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Episode 230 | From Residential to Commercial Investing: How this guy quit his Day Job at 28 – Chat with Scott O’Neill

Folks, if you’ve sussed out the title, you’ll know that today we’re visiting a space we don’t normally explore — and that’s investing in COMMERCIAL property!

If you’re a regular listener, you’ve definitely cottoned on to the fact that we obviously have an agenda towards residential investing (we figure everyone needs somewhere to live)…  BUT our bias doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t reach success by other means of investing.

And walking proof of this is Scott O’Neill, Founder and Director of Rethink Investing who is an experienced and active investor who was able to RETIRE FROM HIS DAY JOB AT 28! Yep, VERY impressive. And he did it by investing in both residential property AND commercial property — mostly including well-selected unit blocks and small business that’ll likely be around for years to come.

With a portfolio of 28 properties (yep, the same number as the age he threw in the towel as an engineer), Scott’s passion and commitment has paid off in spades — he and his wife were able to take a 6 month sabbatical from working life and do nothing but travel Europe until, as it so happened, they grew bored of it and decided to teach others how to reach the same success instead!

So today we’re traversing Scott’s journey from residential to commercial property and picking up some pebbles of gold for you along the way:-)

Before we kick off what you’ll learn, here’s the bonus resources we mentioned in today’s show:

And here’s what you’ll learn:

SPECIFIC TO COMMERCIAL INVESTING…

  • When did he make the switch to commercial real estate?
  • How are commercial and residential investing different?
  • What do you look at to get a good tenant?
  • What’s positive about investing in commercial property?
  • Can you still get capital growth?
  • What’s the typical price point to get into commercial investing?
  • What are the current LVRs on commercial real estate?
  • What yield does he aim to get?
  • How long can it take you to pay off a commercial property?
  • What are the fees to get advice in this area?
  • What commercial properties DOESN’T  he like investing in?
  • What size commercial properties can start to see more vacancy rates?
  • What happens if digital business keep increasing?

THE WHOLE STORY…

  • What started Neil’s interest in investing?
  • How old was he when he bought his first property?
  • Were there many property investment mistakes along the way?
  • How could he sustain this many properties from a cash flow perspective?
  • THE BIGGIE… Would Scott have been able to achieve all this in the current environment?
  • How do Strata-titled properties work?
  • What was fueling his confidence?
  • How did he get funding to invest in so many unit blocks?
  • How much do these sub-divisions normally cost?
  • Where did he invest?
  • Why was it crucial he remained a Rentvestor for so long?
  • Did he have to sell any of his properties to buy his family home?
  • What did he learn about when to get preapproval on his PPOR?

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Episode 096 | Building a Positively Geared Property Portfolio – Chat with Prue Muirhead, Property Investor of The Year (2010)

Joining us on our first online recording today is Prue Muirhead! Prue is the co-founder of Muirhead Property Management, the 2010 Property Investor of the Year, teaches property investment and property management at TAFE Adelaide and an active investor with 18 positively geared properties under her belt. So in today’s episode, Bryce and Ben will be chatting with her about how she build her positively geared property portfolio and:

  • Her journey as a sophisticated property investor, the hurdles she faced along the way and how she overcame that
  • Understanding different risk profiles and property investing risks when building a portfolio
  • The lending challenges faced by a self-employed and how she used the equity in her current home to build up her portfolio
  • What’s her investment strategy and her definition of manufactured property growth
  • The importance of continuous learning, research and taking initiatives to an active investor
  • Self-management versus using a property manager
  • Potential for upgrades and renovations from a property manager perspective
  • The mindset and preparations required for property developments
  • Mistakes made along the way and her top tips for other property investors

 

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Episode 094 | Which Market to Invest in for 2017? – Chat with Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist for the REA Group

Keeping to our Summer Series tradition, Bryce and Ben are joined by yet another special guest in today’s episode; Nerida Conisbee – The Chief Economist of The REA Group: now the biggest digital real estate company in the world! With more than 20 years property research experience throughout Asia Pacific, Nerida also appears every Saturday on SkyNews Real Estate program, is an adviser on property market conditions to major Government bodies and has held senior positions within commercial agencies and major consulting firm.

Leveraging on her experience and knowledge in the property industry, the three of them will be chatting about:

  • How are the two capital cities, Sydney and Melbourne performed in 2016 particularly in the apartment market and what’s the outlook for 2017
  • What’s the level of housing affordability for property buyers across Australia
  • Investing habits between Sydney and Melbourne, and how these compare to major cities around the world and the drivers that are slowing down property listing in those two cities
  • Potential changes to the lifestyle trends in Sydney where houses are less affordable for young home buyers and how this would affect Melbourne
  • Research data and methodology in commercial real estate as compared to residential real estate
  • Seeing the GDP drop and finding that balance between the property market being strong and weak; therefore, knowing when the best time to sell is
  • The 2017 outlook for Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Darwin and Canberra and which market to invest in for 2017

 

We hope you enjoyed this podcast and look forward to hearing your thoughts on the topics brought up! And here’s the site that Nerida mentioned in today’s podcast:

 

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