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Episode 391 | War of the Property Policies: Which is the Winner?

With the Federal Election fast approaching, you’ve probably heard A LOT of noise around stuff like climate change, international security, and aged care funding… 

But as a property investor, you’re probably wanting to know: 

What do the parties’ property policies mean for you!?!  

We’ll be breaking down and comparing Liberal’s Access to Super policy and Labour’s Help to Buy (Shared Equity) policy and answering: How do they fit into the big picture?!? 

Like…

  • Will either policy help Australia’s economy?
  • Will dipping into your Super help or hinder future wealth creation?
  • And which demographic of people will benefit from which policy? (Plus, LOTS MORE)   

We’ll also be covering Liberal’s existing policies and turning the mic over to…our listeners!!  Yesterday we asked our Facebook Tribe for their questions around both parties’ property policies and MAN we were blown away!!   

You guys gave us a run for our money  (A big thank you to everyone who left us a question!!), and we’ve now got a fantastic lineup of Q’s that we reckon a lot of you are probably wondering too! 

So if you’re ready to get up to date with this year’s property policies and what they mean for YOU, then tune in now!!  

👇 Full list of questions below!! 👇

Questions we Answer

Q1) James Watson:  

“Am I missing something? I genuinely can’t see the benefit of the super housing policy. If you have a 5% deposit, if you qualify for and can service a loan, you will be far better off paying mortgage insurance than gutting your superannuation. Further, if you have a 5% deposit and you have the full $125,000 in your super and you borrow the maximum $50,000 and you’re looking to buy something at around 650-700,000 (ie. you’re not in a capital city), you will still have to pay LMI. So what is the point of this? Seems it will simply drive house prices up”

 

Q2) Marc Hooper 

“Would the LNP be better using Super as collateral against a loan rather than taking it out? Super should be for retirement. 

I feel taking super money out prematurely is bad policy. 

Are they trying to give us all higher interest rates? These policies will increase housing prices feeding inflation and giving RBA the need to raise rates. Do you feel that will lead to higher inflation and maybe rates? 

Love the ALP policy as is. But feel it will feed into inflation. So ill timed.” 

 

Q3) Svend Petersen 

“I reckon the LNP may have just lost the election with this dumb idea. Let’s fix the housing supply problem by increasing demand??? WTF?”  

 

Q4) Matty Tippowicz 

I think both policies are very poor ideas, especially Labor’s. Who the hell would want the government owning 40% of their property? 

 

Q5) Michael In-ski 

I’m a 32 year old professional. My super sits at about 40k today. I don’t know if anyone else is in the same boat as me but doesn’t seem like it’ll get me anywhere. Question: who will benefit from accessing super? Average Age, professions etc

 

Q6) Emma Benic 

What’s to stop someone selling the property, blowing all the cash and then needing the aged pension? 

Will they put stops in place that force funds to go back in to super? Or has this been overlooked?

 

Q7) KeLee Gee 

Access to super: will this be within the current SMSF route? 

Share equity: can people buy out the govnt share of their property? 

At what point the agreement ends? Death? Forced sale or refinance in certain timeframe? 

Both schemes: What are the limitations to type, location, age, condition of the property? 

 

Q8) Graeme Ash 

With shared equity, do you have to pay out their percentage on sale? Once again it would leave them short to make the next step on their journey. 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned… 

  

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 3:54 – Don’t fall into the trap of S___ P____!  
  • 6:40 – We reckon you should be viewing property policies like THIS… 
  • 9:05 – What is the Super Policy!? (Plus an explanation + history lesson on what Super is)
  • 15:00 – What we think about the Liberal’s Super Property Scheme!  
  • 20:44 – The Older Australians Downsizing Policy (aka. What Ben calls “a golden handshake”!)  
  • 24:50 – What are the Liberals’ other Property Policies?  
  • 27:56 – Labour’s “Help to Buy” Property Policy explained  
  • 31:00 – Why you shouldn’t panic over policies “causing” Inflation (The numbers don’t lie folks!)  
  • 35:34 – Labour’s other policies + Wrap!  
  • 36:25 – YOUR Q&As: Q1 – What’s the benefit of the Liberal’s Super Policy?! (Ben runs a pretty cool simulation here!)  
  • 47:42 – Q2 – Will it lead to higher Interest Rates??  
  • 50:30 – Q3 – Impacts on Housing Supply & Demand  
  • 51:54 – Q4 – Who wants the Gov owning 40% of their property?!  
  • 52:25 – Q5 – WHO will benefit from the Super Policy?  
  • 53:24 – Q6 – What’s to stop someone blowing all their Super & living off the aged pension? 
  • 54:47 – Q7 – Self Managed Super Funds & Buying out the Gov’s share of equity  
  • 57:59 – Q8– Paying out the percentage of the sale 
  • 1:01:05 – Our top takeaways! 
  • 1:05:38 – Listen to this if you’re not a fan of the Super policy!  

And… 

 

Episode 390 | Will Interest Rates CRASH the Property Market?!

With all the buzz around interest rate hikes and inflation, potential market crashes and unpayable mortgage debt, we’ve heard a couple of people feeling anxious about the future… 

We want you to stop. 

Take a step back.  

Breathe. 

And listen to this podcast cos’ we’re not only answering the Q: “Will Interest Rates crash the Property Market?!”, but we’re giving you 7 REASONS why we believe in our answer! (With cold hard numbers to back it up!)   

Can you guess them below!  

  1. S__ E_____   
  2. H____ supply  
  3. I________ 
  4. M_____ Stress Story  
  5. R____ undersupply  
  6. H____ B_____ (This one is often overlooked!)  
  7. H_______!  

 PLUS, we’re diving WAY deeper to cover: 

  • Is now actually a good time to invest in a property (You know, with that famous Warren Buffet quote to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”)  
  • Why you shouldn’t be investing if you have THIS personality… 
  • What principles should you have front of mind when consuming information about the market?? 
  • How can YOU be the voice of reason?  

Bryce also breaks down success into this ONE attainable thing…Tune in to find out what it is now!!  

P.S. If you haven’t heard…. we’ve got a SPECIAL BONUSISODE for you this week which is all about maximising your tax returns as we bring in the new tax season –  listen in now! 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned… 

  

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 1:34 – Listen to this part for a WHOLE HEAP of special Bonuses! (An email full of FREE RESOURCES?! You’ll want to hear this…)  
  • 8:53 – All success requires is s_____!  
  • 14:28 – This should be the foundation of your thinking… 
  • 18:16 – How YOU can be the voice of reason! 
  • 25:40 – Got Buyers’ Remorse? Ask yourselves these questions.  
  • 28:30 – OUR ANSWER! (Are we just Prosperity Preachers?!) 
  • 30:28 – Reason #1: S_____ E______  
  • 34:28 – Reason #2: H____ Supply  
  • 38:11 – Lets Data Dive into Reason #2!  
  • 39:18 – Reason #3: I______! aka. We NEED people!  
  • 41:25 – Reason #4: M_____ Stress Story  
  • 44:08 – Another Data Dive! (How bad is the debt?!)  
  • 52:20 – Reason #5: R____ undersupply  
  • 53:45 – Reason #6: H____ B_____ (This is a cultural one! Think “The Castle” folks…) 
  • 57:47 – Reason #7: H_______! 
  • 1:04:54 – Is now the best time to buy?! 
  • 1:07:10 – Don’t invest now if you have THIS type of personality!  
  • 1:12:50 – Give us your Interest Rate Questions!! (Click the tab on the bottom right side of the page)  

And  

  • 1:14:12 – Why Ben HARDLY types anymore (aka. Bryce’s Lifehack for today 😉 
  • 1:16:03 – A breakdown of CoreLogic’s Pain and Gain report. 

 

Episode 388 | Why do people sell off-market properties?! – Q&A

Folks we have received one of the greatest compliments bestowed upon us in this episode… 

We have been called… 

THE NETFLIX FOR PROPERTY INVESTORS! 

And folks that has absolutely made our day! Thank you, Andrew!!  

But we’re guessing if you’re here, you haven’t just come to hear us celebrate our new title. 😉 

You’ve probably been like us and Jordy – who asked the question – and wondered “Why do people sell off-market properties??” 

And we’re so excited to dive into this because honestly, we think the answer is going to surprise you!  

We’ve also got a fantastic line-up of questions for this week’s Q&A episode, like… 

  • How do you actually put the big rocks in the jar first?! In this case, our question-asker Clancy is having to choose between buying an investment property or home first… 
  • Is it possible to have a multi-purpose investment that actually works??
  • How can question-asker Demi allay her family’s concerns over her investing in her third property within a year?

Listen in now folks, we’re streaming tons of audio gold (Since – you know – we’re the Netflix of property investors 😉)  

 

Free Stuff Mentioned… 

 

Questions We Answer…

Jordy on Why People Sell Off Market Properties  

“Hey Bryce and Ben, 

How you guys going? 

Just had a question around off market opportunities. You hear that there are so many off market opportunities out there that they actually make up nearly more than listed properties. 

I’m just wondering why there would be so many real estate agents who are working on the seller’s behalf wouldn’t want to take it to market to get as much competition and try and get the best price.  

Obviously, there’s times when someone might want a quick sale, but outside of that it just seems kind of just goes against logic, so if you guys could have a discussion about that. Thank you.”  

 

Clancy on Putting the Big Rocks in the Jar  

“Hey property couch guys, 

Long-time listener here. I’ve got a question for you around putting the big rocks in the jar and just having a better understanding of what that means. 

Our current position is me and my partner own a unit on the Northern beaches in Sydney approximately worth 1.4 something, with around 400 and something in equity in that property. 

Over the next sort of five years, we want to move into a house. It’s also in the northern beaches and we also want to start our investment journey in terms of buying investment property. Question is what should we do first? 

Should we have our next goal be behind the house or the next goal be behind the investment property? Everyone in the family says we’d be crazy to buy an investment property first. 

It kind of makes sense to me that that would be the next option. I’d really appreciate your guy’s insight and maybe help me understand what putting the big rocks in the jar means I know that’s an important concept, but I’m just not quite there conceptually, thanks.” 

 

Andrew Kringas on Lifestyle Property purchases 

G’day Ben and Bryce.  

Big shout out to you guys and the podcast. I kind of refer to this as the Netflix for property investors. 

Like a lot of your listeners, I got into you a couple of months ago and have not been able to stop going through all the episodes. Obviously starting up from the beginning and then ended up coming to some of your newer ones.  

My question is really in relation to lifestyle property that you referred to and there has been obviously a really big surge in the past two years of people buying properties in regional, Victorian coastal areas, and looking at using it as a holiday destination for themselves, but also seeing how they can make some substantial rents during peak holiday periods and also use the opportunity to let family use it. 

 Just wondering what your take is on this and with the pending interest rate rises, is it something that you guys look at or do you steer away from it? Similar to high rise apartments. Would be really happy to hear your thoughts, thanks. 

 

Demi on Advice to family after 4 properties 

“Hey Bryce and Benji.  

My question is around family, so my family been watching me. We’re about to purchase our third property in a year, so we have 4 all up. I’m only 25 and my family will get very nervous about it. I have buffers. I have everything. What would you say to them to make them not stress out? 

Thank you.”  

  

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 2:05 – Focus more on the H___ than the G___! Let us know what yours are… 
  • 4:34 – Question 1: Why People Sell Off Market Properties  
  • 9:00 – Remember folks, just because it’s off-market doesn’t mean… 
  • 11:05 – Real Estate Agents are influenced by E____ too! 
  • 12:24 – Don’t fall for the THIS myth 
  • 16:12 – Question 2: How to put the big rocks in the jar first 
  • 17:48 – It’s a relatively easy decision if you take out… 
  • 19:35 – What we would recommend! 
  • 23:52 – Question 3: Lifestyle Property purchases (Netflix for property investors?! We are HONOURED mate!)  
  • 25:20 – Can you have a multi-purpose investment? (and Ben’s predictions for the regional exodus trend!)  
  • 28:23 – Will the Lifestyle Property Purchase trend continue? 
  • 33:36 – Question 4: Allaying family concerns over investing 
  • 35:24 – Why you should test your buffers…  
  • 38:18 – “Be a student of history!”  
  • 42:10 – Folks, remember there is no “right” way to invest… 

And… 

 

Episode 387 | Everything you need to know about Home & Contents Insurance – Chat with Steve Mickenbecker

It’s no secret that Australia is facing an insurance crisis. 

Did you know that roughly 70-80% of all Aussies are underinsured?!  

With the constant string of natural disasters from fires to floods, the ability to choose the right personal insurance that actually covers you is becoming more and more critical!  

It might not be our sexiest topic folks, but it’s definitely super important to know!! 

But how are you supposed to know what insurance is best for you?   

Or what makes an insurance policy a good insurance policy??  

Thankfully to help us clear this muddy water we’ve got Steve Mickenbecker, financial services expert!  

As well as being part of Canstar’s Group Executive Team (aka. Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison site!!), Steve is also Canstar’s financial commentator.

He brings more than 30 years of experience in home loans, superannuation, insurance, mortgages, banking, credit cards, investment, budgeting, money management and SO MUCH MORE!  

Basically…he’s the ultimate insurance guru!!  

And he’s here to explain… 

What the heck is Stagflation?!  

How to ensure your insurance policy appropriately covers flood damage!  

What the future for insurance policy services will be (Are we destined to forever be served by robots and AI?!)  

PLUS, Steve will deep dive into some of  Canstar’s and the Insurance Council of Australia’s Catastrophe Data. 

Listen in now folks – this one is real eye-opener! 🤯 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned 

 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 2:02 – Money problems are actually Money H___!  
  • 3:48 – Welcome Steve Mickenbecker!!  
  • 5:37 – From ledger cards to cryptocurrency: Steve’s Money Backstory  
  • 14:36 – How Steve first got into finance!  
  • 16:21 – What the heck is Stagflation?! (And why haven’t we seen it since??)  
  • 22:13 – Why is it important to get your insurance right?   
  • 25:24 – What factors should you consider when selecting insurance? 
  • 27:44 – The underinsurance epidemic and why we’re seeing it today! 
  • 29:10 – How to CORRECTLY calculate if you’re underinsured… 
  • 35:23 – Folks, THIS is why you should read annual changes in your insurance policy!  
  • 36:36 – How to ensure your big-ticket items inside your house are actually covered!  
  • 40:20 – Steve’s rule of thumb for knowing what items you should ensure 
  • 42:05 – How to choose the best insurer for you!  
  • 47:30 – So…what actually makes a good policy?  
  • 51:15 – How much excess is juust right? 
  • 53:31 – Online vs. Human insurance service  
  • 55:45 – What sort of records should people keep for claims?  
  • 58:21 – Data dive into natural disaster coverage… 
  • 1:00:30 – The Average out of pocket costs for home and contents insurance!! (WOW!)  

And… 

 

Episode 386 | BEWARE Tax Traps! How to rebuild or repair after a natural disaster – Chat with Julia Hartman

To celebrate the beginning of the festive (tax) season, we’re welcoming back a special guest…. 

It’s the only and only…Julia Hartman!!!!  

And this week she’s sharing with us how to repair or rebuild your house if it was damaged by a natural disaster (Like a fire or flood) … 

Without paying tax through your eyeballs!!!  

She’ll cover all bases from why it’s paramount that you move back into your house as soon as it’s been fixed (trust us, it’ll save you a heck of a lot of tax…listen in to find out what we mean!) 

To what you should do if you’ve been living overseas when your property was damaged!  

But we’re not just covering that of course, Julia’s got far too much knowledge just waiting to be shared! 

We’re also looking at all the recent changes to tax rates and how you can be prepared for them this tax season… 

Plus – we unpack all things Duplex like…  

What’s the optimal way to create a battle-axe duplex (and not lose any or all of your benefits to GST or CGT!!), 

Why you should keep records of everything from lawnmower fuel to maintenance costs,  

And basically, in the wise words of Bryce, how you can “Make apple pie with apples” folks!!  

But we’ll give you a little spoiler first…before embarking on EITHER of these renovations, it’s critical that you speak to a tax advisor who specialises in property. 

We can NOT stress this enough – there are so many fine details in the process and rather than giving yourself a headache, or worse, kicking yourself later for paying unnecessary tax, it’s best to seek advice first!! 

Now that we’ve got that triple highlighted, tune in to today’s episode folks! It can seriously save you a lot of stress later down the track. 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned 

 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 1:52 – Don’t miss the next PICA webinar with Peter Koulizos!!  
  • 2:51 – Remember to stop and smell the roses folks…  
  • 6:35 – Welcome back Juliaaaa! (She’s a LEGEND!)  
  • 8:00 – What should you do if your home or investment property was damaged by fires or floods?  
  • 11:48 – Do I need a property depreciation expert? (PLUS, listen to this part for a silver lining)  
  • 14:47 – Why you shouldn’t accept cash payouts for rebuilding!  
  • 16:34 – The importance of intention and using the principal place of residence exemption   
  • 18:20 – What happens if I choose to sell? (And tax implications) 
  • 21:55 – Use a M___ Scheme to reduce your CGT 
  • 24:28 – Case study with Julia’s client 
  • 28:57 – Living overseas? Listen to this part!  
  • 33:16 – Let’s RECAP! (Want more details? Read the FREE report in our show notes)  
  • 36:00 – Building a Duplex: What to consider when demolishing your home!  
  • 39:38 – Why having the INTENTION to use it as a duplex has a lot of upsides  
  • 42:47 – The ideal battle-axe duplex situation is… 
  • 44:10 – Julia’s advice on Buying and Demolishing vs. Renting  
  • 53:30 – Changes to the Tax Rates: Why we think you should claim your deductions NEXT financial year!  
  • 55:54 – Ben’s prediction for the future… 
  • 58:50 – Keep it simple folks, share the CGT!  

And… 

 

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