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Episode 272 | Q & A: The Unspoken Truth About Growth Corridors & Picking The Right Property Investment Strategy

How many times have you heard something along these lines…?

“This suburb’s a growth corridor…”

“There’s heaps of development happening here… it’s the next growth corridor.”

“With all the new public transport networks, job opportunities and shops coming in, this place is absolutely a growth corridor… full of investment potential.”

With all this buzzword talk, it’s would appear that all us property investors need to do is hunt down the next “growth corridor”, invest in it before it really kicks off, and then sit pretty for the rest of our lives …

BUT. Folks, there is a massive problem with this! An unspoken truth about growth corridors that trips up a lot of investors out there. Sure, some “growth corridors” might indeed grow in value, but there is a huge misconception out there that we want to clear up today.

So, in our first Q&A of 2020, we’re diving deep on this unspoken truth and we’re also going to answer your questions about how to pick the right investment strategy… ‘cos guess what? While a whole lot of you folks know the fundamentals of property investing, you don’t necessarily know how to apply these to your own situation and goals!

 

Here’s a 30,000-foot view of what we’ll cover … 🚀

 

Resources Mentioned

 

The Questions

03:26 – Question from Jack on Bris vs Melb and differing opinions:

Hi there guys, first up I just want to stay that I’ve just tuned into your podcast and I’m absolutely loving it! I’m going to be buying a couple of your books too they seem to have a lot of great reviews and, yeah, I’m really excited to read them.

Fellas, I’m looking at starting my property investment journey in December 2020. Now, I’m following a couple of investors – one guy’s currently investing up in Brisbane. And this other guy I follow as well stays purely local, mainly Melbourne. He’s explained to me about the growth corridors – how they’re not really growth corridors – Packenham, Windenvale, Tarneit. I’ve gone and had a look and they don’t average as much as I thought they would. Nice places, but yeah. I can’t afford to invest in Melbourne itself and the different to the two is – the one up on Brisbane is getting people starting up around the $500 mark. And the other guy who invests only in Victoria says start out somewhere like Bendigo or Ballarat. He doesn’t think Geelong’s got good growth. Yeah, I’m hesitant to go to Bendigo and Ballarat as they are inland, but I’m hesitant that my judgement’s being clouded. I’ve always grown up in coastal places – always lived near the coast and love the coast. If you guys could give me your opinion that would be fantastic

 

13:18 – Question from Nick on Investing as an Expat:

Hi Bryce and Ben, my name is Nick. I’m calling all the way from Switzerland, although originally from the northern beaches in Sydney. My wife and I are both from the northern beaches, but we have been working here in Europe for the past 3 years and we are looking to buy our first property back in Australia. We’re keeping an open mind and looking all over the country – so not necessarily in Sydney.

We have a general question about what type of strategy we should be looking for being non-residents for tax purposes but Australian nationals, taking into account we can’t take advantage of first home owners grants, or negative gearing as we have no income back in Australia. Originally, we were considering purchasing an apartment with potentially 5-6% rental yield with the idea of having a high yielding property so one that can be potentially positively geared. What are your thoughts on this?

 

20:03 – Question from Nikii on upgrading PPOR now or later based on economic forecast:

Hi it’s currently June 27 2019, currently my husband and I purchased a 3 bed 2.5 bathroom 2 garage, 243sq townhouse, freehold in prime real estate in Hawthorne, Brisbane. We have been provided by market experts that we could get $830 – $850K  from the sale of our property. We’re currently wanting to upgrade to live in a better area. Would we be best with the economic forecast over the next couple of years to keep that property as an IP before upgrading to a property just in the very low millions.

 

26:03 – Question from Craig on selling a property at a loss or wait to recoup loses:

Good afternoon The Property Couch, my name’s Craig and I have a question. My partner and I currently own 3 investment properties between us. 2 of these properties are performing quite well, in terms of growth and low upkeep. The third investment property in Darwin was originally bought as a PPOR and is not performing well as an IP. The market is at the 32% downturn and is unlikely to recover any time soon. My question is… Should we continue selling the Darwin property at a loss and still walk away with about $30,000 to reinvest into a new or existing investment OR should we hang onto this investment long term with the intent of recuperating our losses, even though this property costs us about $8K a year? Thank you for your time.

 

31:40 – Question from Scott on what to do with money in the bank:

Hi guys, Scott* here, I’ve been on board following the podcast at April 2015 and have loved the journey. Almost five years in and I thought it was finally time to hit you guys up for some advice!

My wife Teresa* and I live in regional WA with our two kids aged 7 and 9. Both of us work full time for a state government department and we currently earn $270k gross per year combined. We own two properties in our hometown Perth. Our first home in Bibra Lake (shout out to Bryce!) which is valued at 430k with 350k owing. Our other property is a 1940s weatherboard cottage 5kms from the city with owner-occupier appeal, valued at 630k with 500k owing. So our total LVR is about 80%. Both loans are interest only and both properties have reliable tenants in them, paying $350 and $410 a week respectively.

We aren’t big spenders, and have no personal, car or HELP loans. Due to this, and the fact that our employer has heavily subsidised our rent whilst we’ve lived regionally, we’ve quietly amassed savings of $320k which currently sit in an offset account. We intend on staying in the bush for at least another 2 years before heading back to the big smoke, and in this we anticipate the $320k we have will grow by $75k each year in which we don’t do anything with it. However, I’m sensing there’s a huge opportunity cost here if we leave things any longer! Any advice as to what our next move should be would be very much appreciated. Keep up the stellar work.

 

39:30 – Question from David on Subdividing Parent’s Land:

Hey Ben and Bryce, Really been enjoying the podcast. I’ve got a bit of a unique question. At the moment I live with my parents and I am in my mid-20s, and I’m looking to subdivide a bit of their land as housing pricing are a bit too expensive for a single income. I was wondering if I classify for the First Home Buyers Grant if I build on their land and whether the actual certificate of title transfer needs to come onto my name, or can it remain in their name? Cheers, David.

 

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Episode 208 | Tom Panos – Making MORE Money While You Sleep in 2019

Happy New Year Folks!!

And what better way to kick off the FIRST DAY of 2019 than with a brand new episode on our Summer Series??!! Not to mention, we’re also dropping the secret of how YOU can make more money in this year!

To help us welcome in your year of wealth is Tom Panos, Real estate coach, trainer and Founder of Real Estate Gym who has been an active property investor for the past 25 years!

If you missed his earlier episode on the Couch — Episode 120 | Secret to Making Money While You Sleep —then it might pay to know that Tom’s also the co-host of the Million Dollar Agent podcast, Real Estate Advertising Director for News Corp and is one of Sydney’s leading Real Estate Auctioneers, as well as being a sought-after keynote for the Real Estate industry.

Oh, and just to add a bit more icing to the cake, Tom wakes up at 5am just so he can bring his best to life every single day. (With the shadow of New Year’s Eve still under most of our eyes, the discipline of this might feel MUCH more real, huh??)

In a nutshell: Tom knows his stuff. And he knows how to be the best at it.

So if you’re feeling a bit fragile today, all good, chuck in your headphones (maybe grab a glass of water on your way through), and just chill out. We’ve done the hard work for you 😉

 

What can you expect to learn?

 

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Episode 207 | Pete Wargent – The Real Story Behind the Charts

Folks, The Summer Series continues, this time in the shadow of Christmas… BUT that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped gifting very special guests!!

Joining us today is no stranger to property investment or The Property Couch… Pete Wargent!!

You might remember him back on Episode 139 | Pete Wargent, Multimillionaire at Age 33: How did he do it?

And that title explains a lot of what Pete’s about — achieving financial independence. And, yep, he personally did it for himself at the ripe age of 33 too.

To give you an idea of Pete’s background: during his professional career, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London and was previously a Director at the ‘Big 4’ accounting firm, Deloitte. He indeed walks the talk when it comes to investing and he gratefully parked his career in accountancy, having achieved early financial freedom, as detailed in his first best-selling book, Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom.

And he’s here to talk all things data, the future of the Australian property market and the impacts of Labor’s proposed changes to Negative Gearing, as outlined in his recent report.

 

Here’s what you can expect…

 

Stand Out Quote from the Ep…

“Labor’s policy is now solving a problem that’s been solved.”
– 
Pete Wargent

 

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Episode 199 | Q & A – Future Proofing your Portfolio in a Changing Market

Folks, with State Election around the corner and the Federal Election less than a year away, it’s time to future-proof your portfolio.

The market has changed and will continue to change. We’ve also got some challenges in the Macro landscape as well — lending regulations, potential changes to negative gearing and interest rate rises, just to name a few.

So you might be asking yourself, “How is it still possible to build a property portfolio and earn $2K per week in passive income with all of this other stuff happening?”

And you’ve got a good point. There IS a reason to be concerned, but this does NOT mean you have to abandon ship altogether. Far from it.

So in today’s episode — before our Surprise Superstar Guest joins us next week for our 200TH EPISODE!! — we’re going to answer some of your questions about how to do exactly this.

 

This is just a few of the things we’re discussing:

 

Before we get to the questions, Ben is coming to all of you who are based in Perth! As the Chair of PICA of course. Details below:

When: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm AWST, Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Where: Queens Building, Lecture Room, Level 1, 97 William Street, Perth, WA
Cost: FREE!

Link to secure your ticket: Reserve your Seat here

 

And if you’re after the video that Bryce mentions in today’s show to Know Your Number… Watch it below or click here to watch it now.


 

Finally, the questions we’re answering today…

Question from Mirella:

When talking about earning $2,000 per week in passive income is this measured before or after outgoings; eg. rates, land tax, etc.?

 

Question from James:

Trying to build a portfolio whilst the future of interest rates and a change in government and a change to negative gearing could potentially impact the market. How should one approach 2019?

 

Question about market sentiment/right time to buy from Kirthika:

Thanks for this session guys! Quick Q… there’s a lot of media activity discussing the impending drop in property prices over the next few years. As a result, my husband and I are worried about investing now? in the event we could buy for cheaper in a year! What are your thoughts?

 

Question about increasing cash flow and paying off debt from Nipper:

I feel confident with how to select investment grade properties. But I’m not so sure on how to hold them then get to the cashflow stage. Do you propose changing loans to P&I or selling down some properties to then pay off the debt of others, or something else?

 

Question about having no equity from Dan:

You mention using equity. If you don’t yet have access to equity… do you have any tips to get started?

 

Question about realising equity for cash flow purposes from Kosta

Do you ever recommend using some equity release to pay the monthly repayments to improve cash-flow?

 

 

 

Episode 196 | Q & A – Negative Gearing Changes – Should I Still Invest in Property?

“Labor risks $12bn housing hit over ending negative gearing” — if you’re like us folks… this headline has us all concerned!!

And the concern didn’t stop at the headline.

As we read on, the full news article, published by The Australian on the weekend, highlighted that the $32 billion plan to end negative gearing would — quote — lead to a fall in new housing construction of up to 42,000 dwellings over five years and 32,000 fewer jobs across the country, according to independent modelling — end quote.

Yep… that’s a drop in a whole lot of new housing construction (ie. supply) AND just a-bit-more-than-a-few losses (up to 32,000) in jobs!!

Folks… this is crazy stuff.

And those stats aren’t the only ones coming out of recent independent research digging into the numbers of what’s likely to happen if negative gearing’s ditched.

So, today we’re looking at a few of the worst-case scenarios from two different reports (the links to both of these are further down in the show notes) and unpacking — with both a short term and long term view — how this change to negative gearing might affect the property market and those investing in it.

But negative gearing changes — and the possible consequences on housing prices and for first home buyers — isn’t the only question we’re answering today! We’ve got plenty of gold on how to time your exist strategy, retiring debt and the right asset to invest in!

 

Oh, and if you’d like the Geospatial Heat Notes — the heat map that shows the Compounding Annual Growth in Median Value for Houses from 1974 till the end of 2017 that is sourced from the Valuer General data —  you can get them here.

 

Back to today’s Q’s…

Question about Negative Gearing Changes from Shadi:
Hey Bryce and Ben. Thank you for all the information and for all the podcasts you provide. Apologies in advance if this question has been answered in previous episodes. I’ve been binging myself since episode 1 a few months ago, and am not quite up to date yet. I just have a question specifically about the abolishment of negative gearing and the impact it will have on first time investors. I’ve been looking to invest since listening to your podcast, and am interested to hear how this will affect my first purchase — whether or not it will just be a short term problem that effects cash flow or if it will have a long term effect, especially when entering the market.

 

Question about Your Exit Strategy from Anne-Marie:
Hi guys, this is Anne-Marie in Victoria. I’m 56 and my husband is 51. I started listening to you many years ago after we had our 7 properties. Our last property was 3 years ago. There all on fixed term interest only, which makes no offset available to them. And we’ve paid off our home, which is worth 1.1 million (1 of the 7 properties). It takes us $13,000 a year to hold all the properties, we just put our tax in, which is amazing. So property has done really well for us, and the mortgage we have on all of them is about 2.5 million, with domain value being low sitting at $3.9 mill, and high $5.2 with middle there all about 4.6 million. I want to start going into doing less hours at work — I’d like to retire on a passive income in maybe 4 years’ time. How do you transition to get the passive income we’ll need for retirement without too much of a tax liability? I paid about $10K in tax this year and I really don’t want to be paying a lot of tax while I’m getting to this point. Can you give me any pointers? And I can’t have an offset account as I said. I’d like some advice on this.

 

Question about the Right Asset for a First Home Buyer from Carrie:
I have a question about the best type of asset you should invest in. I’m looking to buy my first property, which I’ll live in initially. I have a budget of $750K. I’ve been looking at 70s and 80s free standing villa units in small blocks of 12 – 6 in Melbourne’s east. This puts me in middle ring suburbs around 20km from the city, with a land size of 350sqm. It’s a good balance between decent landmass without being out in the sticks. Alternatively, I could by a 2bdrm apt in an older, low density block — the type with only 2 or 3 stories closer to the CBD. Are either of these good investments? And which of the two is better? Or is there anything else I should look into. Love your work guys, keep bringing out those podcasts! Thank you

 

 

The Articles Ben mentions:

The Australian Article — Labor risks $12bn housing hit over ending negative gearing

Housing Industry Association (HIA) — Media Release

 

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