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Episode 167 | When you SHOULDN’T use a Buyers Agent?

Alright, folks! Let’s bring on Episode 167!!

Today is all about Buyers Agents… and when you SHOULDN’T use one!

Yep — it might seem a bit strange considering Bryce is one… but we’re going there! And why? Well, we’ve received a couple of questions recently about the cost of a Buyers Agent, and whether or not this represents value for money

So, how much (in $$) is a reasonable Buyers Agent fee? — and WHY exactly do they charge what they do?

More importantly, how can you tell if you’re dealing with a Spruiker?

 

… just a heads up before we jot down the 2 questions we’ll be answering Folks, the 2nd question is particularly long, so if you can’t catch everything Bryce says on the podcast, we’ve got you covered below 🙂

So, the questions that came in are:

 

1st Question:
“Good afternoon Team. I have organised an interview with a Buyers Agent and they told me what I should do, which has been in line with the fundamentals of The Property Couch. But the bottom line is it’s $15,000 for them to find my first investment house! I wanted to think about the best way forward, and ever since they keep ringing, and picking on my FOMO, which has since turned me off using them. What I want to know is, what risk do Buyers Agents hold and are accountable for? Because as far as I can see, they don’t hold any risk in regard to a return on the investment I am left with. Should people place an act against its members to ensure a warranty or guarantee in place to hold these business accountable?”

 

2nd Question:
“Hi Ben. I have a question on using Buyers Agents. I am genuinely considering using a Buyers Agent; but the cost is much higher than other property professionals. I think that if the price was affordable, very few people would fall prey of the spruikers. Here’s what I mean: solicitors are equally important partners in buying a property and they are appropriately trained and their role is important — it’s actually mandatory to use a solicitor or a conveyancer and yet they don’t take advantage of the fact that you can’t buy property without them. Most charge around $2000 — and one can pay even less with conveyancers — I’ve used conveyancers twice in Victoria and paid $770. They arranged settlement, made sure your bank doesn’t delay to settle, they advise me on the contract, their fee is NO WHERE NEAR that of a Buyers Agent. BA charge around 10K when buying a $450,000 house, this is more than 3% — that’s a very high price to pay for financial advice. The other important person for a property investor is a building and pest inspector — and yet they are nowhere near what a BA charges… $100 will get you a building and pest inspection. Another important person — around $600 will get you tax information from an accountant so one can have a clearer picture on how one’s decision will affect one’s position, one can see whether they can afford the investment, they can also do the tax … and yet they charge nowhere near the BAs. Financial Advisors are equally important. They charge about $700 – $2000 their fees are around 1% of investment, the rate charge for investments in SMSF is also around 1%. This includes financial advice, assistance with selecting, usually investing in shares, which can be more risky than property. This is why I think BAs are overpriced and are very good at instilling fear in property investors when they fall into the hands of Spruikers.

The irony of this that the equity they normally use to buy an IP is usually from their home, which they bought themselves. I think that if a BA charged around $2,000 more people would use them and spruikers would be out of business. I’m also aware that some BA provide financial and strategy advice and, therefore, feel as if they should charge more. I don’t think most of them are qualified financial advisors, but they charge more than financial advisors. To be fair to them, they don’t call themselves as financial advisors but, rather strategists, which is the additional serving to source a property. I don’t think mum and dad need a strategy plan every time they buy a property, and yet they pay for this every time they buy a property through a BA. And the ones I have spoken to say they charge so much because they don’t only do sourcing. Financial Advice can be done once, and one can pay, say, $1000 – $2,000 session for the planning, formulation of the strategy and the sourcing … be not more than $2,000, which is less than a lot of property investment professionals. I think the high cost of BAs and the fear in which they instill in investors make those who can’t afford their exuberant price fall into the advice of spruikers.

I’ve identified a region I want to buy in Adelaide and want someone who can view properties for me and buy for me. I’ve already seen a Financial Planner and strategist and what is remaining is the property. I’ve done my adequate research, I’ve contacted a BA and the average price is $10 – $15K and I fail to find justification in this fee. I know that a provider of this service can charge whatever they want as someone on the other side of the transaction is willing to pay that much.

My question is: I wanted to ask you as a Financial Advisor whether you find Buyers Agents fees reasonable?

Episode 161 | How to Buy Property Like a Pro – Chat with Veronica Morgan

Want to know how to bag an A grade asset? How about scoring the inside tips Buyers Agents use? If you’re keen to buy property like a pro, today is the show for you!

That’s right, folks! We’re getting down to the nitty gritties of buying… how to nail an auction sale, how not to overspend (very important) and how to think like you’ve been in the game for decades.

Plus, we’re diving into the Sydney property market, picking up some sunken treasures so you can discover the latest, the greatest and the mistakes to avoid!

Joining us is Veronica Morgan — you might recognise her from Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel, Location Location Location Australia in the days of co-hosting with Bryce — who is the Founder and Principal of Good Deeds Property Buyers, a property buying services specialising the Sydney market. To boot, Veronica is also a QPIA, a clever property investor and key note speaker, industry writer and a repeat guest on the Couch!

 

So, let’s get take a microscopic view of what a reputed Buyers Agent sees (and does) every single day:

 

Want to hear more from Veronica? Check out Episode 76 | Building a property portfolio after the boom!

Also, make sure you check out our Facebook Live sessions! They’re Q&A Style & only 15 minutes Folks!!

 

 

Episode 128 | How a Country Boy Went From a Butcher to Property Success – Chat with Duncan McPherson, Director of Nelson Alexander

That’s right guys. Duncan McPherson, Director at Nelson Alexander (also a successful property consultant, auctioneer, founder of Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation and a property investor himself) started his roots in a small country town as, well, a butcher. Yep—his story is absolutely a white-butcher’s-coat to wealth-building-creation!

Duncan is a family man, centred on honest and committed customer service, who has built his riches on sharing what he knows and paying it forward, giving almost $2.5 million dollars to local charities in the process.

On the couch to share his wisdom, humbleness and good humour with the boys, Duncan explains:

  • How he came to Melbourne as a butcher and ended up as highly-successful real estate figure
  • Why one man in a black BMW, a shiny suit and a bad attitude was likely the catalysis for his career change
  • How Nelson Alexander, since 1971, has transformed the face of real estate services, especially in the Northern suburbs
  • How he approaches property investment with 20+ years’ experience
  • What are his criteria for a successful asset selection?
  • Which one is a “better” investment: a house or a townhouse?
  • What “buying land and airspace” means and how you can value from it
  • What is “The Beef Wellington” to add value to your property?
  • What to look for in a quality real estate agent and how to outsmart them
  • How many off-market properties exist without you even knowing they’re For Sale? (Hint: it’s more than you think!)
  • The inevitability of housing affordability—has it always been tough breaking into the market?
  • When will he consider buying a property with someone else?
  • What he looks for in an investment property and what always impresses him
  • The mentors who have changed and continue to change his life.

 

We really, really think you’ll benefit from this one guys. It’s one thing to hear tips from the best in the business; but another thing entirely to hear it from someone who made it there from the humblest of beginnings!

 

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Episode 121 (Part 2) | Does The Guy With The Most Money Always Win At Auction? – Chat with Damien Cooley

Part two with Damien Cooley, Australia’s most respected auctioneers and the face of Cooley Auctions, On top of his Australian record—see part 1— he has an uncountable number of industry trophies tucked under that orange tie—winning the 2015 & 2013 Auctioneer of the Year at the Real Estate Business Awards for example—and has performed auctions on other reality TV series, including The Renovators, Under The Hammer, Hot Auctions and Selling Houses Australia.

Oh, and you might have heard this in Part One that just two years ago, Cooley Auctions delivered up to 6000 auctions in the same year. So Damien definitely knows his stuff.

What are you waiting for? Get the insider’s guide to:

  • Which avoidable mistakes buyers make
  • How to win at auction, just by observing the mood of buyers
  • Which bidding tactics work and which ones absolutely don’t
  • What the Five Second Rule is
  • What a Flexible Buyers Strategy looks like
  • How the auction process differs between Victoria and NSW

and

  • Is there a shift in buyers’ sentiment in Sydney’s property market?

 

If you like this podcast: “Does The Guy With The Most Money Always Win At Auction? – Chat with Damien Cooley”, don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

Episode 121 (Part 1) | Does The Guy With The Most Money Always Win At Auction? – Chat with Damien Cooley

We’re pretty chuffed to announce that Damien Cooley, one of Australia’s most respected auctioneers and the face of Cooley Auctions, has landed a spot on the couch! For those not in the know: Damien holds the Australian record for the highest sale of a single dwelling home sold at auction—no easy feat at $23 Million—and is the most booked auctioneer on The Block, having appeared on the show nine times.

In fact, we were SO chuffed to have Damien on the couch that Bryce and Ben just didn’t want him to leave. There are golden auction tips pouring out like a long string of confetti in this one guys! (Damien was almost late to the set of The Block, he was so pumped to give you all his insight!)

So here is Part One, people.

Unpacking his property prowess with us, Damien reveals the importance of keeping lists, debunk some auction myths and explains why he’s more than just “The Guy in the Orange Tie on The Block”.

Together, he and the boys will cover:

  • How jotting your dreams on paper will write tomorrow’s reality
  • How he left high school to become one of the best auctioneers in the country
  • How Damien managed to score that impressive $23 million auction record (Hint: it has something to do with $50,000)
  • How to work out if an external auctioneer is right for you

This one’s a big one guys! The take home (out of the many):

If you go to work on your plan, your plan will work for you.

 

Disclaimer: But this is in Part 1 only … just wait until you hit PART 2 (!)

 

If you like this podcast: “Does The Guy With The Most Money Always Win At Auction? – Chat with Damien Cooley”, don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

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