Ever tried to run a race backwards? Reaching your goals is just as hard when you are working back to front. We see plenty of purchasers let a bank tell them their price point based on a maximum borrowing capacity and then purchase next door to where they live. This is the investing equivalent of doing a three-legged race with your partner. Blindfolded. Set yourself goals, that will determine the appropriate price point. Then work out the best location to purchase from there. In episode 21, we dissect “Why price point should determine location and strategy”
Bidding at auction – for the majority of us, this can feel like stepping into the Thunderdome. After all, only one will leave victorious. Chances are, all the other bidders are just as nervous as you. So how do you get the upper hand without letting your emotions run away? In episode 20, we dissect “Bidding tactics 101” Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through how to keep a cool head on auction day, reading the play and strategies to add to your arsenal.
Investing in property is a great way to build your path to financial flexibility and create your ideal lifestyle. For most people, buying property is not only the most expensive outlay in life, it’s also the greatest wealth creator and the largest debt. Combine this with it being the only asset we both live and invest in and you have a recipe for unparalleled emotional and financial complexity when transacting on property. The nerve-jangling reality is that one wrong step can have a devastating impact on your finances and quality of lifestyle. Given the factors, it is easy to see why property decisions can feel so overwhelming. This is precisely why when assisting people to make superior property, mortgage and money management decisions, a common conundrum we assist people with is deciding whether to prioritise a future home or investment properties.
Should you chase the ace or purchase and do nothing? Well the evidence is in! The safest (and most effective) way to create wealth, is to purchase and hold. For those afflicted with the hot shoe shuffle, always making a property decision and needing to take action, this may be hard to take in. So, grab your vanilla slice and some fruit mince pies because it’s time for another episode of the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor. In episode 19, we dissect “Time IN the market v timing the market.”
Making a decision to fold can be a nerve-racking ordeal. And we’re not just talking about playing cards. Sometimes you need to make difficult decisions about the properties you have purchased. Whether the property hasn’t performed as you had initially hoped or some life event has changed your plans. There’s one thing for sure though – the stakes are high. In episode 18, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect “When to hold and when to fold!”
School’s back in session and this week’s topic includes everything you need to know about valuations. There are many different types, each producing a different result based on the purpose. In episode 17, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect the ins and outs of “Valuations 101”. Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos, take you through the different types of valuations, the consequences of falling short and how you can proactively support a valuer with comparables to manage the risk of a conservative lender valuation.
Yep – no footy talk in this episode – it's all Land to asset ratio and what a ripper of an episode this one is. In episode 16, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect the mystery behind ‘Unpacking land to asset ratio”. Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos, take you through what is it, why it underpins a good investment strategy, and whether there is a perfect ratio!
Banks – can’t live with them, can’t live without them! Did you know that lenders limit the amount they will lend against certain properties and they reject some outright as security for a mortgage? Do you know which ones and why? In episode 15, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect “Why you must keep clear from the properties banks don’t like.” If we all accept that banks want to make money - we can understand that there is method to their madness.
Weekend excursions, reconnaissance missions and scoping out an area. While you may not be a secret government agent, you are on the property hunt, looking to make your next big decision. And did we mention you also need to be a time-traveller? Analysing data to ascertain historical outcomes and looking forward to determine future expectations. Understanding the key data based fundamentals of a location is part and parcel to making a successful property decision. In episode 14, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect “If you’re going to invest in a new area, what in particular are you looking for” Listen to David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos, as they take you through the critical considerations when choosing a location for investment.
The type of property that suits your current needs, will not necessarily meet your long-term needs. Beware of middle-aged children, pregnant women and dads at an auction or during property negotiation! They have a time deadline and the purchase price is less important. Where you are competing to purchase a property and you are up against people who are motivated by time – instead of money – the price tag can quickly fly out of reach. In episode 13, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect “How age and stage of life can impact your property plan and selection” Listen to David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos as they take you through the critical considerations and how they change throughout your life’s journey.