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Episode 273 | Calling out the Bad Guys – How we Found our Voice & Our Top 5 Frameworks to Defend Against Bad Advice

The property industry is unregulated. What this means is that there are more than a few Bad Guys – and not just the sharks in white shoes – out there who slither under the radar and sell dodgy advice that, quite frankly, moves their wealth position and not yours.

This is what keeps us up at night. This is what keeps us showing up every Thursday. This is what started this podcast in the first place. And if you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll already know that The Property Couch is “the people’s podcast” – we’re on a crusade to even the playing field between sly property spruikers and everyday folks who simply want to move the dial on their financial position and create a better life for themselves.

So today – to mark our FIFTH BIRTHDAY! – we’re going out on a limb and doing something a bit different…

Here’s the deal… there’s no doubt that there IS bad advice out there. We wish it wasn’t that way, but it is. There’s no use running from reality.

So in this episode we’re actually diving deep on some experiences we’ve never spoken about before. We’re going to give you a look into what life was like for us BEFORE we started The Property Couch and what pushed us over the edge to start educating folks about how this industry really operates. You’ll get the backstory into how we found our voice, what we did to make sure people heard us and why we care so much about all this property, finance and money management stuff in the first place!

And because our folks have kindly given us the airtime and a reason to show up for the last five years — a quick shout out to ALL of you and a HUGE thank you for your titan-strength support over the years – we’re going to unpack what we’ve learnt from doing the podcast itself… and how all this affects the guests we handpick, the topics we cover and, most importantly, the FRAMEWORKS we share with you! We’re leaving no stone unturned…  and – word of warning! – we’re ripping through this one as we are covering A LOT in this bowel-over ep!! (Ben actually reckoned this one would go for 2 hours if we didn’t get a wriggle on!)

 

Our Five-Year Birthday Episode ALSO includes…

  • Our Top 5 Frameworks to Defend Against Bad Advice
  • Our Top 5 Favourite Episodes… Of All Time!!
  • Our Top 5 Favourite Guests… (Tricky, but we did it!)

 

The Freebies Mentioned…

The most important freebie is probably the Top Five Frameworks for Property Investors! And we’ve compiled them all for you! Just fill in the form below and we’ll email the list… and heaps more!

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Key Learnings…

04:33 – Bryce’s reasons for wanting to start The Property Couch

06:20 – Ben’s spark…

10:29 – How is property education like the Keto Diet?

13:03 – Why “7 properties in 7 years” is

14:20  – The Debt Servicing Debt Strategy

18:50 – What was the first course Ben decided was worth purchasing?

23:56 – How our Wealth Simulator came into existence…

27:35 – When and Why did Ben reach out to Bryce all those years ago?

30:42 – The Five-Step Process to Property Investing

35:40 – The lessons from the podcast

46:08 – Bryce’s Top Five Favourite Frameworks!!

48:02 – Four Critical Levers to Financial Peace

48:25 – Ben’s Top Five Favourite Frameworks!

51:35 – How do we decide on our guestsv?

51:40 – Bryce’s Top 5 Favourite Guests!

56:06 – Ben’s Top Five Favourite Guests!

57:38 – Honourable mentions – Bryce’s Top 5 Favourite Episodes

58:41 – Ben’s Top Five Favourite Episodes!

1:01:54 – The Most Downloaded Episodes of all time

1:03:24 – Our mistakes…

1:05:36 – NEW FRAMEWORK announcement…!!!!!

 

P.S. Tell us your Top 5 Favourite Money Hacks, Mindset Minute, Did You Know & International Sign Off!!

Let us know here or post a comment on our Facebook Page 😊

 

 

 

 

Episode 251 | What’s NOT Going To Change in Property Investing?

We all love questioning what the future holds and speculating on what’s in store for us. And, of course, investing in property is no different. But the thing is… is it helpful to put all that emphasis on the things we can’t control?

See, today’s episode is all about looking through the lens of this quote by Amazon Founder and one of the richest men in the world, Jeff Bezos…

 

“I very frequently get the question, ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two — because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time.” Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder

 

Folks, when we ask ourselves “What’s NOT Going to Change in Property Investing?” we are actually asking ourselves a higher quality question. And this higher quality question not only helps us to see things more clearly and make smart chess moves, but also, it empowers us to remain the ones in charge despite what future changes occur.

So… what’s always gonna be the same in property a decade from now? Or 20 years from now? Or 40? What are the things that’ll always influence property prices?

Well, tune in folks… and we’ll tell you exactly what’s NOT going to change in property investing!

 

Free Stuff Mentioned…

 

The Top Highlights…

  • Realistically, will property prices always grow?
  • What type of infrastructure coming into an area does NOT always mean gentrification?
  • Which human behaviour traits will always occur, no matter what?
  • What’s going to happen to Property Spruikers with their “get rich quick schemes”?
  • What specific things are NOT going to change in property investing???

 

 

 

 

Episode 173 | Q & A – The BATTLE ROUND: “This” vs “That”

It’s a “BATTLE ROUND” Q & A Day, folks!!

In other words… This vs That.

Yep. After 4 solid weeks of some seriously special guests interviews — starting with Alan Oster and ending with Stuart Wemyss — we’re finally in the ring for a good ol’ Q & A Session!

The Battle Round includes…

 

Resources to help if you’re battling a decision right now…

Demand vs Supply…

 

But before we hear the crowd roar (Stig stay silent) as we battle it out…

… we need YOUR answers!!!

For our brand new book coming out, we want to help as many Aussies as we possibly can!! So before we put the sprinkles on the icing of the cake/book… can you help us out?? (Especially if you’ve implemented The Money SMARTS System!)

  • What are your “Money Temptations”?
  • Where do you feel tempted to deviate with the Money SMARTS System?
  • What do you struggle most to manage with money?

TELL US your Money Temptations here.

 

And finally, don’t agree with Labor’s policy on Negative Gearing? Sign the PICA Petition here.

 

Question from Mal:

My question to you is about growth, and buying either into the Melbourne and Brisbane markets given their different position at the moment in the property market. If you had $650K to spend, in terms of growth on a house would you buy a smaller property further out of Melbourne or a larger property closer in Brisbane? With a buy and hold strategy of 15 – 20 years. Thanks, looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

 

Question about Costs vs Gains from Jennifer:

Hey Ben and Bryce. I’m a huge fan of your podcast and The Armchair Guide to Property Investing, and am very much looking forward to your new book. I’ve recently read another finance book, and their recommendation was that investing for the long term wasn’t a good investment because, although property prices do almost always increase, the costs associated with property investment like interest, property management fees, repairs and renovations are so high that it makes for a poor investment. And you’d likely get a better return with something like a shares portfolio. I’d just like to know your thoughts. Thank you.

 

Question about House vs Beach Apartment form Dennis:

Hi Bryce and Ben, my name is Dennis, living in Melbourne with my fiancée, in our early 30s. We are fans of your podcast, very informative. I have some equity from my family home I co-paid with my parents and after borrowing, our budget is about $500k.

First consideration is a 3 – 4 bedroom house in Ballarat because the Ballarat West Economic Zone is up and coming, aimed to create 9000 jobs.

Second consideration is a 2 bedroom beachfront apartment within 10 min of Apollo Bay/Lorne central area. We plan to rent it out as an Airbnb?, however our concern is the long vacancy periods during the colder months. What are your thoughts on both options? Which is a better first investment property? We are looking to hold it long term, unlikely to sell within 5 years.

 

Question from Steve:

Hi guys, my question is, “When do you know when the right time is to sell in an area?” Like they say in the stock market, no one rings a bell at the top … and I wouldn’t expect to be able to pick the top… but how do you decide when is the best time to sell? Is it data driven? Where yields are low and it’s had years of growth and now there isn’t as much affordability when mortgages are say 40% of the average income loan? Or is more of a sentiment-driven thing where the market’s now too crazy … people are bidding way over reserve, so you should just sell into that? The reason I’m asking is because I bought a Gold Coast 4×2 house for $350K in 2014, worth around $420K now, and at some stage the Goldy’s run will end and it will level out and this may be one earmark to sell. I mean, it’s very easy to look back and chart the price growth to see where you ”shoulda, coulda, woulda” sold; but it’s much more difficult when you’re in the middle of it. I think Geelong and Hobart are good examples of strong markets now. And they’d be optimal studies to see when would be a good time to sell into. I worked in Perth for 10 years, go the Dockers and (more footy talk!)

 

 

 

Episode 172 | The 5 Rules for Mastering the Game of Building Wealth – Chat with Stuart Wemyss

Ever wanted the formula to win the game of building wealth?

Well, folks… you’re in luck! Because today we have a very special guest on who’s going to hand you the GOLDEN RULES of building wealth that are founded in logic, simple maths and supported by historic evidence! (Sounds alright, huh?)

Joining us is Stuart Wemyss, author of the newly-released book Investopoly, and Founder of ProSolution, who has over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Plus, he comes with a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Chartered account and a repeat guest on the Couch — you might recognise his voice from Episode 81 when he brought the wisdom to long term investing!

So, his new book — again, it’s called “Investopoly” — discusses the 8 Golden Rules for Mastering the Game of Building Wealth… and Stuart’s sharing 5 of them today, and many other hacks to excel at property investing…

 

Stuart’s also kindly giving you the chance to pick up Investopoly for 30% off!!
Just click here, select a physical or an electronic copy and enter exclusive TPC listener discount code: COUCH

 

And, folks — PICA NEEDS YOUR VOICE

PICA has started a petition to campaign against Labor’s poorly thought through Negative Gearing and Capital Gains policy positions. Although Labor is not in Government at the Federal level, they plan to take this policy to the next election.

PICA has serious concerns about what this would mean for the economy, jobs and property prices across Australia.

We are calling on all Australians who don’t want to see the value of their property fall, or who don’t want to see our economy potentially falling into recession, to put your name to this petition.

PICA’s goal is to reach 100,000 signatures before the next election to help Labor understand that this policy is dangerous to the property market and the economy as a whole.

Please sign PICA’s Petition here to stop Labor’s Negative Gearing Changes.

 

Today’s reasons for listening:

 

Oh, and before these skips our mind…

  1. You can access Stuart’s blog here (well worth the read!)
  2. If you missed this week’s Facebook Live: catch it here.
  3. And for our new book on Money Management….

 

 

Episode 146 | 10 Reasons Why You’re NOT Rich Yet

Happy Podcast Day folks! Aside from growing our moustaches for Movember, this week we’ve also been growing a ripper episode for you **drum roll please** …

Today, we’re giving you the 10 Reasons Why You’re Not Rich Yet!!!

(Now, we’ll be honest, we’re not huge fans of the word “rich” — we prefer the term ‘financially free’, but you get the gist.)

So why haven’t you got the money you thought you’d have by now? When is the suitcase of cash finally going to land at your feet? Is it something you might be doing/not doing?

Yep, this one just might make you have a long, hard look at yourself (in a nurturing way, of course).  Because there are TEN reasons — a few of which you might be doing now — that are blocking your shot at financial freedom.

 

Speaking of finances, if you help us donate to Movember with a $25 donation or more we will give you a FREE SIGNED COPY OF OUR BEST SELLER BOOK! Yep, we’ll cover the cost of the postage and, guess what … The book’s worth more than $25. AND donations above $2 are tax deductible! 3 wins. You, a good cause and us MoBros!!

How do you do it?

  1. Go to our Mo’s Team Page here and donate $25 or more.
  2. Once you’ve done it, let us know by commenting on this Facebook Post here.
  3. We’ll send you the book. Easy!

AND if we hit our target of raising $5,000 for Movember, Ben has promised to create a FREE WEBINAR on Working Out Your Retirement Gap! But we need to hit the $5,000 mark to make him prioritise this. Remember, it’s for a great cause (and you get to see the guys look ridiculous for another 2 weeks)!

 

Alright, where’s the money at? (What you can expect in today’s show.)

 

Remember: Money’s not everything. And you can experience huge wealth in helping others! Donate to Movember here.

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