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Episode 293 | What Property To Buy & Practical Tips For Asset Selection

Have you ever wanted to know what property an investor should buy? It’s a question we get asked ALL the time and for a very good reason…. pick the wrong property and you’re in trouble!
So today’s central theme is all about Asset Selection! i.e. What type of property should an investor buy? What indicators can we measure to prove it’s a good one? How can you increase your capital growth?

You’ll get the answers to TEN quality (and recent) questions from our listeners… and we’re not holding back with our responses! (to the point where we actually had to tell ourselves to hurry up so we could get through all ten for you..!!)

This episode is a must-listen for anyone even remotely interested in property investing, folks! So plug in your head phones now! You can check out all the questions we answer below. And remember to write in here if you have a question for us, or follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss out on impromptu shout outs like the one that inspired this episode!

Finally – Asset Selection is one of our Four Pillars of Mastery for a reason, folks! So please choose wisely when it comes to your investment property! Tune in now and get the practical tips to find an investment grade property… 🙏

 

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Questions

Question from Sambooks
Long time listener, first time engager.! We have been epically saving for our first home, which we would like to have the option to make an investment property when we grow out of it. Only catch is we currently live and rent in the Whitsundays, which is struggling significantly due to lowered tourism rates from COVID. Having listened to the podcast for over 2 years, I understand the risks of purchased property in a location with a poorly diversified economy. Understanding that you are unable to provide personal financial advice, is there anything else we can do to mitigate the risk, as we love the area (& both have stable employment) and can see the potential of some of the lower range properties coming into the market.

 

Question from Matt
I often see properties bought by Empower Wealth with the historical capital growth rate – on Facebook, Instagram etc. Is this a factor to consider when deciding whether a property will perform over the long term (20+ years)? Thanks in advance

 

Question from Todd
Q: Borderless Investing / Buyers Agents

My partner and I are looking at buying our next property interstate to 1) diversify our portfolio and 2) reduce land tax liability. Are there Buyers Agents which cover Australia wide who can give an objective view of which interstate market to buy in? Or do we need to reach out and find a local buyers agent in each state?

 

Question from Dan
Obviously depending on your own horse and what course you want to ride, but typically speaking Is it worth having 2 smaller to mid-range properties delivering high yield ($300-350k with 6% y) or worth chasing a high growth high level home (600-700k with 3%yield)?

Or even if the yield and growth stories were aligned, is 2 at half the pa income better than 1 at full pa income? Lower or higher risk?

(Psst… Bryce and Ben here. If you’re interested to learn more about this subject beyond our answer, check out this free case study on growth versus yield 😉)

 

Question from Kieren
Tossing up between moving into one of my rental properties as I have been renting the last twelve months after selling my last home ($1 saved is better than a dollar earned at the minute). Do you think this is a good strategy to ride out this COVID storm rather than buy right now? I want our next property to be the big rock in the jar. I also want to buy acreage, what are your thoughts on samford valley in Brisbane for long term Growth?

 

Question from Jack
Getting the location right can be narrowed right down to the street but as an investor holding long term and not actually wanting to sell, is it better to try get a house on that busy street in an a grade suburb at a discount so when getting valuations and comparable sales in the future it will work in your favour?

 

Question from Matt
Thoughts on buying defence housing Australia projects? I wouldn’t buy new as I understand you’re buying the developers margins but would you buy as the second or third owner once the market has caught up?

Are there any downsides to permanent long term leases. I believe you’re locked in with their real estate agent that’s a much higher management fee (around 16%) but they cover any minor repairs and at the end of the defence lease they refresh the house up to ‘new’ standards.- new carpet, fresh paint ect

 

Question from Damien
Could Bryce and Ben talk about active investing fixer upperers, buying to subdivide and build units, and buying 2 bed-1 bath period/character homes to turn into 4 bed-2bath homes

 

Question from Jarryd
I bought ‘house & land’ 3 years ago before I was educated. What can I do now to ensure growth?

 

Question from Matt
Is putting a granny flat out the back a good idea when retiring out the debt? Pros and cons?

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 292 | How to Get Australia’s Property Market Back on Track with This 7 Point Plan – Chat with Ken Morrison, CEO Property Council of Australia

Get excited. Here with us is a “V.V.I.P” guest… and this very, very important person is, wait for it… the national representative of the Australian property industry… Ken Morrison, CEO of Property Council of Australia!

And he’s about to unpack the newly announced Seven Point Plan for Economic Recovery!

Yep. You’re about to become fluent in what’s exactly in store for the property market from the man who plays a significant role in shaping it – this includes everything from Government stimulus packages, accelerated growth plans, housing affordability AND a little thing called “Stamp Duty”… & why it’s probably about time this ol’ tax ended up in the dustbin!

To give you an idea of the caliber of expertise you’re about to hear from…

As the Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, Ken Morrison has played a key role in shaping tax, planning and infrastructure policy for our property markets across the county for over two decades. He’s super passionate about the future of our cities and sits on a range of government task forces and committees. Plus, he’s also a director of the Green Building Council of Australia, deputy chair of the Business Coalition for Tax Reform, a director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), and is a Property Champion of Change promoting women in leadership roles.

 

Key Takeaways

  • A deep dive on the 7 Point Plan for Economic Recovery (and what it means for the property market)
  • Ken’s backstory and what lead him to playing a significant role in the industry
  • The Key Themes to Think About Beyond COVID-19
  • How involved is Ken in making critical Government decisions?
  • The 3 Critical Elements the Property Council of Australia is looking at right now to accelerate growth in the property market
  • The Property Grants on offer across the States
  • The Private Sector vs Social Housing
  • Abolishing Stamp Duty – what you need to know is currently happening
  • What can replace Stamp Duty?
  • Negative Gearing & Capital Gains Tax
  • Why is the Negative Gearing Policy STILL not off the cards?
  • The Biggest Economic Downfall
  • Who is Buying Investment Properties?
  • What is this idea about a “Property Rating” and home can it help homeowners?
  • Change for women in leadership roles: What does it look like?
  • How much does the property market influence the overall Australian economy?
  • What have people been doing with their superannuation during COVID-19?!

 

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Episode 291 | The Property Loophole: Recognising A Pipe Dream From The Real Deal

The Property “Loophole”… is it a myth?!

If you’re interested in investing in property, at some point or another you’re probably going to run into someone who tells you about some “secret loophole” – whether it be about property, tax, SMSFs… you name it – that you can use to, ahh, exploit the system.

Well, folks… let’s just call it out, shall we?

Because there’s a MASSIVE difference between a Pipe Dream and the Real Deal. And we can assure you, the price you’ll pay if you get the two wrong is no small fee!!

Here’s the deal… during the week we reached out to folks on our Facebook Page and asked them what questions they had on their mind right now… and we received some eye-opening comments that made us go…

“Whoa. Hang on a sec…”

And so, of course, this episode was born!

You can check out the exact questions further below, but here’s a quick scope on what we cover:

 

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The Questions

Question about Buying Off The Plan from Angivin:
Guys we are very clear that you aren’t fans of buying Off The Plan, however can you please provide insight when this strategy has/could work please? 

 

Question about The Pipe Dream & Its Consequences from Kieren:
Is turning your super into a SMSF to borrow and build property a good idea? My mate at work got sold the pipe dream by his brother in law to do this. He tells me he is building dual key units and that it’s eventually going to net him $300,000 per year based on rental growth forecasts! I have told him this is not believable. Turns out his brother in law who convinced him to do this is getting $60k in kickbacks and is going to split it with him. He also tells me his interest rate is 5.7% because apparently no one lends to trusts cheaper than this? He also pays some bird $3k per year who will “sort any issues he has” on top of the property manager. And there is a snake “finance broker (as he referred to it)” in there somewhere who I reckon stitched him up on the interest rate. What happens when all this falls over and the money you put into your super each year doesn’t keep up with repayments? There is a $25k limit on how much super you can put in without big tax $$ so what then?

 

Question about How Much of A Buffer You Need from Toui
Hi TPC team, loving the Money SMARTS system! Question: when you talk about 3 to 6 months of living expenses, do you typically recommend that calculation on Essential spend? Or both Essential and Discretionary?

 

Question about The Pros & Cons Of Interest Only Versus Principle and Interest from Matthew
Hey guys! What is your opinion on the pros and cons of paying interest only vs principle? I am learning the ins and outs and have seen people succeed in either.

 

Question about The COVID-19 Recovery Across Specific States from Adam
Do you think any state will emerge from the covid storm quicker or better off than other states? And if so, will this translate in their property prices?

 

Question about Mortgage Payments On First Investment Property from Shannon
Suggestions on looking into P&I loan for first investment property if little difference in mortgage payment compared to interest only+ offset?

 

 

 

 

 

Bonusisode with Nerida – RED Rooster & Property Prices?! 🐔🏡

Folks, it’s officially March AND today’s Facebook LIVE with Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist at realestate.com.au was like no other!!

So… what did we chat about? Here’s a rough list!
👉 COVID-19 and what does it really mean for ordinary Aussies?
👉 Will it cause a recession?
👉 Why strong growth in debt is worrying for economic growth?
👉 Are we looking at a housing undersupply in Australia?
👉 Does dropping rates really have an impact given they are so low already?
👉 Is Perth recovery here yet?
👉 Are the price growth in Melbourne and Sydney sustainable?
👉 What’s the Red Rooster traing line in Syndey?!
 
And of course,let’s take a bit of a “behind the curtain” look into realestate.com.au best performing properties, incl:
✔ Most expensive property sold: https://www.realestate.com.au/sold/property-unitblock-nsw-maroubra-132890482
✔ Most viewed Res Listing: https://www.realestate.com.au/property-acreage+semi-rural-vic-narre+warren+north-133075414
✔ Most viewed Rental listing: https://www.realestate.com.au/property-unit-qld-mermaid+waters-428622226
✔ Most viewed property going to auction: https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-vic-carlton+north-132966134
 
p.s. Want more of this? Tune in to our episode on >>> http://thepropertycouch.com.au/

 

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Episode 272 | Q & A: The Unspoken Truth About Growth Corridors & Picking The Right Property Investment Strategy

How many times have you heard something along these lines…?

“This suburb’s a growth corridor…”

“There’s heaps of development happening here… it’s the next growth corridor.”

“With all the new public transport networks, job opportunities and shops coming in, this place is absolutely a growth corridor… full of investment potential.”

With all this buzzword talk, it’s would appear that all us property investors need to do is hunt down the next “growth corridor”, invest in it before it really kicks off, and then sit pretty for the rest of our lives …

BUT. Folks, there is a massive problem with this! An unspoken truth about growth corridors that trips up a lot of investors out there. Sure, some “growth corridors” might indeed grow in value, but there is a huge misconception out there that we want to clear up today.

So, in our first Q&A of 2020, we’re diving deep on this unspoken truth and we’re also going to answer your questions about how to pick the right investment strategy… ‘cos guess what? While a whole lot of you folks know the fundamentals of property investing, you don’t necessarily know how to apply these to your own situation and goals!

 

Here’s a 30,000-foot view of what we’ll cover … 🚀

 

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The Questions

03:26 – Question from Jack on Bris vs Melb and differing opinions:

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 in December 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 had 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 around the $500 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 to Bendigo and Ballarat as they are inland, 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

 

13:18 – Question from Nick on Investing as an Expat:

Hi Bryce and Ben, my name is Nick. I’m calling all the way from Switzerland, although originally from the northern beaches in Sydney. My wife and I are both from the northern beaches, but we have been working here in Europe for the past 3 years and we are looking to buy our first property back in Australia. We’re keeping an open mind and looking all over the country – so not necessarily in Sydney.

We have a general question about what type of strategy we should be looking for being non-residents for tax purposes but Australian nationals, taking into account we can’t take advantage of first home owners grants, or negative gearing as we have no income back in Australia. Originally, we were considering purchasing an apartment with potentially 5-6% rental yield with the idea of having a high yielding property so one that can be potentially positively geared. What are your thoughts on this?

 

20:03 – Question from Nikii on upgrading PPOR now or later based on economic forecast:

Hi it’s currently June 27 2019, currently my husband and I purchased a 3 bed 2.5 bathroom 2 garage, 243sq townhouse, freehold in prime real estate in Hawthorne, Brisbane. We have been provided by market experts that we could get $830 – $850K  from the sale of our property. We’re currently wanting to upgrade to live in a better area. Would we be best with the economic forecast over the next couple of years to keep that property as an IP before upgrading to a property just in the very low millions.

 

26:03 – Question from Craig on selling a property at a loss or wait to recoup loses:

Good afternoon The Property Couch, my name’s Craig and I have a question. My partner and I currently own 3 investment properties between us. 2 of these properties are performing quite well, in terms of growth and low upkeep. The third investment property in Darwin was originally bought as a PPOR and is not performing well as an IP. The market is at the 32% downturn and is unlikely to recover any time soon. My question is… Should we continue selling the Darwin property at a loss and still walk away with about $30,000 to reinvest into a new or existing investment OR should we hang onto this investment long term with the intent of recuperating our losses, even though this property costs us about $8K a year? Thank you for your time.

 

31:40 – Question from Scott on what to do with money in the bank:

Hi guys, Scott* here, I’ve been on board following the podcast at April 2015 and have loved the journey. Almost five years in and I thought it was finally time to hit you guys up for some advice!

My wife Teresa* and I live in regional WA with our two kids aged 7 and 9. Both of us work full time for a state government department and we currently earn $270k gross per year combined. We own two properties in our hometown Perth. Our first home in Bibra Lake (shout out to Bryce!) which is valued at 430k with 350k owing. Our other property is a 1940s weatherboard cottage 5kms from the city with owner-occupier appeal, valued at 630k with 500k owing. So our total LVR is about 80%. Both loans are interest only and both properties have reliable tenants in them, paying $350 and $410 a week respectively.

We aren’t big spenders, and have no personal, car or HELP loans. Due to this, and the fact that our employer has heavily subsidised our rent whilst we’ve lived regionally, we’ve quietly amassed savings of $320k which currently sit in an offset account. We intend on staying in the bush for at least another 2 years before heading back to the big smoke, and in this we anticipate the $320k we have will grow by $75k each year in which we don’t do anything with it. However, I’m sensing there’s a huge opportunity cost here if we leave things any longer! Any advice as to what our next move should be would be very much appreciated. Keep up the stellar work.

 

39:30 – Question from David on Subdividing Parent’s Land:

Hey Ben and Bryce, Really been enjoying the podcast. I’ve got a bit of a unique question. At the moment I live with my parents and I am in my mid-20s, and I’m looking to subdivide a bit of their land as housing pricing are a bit too expensive for a single income. I was wondering if I classify for the First Home Buyers Grant if I build on their land and whether the actual certificate of title transfer needs to come onto my name, or can it remain in their name? Cheers, David.

 

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