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Episode 253 | Top Tips For First Home Buyers

It can be a rough ride when you’re just starting your home ownership journey — and trying to get your foot up on the property ladder is, let’s be honest… really hard!

So today’s episode is all about helping our “Firstie” folks! That’s right… our very First Home Buyers!!! And we’re going Q&A style so we can stretch out the ol’ helping hand to our Firsties, and our Mums & Dads of Firsties, and haul all of them up on the ladder with us!!

And if you’re scratching your head thinking, “I’m not a first home buyer, or even a parent, family member or friend of one…” — no probs. You’ll learn what it’s REALLY like to face today’s property market for the first time… and you might just pick up some tips that you can actually use on your own journey… or just pick up some nuggets of new gold and file these away for when you want to impress someone with your property and homeownership knowledge. (Suss below for a summary of what we’re discussing and the exact questions we answer in today’s episode.)

 

You’ll learn Top Tips, like these…

  • How Much Of A Deposit is Enough? (seriously.)
  • The First Home Buyer Scheme
  • The Best Way To Get Ready For A Mortgage
  • Credit Scores
  • Higher Yielding Properties vs. Capital Growth Properties
  • How A Single Woman Can Get On The Property Ladder

 

Free Stuff Mentioned + Extra Support…

 

The Exact Questions Answered in Today’s Show…

Question from Jake

So we have bought a lemon!!! We have purchased a lemon, it’s been fantastic as it’s high yielding and we have a low income as I’m still studying. But I’m about to graduate and are unsure if we should move the money into a more balanced property, or if the cost of selling etc, will just lose too much money? The struggle is even when I graduated we will both be on fairly low incomes so, is a high cash flow possibility a benefit for us? Thanks for your time. I love the podcast, I’ve read the book and I’m excited for what the future holds!

 

Question from Joel

Hi Bryce, Ben and Stiggy. I am currently studying at university and working two jobs (48hrs a week) to support my partner and newborn and have been utilising the First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSS). I’ve used this for two reasons one for the salary sacrifice tax saving, but to also reduce my taxable income to minimise my Help/HECS Debt repayments whilst studying. I’m saving $750 into the scheme per month, and have approximately $10k in total at the moment.

Because The Liberal Party introduced the new first home loan scheme at the last election, I have been worried that they would wind up the FHSS before I could access my savings, essentially locking it into my superfund. This would set me back in savings by 3-5 years. Do you have any insight into this?  I understand that your advice is general in nature, and isn’t directed to my personal standings, but would you be utilising the FHSS if you were a first home buyer? Thanks, Joel

 

Question from Tom

Hi Guys, Love the podcast, found it recently and have already gone through 70 episodes (bit of a way to go!). I’m currently in the process of purchasing a PPR for $550k. I’ve saved around 15% as a deposit but will be using a parental guarantee as collateral to free up my deposit amount for a value-add renovation and as my buffer going forward. My mortgage broker has suggested a P&I loan with an offset account, but has suggested an interest only loan isn’t possible with a parental guarantee as the bank likes the debt paid down to release the second (parental) mortgage. Is this the case? Can the guarantee be released on money in an offset, or is the only option waiting for debt pay down till the release at which point the loan is refit to an IO loan?

 

Question from Kelsey

Hey, just wanted to flying the flag for young females. I’m a new first homeowner. I’m 28 and a primary school teacher, and bought a two bed unit (1960s) in East Sydney (20 mins from CBD, 15 from the beach) in June. I paid $520,000 (negotiated from $549,000) and plan to rent it out and live closer to work in the CBD after January – I’m living here for the first 6 months to avoid stamp duty and do a little cosmetic work on the place. To save for the 15% deposit, I’ve always worked my regular job, and weekend work or afternoon work alongside it. Man, it has been hard work clocking up the hours and saving, especially in an expensive city and wanting to enjoy life on the weekends with my friends as well.

However, a weekly savings plan, and just always living a pretty simple lifestyle below my weekly earnings got me here. On top of that, I just competed my Masters of Education, which also has taken a bit of money and time – and tracking the property market takes a fair bit of time investment! Additionally, I’ve travelled overseas every year for the last 3 years to volunteer teach in countries like India, Indonesia and Fiji so I haven’t been too strict in saving everything I earn. Basically, I wanted to show that even a young single female can be a homeowner in the current 2019 property market. It took more than money, but great friends with advice, a lot of courage to just jump in and do it, and of course the invaluable help from your podcast. The reassurance I felt from listening was invaluable.The journey so far feels surreal as for so long media has banged on that’s its impossible. It’s definitely hard, but doable. Thanks again, Kelsey

 

Question from Ryan

I am 23 with roughly $36,000 in the bank. I will start full time work in my graduate role at the start of 2020 and am hoping to buy my first investment property within the year. What is the best way to get ready for my first mortgage? Should I get a credit card to improve my credit history as I have never required one to date or are there any other recommendations to make your case more appealing to the banks? How long in advance of a purchase should I contact a mortgage broker and would it be beneficial to start a discussion with them before I am ready to purchase? Thanks for all the great content, I’m about half way through all of the podcasts and have found them incredibly beneficial.

 

Question from Lisa

Hey Guys. First of all I would like to say how thankful I am for you taking the time to make the show and share your wealth of knowledge. A friend of mine had turned me onto your podcast and I can easily say without it I would have already made a horrible investment mistake!

I’m working my way through your episodes and am still quite far behind. My husband and I started saving a bit late in life but wound up with $50K in the savings. I am very conscious of preparing for our future now and want to use property investment as a means to do it. Not that long ago I listened to one of your episodes where you had mentioned getting started with $50K. Is that still possible now? I have a completely open mind to investing and there are areas where you can still get properties at lower prices that can provide some growth.

My question to you is: in this day and age now, can you only get started when you have over $100K for the deposit? Or is it still possible to start with around $50K?

 

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Episode 252 | Property Game Changer – Knowing The Future Suburb Values Today Plus Your Money Challenges

If these two questions sound like things you wanna hear more about, then you’re about to have a lot of fun with this episode!

 

Q1. … interested to find out the locations set to soar over the next three years???

Q2. … got questions about how to be better with your money??

 

As you’ve probably figured out by now folks, these are, of course, the questions we’re answering on today’s seriously special episode!!

Here’s why… not only are we addressing the main struggles that people on the coalface are dealing with when trying to use, stick to or set up Money SMARTS, like…

  • How to trap surplus cash
  • How to stick to a seven day float and get rid of overspending for good
  • When to spend on a credit card versus using cash
  • How to get your partner on the same page
  • What to do if you’re overwhelmed

But also…. we’ve got Jeremy Sheppard — one of Australia’s leading Property Analysts, Research Director at Select Residential Property and Creator of DSR Data, our other third of LocationScore… and just plain ol’ data nut — BACK on the couch!! …. And what Jez is about to reveal to you is doing to CHANGE THE GAME of property investing forever.

Specifically… how you pick the best locations and hot growth markets predicted to soar over the next three years!! Yep, this episode will (hopefully) knock your socks off!

 

Free Stuff Mentioned…

 

Our AFL Winners…

** drumroll please **

1st Place – Property Portfolio Plan ($4,950): Father of Dragons

2nd Place – Next-Step Property Plan ($2,970): Terry G

3rd Place – An Hour Chat with Bryce and Ben (at least $1?): Rhino 4

 

 Top Five Highlights…

  1. The Tool That’ll Work Out A Suburb’s Capital Growth (Down To The Dollar Value) Over The Next 3 Years
  2. A Flyover of The Growth Spots in Each State
  3. The Most Exciting Capital City For Property Investors Right Now
  4. Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Money SMARTS Answered
  5. The Two Things You Only Need To Do To Change Your Money Habits For Good (And Get Your Partner to Do The Same)!

 

 

 

Episode 247 | How to Invest in Property When You’re Busy Raising a Family, Holding Down a Career, Have No Time or are an Investor Already

No time? But still wanting to invest in property? Keen to find out what strategic step you should take next?

Attention! Busy folks and experienced investors…

…. yes, that’s you lot down there at the back who are raising a family, holding down a career, investing in property already AND/OR simply have a lot on the go….

… this is YOUR episode!

 

‘Cos today is PART 2 of our tips and tailored Q&A session for each investor demographic… and today we’re tackling…

  1. Busy folks
  2. Experienced investors

So, if you’re a curious to learn how to invest in property WITHOUT sacrificing your life, lifestyle or livelihood… or you wanna hear how to review your current portfolio, or what to do when you’ve ALREADY got one or two investment properties under your belt…. then you’ve come to the right place!!!

Today we’re answering the common questions folks in either/both of these demographics ask us, so that you’ll be educated, efficient AND effective at building out your property portfolio.

 

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So… THE QUESTIONS — 

For Busy Couple and Families:

  • Q1: How do we afford to invest in property when we’re busy raising a family and still keep money for holidays, schooling, being home and other important lifestyle needs?
  • Q2: How much does it really cost and how long will it take to build a stress-free property portfolio that we can live off?
  • Q3: Is passive income through property a possibility or a pipe dream? Will we really have enough to retire comfortably?
  • Q4: Who can we trust to set us on the right path?
  • Q5: What’s happening with property now? Where are we in the property cycle and what locations should we invest in?
  • Q6: What type of properties should we be looking at if we are in this particular demographic?
  • Q7: What’s the best loan structure and strategy for my situation before I’m in this particular demographic?
  • Q8: When should we buy the next one? After the kids are in high school?
  • Q9: How can we find the best way to get started at this stage of our life?

 

Experienced Property Investors:

  • Q1: Is your current portfolio correctly structured for optimal growth and will new property strategies actually work for you?
  • Q2: How many do I actually need?
  • Q3: How do I review my portfolio?
  • Q4: How can you grow your portfolio quickly without risking all you’ve worked so hard to achieve?
  • Q5: How can you invest in property when you’re nearing retirement and concerned about conserving your current nest egg.
  • Q6: What’s the truth about self-managed super funds? Should you have one? Us it set up for ultimate performance and is your current structure in danger of noncompliance?
  • Q7: How do I diversify my portfolio?

 

Today’s Links…

If you’re not keen to download the booklets, no worries! Here is the list of resources that were mentioned today:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 246 | Real Estate 101: Everything from Buying Your First Home to Beginner Investor Tips

Attention! First-time investors, first home buyers and property investors needing a refresher!

This episode is your official “How To Guide” — including everything you need to know about buying property… AND investing in it! We answer your questions, we tell you exactly what you need to know to avoid the mistakes from the get go, what investment makes for a good investment AND how to get onto the property ladder quicker and without the hassle!

This is Episode #1 of TWO EPISODES that cover the types of property investor demographics out there… our beginner folks all the way to our astute listeners who already have a property portfolio to their name. And guess what? Today is ALL about our “first time-ers”… first time investors… first home buyers…. and those who wish they’d had access to this info when they FIRST started!

We’re also throwing in Free Report for EACH of the profile including a transcript, commonly asked questions, links mentioned in each of the section and Additional Bonuses to help you in your journey. So between these two episodes, make sure you pick up the Demographic Booklet that’s designed for you!!

 

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So… Today’s Questions are…

For First Home Buyers:

 

For First Time Investors:

 

Today’s Links…

If you’re not keen to download the booklets, no worries! Here are the list of resources that were mentioned today:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 240 | Is Now The Right Time to Buy a High Rise Apartment? – ft. Bonus Q&A

Folks, things sure have been heating up in the high rise apartment space recently and we MUST address a seriously important question, for property investors and home owners alike…

Should you be considering buying high rise apartments in the wake of some very high profile cases revealing significant issues??

We’re talking about the high-rise apartment evacuations that’ve been happening our main centres due to building defects — Opal Tower, Mascot Tower, LaCrosse apartments and Neo 200 —which have resulted in cracks to main structures, severe and unsafe water damage, FIRE (such as the cladding fire in Melbourne’s CBD) … all things that we can all agree are very problematic. Not to mention are also leaving a fair few folks homeless, out of pocket and fed up!

So, not only are you likely to struggle to get a return from high rise apartments, it’s evident that some (we’re definitely not saying all here) may pose a safety risk as well.

But if 1 in 5 wanting people are actually WANTING to live in apartments (which is up from 1 in 7 in the 1990s)…. it can definitely be argued that there IS a growing demand for one/two bedroom living… the question is… What should you be considering (and avoiding!) if you are wanting to invest in apartments?

And when it comes to high rise buildings, has the landscape well and truly changed?

… We’ve thrown in a Bonus Q & A to answer your specific apartment Q’s too, folks!!

House Keeping…!

We’re working on a brand new Podcast Picture (thumbnail) and we reckon we’ve got it down to two…  can you please Tell Us Which One You Like Most – Option A … OR …. Option B (both on our Facebook Page)

Favour WANTED from Long term listeners (please!)….

Folks, we’re doing a shameless shout out for selfies!!! Yep.. this is the brief: if The Property Couch has changed you or the way you invest, or your money management or has helped you in any way,  can you please record a selfie video of 60 seconds or less to let us know?? The reason we want these is to put the word out there, grow our community and ultimately help other folks avoid bad property decisions!!

Send Your Video Testimonial to info@thepropertycouch.com.au

Resources Mentioned…

Bonus Q & A on Apartments  

Question from Keren

What do I do with the apartment I bought prior to finding your podcast?? 😂😂😂

Question from Sabrina

I want to know if it’s worth buying an Off the Plan townhouse in Deanside (next to Caroline Springs in Melbourne)  3 bedroom townhouse, no body corp, under $390k

Question from Jake

Things to consider in regards to the sinking fund and if or how can the body corporate request to raise money from owners for certain issues? 
Keep up the good work ✌️

Question from Rory

Have an old apartment built around 60’s. Bought it in December 2013 since then I’ve put in new carpet and vinyl. Should I get a deprecation schedule in it?

Question from Tania

What are some of the unexpected costs of buying/holding an apartment?

Question from Nicholas

How do you determine capital growth on an apartment if you are the second purchaser assuming that the original price has been inflated for developer costs and not an accurate figure?

Question from Sonya

With a budget of 700 to 800k. I would like to know if an apartment (not brand new) in Moonee Ponds is a better buy than a house on a 700sm size block in Glenroy, as a comparison apartment vs house. Thank you.

Question from Bryan

 Is it safe to buy now in Brisbane apartments give lots of the newer builds have dropped 20% in price?Or do you think that is still overpriced?

Question from Laura

I want to know if it’s worth buying an apartment as an investment vs a house.

Question from Marah

Whether the ugly 60s / 70s brick monsters are a good investment how to protect yourself in an Opal tower situation…

P.S. Looking to get a free copy of Susan Alberti’s book, The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti – The Footy Lady? Click here and tell us which part of Susan’s story had the most impact on you! (ends on July 17th!)

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