Blog and Media2019-06-27T17:49:03+11:00

Novice investors being blindsided by spruikers

How do you recognise a con artist from a professional? 

The property industry is unregulated, which gives ample opportunity for property spruikers to masquerade under the guise of being property investment experts. Property marketers have almost perfected this art, while actually receiving huge commissions for selling you a property.  

For 15 and a half years and counting, we have been educating consumers to seek independent advice from trusted professionals. It may just save you from making the most expensive mistake of your life.  

There is no such thing as a free lunch!  

January 23, 2020

The Property Planner’s predictions for 2020

As we begin the journey of a new year, it is time to place our head on the proverbial chopping block and make a few predictions. As 2019 showed, with most pundits predicting a continuation of property values falling, this is a particularly risky exercise. But, what the heck, let’s give it a go anyway.

We outline our predictions for:
1. The capital cities.
2. When property values will reach record prices.
3. When growth rates will normalise and what will precipitate this happening.
4. How and why property data lags behind real-time events.
5. The supply and demand factors that will drive growth, and those which will apply the brakes.
6. How buyers should approach the current market.
7. The impact of APRA and the government, including policies they will implement to slow down the market and increase the supply of affordable housing.
8. And finally, what an ideal world ‘could’ look like in 2020 (versus our predicted outcomes).

So, come take a ride with us in our time machine as we explore what 2020 has to offer!

January 21, 2020

Money Management – 7 steps to success (Ep.30)

Money – it can be your best friend or your worst nightmare.  
Being able to manage your money is not only vital to financial success, it is also critical to your mental well-being. Most research shows that concerns about money are in the top 1 or 2 stressors of our lives.  
It only takes a few big bills to make you feel like your credit card or depleting savings is a runaway horse, threatening to buck you further away from your goals. But we aim to get you back in the driver’s seat and on track to achieving your ideal lifestyle.  
In episode 30, we discuss “Money Management – 7 steps to success”. 
Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through the 7 steps to implementing an effective money management system, the critical mistakes to avoid and how you can spend more money on what matters most to you.  

Congenial negotiation tactics and how to apply them in the right situation (Ep.29)

Negotiation tactics

So, you’ve found the property for you and now comes the negotiation battle.
Get ready and brace yourself! It may be time to put down your shield and sword.
Not all negotiations are adversarial back and forth matches of strikes and sneaky jabs. Sometimes the softer approach is the winning one.
In episode 29, we discuss “Congenial negotiation tactics and how to apply them in the right situation”.
Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take us through how to build trust with real estate agents and get on their good side, why adversarial negotiations are not always desirable and how you can cut the competition off at the knees.

January 14, 2020

2019, the year that was (and a sneak peek at 2020) (Ep.28)

Jump on the roller coaster as we take a look at 2019 in the rear view mirror.  
If you look to your left you will see the Royal Commission into Banking coming to a close with a slap on the wrist for lenders. On the right we have the LNP with a surprise victory, taking out the election. Back to your left is APRA reducing the assessment rate and caps on lending and the RBA slashing rates.  
Hold on to your hat’s ladies and gentlemen! We’ve hit the trough and started to climb.  
In episode 28, we discuss “2019, the year that was (and a sneak peek at 2020)”. 
Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take us through the events that shaped the property market as we shut the door on 2019 and some predictions of what’s in store for 2020.  

December 23, 2019

I have worked closely with David Johnston and the expert team at Property Planning Australia for a decade. Their desire to place consumers’ needs first and provide holistic advice sets them apart. I highly recommend working with them to develop your Mortgage Strategy and tailored Property Plan. You will be pleased with the outcome.

Peter ‘The Property Professor’ Koulizos
Australia’s leading property university and Tafe lecturer