In today’s podcast, a much-anticipated topic features. But first, Bryce and Ben discuss the recently released GDP numbers for the September quarter. With a fall of 0.5%, what does this mean to us Australians? How will business confidence and the Australian Property Market be affected? And more importantly, is this a really bad thing?
After discussions on the GDP as well as further mentions of our 100th episode (that’s coming up very soon!), today’s main topic – as stated in the title, is: “How to Negotiate to Win”. Not all of us are used to or are comfortable in negotiating as it can be quite confrontational. But Bryce and Ben do it on a daily basis so today, they’ve decided to dish out some of their most useful pointers and success stories to help you on your next purchase! Not only do they let us in on some of the most helpful tips, they also tell us what to look out for and common mistakes not to make. With one of Australia’s leading Buyers Agents opening up about the secrets of negotiating, this is definitely an episode to tune into.
Today we have another special vodcast episode; and joining Bryce and Ben on the couch is the President of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agents Association of Australia (REBAA), winner of The Buyer’s Agent of the Year award 2016 on Your Investment Property Magazine and Managing Director of Propertybuyer, Rich Harvey. As an established Buyer’s Agent, Property Investor, and expert in his field, today Bryce and Ben discuss the following areas with Rich:
How Rich established his career as a property investor and eventually a Buyer’s Agent
What motivated him to get his first step on the property ladder and what’s his first investment property looks like
Some mistakes and lessons learnt in his property journey
The benefits of having a Buyer’s Agent and how to find one that you can trust
Type of properties that he considers as investment grade and other types of property to stay away from
The current cycle of the Australian property market and his predictions for the market in 2017
Tips for finding the right resources to use when looking for investment properties
ps: We hope you enjoy watching this video and we would really like to hear what you think about it!
After two weeks of Donald Trump-related episode, we think it’s time to get back to our listeners and answer some questions! But before that, Bryce and Ben kickstarted today’s episode with a quick update on interest rates and which directions we might be heading to in the next few months. And for today’s episode, they will be answering questions from:
Cody on First home buyers – I recently listened to episode 87. Listening to the content of first home buyers not being able to get into the market unless prices fell 30%. What is your moral standing on this? Are you okay with our kids getting locked out? Do you consider yourselves and like-minded people responsible for aiding in driving competition and prices? Do you think there should be any assistant to our kids from a government policy standpoint to own their homes? Look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Tom on Overseas Investing – Hi guys, just listened to the latest podcast…thanks for the shout out to London, where I have just moved to from Australia. I have 2 IPs in Inner West Sydney and thinking I will be sitting on them to let them grow for a few years until I get back…London property is just ridiculously unaffordable! Would be interested in your thoughts on investing in overseas properties in countries such as NZ or the UK, from Australia, or vice versa and the process involved to purchase and manage. Enjoy what you guys are doing, and I think it’s the best podcast on IP in Australia. Thanks, Tom.
Steve on Overseas Investing – Hi Guys, loving the podcast. In footy terms, you’re both ‘up and about.’ Question for Podcast: Investing in Property Overseas. You talk of ‘borderless investing‘, but that’s only Australia. Is it a bit un-diversified to put all one’s eggs in the ‘Australian Property Market’, just like a Pommy would be putting all of theirs in the UK market, or a Yankee putting them all in the U.S of A? You guys have read Kiyosaki, you must have dreamed of following the world’s market cycles like a real ‘world’ investor. My question is ‘Where can Aussies buy overseas?’ I know an Aussie buyers agent buying in the US for clients at the moment, and you hear of the Chinese buying here. Why aren’t we buying China? Thanks, Boys!
Brett on Setting up an Offset Account – Hi guys, love the podcast, after meeting with a very respected investment mortgage broker, they suggested switching my PPR loan to interest only to help build savings for an investment deposit in an offset account. I couldn’t work out why this would be better than putting my money into the PPR loan to increase equity then drawing it out when there is enough. The money I draw out would be tax deductible on the interest, whereas the money I save in an offset, if I draw this out for an investment, this would keep my PPR loan higher and thus not tax deductible on the interest. Can you guys please discuss this as I am starting to lose respect for this particular broker. Thanks
Nicole on Canberra as the next Investment Spot – Hi guys. Love the show particularly being a Victorian, I love the sports chat at the start 🙂 However, I am now in Canberra and would love it if you could incorporate a bit more of our ‘different’ city into your commentary. It does not fit the usual capital city, but it is nonetheless. Also, can you tell me where you got Bernard Salt’s population predictions? I would love to see them in more detail. Many thanks and I look forward to the next show.
Question 6 from Kieran on whether it’s ever too late to invest – Hi guys, I’m loving the wealth of knowledge you guys put out each week. As a 31-year-old who never really considered what I could be doing now to build for their future it is inspiring to see how accumulative action over time can have such a great impact and how accessible it is to anyone with the right knowledge, advisors and drive to succeed.
My wife and I recently met with your team at Empower Wealth and are now on savings track to secure our first investment property. Bring on the Rentvesting! My question, however, is related to my parent’s situation. I am wondering if it is every too late to help fund your retirement?
My parents are 63 and while they have worked hard all their life, they’ve had a couple of investments turn bad which has them worried about how they will fund their retirement. They currently pay P+I monthly with approx $220k left to pay off on a property valued at approx $550K. As I understand it, they have calculated that if they work for another 5 years they will be able to pay off the balance of their PPR using the superannuation they have accumulated. That will leave them with the house owned outright but only the pension to live on.
I am sure there any many approaching retirements and facing the prospect of having to keep working longer than they hoped or unsure what kind of lifestyle they will have when the do retire. What options are there for someone in their position when it becomes harder to get approved for a mortgage due to their age? Is it ever too late to get involved in property investing to create a passive income?
Today’s episode is special guest day and joining Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley is Australia’s leading property analyst and CoreLogic’s Director of Research, Tim Lawless, who will discuss the future of each state in Australia. Following on from last week’s episode of President-Elect, Donald Trump and the uncertainty his win will have on the market; Bryce, Ben and Tim move on to discuss what the positives to follow are due to the presidential win, even though it’s is still early days.
So in today’s episode, the main areas these three will be talking about are:
Tim’s backstory and experience as a property analyst and how he got to where he is today
CoreLogic and research methodologies for the monthly reports
The uncertainty of Trump’s win and how this has affected the market and what potential effects are to follow
We hope you enjoy this latest post and look forward to hearing your thoughts on the matters brought up…even if it is a response to their thoughts on Kim Kardashian or Kanye West running for the next US election!
And here’s the reports mentioned in today’s podcast:
Today’s podcast is a particularly interesting one as it gets a bit more political than usual! From talks about Brexit to the results of the American election last night, Episode 89 delves deep into one of the most talked about general elections in recent years and its potential effects on not only the United States, but on the world economy. Less than 24 hours after the result of the American general election, Bryce and Ben both discuss the potential impact of the new president-elect, Donald Trump and how his presidency could affect the Australian housing market.
From discussing whether or not Donald Trump’s approach to his presidency will be pragmatic, these two “property hacks” talk about the effect this will have on stock markets, trade and housing to name a few. The guys will no doubt have enough to keep you interested for the next 30 minutes with their thoughts and predictions of the final result. Start listening to find out more.
Last week’s podcast had been quite an interesting one! We strongly recommend you to listen to it twice to make sure you don’t miss out on Dr Andrew Wilson’s outlook on the Australian Property Market. This week, we are going back to Question and Answer episode and Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley will be discussing:
Question on a career as a property professional from Hayden: To the Property Couch, I have a couple of career questions to ask but firstly I just wanted to share my investment story so far and why I think what you are doing is so important. If I had your advice earlier, my circumstances would be much different. I am currently 25 years old; I began my investment journey when I was 17. My father suggested using the money I had saved for a car to use it instead to buy a house. This was in 2008 when the Rudd government was handing out the huge first home owner grants, when I had my first meeting with a mortgage broker (not even knowing what a group certificate was) they were suggesting I buy an off the plan unit. So put signed up for one in Frankston, Victoria from a company thinking they were giving me good property advice. This purchase eventually fell through due to the bank evaluation not coming through at the correct price. Then I signed up for another off the plan unit in Langwarrin, and after two years they had not even begun construction because the council was saying there was endangered fish in the creek near by. So I pulled out of that one and tried to purchase one in Carrum Downs 6 months later and this one fell through because the bank wanted 20% of the loan. Friends and family were telling me to give up by this point because of how upset I was getting, but I stuck with it and purchased one in Langwarrin. This time, a 2 bed 1 bath unit. This then turned out to be a very poorly built unit and eventually I received an insurance claim of $20,000 to fix the poorly built unit. After 4 years, this property has not delivered any growth at all and doesn’t look to in the near future either. Then I purchased a 1 bed 1 study 1 bath unit in a high rise in Ipswich, Queensland and this property has a lift, pool, spa, sauna, underground car park and a concierge.Even though I have made nearly every mistake you could make and still haven’t made a cent off property, I’m still obsessed with it and read and listen to every book and podcast and attended any event I can. I want to work in the industry to try to prevent this from happening to someone else but I’m not too sure what exactly I want to do. I was wondering if you would share some in-depth insights into mortgage broking and being a buyers agent. As much detail as you could would be helpful such as their daily tasks;
(A) The pros and cons to each and how much they get paid?
(B) And your thoughts on mortgage broking franchises or are you better starting off on your own?
Question on new developments from Brad: I realise that you guys are biased towards investing in established homes, usually with a short disclaimer on how you may have invested in new developments at some stage in your lives. In the interest of a more balanced argument, I feel it would be beneficial to offer someone in the industry who focuses on investing in new developments the chance to put their views forward. Just as there are good and bad established homes the same rings true for new or off the plan developments.
Question on next step in property investing from Damien: Love the podcast, learning so much each episode, feels like I’m completing a degree for free so thank you so much.
I recently purchased my first property under market value (purchase price $420k, my banks value $540k) 3-bed townhouse on 452m2 in Kenmore, Brisbane. I had to use LMI ($18,000) due to only 5% deposit which basically brought my loan up to $420k. I want to continue to accumulate good properties. My financial decisions i.e lifestyle was poor in the past but over the last year I have turn that on its head. I have $20k in cash now and I’m wondering what would be your advice for my next move. I’m making sacrifices to get ahead. I live in the townhouse with 2 tenants getting 360 a week for cash flow. I have an interest in renovation also and I’m looking in the Ipswich area. Should I hold off or move again swiftly?
Thank you for your help.
Go the Lions 🙁
Question on cash flow from Ben: Hi guys, love the podcasts! I stumbled across one of your podcasts when I was searching for investor information and enjoyed it so much that I went back to the beginning and listened to every single one in the space of about 3 weeks! I’m 21 and working part time whilst also studying. I am planning and on track to have a 20% deposit on a 400k house saved up in the next 12 months. However, due to the nature of my work (personal trainer) my weekly pay can drastically vary (anywhere between $300 and $900 per week, with an average yearly earnings of around $25,000) and the fact that I will still be studying and unable to work full time to increase cash flow for the next few years, I visage that I would have next to no chance of being successful in getting a loan to match my deposit. I want to do whatever I can to get into the property market as soon as possible, but considering my circumstances and my end goal (early retirement on 100k+ per year) is there anything that I can do to get into the market sooner rather than later without substantially increasing my cash flow? Or should I just keep saving and wait it out until I have the cash flow to match my deposit?
Question on investing in newly developed areas or established suburbs from Stephen: Would you be better to build in an area with established housing nearing the end of its development life where you know the quality of the area. Or in a new development with no housing as yet but a big blueprint for long-term development? Would you get a bigger capital gain in the new area over time vs potentially small capital gain in established as the capital gain has already expired?