access to the freeway and an actual bus network, but driving through a few weeks ago prior to the restrictions I noticed everybody was tearing down these houses and the amount of construction for unit after unit townhouse after townhouse. Should I avoid buying in this area as an owner occupier? Um, yeah, I just wanted to know what your thoughts on it were. Thank you for the podcast. Thank you for the content. You guys have been an absolute godsend since I discovered you considering the stage I’m at right now. Thanks for everything.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 304 | Picking One Over The Other: Top Tips To Help Property Investors Make The Best Judgement Call

What do you do if you’re picking between two properties? Or two locations? Or even two investment strategies?! 

Well, step right up… ‘cos we’re about to give you the top tips to make the best judgement call when property investors are weighing up multiple options! 

Here’s the deal… in today’s Q& A, some of our folks are currently caught between a “rock and a hard place”, while others have narrowed down their asset selection to TWO choices… but are now snagged on which property will outperform the best over the long term! 

And on the other end of the line, some folks haven’t even honed in on the property yet… ‘cos they’ve received conflicting advice on which suburb to buy in… and now they’re left confused and afraid to make the wrong choice 

We even have one listener who’s at a loss with what investment strategy to pick – so much so he’s know fighting an internal debate with himself! 

So. How do you pick one property (or location, or strategy) OVER another??  

What things do you need to consider  

In no particular order, we’ll be unpacking, How To 

  • Pick The Better Asset 
  • Invest Without Regret 
  • Automate Your Finances 
  • Sleep Soundly Knowing You Made The Right Judgement Call! 

 Listen now to get the top tips to help property investors who have decision fatigue or just what the answer to this question, “Which Option is Better??” 

 

 

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The Questions 

Question About “Investing Without Regret” from Trevor 

I’m 47, work full time and am single. I have 3 investment properties — the first one bought in 1999 in Darwin (Millner), which went up dramatically and just as dramatically decreased in value and in rent. It has a high strata of $1500 per quarter. I do have another house in Brisbane in Waterford West, bought in 2008. It’d be worth now what I paid for it. I bought a house in Adelaide in 2010 – 3 bedroom. So they’re all not the best properties. All are rented except for Darwin’s decline in rent they all went quite well. My accountant says it’s costing me $% k per year to hold these properties. I don’t feel like I’ve done anything with them, and I’ve done this for quite a while now (since ’99) and don’t want to look back in 10 years and think gee whizz, I wish I bought something different. At times I wish I took the money out and bought something else. Now, if I was to sell, the properties are worth $3 with a mortgage of $3.50.Any suggestions for people who get into these scenarios? Going forward what would you recommend? 

 

Question About “How To AutomatYour Finances From Kylie 

Hi guys, my name’s Kylie — love the podcast. I’ve just ordered your book and I’m sure your answers are in it. While I wait for the book, I want to get better at my finances. I’m pretty good at budgeting and money management in my business, but I don’t really keep track of things personally. I’ve downloaded your Money SMARTS system to try and rectify this.  

I am in a good position — my company pays for the vast majority of my expenses like rent, electricity, vehicles, fuel and that sort of thing. And I pay myself a small wage for personal items and to keep saving for more properties, which I currently had 3. And I want to add to thatMy question is — which bank account, either the payments of Primary Account should I pay my wage into? And I don’t have a credit card. I currently have my mortgage offset account with savings in it and an everyday account with a debit card that pays for everything, which I gather will become my living and lifestyle account? I’m just unsure of how to set it all up. And would just appreciate any help. Thanks! 

  

Question About “Picking Between Two Properties” From Carrie 

I have a question about the best type of asset I should invest in. I’m looking to buy my first property, which I’ll live in initially. I have a budget of $750K. I’ve been looking at 70s and 80s free standing villa units in small blocks of 12 – 6 in Melbourne’s east. This puts me in middle ring suburbs around 20km from the city, with a land size of 350sqm. It’s a good balance between decent land mass without being out in the sticks. Alternatively, I could by a 2bdrm appt in an older, low density block — the type with only 2 or 3 stories closer to the CBD.  

Are either of these good investments? And which of the two is better? Or is there anything else I should look into? Love your work guys, keep bringing out those podcasts! Thank you 

 

Question About “The Internal Debate” From Mark 

Hi Ben and Bryce, Mark here from Sydney. First of all, I want to really thank you for the effort that you put in every week for making these podcasts available. I luckily stumbled on your podcast about 6 days ago as I was looking to get some information on Australian properties and I must say that the information you provide on your podcast has been nothing short of gold… so thank you! The thing that I’d like to know is I’ve working really hard for the last 5 years since graduating and have saved up a 20% deposit to purchase my first property and am on my way to building my property portfolio, which has always been something I have wanted to do. However, I have gotten into a debate with myself and I always seem to get conflicting opinions or ideas on this online.  was hoping you could clarify this for me because I do value both of your opinions.  

My question is, “Does it make more financial sense to own your own home or does it make more sense that you’re a rentvestor? 

So, own your own home or accumulate properties whilst renting? If you can clarify that for me, I will be forever appreciative. Thanks again guys, look forward to catching up on all your podcasts and really looking forward to meeting yoy guys – hoping to attend one or all of your webinars. Thank you. 

 

Question About “Which Suburb is Better?” From Jack 

Hi there guys, first up I just want to stay that I’ve just tuned into your podcast and I’m absolutely loving it! I’m going to be buying a couple of your books too they seem to have a lot of great reviews and, yeah, I’m really excited to read them. Fellas, I’m looking at starting my property investment journey this time next year – Dec 2020.  

Now, I’m following a couple of investors – one guy’s currently investing up in Brisbane. And this other guy I follow as well stays purely local, mainly Melbourne. He’s explained to me about the growth corridors – how they’re not really growth corridors – Packenham, Windenvale, Tarneit. I’ve gone and hand a look and they don’t average as much as I thought they would. Nice places, but yeah. I can’t afford to invest in Melbourne itself and the different to the two is – the one up on Brisbane is getting people starting up in Brisbane around the $500k mark – and the other guy who invests only in Victoria, says start out somewhere like Bendigo or Ballarat. He doesn’t think Geelong’s got good growth. Yeah, I’m hesitant to go Bendigo and Ballarat as they are in land, but I’m hesitant that my judgement’s being clouded. I’ve always grown up in coastal places – always lived near the coast and love the coast. If you guys could give me your opinion that would be fantastic. 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 296 | (Part 2) How To Reach The Summit: Achieving $2K Per Week in Passive Income – Q&A

We’re picking up where we left off last weekhow to create $2,000 per week in passive income and actually design the lifestyle you’re proud of (instead of just daydreaming about it)!

This means we’re riffing through a stack of listener questions, including how to speed up the process (and what’s at stake if you do), the true power of compounding and the ‘secret sauce’ of property investing that has nothing to do with the amount you earn.

Plus, we’ll explain WHERE the smart money goes and why there’s always a “Flight to Quality” (something we’re currently witnessing… even during a pandemic!).

You’ll get the pros and cons of active vs passive investing, a mindset reframe on how to look at debt and, excitingly, a case study demonstration of capital growth versus yield! (yeah, Ben did a bit of homework for this one… shock horror!)

We obviously blew out with our answers (as per usual) so it’s another epic episode, but we’re positive the science of achieving $2K per week as a passive property investor (aka. reaching the summit!) is going to help set you up for life and take your property, finance and money management knowledge to the next level 😉

All Q’s listed below. Enjoy!

 

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And here are the questions!

Question from Esha Frykberg
Any advice for those who want to be able to semi retire on less with the portfolio sitting in the background working towards that goal? i.e. having a portfolio that is making $1k/week by age 50 with the aim to be making $2k/week by 65, or is this just going to be the natural progression of a maturing portfolio. Would like to be able to gradually have the option of winding back work rather than working hard for 20 years and stopping.

 

Question from Craig Chalmers
If looking to keep a $2k per week passive income in retirement. When do you switch from growth to yield assets for passive income? Or do you purchase both during acquisition phase as a balanced portfolio and then sell down the growth asset to realise the gains and pay off the yield asset for holding for passive income?

 

Question from Steve Gilmore
In retirement would you prefer $2 million worth debt free, or $4 million with 2 million debt?

 

Question from Adam Wild
Legends! first time caller, long time listener. What are the pros and cons of a passive vs active strategy to retire debt? What would you guys prefer given the choice to do either?

 

Question from Megan Mary
How do you achieve it without waiting 30 years+?

 

Question from Craig Cooper
How truly do-able is it over a 10-year time frame?

 

Question from Jeff William Simons
How do you keep patient and resist the temptation to sell?

 

Question from Kosta Dokolas
What strategies do you recommend to retire down the debt sooner than the 20-25 year slog? Thinking about older investors close to retirement or ambitious investors looking to get to that 2k per week sooner. Love your work, go blues! 😜

 

Question from Steven Jermey
Tips on speeding up the process on one income, ie 70-90k pa. I’m onto 3rd property (cheeper properties while renting. Interested on your take for the lower “average” income. For me it’s taken a long time, and balance between quality of life now (with a family) and looking to the future.

 

Question from Jared Kennedy
Is it possible on a single income (without any dependents)? Earning between 70 – 80k a year?

 

Question from Arty McFarty
I’d like to see the figures behind your claims.

 

 

 

 

Episode 295 | How To Reach The Summit: Achieving $2K Per Week in Passive Income – Q&A

So… earlier this week, we posted this on our Facebook page:

And the response was overwhelming! Thank you to everyone that everyone that wrote in and that’s why, in this Q&A episode, we cover everything you need to know to build a property portfolio that pays you a passive income you can live off.

Here’s the deal… if you’ve listened to us for some time, you’ll know already that we bang on about “$2K per week” a fair bit. So, first we’re going to tell you what we mean by this “magical” number. Including why it’s NOT magical at all, but instead is actually ACHIEVABLE for many folks!

From there, we’ll dive deep on the considerations and investment strategies to build a portfolio, like the big one – how to finance multiple properties without significantly impacting your cashflow! Plus, we’ll walk you through heaps of new questions on this topic AND share the secret of reaching the summit of $2K per week!

It’s a big episode, but we’re about to deliver some fresh gold nuggets as well as some quality reminders. Tune in now & let us know what you think!

Psst… We’ll be continuing this episode next week as we received a tonne of questions on the “Who, What, When & How” of achieving a passive income… so keep an ear out for that.

You can suss all of the questions we answer today further down 😊

 

To the summit we go!

 

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Questions Answered In This Episode…

Question from Mark Bradicich:
Is it $2k clear of expenses?

 

Question from Samantha Dean:
How many properties, earning how much per week would you need to acquire within your property portfolio in order to earn a passive income of $2000 / week ? And would this be $2000 / week income be during length of loan (say year 10 of the loan – when it’s negatively geared?) or once loan is entirely paid off and all income coming from said property is positively geared?

 

Question from Hugh Nitt:
2k is a great target! Is it possible/likely for a couple to achieve this income individually as a goal? Granted that every couple would have their own set of specific financial / income scenarios that impacts this goal. For example, a combined 2k each. 4k total passive income. How rare is this to achieve?

 

Question from Christine Browning:
If you are over 58 can you still achieve this?

 

Question from Helen Harrison:
I’m 52 years old and woken up to passive income. Have I left it too late to build wealth? Have equity in my home of residence. Educating myself including a daily lunchtime dose of your podcast!! Thanks

 

Question from Jenny Ann:
With $500k to invest and low cash flow, can this be done and how? (Ps I’m 54, single and a sole trader with only 4 months income statements, otherwise debt free).

 

Question from Sabrina Gajnabi:
What is the best way to find an investment savvy mortgage broker?

 

Question from Benjamin Tuxford:
What is the best way to find an investment savvy mortgage broker?

 

Question from Angus O’Loughlin:
At what stage do you go to principal and interest to try and retire the debt?

 

Question from Angela Niznik:
s it a good idea to sell an investment property to wipe out most of the mortgage on own home and significantly improve cashflow for further investments property purchases?

 

Question from Mat Newbury:
Is using LMI a good strategy to buying a third investment property to get in quicker? Seeing as the LMI is tax deductible. Rather than waiting for the equity to build and potentially missing out on a good buying opportunity in that time. Currently have one in Melbourne and one in Brisbane and am a borderless Investor. Would love your advice!

 

 

 

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