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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?

P.s. Don’t forget to join our Book Giveaway below!

Episode 229 | How to Release Your Money Fears – Chat with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Folks, did you know that almost all of us have buried “bad feels” about money lurking somewhere inside us?? And this contributes — rather significantly — to how we spend and earn our hard earned money… whether we’re aware of it or not!

Ah-huh…. That long-forgotten moment you witnessed when you were five?? … Still remembered! The way your parents spoke about money?? Still remembered! Basically, your psych has stored all your money stories somewhere… and these little tell-tales resurface at the best and worst of times. Say, when you’re putting yet another thing on credit… or refusing to spend a single dollar more than simply surviving. This stuff is not “woo-woo” either folks — it’s legit, and it impacts how each of us responds to and values money… the devil is just in our unique details!

And if there’s one woman who knows ALL about this, it’s a certain someone who wrote a book called —let’s be honest, you’ve probably heard about it — Get Rich Lucky Bitch.

Yep!! Joining us today is Money Mindset Mentor Denise Duffield-Thomas of LuckyBitch.com — aka the woman inspiring, mostly but not exclusively, other women on their very real “money blocks” and how to ditch their fears and simply get on with creating true wealth!! She’s a savvy (but “unbusy”) entrepreneur and the well-respected author of, yes, Get Rich Lucky Bitch as well as Lucky Bitch and most recently, Chillpreneurthe latter, which lets you in on the new rules for creating success, freedom and abundance on your terms!

Now… as two middle-aged fellas who are quick to admit we don’t have all the answers, we’ve gotta hand it to Denise — she, quite literally, is on the money here!! Obviously, we see A LOT of bad money managers and, sure, we’ve got our Money SMARTS Platform to solve this….. but today’s episode is a real eye-opener into WHY people are bad managers and how we (yep… women and men) can reach our absolute potential without lingering on the jitter-bugs from our past!

And folks … you can’t beat an expert in their field who’s “smoking what they’re selling”!!! So, let’s just say… Denise is CLEAR proof of this! Soon you’ll hear just how well her money story’s working out for her … and how you can steal her secrets to success!

Before we crack open the gold, if you’re looking for Julia Hartman’s “Property Tax Pack” that we released last week, you can DOWNLOAD the full Property Tax Q & A from Ep 226 and Ep 228 HERE

Also, Denise has kindly gifted us a copy of Get Rich Lucky Bitch AND her newly-released, Chillpreneur, so if you’re keen to be the Lucky Winner of BOTH BOOKS — Tell us Your #1 Money Block Here for Your Chance to Win!

Here’s what you’ll learn….

Bonusisode – Negative Gearing Policy removed from Labor’s Homepage

Folks, if you haven’t noticed the level of activities that had been happening on our show recently, there were heaps of things going on regarding Labor’s Proposed Negative Gearing policies.

Long story short.. Two weeks ago, Ben as the Chair of Property Investors Council of Australia (PICA), discovered that Labor and the Parliamentary Budgeting Office (PBO) had been using incorrect data in their costing for the proposed Negative Gearing Policy.

Since then, Ben had been speaking to researchers, aggregators, politicians, lenders and real estate agents to find out what’s the actual rate of investors that are buying brand new properties vs existing ones. So far, it’s been found that the proposed Negative gearing savings could be overstated by up to $8 billion. This again highlights the importance of having the right data.

So last week, Ben was on the Money News Show with Ross Greenwood to discuss further about this discovery and he was also invited to the Housing Industry Forum to share his point of view as Chair of PICA.

And it looks like, he’s finally made an impact because now, you couldn’t find much information on the policy on ALP’s website!

We’re very excited that Labor and the PBO are updating their costing with good data now but the work’s not done. It’s important to include subject matter experts like the Master Builders Australia, Housing Industry Association, Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), Property Council, Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), PICA and others to craft this policy together.

Again, as we mentioned before, we’re NOT against Labor.

We are NOT saying that we should leave Negative Gearing unchanged.

We are against the ill-prepared policy here. And if you agree with us, please share this with your network and hopefully, common sense would prevail.

Episode 228 |Ownership Structure & Trusts with Julia Hartman – Everything You Need to Know About Property Tax (PART 2)

Here we go, folks…. Property Tax PART 2 is finally here!!
So, let’s get down to the Ownership Structure, Trusts and SMSF insights you need!

If you tuned into Episode 226, then you’ll know we have none other than The #1 Property Tax Expert in Australia… Julia Hartman, unpacking the gold for you!

Julia is the Founder of BAN TACS, a co-operative of Accountants, which has been helping thousands of Australian’s navigate the world of tax since 1992!! She has a Bachelor of Business and is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Registered Tax Agent…. which, if they don’t mean much to you, translates to this — “impressive” and “rare”!!

PLUS, because we knew she was coming, we threw it out there for our listener’s to ask us their most pressing Tax Q’s they have — and Julia’s going to answer the last of these today and dishing out her top tax tips on ownership and borrowing tax structures!

Get the answers to…

Before we get to today’s questions, we want to let you know that we’ve compiled all of Julia’s Answers and Additional Resources into a PDF! If you’re interested, then just fill in the form below and we’ll send it to you right away. 🙂

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Today’s Ownership Structure and Trust Related Questions:

Question from Ben:

When investing for the long term as a couple (with one partner’s income considerably higher than the other), what are your top tax tips to consider when determining ownership and borrowing structures.

Question from Locky:

What is the best tax structure for being able to keep borrowing (family trust or company)? Buy build and rent out for passive income? Thanks guys.

Question from C L Wong:

Should we open a company to manage the residential properties or a trust perhaps? If so, what are the tax benefits do we have? Thank you, Gents 🙂

Question from Alistair:

How to transfer property between entities (company to trust or company to personal name). Investigate how the family law act interprets this. Thanks.

Question from Damien:

Is there any point in getting a tax depreciation schedule anymore for existing fixtures (since recent changes)?

 

Question from Paul:

Is there any point getting a depreciation schedule done on a brand new build IP considering I can just give my accountant the exact costings of the build to depreciate?

Question from Pete:

I want to know: am I able to claim tax deductions if I rent out 1 or 2 bedrooms in my home? If I rent out 2 bedrooms in my 3 bedroom home, am I able to claim two thirds or my rates, Strata, etc?

Question from Matthew:

When renovating an investment property to what level must you renovate the IP so it can be classed as a “Substantial Renovation” to allow you to claim it as a depreciating asset?

Question from Andrew:

Would love to know if we have any further clarification on the possible negative gearing changes from Labor are we able to still offset our income with interest down to 0 but not claim it as a loss i.e. negative gearing or is there plans to take away claiming the interest charges at all so all income is classed as income.

Question from Nick:

How do I transition my investment property at retirement with minimal tax impact?

Question from Kosta:

What implications must we consider if we go down the short-let Airbnb route?

Question from Sandy:

How do you choose/ find a quality property investment savvy tax accountant? Thank you for all your insights

Question from Sineth:

How to differentiate investment savvy/specialist tax agent and general Tax agent? What outcome Investment savvy tax accountant can bring in to table? Cheers

Question from Iain:

What sort of benefits could one expect from a property investment savvy/specialist tax agent over a generalist or do it yourself?

Thanks again for sending in your questions on Facebook folks! All of the answered questions will get a free book so make sure to reach out to us at info@thepropertycouch.com.au! 🙂

Bonusisode with Ross Greenwood on the Money News!

Yes you’ve heard it right yesterday! Ben was on the Money News with Ross Greenwood!

Folks, if you haven’t tune in to the Money News yet, do yourself a favor and check out their podcast. We tune in to the Money News almost every day and with multiple highlights throughout the day,  it really helps you to stay up to date to what’s happening in Australia and globally.

>> Tune in on iTunes here

 

So, why was Ben on the Money News show?

Well, as the Chair of PICA and also the one who exposed the data that were used for the proposed Negative Gearing policy, Ben was invited to share some of his findings. 

And the team at Money News has generously allowed us access to the audio to share with you guys! What are you waiting for? Tune in now to find out more.

p.s. Don’t miss out the Q&A session at the 8:30 minutes mark as well! 😉

p.p.s Want to listen to Ross’s full episode? Click here.

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