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Episode 198 | Nine Ways to Navigate the Credit Crunch

Folks, if you’re playing the long-term game in property investing, you’ve got to know how to navigate the credit crunch!

And what do we mean by this??

… You MUST build financial muscle in order to succeed at the game of lending! Because folks you can NOT save your way to a passive income. You just can’t.

What you need is access to credit and an ability to optimise this credit so that it works in your absolute best interest.

But of course, there’s an elephant in the room here, isn’t there??

The lending landscape has changed, folks! This can be seen from APRA’s lending restrictions all the way to the banks feeling the pressure following the Royal Commission — both of which are just the tip of the iceberg property investors are now facing when it comes to accessing finance.

So. Here we are at the messy middle…… how can YOU cut through these challenges and still get the lending results you need??

Well, we’ve got 9 Tips up our sleeve to help you do just this folks!!!

 

Before we kick off the key learnings, here’s a couple of reminders from today’s episode…

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2. Would you like to be on our Summer Series Podcast?

If you missed last week’s episode, Our Embarrassing True Stories: What Was Money Like in Our Own Lives?, we’re on the hunt for listeners who have had a “Money Transformation”! (We don’t want to fluff our own pillows or promote our own company or anything like that… we simply want to chat with people who have had an honest, real-life transformation so that others can take inspiration from their own story and realise that it’s entirely achievable in their own lives too!)

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Episode 190 | Q & A – Addressing Media Alarmists, Investing in Your 50s and The Truth About Lenders Mortgage Insurance…

If you’ve heard the latest media reports, folks, you might have reason to believe the property market is all bricks and slaughter… but is that really the case?

Today on the Couch, we’re addressing media alarmists — the recent noise shouting out alarm that they’ll be a total housing crash in Australia! So… is there any truth to the gloom and doom?

PLUS, we’re deep-diving into investing later in life and what this really looks like for people in their fifties, including the ramifications of investing in property can have on pension allowances.

And, of course, Lenders Mortgage Insurance… let’s run the basics, and work out when too much is WAY too much!

Before we kick off the Qs… guess what??

 

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And before we jump into the questions, here are some recommendations from Stiggy to help you go through this episode:

  • Do you want the recording from on the VIC Residential Tenancies Act Amendments? PICA will be sending out the slides AND the replay to their members next week. Not a member yet? Click here to join.
  • (Spoiler Alert) And finally… Here’s the link to the Granny Flat that we’ve chat about on today’s show. Make sure you consult a qualified and experienced Financial Planner before making any investment decisions folks! 🙂

 

Alrightey, let’s get to today’s questions!

Question about Investing in Your 50s from Darren

Me and my wife made a mistake late in life. We bought a house and sold it back in 2000, so we’re not first home buyers. We’re 50, looking forward to getting on the property train and have a good income of about $180K per year. We have about 4.5K in disposable income that we can put into property. Given everything I’ve heard from you guys, how could a couple, now 50, with that available cash, make their way through to give themselves a passive income by mid-60s, earning $80 – $100K per year in passive income. We were thinking of buying a house for around $450K, perhaps on the north side of Brisbane, around Petrie and Kallangura area, and we could smash out as much as we could in a year and a half, build up some equity and buy then move onto the 2nd house with a maybe a bit of renovation between. So my question is: how do people of our age group get onto the property ladder and make this happen for ourselves?

 

Question from Steph the “Serial Coucher”

We’re looking at purchase a home from my father in law over a period of time. Essentially, he is an asset rich, cash poor retiree who is living fortnight-to-fortnight on the pension. Yes, it’s certainly an emotional driver, but the asset does stack up. So my question is: how does something like this work? Can you acquire traditional financing, or is it a specialty class of financing? And what specialist should we look to engage? I want to get as much info as possible before even bringing up the subject with him. Thanks guys!

 

Question about Lenders Mortgage Insurance from Alasdair

I’m looking to increase my portfolio from 2 Investment Properties (IP) to 3IPs, and possibly a 4th. I’m sitting at around about 90% when I get my loans. I read somewhere that around the $1million mark it gets difficult. And I’ve heard that the global portfolio is impossible to get it over $2.5 mil. Can you speak to that idea?

 

 

Episode 189 | Q & A – Vic Residential Tenancy Changes and “Legoland” in a Good Location

Folks, today we’re tackling your questions around some tough topics!

Because chances are, you’ve heard about the amendments that’ve recently been passed on Victoria’s Residential Tenancies Act — laws that allow tenants to keep pets and make ‘minor’ modifications to the property, regardless of the landlord’s wishes.

So we’re going to give our take on this, as well as take a deep dive on “Legoland” and whether or not these properties are worth considering if they’re sitting in a good location. Plus a certain Donald Trump gets a mention, as does the interest rate rise we’ve seen from the big banks right here on our home turf!

And why the tough topics now?

Well folks, it’s pretty simple… we’ve sweated out our brand new book, Make Money Simple Again (Get 30% off here), and now that it’s off to the printers… we’re ready to take on some of your other challenges!

 

Before we kick it off, just a shout out that PICA’S holding a limited-seating event on Tuesday 18th September at 6pm — to discuss on the amendments to the Victorian Residential Tenancy Act…

This is an exclusive event (only 60 seats available) with Yvonne Martin and will take place at Madgwicks Lawyers, Level 6, 140 William Street, Melbourne.

Register Here: PICA – Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

 

And yes,

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But back to the tricky Q & A….

 

Question — Chris on Tenancy Changes

I’m disappointed at your quick video overview regarding proposed rental tenancy changes in Victoria. I have no problem with most of the suggested changes but, how can you not be alarmed at tenants being given the right to have pets and make modifications deemed ‘minor’ – whatever that means? We are not just talking about picture hooks here! After investigating further, this may include security measures and air conditioning! Who pays for these? You flippantly dismiss the pet comment with a remark about ’tiles’. Are you serious??? What about carpets and polished floorboards taking a pounding from pets’ claws and their excrement! I will tell you from experience that any sort of steam cleaning and fumigating of carpets etc….even at the tenant’s expense is not the answer. I’ve had to on at least two occasions (where both urine and faecal matter was so prevalent) had no choice, but to change the carpets! Forget the floorboards – too damn expensive to re-sand and polish!  Please tell me that these abovementioned points are also concerns for you?

 

SpeakPipe Question – Emma on Rate Statement showing a Decline

I have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 car spot investment apartment in Maribyrnong. I’ve just noticed on my new rate statement that the Capital Improved Value and the Site Value have decreased. It is a long term investment, should I be worried? Or should I just enjoy the lower rates this year? Thanks!

 

SpeakPipe Question — Lucas about Trump and IO Loans

… As we know, America runs at huge deficits, and Trump’s now starting trade wars with a whole bunch of economic blocks and their interest rates are going up so it’s going to be harder for them to service their debt. Deficits are going to become bigger & in case that backfires, and causes another GFC situation, what impact will Trump have on the Australian housing market? And, also, we’ll probably have another compounding problem with tougher lending criteria and people having less opportunity to roll interest-only with banks. So I’d like to know what you think will happen to the property market if these things happen, which is the worst case scenario. Thank you.

 

Question — Nick on History of Sales

Hi, I am a casual listener of the podcast and a first time buyer looking for a place to live in Melbourne. We have found a townhouse in Thornbury, a property that ticks all the boxes for us and looks like a good price. However, the property is selling for only a fraction over that which it was purchased in 2014 and is amongst about 50 of other similar townhouses — the property next door is also for sale. It is probably the best located/nicest property we can afford that we have found in Melbourne but those seem like red flags from an investment point of view. I thought I might just ask and see if you might be able to point us in the right direction as to how much we should read into previous sale prices and also about what saturation means in the townhouse market? Thank you and keep up the rad podcasts!

 

 

Episode 186 | Q & A – Should You Pay Down the Principle Loan When Interest Rates are Low? Are Multiple Offset Accounts a Good Idea? PLUS The Step-by-Step Process to Buy an Investment Property!

“The people’s podcast” is EXACTLY that today folks! Because here’s the deal… it’s full-on, gold-packed Q & A Day!!

And we’re diving headfirst into…

  1. Offset accounts —is it a good idea to have multiple offset accounts? And should you offset your highest loan or the oldest loan?
  2. Investing in outer suburbs versus inner suburbs
  3. The step-by-step process of buying an investment property
  4. Buying a home (PPOR) versus an investment property (IP)
  5. Lending — should you pay down the principle of an investment property when interest rates are low?
  6. Why should you join PICA?
  7. TWO amazing LifeHacks from our community!

Oh folks, we don’t want to pick favourites — but even we’ll admit it — these are some solid questions from our listeners!

From start (Mindset Minute) to “Knowledge is empowering, but only if you act on it”… this episode is ALL YOURS!

Before we jump into the questions, click here to download Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns or fill in the form below and we’ll send it to your email right away.

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Questions from Kyrillos:

  1. If you’re purchasing more than 1 property, can you get more than one offset account? And if so do you split all the cash between them, or is it wiser to pour in all the cash in the offset against a larger loan?
  2. To do with LocationScore — I’ve gone through and created a Spreadsheet of all of the suburbs within 50km of Brisbane’s CBD and found that most of the better-scored suburbs are actually quite far, in terms of the asset selection criteria you guys talk about. I understand that LocationScore is more of a demand versus supply score, so if you’re a Buy and Hold investor, at a suburb level, is buying in a better location still the better option?
  3. Would you be able to run through the process of buying a property? Could you run through a quick, step by step process of what happens when (research, when should you get building and pest inspection etc)?

Note 1: Looking for the link to join the Property Investors Council of Australia (PICA)? Learn more about their membership here!

Note 2: Keen to watch Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns on Investment? Just click here or fill in the form below to get access to it.

 

Question from Cam:

My partner and I are wanting to buy 1st home. We are 27 years old, have $100,000 saved and are in our 3rd year of full time employment with a combined income of $150K. Should we be stretching ourselves to buy in the area we love FIRST, or should we be buying an investment property and hope to build equity and use it to purchase our Principal Place of Residence down the track?

 

Question from Sonya:

Hi guys, love the podcast. There’s a lot of talk out there about the risk of Australians switching from Interest Only to Principal and Interest loans. I’m currently paying Interest Only, with no interest to refinance as I am starting up my own business and currently don’t have any other income coming in. Half of my loan is fixed, the other half is variable. My question is: should I pay down the principle of my investment property while the interest rates are low to control the risk of a high interest rate at a later date and the Principal and Interest I would have to pay when my loan switches over? I’m less interested in the tax advantages, and am more interested in controlling risk and reducing my overall repayments. I know that the longer my Interest Only repayment is, the higher my repayments will have to be when it switches over — and that doesn’t sound great to me. I’m sure this, and the impact of Interest Only lending, is of interest to other listeners, so I hope you can provide insight. Love your work again. Cheers!

 

 

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Episode 165 | Royal Commission’s Role in the Lending Sector and Q&A on Improving Loan Serviceability, Sell v Hold Strategy and Investing in Shares

Just a heads up, folks: we’re tackling a couple of serious topics today!

Because, not only are we diving into the world of the Banking Royal Commission (and what they do), we’re also answering a few voicemail messages about how to best service your loan, what to look out for if you considering investing in shares and having a crack at the million dollar question: should you sell or hold??

Yep, Ben will be donning on his Chair of PICA hat to address some of these topics, especially when it comes to choosing your mortgage broker wisely and making sure, as property investors our assets and financial wellbeing are well protected!

 

As part of this, we will be dropping the “F” word… Fraud.

It should go without saying, DON’T go there… but if you find yourself taking dodgy advice, you could find yourself in boiling water too. And remember — for the folks that haven’t signed up yet — you can get an individual Membership of PICA for as little as $5 to lobby government regulations and help us get rid of the “bad eggs” and spruikers responsible!

 

So, let’s jump into the SpeakPipe Q’s:

Question from Nick (from New Zealand) about Selling or Holding a House and Land Package:

I purchased a house and land package in Landsdale, Perth in 2012. It’s next to the parks, next to the school; it’s a beautiful place with nice places around it — should I play the long game and hold onto it? Or should I look at selling it & placing my money elsewhere? It’s cash flow neutral, so it’s not costing me anything. It’s rented out, I’m paying the debt down through my own cash flow… the only other thing is, I’m at university so if I sell it, I won’t be able to get another place — I wouldn’t be able to get a mortgage — for 2 years until I graduate. I know it’s a million dollar question — but should I sell it or hold it?

 

Question from Will about serviceability concerns with current lending regulations:

We’ve got a current portfolio of currently 3 properties, looking to buy our 4th and final property in late 2018. I’m a little bit concerned about serviceability since the new APRA rules? have been brought in with the big banks. I was wondering if there were any practical things we could do to improve our serviceability? The second part to the question: Is there anything we can do to increase serviceability with second-tier lenders and third tier lenders?

 

Question about shares from Jamie:

Through your podcast, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. In the book, it talks about using shares to raise a deposit to purchase property. I was wondering if you were aware of any podcasts or books or any other resources that are similar to your own podcast but talk about trading shares? It’s something that is less tangible than property and I have a harder time understanding it.

 

p.s. Make sure to check out PICA’s website: www.pica.asn.au

p.p.s. And the video that we talked about is called, Becoming Warren Buffet.

 

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