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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

 

Episode 190 | Q & A – Addressing Media Alarmists, Investing in Your 50s and The Truth About Lenders Mortgage Insurance…

If you’ve heard the latest media reports, folks, you might have reason to believe the property market is all bricks and slaughter… but is that really the case?

Today on the Couch, we’re addressing media alarmists — the recent noise shouting out alarm that they’ll be a total housing crash in Australia! So… is there any truth to the gloom and doom?

PLUS, we’re deep-diving into investing later in life and what this really looks like for people in their fifties, including the ramifications of investing in property can have on pension allowances.

And, of course, Lenders Mortgage Insurance… let’s run the basics, and work out when too much is WAY too much!

Before we kick off the Qs… guess what??

 

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And before we jump into the questions, here are some recommendations from Stiggy to help you go through this episode:

  • Do you want the recording from on the VIC Residential Tenancies Act Amendments? PICA will be sending out the slides AND the replay to their members next week. Not a member yet? Click here to join.
  • (Spoiler Alert) And finally… Here’s the link to the Granny Flat that we’ve chat about on today’s show. Make sure you consult a qualified and experienced Financial Planner before making any investment decisions folks! 🙂

 

Alrightey, let’s get to today’s questions!

Question about Investing in Your 50s from Darren

Me and my wife made a mistake late in life. We bought a house and sold it back in 2000, so we’re not first home buyers. We’re 50, looking forward to getting on the property train and have a good income of about $180K per year. We have about 4.5K in disposable income that we can put into property. Given everything I’ve heard from you guys, how could a couple, now 50, with that available cash, make their way through to give themselves a passive income by mid-60s, earning $80 – $100K per year in passive income. We were thinking of buying a house for around $450K, perhaps on the north side of Brisbane, around Petrie and Kallangura area, and we could smash out as much as we could in a year and a half, build up some equity and buy then move onto the 2nd house with a maybe a bit of renovation between. So my question is: how do people of our age group get onto the property ladder and make this happen for ourselves?

 

Question from Steph the “Serial Coucher”

We’re looking at purchase a home from my father in law over a period of time. Essentially, he is an asset rich, cash poor retiree who is living fortnight-to-fortnight on the pension. Yes, it’s certainly an emotional driver, but the asset does stack up. So my question is: how does something like this work? Can you acquire traditional financing, or is it a specialty class of financing? And what specialist should we look to engage? I want to get as much info as possible before even bringing up the subject with him. Thanks guys!

 

Question about Lenders Mortgage Insurance from Alasdair

I’m looking to increase my portfolio from 2 Investment Properties (IP) to 3IPs, and possibly a 4th. I’m sitting at around about 90% when I get my loans. I read somewhere that around the $1million mark it gets difficult. And I’ve heard that the global portfolio is impossible to get it over $2.5 mil. Can you speak to that idea?

 

 

Episode 189 | Q & A – Vic Residential Tenancy Changes and “Legoland” in a Good Location

Folks, today we’re tackling your questions around some tough topics!

Because chances are, you’ve heard about the amendments that’ve recently been passed on Victoria’s Residential Tenancies Act — laws that allow tenants to keep pets and make ‘minor’ modifications to the property, regardless of the landlord’s wishes.

So we’re going to give our take on this, as well as take a deep dive on “Legoland” and whether or not these properties are worth considering if they’re sitting in a good location. Plus a certain Donald Trump gets a mention, as does the interest rate rise we’ve seen from the big banks right here on our home turf!

And why the tough topics now?

Well folks, it’s pretty simple… we’ve sweated out our brand new book, Make Money Simple Again (Get 30% off here), and now that it’s off to the printers… we’re ready to take on some of your other challenges!

 

Before we kick it off, just a shout out that PICA’S holding a limited-seating event on Tuesday 18th September at 6pm — to discuss on the amendments to the Victorian Residential Tenancy Act…

This is an exclusive event (only 60 seats available) with Yvonne Martin and will take place at Madgwicks Lawyers, Level 6, 140 William Street, Melbourne.

Register Here: PICA – Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

 

And yes,

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But back to the tricky Q & A….

 

Question — Chris on Tenancy Changes

I’m disappointed at your quick video overview regarding proposed rental tenancy changes in Victoria. I have no problem with most of the suggested changes but, how can you not be alarmed at tenants being given the right to have pets and make modifications deemed ‘minor’ – whatever that means? We are not just talking about picture hooks here! After investigating further, this may include security measures and air conditioning! Who pays for these? You flippantly dismiss the pet comment with a remark about ’tiles’. Are you serious??? What about carpets and polished floorboards taking a pounding from pets’ claws and their excrement! I will tell you from experience that any sort of steam cleaning and fumigating of carpets etc….even at the tenant’s expense is not the answer. I’ve had to on at least two occasions (where both urine and faecal matter was so prevalent) had no choice, but to change the carpets! Forget the floorboards – too damn expensive to re-sand and polish!  Please tell me that these abovementioned points are also concerns for you?

 

SpeakPipe Question – Emma on Rate Statement showing a Decline

I have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 car spot investment apartment in Maribyrnong. I’ve just noticed on my new rate statement that the Capital Improved Value and the Site Value have decreased. It is a long term investment, should I be worried? Or should I just enjoy the lower rates this year? Thanks!

 

SpeakPipe Question — Lucas about Trump and IO Loans

… As we know, America runs at huge deficits, and Trump’s now starting trade wars with a whole bunch of economic blocks and their interest rates are going up so it’s going to be harder for them to service their debt. Deficits are going to become bigger & in case that backfires, and causes another GFC situation, what impact will Trump have on the Australian housing market? And, also, we’ll probably have another compounding problem with tougher lending criteria and people having less opportunity to roll interest-only with banks. So I’d like to know what you think will happen to the property market if these things happen, which is the worst case scenario. Thank you.

 

Question — Nick on History of Sales

Hi, I am a casual listener of the podcast and a first time buyer looking for a place to live in Melbourne. We have found a townhouse in Thornbury, a property that ticks all the boxes for us and looks like a good price. However, the property is selling for only a fraction over that which it was purchased in 2014 and is amongst about 50 of other similar townhouses — the property next door is also for sale. It is probably the best located/nicest property we can afford that we have found in Melbourne but those seem like red flags from an investment point of view. I thought I might just ask and see if you might be able to point us in the right direction as to how much we should read into previous sale prices and also about what saturation means in the townhouse market? Thank you and keep up the rad podcasts!

 

 

Episode 188 | What’s Renovating got to do with Dating? Chat with Naomi Findlay

You heard that correctly, folks!

Renovating and Dating. YEP… turns out they’ve got something in common!

And to be honest — if it wasn’t for today’s guest, we probably wouldn’t have clued onto this comparison on our own. But, yep, you betcha… she’s definitely onto something!

Joining us on The Couch today is none other than Naomi Findlay, Australia’s Rapid Renovation Expert. And not only is Naomi the Principal and Founder of the International Institute of Home Staging, author of the best-selling book Ignite Your Property Mojo, but also she’s the host of digital TV Series The Reno Show and Location Lifestyle Living! PLUS (and this is where it gets even more interesting), she’s the creator of Rapid Reno Mate — the new app that’s made especially for renovators!

So, let’s just say — when it comes to renovating for profit, Naomi’s all over it.
Before we dive straight in and reveal the exact reason why renovating is just like dating…
… We’ve got some HUGE news for you!!

 

Our brand new book — Make Money Simple Again — is out THIS OCTOBER 2018!!!

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Yep, if you want to grab a copy of Make Money Simple Again before anyone else, hit up our waitlist and we’ll make sure it’s yours at the same time hits the shelves!! And, just to sweeten the deal EVEN MORE, we’re throwing in a free surprise bonus for our TPC Tribe Members who join the waitlist.

Now we’ve got other announcements as well but because we’re running out of space, we’ll do this in bullet points (who doesn’t like bullet points?!):

  • PIPA Survey is expiring tomorrow, 5 pm, Friday, 7th Sept. If you haven’t it, we’re asking you a favor. Your input makes a difference so please complete it here!
  • Don’t forget to check out our appearance on the Today Show5 Tips to Get an Investment Property. You can watch it here!
  • The Sydney Property Buyer Expo 2018 start tomorrow as well! We’ve got two jam-packed session:
    • Saturday, 10 AM – Special Length Masterclass – Ben and Bryce with Special Guest to talk about Buying your First Home / Investing in your First Property
    • Sunday, 1 PM – Ben on How to Achieve Financial Piece with 5 Properties or less!

So if you’re around town, please do come and say hi! Always love to chat with a fellow coucher and ticket’s on us too. Just click here and use this code: COUCH

That aside, let’s get back to Renovating/Dating!!

 

What’s to learn today?

 

p.s. By the way, in case you’re curious, the treehouse that Ben mentioned on the show is in Crossville, Tennessee, United States!

p.p.s. Don’t forget to join our Waitlist for the upcoming book!! >> Join The Waitlist Now (and get a surprise bonus!)

 

 

Episode 187 | How to Inspect Property Like a Pro! Chat with Andrew Mackie-Smith, Expert Building and Pest Inspector

Folks, let’s just come right out and say it… getting a Building and Pest Inspection is very, very important if you’re going to buy a property. So much so that we’d go as far as to use the word “vital”. Yep, this is true for both homeowners and investors!!

So, we think it’s in your BEST interests to listen to what today’s guest, Andrew-Mackie Smith, Principal Consultant of BuildingPro (Building and Pest Reports) and author of Building Success: Why Property Investors Need Building Inspections has to say about it.

Here’s why he’s the guest qualified to give you these tips:

  1. He’s personally carried out over 12,500 Building and Pest Inspections
  2. He’s qualifications are legendary — Andrew is a licensed builder, building inspector, pest inspector and holds qualifications as a building surveyor, scaffolding inspector, timber stores greater, real estate agent and pest manager
  3. He’s a sought-after speaker to provide expert advice, specifically (but not exclusively) aimed at helping property investors.

We’re absolutely sure you’ll get a bag full of golden nuggets to take away from this one folks!!!

 

Oh, and guess what, folks?? It’s that time of the year!

Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) would like your input in this year’s Property Investor Sentiment Survey!

It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and your feedback is really important to reveal the mood, confidence and key trends underlying the Australian property investment market (yep, that also includes your thoughts on the current lending environment).

Complete PIPA’s Survey Now >>

 

And before we jump into what you’ll learn from Andrew Mackie-Smith, just a quick shout out to a few free resources:

  1. Data Dive! Click here to download Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns and we’ll send it to your email right away.
  2. Pre-Building Checklist – Click here to fill it in
  3. We’re coming to Sydney’s Property Buyer Expo next weekend (7 – 9 September 2018)! BOOK your free ticket here and use this discount code: COUCH

Similar to Melbourne’s Expo, we’ll be presenting a First Home Buyer/First Time Investor MASTERCLASS Live!!

When: 10 AM SATURDAY 8th of September
Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney
Cost: FREE for TPC Listeners!

PLUS, Ben’s also doing his own presentation on Sunday @ 1:00PM – How to Achieve Financial Peace with 5 Properties or Less!

Join us there!

 

Back to today’s show.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

 

 

 

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