418 | The Hidden Forces Driving Property Values

“Property is a voting machine in the short term and a weighing machine in the long term.” 

Folks, these words form the beginning of one of our most important episodes (and also our LAST formal episode for 2022!! 😮 But don’t worry, we’ve got an AMAZING Summer Series coming at you next week. But back to this week…)  

In light of the rising housing values, we’ve heard SO many people say, “Surely property prices can’t go up anymore?!?” 

And this is exactly what we’re speaking to when we’re divulging…  

What Drives Property Values?!  

From economic activity to human interest and behaviour, what actually causes these prices to go up? Is there a secret framework to help you accurately predict which markets are about to “boom”? (Spoiler: Yes there is! 😉)  

And ultimately, “is it possible for them to keep going up – and is it bad if it does?!” 

In Ben’s words, “Today’s episode is a MEGASODE!!!”. Tune in now to hear all of this evergreen wisdom and more!  



P.S. Massive Black Friday Sale Incoming!!! 

We turned our chart-topping, evergreen property investment book, The Armchair Guide To Property Investing into an audiobook!

Normally valued at $37, we’re doing something super special this year… We have created an awesome bundle!

For Black Friday, we’re offering our Property Couch community this bundle for just $4.95!!

We’ll be releasing what’s in it and how you can get it – with a massive 86% discount – in tomorrow’s email, so keep your eyes peeled in your inboxes tomorrow!


Free Stuff Mentioned… 

  • WE’VE LAUNCHED THE MOORR APP! Check out our FREE brand-new Lifestyle By Design app with the same great MoneySMARTS system (plus more cool features!). For Apple users click here, or for Android users click here.  (or our web version here!) 
  • It’s Black Friday Tomorrow!! Keep your eyes peeled for an email tomorrow with an 86% discount on something very special… 😉
  • Free Report: Read Relationships Australia’s latest 2022 findings here.  
  • Free Article: Read Money Mag’s Article on “Aussies to spend $6.2 billion on Black Friday sales” here. (From Ben’s What’s Making Property News)  
  • Examples: See some examples of Singapore Properties at Chestnut Drive ($20M) and Nassim Road ($56M!) from 1:27:25!   


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Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 0:00 – The Gold Today  
  • 1:59  IT’S HERE! We have reached this amazing milestone with Moorr! (And this is how much it costs…) 
  • 9:20 – Woohoo!! Our Summer Series starts NEXT WEEK?! 
  • 10:44 – Money creates relationship problems for 1 in 5? 🙁  
  • 20:25 – This is the BIGGEST fear for most investors… 
  • 22:31 – Why this episode is so important (and how the idea was born!!) 
  • 23:53  The Weighing vs Voting Machine 
  • 26:32 – What Drives Property Values in the SHORT TERM (The Affordability Answer) 
  • 28:32 – Beware the Block Effect!  
  • 31:08 – From Detroit to Broken Hill: what happens when demand and supply fail  
  • 37:25 Here’s what you should be considering… 
  • 38:15 – What Drives Property Values in the LONG TERM?!? (plus, a bonus Scene Setting Story from Ben: “When the first fleet came….”)  
  • 40:16 Land is valued based on its P___ U___ 
  • 41:28 – The 7 types of land in Australia (+ their use!)  
  • 49:30 – The power of repurposing land  
  • 51:18 …and this is where human behaviour comes in!  
  • 53:49 – The Veblen Social Psychological Model (& its 6 factors!)  
  • 58:08 – Why are certain mega-rich pockets sustainable?!  
  • 1:00:12  THIS is the most important indicator of long-term land value!  
  • 1:00:51 – Causation vs. Correlation!  
  • 1:01:54 – The Flywheel Concept (aka. Why property prices WILL continue to go up!)  
  • 1:08:40 – This is the role of politicians!  
  • 1:10:53 – Key Takeaway #1  
  • 1:11:02 – Will Sydney be ever knocked off its perch?!  
  • 1:13:22 – THESE are the factors we look at!  
  • 1:15:56 – Key Takeaway #2   
  • 1:19:50 – Key Takeaway #3 
  • 1:23:12 – Key Takeaway #4: Singapore: A prime example of this! (See our show notes to see these examples!)   
  • 1:30:16 – So… What does this all mean?!? (And how can you apply it?!)  
  • 1:32:09 What about Lifestyle Locations?  
  • 1:34:33 – Let’s Recap (and let us know what you think on our socials!)  


  • 1:36:06 – Ever wanted to sign a document…digitally? Here’s how.  
  • 1:38:30 – It’s true 🙁 Australians really do try to ‘keep up with the Joneses’… 
  • 1:40:15 – psst — Check out Moorr to avoid falling into this trap!  



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