How To Pick The Right Investment Property: “Know Thy Quadrant…”

So, what makes for the RIGHT investment property… and how do you pick it?

Well, let’s be honest… most of us can’t tick all the boxes on our property wish-list. We’d like to, sure, but often this isn’t an accurate depiction of reality. We can’t all afford the best house in the best street in a blue-chip, capital-growth-centric location every time we invest in property! So, chances are you’ve had, or will have, a conversation about what you might have to compromise in the buying process.

… And this is where our “Buyer’s Decision Quadrant” comes in!

This is a framework that can help you with the asset selection process and help you make an informed decision so you are NOT compromising where it matters most. Because there is something that is absolutely non-negotiable.

So in today’s episode, we’re going to take a deep dive on the four areas — the “Quadrants”  — of our Buyer’s Decision Quadrant so you can sleep well knowing you’ve picked the right investment property with the money you have and the ambitions you seek!

Listen now to learn how to pick the right investment property by using our Buyer’s Decision Quadrant to weigh up the “wins” and “loses” of what you compromise on!

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 “The Buyers Decision Quadrant” and how can you use it to purchase your next investment property?
  • What is The One Thing you should NEVER compromise on?
  • Should you buy “Smaller, Closer In” OR “Bigger, Further Out?”
  • What can you compromise on if you have a smaller budget?
  • How to recognise which investment property will work for your own circumstances…
  • Is a property that “ticks all boxes” – AKA the perfect property – really a myth?
  • Is “Uglier” always better?
  • Land size considerations…
  • What should you quickly overlook?


Free Resources

  • 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)


Episodes from The Property Couch to Further Support You…



The #1 Reason Why These Properties Soar In Value… While Others DON’T!

Not all properties are created equal. And there is a specific reason for this – what we like to call “The Psychology Behind The Price”. And this has EVERYTHING to do with human interest and human behaviour – something that can indeed be measured and, almost always, stays exactly the same… no matter who you are or where you live.

Here’s the deal… there are two “types” of properties – Investment Grade and Investment Stock. And most investors are often tricked into thinking – or falsely assume – that what they think is a good investment is going to turn out to be, well, a good investment. And this is NOT the case. In fact, it’s often the complete opposite.

This may come as a surprise to you… but the greatest investments – what we call “investment grade” properties – actually target the owner-occupier (that is, the home owner)… NOT the investor!

And in today’s episode we’re going to tell you exactly why this is and give you the science behind what makes for an Investment Grade property and how to recognise one using the golden rule that underpins the value of propertySupply and Demand!

Listen now to learn how to get a return on your investment property and keep it… simply by identifying high demand in the property market.



Investment Grade = Great.

Investment Stock = No good.


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 types of properties almost always outperform others?
  • What do we mean by “Supply and Demand” and how can property investors use this to get a return on investment?
  • Investment Grade vs Investment Stock
  • What is “Owner-Occupier Appeal”?
  • How To Identify REAL High Demand in The Property Market!
  • Critical Supply Considerations and How to Identify “Scarcity” in the market
  • The Three Biggies: Human Behaviour, Human Interest and Economic Activity
  • What Property Indicators should property investors assess?
  • Why does the Demographic of a property market have such an impact on property prices?
  • What areas will grow most in value?
  • What is gentrification?
  • Tips for Investing in Apartments


Free Resources

  • 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)



Episodes from The Property Couch to Further Support You…





409 | Having It All: How To Make Every Move A Winner!

Folks often believe that it isn’t possible to achieve everything they want in life.  

But what if, with the right sequencing and frameworks…

It was possible to tick off everything on your bucket list?! 

What if you could make every investment decision a “winner”, helping you to achieve your dream lifestyle? 🤯

This is what we’re uncovering today with a real case study featuring Kevin & Bernadette (Not their real names): a young couple who are planning to achieve it all:  

👉 Start a family with 2 (or 3) kids, 

👉 Continue to build an impressive property portfolio that’ll earn them an $80K passive income, and  

👉 Have a comfortable transition into retirement. 

Starting off with an investment property that isn’t faring so well but with 2 steady incomes, we uncover how – through the power of frameworks, sequencing and paper trading – they can achieve ALL their life goals. 

So how will they do it?!   

Listen now to find out! 🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️ 


Free Stuff Mentioned… 


Want to work with Bryce & Ben’s Award-Winning Team? 


Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 0:00 – The gold this week!  
  • 1:07 – What’s New: A homage to the Queen, PIPA’s Breakfast & the Premier of NSW is coming on the couch?!  
  • 7:57 – Something HUGE is coming!!  
  • 9:36 – The 3 Critical Things That Help With Luck  
  • 11:07 – Today’s Case Study… 
  • 13:02 – Let’s just acknowledge this… 
  • 13:19 – Where are Kevin & Bernadette in life??  
  • 16:07 – So, why did they seek help?? 
  • 18:22 – The Google Maps Analogy!  
  • 21:20 – Their Goals: Retiring, Passive Income & Their Plan!!  
  • 23:04 – What were their big-ticket items?!  
  • 24:16 – We actually recommended THIS (We never do this!)  
  • 25:18 – …and this is why we recommended it.  
  • 28:20 – Why NOW is a good time to invest or upgrade to your dream home!!  
  • 29:25 – The problem with their set-up…  
  • 31:14 – This is a classic example of the Buyers Quadrant!  
  • 31:50 – What sequence this couple should follow!  
  • 34:25 – The Third Kid: The value of stress testing your buffers! 
  • 36:05 – What are the challenges this couple is facing??  
  • 37:07 – Maternity Leave & Cash Flow!  
  • 42:42 – What to consider when thinking about having children!  
  • 45:44 – Split Loans: How to tidy up money structures!!  
  • 48:10 – What does their final plan contain?  
  • 51:06 – The Essential Frameworks  
  • 52:40 – The 4 Steps To Build A Property Portfolio  
  • 55:30 – Come join us on the couch! Be our next Summer Series Guest!  


  • 57:12 – Ever wanted to “Google” where an image is from?! Try this life hack… 
  • 58:56 – Super and Build-To-Rent – will it happen??  
  • 1:01:03 – A Downward Spiral… 
  • 1:02:14 – Auction Clearance Rates: the future not so clear?! 
  • 1:03:07 – Ben’s predictions on RBA’s Interest Rates  


393 | The Top 3 Influences on Investing Success – Chat with Scott Phillips

Have you ever wondered what the BIGGEST influences are on an investor’s success?! 

Is it passion, personality, time, experience, learnt market timing or even luck?! Or are you just born with a “business brain”?!  

Well folks, our very special guest today can actually narrow an investor’s success down to just 3 things!!  

And if you’ve got that covered, well according to him…you’re basically going for gold!  

This awesome guest – Scott Phillips – is the Chief Investment Officer at the Motley Fool Australia (Tune in to 10:08 for a fun story on how he landed his first position there!) and runs the Motley Fool Share Advisor and Everlasting Income services. He is also a fellow podcast hoster, co-presenting one of Australia’s top business podcasts: the Motley Fool Podcast!!  

Today he’s dispelling so much timeless wisdom from how to tell if a business is “Investment-grade” to his golden rules for investing. 

He and Ben will also discuss the differences, pros and cons when investing in shares and property, and we’ll be peeling back the layers of his money story! 

So if you’re ready to learn the ultimate, simple wisdom that leads to investing success, press play now! 




p.s Make sure to tune into “What’s Making Property News” too. The NSW Greens Party are introducing some seriously radical changes to its Tenancy laws that will have negative effects on Rent Control, Evictions and Termination of Rental Agreements. This has the potential to implode the Residential Property market, hurting its tenants more and forcing more people to rely on Government assistance. 

If you own an investment property in NSW – we strongly urge you to contact your local member of parliament to express your concerns about the unintended consequence of this change.  

 To find your local member click here.  


Free Stuff Mentioned… 


Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 0:42 – Ben’s joined the COVID Club 😮  
  • 3:55 – Check out PICA’s Webinar on Securing Finance in a Changing Economic Environment!  
  • 5:00 – “Success is a lousy teacher…”  
  • 6:47 – Meet Scott Phillips!  
  • 8:17 – The origins of the “Fool”   
  • 10:08 – How a Facebook article led Scott to become a Motley Fool! 
  • 13:35 – Scott’s backstory: From tobacco tin budgeting to the best advice for a high school student  
  • 17:26 – Why he won the “Ovarian Lottery” 
  • 20:11 – His firsthand experience with Spruikers 
  • 23:04 – The first 2 investing mistakes Scott made (& the silver lining in it!)  
  • 25:11 – His journey to becoming an investing guru!  
  • 26:38 – Scott’s easy yet GOLDEN rules for investing  
  • 32:17 – It all boils down to B___ M____ and T____!  
  • 34:23 – How to get your kids in the market  
  • 35:55 – Shares & Property: Let’s compare the Numbers and Risks!  
  • 41:09 – The TOP 3 things that’ll maximise your investment returns  
  • 43:25 – A sneak peek into Scott’s property portfolio 
  • 46:07 – The Pros and Cons of Shares and Property 
  • 47:53 – The 5 reasons a business is “Investment-grade” 
  • 55:22 – The Best Advice for an Investor: Investing is about B___ not about… 
  • 57:27 – Why Scott KEPT investing in shares through COVID-19  
  • 1:03:45 – Is Crypto worth investing in?  



344 | Have You Made The Wrong Investment Decision?

“Have I made a mistake?” This is a common question we get from investors who just start listening to our podcast and learn the fundamental principles we teach for the first time.

Sometimes it’s directed to a specific property in their portfolio or is based on an investment decision they were initially considering but are now unsure if it’s a good idea or not.

And today we are answering some of these key questions – one, in fact, where the listener is not entirely “wrong” in their choice, though at face value seems to go against our general rule of thumb. You’ll learn why exactly this is and how to use this information in your own decision making process.

On top of that, we’re unpacking how to tell HOW MUCH a property is worth – including common D.I.Y mistakes folks make when trying to value their property and some simple (but overlooked) tips to assess this yourself and how to recognise when it’s time to bring in an expert.

Plus, if you’ve ever considered if solar panels on an investment property will increase its value and even the amount of rent you receive, then definitely tune into this episode… ‘cos you might be surprised by our answer!

You can suss all the questions we answer below – otherwise simply hit play and enjoy the show!


Oh, and, yep – Next week we’re kicking off our NEW WINTER SERIES. It’s kinda like our Summer Series but, umm, in Winter 🤣 So we’ll be interviewing our listeners who’ve had Real Life Financial Transformations! And we gotta admit… these stories are off the charts!



Free Stuff Mentioned 


The Questions

Question from Ricky Comerford on “Getting Solar Systems For Investment Properties

Hi Ben & Bryce and all the team working behind the scenes. I just want to thank you for these podcasts and all the wonderful things that you are doing at Empower Wealth. I have a question today in regards to Solar Energy in a Solar System. Now, we’ve got a strict budget for our primary place of residence that’s currently being built. This house is going to be turned into an Investment Property in 6 years’ time. We’ve been quoted for a solar system and it’s pushing the budget by $3000. Now, the return for investment for this Solar System will be 3-5 years, not taking away the fact that solar power is great for the environment. I just want to know strictly financials What is your opinion on solar systems for an investment property?

Do they increase the value of the home by much and the rental yield? And should we get one installed knowing the situation of this house and our budget and the fact that it’s going to be an investment property? Thanks for your time and yeah, hopefully I get a response.


Question from Riley on “Buying New with Grants Instead Of Established”

Hi Bryce and Ben, I’m just wondering with all the government grants that are coming out at the moment, if it’s almost a bit too good to say no to at the moment as a first time buyer. I’ve been looking to get into the market for a while now. And down here in Tasmania, we can access up to $45,000 in grants to build a new place. I know it sort of goes against everything that you’ve taught in your podcast. But I’m just wondering if it’s probably now with these grants a better way maybe to get into the market. I know certainly from my perspective, that’ll help with cashflow as well, given that I’ll probably get an extra, maybe bedroom and bathroom into the house as opposed to buying a smaller townhouse type of property closer to the city. So just wondering what your thoughts would be on that, if it is now possibly a better option to be building a house rather than buying existing? Thank you.


Question from Kate on How To Calculate Loan To Valuation Ratio

Love the show. I’ve been listening for a few years now and I’ve done all the episodes and I tell everybody I can about The Property Couch. So my question relates to loan to value ratio.

Obviously, it’s easy to determine what the outstanding loan amount is, but where would you go to determine the best value do the free bank valuations cut it? You know, the ones, I mean, I’ll flick by most of the big banks put the address into the website and they spit out a value, but it is generally so broad that is almost useless. Should I ask the bank where the mortgage is held for evaluation? If so, would there be a fee payable? Should I get a real estate agent thing? I probably want to over the value of the property and use RPM. Isn’t that the same as what the bank is? Please help.


Question from Riley on “Have I made a mistake?”

I just want to start off by saying that I absolutely love your podcast along with the books and resources you provide. I have just signed up to your workshop and the Money S.M.A.R.T.S portal, which I am excited to get started on! You’ve probably heard this a lot but I wish I had found The Property Couch sooner!

My wife and I are settling on our first investment property in Vasse, WA next week.  I only found your podcast 4 weeks ago and have a lot of catching up to do! I have a couple of questions if you guys have the time to go over them.

Little bit of background:

We are 34 and 30. Bought our first home together almost 8 yrs ago in Padbury, WA and still living in it now. Had the expensive wedding, bought the dream car (for my wife who has expensive taste) and now we are just about to settle on the first investment property.

Together we earn $203,500 before tax but we are hoping to start a family asap so we will drop down to one wage of approx $104,000 (self-employed and pay myself $2k p/week before tax) in approx 6month – 18months.

The house is a 6yr old 4×2 in Vasse on 570m2, great spot (I think) between the high school and primary school in a fast-growing area (they predict the population of the South West will quadruple in the next 20yrs) and rentals are very scarce. We paid $416,000 and it is currently rented out for $480 p/week on a 18month lease. We signed up on a very low rate 2yr interest only loan and I have worked out that after expenses (mortgage, prop manager fees, insurance, rates and 1.5% maintenance) we will have approx. $10,240 left over making this property positively geared.

In my view (prior to discovering your podcast) I thought it would be great to have it positively geared straight away as we can put that surplus towards the deposit for the next property and/or renos for the Padbury house (want to make it into a 4×2, currently a 3×1

and already have plans drawn up) but from everything I have heard is that when you first acquire a investment property it starts off negatively geared and may take 5-10yrs to become positive.


So to the questions:

  1. Have we done something wrong?
  2. Do you recommend that we put all that surplus into the Padbury house (PPOR) offset until we are ready for the next deposit or would you put it into the investment house offset?
  3. Do we make it negatively geared for the short term to pay less tax? (we have surplus cash that I’d love to put towards our next property asap even though we are paying lots of tax)
  4. After the 2 yr period would you switch to a P&I loan or keep it on a IO loan?


I know there are a lot of factors at play, and I hope I have given you guys enough information to comment on our situation and we would love to hear your views. Sorry if this has been covered in your podcast but I am still only up to episode 40, I need to do some more long drives as that is the only chance I get to listen 🙂. Again, thanks to both of you for your time and knowledge, you make me excited about property investing and I can’t wait to learn more and more as I go through TPC free resources.





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