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Episode 333 | Are We Property Spruikers?

Right. Let’s have the uncomfortable conversation – is The Property Couch just a platform for another couple of Spruikers to push property on you!?!

Look, we get it… this is a fair question to ask. One we recently received recently from a listener! And, who knows, maybe it might even be something weighing on the back of your mind as well.

So… Are we Property Spruikers?

Listen now, and you’ll hear our answer… we’ll leave it in your court to decide what you believe to be true.

Just a heads up – this is a Q&A episode, folks! So, while we definitely strip down to the bare bones on whether or not we are Spruikers, we’ve also got a couple of other themes in store for you…

 

 

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The questions we answer…

Question about “Are WE Property Spruikers?” from Daniel/RIPPAA

Massive fan of your show, which leads me to my questions regarding in particular Episode 325 – How to buy on a hot property market.

Listening to your show for quite a while, I’ve found that you guys always seem to advocate for property being an effective means of investing. However, sure you’ve got to be in a point in time where that is not the case. Investing in shares & stocks, generally speaking was probably not the best idea, what about property? You guys have done episodes on warning against spruikers and so I’ve been having concerns about, “What about The Property Couch then – does it fall under that category?”

However, until you guys did this recent episode 325, which to be honest was very refreshing to hear that acknowledgement of you guys just really giving that message of warning of cautioning I should say against buying at this point in time which I really appreciate,

that message of you guys caring about the community really came through. So my question is when do you guys see, at least a minimum point in time, until which the market is gonna change and sort of calm down a bit?

 

Question about Land Tax from Bruce Adkins

Hi Bryce and Ben. My question is about land tax. After starting out with a passive ‘buy any hold’ strategy, and then moving on to some renovations. I have finally landed on a strategy 3 or 4 years ago of buying splitter blocks, knocking down the existing house, subdividing into 2 or 3 lots, and then building new homes on each lot. When I can afford to, I keep the new houses and rent them out I do. Occasionally I need to sell one or more of the houses to assist with cashflow, or to help fund the next project. All my properties are in Brisbane and surrounding areas as I feel the need to touch and feel the sites and keep an eye on construction, etc. Early in my property investing journey I did invest in a location distant from my home. After a little bit of research and a quick flight to inspect, I purchased the property and the whole experience was a disaster, made worse by not being around when things went wrong. This experience convinced me that I need to invest in my own backyard, and my current, more active investment strategy reinforces the need to invest locally.

My current portfolio is now more than a dozen properties with an unimproved land value of around $8 million, and the annual land tax bill is really starting to hurt.

Apart from investing in different States (which I will find hard to get my head around), Do you have any other strategies for minimising the land tax impact of a large and growing portfolio?

I love your podcasts and would love any ideas you have for easing the sting of land tax.

 

 

Question on Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) from  Francis Rivero

Not really a question but I would like to hear your thoughts on the following:

My wife and I bought a PPR in November 2018.

  • Purchase price – $345,000
  • LVR – 90%
  • LMI – $9700

Through making extra repayments and recovering a strong valuation result yesterday ($420,000) we are now sitting at 72% LVR just 2 years later. I realise this is just the way it is but I can’t help feeling like $9700 is a huge amount of money to pay in order to protect the bank for such a short time. Fair enough if we are still 5 years off getting down below 80% but I’m sure this happens to lots of people who buy well and are diligent with their money. Like I said, no specific question but would love to get your take on this.

 

Question on Being Gazumped from Matt Rose

Hi Ben, Bryce and the great Stig. I’m looking for some advice as my wife and I have been left disillusioned by the property system while trying to buy our 2nd investment property, this time in Melbourne.

The sequence of events went like this – we put in an offer on contract and put down 5% deposit, the agent phoned to say the owner has accepted, the agent then proceeded to shop our offer around telling everyone our exact price, the agent then entered into some sort of silent blind auction and sold it to someone else last night without coming back to us on the new price even though they told everyone else our price. Is this illegal or unethical and if not, how do we as a community vote to put better rules in place to protect the consumer?

 

 

 

 

Episode 331 | What Is Your Money Personality? – Chat with Effie Zahos

Did you know we all have a distinct “Money Personality”??

Yep – we do! And in this episode, we’re giving you the complete lowdown so you can identify which one is YOUR personality (and what it says about your money habits!), as well as practical tips to improve your bank balance, make your Super work harder and build a nestegg for your retirement that won’t cost you “an arm and a leg” to set up!

Folks, joining us today is our good friend and one of Australia’s leading personal finance commentators, Effie Zahos! Effie is Canstar’s Editor-at-Large and has more than two decades’ experience helping Aussies make the most of their money. As the money expert for The Today Show, Effie offers her insights into current money matters and – get this! – prior to joining Canstar, Effie was the editor of Money magazine for more than 20 years. (… Anyone remember our interview from the legend Paul Clitheroe!?! Well, Effie worked right alongside him… so you can bet on the fact she knows her stuff!)

We cover a lot of ground in this ep, like… the psychology of money, the best way to tackle debt and simple (but effective) money hacks to get your money working harder. You can see exactly what we cover further below.

EVEN BETTER, Effie gives us some exclusive insights from her new book, “Ditch the Debt and Get Rich” that’ll have you on track to earning a passive income & tweaking your spending habits like a pro!

So. Which Money Personality are you!?! Well, let’s find out….

Psst… bonus points up for grabs if you can guess Ben’s money personality! 🤣

 

 

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Here’s What We Cover….

  • 01:50 – Who won our Start & Build giveaway this week!?! (a few more weeks to go!)
  • 04:06 – Mindset Minute!
  • 06:28 – Meet Effie Zahos…
  • 08:03 – Effie’s WORST Fear!
  • 10:57 – The day Bryce met Effie…
  • 12:56 – How to Retire on $2,000 a Week (how it started…!)
  • 13:58 – How to Ditch the Debt and Get Rich!
  • 15:00 – WHY are so many of us “bad” with money?
  • 16:19 – Reasons people derail from their financial goals
  • 17:17 – Triggers companies use to make you spend more money!
  • 18:19 – The $10,000 Online Shopping Cart….!
  • 19:51 – How to bring the future into the present so you can make lasting change
  • 20:30 – Latest Data on investment trends!
  • 22:33 – Why do you need to go BACKWARDS to go FORWARDS?
  • 23:52 – The #1 tip to “get the monkey off your back”!
  • 24:12 – Debt Avalanche vs Debt Snowball
  • 25:45 – Where do people get into financial trouble?
  • 27:13 – What Is YOUR Money Personality?
  • 27:32 – How to model the most successful investors…
  • 29:27 – The overlooked difference between SPENDING and INVESTING!
  • 30:12 – The 48-Hour Rule
  • 32:02 – The 2 Critical Things to put “side by side” to curb your spending
  • 33:08 – Generational Differences with Money Strategies
  • 35:29 – Do this immediately with your super!
  • 37:05 – Why “Balance is B.S” with wealth creation!
  • 39:12 – Why is writing your goals down so important?
  • 39:45 – Effie’s 3 Financial Goals This Year!
  • 40:43 – The “Coke bottle trick” that makes you money!
  • 42:02 – Why money makes money…
  • 43:26 – Investing in shares!
  • 44:52 – How much do you need to invest!?!
  • 45:35 – Understanding the psychology of wealth creation!
  • 47:08 – Buy now and pay LMI… or wait ‘til you have a deposit?
  • 49:37 – Pay off your mortgage or invest?
  • 54:36 – A key tip about Debt Avalanche…
  • 58:44 – Do you have this in YOUR car???

And…

  • 1:00:29 – What’s making property news?

 

 

 

Episode 264 | How $4,000 Turned into Six Properties – Chat with Joey

When he bought his first investment property, Joey D’Agata was too nervous to do his own bidding. But, flash forward four years, and he’s now self-built a high-income producing portfolio consisting of SIX properties. And, even more impressive… he’s only 26!!

So folks… how on earth did Joey make this happen for himself? Especially considering the fact that when he first started saving, he was earning less than $50,000 a year and was seriously concerned that someone in their twenties wouldn’t be able to afford to buy a SINGLE property, let alone go ahead and invest in six of them.

So, the multi-million dollar question is… how’d he do it?

Well, this is where the $4,000 comes in…..

… Keep in mind, there’s a bit more of a back story here, which we’re unpacking in this episode, but here’s the quick overview: Joey “embraced” Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

Now, when it comes to Lenders Mortgage Insurance, we always say… “Avoid it when you can, but embrace it when you have to.”

Why??? … well, that $4,000 cost went on to put Joey in a position where he could buy another FIVE properties.

 

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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…

1. Have you got a copy of Make Money Simple Again yet?

Grab a copy with 20% Discount here! Just use this coupon code: TPC20

Not ready to buy the book yet? No worries! Just download the Free Chapter here and check it out. 😉

 

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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??

 

If you want the 30% discount on our new book Make Money Simple Again you need to join our waitlist BEFORE 11:59PM TOMORROW  (Friday 21st September 2018)

Yes, this is a limited-time only discount, folks!

>> CLICK HERE to Get 30% Discount of our New Book

 

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?

 

 

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