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Episode 272 | Q & A: The Unspoken Truth About Growth Corridors & Picking The Right Property Investment Strategy

How many times have you heard something along these lines…?

“This suburb’s a growth corridor…”

“There’s heaps of development happening here… it’s the next growth corridor.”

“With all the new public transport networks, job opportunities and shops coming in, this place is absolutely a growth corridor… full of investment potential.”

With all this buzzword talk, it’s would appear that all us property investors need to do is hunt down the next “growth corridor”, invest in it before it really kicks off, and then sit pretty for the rest of our lives …

BUT. Folks, there is a massive problem with this! An unspoken truth about growth corridors that trips up a lot of investors out there. Sure, some “growth corridors” might indeed grow in value, but there is a huge misconception out there that we want to clear up today.

So, in our first Q&A of 2020, we’re diving deep on this unspoken truth and we’re also going to answer your questions about how to pick the right investment strategy… ‘cos guess what? While a whole lot of you folks know the fundamentals of property investing, you don’t necessarily know how to apply these to your own situation and goals!

 

Here’s a 30,000-foot view of what we’ll cover … 🚀

 

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The Questions

03:26 – Question from Jack on Bris vs Melb and differing opinions:

Hi there guys, first up I just want to stay that I’ve just tuned into your podcast and I’m absolutely loving it! I’m going to be buying a couple of your books too they seem to have a lot of great reviews and, yeah, I’m really excited to read them.

Fellas, I’m looking at starting my property investment journey in December 2020. Now, I’m following a couple of investors – one guy’s currently investing up in Brisbane. And this other guy I follow as well stays purely local, mainly Melbourne. He’s explained to me about the growth corridors – how they’re not really growth corridors – Packenham, Windenvale, Tarneit. I’ve gone and had a look and they don’t average as much as I thought they would. Nice places, but yeah. I can’t afford to invest in Melbourne itself and the different to the two is – the one up on Brisbane is getting people starting up around the $500 mark. And the other guy who invests only in Victoria says start out somewhere like Bendigo or Ballarat. He doesn’t think Geelong’s got good growth. Yeah, I’m hesitant to go to Bendigo and Ballarat as they are inland, but I’m hesitant that my judgement’s being clouded. I’ve always grown up in coastal places – always lived near the coast and love the coast. If you guys could give me your opinion that would be fantastic

 

13:18 – Question from Nick on Investing as an Expat:

Hi Bryce and Ben, my name is Nick. I’m calling all the way from Switzerland, although originally from the northern beaches in Sydney. My wife and I are both from the northern beaches, but we have been working here in Europe for the past 3 years and we are looking to buy our first property back in Australia. We’re keeping an open mind and looking all over the country – so not necessarily in Sydney.

We have a general question about what type of strategy we should be looking for being non-residents for tax purposes but Australian nationals, taking into account we can’t take advantage of first home owners grants, or negative gearing as we have no income back in Australia. Originally, we were considering purchasing an apartment with potentially 5-6% rental yield with the idea of having a high yielding property so one that can be potentially positively geared. What are your thoughts on this?

 

20:03 – Question from Nikii on upgrading PPOR now or later based on economic forecast:

Hi it’s currently June 27 2019, currently my husband and I purchased a 3 bed 2.5 bathroom 2 garage, 243sq townhouse, freehold in prime real estate in Hawthorne, Brisbane. We have been provided by market experts that we could get $830 – $850K  from the sale of our property. We’re currently wanting to upgrade to live in a better area. Would we be best with the economic forecast over the next couple of years to keep that property as an IP before upgrading to a property just in the very low millions.

 

26:03 – Question from Craig on selling a property at a loss or wait to recoup loses:

Good afternoon The Property Couch, my name’s Craig and I have a question. My partner and I currently own 3 investment properties between us. 2 of these properties are performing quite well, in terms of growth and low upkeep. The third investment property in Darwin was originally bought as a PPOR and is not performing well as an IP. The market is at the 32% downturn and is unlikely to recover any time soon. My question is… Should we continue selling the Darwin property at a loss and still walk away with about $30,000 to reinvest into a new or existing investment OR should we hang onto this investment long term with the intent of recuperating our losses, even though this property costs us about $8K a year? Thank you for your time.

 

31:40 – Question from Scott on what to do with money in the bank:

Hi guys, Scott* here, I’ve been on board following the podcast at April 2015 and have loved the journey. Almost five years in and I thought it was finally time to hit you guys up for some advice!

My wife Teresa* and I live in regional WA with our two kids aged 7 and 9. Both of us work full time for a state government department and we currently earn $270k gross per year combined. We own two properties in our hometown Perth. Our first home in Bibra Lake (shout out to Bryce!) which is valued at 430k with 350k owing. Our other property is a 1940s weatherboard cottage 5kms from the city with owner-occupier appeal, valued at 630k with 500k owing. So our total LVR is about 80%. Both loans are interest only and both properties have reliable tenants in them, paying $350 and $410 a week respectively.

We aren’t big spenders, and have no personal, car or HELP loans. Due to this, and the fact that our employer has heavily subsidised our rent whilst we’ve lived regionally, we’ve quietly amassed savings of $320k which currently sit in an offset account. We intend on staying in the bush for at least another 2 years before heading back to the big smoke, and in this we anticipate the $320k we have will grow by $75k each year in which we don’t do anything with it. However, I’m sensing there’s a huge opportunity cost here if we leave things any longer! Any advice as to what our next move should be would be very much appreciated. Keep up the stellar work.

 

39:30 – Question from David on Subdividing Parent’s Land:

Hey Ben and Bryce, Really been enjoying the podcast. I’ve got a bit of a unique question. At the moment I live with my parents and I am in my mid-20s, and I’m looking to subdivide a bit of their land as housing pricing are a bit too expensive for a single income. I was wondering if I classify for the First Home Buyers Grant if I build on their land and whether the actual certificate of title transfer needs to come onto my name, or can it remain in their name? Cheers, David.

 

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Episode 269 | Gamifying The Race To Retirement: Granny Flats, A Garage Full of Cars, And An Ex-Seller of House & Land Packages – Chat with Athena Anca

Put your hand up if you want to fast-track to the day when you can choose whether to go to work or not? Okay. Hands down. Most folks — probably early morning on a Monday when the alarm goes off — have thought it’d be nice to have the option to roll back over… or simply get out of bed and have the whole day to do whatever you want, without worrying about where the money’s going to come from.

So that’s why today’s guest is gamifying the race to retirement — that is: she’s turning money management into a game… a fun competition where her and her partner are trying to beat how much surplus they can trap… and how fast they can race to retirement!

BUT, as all “real life” stories go, this one’s a bit more layered than that. In fact, it’s WAY more layered….

Because, for one thing, Athena Anca — the FINAL “everyday investor” who has put their knowledge into action and is tying up our 2019-2018 Summer Series — wasn’t always like this.

What’s most interesting is Athena actually used to SELL House & Land Packages! … And she and her partner Jason BOUGHT one as their first property!! Sure, now they’re investing in granny flats and planning for their dream home with a garage full of super cars, BUT…….

Guess what??? This actually is isn’t the first time Athena’s been on The Property Couch! If you circle back to mid-last year (Episode 236), Bryce actually read out an Instagram message from Athena….

 

Our first property decision was a setback in disguise. In 2016 we bought a house and land package based on first home buyer incentives that weren’t in line with our goals. Cue Bryce and Ben….
One episode at a time we learnt the difference between Investment Stock and Investment Grade, became my familiar with the lending landscape and finally channeled our discipline into managing money rather than it managing us. I only mind a little bit that our friends think we’re tight-arses! We became borderless investors and this year added our third property to our portfolio…”
– Athena on Instagram, Read out in Episode 236

 

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Episode Breakdown

01:53 – The Money Backstory!
07:20 – How did Athena manage her money before she met Jason?
14:50 – The “tight-arse” money moments!
16:28Why invest in property?
16:58 – Gamifying the race to retirement…
18:28 – How had they set up their lending?
19:53 – Why didn’t they buy a house and land package again?
21:42 – Investing for Yield: Is a Granny Flat a Good Strategy?
23:10 – The “Super Car” story!
23:51 – What was it like selling House and Land Properties??
25:18 – The House and Land Sales Spiel…
30:21 – How much are the granny flats? How many beds, etc?
31:25 – … and the rent return for the granny flat?
32:37 Pros and Cons of Granny Flats
33:15 – The Plan
35:20 – Athena’s advice for YOU….
35:44The Mindset Tips: How to overcome analysis paralysis
40:52 – Are they still tracking ever single dollar with Money SMARTS?
41:11 – What do they do differently with their 7 day float?
41:38 – How far ahead are they on their money target?

 

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Episode 268 | From Fear of Property Investing to Three Properties By 29 – Chat with James

When James McLellan was a kid, money was an issue. To the point that it ultimately resulted in his parents’ separation.

You see, today’s guest grew up in a small country town of about 1,200 people — and ever since he can remember, money was a stressor. To make matters worse, his mum tried her hand at investing, choosing to self-manage her property, which unfortunately was tenanted by folks who had money problems of their own. The result? Even more pressure on the family finances. So not only was money tough, but also James was left believing that property investing was something to fear…

But wanting to overcome his money back story, James made it his mission to work hard — committing to his first job at just 13 years old where he cleaned out the diesel pits at a mechanic for $5 an hour every Saturday morning.

And even though he was scared of investing, he knew that if he wanted to move the dial on his own wealth, he’d have to take the plunge. So he kept working worked hard, and at 22, while still at uni, he saved enough for his first property…. A 2 bedroom unit in Albury-Wodonga for $170,000…

And now? Well, as well as having THREE properties to his name and overcoming his fear of property investing, as you’re about to hear, he’s walking proof that just because you come from a background where money was tough… it doesn’t mean you’re stuck for life! And James was able to show once and for all that this can be accomplished…  even at 29 years old!

 

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Episode Breakdown:

01:50 – Why was money an issue growing up?
03:35Lessons learnt from self-managing an investment property
04:05 – How much is his 1st property?
06:20 – Does James value money differently considering his backstory?
08:15An insider’s view of attending a Spruiker seminar!
10:26 – Why do you need to be careful of “instant equity”?
11:15 – How did James avoid the Spruiker’s sale pitch?
14:59 – The 2nd  property
16:23Is it worthwhile using a Buyers Agent?
18:15 – Why did James find a strategic investment Plan useful?
20:28 – When did he get this Plan & where is he at now?
25:30 – When money was tough…
26:56How do you plan for kids and a passive income?
30:15 – What’s the best tip he learnt from The Property Couch?
32:29 – James’s personal advice for listeners
33:38How to Spot a Property Spruiker
36:15 – 5 top things James wants property investors to know now

 

 

 

Episode 267 | The Unorthodox Twist To The Money SMARTS System & Why It STILL Works – Chat with Brendan

“I needed to set something up so it’s essentially on autopilot and I’m protected from myself.”

Brendan Gale and his partner Marrissa have an unusual way of running our Money SMARTS system that we think is pretty cool. At first, this unorthodox twist made us go “Woah, what?!” and we kinda struggled to wrap our heads around it (we’re old school, folks)! But as you’re about to hear…. this surprise twist to the Money SMARTS system STILL works… and they’re trapping more surplus than ever before (just like they would if they were running it our ol’ simple way.)

Even better? Since running their “version” of Money SMARTS, they were able to….

  1. Afford their dream wedding in the Greek Islands (yep! Not a cheap affair folks — and there’s a bit of story about an unexpected cost that came up here, eek!)
  2. Invest in property
  3. And still have their own cash to spend!!

 

And the craziest thing is of all?? Before all this… Brendan was living paycheck-to-paycheck!

So if you want to hear from someone who has been running Money SMARTS for some time now… and you’re curious to hear about the spin they’ve put on it, which might actually work for you… then hit play on another great ep from our Summer Series 😉

Pssst…. yes, they’ve got the same name… but today’s guest is NOT the Richmond Football Club President, ha!

 

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Episode 266 | The Wake-Up Call That Demanded Change and How She Used Money SMARTS To Get Back On Track – Chat with Keren

“Your eyes are over every cent.”

 Before we switched on the microphones, TPC listener Keren White wasn’t sure if she’d have anything ‘worthwhile’ to share. But just like every other guest in our Summer Series, her real-life experience with the fundamentals we’ve been teaching is nothing short of extraordinary! So when we hit go on record, she absolutely kicked into second gear and held nothing back… which means you’re about to be in for a ‘Wow, really?!’ ride…

Here’s her story in nutshell…  Keren is at the coal face of someone who has adopted our Money SMARTS system… but unlike most folk, what instigated the need to switch from a typical budget to our rules-based system was a bit different.

You see, prior to the change, Keren and her husband Terence’s life — and indeed their money habits — took a more of a ‘go with the flow’ approach. So, while they were able to get some savings together when they wanted to and never ventured into credit card debt territory, they almost always struggled to stick to their budget. Lifestyle and perhaps ‘living just for now’’ took precedence. For example, if they wanted a holiday… they took a holiday. If there was emergency cash sitting in their ‘car’ account — just one of the many open (FYI. you only need these accounts set up) — but say the car was running fine… well, then that was extra play money for the holiday, right?!

They weren’t stretched. They were doing kinda fine, really. Sure, there wasn’t much put aside for tomorrow, but their money situation wasn’t too bad in the scheme of things…

But then something happened. The Wake-Up Call. It was a hard blow that finally demanded Keren and Terence start prioritising their future….

 

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Episode Breakdown

02:40 – Keren’s backstory
04:04 – How was money spoken about at home?
05:00 – What was it like to be a child with parents who liked flipping houses?
5:50 – Trapping surplus cash when you first leave home…
7:00 – Why didn’t Keren want to invest in property? (here are the reasons why you shouldn’t)
7:56 – THE WAKE-UP CALL.
10:52 –  Why the budget FAILED!
11:12 – What is the pitfall of having a Savings Account that earns “bonus interest” when you don’t withdraw any money?
12:50 – How many accounts did Keren and Terence have? (shocking, but not surprising)
15:18 – How did she find out about Money SMARTS?
16:31 – Money SMARTS in action!!
21: 73 – What difference has this made in their life?? (Yay!)
27:39 – Do they share a 7 Day Float?
29:36 – Why DON’T they do their grocery shop on a Thursday?
37:23 – How do you make $25 out of nothing??
38:30 – Hacks to save money
40:29 – Keren’s experience with a Qualified Property Investment Advisor
43:26 – How does Keren talk about money NOW?

 

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