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Episode 299 | Sell Everything And Run? Brand New Update From Leah Calnan, President of REIV

If you listened to last week’s episode, you’ll know already that there’s been significant changes happening on the grounds in the real estate industry… particularly here in Victoria with Stage 4 and Stage 3 Restrictions now seriously impacting what we CAN and CAN’T do when it comes to property transactions and inspections across the state…

And since then, we’ve heard from the Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn on the current health of one of the Big Four and the damage faced to our banking system as they act as “shock absorbers” during the COVID-19 crisis…

.. so the question now is… Is It Time To Sell Everything And Run? And for us living in VIC, Should we flog everything and move to Queensland?!

In today’s eye-opening Q & A, we’re unpacking ALL this, plus – as promised – we have a Brand New Update from Leah Calnan, President of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) with further insights into what buyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents & property managers are legally allowed to do in COVID-19 Victoria.

Leah will also be covering what services can still go ahead with up and coming settlements and end of leases… and smart ways to safeguard purchases and sales over the next five weeks.

So. What are we in for?

 

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The Questions

Question on Finance from Matt Feeley

If I buy an investment property with equity release and create two loan splits (let’s say 100k equity secured against PPR and 400k home loan). If I sell the PPR in the future to upgrade the family home, what happens to the 100k loan that is secured to the PPR? What are the options? Thanks a lot guys!!

 

Question on Selling Right Now from Cameron Hall

Not really a question, but thought I’d share our experience selling our home recently. Went on market two days after Melbourne went into stage 3, but despite individual inspections and the associated hassle, there was huge interest (25+ groups), and it sold in 5 days, for what we wanted, and a street record     . In a pandemic. No shortage of demand (at least in our area) from what we’ve seen. Hope this helps anyone worried about selling

 

Question from Maximus Decimus Meridias

This is a buy, rent and sell question and although specifically about the Perth market, I think it is valid for all of Australia. The media reported last night that the Perth median sell price has slipped below Adelaide and is 2nd from the bottom with Darwin sitting below Perth. However, the rental vacancy rate is

$200 less than last month and about half of what it was this time last year! I believe I heard you say in a podcast a few weeks ago that potential sellers are holding onto their properties because they know prices are real low. But has distressed selling pushed the median price down? Or are the media looking at stats at a certain point in time which reflects a bad run of  lower cost properties being sold in distress or otherwise? All these stats don’t match up with what I’m hearing about rental vacancy rates in other parts of Australia either.

And finally, we are looking at rentvesting, yet is it better to look at buying in Perth right now, rather than rentvesting or does that depend on the suburb?

 

Question from Hugh Gates

Hi guys, currently building a granny flat on the back of my PPOR at the moment which will be leased. My question is will my serviceability for a future  investment loan be increased if I lease the main residence also? The flip side is that the repayments on the house are lower than the equivalent I would pay in rent ie. Repayments $330 a week, rental $450ish. However the rental income I would generate on the house would be equivalent to that of the rent I would be paying. (Balanced out I guess)

Love the show boys and Stiggy, have listened to the lot and have read one of  your books keen to read the next! Thank you for your time and commitment to bettering others futures be it financial or otherwise!

Edit: sorry NSW based not Vic!

 

Question from Tee Dee

With stimulus being used to prop everything up, is it fair to say that we can expect to see an initial deflation in the market (10-20%), followed by a severe inflationary period as the mass amount of new money finds its way to the bottom of the pyramid when everything opens back up via rents and prices? If we keep our current monetary system the only way to repay this debt is through mass inflation. That tells me to hold my assets,  switch to interest only (despite low interest rates), and pay off my debt using tomorrow’s, devalued dollar. Is this a naive way of thinking? Thanks guys

 

Question from Jamie Attard

I’m hearing a lot of hype of a tree change from our major cities. Is there data out there to back this up and what regional areas are benefiting from this if any?

 

Question from Heath Ian Sullivan

Thoughts on Queensland being bombarded with melbournites trying to  escape from the city?

 

Question from Sonja Mallia

What to do if we have over 200k in offset, and the banks can now use our money if in financial ruins and not pay it back?

 

One Final Word…

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Episode 298 | Property In A State of Disaster – Chat with Leah Calnan, President of REIV and Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist at REA Group

“Property in a state of disaster.” Yep. You heard it here first, folks…

And there’s no doubt we’re literally making property news with this timely, “double header” episode featuring two of the brightest minds in Australian real estate… (and, no, this breaking news is not “hot off the press”, either… we actually interviewed one of today’s guests BEFORE the press even got to them!! 😲)

Here’s the deal…

With Stage 4 restrictions now here in Metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions all across Victoria… the property market HAS been impacted as a result…

So, not only are we getting the update from the National Representative of Victoria, Leah Calnan, President of Real Estate Institute of Victoria about what we CAN and CAN’T do when it comes to property here in VIC, you’re also going to learn how (and if it’s even possible!) to transact property with these harsh restrictions now in place… and what the next six weeks is potentially going to look like for Buyers, Sellers and Renters.

PLUS, for our folks NOT located in or looking to buy in Victoria right now… our longstanding friend and indeed one of Australia’s best property and economic experts Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist at REA Group, also joins us for a deep dive on what’s currently happening in the individual segments of the Australian property market, including…

It’s a BIG ep… but we promise there’s plenty of new updates and quality gold in here that we simply couldn’t NOT share with you! (Let’s just say there’s A LOT happening!!!)

 

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Here’s A Glimpse Into What We Cover…

  • Pandemic Brings New Rules For The Victorian Property Market… And They’re Not Great
  • How can you transact real estate in Victoria?
  • What are the unintended consequences of these harsh restrictions?
  • What does Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) think about all this?!
  • How many known cases of COVID-19 have come from the real estate industry?
  • Can you still get a new tenant in with these new laws?
  • What about cleaning? Building and Pest Inspections? Pre and Post Settlement?
  • How is Nerida navigating the outlook of the property market when things are uncertain and constantly changing?
  • The September Cliff versus The September Slope
  • Where are we seeing distressed markets?
  • How many distressed sales are we seeing?
  • What’s likely to occur if the pandemic continues into 2021?
  • What is the Pilot Program and Why has it now been derailed?
  • Are investors buying right now?
  • What’s happening to premium property?
  • What are we seeing in the CBD and how will this continue to play out?
  • What on earth is “Revenge Spending” and how will this play a role in getting us through COVID-19?
  • Are predictions of 20 – 30% drops in the property market still relevant?
  • Around The Grounds in The Australian Property Market

 

One Final Word…

If you’re worried about your finances or if you have no clarity on your cash flow position, we strongly recommend you to organise your finances now. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view, down to the exact cent, on how much you’re spending each month and how much surplus you’ve got. If you don’t know it, then log in to your Money SMARTS Platform here and update the numbers.

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Episode 277 | Coronavirus & Property FAQ

There’s been a lot of questions coming in about the coronavirus and its implications to the property market, the finance sector and the economy at large — particularly in direct response to the higher levels of social distancing regulations we’re now seeing and its flowon effect to unemployment and how we transact property. 

Sotoday we’re answering a whole heap of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how COVID-19 affects you as a property investor, a home owner, a first home buyeror someone who’s in fortunate circumstances to take action on the opportunity. 

‘Cos, let’s be real folks… if youre dining out on the news cycleits a very scary place out there!! 

Again, we must repeat… our message of calm remains…. but we’re going to dig even deeper into what we’re starting to see as this pandemic unfolds. 

As well as answering a whole lot of your questions (all of them listed below), we’re ALSO going to give you some Frameworks and Tips to support you during this time so you’re prepared, have the RIGHT knowledge behind you and can navigate the “new world” we’re all now living through! 

We touch on it in today’s episode, but just in case you need a recap… folks are likely to fall into ONE of TWO categories during this time… 

  1. Take Action Club – This is a small percentage of folks who are ready to take action based on their individual circumstances (please seek professional advice before you do this) 
  1. Money Management” Club – The vast majority of folks will sit here and during this moment-in-time of uncertainty, should focus on the gaps in their money management 

  

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And here are the Questions!

Question about “Investor & Tenant Relief” from Greg: 
Any talk from the banks/government on providing relief to Investors on investment lending so as to enable them to provide relief to tenants who find themselves in financial trouble? For many owners they would have tenants they don’t want to lose and would like to assist (if required) but may not be in a position to do that themselves 

 

Question about “The Six-Month Freeze” from Jake 
Points to consider for the six-month freeze 🥶 on home loans?  Ie. how is the loan recalculated after six months? Will interest still be required to be paid during the freeze? And could this result in household having higher repayments on completion of the six-month freeze? Will it impacted your credit file? Cheers 🤙  

 

Question from about Property Prices Dropping from Nicole 
I just heard that Economists are predicting a 20% drop in house values. Would love your thoughts on this? If one is to take up the banks offer of 6months “off” from the mortgage — besides extending the loan time frame, how will it affect households and do you advise it in what circumstances? 

 
Question from about Waiting To Buy from James 
My partner and I are looking to buy in Queensland later this year. But are we better to wait until next year to buy?  

 
Question about “What the market will look like next year” from Jarrad 

What will the market look like next year? Would it be a good time to buy if I was planning to buy my first property? Could it be a good time to get a great priced asset? Thanks guys 

 

Question about Offset Account Protection from Matt 
Are offset accounts protected by the government up to 250k? Should I move funds above that to a different offset account, or should I use it to pay down principal on the loan? Would this then secure these funds in the hopefully unlikely event that a bank failed. Note that this is not a big 4 bank. 

 

Question About Accessing The 10k Out of Superannuation” from Daniel 
If we have money in an offset account, can the bank access it to reduce their exposure?
Also, not sure if you can answer, what are the new rules around accessing your super? If you’re a couple can you both access the $10k per FY? Is it means or asset tested? 

 

Question about Finding a Remote Property Investment Advisor from Aaron 
Was about to redo mortgage and borrow additional funds for deposit on 1st investment property (which we are not really sure on the process, have to talk to mortgage broker),but now that everything is closing down not sure what our next steps are. Can we find a property investment advisor completely remotely? Is it a good time for a newbie investor to try and get into the market, when our only knowledge comes from the podcast and your book? 

 

Question About What To Do If Tenants Can’t Make Rent from Rebecca 
I am a single Mum with no family support … I have two investment properties but if tenants asked for ‘free rent’ don’t they realise that the landlord might be in a similar situation to them??? That this doesn’t make sense for tenants to ask for a pause on rent when mortgage payments still need to be made. I realise that some banks have waived the repayments for 3-6 months but I am actually not with the BIG banks who are doing this (WOW – it is impressive that it IS the big banks who are offering this support – makes me wants to transfer to one of them!)… any thoughts? 

 

Question from Andrew 
 it would be great for you guys to canvass the current situation around landlords insurance and what policies will and will not cover in terms of loss of rent due to coronavirus circumstancesie .Actually getting Coronavirus and not being able to work vs being laid off because of economic difficulties. I can see this being a bit of a snake pit in terms of insurance policies and wordings associated with ‘pandemics’. 

 

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National Update: Click here

State Update:

 

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And please… Just a (not so gentle) reminder. Stay at home if you don’t need to go out. Download our Isolate + Chill Pack if you want to use this self-isolation time to learn new things!

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Episode 276 | COVID-19 & Property Outlook

There’s no doubt that every one of us is impacted by COVID-19 — the coronavirus pandemic — that’s practically everywhere right now.

It’s on the news. It’s in our countries. It’s fuelling a lot of anxiety and panic across the globe…

So, today’s episode is all about navigating the uncertainty of COVID-19 and lifting our eyes so we can see the bigger picture BEYOND the short-term contagion — and the social contagion — that’s currently going on.

Our message remains the same as our first episode on the coronavirus — to spread calm and connection right now….

But A LOT has changed in a week… and so we also have another (kinda really exciting!) message for you…

If you’re cashflows allow and your job security is there… NOW just might be one of the best times to act!

Now, we’re by no means belittling what’s going on here…. We get the severity of the coronavirus event and we understand there are folks out there that are doing it tough right now. And our hearts go out to them and their families.

However, it’s our job to turn to the data and face the facts so we can give you a realistic look at the property market.

Because here’s the deal… the anxiety and panic we’re seeing in our supermarkets is NOT what we’re seeing on the grounds in the property market!

To highlight this, we’re doing something we’ve never done on the show before… we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look into our “Inner Sanctum” — that is, the most-recent meeting with our team of Buyers Agents who are currently out there buying investment properties. So you get to be a “fly on the wall” as they explain what they’re witnessing in the property market… and WHY.

 

Because, yes… there IS a lot of outside contagion going on. The economy IS being affected at this time. There IS uncertainty and fear going on. And we’ve never really seen something like what we’re witnessing right now. But there’s a VERY positive news story here for a handful of folk who are planned, informed and ready to act… an opportunity that, well, doesn’t come around too often

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • COVID-19 and Property Update
  • Dr Jud Brewer’s Three Steps
  • What is “The Media Cycle”— and how is this contributing to the social contagion going on?
  • How will the coronavirus affect the economy?
  • What’s Australia’s Super Power?
  • Are they going to cut the rates TODAY?
  • Bernard Salt on The Big Shift
  • What’s likely to happen in the property market in the ‘20s?
  • What’s the government doing to assist with the coronavirus event?
  • What will the banks do if you struggle to make your mortgage repayments during this time?
  • Why don’t we see high volatility in property?
  • The Endowment Effect
  • “The Inner Sanctum” – Behind the scenes with our Buyers Agents (exclusive recording)
  • Who is likely to have job security right now?
  • Who should NOT act now?
  • Why is NOW one of the best times EVER to invest in property?

 

 

 

Episode 223 | Q&A – How to Overcome your Fear/Uncertainty in Taking The Next Step

Folks, feeling a bit scared to take that necessary “leap of faith” on the property market?

If you do, it’s not your fault. In fact… it’s actually pretty normal!!

So, we’ve taken a leaf out of last week’s episode where we answered some of your questions on the BIGGEST CHALLENGES you’re having in a market downturn…and we’re going to dive in on the fear and uncertainty piece! Because a little bit of fear is normal… but if it gets in the way of you and your future, it becomes a BIG, BIG problem.

To help you out, today we’ve got SIX Lessons for you (straight off the bat) as well as a whole bunch of listener concerns we’re going to unpack so you know the best way forward to make the leap, stay the course, handle the Government changes, hold down the fort, invest in a market downturn and much, much more!

 

Before we give you the specifics, just a quick shout out that we have an Encore Webinar happening TOMORROW, Friday 15th @ 2PM, 12th March 2019!!

CLICK HERE to Register – How to Build a Property Portfolio in a Market Downturn and Retire on $2K Per Week

 

Also, ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT to Get 20% DISCOUNT on SELL or HOLD

Use this discount code: TPC20

 

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