Housing Affordability. APRA. Investor’s Lending. Super Property Deposit Debate.
These are headline news for the last few weeks which have been monopolising the business section of most press for some time now. So, we don’t think we can wait any longer either!
Now, what did they chat about today? You would be expecting conversation around the long-term sustainability of the Australian Property Market, an upcoming correction and who will be affected; APRA’s move on investment lending; changes on interest-only loans and how it will affect some borrowers out there; implementing Money SMARTS during these times; relationship between migration and the economy; the Superannuation Property Deposit Debate and more.
Let us forewarn you that this Bonusisode is not as light as our usual episodes. This time, Bryce and Ben discuss some critical housing and political issues and as usual, the commentary in this show is general in nature and is an opinion comment by both of them. It does not take into account the particular investment objectives or financial situation of any potential listeners, and you should always consult a qualified professional advisor before making any investment decisions.
Some of the references made in this podcast are:
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We are extremely excited here on The Property Couch this week to announce the long-awaited meeting with our special guest today, JAN SOMERS (as we’re sure you would agree)! With a successful property portfolio spanning over 40 years with countless properties within the country, Jan is an inspirational, property-investing mogul who we all could learn a lot from. As we gained so much gold from the hour-long chat, we’ve had to split the episode into two! In this first part, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley discuss the following areas with Jan:
- What got her into property investing back in 1972 and how did she build her portfolio since then
- Her mentor in life and her outlook in education and continuous learning
- Her point of view and experience on negative gearing
- How did she structure her loans and what kind of loan strategy does she have for her portfolio
- Tips on improving your borrowing power
- What motivated her to write her books, Building Wealth
- Having the right mindset as an investor
And so much more! As Jan is someone who has a continuous passion and drive for property investing, this is definitely a 2-part episode you will not want to miss. Her journey through property investing is definitely a story worth listening to and reading up on so make sure you tune in.
Here’s the link to her books and the PIA Investor software: Click here.
And as always, if you like this episode (Chat with Jan Somers, Housewife And Property Multimillionaire – Part 1), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://www.thepropertycouch.com.au/topics/
As Christmas is a time for giving, we thought today’s special Christmas episode should be none other than a Q&A session! Topics covered today include debt-retirement and refinancing loans, how to go about upgrading your PPOR (Principle Place of Residence), whether it’s worth paying for a financial planner and more. (And click here for your free The Property Couch Christmas Pack!) Today’s questions are from the following listeners:
- Chris on debt-retirement and refinancing loans: Hi there, was hoping you could ‘unpack’ the ‘reality of’ the following finance-related scenario for me. I understand there is an “accumulation phase” where the investor actively accumulates as many quality, appreciating assets as required/wanted before transitioning to a “debt-reduction” or debt-retirement phase in the property investment journey. I was hoping you could spend some time describing what this debt-retirement phase actually looks like, assuming the investor has between 3-5 investment properties all on interest-only terms.
Changing all of these to principal & interest at the same time would probably be too strenuous on the budget, so is it a case of paying off the largest investment loan on principal & interest terms while refinancing the remaining loans as interest-only for another 3-5 years and start knocking off the balance of the largest loan? Or is it a case of building up the offset account of each loan evenly so that you end up paying less interest across all of the loans until you are in a position to pay the loan back in full?
But in this scenario the banks will eventually put you on a principal & interest payment unless you refinance again to an interest only loan, so how do you juggle at least 5 investment loans potentially all coming off their interest-only terms within 12-18 months of each other, while you’re trying to retire the debt without blowing the family budget? ($150+ principal payment across 5 loans = $750 a week which would destroy most family budgets).
Is it a case of focusing on one property at a time until the rent covers the principal + interest payments, before moving onto the next property or is it a case of continually refinancing to interest-only loans and building up the offset accounts? Is it better to focus on the largest loan first or distribute funds evenly across all loans? How do you actually go about entering the ‘debt-retirement’ phase on a portfolio of 5 investment properties (assuming all currently interest-only repayments with separate offset accounts but the interest-only period is expiring for all 5 loans over the next couple of years). This does not take into account the PPOR but we can ignore that part of the equation for the above scenario.
- Bill on upgrading PPOR: My question is…I have paid off PPOR (home loan account closed) and would like to upgrade PPOR. What advice/suggestions do you have regarding using ex-PPOR as investment or sell off ex-PPOR to pay down new PPOR debt and then buying an investment property?
- Anonymous on investing in a Financial Planner: G’day, I have a question that I think a lot of listeners would relate to and something you guys have not covered thus far.Firstly about me. I am 32 and have recently developed a passion to enhance my knowledge of residential property investment. I am in the Army and have a young family on my income alone. I earn 106k per annum gross. I bought my PPR in 2012 in Sydney which is valued at circa $8800k currently. Since I started my learning, using you guys as my guides, I have done the following.
- Analysed our cash flows for a month to understand where our money is going.
- Gotten rid of all non-deductible debt i.e. credit cards, pers loans etc.
- Bought our first investment. A two Bedroom apartment near Penrith. It’s walking distance to the station and five minutes from the train station, Nepean hospital and UWS. I also rolled our car loans into the investment. The place is currently leased with a 4.2 % yield.
- Manage our money to allocate spendings for myself and my wife similar to your model you advise with regards to offset and spendings accounts.
I also have a broker and accountant and also use a buyer agent. So my question:
I recently sought advice from a financial planner. After an interview, he sent me a proposal and plan which also outlines his fees. His fees were $500 per month with monthly payments that would be ongoing for a period of a few years. If cash flow management is essential and using surplus cash flows to reinvest is a key step, then how is 500 per month going out enabling this? Isn’t this counter to one of your pillars of mastery? If I had a large income and a large portfolio, then this would be manageable. But I don’t. Are all financial planners this expensive? I can see the value of buyers agent’s fees but I can’t see the value in planners for myself.
- Andrew on when would be the best time to invest in property: I’m 26, my wife is 25 (DINKS), we live in Brisbane and our combined income is $150k. We’ve almost finished paying off our wedding (ouch) but are now planning for the future and want to get ahead before kids come along. We don’t own a house (currently renting), however we’re strong savers and would be in a position to buy in approximately 12 months. The issue is, our plan is to move to Adelaide in 2018 to allow my wife to study Dental Hygiene (limited college options in Qld). Would we be best to buy a house/IP right before we move to SA and rentvest? (and drop to a single income of $100k), or wait until she graduates (2 year degree) and look to invest then? Neither of us want to sit still for 2 years, but we’re reluctant to buy right before dropping to a single income.
- Julia on Buying a home: I have only recently discovered your podcast and it’s awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. I know your advice is ‘location first’ – I’m torn between two properties. A run down 1970s one bed room unit in Neutral Bay (ground floor) vs 10 year old amazing one bed room unit in Marrickville (top floor). Both similar price with similar strata. Neutral bay property needs everything renovated but has structural limitations. Marrickville unit has an amazing balcony that has a green leafy view and makes you feel like you’re at a holiday resort. I know Neutral Bay is blue chip suburb but would you consider Marrickville as a suburb with a potential high growth over next 5 years? This is my first property and I’m planning to live there for next 2 years then potentially rent it out. Any advice?
If you like this Q&A episode (Investing in a Financial Planner, Upgrading your PPOR, Loan Strategy to Build your Portfolio and more ), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://www.thepropertycouch.com.au/topics/
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Hi all! As promised, here’s The Property Couch Christmas Pack for 2016! Just leave your details above and we’ll send it to you right away.
You should be expecting lots of goodies in this pack such as:
- Case Study for Single 30-something Investor (How to Build a Property Portfolio to Retire on $2,000 a week in Passive Income)
- Fact Sheet on Guarantor Loan
- Presentation Slides (7 Ways to Get Kids on the Property Ladder Sooner)
- Link to the Population Growth Estimate
And whilst you’re here, check out our New Website… hint, check out the “About Us” page, it is a pretty cool look at how far we’ve come.
Merry Christmas and have a happy and safe New Year! [icon name=”tree” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 😎
Bryce, Ben and The (TPC) Stig
Back to back Questions and Answers episode! We’ve had a great time yesterday on our Facebook Live and hence we thought we should answer some of our other listeners’ questions. This week, Bryce and Ben looks at the questions below. Thanks again for submitting your questions!:
- Question on entering the property market from Glenn: I have 2 daughters in their early 20’s. What advice can you give them on the best way to enter the property market? Thanks
- Question on buying a property with another person from Stevie: I am interesting in the issues associated with buying property with another person. For example, I currently own two houses (bought years ago) with my brother as investments and I now want to buy another within to live in (as I can’t get a loan with just my salary and want to use the equity in the houses in lieu of deposit). This will then restrict my brother’s borrowing capacity to buy a property to live in if he wants to do so in a year or so, and we are at a bit of a (friendly) stalemate with what to do about it – buy another or not.
- Question on Buying a property with another person from Michael: Hey guys – just wanted to say I’m loving the podcast. Found it about a week ago, have listened to hours of content in a short amount of time. Such a great resource. Has been good to hear that a lot of my ideas and research is being validated in what you’re saying, but has also given me some other things to think about. I’m about to buy my first property in partnership with my cousin, am making an offer today on a great find that’s too good to pass up. 15km north west of the Melbourne CBD. $150k under median price in the area. Quick sale needed as the vendor needs finance asap. Just wondering, what would be a bad figure in terms of rental yield and annual growth? And then I guess what would be the better figures to see? Thanks again for such a great learning tool.
- Question on rentvesting from Samuel: I am very open to the idea of Rentvesting, however I am torn between Rentvesting or purchasing a Principle Place of Residence, of which I would live in for 12 months and then be rent out for 6 years (thus avoiding CGT), plus rent out the other room/s whilst living in the property. I would love to hear both your thoughts on this one given the current market conditions and also the Gold Coast Suns performance this year.
Some of the resources mentioned in this podcast:
- Episode 54 | Entry into the property investment market, debt reduction and investing in house and land packages – Listen here
- Episode 59 | Rentvesting: What is it and who is it for? – Listen here
- Facebook Q&A Replay Video – Watch here
If you like this Q&A episode (Buying a property with another person, security guarantee and rentvesting in Gold Coast), don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. Any questions or ideas? Feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://www.thepropertycouch.com.au/topics/
It’s Episode 60 and we’ve got a special guest on the show today! Bryce and Ben have invited Chris Gray, host of ‘Your Property Empire’, on Sky News Business Channel and CEO of Empire Property to talk about all things property.
Apart from being a property expert, Chris also manages his own property portfolio and is currently a rentvestor. In fact, he has been rentvesting for quite some time. So, drawing from his experience, the three of them will be discussing about:
- How did he built his property portfolio through rentvesting
- The considerations that an investor will need to think about if they decide to adopt this investment strategy
- The required mindset for rentvestors
- The scenarios where rentvesting is worth implementing
- What kind of expectation you would get from family and friends
- How to look at the numbers and ensure your cash flow is taken care of
They will also be discussing about the lessons learned along the way and what they think about the current Australian Property Market. If you are interested in the Capital Growth Break Even Calculator mentioned in this podcast, just fill in the form below and we’ll send it to you right away:
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You can also download a copy of Ben’s Money Magazine article here: Download here
If you like this podcast: “Building a portfolio through Rentvesting – Chat with Chris Gray”, don’t forget to rate us at 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://www.thepropertycouch.com.au/topics/