Episode 387 | Everything you need to know about Home & Contents Insurance – Chat with Steve Mickenbecker

It’s no secret that Australia is facing an insurance crisis. 

Did you know that roughly 70-80% of all Aussies are underinsured?!  

With the constant string of natural disasters from fires to floods, the ability to choose the right personal insurance that actually covers you is becoming more and more critical!  

It might not be our sexiest topic folks, but it’s definitely super important to know!! 

But how are you supposed to know what insurance is best for you?   

Or what makes an insurance policy a good insurance policy??  

Thankfully to help us clear this muddy water we’ve got Steve Mickenbecker, financial services expert!  

As well as being part of Canstar’s Group Executive Team (aka. Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison site!!), Steve is also Canstar’s financial commentator.

He brings more than 30 years of experience in home loans, superannuation, insurance, mortgages, banking, credit cards, investment, budgeting, money management and SO MUCH MORE!  

Basically…he’s the ultimate insurance guru!!  

And he’s here to explain… 

What the heck is Stagflation?!  

How to ensure your insurance policy appropriately covers flood damage!  

What the future for insurance policy services will be (Are we destined to forever be served by robots and AI?!)  

PLUS, Steve will deep dive into some of  Canstar’s and the Insurance Council of Australia’s Catastrophe Data. 

Listen in now folks – this one is real eye-opener! 🤯 


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Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 2:02 – Money problems are actually Money H___!  
  • 3:48 – Welcome Steve Mickenbecker!!  
  • 5:37 – From ledger cards to cryptocurrency: Steve’s Money Backstory  
  • 14:36 – How Steve first got into finance!  
  • 16:21 – What the heck is Stagflation?! (And why haven’t we seen it since??)  
  • 22:13 – Why is it important to get your insurance right?   
  • 25:24 – What factors should you consider when selecting insurance? 
  • 27:44 – The underinsurance epidemic and why we’re seeing it today! 
  • 29:10 – How to CORRECTLY calculate if you’re underinsured… 
  • 35:23 – Folks, THIS is why you should read annual changes in your insurance policy!  
  • 36:36 – How to ensure your big-ticket items inside your house are actually covered!  
  • 40:20 – Steve’s rule of thumb for knowing what items you should ensure 
  • 42:05 – How to choose the best insurer for you!  
  • 47:30 – So…what actually makes a good policy?  
  • 51:15 – How much excess is juust right? 
  • 53:31 – Online vs. Human insurance service  
  • 55:45 – What sort of records should people keep for claims?  
  • 58:21 – Data dive into natural disaster coverage… 
  • 1:00:30 – The Average out of pocket costs for home and contents insurance!! (WOW!)  



Episode 335 | The Four Types Of Wealth

Do you know the FOUR types of wealth!?!

Yep. Prosperity, or “wealth”, can be narrowed down to four specific categories – and in today’s episode we’re unpacking each one so you can see where YOUR definition of wealth really sits!

(And if the “Type” you’re consciously or unconsciously chasing will actually get you to your ultimate goals and passive income targets!)

Key Message: Don’t let “1” and “2” rob you of “3” and “4”! 👊

Tune in now to learn all four types of wealth and join us as we deliver the gold straight from the studio (you just might hear Stig drop something in the background… ahhh, it’s great to be back!!!)!

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Episode 328 | The #1 Checklist For Landlord Insurance – Chat with Greg Rowe

This episode covers everything a landlord needs to know to PROTECT their investment property!

Sure, “Landlord Protection Insurance” probably doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic in the world… but we can assure you it is a VITAL part of a property investor’s Defence Strategy.

Here’s the deal… Building Insurance is NOT enough if you are NOT going to be the one living in your property… you need to make certain you have Third Party Cover and the necessary protection policies in place that are specific to a landlord’s best interests and needs.

So, here to explain The #1 Checklist For Landlord Insurance is an expert in the field – joining us today is Greg Rowe, CEO of Property Insurance Plus (PIP). Greg has extensive knowledge in ALL things Landlord Protection Insurance – like what to do to cover yourself from Loss of Rent, and loss or damage by tenants to your building and contents… on top of the “regular” cover to safeguard yourself from unforeseen events that could occur to your property.

So, what CAN and CAN’T landlords claim if something goes wrong?

What coverage MUST you have in place from the very beginning?

What is the minimum amount of coverage you should be looking at?

Tune in now to find out, folks!

P.S. To recap all of the gold that’s mentioned in today’s episode, here is PDF Report of Greg’s Top 10 Tips For Landlord Insurance – you’ll also get a deeper dive into what some of the legal terms and claims mean… so every landlord can be adequately protected!


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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 04:01 – How to criticise and not be hated for it!
  • 07:05 – Meet Greg Rowe!
  • 07:37 – How did Greg get into Landlord Insurance, anyway?
  • 09:22 – What is Landlord Insurance and what does it cover!?!
  • 10:01 – What is Building Insurance?
  • 10:24 – What will a GOOD Landlord Protection Insurance over you for?
  • 10:57 – How many investors get Landlord Insurance?
  • 11:55 – What is Public Liability and how much should you be covered for?
  • 13:51 – How much should you be covered for Rental Default?
  • 15:13 – Do insurers let you choose your policies?
  • 16:11 – The Difference between “Rent Default” and “Loss of Rent”
  • 16:39 – Bryce’s experience with his recent claim for a burst water pipe…
  • 17:30 – The subtle (but significant!) difference between a burst pipe and the resulting damage from a bust pipe
  • 18:21 – Why you need your OWN Landlord Insurance even if you’re a part of a Body Corporate!
  • 20:00 – How do different insurers treat floating timber floors?
  • 20:58 – Understanding policy wording… (get the “jargon explained” here >>)
  • 21:10 – What are the different ways insurers treat Bonds?
  • 22:19 – How much should you be covered for contents!?!
  • 23:27 – Does cabinetry fall under “Building” or contents?
  • 22:43 – GREAT Rule of Thumb to work out Building Items vs Contents Items!
  • 23:59 – How did insurance policies change during Coronavirus?
  • 26:07 – The Armageddon Panic that stripped Rental Default off the table…
  • 27:01 – What was the spike in claims during the pandemic?
  • 27:54 – How do underwriters work and what are the layers involved behind insurance companies?
  • 29:07 – What does “Embargo” mean?
  • 31:17 – How many landlord insurers are there?
  • 33:14 – The biggest complaint that came through to PICA during the height of the pandemic…
  • 34:15 – What was the reason behind “Lower Protection but Higher Premiums”…
  • 36:55 – The biggest change in the insurance industry since COVID-19!
  • 39:38 – What is the cover for legal costs to evict tenants?
  • 40:26 – How great property managers come in…
  • 42:05 – Are the certain limitations and premiums for specific postcodes?
  • 42:41 – What is THE MOST COMMON Claim?
  • 43:00 – What is THE MOST COMMON “Oh, no, we thought we would be covered for that!” claim that is NOT covered?
  • 44:42 – How often should you replace the flexi house attached to the toilet?
  • 45:58 – Differences in cover for periodic lease agreement (month-to-month) vs fixed term lease agreement
  • 48:00 – What is the quickest way to find out what you are covered for?
  • 49:00 – Levels of cover for Damage Caused by PETS…
  • 50:07 – How much does Property Insurance Plus (PIP) cover for pets?
  • 52:45 – Coverage for Death of a Tenant…
  • 53:47 – Coverage for SQUATTERS…
  • 55:19 – What are the Tenant Hardship clauses…
  • 56:40 – The Difference between “Flood Damage” and “Storm Damage”
  • 57:16 – When should you get Flood cover?
  • 59:46 – Rookie Mistakes for Beginners…




The Property Investment Formula That Works In ANY Market And At ANY Time!

If there’s just one framework you should focus your attention on if you want to be a successful property investor… please make it this one!

Folks, in today’s episode we’re revealing THE Property Investment Formula you need, not just in your toolkit, but also what you must implement if you want to build a multimillion-dollar property portfolio that creates a passive income for yourself and your loved ones!

Our Property Investment Formula is made up of FOUR critical elements – what we call our our “A.B.C.D.” Pillars of Mastery – and it works in ANY market and at ANY time… (yep!)… ‘cos this is an evergreen formula to invest in property. It really will work today, tomorrow and forever. So make sure you get this framework RIGHT.

The “A.B.C.D” Pillars of Mastery are…

  • Asset Selection
  • Borrowing Power
  • Cashflow Management
  • Defence

BUT while this “A.B.C.D” Acronym makes it super easy for you to remember… these Pillars are NOT in their correct order as you would apply them in real life… so, please NEVER start with the property (Asset Selection)!

We’re about to unpack what order to apply our “ABCD” Property Investment Formula and how to implement and what to consider in each individual Pillar.

This is one of our all-time favour frameworks and, yep, it is absolutely critical for every property investor, no matter what stage they are in!

Listen now to get the proven formula to invest in property that works in any market and at any time!

Don’t forget, get further insights and “play along at home” by picking up a FREE physical copy of our book here: http://www.thearmchairguide.com.au/


Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • What is Asset Selection?
  • What and Where should you buy?
  • The 4 Developer Tricks To Avoid At All Costs
  • New vs Old Properties
  • Investment Grade vs Investment Stock
  • How to recognise an Investment Grade Property
  • What is Borrowing Power?
  • How do you maximise your Borrowing Power?
  • How to Structure your home loans
  • Principle Interest vs Interest Only
  • What’s a Cash-on-Cash return?
  • Why’s interest rate NOT king?
  • What is “cross-collateralisation” ?
  • Should you pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)?
  • Why should you NEVER get a loan directly from the bank?
  • Who should you get your mortgage advice from?
  • What is Cashflow Management?
  • Good Management vs Great Money Management
  • Four Steps to Elite Money Management
  • Why is “Liquidity” so crucial for a property investor?
  • What should you do with your money?
  • Or Money SMARTS system to Financial Peace
  • What is Defence?
  • How can you protect yourself, your family and your property portfolio?
  • What type of insurances are there?
  • What professional should you seek out?
  • How can you reduce your risk?


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  • Free Book – The Armchair Guide To Property Investing: How to Retire on $2,000 A Week (please just pay for postage – we’ll pay for the book and send it anywhere in Australia for you.)
  • The Property Couch PodcastThe Insider’s Guide to Property Finance and Money Management (This is Australia’s #1 Property Podcast with over 307+ episodes that features HEAPS of simple and actionable frameworks, countless interviews with the best minds in the Australian property and finance industry and a ridiculous number of free resources to help you at any stage of the property investment journey)


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Episode 279 | How To Master The Pillars in Pandemic Times

As a property investor, you have to master the frameworks. But during a pandemic, you have to tweak specific strategies in each framework to not just survive in this climate, but thrive — now and in the future.

Make no mistake… the fundamentals DO NOT change! But in a brand new world, there’s no doubt that adaptability and proactivity in regards to our Four Pillars of MasteryAsset Selection, Borrowing Power, Cashflow Management and Defence (ABCD) — are critical and will set you up for life… provided you work with this time of self-isolation, economy upheaval and uncertainty… NOT against it!

When this is all over, we will see that the folks who were able to act and adjust quickly will be the ones who get out on top. We have seen it throughout history and most-recently during the GFC… so, while the coronavirus is an unprecedented and uncomfortable time for all of us, there are practical and smart strategies you can adopt NOW to make certain you get through the other side… and not just “unscathed”, but potentially in a great financial position.

So, maximise your results and efforts during this time and you will be rewarded for it.

And, please folks… DON’T buy bargains… the “bargains” are that way for a reason… and we’re going to see a fair bit of this junk stock coming onto the market. So, don’t be tempted. Don’t do anything stupid. And stay focused on the objective.

In this episode:


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