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Episode 365 | Why Is investing So Confusing?

We don’t blame you if you find investing confusing… even Ben found it confusing when he started 30 years ago.

There are so many different asset classes to pick from, different procedures to follow, various biases to learn from and the worst of them all…

THE JARGON!

Short, Long, Dollar Cost Averaging, Coupon Rates, Day Trader and the list goes on.

 

So where would one even start?

 

Our answer is… This episode.

It’s back to the basics today folks and we’re not even focusing just on property! We’re covering most of the popular investments classes and procedures so think of this episode as… Investment 101.

Enjoy!

 

p.s. Does this episode sound familiar? Well, that’s because it’s a follow-up from Bryce’s Life Hack last week! 😉
(and if you didn’t know that make sure to tune in to Ep 364 – Will Property Price Keep Going Up! here. It’s a ripper!)

 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned

  • PICA’S WEBINAR on Estate Planning – To watch, you need to be a PICA Member (or become a member for $5)
  • 219 | How going from 30 properties to Bankruptcy shaped this riches to rags… and back again story! Chat with Julie Ann Cairns – Tune in Here
  • The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman – Learn more here
  • The Cashflow Quadrant – Learn more here
  • RBA’s Address: Recent Trends in Inflation – Tune in to the speech here

  

Here’s some of the gold we cover…

  • 2:02 – PICA’s Upcoming Webinar on Estate Planning! Become a PICA Member here to join the webinar.
  • 2:54 – Psstt… Black Friday coming soon folks. Make sure you have your $5 ready! 😉
  • 3:51 – Mindset minute… What’s your status symbol?
  • 4:58 – WHY is investing so difficult?!
  • 7:38 – Ben’s early years as a clueless investor…
  • 9:08 – What are the underlying beliefs that you need to tackle head on first?
  • 10:30 – What is Bryce’s early mindset on the stock markets?
  • 12:24 – Risk is a M _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of K _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  • 13:14 – What’s the ONE absolute when it comes to wealth creation?
  • 15:11 – Understanding The Cash Flow Quadrant
  • 16:17 – Non-financial assets that you can (and should) invest on!!
  • 18:45 – How to Implement an MBA on Yourself?
  • 22:40 – What’s the real challenge for millennials when it comes to investment research?
  • 25:40 – Shares 101!!
  • 27:17 – Property will NEVER EVER deliver you THIS… but shares can.
  • 30:21 – What’s our overarching thesis and do you have one?
  • 38:04 – Other types of investment products that you should know about…
  • 39:26 – What are the Different Types of Investment Procedures? (Unpacking Jargon Alert here folks!)
  • 40:54 – When to go long and short in investments?
  • 48:37 – The 6 categories of Investors… Which one are you?
  • 51:47 – Do you recognise these biases?
  • 1:00:25 – Confused? That’s ok, it all comes down to this…

And…

  • 1:03:37 – Life Hack: See your brain through the eyes of a Super Computer!
  • 1:04:41 – Dr Philip Lowe’s Speech on Recent Inflation Trend
  • 1:06:27 – Property Market’s Supply Movement!!
  • 1:08:10 – This couple paid $75k deposit but didn’t end up with the property?! #UnAustralian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 364 | Will Property Prices Keep Going Up? – Q&A on Off the Plan Properties, Future of Crypto, Career in Finance/Real Estate and more!

Let’s face it…

If you’re looking to get into the market, you’d want to property market to slow down.
If you’re already in the market, you might be hoping for this trend to continue.

 

Whichever side of the coin you are in, you’d be asking the same questions…

When will this end…?

Will median price go up to $5M in the next 20 years?!

How is this even possible… what’s driving it??

 

Yup, we know it can be unbelievable so we will be tackling this head-on in our Q&A Episode today (It’s the 1st question in fact and Ben got quite heated up too)

That and also a few other things such as off the plans, crypto and property, why would you sell, formal qualifications for property professionals and heaps more!

It’s a Q&A Episode after all 😉

Enjoy!

P.s. Make sure to tune in to Ben’s ‘controversial’ market prediction at the end!

 

Q’s we answer further below 👇

 

 

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The Questions We Answer

Question from Shannon about Will Properties Keep Going Up?

Hi guys, Firstly I have to say I’m a big fan of the podcast and your book, The Armchair Guide to Property Investing.

I have gotten a lot of value out of your podcast and feel like I am much more confident picking the right type of investment property and avoiding investment stock type properties.

I wanted to ask a question about your book.

You outlined some quite interesting case studies for different types of investors. I fit into the category of a rentvestor myself. I noticed the portfolio plan is made up of 3 properties and over a 40 year period the portfolio grows in size from around 1.2 million to 9 million over the 40 year period.

I was wondering if you can comment on why you think its safe or reasonable to assume that the property market will 8x over the next 40 years because that would suggest each property is worth nearly 3 million dollars which is something I struggle to think is reasonable to assume, given that property prices relative to income currently are at the highest ratios historically.

I can understand how property prices have grown to be so high given we have most households supported by two incomes instead of one and interest rates are at historic lows but I have doubts about whether this is sustainable to continue.

I wanted to get your advice on how things look over the next 20-30 years before I jump in and if you can comment on your reasoning for the above that would be appreciated!

Thanks for all the great content!

Recommended episodes for Shannon

 

 

Question from Coban about When will Off the Plan be considered ok?

Hi fellas great show.

Hey Bryce and Ben, I’m a new listener – currently at episode 100 so if you answer this ill hear about in in 2022! . I have read both your books and in the pervious 18 months my partner(21) and I(25) have implemented your Money smarts to secure an investment property, Small shares portfolio and plan for a wedding and putting my partner through university. I recommend 1 person a week listens to your podcasts as it has changed the way I look at financial freedom.

After 100 episodes, my question for you is simple. Is there a place within your go to strategies where an off the plan purchase would be considered? The reason I ask is because I see a lot of spite towards them (understandably in high/med density living) however I believe that they can provide needed cashflow boosts for short term prosperity. I will use my situation as an example.

I’m a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy and my partner is looking to study paramedicine starting next year, based in Sydney. We have a combined $2000 a month in surplus at the moment with a combined salary of $130k. We managed to leverage ourselves into a $515k off the plan townhouse in Nowra, NSW with an estimated growth of 5% and a rental yield of 5.3% with minimal savings and taking use of the FHOG and First Home Buyer Assistance Scheme (FHBAS). Admittedly we have structured ourselves to have a loan at 101% LVR  but buying an off the plan property allowed us to hold the property thanks to depreciation and the FHOG whilst my partner goes to uni with no income for the next 3 years (my income will remain $86,000 after tax).

We had to lose out on some land size to achieve this but noted that the property was in a great location with a high turnover in terms its demographic change (was previously government housing area- now sold off) I understand everyone is different and that is the beauty of financial planning and investment advising, but for people starting of in property, can off the plan properties outside of high/med density living provide a lower entry point to everyday people?

I’m very passionate about seeing people use their money to benefit their future rather then the present, so I’d also ask, do you have any entry level jobs going?!

I have been in the navy since 17 and we don’t get many qualifications, so what recommendations for study paths would you have for someone aspiring to help people reach their financial goals?

Additionally, in a defence force space we have a lot of spruiker who I notice take advantage of our benefits such as FHBAS, FHOG, The Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS), Home Purchase Assistance Scheme (HPAS) and Home Purchase or Sales Expenses Allowance (HPSEA) to put young defence members in house and land as well as high/med density living.  Maybe you could provide an episode for the 26,000 + active servicemen and women to discuss the pro’s and con’s of these structures?

Best of Luck to the Hawks in 2022 – the 4peat will return in 2022 under Sammy Mitchell!

Ohh and best of luck to you guys too. 

Recommended episodes for Coban

 

 

Question from Juan about Technology for Money & Property Management

Hi Ben,

I just came up with these questions.

I hope they can help you with your podcast:

  1. Is there any particular technology (app, website or any other) that can help us better track our money management?
  2. Is cryptocurrency change (or going to change) the way we may invest in properties? And if so, how?
  3. According to your experience, when is the best time (or age) to start thinking about property investment?

By the way, I just started listening to the exodus to the region’s episode and I really enjoyed the insights of Dr Nicola Powell.Keep up the good work.

Recommended episodes for Juan:

 

 

Question from Stephen about Why Sell?

With several investment properties returning healthy margins & interest rates being as low as they are … Incentives to hold out property sales for greater returns (given interest rates are not deemed to rise for another 12 months ).

General question is >>> Why sell now if asset capital is rising??

Recommended episodes for Stephen:

 

 

 

Episode 362 | Investing through the Telescope, NOT the Microscope – Q&A on Equity Release, Retirement Purchase & Mistakes with Borrowing

Did you know…

Back in episode 296, Bryce briefly mentioned the telescope vs microscope analogy and how it applies to picking an investment-grade location.

Fast forward to today’s episode… (66 weeks later)

We’ll be answering ONE of the questions using the same analogy. With a little twist of course 😉

So… which is a better view to take when it comes to property investing and why?

And… are you curious how the same concept can be used for two entirely different scenarios?

If that doesn’t entice you, what about questions relating to equity release, what NOT to do when seeking finance and some tips for our younger investors?!

There’s something for different groups of our community today.

Tune in now for the gold!

Q’s we answer further below 👇

 

 

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The Questions We Answer

Question from Alan about Best Time to Release Equity.

Bryce and Ben, I’d like your comments on something weighing heavily on my mind.

My wife and I are very fortunate to have bought into Schofields in Western Sydney prior to the 2021 explosive growth period. We paid $740,000 in April 2020 for a 4 bedroom house on a big plot of land following all of the Property Couch “tick boxes”. Our Mortgage is just under $500k.

Our plan had always been to buy a family home, keep our buffer in an offset and pay down the mortgage to under $350k before taking on another loan for investment. Progress has been good and I thank the lord for Money SMARTS everyday.

Fast forward to September 2021, the growth has pushed many of my neighbours to sell. We are seeing astronomical numbers. Properties up $300k-400k plus since April last year, new suburb highs being set on a monthly basis and more and more agents knocking on the door pushing for stock. I know that this has increased the value of our property through pure osmosis, and we are now unsure of how to plan our next purchase.

We want to hold on to this property and NEVER SELL.

We had wanted to buy another property within the Golden Hour Commute region, but the level of debt required is now nauseating. Everyone I talk to is now rushing to the regions and that too concerns me.

The question(s):

  • Is now the right time to pull equity from the house, take on more debt (earlier than planned) and make it work for Sydney?
  • Is there confidence in the regional markets where things are more affordable?

Thanks in advance, your loyal listener.

Recommended episodes for Alan

 

Question from Wayne about Where to buy for retirement

Hi fellas great show.

My wife and I are both in our very early 50s.

We live in Brisbane in a house that’s worth about $1M with no mortgage. We also have a house on the North QLD coast which is worth probably about 420-450 thousand which is currently rented out for 350 a week which we have no mortgage on that, both places are owned outright. We have no children living at home, no debt, don’t have any car loans, we earn in roughly about 65,000 a year with some potential if we wanted to do overtime to earn more but we just chose not to at this stage.

Our question is, we are looking to retire down to the Southern end of the Gold Coast in about 8 to 10 years and we’re not sure whether we should buy something there where we want to live and have somebody in there renting it and with our incomes, we could help pay that house off in quick time or, do we buy another place in Brisbane and rent it out and when it comes times for us to retire so either or of two of the houses then buy a unit down there outright.

Anyway, I hope you can help me out.

Recommended episodes for Wayne

 

Question from Mel about Tips for Young Investors

Hi Ben and Bryce love the show. You guys have been amazing.

I actually bought your property course and I have been doing it with my dad so every weekend we get together and we do a couple of hours, we do one or two modules and have a chat about it, it’s been lovely. Me and my dad are buying an investment property together.

He’s in his 60s and I am in my 30s it’s enjoy the process of doing it together but also for all of the beautiful reasons that you want you know for a time in and income and all of that so I guess I just wanted to know if you have any hot tips for young players remembering that he’s in his 60s, I’m in my 30s, we’ve got 70K saved up, we’re gonna go to a regional town coz that’s all we can afford and look up buying a house’ cause I think that might have a better growth than an apartment say.

Is there absolutely any tips you wanna give any hot tips for young players that, anything at all. Your advice would be appreciated, something we could think about or not think about that would be great. Thank you guys!

Recommended episodes for Mel:

 

Question from Phillip about What You Shouldn’t Do with Finance

One of the suggestions was what you shouldn’t do when starting to look at finance. Too many people focus on what you should do, and for those uneducated you can make mistakes without the right advice.

Recommended episodes for Phillip:

 

 

 

 

Episode 355 | Zero Debt & $2,000 A Week In The Bank: HOW?!

How can property investors reach zero debt AND still hit a four-figure passive income each week?
And what do we mean when we say “retire” the debt, anyway? What does this look like and, importantly, WHEN should you start this process?

Folks, in today’s special Q&A episode we’re circling back to a few basic principles and fleshing out some confusion when it comes to property investing. This includes clearing air (and tidying up our language!) when it comes to being informed of the step-by-step investing process.

For one – you’ve no doubt heard us talk about achieving $2,000 in passive income… well, WHERE exactly does this money come from? Is it just your rental income?

As part of this we’ll also be covering “Failure to Launch” principles and “Investment Remorse” – the latter, which may actually be a more common feeling than you think! So what should you consider if you find yourself second guessing your asset selection?

PLUS, because we’re officially in Spring – this episode comes with a WARNING about this year’s “Spring Selling Season”… ‘cos there’s a critical shift taking place ALL home buyers need to be aware of.

Suss the exact questions we answer below – or, better yet, simply hit play and get the gold now 😊

 

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The Questions We Answer

Question from Stevo on “Post Purchase Restlessness”
Hi guys 12 months after purchasing an investment property, I’m starting to get this feeling that it might not of been a great purchase and also restlessness about wanting to “go again” and am worried the growth might not be quick enough compared to capital cities. I say that based on an old episode where you mentioned something about the limitations or a price ceiling in certain areas based on the demographics.

Obviously being a regional property, which doesn’t have the same wage potential as capital cities, am I exposed to the idea that the growth has happened and it won’t come again?
The property is available via this link. It’s shown growth over the past 20 years in capital and rental return.

For reference the idea of “inner city” living (albeit in Mildura) has exploded recently and is the driver of the growth over the past five years. The council and state govt have invested to upgrade the riverfront (very close to the CBD) and has completed stage one. Stage two has started to attract funding and small upgrades/extensions have started. Data suggest Mildura will continue to grow in population albeit slower than Geelong and Bendigo for example, however, it is still positive growth compared to other regional towns this distance from capital cities (which are often stagnate or negative). Major industries – agriculture and tourism, health, Govt. Sorry for the long-winded question and info.

Also, is this a normal feeling people get (delayed remorse)?

 

Question from Ebony on “When is the best time to sell your investments?
Hello, I have a question around when is the best time to sell your investments? My husband and I are mid 30s and have two investment properties. Right now, in our town the property market is a sellers’ market and prices are crazy. Our accountant has recommended that we should seek advice from a financial advisor and possibly sell both investments because they are positively geared and that we would be better off building a new home as an investment or investing elsewhere. I am really unsure about this because I think that we already have 2 great investments, and we would be potentially paying more down the track for land should the market stay the same. However, we have had one property for 2 years and the other for 1 year and could look at earning $100K off the sale of each investment. I guess it’s hard to know if the market will stay at these prices or crash when interest rates rise. Really after some advice from someone who is knowledgeable about property investments. Thank you.

 

Question from Paul on Retiring Debt
Can you elaborate on what you mean when you talk about retiring your debt? I’m confused by what you mean by this.

 

Question from Chris on “$2,000 per week in passive income”
Hi Ben and Bryce, Love your work. 👍 I’m not sure if you’ve mentioned it before, and you probably have, but I would like to know where the $2,000 a week comes from? Is it pure rental income (taxed) above expenses for the portfolio or is it accessing equity against capital growth (is this now defunct with new lending criteria?) or is it a combination of both? Thanks in advance. This is a major thought blocking me from moving forward. 👍

 

Rest, Recovery & High-Performance Graphic

Here is the graphic Bryce was referring to in today’s Life Hack:

 

 

 

Episode 354 | The Rise of Family Office Wealth & Investing Without Emotion

Logic vs Emotion. Unspoken Property Conversations. Family Office Wealth.

What do all these things have in common?

Well, we’re unpacking them all – and more! – in today’s Q & A episode where we welcome back ol’ mate Ben from his Big Trip by answering NEW listener questions about how to invest in property as an aspiring Australian in current property market conditions!

And it begs the question: How much money do you need to invest in property?

For example: if you have been priced out of the major capital cities or are a low income earner, what are your options?  And how can you balance both the investment strategy and this very real reality?

Plus, there’s a couple of unspoken property conversations we want to tackle, and let you in on some tips on how to take the emotion out of investing… and what to consider if you are considering gifting property to your kids or helping future generations to succeed…

Tune in now for the gold!

Q’s we answer further below 👇

 

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AweGuest Series:

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The Questions We Answer

Question from Aaron about The “Unyolking” of Major Cities
In regards to the unyolking of major cities, what do you think that does to inner city suburb housing prices into the future? Do you think the appeal of these suburbs could start to reduce a bit and the property values will follow or at least slow in terms of growth?

 

Question from Anonymous on Buying in Ballarat, Bendigo or Geelong
Hey guys big fan of the show. I’m 26 years old and I’m currently to invest in a property but Melbourne is getting a bit too expensive, so I was thinking in the region in Victoria so around Ballarat, Bendigo or Geelong and my friends were thinking the same thing as well. I was just wondering what you thought about that. Thanks!

 

Question from Ross on Investing on Low Income
Good day guys. Love the podcasts, love the book and, like a lot like probably a lot of people who get in contact, with you wish I found you 10 or 15 years ago. Anyway, my name is Ross I’m 42. I only work as a mechanic, so I only make $52,000 a year before tax. Me and my wife have twin girls who are 7 and my wife is a teacher but she’s not working full time at the moment just doing casual relief teaching moments and looking to get back into it full time in maybe two or three- or four-years’ time. My question is she says we should wait until she’s working full time to look into an investment property, I say let’s do it now ‘cos I’m excited and I wanna get in the market, but our household income is not very much obviously mine being 52 grand, she makes around about 20 to 30 grand just depending before tax every year, but yeah my question mainly is, is there a minimum amount of household income that we should be making before we should start an property investment portfolio. We own our rent-a-home where we owe 100 grand on our own home loan at the moment and probably will have that paid off in a couple of years .

My main question is, Do you think we should wait on such low wages until she’s making more money or can we go for it now?

 

Question from Rosie on Gifting Properties to Children
Our mother is 73 and she is a single mum who’s worked hard all her life as a sole trader to be in a position to leave a property to each of her three children. She is finishing work soon and has decided that her children need these properties now at the most difficult time of their life with young kids, however, this means that she will not have these properties to live on over the next 30 years. What advice would you give her, having no superannuation? She’s decided she wants to go on the pension, but is now realising the tax implications of gifting these properties.

 

 

 

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