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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 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….

Episode 226 | Capital Gains Tax 101 with Julia Hartman – Everything You Need to Know About Property Tax (PART 1)

Property Tax… let’s have a real conversation about it folks!

Because if we’re being honest— even with 40-odd years of industry know-how between us (and an accounting degree wedged in there as well) — there’s still a bit of property tax knowledge we could use too.

And if you’ve listened to us for a while now, you’ll also know that, when it comes to tax, we’re only allowed to talk about “Statements of Fact” — as we’re not qualified to give advice in this area.

So it’s GREAT NEWS that today’s guest is absolutely, well and truly, qualified to dish out the Capital Gains Tax, Depreciation Benefits, Trusts, Ownership Structures and ALL of the property tax perks & pitfalls!! In fact she’s SO qualified and willing to share what she knows, that we stole a couple of hours of her time to deliver you TWO EPISODES – today, clearing being Part One.  😉 

Who’s our epic guest?

Oh, “just” The #1 Property Tax Expert in Australia… Julia Hartman!!!

To give you an idea of the calibre of skill set we’re working with here — 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.

Ben’s also been admiring her work since “way back in the day” when she first began writing tax articles for Australian Property Investor Magazine, sharing the insights that a lot of property investors out there simply don’t know about.

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 Julie’s going to answer plenty of these today and next week.

Today’s round… Capital Gains Tax!!

But, of course, we also had quite the week, including….

  • Federal Budget ANNOUNCEMENT on Tuesday night (2nd April 2019)
  • DATE FOR NEGATIVE GEARING — 1st January 2020
  • RBA Cash Rate Announcement for April
  • Comments on Negative Gearing from Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer of the Labor Party, on ABC’s Insiders: The Interview (Listen to ABC’s audio here)
  • And Ben is in Canberra to present at the Housing Panel!!!

… SO we’re going to tackle these guys at the START of the show.

And of course, the Resources mentioned in this episode are:

Today’s Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Questions:

|42:38| Question from Joshua:

If I have purchased a block of land but choose to on sell it prior to settlement, but the new purchaser’s don’t settle, would I be taxed on the 10% deposit the new purchaser pays in the event that they don’t follow through with the sale, leaving me to settle on the land?|

 

|44:13| Question from Brendan:

What is the threshold between claiming all renovations/maintenance in one year, vs having to stagger it over “X” years?

|48:50| Question from John:

If 5 family members own 1 investment property, can the income be all directed to 1 person or must it be 20% each?

|50:34| Question from Alisdair:

Hypothetical question. I have a PPR and I decide to build an extension and use it to rent out, Airbnb or lease to a tenant. Is the deductible percentage based on square metres only? Any other considerations that should be made, such as a common garage? Will the build be able to be depreciated as a capital works deduction? When I sell my PPR, it won’t be without CGT, will it only the same square meterage that is subject to CGT? The answer to these questions makes it clear if it is a worthwhile proposition.

|58:16| Question from Andrew:

When selling an investment property, how does the depreciation you have claimed on the investment property affect how your capital gains tax is calculated?

|1:01:47| Question from James:

Are Stamp Duty and Capital Gains Tax affected for first home buyers when purchasing a property for the purpose of investment vs owner-occupied?  Also, if the property is initially purchased as an owner-occupied property but later turned in to an investment property what is the tax outcome of this both throughout the life of property ownership and when the property is sold (further down the track).

|1:03:37| Question from Karen:

If I move out of my PPOR and turn it into an investment, then sell it after 6 years, how is CGT calculated?

|1:06:27| Question from Josh:

Can I claim any ongoing CGT discounts if I move and rent out my PPOR if I move into a rental myself?

|1:08:09| Question from John:

I will be looking at losing close to $80k on an investment property I have held onto for 12 years. Just wondering how long I can carry this capital loss over for? And how the whole offset process works…. (ie would a $80k profit in the future completely be offset against this loss?)

|1:10:25| Question from Richard:

I recently tried to work out how to calculate Capital Gains Tax that I would pay on an investment property but the ATO’s website made it very hard to do this. Is it just a straight 50% of the profit made OR does it matter how long you hold the property OR does the profit then go into your yearly income and the percentage is worked out that way?

Episode 225 | Breaking News with Dr Shane Oliver – Are We in Store for a Global Recession?

Folks, we have a very special guest on today … Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital!! (Ben was a bit giddy, ha!)

So, if you’re keen to hear the latest economic news across the property AND stock market, or you want the intel on how the cogs of the economy run … then you’d best hit play on this one!

To give you an idea, Shane Oliver is responsible for determining AMP Capital’s investment strategy and asset allocation and also provides economic forecasts and analysis to the asset class portfolio managers. And chances are, you’ve seen his face somewhere in the news because Shane is also a regular media commentator on major economic and investment market issues and has been with AMP for over 30 years!

And he’s not just an expert on this stuff, he’s also excellent at breaking down complex economic updates into simplified, bite-sized pieces!

Oh, and as mentioned on today’s show, he’s often providing live updates on Twitter, so if you’re keen to get his economic insights his twitter handle is @ShaneOliverAMP

 

Other resources mentioned in today’s show…

(And, don’t forget… CLICK HERE to Find Out About our AFL Competition – Epic Prizes!)

 

So… What are you in for?

 

 

Episode 224 | Turia Pitt – From Burned Alive to Investing in Grit, Triumph and Property

Folks, it’s likely that today’s guest — Turia Pitt — needs little or no introduction!

Chances are, her name’s familiar to you… and that’s because Turia became a household name when, at 24, her life was turned upside down when she became trapped in a grass fire while competing in a 100km ultramarathon.

And not only did she manage to SURVIVE the severe burns to 65% of her body… she’s also gone on to absolutely THRIVE in an ultimate story of triumph!

Indeed, Turia has well and truly beaten the odds and is inspiring others all over the country to never lose sight of their goals, dreams or who they are with her 7-step coaching course, School of Champions – a guide to getting unstuck, ditching your excuses, overcoming all kinds of barriers and making things happen. Plus, she’s gone on to deliver some truly brilliant speeches across the globe and is the author of several books, including the newly released The Good Selfie as well as Unmasked and Everything to Live For.

On top of that, she’s also an ambassador for Interplast Australia & New Zealand and to date, has helped raise almost $1 million dollars in donations and $3 million dollars in awareness. Her humanitarian doesn’t stop there, Turia has also been busy working on Haapii, a foundation with the overall aim of providing kids in developing countries with the best educational resources possible!

So, yep… she’s a VERY inspiring lady indeed!

And obviously, we’ve got her on for a few reasons…

  1. Her story is jaw-dropping
  2. Her mindset tips break the Richter scale — (next level lessons to help you here!)

But there’s something else you might not know about Turia…

  1. … She’s also a property investor!


Before we kick off Turia’s mindset hacks, personal story and property investment journey…

 

Just a quick shout out that WE’VE CREATED AN AFL FOOTY TIPPING COMPETITION! And we have some EPIC PRIZES up for grabs!!!

Yes, we know not all our listener folk are fond of our AFL banter… BUT we’ve created an exclusive The Property Couch League for those who want to compete with us this season.

1st Prize….  A tailored Property Portfolio Plan (Value: $4,950)

2nd Prize… A next-step Property Plan (Value: $2,970)

3rd Prize… An Hour Chat with Us (Value: At least $1.20… surely??)

CLICK HERE to Join the Footy Tipping Competition & Get the Chance to Win!

 

And here’s what you can learn from Turia Pitt…

 

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