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Episode 352 | Healthy Houses: Is This The New Way For Property Investors? – Chat with Amelia Lee & Raphael Siket

Is your property HEALTHY? Look, this question probably isn’t what property investors commonly ask themselves… but after listening to this episode, we reckon’ you’ll start thinking completely differently about the health of your home & your investments!!

Full disclosure: our minds were blown! Sure, we all spend a significant amount of time in our homes, which has obviously increased since the great ‘work from home experiment’… but once you learn exactly how your property affects your physical and mental health… well, wow. This will TOTALLY shift your thinking!)

Here’s the deal: Today’s topic is largely around ‘healthy’ homes – with a unique spin on what’s called ‘passive houses’– that is, ultra-low energy buildings that are truly energy efficient, comfortable, affordable and ecological at the same time…

And ‘cos this is such a special episode, we have a guest co-host joining Bryce today…. PLUS, a very, very special guest!

Co-hosting today’s podcast as part of our AweGuest series is Amelia Lee, the architect behind Undercover Architect, an award-winning online resource to teach folks how to design, build or renovate their homes. To give you an idea, she’s been in the industry for over 25 years and has solid personal experience in the trenches as a “serial renovator” and has worked on more than 250 projects and counting.

And here with an interview that you won’t ever forget is Raphael Siket – Director of Ecolibria – a leading building biology service in Australia. He is a qualified building biologist and has completed the most comprehensive course of study currently in his field with an Advanced Diploma in Building Biology, a Bachelor of Commerce and – wait for it – is a Certified Mould Testing Technician (ACES) and past president of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists.

And, here’s where it gets EVEN MORE interesting……

… Let’s just say some guy called Bryce Holdaway first met Raph Siket under personal circumstances he’d rather not have been in…. and, yep, it had to do with the HEALTH (or rather ‘unhealth) of his home.

Oh, and get this… Raph has PERSONALLY built his own passive house… from a once- volume-built home. Yep.

Are you ready to see things COMPLETELY differently?

Tune in now for one heck of an episode – let us know what you think 😉

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 00:50 – Meet Amelia Lee…
  • 02:01 – 12 years of living in construction sites!?!
  • 03:21 – Amelia’s Mindset Minute!
  • 04:48 – What was money like growing up for Amelia?
  • 07:47 – Overcoming a scarcity mindset…
  • 10:48 – Is ‘the hustle’ all it’s cracked up to be?
  • 13:01 – Meet Raphael Siket…
  • 14:32 – Money beginnings in South Africa…
  • 16:36 – What does Raph teach his own kids about money?
  • 17:00 – How Bryce met Raph! :- /
  • 18:34 – The M Word: Where unhealthy houses start…
  • 21:22 – How does Raph keep himself safe?
  • 22:53 – How many buildings are impacted by condensation?
  • 22:36 – Confronting property conversations…
  • 24:22 – Can mould exposure cause depression?
  • 22:50 – Remediation: Steps to remove mould from your home!
  • 28:49 – Be aware of the quick paint job!!!
  • 30:42 – Bryce’s BIG issue in the Alphington property…
  • 27:26 –  … What to do for properties in a humid environment!
  • 34:43 – The massive clean-up!
  • 36:35 – What is a Passive House?
  • 38:42 – An overlooked pleasant surprise of passive houses!
  • 40:50 – What’s an AVERAGE energy star-rating for homes?
  • 42:00 – Average air changes per hour: Normal vs Passive House
  • 43:32 – 5 Basic Principles Of A Passive House!
  • 44:37 – WHY did Raph turn his home into a passive house??
  • 46:35 — …They FILMED the whole thing!?!
  • 47:01 – How many…!?! (oh dear!)
  • 49:46 – What does a passive house feel like?
  • 53:13 – How has living in a passive home affected Raph’s life??
  • 54:13 – EMF electrical circuit: What’s the deal?
  • 57:46 – … Umm, NO Wi-Fi in the house!?!
  • And…
  • 1:00:45 – How much does all this cost!?!
  • 1:03:47 – How to source the on-demand light switches
  • 1:08:39 – Paint choices for good health…
  • 1:10:36 – The glue in your floorboards… (!)
  • 1:14:47 – GAH! Don’t put your meter box here!!!!!!
  • 1:18:18 – Do EMF Curtains work on meter boxes?
  • 1:20:49 – Geeking out on the numbers!
  • 1:21:48 – Solar Panels – are they worth the cost!?!
  • 1:28:06 – Buying With The Sun – the best thing you can do!
  • 1:29:17 – Amelia’s Life Hack!
  • 1:31:11 – Changes coming for construction on condensation!

 

 

Episode 351 | Why The Cost Of A Brick Can Get You More Cash Back! – Chat with Bradley Beer

Did you know that the BRICKS on your investment property actually influence the amount of tax depreciation you can claim?

… Wait, what!?!

Yep. Here to unfold the tax secrets only Quantity Surveyors know about is none other than Bradley Beer, CEO of BMT Tax, the largest and most trusted quantity surveying firm in the country.

Basically, Brad is going to walk you through the little-known legalities of depreciation – and how much you can really claim when the totality (and history!) of your investment property is considered. Handy hint: a LOT of investors are leaving money on the table when it comes to this!

Co-hosting today’s episode as part of our AweGuest Series, Brad Beer is THE expert you want to hear from when it comes to tax depreciation claims – to give you an idea, his company has completed almost 750,000 depreciation schedules for property investors… so let’s just say he knows more than the “ins and outs” of how to maximise the cash you can get back while still staying on the right side of the law!

A bit more about today’s co-host: Aside from working with BMT Tax Depreciation since 1998, Bradley Beer is also a member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia, which means he contributes to the latest information within the quantity surveying and the property industry in Australia. His knowledge as both a quantity surveyor AND property investor means he is a highly sought-after speaker and regularly features in national events, conferences and the media to share his knowledge with the wider property investment community.

 

So. WHY can the cost of a brick get you more cash back???

Tune in now to find out, folks!

 

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10 Mission-Critical Answers You’ll Get…

  1. WHAT is property tax depreciation?
  2. WHY is it important for investors?
  3. WHO is a quantity surveyor and why do they get involved in providing depreciation schedules?
  4. … But doesn’t an accountant look after depreciation!?!
  5. Is it worth getting a depreciation schedule for OLDER properties?
  6. HOW does depreciation work when renovating?
  7. WHEN should an investor be thinking about property depreciation?
  8. What can an investor do if they have been missing out on depreciation deductions?
    • Can they go back and get and missed deductions?
  9. How can an investor find out if getting a depreciation schedule completed will be WORTH IT?
  10. What is involved in preparing a tax depreciation schedule?

 

 

The Listener Questions We Answer

Question from Sharon Paterson on “Improvement or Repair” For A Leaking Hot Water Service

Hi Bryce and Ben, my name is Sharon, and I’ve been listening to your podcasts now for quite a few years and I love listening to them every week. My question is probably for Julia or for Brad –it’s in relation to replacing a hot water service. It was leaking so it had to be replaced, it wasn’t an improvement, and because the cost was nearly $1800, I am just wondering if that can be written off against my tax or do I have to depreciate it?

 

Question from Mick on “Improvement or Repair” For Replacing Cracked Tiles On Roof

Hi Brad, just a quick tax depreciation question from me. We have an investment property that’s getting on age a little bit now and has a concrete tile roof. Some of the tiles on this roof are cracked and need to be replaced, charge for facing is they are beyond repair and

we’re finding it difficult to source tiles to replace them with. Say the recommendation from our builder is to reroof the house with Colorbond… can we claim this as capital works or can we claim it as a repair? We’re hoping we can claim this as a repair because we’ve been told that the roof is not replaceable. Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers!

 

 

Question from Leonard on How To Choose A Quantity Surveyor

Hi my name is Leonard and I’ve got a question for Brad Beer. Hi Brad, how should investors go about choosing a quantity surveyor to work with? What can a good quantity surveyor do that a not so good one can’t? And if depreciation values are determined by a set of rules, isn’t the outcome going to be the same anyway regardless of who we work with? Is it just a matter of picking who provides the best price? Thank you very much and looking forward to your response.

 

 

Question from Leonard on Turning PPR Into A Rental

Hello everyone, my name is Leonard and I have a depreciation question for Brad here. We have a PPR which we have lived in for three years. We are the first occupiers as we

bought it new. Next year, on the 4th year, we will move out and turn our PPR into a rental property. I have 2 questions.

First, how many years of depreciation deductions do we have remaining on the property? Will it be 40 years starting from the time it became a rental? Or 37 years as the depreciation had already commenced when we lived in the property but it was just not claimable as a tax deduction?

Second question: will we still able to claim depreciation on the fixtures and fittings because the property is rented out for the first time?

Thank you.

 

Question from Kim on Overcapitalising?

Hi this is a question for Bradley Beer. Bradley, I wanna know, I often hear people overcapitalising on their investment or even their home property— is there a general rule you think clients should stay with for insuring that they don’t fall into this trap of overcapitalising? Thank you!

 

 

 

Episode 323 | Rising From A Decade Of Addiction: The Phenomenal Property Investment Story You Have To Hear To Believe – Chat with Sam

There are stories you hear about that stay with you for the longest time. Stories of triumph, stories of heartbreak, stories of beating the odds. Personal stories so authentic and transparent that, no matter what, hit your core and you can’t forget.

This episode is THAT story. And today’s remarkable guest is Sam, a Couch Listener who is as inspiring and impactful as they come!

Seriously. This is one of the BIGGEST transformations – both the biggest financial AND life transformations – we’ve heard on the podcast, and indeed will go down as one of our favourites… ever.

Meet Sam .

Over four years ago, life was very different for Sam. For almost a decade she struggled with mental health and substance abuse… to the point where she was caught in a revolving door of psychiatric hospitalisation.

Since high school she has battled with mental health challenges, which continued for 9 years, while her struggles with illicit substances lasted for about 7 years…

Obviously, and quite understandably, you can imagine that financial matters weren’t exactly a priority. Let alone the thought of investing in property!

Fast forward to today, and Sam’s life is “we have no words” different. A PHENOMENAL turnaround you just have to hear to believe, folks!

Oh, and just FYI… Sam is a young single woman on a modest income who has never known ANY other property investors… yep, that’s ON TOP of her incredible backstory.

Just listen to it. You’ll be blown away.

We know we were.

 

P.S. This is the LAST EPISODE in our 2020 Summer Series… and while we’ve absolutely loved each and every one of our guests, we reckon we might’ve saved the best ‘til last.

For us, this has been the most impactful interview of all time!

 

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Here’s some of the stuff we talk about…

  • 02:52 — Meet Sam…
  • 03:09 — What was money like growing up?
  • 05:10 — The poem…
  • 06:04 — The incredible backstory
  • 08:11 — What triggered such massive change?
  • 11:00 — Warning signs…
  • 11:45 — Sam’s advice for people who might be going through mental health issues
  • 12:39 — How can you best help someone who is struggling?
  • 14:29 — How many mental health professionals has Sam likely worked with?
  • 16:59 — The pivot!
  • 17:41 — Wow — the foresight to do this was incredible!
  • 19:10 — The first property…
  • 21:05 — How did she rebuild her habits?
  • 21:40 — Her savings tips!
  • 22:32 — The biggest thing she’s learnt about money management
  • 23:24 — How many bank accounts did she have open?
  • 24:15 — Her money management system (and the infamous Word doc!)
  • 26:39 — How did the podcast come across her radar?
  • 27:53 — The first episode she listened to!
  • 30:45 — When you’re sceptical about professional advice…
  • 33:48 — What made her take advice?
  • 36:20 — How does it feel to have a Property Plan in place?
  • 37:44 — When’s her first investment property scheduled for?!
  • 39:33 — What if you don’t know anyone else who in invests in property?
    40:29 — What does Financial Peace look like for Sam?
  • 44:33 — Some wisdom from Sam to you…
  • 45:00 — The power of self-belief!
  • 46:23 — Mindset vs Mechanics – Which is more important?

 

Note: There are more real-life investor stories like this in our Summer Series! Make sure you check them all out here.

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Episode 322 | When Wild Money Management Finally Gets Tamed! – Chat with Kellie

Three Words… Wild. Money. Management.

Three more words… But. not. anymore!!!

 

Our Summer Series continues and today we are interviewing listener Kellie

We’ve gotta hand it to her… not only did Kellie USED TO have some seriously wild money management going on…

Eg… Did someone say SEVENTEEN BANK ACCOUNTS OPEN!!??!!

… Kellie is an absolute free spirit in her own right, and her energy & enthusiasm is ABSOLUTELY CONTAGIOUS!!

Seriously. You’ll wish the podcast wasn’t audio just so you could be in the same room as her to get a dose of that amazing energy!! Don’t worry though, it’ll totally come through your headphones and we promise you this…you’ll be smiling from ear to ear!

To give you an idea… she had us laughing our heads off…so whoever said money management and financial transformation wasn’t fun, clearly had NOT heard this episode!

Strap yourself in folks, ‘cos you’re about to meet Kellie…

… and she’s going to deliver the hard and fast facts of her life that’ll have you giggling…

… if only ‘cos she says aloud what a lot of us are secretly thinking about our money habits…

You’ll enjoy this one.. we know we certainly did!

Tune in now to hear just how wild Kellie’s money management used to be… and what she did to tame it 😉

 

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What We Talk About…

  • 01:44 – Meet Kellie!
  • 02:01 – What was money like when Kellie grew up?
  • 02:58 – What a pair of runners taught her about money!
  • 04:29 – Was money spoken about at home?
  • 05:54 – “Mum’s Tip” to get kids out of home and into their own!
  • 06:41 – How to furnish an entire house for less than $200!
  • 07:43 – The Potato Farmer who changed everything!
  • 09:10 – What did she first do with her money?
  • 09:38 – Managing money while living a Gypsy Life…!
  • 10:24 – Living pay check to pay check
  • 10:54 – The secret to getting everything you want in life!
  • 12:55 – The bank account story (there was “at least” seventeen!)
  • 13:25 – What did Money SMARTS drastically change?
  • 15:08 – Whoops! The credit card…
  • 16:23 – How did she pay off the debt?
  • 18:48 – Tip for your kid’s bank accounts!
  • 20:58 – What was the catalyst for change?
  • 21:59 – Flipping their investment property…
  • 22:22 – Getting a Plan done… (And a QPIA’s reaction to flipping property!)
  • 24:39 – What did she think of Make Money Simple Again?
  • 25:25 – When seventeen accounts becomes ONE…
  • 27:34 – How long did it take to work out the “right” 7-day float?
  • 29:00 – How much time has she saved since using Money SMARTS?
  • 30:41 – How an investment-savvy mortgage broker helped!
  • 31:03 – Why is Kellie wanting to FLIP property?
  • 31:49 – The difference between advice and lending a hand…
  • 33:09 – A VERY IMPORTANT reminder about flipping property…
  • 33:50 – Horror flip stories ☹
  • 36:03 –  What’s the best way to empower people on their own money journey?
  • 38:13 – How to use Money SMARTS without a Credit Card
  • 40:44 – Why don’t they do the monthly check up?
  • 41:09 – How does she work out her irregular spend then?s
  • 42:07 – What’s life like when you have Financial Peace?
  • 43:20 – Monopoly in Real Life: How Kellie is now teaching her kids about money
  • 44:40 – Wild money management & 30-Page Statements!

 

Note: There are more real-life investor stories like this in our Summer Series! Make sure you check them all out here.

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Episode 321 | Groomed At Uni To Be A Spruiker… But Now Look Where He’s At! – Chat with Eric

There are SO many layers to this listener’s story, it’s incredible!

 

For one, when Eric T was at uni, he was paid a little “classroom visit” by, get this… sleek Spruikers in their fancy Armani suits who not only tried to SELL online courses to the students, but also GROOMED and recruited some of them as their next get-rich-quick protégé!!

 

Thankfully, today’s guest listener had the foresight to decline. Which, to be quite honest, was super lucky as he was already – in his own words – “highly suggestible and easily influenced by these quick rich shames and educators wearing their $700 slip on loafers, their $20,000 Rolex watches, expensive European sports cars and their 68 properties!”

 

Plus, while all this was happening, Eric’s partner sensed he was going down the wrong path and one day shoved a book under his nose – low and behold it was The Armchair Guide to Property Investing!

 

BUT – how’s this for a story that keeps on giving! – he first didn’t read it ‘cos he thought our book was complete rubbish… as we weren’t standing on the hood of a Rolls Royce! 😂

 

“Who were these two blokes sitting on a couple of couches and smiling with no bling or swagger?”

 

Fast forward to today and, well, here we are interviewing Eric.

 

But like we said… there are SO many layers to this story, and we can assure you this isn’t even HALF of it!!

 

Just wait to you hear what money was like for Eric as a kid!!

 

Let’s just say… he didn’t step foot into a restaurant until he was 19!

 

In a nutshell: This really is one ride of an episode folks… and Eric’s stories and pure wisdom will leave you wanting more!

 

 

 

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What We Cover…

  • 03:46 – Eric’s Money Backstory (wow!)
  • 05:14 – Wait… never been to a restaurant until he was 19!?!
  • 07:53 – What was it like seeing his parents work so hard?
  • 08:55 – Has his parents’ scarcity mindset shifted?
  • 10:49 – Why Australia really is the Lucky Country
  • 12:24 – What was it like to go to a restaurant for the first time??
  • 13:58 – How to put the cost of things into context…
  • 14:53 – When Eric first started earning money, what was he doing with it?
  • 16:02 – How Social Pressures Dictate How We Spend Our Money
  • 17:25 – When parents make your clothes…
  • 18:40 – What was the spark that made Eric consider property investing?
  • 20:13 – How quickly did Eric’s parents pay down their mortgage?
  • 20:57 – Was money spoken about in the childhood home?
  • 21:49 – The Great Sushi Lesson…
  • 24:18 – Are his parents retired now?
  • 24:38 – How was Eric originally managing his money?
  • 25:18 – Eric’s Rock Bottom…
  • 26:22 – Did he shop around for his first bank?
  • 27:21 – Groomed at uni to be a spruiker…
  • 29:05 – How much does Ben spend on his “boat shoes”? 😂
  • 29:32 – The story of the $50 note…
  • 30:23 – When the scarcity mindset actually works in your favour…
  • 32:50 – How did he discover The Property Couch?
  • 32:57 – Investing for Tax Purposes!
  • 34:52 – His initial reaction to The Armchair Guide to Property Investing…
  • 35:39 – What changed his mind to finally read our book?!
  • 36:13 – What episodes had the most impact on him?
  • 37:31 – Using the Money SMARTS system
  • 39:23 – How does the Money SMARTS system change your BEHAVIOUR?
  • 40:43 – Do you have to save every penny to trap surplus cash?
  • 43:21 – Why “Money For The Sake Of Money” Isn’t A Good Enough Reason…
  • 43:46 – What does Eric want to spend his passive income on?
  • 45:36 – The Empty Island Syndrome
  • 46:13 – Why you don’t want to be another Donald Trump!
  • 47:11 – What’s it like getting a Property Portfolio Plan done?
  • 47:32 – Status Design vs Lifestyle Design
  • 49:46 – Attacking preconditioning from childhood…
  • 57:51 – Time & Target: The Two Life-Changing Elements That Make Everything Clear!
  • 58:56 – The Train Analogy – Amazing!

 

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