Episode 57 | The Headwinds are Coming

The whole idea for this podcast is to help others become successful property investors (or perhaps avoid them becoming unsuccessful property investors). But Bryce and Ben know that the more successful you become, the more likely you are to be criticised. Unfortunately, it is far easier for people to share their thoughts on what you are doing wrong and when something does turn up a little haywire, you would get the usual , “I told you so”.

Now, this is probably very different from the usual topics that we talk about in this podcast but Bryce and Ben have both gone through this journey. In fact, they are still facing these situations occasionally. So in this podcast, they are sharing some of their experiences and also some positive mental attitude tips that helped them along the way. To have a successful property portfolio, you’ll need to make sure you are ready for it and it’s not always about being financially ready. It’s also about having a strong mental attitude. In addition, they will also be sharing what they think are the traits of successful people as opposed to the unsuccessful ones.

 

Some of the motivational speakers mentioned in the podcast:

  • Zig Ziglar – more
  • Tim Ferris – more
  • Tom Panos & John McGrath – more
  • Trevor Hendy – more

 

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Episode 056 | Q&A – Exiting a contract, crowdfunding, what’s the impact of global events on Australia Property Market and more

It’s Q&A time! This week on The Property Couch, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be answering the questions below from our fellow listeners. Thanks again for submitting your questions!

  • Exiting a contract question from Alex: Hi, Just looking for some advice as the more I listen to the podcast (and read your book), the more I think my first IP buy could be better. I’m currently on a defacto visa so can’t buy anything but new properties which led me to an off the plan development in Brisbane. While its marketed very well and made out to be a great buy, it goes against all you talk about- high rise, buying through a unqualified salesman, no room to improve, rental guarantee, and high strata. At the time it looked good but the more I understand what makes a good investment, the more I think I could do with the $40k deposit I put down. My question is, is there any way out of the contract that won’t cost me? It’s not due to be built for another 2 years so wondering if I could ask the developer to renege on the contract without penalty or even onsell it for cost price. I’ve started putting away some cash every week just in case it comes in undervalue but would rather not be in the position of ‘hoping’ this doesn’t happen. Would appreciate any advice to help!
  • Crowdfunding questions from Carol: I have heard people talking about “crowdfunding” being the next property investment strategy. What is “crowdfunding” and how will it work?
  • Ownership questions from Rob: What property ownership structure should investors use when buying an investment property? Individual, trust, company etc. Is there a need to balance tax advantages with long term asset protection on this issue?
  • Global events question from Cookie: I have an economy/finance related question and would like to hear your discussion on it. As we step into 2017, the market has been flooded with negative sentiment news. Lots of countries are under the water as oil and other commodity price plummet. China economy slowdown and share and currency tumbled. In the middle-east you have ISIS terrorist and European country have migration crisis. The central federal government around the world response to the crisis with more and more quantitative easing money printing. I feel like 2008 all over again and this time the crisis is on a global scale.The question I want to raise here is what will happen to the property market and banking policies if the crisis come in the near future? Few friend of mine thinking that the property price will go down like during the great depression. Am I best to wait until the crisis come and then purchase undervalued asset? But if there is a crisis and bank run, will interest rate raise to double digit and banks tighten the lending? What happen to my home loan if there is a bank fail? European central bank is doing negative interest rate already, will Australia heading to this direction one day? How should I position myself now so to be prepare for the day to come?
  • Case study question from Chris: Brief Bio – 33 yrs old. married with one child, live in Sydney, workfull time. have three properties. two in Townsville (both rented) building one in Melbourne currently. Currently renting in Sydney as units where we want to live sell for $800 k to $1 million. However we can rent and invest. We put all our money into our offset and pay out the credit card at the end of statement period. We also have a full functioningPAYG withholding variation in place.
    • Question 1 – with the house I am building in Melbourne. Will I ever be able to claim back the GST I have paid in the build contract?
    • Question 2 – With one of my properties in Townsville I am concerned that our body corporate fees are way to high. We pay over $5k pa for fees. No lift, no pool in complex and it is a three story masonry construct building. How do I compare if this is the going rate in our market?

 

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Episode 55 | Investment savvy mortgage broker and why interest rate is not king?

The last time we did a podcast on finding a mortgage broker was in Episode 43. We’ve received a lot of feedback after that episode on what kind of questions the borrower should ask to determine if the broker they are speaking to is investment savvy and if there are any websites that sort of serve as a directory.

Ep 55 - Investment savvy mortgage broker and why interest rate is not kingSo this time around, our hosts will be sharing a framework to help you understand the difference between a banker and an investment savvy mortgage broker. They will also be focusing on the differences between lenders and things to look out for between the lenders. Lastly, they’ll discuss the all time question on, “Why is interest rate NOT king?”.

 

Free resources:
– Watch Ben on The Today Show here
– Money Magazine’s March 2016 Cover Story
– Money SMARTS System – Listen here

 

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Episode 054 | Q&A – Entry into the property investment market, debt reduction and investing in house and land packages

It’s Q&A time! This week on The Property Couch, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be answering the questions below from our fellow listeners. Thanks again for submitting your questions!

  • Entry into the property investment market question from Aaron: Hi guys! could you possibly talk about entry into the property investment market? Specifically how much money you need? I have some money sitting in a term deposit but I have heard that you need more like $40,000 before you can even look at starting out. If that’s true, then I need to keep saving. But I keep thinking to myself “what if its better to start investing that money into cheaper property so that you can start investing sooner rather than later”. How much money should people have before starting?
  • Debt reduction questions from Marty: I have just finished the new book and found the content informative and practical. I do however find myself grasping for answers about debt pay down in the practical section. How does the graph move to a zero debt position on IOnly loans? I would like some more detail on this area as it’s probably the missing link for me in the whole process. In case study three a couple with surplus annual income of 36k Pays 1,000,000 in principle in 10 years with IO loans. The property selections are not high yielding so I’d expect the cash flow to be only just positive even at year 15. Am I missing something?
  • Debt reduction questions from Mitch: Hey guys. Love your podcasts and your book. Just a quick question about paying down debt to start receiving passive income. In your book you say to set up all loans to interest only, if I want to retire off passive income at the age of 40 how do I pay down debt without selling any properties and without access to my superannuation?
  • House and land packages question from Rob: Hi Guys, love the podcast – I’m an avid listener and after finding you, went back to Ep 1 and went through them all. I’m just about to place an order on the book… Fundamental Question: Is a house and land package always a bad investment, or are there situations it can work as an investment property?

 

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Episode 53 | The Money SMARTS System

By now, our listeners should understand the importance of good money management habits. It is the core of building a successful property investment portfolio and has been reiterated multiples times throughout this podcast.

Since episode 3, as part of the Four Pillars of Mastery, Bryce and Ben have talked in various occasions about Cash Flow Management and the flow of money in your household. This includes where money comes from, types of spending and types of investments for your surplus. In episode 41, they talked about the moving parts of cash flow management otherwise known as the money and accumulation model. This model looks at variables and assumptions to consider when you’re modelling sophisticated money and wealth outcomes.

Ep 53 Money SMARTS system - which account do I use - picOn page 58 of the Armchair Guide to Property Investing, they introduced the money SMARTS system. It’s a money management system and the name stands for Surplus, Mindset, Application, Resources, Timelines and Strategy. The book provided an overall summary of each section and also some tips on how you can set up this account structure yourself. But we’ve received some feedback that our readers would like us to explain this little bit more so that is exactly what Bryce and Ben have done in this podcast.

As an extension of the money SMARTS system, we are also sharing a “cheat sheet” on which account to use for different types of expenses. Just fill in your details below and we’ll send you the link to download it.

 

 

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