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Episode 306 | The Game of Loans: How To Find & Finance An Investment Property

How do property investors Find and Finance their investment properties?

Let’s face it: Asset Selection (aka finding the property) and Borrowing Power (aka financing the property) are two of our Four Pillars of Mastery for a reason… they’re crucial!

So with this in mind, how do property investors make sure they get these two things right?

Well, that’s where today’s episode comes in. We’re unpacking heaps of listener questions on these two topics so you get the insider’s guide into what to buy and how to set up your loan structure and strategy correctly!

We’ve dubbed it “The Game of Loans” and we think there’s quite a few takeaways in here, and even a few bits of gold we’ve never discussed before…

Listen now so you can learn how to find and finance your assets!

 

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The Questions

Question about “Investing in Victoria During COVID-19” from Trav:
Hi, gents, just a quick one. I haven’t yet mustered up the courage to do any investment in property. I’m looking to do my first one, hopefully within the next six months. And just want to get your views on the current environment here in Victoria. And if you think it’s a good time to invest in Victoria, the area that I’m looking at is Chelsea, down by the beach there, close to train line three bedroom, townhouse, one bathroom, own title, nobody corporate in a secure, parking area. I tick all those boxes that you guys talk about. I have low debt, zero debt effectively. I own my own property. I’m in a secure government style job around the 120K Mark and regular high-rises, and I’m quite a good money manager, yet to do the last little part of my structure. And that is obviously getting in touch with a good savvy mortgage broker rather who’s savvy around investments. So I just, your thoughts on that and let me know, keep up the good work and I hope to hear from you, sir. Bye.

 

Question about “Closer In And Smaller or Further Out And Bigger” from Violet:
Hi, Bryce and Ben we’ve been conditionally approved for our first home to the value of $750,000. We live in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne way. Wondering whether we should buy a two bedroom property with the potential to add an extra bedroom, which definitely needs a little bit of work, but we can get in for, you know, under $600,000 we believe, or if we should max out budget right up to the $750,000 and get a house that needs very little work and already has three bedrooms, which would be the best option here?

 

Question From Tom:
Hi Bryce and Ben, I’d just like to ask a question regarding timing on principal and interest payments on an investment property. We currently have four investment properties, which are all interest only payments. We still plan to purchase another one or two properties in the future. We’ve recently just refinanced our investment properties to take that to maximum borrowing. And we drew the equity to purchase our primary place of residence. That primary place of residence has an offset account. The old wages and our rental income goes into. I’d just like to know at what time do the investment properties turn from interest only to principal and interest repayments? Thank you.

 

Question From Shashank:
Hi Ben and Bryce, my name is Shashank Pande, and I’m based in Adelaide. I’ve been a regular listener of your podcast and would like to thank you for the amazing knowledge share and experience share that you do for the wider community. My question relates to auctions and my question is about the feasibility of an auction, from a seller’s perspective, in getting the best price for the seller, because it’s predicated on the reserve price for the seller, which is the lowest price that the seller would sell the property for and not on finding the highest bidder for the property. So I just wanted to get your views on whether an auction is the best for the seller to sell a house. Thanks, Bye.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 291 | The Property Loophole: Recognising A Pipe Dream From The Real Deal

The Property “Loophole”… is it a myth?!

If you’re interested in investing in property, at some point or another you’re probably going to run into someone who tells you about some “secret loophole” – whether it be about property, tax, SMSFs… you name it – that you can use to, ahh, exploit the system.

Well, folks… let’s just call it out, shall we?

Because there’s a MASSIVE difference between a Pipe Dream and the Real Deal. And we can assure you, the price you’ll pay if you get the two wrong is no small fee!!

Here’s the deal… during the week we reached out to folks on our Facebook Page and asked them what questions they had on their mind right now… and we received some eye-opening comments that made us go…

“Whoa. Hang on a sec…”

And so, of course, this episode was born!

You can check out the exact questions further below, but here’s a quick scope on what we cover:

 

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The Questions

Question about Buying Off The Plan from Angivin:
Guys we are very clear that you aren’t fans of buying Off The Plan, however can you please provide insight when this strategy has/could work please? 

 

Question about The Pipe Dream & Its Consequences from Kieren:
Is turning your super into a SMSF to borrow and build property a good idea? My mate at work got sold the pipe dream by his brother in law to do this. He tells me he is building dual key units and that it’s eventually going to net him $300,000 per year based on rental growth forecasts! I have told him this is not believable. Turns out his brother in law who convinced him to do this is getting $60k in kickbacks and is going to split it with him. He also tells me his interest rate is 5.7% because apparently no one lends to trusts cheaper than this? He also pays some bird $3k per year who will “sort any issues he has” on top of the property manager. And there is a snake “finance broker (as he referred to it)” in there somewhere who I reckon stitched him up on the interest rate. What happens when all this falls over and the money you put into your super each year doesn’t keep up with repayments? There is a $25k limit on how much super you can put in without big tax $$ so what then?

 

Question about How Much of A Buffer You Need from Toui
Hi TPC team, loving the Money SMARTS system! Question: when you talk about 3 to 6 months of living expenses, do you typically recommend that calculation on Essential spend? Or both Essential and Discretionary?

 

Question about The Pros & Cons Of Interest Only Versus Principle and Interest from Matthew
Hey guys! What is your opinion on the pros and cons of paying interest only vs principle? I am learning the ins and outs and have seen people succeed in either.

 

Question about The COVID-19 Recovery Across Specific States from Adam
Do you think any state will emerge from the covid storm quicker or better off than other states? And if so, will this translate in their property prices?

 

Question about Mortgage Payments On First Investment Property from Shannon
Suggestions on looking into P&I loan for first investment property if little difference in mortgage payment compared to interest only+ offset?

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 277 | Coronavirus & Property FAQ

There’s been a lot of questions coming in about the coronavirus and its implications to the property market, the finance sector and the economy at large — particularly in direct response to the higher levels of social distancing regulations we’re now seeing and its flowon effect to unemployment and how we transact property. 

Sotoday we’re answering a whole heap of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how COVID-19 affects you as a property investor, a home owner, a first home buyeror someone who’s in fortunate circumstances to take action on the opportunity. 

‘Cos, let’s be real folks… if youre dining out on the news cycleits a very scary place out there!! 

Again, we must repeat… our message of calm remains…. but we’re going to dig even deeper into what we’re starting to see as this pandemic unfolds. 

As well as answering a whole lot of your questions (all of them listed below), we’re ALSO going to give you some Frameworks and Tips to support you during this time so you’re prepared, have the RIGHT knowledge behind you and can navigate the “new world” we’re all now living through! 

We touch on it in today’s episode, but just in case you need a recap… folks are likely to fall into ONE of TWO categories during this time… 

  1. Take Action Club – This is a small percentage of folks who are ready to take action based on their individual circumstances (please seek professional advice before you do this) 
  1. Money Management” Club – The vast majority of folks will sit here and during this moment-in-time of uncertainty, should focus on the gaps in their money management 

  

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And here are the Questions!

Question about “Investor & Tenant Relief” from Greg: 
Any talk from the banks/government on providing relief to Investors on investment lending so as to enable them to provide relief to tenants who find themselves in financial trouble? For many owners they would have tenants they don’t want to lose and would like to assist (if required) but may not be in a position to do that themselves 

 

Question about “The Six-Month Freeze” from Jake 
Points to consider for the six-month freeze 🥶 on home loans?  Ie. how is the loan recalculated after six months? Will interest still be required to be paid during the freeze? And could this result in household having higher repayments on completion of the six-month freeze? Will it impacted your credit file? Cheers 🤙  

 

Question from about Property Prices Dropping from Nicole 
I just heard that Economists are predicting a 20% drop in house values. Would love your thoughts on this? If one is to take up the banks offer of 6months “off” from the mortgage — besides extending the loan time frame, how will it affect households and do you advise it in what circumstances? 

 
Question from about Waiting To Buy from James 
My partner and I are looking to buy in Queensland later this year. But are we better to wait until next year to buy?  

 
Question about “What the market will look like next year” from Jarrad 

What will the market look like next year? Would it be a good time to buy if I was planning to buy my first property? Could it be a good time to get a great priced asset? Thanks guys 

 

Question about Offset Account Protection from Matt 
Are offset accounts protected by the government up to 250k? Should I move funds above that to a different offset account, or should I use it to pay down principal on the loan? Would this then secure these funds in the hopefully unlikely event that a bank failed. Note that this is not a big 4 bank. 

 

Question About Accessing The 10k Out of Superannuation” from Daniel 
If we have money in an offset account, can the bank access it to reduce their exposure?
Also, not sure if you can answer, what are the new rules around accessing your super? If you’re a couple can you both access the $10k per FY? Is it means or asset tested? 

 

Question about Finding a Remote Property Investment Advisor from Aaron 
Was about to redo mortgage and borrow additional funds for deposit on 1st investment property (which we are not really sure on the process, have to talk to mortgage broker),but now that everything is closing down not sure what our next steps are. Can we find a property investment advisor completely remotely? Is it a good time for a newbie investor to try and get into the market, when our only knowledge comes from the podcast and your book? 

 

Question About What To Do If Tenants Can’t Make Rent from Rebecca 
I am a single Mum with no family support … I have two investment properties but if tenants asked for ‘free rent’ don’t they realise that the landlord might be in a similar situation to them??? That this doesn’t make sense for tenants to ask for a pause on rent when mortgage payments still need to be made. I realise that some banks have waived the repayments for 3-6 months but I am actually not with the BIG banks who are doing this (WOW – it is impressive that it IS the big banks who are offering this support – makes me wants to transfer to one of them!)… any thoughts? 

 

Question from Andrew 
 it would be great for you guys to canvass the current situation around landlords insurance and what policies will and will not cover in terms of loss of rent due to coronavirus circumstancesie .Actually getting Coronavirus and not being able to work vs being laid off because of economic difficulties. I can see this being a bit of a snake pit in terms of insurance policies and wordings associated with ‘pandemics’. 

 

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One Final Word…

And please… Just a (not so gentle) reminder. Stay at home if you don’t need to go out. Download our Isolate + Chill Pack if you want to use this self-isolation time to learn new things!

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Bonusisode: COVID-19 & Share Market Analysis

If you’ve seen the headlines recently, you would notice these:

ASX finishes worst week in more than 11 years

Dow drops more than 900 points, ending worst week since 2008

And then yesterday night, for those who’re active with the share market news, you’d probably notice this:

Dow future surge 900 points — hit ‘limit up’ — on optimism a coronavirus rescue bill is close

Japan stocks jump 7% as Fed ramps up stimulus measures

It’s not a surprise to anyone how volatile the share market is and especially so in uncertain times like this.

Shares are a fascinating investment class and people asked us about it all the time. Usually, the questions are always around Property vs. Shares and we would say, it depends on your risk appetite. There’s no right or wrong and you don’t have to choose either one. Your portfolio can be a combination of both property and share.

 

But this time, people asked us a slightly different question…

COVID-19 and Share Market.

We totally get it. Because to be honest, we’re very interested in it too. 😉

But we’re not an expert in this area and that is why, Ben recorded a chat with our Chief Investment Officer, Michael Savy on COVID-19 & his Share Market Analysis. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial planning and banking industry, he’s also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), an SMSF Specialist Adviser (SSA) with the SMSF Association and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

So yes, he’s an expert. And we thought you might find this discussion insightful.

Enjoy the bonusisode folks!

 

Here’s What We Cover…

  • What’s really causing this unrest in the share market and what’s the trendline telling us?
  • Why should we look at China as a case study in predicting the share market response on COVID-19?
  • Do global share markets really care about a vaccine and why is Shanghai Stock Exchange showing signs of recovery already?
  • Why daily coal consumption and freight logistics had anything to do with China’s recovery?
  • How will this help in predicting the rest of the world’s market response and eventual recovery?
  • and lots more

 

You can see the Charts here…

 

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And One Final Word…

If you’re worried about your finances or if you have no clarity on your cash flow position, we strongly recommend you to organise your finances now. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view, down to the exact cent, on how much you’re spending each month and how much surplus you’ve got. If you don’t know it, then log in to your Money SMARTS Platform here and update the numbers.

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UPDATE | Monetary & Fiscal Stimulus Program – What you need to know about them

As you’re likely aware, the coronavirus has NOT slowed. In fact, the coronavirus pandemic was having deep ramifications for financial systems right around the world, until central banks stepped in.

So in his unprecedented speech late last week, Dr Philip Lowe announced an Emergency Rate Cut along with other measures effective immediately. We’ve mentioned this to you in last week’s episode on COVID-19 and Property Outlook.

As promised, this bonusisode features Ben’s update on the whole monetary and fiscal policy stimulus program… plus, he also explains what this means for the economy, property owners and for those who might be doing it tough, or could find themselves in a compromised position, during this time of uncertainty.

p.s. Make sure you don’t miss out on our COVID-19 and Share Market Analysis Bonusisode as well!

 

Here’s What We Cover…

  • COVID-19 and Finance Update
  • RBA Rate Cut
  • Governer’s Philip Lowe underlying message
  • The Five Key Measures mentioned in his speech last week
  • What’s a repayment holiday and how can that help you
  • and lots more

 

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One Final Word…

If you’re worried about your finances or if you have no clarity on your cash flow position, we strongly recommend you to organise your finances now. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view, down to the exact cent, on how much you’re spending each month and how much surplus you’ve got. If you don’t know it, then log in to your Money SMARTS Platform here and update the numbers.

Don’t have an account yet? Create your free access below and we’ll also send you an e-copy of the instruction manual which is also our best-seller book, Make Money Simple Again. Just fill in the form below and we’ll email it to you right away.

 

 

 

 

 

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