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Episode 160 | The Power of Vulnerability when Looking for Advice – Chat with Karla

We’re getting real on the Couch today, folks. So if you’re in the mood for some solid learning, serious authenticity and a powerful view into what it’s like to be on the chair opposite us (or any other professional advisor), today is YOUR Day!

Because in this episode we are introducing a very, very special guest (in more ways than one)…. someone who has personally reached out, sat down and met with one of our advisors…. Karla C.

Except Karla…. she didn’t like what we had to say!

Why?

Well, this is where the power of vulnerability comes in………

 

[Two words that come to mind: “Profound change.”]

Full disclosure: We normally avoid mentioning our company, folks….. but we’re huge believers in Karla’s story and its benefit to you is too great for us to hold back! Plus, Karla’s “tell all” is a gift needed for life, not just property investment.

 

Before we unfold the layers of vulnerability though, just a little shout out to those of you WHO LIVE IN SYDNEY & WANT TO WORK WITH US! We’re after experienced Property Investment Advisors, Mortgage Brokers, Financial Planners and, just maybe, Accountants! So if you’re all about helping others, influencing positive and profound change to people’s lives, and the idea of a challenging and rewarding role makes you ticklish with excitement ….. wow us with your resume & cover letter here!

 

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p.s. Really want to learn more about the service that the guys were chatting about? Click here to learn more about Empower Wealth’s Property Investment Advice services.

 

 

 

Episode 159 | From Anti-depressants to Airbnb – Chat with Emily Hazell, Founder of Serotonin Eatery

Feel Good February is even better with a Feel Good Podcast, folks! So, that’s exactly what we’ve got in store for you today: The episode to get rid of the “mood funk” 🙂
In other words: it’s a mindset, business success and property story all rolled into one holistic show!

If that doesn’t make you feel good, our guest, Emily Hazell of Serotonin Eatery, Exercise and Education will give you the fresh tips to get there!

To clear any confusion: Serotonin is often referred to asThe Happiness Hormone.”

Emily, with a Double Degree in Architecture and Graphic Design behind her, is the founder of the world’s first Happiness Centre — an eatery with an entire menu and physical space designed to increase your serotonin levels! … but Emily didn’t get this idea from being happy — she’d struggled with mood swings, depression and anxiety in her earlier years, and sourced a natural solution that wouldn’t require a prescription.

 

How does the property investment stuff fit in?

Listen to find out. (And learn how Emily saved $500 every week for 10 years!)

 

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So, what can you learn from today’s show?

  • How can you stabilise your health and mood with serotonin and increase overall happiness?
  • What are the challenges and lessons learnt along the way when starting a business?
  • How did the power of investing fund her business?
  • Why are your habits that are stopping you from “getting things done”?
  • How did Emily nail asset selection and apply it to her business?
  • What little things can you do to increase your serotonin levels?
  • Why is knowing your “personal mission” important for mastering your mindset?
  • The power of turning a negative into a positive!
  • Lifestyle drivers and how that relates to suburb gentrification
  • How can investing in a financial planner grow your money?
  • Is investing in Airbnb a good investment?
  • What are the challenges and innovations of investing in Airbnb
  • What do you need to know about goal-setting and planning?
  • Are you doing something now that is a “tax on tomorrow’s happiness”?
  • How do you back yourself?
  • Why do you need to get a network and support behind you, even if you’re going it alone?

 

Looking for the rest of the Serotonin Formula that Emily mentioned on the show? Click here to find out more!

 

Episode 151 | Is Bitcoin a good investment and what are the Final Budget Changes on Tax Depreciation?

There are so many things to be excited about in this week’s episode!!!

First of all, PICA IS FINALLY UP! Remember a few weeks back (Sydney expo) when Ben gave you a sneak peek at setting up a not-for-profit association for property investors by property investors? Well, it’s official now … and it’s time to unite and make our voices heard. It’s time we take action to ensure our property investments are protected, now and into the future. So make sure you check it out! www.pica.asn.au

(Membership is only $5 a year or $20 for 5 years! Find out more about PICA’s Membership here.)

 

Following on from this … the most drastic change impacting property investors significantly is the recent depreciation changes. On this year’s Budget Night, 7:30 pm AEST on the 9th of May 2017, the Government proposed quite some changes to the tax depreciation schedule. We’ve talked about these changes before with Bradley Beer, CEO of BMT Tax Depreciation back in Episode 117.

Since then, the Government has finalised on some of these changes and has decided that some of the proposed changes will not go ahead after all. But what are the finalised depreciation changes? That’s why we’ve invited Brad back into the studio today for a quick update!

 

And finally… Bitcoin.

It’s the No.1 trending search word at the moment.

So, are we for or against it???

Let’s talk.

So, what are you in for?

  • What depreciation changes did the Government finally decide on?
  • Who will be affected and who WILL NOT be affected?
  • What happens if you purchase an existing property after the 9th of May?
  • Will you be able to claim tax depreciation now, and is it still worth get a tax depreciation schedule done?
  • Are commercial properties affected by this change?
  • How can your accountant help with your claim?
  • What’s the definition of “Substantial renovation” in this new ruling?
  • Will Capital Gains Tax be affected?

and of course, on Bitcoin…

  • What is Bitcoin to start with, and why is it so trendy now?
  • Are there other cryptocurrencies out there?
  • Can they be used as a valid currency?
  • Will this last?

 

Don’t forget the Free Resources mentioned:

  • Brad’s previous appearance on the Couch — Episode 117
  • Ben’s Did You Know Tips can be found here.
  • Access to PICA (Property Investors Council of Australia) — Subscribe here
  • BMT Tax Depreciation Application Form – Fill in the form below to download or click here

 

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Episode 150 | Margaret Lomas: How this mother of 5 turned $80,000 into a multimillion dollar property empire

HAPPY 150 EPISODES!!!

Yep, that’s right, folks! Today officially marks our 150th episode……. and, boy, do we have a show in store for you.

First up, you’ll finally hear Stiggy speak! Uh-huh. This is one-of-a-kind stuff.

Secondly — and it’s only taken us 100 episodes to get her on — you will also hear from one of the best in the business, Margaret Lomas!

As you likely know, not only is Margaret the Director and Founder of Destiny Financial Solutions, a best-selling property author (8 books, mind you), but also she is an active property investor and qualified property investment advisor; hosting two weekly property investment shows, Your Money Your Call and Property Success with Margaret Lomas, both of which she creates and produces.

Indeed, she is a busy businessperson, also on the board of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), past winner of Business Woman of the Year and — let’s be honest — the receiver of WAY too many accolades for us to list here!

Before we get into it — side note — Ben’s Webinar Impact of Interest Only Lending is finally out! He’ll tell you about it now.

 

So, what are you about to find out?

  • Margaret’s introduction into, and motivations behind, her property investment journey
  • What is the Rapid Debt Reduction method and how Line of credit works
  • Budgeting, tracking and managing your money
  • Why accountability matters and her recommended “Property Headspace” needed for commitment
  • The $18,000 risk it took to create her multimillion dollar property empire?
  • ****** A SCOOP FROM MARGARET LOMAS ******
  • Property development! Her experiences, mistakes and why she would do it again
  • Understanding council plans and how to deal with them
  • What is she working on in property right now?
  • Sell vs Hold — which one?
  • Practical tips you can use to source growth drivers
  • What other things you need to know about picking the next hotspot (and why she thinks public transport may not be as important anymore)
  • Margaret’s shift in mindset & how it’s shaped both her life and investment journey
  • Why is the age of people living in an area crucial to an investor?
  • What is the one thing she wants you to know? (!)

and

  • LIFE HACKS ALL ROUND!!!!!!! (Stiggy AND Margaret Lomas)

 

ps: And here’s the link to our practical but hilarious Facebook video! So much so that Bryce nearly spilled his drink! Watch below or click here to watch it

 

 

 

Episode 144 | The American Property Market: Tax Liens, Tax Deeds, Texas and Investing in Opportunity – Chat with Jeff Goins

We’ve spent the week in America, folks — so we thought we’d better bring you back a bit of gold!

Sitting by a pool in Dellas (yep), we scored some local intel on the American Property Market —like what’s making Texas a HOT place for investing — with today’s guest, Jeff Goins.

So who’s Jeff? A full-time investor of “Tax Deeds” in Texas which includes house “flipping”, he has a builder’s license and a sponge of property knowledge. What’s most eye-opening though, is his local insight into how Americans invest in residential property, including their lending rules and regulations, and their penalties for (and opportunities in) unpaid property taxes, which is VASTLY different from the way us Aussies do it!

Oh, and a couple of Texan “translations” before we start:

“Inventory” = Supply and Demand
“Rehab” = Renovate

 

So, what are we discussing?

  • What’s the appeal of investing in the American market; particularly Texas?
  • The US Government involvement in their lending and how it triggered the global financial crisis (GFC)?
  • Aftermaths of the GFC and how they recover their confidence in the real estate market?
  • The differences in Australia’s and America’s lending regulation
  • What are the interest rates like?
  • How to research investment grade locations
  • Understanding the geo-economic difference between both countries and how will it impact investors’ decisions
  • Why do they have such a volatile property market?
  • Why is the average property price in America SO much cheaper?
  • Are there offset accounts and are they able to leverage off equity?
  • What happens if you don’t pay tax on your property?
  • What does “Tax Liens” and Tax Deeds” mean?
  • How can investors benefit from Tax Liens and Tax Deeds?
  • Is there such a thing as residential property advice in America?
  • Where are the auctions held in Texas? (!)

 

ALSO, we’re doing Movember this month! We’ve been supporting this cause for years but this time, we plan to expand the awareness on men’s health and help the support the cause to our community. Our target is $5,000. Now, our show is free but if you think we are doing a good job, please donate here.

Every dollar counts! (Bucket loads of good karma awaits you.)

Here’s the link again: https://moteam.co/the-property-couch

 

 

 

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