DON’T Invest in Property Without These Four Foundational Levers…

The process of building wealth is like operating a bulldozer…

What do we mean by that?

Well, a bulldozer comes with a few levers that you’ll need to push and pull to make sure that it’s doing what it’s meant to do. Likewise, when it comes to building your property portfolio, there are “Four Foundational Levers” that you’ll need to adjust to achieve your own specific and unique end goal.

And the faster you can adjust each of these levers, the quicker you’ll get to your goal.

To put this into perspective… Let’s say you’re building a house. First, you’d start with the number of rooms you need (the floor plan), then it’s size (the measurements), then the engineering (how it’s going to be built) and, finally, what it’s going to be built from (building materials). Without these things you can’t build the house as you planned to build it, right? Not to mention, if you changed just one of these things you automatically affect the other three.

And, yes, the same applies when you’re building wealth. You need ALL four levers and if you adjust one you impact ALL the rest….

So. What are the Four Levers when it comes to building wealth? And why are these so important for a property investor?!

Listen now to find out.


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Here’s a bit of what we cover in today’s episode…

  • The Four Foundational Levers To Financial Peace and How They Work Together
  • How To Use The Four Foundational Levers To Align Your Passive Income Target With Your Current Circumstance
  • How can you PLAN your property portfolio?
  • Why won’t a “Cookie-Cutter” approach cut it?
  • How do you work out how much money you’ll need to retire?
  • WHEN should you start earning the passive income?
  • What’s the difference between discretionary and essential spending?
  • How much do kids cost?!


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Episodes from The Property Couch to Further Support You…




Episode 290 | Why Job Security Does NOT Equal Income Security… And Why You Must Know The Difference Before the Next “X-Factor” Event Catches You Out

If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us, it’s this… “Job Security is Everything”. But if we think about it… is it really?!

Sure, the global pandemic – the “X-factor” event – caught quite a few of us (well all of us, really) off guard… but it became quickly obvious that life was interrupted for folks at VERY diverse levels.

Cue: Income Security.

Yep, Income Security looks and feels a whole lot different than just having a job to show up to. In fact, we vouch for the fact that it is the #1 Most Important Thing to focus your energy on if you want financial peace… EVEN during the most uncertain of times. ‘Cos now that a real-world “X-Factor” event has indeed struck, folks are left in in two distinct camps – 1.) folks who can take advantage when opportunity strikes… and, 2.) folks who MUST learn from what’s just happened!!

So, today we are diving deep on how to create a Passive Income WITHOUT having to buy heaps of properties, sacrifice your weekends knocking down walls or live off two-noodles for the rest of your life (who on earth wants to do that?!)

And while we still maintain that the “Best Time to Buy” is when your cashflows allow… we’re going to let you in on the little known tip about the 2020’s that you might not know about (hint: great news if you want to invest in property 😉!)

We reckon’ this episode will help to set you up, stay the course and, ultimately, end up with that income security that’ll see you through any of life’s curveballs!


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And of course..

If you’re worried about your finances or if you have no clarity on your cash flow position, we strongly recommend you to organise your finances now. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view, down to the exact cent, on how much you’re spending each month and how much surplus you’ve got. If you don’t know it, then log in to your Money SMARTS Platform here and update the numbers.

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Episode 289 | Why McDonald’s and Churches Know More About Land Value Than Anyone Else

What do McDonald’s and Churches have in common?

For starters, they understand what underpins property prices! And not only are we about to dive deep on this in today’s Q& A, we’re also going to tell you exactly why property is a different beast to other economic market’s across the country!

‘Cos here’s the deal folks…

… we got some very, ahh, ‘unedited’ feedback from Ryan about eight weeks ago — which was obviously right in the height of COVID-19 fear.  And instead of running away from this stuff, we’re going to tackle it head on. Maybe you might have similar thoughts in the back of your mind too!? So make sure to check it out.


And of course,  as AFL supporters, we cannot forget about the Big Freeze!

Although there are a bit of disruptions on the AFL schedule, Big Freeze 6 is still going ahead! Founded in 2014, FightMND was established with the purpose of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. Here’s the link to the Big Freeze!! Donate here >.


On top of that, we’re also answering a who bunch of listener questions, like…

  • How to extend or refinance interest only periods
  • Understanding Demographics and Median Income
  • Selling Your Current Property To Afford A New (and better) Property
  • Recognising variances in data estimates and actual purchase price
  • How The Wealth Effect effects the economy


Question from Declan about extending or refinancing interest only periods
G’day Ivise, Ben and Bryce? Declan here, just push through the 300 odd episodes. Read both your books, trialled LocationScore, joined the Facebook group, PICA and set up Money SMARTS in the last seven and a half weeks. I can’t believe how much free content you guys have pushed out. It’s honestly been a sliding doors moment in my young investing career. My question for you is relatively simple: as a 23-year-old with a partner, rentvesting is essentially the only way we can get into an A or B-level grade property where we live. The missing piece from the last 300 episodes, in my point of view, has been discussion around extending or refinancing interest only periods. I was wondering if you could unpack a bit of a framework on the best way to prepare your financial situation so that a lender will consider extending your interest only period as having an extra one, two or three years on higher can be the difference between letting out your first property at a cashflow loss compared to being neutrally geared, which is, in my opinion, than Nirvana as a Young Bloke. P.S Go the Swans.


Question from Adam on Understanding Demographics and Median Income

Hi guys, how you going? My name is Adam and I love the podcast! I only found it about a week ago. By Day 3, I’d already ordered and read the book, by Day 5, I’d already recommended to about a dozen people and I’m just chewing through the backlog of the podcast. I’m currently on the Sunshine Coast and I’m looking to harvest equity and investment property I have in Adelaide to purchase a PPR while I’m working here because the rent to lifestyle ratio isn’t working in my favour. When I’m laying down the suburb demographics, you say aim for suburbs that are round about at a 35-medium age with an increasing median income. How do you account for the fact that retirees are either there to downsize or buy through their assets, pay for the premium lifestyle, and so drive up the median age, drive up the prices, but drive down the income? Thanks again, hope to hear answer from you. Have a great one.


Question from Antares Selling Your Property To Afford The Next Property

Hi guys. Just wondering your thoughts on our situation. We’re looking at buying a waterfront property on the central coast under $2 million and potentially holding our existing home, which is almost paid off and renting it and looking at selling it to maybe next year. It’s a lot to hold. It’s probably a 40% of our income if we didn’t have a renter. And also would it be better make to buy and sell the same market? Just when your thoughts on that guys. Thanks.


Question about variances in data estimates and actual purchase price from Jonny

Hi hopefully Bryce or Ben, I’m writing to you guys as I have a question and I’m desperate for an answer… I am in the cooling off period of my first home. The house is in Sturt, Adelaide. The property is 720m^2. Core logic data suggests the property is worth 485k. My offer of $490K has been accepted. With all this uncertainty around COVID-19, have I paid too much? Or should I go ahead with the sale. Currently tenanted at $360 per week until July. I am borrowing 90 percent. Is it just too risky as it’s my first investment? Or because I’m planning to hold for long term is it still a good idea? Hopefully someone can pls get back to me. Thank you in advance. Johnny.



Episode 288 | How He Survived Multiple Recessions & Why He Still Believes in Property, Even During a Pandemic – Chat with Peter Koulizos, Chair of PIPA

Did you know that “Property Professor” Peter Koulizos INVESTED during multiple Australian recessions? And now, in the wake of COVID-19 he is STILL adamant that property is a safe bet!

So, what can we learn from one of Australia’s leading property experts who’s actually lived through The 70’s Recession, The 80’s Recession, The 90’s Recession and The GFC?? What can we take away from someone who invested in almost all of them?!

Today, we’re welcoming back Peter K, no stranger to The Couch! As well as being none other than the Property Professor as the Program Director of the Master of Property at The University of Adelaide, he is also the Chair of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) and widely regarded for his insights into the Australian property market; including everything from gentrification to property development!

And aside from hearing how on earth he survived all of those economic upheavals, we’re ticking off these three key points (more on what’s covered in this ep further down)…

  1. Pete’s take on COVID-19 and how it compares to Australia’s Recessions and The GFC
  2. Peter Top 5 Things he’d say to his 20 something self BEFORE buying his first property (we’re excited for this one!!!)
  3. The new PIPA/PICA survey results 😊

With #3, Peter and Ben are also unpacking the brand-new results from the recent PICA & PIPA Sentiment Survey that just went out… so we can all see how current and aspiring property investors are feeling about the property market since COVID-19 entered our lives. And the results are kinda surprising!


Free Stuff…


What we Cover in Today’s Episode…

  • How does the COVID-19 property market stack up to during previous Australian Recessions + The GFC?
  • How does the typical “Australian Aspiration” differ from other counties? And why is this critical in shaping the future of our property market?
  • Property Transactions vs Property Prices: What’s Happening Now?
  • Safe strategies to increase immigration and help Australia’s economy
  • What property sector will be most affected by COVID-19?
  • What is the Government proposing in order to stimulate the property market?
  • Which commercial properties are likely to survive the pandemic?
  • How many new dwellings should we be building per year? (minimum)
  • What 5 things would Peter’s tell his 20-something self BEFORE buying his first property? (check out our tips here)
  • Why Your First Home Shouldn’t Be Your Dream Home!
  • How old was Peter when he moved into his forever home?
  • How To Use Someone Else’s Hindsight To Make Better Investment Decisions
  • How can you help your kids get on the ladder while still investing yourself?
  • How many Australian property investors still think it’s a good time to invest?
  • How many investors are currently affected by financial hardship based on the PICA & PIPA sentiment survey??






Episode 287 | Why buying a Harley derailed Bryce’s property portfolio & the Ten Tips we’d tell our 20-something selves

If we could go back and invest in property all over again, what would we do differently?!

Well, for one, Bryce probably would’ve have bought a Harley Davidson!! (Yep)

Folks, this is exactly the stuff we’re unpacking today – the Top 10 Tips we’d tell our “20-something” year-old selves BEFORE we purchased our first property!

To give you an idea… Ben purchased his first property at 23 & Bryce at 24. So, if we fast forward a couple of decades to where we are now – two of Australia’s leading property experts, each with a multimillion-dollar property portfolio — what would we go back in time and tell ourselves? ‘Cos, let’s be real, it was anything but a “walk in the park” – and we both made some really stupid and regretful decisions to get where we are now! And we’re sharing these, ahh, “rookie errors” with you so you can AVOID them yourself … or — if like us, you didn’t know you were doing the wrong thing – help you course-correct quickly!!

And folks,… we’re NOT proud of how we’ve learnt some of these tips. Sure, some of us have to “learn things the hard way” and, while it’s all “part of our journey”… we really suggest you learn from our “if only we knew this…”!

Almost always, wealth creation (or any success for that matter) comes from modelling those who’ve achieved the results you’re after… but here’s another bonus tip… wealth creation (or any success for that matter) comes much easier when you learn about the mistakes SECOND-HAND 😉

Enjoy the Top 10 Tips — we’re super excited to share these with you, even we feel a bit vulnerable doing it!


As Ben mentions, if you’re a property professional keen to showcase the coalface of the property market so folks out there can see that, yep, the property market IS still alive and happening, simply update your photos on socials and use the hashtag #OZPropertyALIVE (feel free to tag us too… especially if you want our eyeballs on it!)

And remember, leave us a star-rating and review of ANY kind here for your chance to win FREE ACCESS to our brand new online course, Start&Build! (we’d obviously prefer 5-stars, but if that’s not how you feel about us, no worries!)

Congratulations to this week’s winners: Kim Schultze and Jarryd Hennequin! Please get in touch with us at info@thepropertycouch.com.au to claim your free course!


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And of course..

If you’re worried about your finances or if you have no clarity on your cash flow position, we strongly recommend you to organise your finances now. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view, down to the exact cent, on how much you’re spending each month and how much surplus you’ve got. If you don’t know it, then log in to your Money SMARTS Platform here and update the numbers.

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