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Episode 361 | When Is It Too Late To Get Into Property?

Have you left it too late?

Has the market moved?

Are you too old to start?

With the media hyping on about how hot the property market is these days, we get that some of you might be feeling a little anxious (even frustrated!). Everywhere you go, you’d probably hear people saying, “The prices are crazy these days!”

And yes, they might be right.

So… If you’re worried that it might be a bit too late to start investing in property, then today’s episode is perfect for you.

And the best part is…

There are quite a few calculations today too!

Better get a pen and paper on standby or just reduce the playback speed on some parts 😉

Oh! Before we go ahead with the questions, just a bit of a teaser… Make sure you stay till the end cause Bryce and Ben will be sharing their early prediction on how this year’s property market will end and where will next year’s market go on the “What’s Making Property News” segment!

 

 

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  • Summer Series is around the corner and we’d like to hear from you! If you’ve gone through (or even going through) a financial transformation journey, let us know. We’d love to listen to your story! Simply fill in the form below or go to  thepropertycouch.com.au/mystory
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  • (Podcast Series) The Armchair Guide to Property Investing! Listen on Apple or Listen on Spotify
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The Questions We Answer

Question from Luke about Having a $700k Mortgage in Late 40s

My wife and I are at a crossroads.
We never thought owning a home was worth it until now…and I reckon we’ve missed the boat…
For years my wife and I deliberated over buying a home. We travelled for work in our 20’s so renting was easier while we were on the go… by the time we settled down to have kids one income made it almost impossible to save for a deposit.
Fast forward 15 years and we’re 46 with 2 teenage kids and still renting…
We have around $260k in super between us plus $80k in savings. We’re sick of seeing that $3k rent money disappear from our banks each month and we are scared of renting as we age further so is it worth having a $700k mortgage at our age? And if not, what is the best way for us to secure our future?

Recommended episodes for Luke

 

 

Question from John about Selling Shares to Put in an Offset Account

Hi Bryce and Ben.
Love the podcasts and I’ve been a keen listener for a couple of years now.
I’ve learnt a lot from you guys and have recently just bought my first investment property. I also have a small amount of shares invested in the market which I’ve made capital gains on.
My question is – is there any benefit, tax or otherwise, in selling my shares and putting the money in my offset account?
For example, can I reduce my capital gains tax on my shares by moving that asset into the offset account?
P.S GO GWS!

Recommended episodes for John

 

 

Question from Renee about When to Buy a PPOR?

Hey guys, I have recently found your podcast and am grateful for the wealth of knowledge you provide.
So firstly, thank you!
I have a potential podcast question. The penny has just dropped regarding what you said about obtaining negatively geared investment properties with an aim for capital growth early on, then leaning towards neutral and cash flow positive properties later on.
My question is, strategically when does buying a PPOR fit into that scheme? Should you invest, sell, buy PPOR then invest with the equity? Particularly in south Sydney where anything 3 bedroom is at least $1.5 million.
I thought some personal context might be helpful.
I’m 25 and have an apartment in south Sydney that I’m currently living in but could be an investment long term. I have a stable income about $115k that will go up to about $150k by the end of next year which is when I will hopefully buy an investment property.
Obviously holding on to both properties would be the goal but I’m struggling to see how I could buy a PPOR by 6 or 7 years time without having to sell both.
Thank you in advance!

Recommended episodes for Renee:

 

 

Question from Peter about Get a Loan with high interest vs. not buying?

Hi Bryce and Ben,
Love your podcasts. Want to ask quick question in regarding real estate investing.
I have reached my borrow capacity but can do low doc loans, would you think it better to get a loan with a bit higher interest than not buying property?

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348 | From Refugee To $140,000 A Year In Passive Income! – Chat with Toui

From Government Welfare to Passive Income! Yep, you read that right. You’re about to hear a refugee’s real life story to a self-funded retirement. And we probably don’t need to tell you that this Financial Transformation is Off-The-Charts incredible…

Meet Toui “pronounced Twee”. A first-generation refugee who came to Australia in 1980 for a better life. And he is now talking to us from an EXTREMELY DIFFERENT financial position than when he and his family first arrived from Laos as all those decades ago!

Fast forward to today, and Toui and his own family – his wife Jen and their 3 kids – are now on track to a passive income of $140,000 a year! Yep. This story certainly takes “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me!” to a whole new level.

And, get this, there’s EVEN MORE to this financial transformation… (so many layers of awesomeness going on!)…

Case in point: Have you heard of something called “Microsoft Money?”

Well, let’s just say Toui’s got a bit to share with you there too…

Look, folks… while our new Winter Series has set a seriously high benchmark (how good have the listener transformation’s been!?!), we just might’ve saved the best for last!!

Please Listen.

 

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Here’s what we cover…

  • 02:52 – Meet Toui.
  • 03:20 – Starting Life As A Refugee…
  • 04:09 – “You think we’re made of money…”
  • 04:40 – When you miss out on breakfast and sometimes lunch as well…
  • 05:51 – Early memories that shape Toui’s upbringing (wow!)
  • 07:23 – The beginnings of breaking free from Financial Survival
  • 10:10 – The Big Shift In Mindset That Really Changed Everything!
  • 11:47 – The pull to “Want to be Like everyone else…”
  • 14:12 – Has Toui’s brother followed a similar path?
  • 16:00 – Okay. But what was The Big Pivot REALLY like?
  • 19:07 – Why property?
  • 19:28 – “I’ve got toys that I want to play with” – How to curb impulse buying…
  • 20:10 – Is Microsoft Money all it’s cracked up to be?
  • 20:27 – The Mate that got him onto The Property Couch!
  • 23:07 – The power of an END GOAL!
  • 25:33 – THE provisioning story… “Jen’s gonna hate me…”
  • 28:46 – Toui’s simple advice for YOU…
  • 30:55 – The critical importance of self-education
  • 32:44 – When you can retire 10 YEARS EARLIER than you first thought… (!!)
  • 38:56 – THIS is where people get stuck the most!
  • 39:33 – Why you MUST STOP Keeping Up With The Joneses!
  • 42:33 – … $140,000 in passive income!
  • 43:03 – How are they going to achieve that!?!
  • 43:04 – … HOW MANY??
  • 44:14 – The most powerful instrument in investing!
  • 44:51 – What lessons does Toui want to pass on to his kids?
  • 45:09 – Forcing the family to listen to The Property Couch! (LOL! Sorry, guys…)
  • 47:14 – Being able to tell Dad how different life is now…

 

Note: There are more real-life investor stories like this in our Previous Summer Series! Make sure you check them all out here.

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347 | “Whatever You Do, DON’T Do What I Did!” – Listener Shares His Big Wake-Up Call – Chat with Scott

Meet The “Squirreller” ­ – or should we say EX-Squirreller – who unfortunately learnt the hard way about the real costs of Pinching Every Penny… 😬

Here’s the deal:

Joining us today is listener Scott who has a very, very important message for our community. ESPECIALLY for those who, like Scott, happen to view money as safety – and as because of this, do whatever they can to minimise their spending. To the point that’s, ahh, well, “NQR” – Not Quite Right. Even if it’s coming from an honourable place.

Before you ask – YES – there IS a point where you can “squirrel” or save TOO much money! And the tip-over point? When your relationship with money begins to ruin your relationship with your family…

In this tell-all episode, Scott generously shares his Big Wake-Up Call that forced him to seriously reconsider his squirrelling habits. A lesson he learnt the hard way and doesn’t want for you, or anyone else.

But this is only part of the story.

Not only will you learn what caused the “OMG, I need to change” shift in mindset and how Scott managed to safeguard tomorrow WITHOUT sacrificing his family’s ability to enjoy today… but also, you’re going to learn what it’s like to build a property portfolio from a “regular” Australian who simply wants to create a better future for himself, his wife and his kids. And, yep, this includes the good, the not-so good and the “Whatever You Do, DON’T Do What I Did!” mistakes.

In short, this ep is a word to the wise – and we highly suggest tuning in folks! ‘Cos, you know what they say… it’s best to learn from someone else’s mistakes than to learn them first-hand…

 

A huge shout out to Scott for his extreme transparency — we have no doubt that your hard-won wisdom will be of immense benefit to our community 🙏🙌

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 01:48 – Meet Scott.
  • 01:50 – Oh no, not another Collingwood supporter!
  • 03:46 – Money conversations around the dinner table…
  • 04:37 – In the good ol’ days of Layby…
  • 05:36 – Scientifically Proven Benefits of Delayed Gratification!
  • 07:50 – Inside the mind of a Squirreller…
  • 09:15 – The Warning Signs of Financial Anorexia!
  • 10:32 – The First Big Purchases (… would you do this??)
  • 13:27 – The Understated Power of DEFENCE
  • 15:13 – Why Property Investing Should Be Boring!
  • 15:38 – When Being A Squirreller Causes Stress In Your Relationships
  • 15:58 – Money as Safety. Let’s talk about it…
  • 17:28 – What caused the change…?
  • 18:28 – How is Scott implementing Money SMARTS?
  • 19:24 – What planning work has Scott done with his portfolio?
  • 21:05 – When the goal is NOT to retire!
  • 21:47 – Life As An EX-Squirreller: How it positively affects intimate relationships
  • 23:25 – What does Scott think has been the BIGGEST impact to his success?
  • 25:03 – Scott’s Money Mantra!
  • 27:19 – … Paid CASH for his Principle Place of Residence!?!
  • 28:23 – The Ups & Downs of Joint Ventures
  • 31:00 – Was everything done by the book??
  • 32:17 – What caused the deep desire to build a property portfolio?
  • 34:04 – How on earth did he swing Eddie McGuire into THIS sentence! (well played, Scott, well played!)
  • 32:25 – How does he organise his buffers?
  • 36:30 – The property in South East Queensland… (ouch!)
  • 37:44 – What you need to know about “Growth Corridors”
  • 38:41 – What does Scott ALWAYS look for in an investment property now?
  • 40:00 – Passing On The Wisdom: What Scott wants you to know about “falling for the bling”…
  • 43:39 – How’d he get pitched by a Spruiker, anyway?
  • 49:06 – The Biggest Lesson!
  • 50:30 – What money advice does Scott pass onto his teenage kids?
  • 54:10 – How many more properties does he have left to buy?

 

 

Note: There are more real-life investor stories like this in our Previous Summer Series! Make sure you check them all out here.

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346 | No More Properties Left To Buy: How This Couple Did It!

Financially Free Before 30… How!?!

Folks, in today’s episode we’re interviewing a young couple who, get this, have no more properties left to buy.

Meet Emma & Liam – D.I.Y. property investors who are “Done & Dusted” with only 2 investment properties and one family home.

Um, wait a minute…. Are you wondering, “How on earth…!?!”

Yep, we were equally blown away too.

Here’s where it gets even better – they did it with No bells, No whistles – just a couple of clever, cost-effective renovations and – the big one – they lived and breathed delayed gratification.

And now Emma & Liam and their small family is Set For Life.

… Wanna find out how these listeners did it?

Us too – strap yourselves in!

 

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“Winter Series” Line Up So Far (More To Come!)

 

Here’s What We Cover…

  • 01:13 – Meet Emma & Liam!
  • 01:47 – “Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees”, they said…
  • 05:01 – Money lessons learnt from Nintendo!
  • 08:50 – When they first started, how did they set up their bank accounts?
  • 11:23 – Have they ever BLOWN their cash!?!
  • 13:13 – Financially Free Before 30… let’s seriously unpack it!
  • 14:18 – What did they have to sacrifice to make it happen?
  • 16:39 – What do they prioritise above all else?
  • 16:57 – How much time did Emma save by using Money SMARTS?
  • 18:32 – “Experience Over Things” — Why It’s The Best Way To Live!
  • 20:30 – WHY did they want to build a property portfolio in the first place?
  • 23:30 – Meet Their Properties!
  • 25:09 – The D.I.Y Renos!
  • 27:48 – “Don’t Buy Any More Properties!” — Their reaction to being told they were DONE!
  • 32:46 – Were they tempted to keep buying property, anyway?
  • 36:31 – The Mexican Fishing Story Every Property Investor Needs To Hear!
  • 38:15 – The #1 thing you need to succeed as a property investor!
  • 41:12 – Emma & Liam’s Top Renovation Tips!!
  • 43:18 – How to cut your Renovations cost (smart!)
  • 46:11 – Are there fights in the household over money?
  • 46:19 – Why it doesn’t matter if you’re NOT debt free! (wait, what!?!)

 

 

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345 | COVID Crashed Their Careers – But Now They’re On Track To A Passive Income! – Chat with Tim Martin and Thomas Henry

When Covid hit, Tim and Thomas lost their jobs practically overnight.

At the time, they both worked in aviation – at the same airline, in fact – but all this changed for the couple when international borders went into a snap lockdown and not too long after, they were made redundant from careers they loved… and ones they imagined doing for the rest of their lives.

What happened next is – quite frankly, folks – hard to believe, and no doubt not the norm; particularly when you consider the fact that their life as they thought they knew it suddenly takes a drastic and unwanted shift.

What you’re about to get in this episode is not just a rare look inside an unshakeable mindset, but also something else entirely…

See, prior to all this, our listeners Tim Martin & Thomas Henry had been busting their guts trying to save for their first home deposit…

… and although they hadn’t saved enough just yet, with a click of someone else’s fingers, their years of hard work was immediately under threat.

Think about it for a sec – Their careers were gone. There were job losses sweeping across the globe. There was a serious virus scaring a lot of folks. EVERYTHING was uncertain…

And yet what Tim & Tom decided to do next was…

… Well, Wow.

Please just listen to this episode folks – we’ve kept it the last in Winter Series ‘cos if it ain’t a bang, we dunno what is!

Huge shout out to Tim & Tom for sharing their incredible story with us – powerful stuff, folks!

 

Free Stuff Mentioned

 

Here’s What We Cover…

  • 02:24 – Meet Tim and Thomas
  • 02:59 – What was money like for Tim growing up?
  • 05:28 – When did Tim’s parents purchase their first home? Why?
  • 07:36 – Money discussions around the dinner table for Thomas
  • 07:56 – Coming from nothing, and building your own business!
  • 10:33 – The first paychecks…
  • 13:11 – When you follow dreams that aren’t yours…
  • 16:06 – Falling headfirst into the credit trap :-/
  • 16:43 – How BIG was the credit card debt!?!
  • 18:26 – How did Tim get on top of such a large debt spiral?
  • 21:16 – The BIG Pivot…!
  • 23:33 – When a pandemic stops your entire industry!
  • 23:47 – Why was the airline life so appealing for them, anyway?
  • 26:43 – Their saving tactics for the first home deposit
  • 29:33 – How they discovered the pandemic wasn’t going anyway any time soon
  • 30:18 – The immediate pivot to casual work – How? What? Why?
  • 33:21 – How to use Action as a form of taking back control
  • 34:10 – Finding opportunity amongst the chaos
  • 25:00 – Where do they work now?
  • 35:39 – How many temporary jobs did they “go through” in 6 months?
  • 36:54 – Finding The Property Couch… 🙂
  • 38:44 – Not Cynical But Sceptical… How They Recognised The Spruikers!
  • 41:19 – The hidden benefits of REAL property investment advice
  • 42:28 – How to retire at or before 60!
  • 44:01 – The “Zero to 100” Mindset…
  • 45:08 – Okay, let’s get real – how did all this upheaval feel?
  • 47:32 – The most transformational episodes!
  • 49:26 – How much do they plan to spend on travel each year?
  • 50:38 – Why buy an investment property BEFORE a PPOR?
  • 53:49 – How many properties do they need to achieve their passive income target?

And…

  • 1:00:29 – A look back in the rear vision mirror…

 

 

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