Alright folks, let’s get down to the “nitty gritty” … how long will it take you to achieve a passive income?
What about the limits of your age? Are you too old? Are you too young? Do you have an outstanding HECS debt to pay off?
In today’s Q&A, we will be discussing all of these and plenty of other tricky questions too.
Oh, AND we have two GUEST LISTENERS featuring on our podcast — don’t forget: you can feature on The Couch too if you leave us a voicemail message!
A handful of dot points for you:
- Is an apartment in the CBD a bad idea?
- When will it be too old to begin investing in property?
- Should you pay off your HECS debt before you buy your first property?
- If you start right now, can you achieve a $1,000 passive income in 3 years?
- Which is better in the long term: a free standing house or a unit in a better location?
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And here are the questions from today’s show:
SpeakPipe Question from Michelle:
First of all, first of all thank you for the podcast. I love every single episode of it — so keep up the good work!
My question today is: I have a property in Melbourne CBD, which is an apartment in a high rise building. After listening to your podcast, I understand that this is a really bad purchase … should I sell it to fund the next purchase? And my second question is: should I buy in blue-chip areas in Melbourne where the average price is $750,000 or should I start looking further down — Regional Victoria or interstate, where the price is down to $400,000 – $500,000 and aim for better growth?
(You might also like: Episode 007 | Studio or One Bedroom Apartment as an Investment Property)
Question from Anonymous:
Hi Ivise & team,
The boys take their work far too seriously and they need to pay a bit more for their advertising campaign — see attached, (the photo is next the Batman Avenue flyover near Punt Rd).
Team: I’m a 55-year-old, married with 2 independent dependents in the house, our house is worth $1.1 mill, we owe $420K, we have some super, less than $100K each, good income of $160K between us, no other real debts; is it toooo late for us to start property investing?
My thought is: if we did start, it’s better than not starting at all — it may not give us great passive income by the time I retire (65), but it’ll be better than our current plan, which is … as soon as I work out what it is, I’ll tell you.
SpeakPipe Question from Mathew:
Hi Ben and Bryce,
Hey guys, I hope you’re well. I’m a long time listener and I have a bit of a dilemma with asset selection.
I’m in a situation where I’m preapproved to buy an asset — and I have two areas I’m looking at. In one area, I can only afford a 1 bedroom unit, and in the second area I can basically afford a 3 bedroom, detached house on land.
My question would be: Weighing up all the pros and cons of each, I’m not sure which would be the better investment for the long term. Any help you can give me would be awesome.
Question from Cate:
Hi Bryce and Ben,
Just love listening to your podcasts. My friend put me onto your podcasts 3 months ago and I’m already up to Episode 70!
Question: I’m a first home buyer looking to buy in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, older style flat, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (not more than 20 units in the apartment block!). Average price from my research is $550K. I have a mortgage broker friend who has advised if I pay off my HECS debt roughly $10K, it means my borrowing power would be $480K with a $110K deposit or $430K borrowing power without paying off my HECS. Would you recommend paying off HECS and sacrifice some of my deposit to free up additional cash flow from my income and enable greater borrowing for this property and other investment properties down the track? (Note: I’ll be moving into the property and renting out the second room).
Look forward to your response.
Question from Carina:
I’ve been following your blogs for quite some time now and have also read your book. I am a 29 Year old German living in Brisbane and I’m working in the corporate world that doesn’t give me any freedom. My goal is to create $2000 passive income a week and to be able to see my family in Germany more often and follow my real passions. I’ve been going to open houses and looking at every sold property online in and around Brisbane to educate myself and to understand the property market.
I don’t have a property yet, but am looking at buying from November/December onwards. I have $50,000 deposit at the moment. Can I please have your honest opinion if you think that I can achieve $1000 passive income through rent within the next 3 years? I obviously have to invest in more than just 1 property, but I also don’t want to waste my time.