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Episode 241 | 12 Steps To A Profitable Property Development – Chat with Peter Koulizos

Raise your hand if you’re curious to hear the profitable, 12-Step Process to Property Development…?

Now, keep it there if you’re already a developer, or you’re keen to give property development a crack yourself or, hey, maybe you just wanna build on your property investment knowledge before you lock yourself into anything?

Righto then folks, if your hand’s UP, then this episode was tailor-made for you!!

‘cos today we’ve dragged the big boss back into the studio — Mr Peter Koulizos!! And he’s about to unpack some of his best stuff on property development!

For those who haven’t yet been privy to the Property Professor’s gold on gentrification (EP 30 and EP 47) or the Five Golden Rules of Property Investment (EP 030) or his most recent episode on negative gearing (EP 204)…  it might come clear to you now that our good mate Peter Koulizos — Chair of Property Investors Council of Australia (PIPA), property developer, specialist in property valuation and economics (with a teaching degree, a Graduate Diploma in Property and a Masters of Business – Property) —  is a SERIAL Coucher and one of Australia’s leading property investment experts whose opinion we greatly admire J

Sure, he’s got all the qualifications and skillset, but he’s also got invaluable, in-the-trench experience, ESPECIALLY when it comes to property developing… and not just a little bit, mind you folks… a WHOLE LOT of it!

So… let’s just pick the Property Professor’s brain, yeah?

He was in town, so we’ve dragged him back in to the studio!

Resources mentioned…

The TOP FIVE Highlights…

  1. The Framework to Figure Out if Developing is (or absolutely isn’t) For You
  2. The 12 Steps To a Profitable Property Development (and what to look out for during each step!)
  3. The Gross Profit You Should Aim to Get BEFORE Embarking on A Development Project (incl. the “worst case scenario” profit)
  4. The Difference Between Planning Approval And Building Rules Approval
  5. The Lenders That Have An Appetite for Financing Developments Right Now

Get Noteworthy Answers On…

Quote of The Day

“You don’t want to go from Zero to Hero.

You don’t want to know nothing about property straight to property development!”

– Peter Koulizos

Episode 230 | From Residential to Commercial Investing: How this guy quit his Day Job at 28 – Chat with Scott O’Neill

Folks, if you’ve sussed out the title, you’ll know that today we’re visiting a space we don’t normally explore — and that’s investing in COMMERCIAL property!

If you’re a regular listener, you’ve definitely cottoned on to the fact that we obviously have an agenda towards residential investing (we figure everyone needs somewhere to live)…  BUT our bias doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t reach success by other means of investing.

And walking proof of this is Scott O’Neill, Founder and Director of Rethink Investing who is an experienced and active investor who was able to RETIRE FROM HIS DAY JOB AT 28! Yep, VERY impressive. And he did it by investing in both residential property AND commercial property — mostly including well-selected unit blocks and small business that’ll likely be around for years to come.

With a portfolio of 28 properties (yep, the same number as the age he threw in the towel as an engineer), Scott’s passion and commitment has paid off in spades — he and his wife were able to take a 6 month sabbatical from working life and do nothing but travel Europe until, as it so happened, they grew bored of it and decided to teach others how to reach the same success instead!

So today we’re traversing Scott’s journey from residential to commercial property and picking up some pebbles of gold for you along the way:-)

Before we kick off what you’ll learn, here’s the bonus resources we mentioned in today’s show:

And here’s what you’ll learn:

SPECIFIC TO COMMERCIAL INVESTING…

  • When did he make the switch to commercial real estate?
  • How are commercial and residential investing different?
  • What do you look at to get a good tenant?
  • What’s positive about investing in commercial property?
  • Can you still get capital growth?
  • What’s the typical price point to get into commercial investing?
  • What are the current LVRs on commercial real estate?
  • What yield does he aim to get?
  • How long can it take you to pay off a commercial property?
  • What are the fees to get advice in this area?
  • What commercial properties DOESN’T  he like investing in?
  • What size commercial properties can start to see more vacancy rates?
  • What happens if digital business keep increasing?

THE WHOLE STORY…

  • What started Neil’s interest in investing?
  • How old was he when he bought his first property?
  • Were there many property investment mistakes along the way?
  • How could he sustain this many properties from a cash flow perspective?
  • THE BIGGIE… Would Scott have been able to achieve all this in the current environment?
  • How do Strata-titled properties work?
  • What was fueling his confidence?
  • How did he get funding to invest in so many unit blocks?
  • How much do these sub-divisions normally cost?
  • Where did he invest?
  • Why was it crucial he remained a Rentvestor for so long?
  • Did he have to sell any of his properties to buy his family home?
  • What did he learn about when to get preapproval on his PPOR?

P.s. Don’t forget to join our Book Giveaway below!

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 81 | Does investing for the long term actually matter? – Chat with Stuart Wemyss

For today’s podcast, we have Stuart Wemyss, owner and Director of ProSolution Private Clients joining us to talk about his property investment journey and his investing philosophies. Coming from an Accounting and Finance background and with more than 19 years of experience in the investment services, Stuart is also a PIPA Member and has authored two books; Smart Borrower’s Handbook and The Property Puzzle.

So for today’s episode, the three of them will be talking about:

  • When did he buy his first property and how did he start investing in property
  • What are the lessons he learned when building his property portfolio
  • Why does investing for the long-term matter and the mindset needed for this approach
  • In his role as a mortgage broker and finance specialist, what are the common mistakes he has seen over the years
  • What are his tips for listeners when they are choosing an investment advisor
  • Two questions you need to know the answer for before prior to building an investment portfolio
  • What he thinks about commission-based financial advice

 

[alert]Don’t forget to download the Property Investor Sentiment Survey 2016 Report! – Download here[/alert]

 

And if you are interested to learn more about Stuart’s books, here are some reference points:

  • Smart Borrower’s Handbook | An Essential Guide for Property, Sharemarket and Superannuation Investors – Buy here
  • The Property Puzzle | A Simple Guide for Property Investors on How to Develop a Safe Financial Plan – Buy here

 

 

If you like this podcast: “Does Investing for the long term actually matter? – Chat with Stuart Wemyss”, 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 077 | Right Strategy in the Right Market at the Right Time

What is the possibility of investing in property with the right strategy, in the right market, at the right time? Well, that depends. Now, we know this sounds really vague but in order to determine that, one need to ask if they have the right understanding in the first place? Because it is very dangerous if the perception of a right strategy or a right market is wrong and you go ahead and build a property portfolio based on your assumptions. For example, if Alex believes that capital growth is the right strategy and buying within 5km radius from Melbourne CBD is the right market, then he would be in a very tricky situation because the supply at the moment is quite low (unless he has a very deep pocket).

So in this episode of The Property Couch podcast, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley focuses on understanding what is considered as “the right market” and why it is important that you take the long view on where the market is going before committing to anything. Bryce and Ben will also be answering Maria’s question on cash flow management and an investor’s mindset. Here’s the question:

“Hi guys

Love the podcast and the book,  well-deserved success with both.

How do you draw the line between good cash flow management and depriving yourself of things you enjoy? My husband and I have always lived within our means and we now have two properties under our belt in Sydney, with plans to buy more. We’re in our thirties. But I’ve found that as we’ve come along the investing journey I’ve become increasingly preoccupied with spending less. I have no issues buying necessities, paying bills, or paying for things that benefit our investing or our health. I don’t blink an eye at spending on insurances, BA fees, etc, because those things are useful and necessary.

However, when contemplating discretionary lifestyle purchases, often costing less than $100 (you know, stuff you don’t need, but want) I spend weeks analysing whether to buy, to the extent that I’m spending too much energy on it. I guess I worry that if I spend $100 here and $100 there, I’ll just eat away at our cash buffers. What are your personal real life experiences with discretionary spending while trying to build a property portfolio? Did you and your family buy your toys and vices freely, or did you find yourself analysing every purchase?

I want to have the best cash flow position possible, but I want to have occasional frivolous luxuries too. I know I need some sort of mindset shift, but what does that shift look like?”

 

Some of the resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

Website - The Property Couch half a million downloadPS: And we’ve just achieved half a million downloads on the podcast! Thank you so much for all of your support and feedback. We will continue to provide good quality contents, ‘unpack’ more frameworks and case studies and answer your questions on all things property. If you are wondering what are the boys doing in this picture, this is what happens when Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley heard that we’ve got half a million downloads on the podcast!

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