As mentioned in Episode 101 (6 Critical Foundations Your Wealth Plan Should Be Built On), here’s the How to Video by Bryce.
As mentioned in Episode 101 (6 Critical Foundations Your Wealth Plan Should Be Built On), here’s the How to Video by Bryce.
As Christmas is a time for giving, we thought today’s special Christmas episode should be none other than a Q&A session! Topics covered today include debt-retirement and refinancing loans, how to go about upgrading your PPOR (Principle Place of Residence), whether it’s worth paying for a financial planner and more. (And click here for your free The Property Couch Christmas Pack!) Today’s questions are from the following listeners:
Changing all of these to principal & interest at the same time would probably be too strenuous on the budget, so is it a case of paying off the largest investment loan on principal & interest terms while refinancing the remaining loans as interest-only for another 3-5 years and start knocking off the balance of the largest loan? Or is it a case of building up the offset account of each loan evenly so that you end up paying less interest across all of the loans until you are in a position to pay the loan back in full?
But in this scenario the banks will eventually put you on a principal & interest payment unless you refinance again to an interest only loan, so how do you juggle at least 5 investment loans potentially all coming off their interest-only terms within 12-18 months of each other, while you’re trying to retire the debt without blowing the family budget? ($150+ principal payment across 5 loans = $750 a week which would destroy most family budgets).
Is it a case of focusing on one property at a time until the rent covers the principal + interest payments, before moving onto the next property or is it a case of continually refinancing to interest-only loans and building up the offset accounts? Is it better to focus on the largest loan first or distribute funds evenly across all loans? How do you actually go about entering the ‘debt-retirement’ phase on a portfolio of 5 investment properties (assuming all currently interest-only repayments with separate offset accounts but the interest-only period is expiring for all 5 loans over the next couple of years). This does not take into account the PPOR but we can ignore that part of the equation for the above scenario.
I also have a broker and accountant and also use a buyer agent. So my question:
I recently sought advice from a financial planner. After an interview, he sent me a proposal and plan which also outlines his fees. His fees were $500 per month with monthly payments that would be ongoing for a period of a few years. If cash flow management is essential and using surplus cash flows to reinvest is a key step, then how is 500 per month going out enabling this? Isn’t this counter to one of your pillars of mastery? If I had a large income and a large portfolio, then this would be manageable. But I don’t. Are all financial planners this expensive? I can see the value of buyers agent’s fees but I can’t see the value in planners for myself.
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Hi Couchers! The Case Study for Single 30-something Investor demonstration is finally here! We know some of you have been waiting for this one since our second Facebook Live back in September. Thank you for your patience and let’s not wait any longer, just fill in the form below and we’ll send you the link to start watching the Case Study Demonstration on How to Build a Property Portfolio to Retire on $2,000 a week in Passive Income for a Single 30-something!
Yes, we know it can sound a bit contradictory. This is a property podcast with two of Australia’s top property experts and we even did an episode on why invest in property! So why would we talk about not investing in property?
Well, the fact is, investing in property is not the perfect type of investment for everyone. There are certain times in an investor’s journey where it is simply a bad time to start investing. There are also times when investors need to first reflect on their mindset before they start. Property investing is a high-value investment, and you’ve heard us repeatedly saying that it is for the long-term. It’s like following a recipe. If you don’t have all the essential ingredients in place, it’s best if you don’t cook the dish. So if you don’t have everything in line, it may be better for you to stay away from it for the time being.
So in today’s episode, Bryce and Ben will be sharing a few reasons on why you shouldn’t invest in property. The first is when you decide to invest purely for tax purposes.
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Thank you for coming to our Facebook Live event on 13th of Sept! We received a lot of great questions that night but unfortunately, time ran out and we couldn’t answer all of your questions. We really do appreciate you taking some time away from your busy life to listen to us so that is why we are recording a bonus episode (or as Ben called it Bonusisode) today to answer all the remaining questions!
And for your convenience, here’s the list of questions that we answered in this episode along with the order they are in. 🙂
|Chris Topher||1 (Time: 01:00)||Assuming one has a portfolio of 5 investment properties and has entered the debt retirement phase, what does this actually look like? Is it a matter of spreading all excess cash flow evenly across the offset accounts against each loan until they are all cash flow positive or do you target the biggest loan and pay that out first (by matching the outstanding loan amount in the offset account) and move on to the next biggest loan? If these are all interest-only loans with the interest-only period ending for all 5 loans over the next 18-24 months how do you manage this, as it wouldn’t be affordable to any family budget for multiple loans to become principal and interest, so is it a case of constantly refinancing these loans and staggering the when they come out of their interest only period?|
|Adeline Teo||2 (Time: 03:17)||What are your thoughts about having a property portfolio with a mixture of properties, some with good rental income and some with good growth potential but negative net income?|
|Ashish Isaac||3 (Time: 04:10)||Hey guys love the podcast, and the book. I have a financial question to ask. I currently have a principal place of interest (paying P&I for the next 3 years, and I can’t change that as I have just fixed it unfortunately), now for example and using round figures, say if I have a saving of $25k, with a current monthly surplus of only $500 would I be better off to use my savings to pay of any agent fees (e.g. buyers agent, financial planners etc.) and with what’s left over use that as part of the surplus for the next 3 years until I can release more funds from my principle place of interest, or use all the savings to put it towards the deposit for my first investment property, this is to achieve retiring with $2000 per week hope this makes sense. thank you for all the information you have provided us this far, really appreciate it. cheers Ash|
|David-Anthony Gunter||4 (Time: 06:05)||Love the podcast and book! A massive fan! I have a question about inconsistent bank valuations. I purchased a two (2) bedroom unit in Rosanna in Melbourne last year in November for $275,000. I purchased this through a Buyers Agent (not you guys….SORRY!!!….but I followed the principals I have learned in the podcast) The settlement was Feb 29 2016 and I had the property re-valued a week later by several banks. I had a valuation for $480,000….$330,000….$400,000 and $295,000!!!! Is this common???|
|Ryan Price||5 (Time: 08:27)||Hi Guys.. 26 years old and Looking at purchasing my first property. Is it better to buy a 1st home (owner/occupy) or would it be better to buy an investment property first and continue renting (minimal rent as it’s the family home so handy for saving)|
|Samantha Rackley||6 (Time: 08:53)||Thanks so much for your time tonight – great job! I am confused about the difference between capital growth and income (yield) returns? Is one more important than the other or should you look for a property that is high in both returns?|
|Evon Fung||7 (Time: 10:27)||Hi guys, love the podcast and found the book really helpful. I’ve been using a great budgeting software for the last 10 years but I recall you mentioned something in one of your podcasts that you may have a software which can track budgeting. Is this available? (ps, will you be at the Property Buyer Expo in Sydney?)|
|Graeme Ash||8 (Time: 12:14)||Big thanks to Jake and co recently for their help!
Quick Q:, With investment properties, is it work getting a regular valuation say every 2 years to check available equity for next property or rely on market comparable?
|Jack Cole||9 (Time: 13:56)||Love ya work boys! I’m 25, if I could change one thing in the world we live in, my very long term goal is to introduce property investing as a school subject in years 11 and 12. I’ve been lucky enough to have family who invest but not all kids are. What are your thoughts?|
|Jag Randhawa||10 (Time: 15:52)||I am a passionate and always ready to learn individual. I have recently developed a keen interest in property market. Where do I start if I want to make a career out of it?? What sort of options do I have and what courses are must before I even think about stepping my foot in the market?? Really appreciate all the info u guys give out for free. It’s GOLD.|
|Jag Randhawa||11 (Time: 16:32)||I am thinking about engaging a Buyers Agent once my strategy plan is build, but how can I make sure that my BA is not getting me into something that favors him more than me. By that I mean how can I make sure that he is choosing the right property for me only and not looking just to sell one??|
|Jaye Kershler||12 (Time: 18:11)||On a high income for next 2 years would you buy a more expensive eg 600k property or a 450k property|
|Johnny Rambo Azzopardi||13 (Time: 19:13)||Hello guys, do you think the Gold Coast will bring capital growth as the media and buyers agents would have you to believe in the mid to long term.|
|Leisa Caines||14 (Time: 20:53)||If I had access to equity to buy a ‘cheap’ investment property now should I buy one now or wait 12mths to when I have more equity to buy a more expensive Investment property?|
|Maria Austin||15 (Time: 21:38)||Hi Ben and Bryce, I can’t get my head around how you can keep leveraging equity out to purchase more properties without running out of borrowing capacity, assuming that you are only purchasing only blue chip properties that don’t quickly become positively geared. Surely at some point the banks will stop lending to you, even if you have the equity. p.S. Hi Ivise 🙂|
|Matt Bray||16 (Time: 24:14)||Hi, my question is based on a first home buyer, how much would you recommend is needed for a first investment property and would i be better buying when i reach this sum or saving for a bigger deposit and buying a bigger investment ? thanks!|
|Micky Marafioti||17 (Time: 25:15)||Do you have any thoughts on investment in Port Adelaide, in Adelaide. Recent times has seen it to be a semi low social economic area, but there is enormous residential and commercial developments occurring there at the moment.|
|Nat Bowden||18 (Time: 27:21)||Gents what to do next? Own a townhouse as a ppor and will keep it as an investment going forward. Looking to buy a family home in 1-2 years. What to do? Save cash for this or buy an investment to leverage into the family ppor home?|
|Robert Thomas||19 (Time: 28:31)||Hey guys – made it through the first 35 podcasts – great stuff. Where would you buy in Melbourne right now if you’re trying to stay under the first owner grant limit (<$600k)?|
|Chris||20 (Time: 29:45)||Hi guys.
i’m looking forward to the Facebook event.
I have another question for you (number 4)
Is there any chance you can discuss in depth the process of buying a property through SMSF. ie the associated costs, required structure and minimum LVR.
|Maria Li||21 (Time: 31:00)||Hi Ben and Bryce
I understand that the process of building a portfolio involves repeatedly taking equity out of existing properties to purchase more properties. I’ve heard multiple stories of investors being able to repeat this process every 1-2 years.
What I can’t wrap my head around is how an investor can take equity out of their properties every 1-2 years without falling short of lenders’ serviceability requirements. Each time you take out equity, you are essentially taking out another loan, and the lender needs to know you have the income to service that loan. Unless you are buying only positive-geared properties (which most of us aren’t), surely at some point a lender would tell you that you’ve run out of income to service another equity release loan… I understand that part of the answer is that properties become positively geared over time, but that can take 5-10 years. Some of us would like to buy more than once every 5-10 years.
This is assuming all the loans in the portfolio are structured as interest-only loans with offset accounts, and that all spare cash is put into the offset accounts rather than paying off the loans. In the eyes of the lender, this means that all your loans are still at their maximum/initial balance. Theoretically a lender shouldn’t be willing to keep lending to someone who (on surface) never pays off their loans, and yet keeps taking out more loans…and yet that’s what is done by investors all the time!
What is the piece of the puzzle I’m missing? Ben and Bryce – how does it work? As you know I’m a big fan of the podcast, keep up the great work!
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