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Welcome to Australia’s fiercely independent property podcast, where you are provided with the rare opportunity to be a fly on the wall and listen to three pioneers of the property industry, each with diverse areas of expertise in Property Planning, Buying and Education.

Residential property is the only asset class we live in, it is where we raise our family’s, and it is our most expensive investment, yet property advice remains unregulated. Our objective is to educate time poor professionals through deep insights from our experts who have provided thousands of Australians with personalised advice and education spanning two decades. In a climate where we are overloaded with information and one size fits all recommendations from the media, well meaning friends and family and so-called advisers, we will distill the raw truth from the ill-informed.

So join the Property Planner, David Johnston, The Property Buyer, Cate Bakos and the Property Professor, Peter Koulizos as they take you on a journey of discovery through the maze of property, mortgage and money decisions to empower you to create your ideal lifestyle!

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Ep 44: All things property tax – how to understand your deductions at tax time

As we come to the end of another financial year, The Property Planner, Buyer and Professor delve into all things property tax and uncover the myths that can lead you astray on your wealth creation journey. 

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. All the deductions you can claim on an investment property so that you do not miss a trick when completing this year’s tax returns. 
  2. Depreciation, what you can claim as a tax deduction on fixtures & fittings, the building and when do you need a depreciation schedule?  With thanks to some great tips from our good friend Mike Mortlock from MCG Quantity Surveyors. 
  3. Capital Gains Tax and how you can avoid nasty tax bills that eat into your wealth if you ‘property plan’ ahead. 
  4. Negative gearing, how it works and why it doesn’t last forever – at some point all properties become positively geared. 
  5. Tax variations and the risks of using this as an investment strategy.   
  6. How your mortgage strategy is the foundation to maximising your tax deductions (good debt) and reducing your non-deductible borrowings (bad debt) if you have the right mortgage strategy and structure in place from the moment you purchase a property.    
  7. Expats, the changing tax landscape and how laws relating to capital gains tax and land tax have changed this year.  
  8. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’, plus a sneaky third nugget from our host Cate! 

Episode 44 show notes

Covid special #11: Building the bridge (or invisible stairway) across the economic cliff!

The Property Planner, Buyer and Professor unpack the economic cliff. What will happen when JobKeeperHomeBuilder and lender repayment holidays end? 

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through:   

  1. How banks will look to help keep many of the most affected borrowers and businesses to stay afloat with new initiatives such as interest only repayments, lower rates, extended loan terms and pauses, although some zombie businesses will need to be let go. 
  2. What holds for employment, as 124,000 people are re-employed in May and a further 850,000 expected by the end of next month.   
  3. HomeBuilder scheme, the ins and outs of the scheme and questions yet to be answered. 
  4. How state governments will provide further stimulus to support home buyers and builders, beefing up stimulus packages offered to Australians. 
  5. Where to get your information from, and why the Treasury, ABS and RBA are the most trusted sources. 
  6. The effect on buyer behaviour as more people work successfully from their home office and recalibrate what is needed in a home and location as part of their Property Planning. 
  7. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’! 

Covid special #11 show notes

Ep 43: Diversification 101 – How and why to plan for diversification within your property portfolio

The Property Planner, Buyer and Professor discuss all things diversification, from the reasons why you should diversify your portfolio to the many ways you can implement diversification in your investment strategy.  

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through:  

  1. Beware of one size fits all strategies! The suggestion that you should have a 50/50 balance of shares and property (or any other type of investment) is vastly oversimplifying the concept of diversification and neglecting the most important element of the equation, YOU!  
  2. Discussing the different asset classes for diversification, there’s more to consider than just property v shares.  
  3. How you can diversify with property – state, city, regional centres, different suburbs, city segments, property types, growth focused V cash flow and more.  
  4. Tax comes second! Tax benefits should never be a primary reason to invest in a particular asset, it is the icing on the cake. Don’t sacrifice the cake for the icing.   
  5. Considering the macro and micro of diversifying your property portfolio. The macro is the state or the city and the micro is the suburb. Start with a big picture view and work down to suit your property plan, not the location you live or a buyer’s agent. Or worse, where a buyer’s agent is buying, but not based in. Your next purchase could be anywhere in Australia.  
  6. Capital gains v cash flow, how your investment strategy needs to be tailored to you. 
  7. Land tax, an often neglected area of property investment. How and when should land tax factor in to your property decisions? More than two reasonably priced properties in any state will generally start to eat into your returns via land tax. 
  8. Blue chip v gentrification, higher rewards come with higher risks.   
  9. Fractional investing, is it worth getting a fraction of your foot in the property door?  
  10. And of course, our “gold nuggets”! 

Episode 43 show notes

Ep 42: Dissecting 10 years of Core Logic data – capital cities & regional centres

The Property Planner, Buyer and Professor discuss data provided by CoreLogic’s Tim Lawless on Australia’s capital cities and regional areas over the last ten years. Which cities took out the gold, silver and bronze?

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. Dissecting data provided from Core Logic for the last decade for all capital cities and regional areas of each state. You may be surprised by the winners and losers as we hand out the gold, silver and bronze medals.
  2. How regional centres fared compared with their capital city counterparts and why capital growth and rental yield often have an inverse relationship.
  3. The performance of units compared with houses, which are gaining in popularity in some cities. But beware of the data! Metrics surrounding units can very easily lead you astray.
  4. How much $1,000,000 invested 10 years ago in each capital city would be worth today and which cities actually went backwards during that time. Not all property rises in value!
  5. The importance of risk management and mortgage strategies to save yourself stress and hold on to assets when the market inevitably starts to dip.
  6. How your next investment purchase could be anywhere in Australia, depending on your price point, risk profile and stage of life.
  7. Why values based on growth over the last ten years are now on trajectory to double every 15 years,not every 7-10.
  8. Why your specific location and property selection is the key ingredient to financial out-performance as you do not purchase a city, suburb or a street. Every property provides a different financial return to the overall market return which is a formula-based average!
  9. And of course, our “gold nuggets”! 

Episode 42 show notes

Covid special #10: The HomeBuilder stimulus package unpacked – What it means for home buyers, renovators, jobs, economy, and of course, the property market!

The Property Planner, Buyer and Professor met for a ‘breaking news’ recording on the $688 million HomeBuilder stimulus package announced by the federal government yesterday. The new package aims to safeguard the jobs of a million tradies, to prop up the construction industry which was teetering on the edge of oblivion.  

Home owners, first home buyers and renovators will be offered a cash grant of $25,000 for building contracts and purchase of new dwellings signed from 4 June 2020 right through to 31 December 2020. Hear the full story as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. Setting the scene why this package was initiated by the federal government supporting over one million employees, around 9% of all employees in the country, working in the construction industry, which provides an estimated $100 billion and a whopping 5 per cent of our economic output each year. 
  2. How home building in Australia was collapsing prior to Covid-19 after four boom years to 2017-18, when the industry started around 225,000 homes a year. Starts have since fallen to around 165,000 this financial year due to a cascading set of events from the tightening of finance by APRA, The Banking Royal Commission and the exit of investors, particularly from offshore, and the consequent inability to finance apartment projects. 
  3. Unpack the In’s and Out’s of the scheme, who can take advantage and the criteria for grant approval, how, where, when and why. 
  4. Discuss why the package is well balanced, whilst also dissecting some potential weaknesses.   
  5. How state government has said it will play a role in speeding up council approvals if needed, which must be obtained prior to signing the build contract.  
  6. Why regional areas and first-time buyers may be the big winners due to the lower value entry points, and the state-based grants and stamp duty benefits already on offer. A close second could be those who were about to embark on a major home renovation. 
  7. The impact this could have on the established property market. We could see a resurgence in home buyers wanting to buy a doer upper home. To do this within the almost 7-month time frame is no mean feat.  
  8. How the economic effects of the stimulus will flow through the broader economy and property market on a macro-economic level and this will mostly be a good news story.  
  9. Why Australia continues to build on its international reputation as a safe haven for the flow of overseas investment and capital which is vital to our economic prosperity as a capital importing nation. This has been reflected in the international willingness to purchase our government bonds, the Aussie dollar and ASX share market. The latter two of which hit 5 month and 3 month-high’s respectively this week.  
  10. And of course, our “gold nuggets”! 

Covid special #10 show notes

Ep 41: Tenants from hell

A good property manager is worth their weight in gold, and equally, so is a good tenant. A great tenant who is happy and obliging will stay in your property for a long time – avoiding long gaps between tenancies, advertising costs for vacancies and loss of rental income. 

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. What makes a good tenant, it’s more than simply paying on time. 
  2. What does a bad tenant look like? A bad tenant is a liability to avoid at all costs.  
  3. Does your property manager stack up? A bad property manager can be worse than a bad tenant.  
  4. The correlation between the quality of property and the quality of tenant. Low socio-economic areas do not necessarily equate with bad tenants.  
  5. How to capture a great tenant. Pricing your rent, asking great questions, arranging open for inspections and knowing your property inside out.  
  6. And of course, our “gold nuggets”! 

Episode 41 show notes

Covid special #9 – The view from the coalface, sentiment and push-pull factors

In the ninth Podcast since Covid-19 took hold, we turned our thoughts to the property market forces at play, how sentiment is increasing as restrictions are easing and what’s on the horizon for property. 

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. Supply of properties on the market continue to remain low, however competition is picking up as more buyers are jumping into the mix.  
  2. The outlook for construction remains uncertain as building and development contracts come to an end, however Government intervention is likely to support new building projects.  
  3. How the downturn has sparked interest in diversification, as we see investors looking for more balance in their portfolios, flocking to assets with a higher yield. Could this be an opportunity to snap up a great capital growth asset while yield focussed properties have higher demand? 
  4. The tried and true fundamentals of property remain the same throughout Covid-19, and that is that quality real estate is holding strong.  
  5. The long-term impact of reduced rents as demand for rentals decreases and supply increases and the sub-markets likely to be impacted the most.  
  6. How the reduction in interest rates is helping to offset many of the negative market forces in play.  

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #9 show notes

Ep 40: Offset accounts – God’s gift to mortgage strategy

This week we return to our podcast episodes recorded prior to Coronavirus. In this episode, we discuss offset accounts, God’s gift to mortgage strategy!

The effective use of offset accounts is one of our Top 5 strategies for creating wealth through property, it greases the wheels of the other mortgage strategies – optimisng tax deductions, ability to hold and accumulate property, money management system, risk management and offset accounts.

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. Optimising tax deductions, how utislising your offset account will help you to save tens of thousands in future tax deductions over your lifetime. 
  2. How offset accounts can help you to hold property you would have otherwise needed to sell. This alone may add $1,000,000 to your bottom line in retirement.  
  3. Calling all upgraders, how you can put your best foot forward and maximise your ability to keep your current home as an investment when you upgrade. 
  4. Why offset accounts and your mortgage strategy are fundamental to your risk management.  Counter intuitively, as we have said for a long time, a lower forced payment allows you to build up more savings via your offsets without costing extra interest, allowing you to build up savings buffers and have additional surplus monthly cash flow.  
  5. The government and banks targeted mortgages during this crisis to help the economy. Great to see the government and banks get on board with our long-held mortgage strategy during a crisis! 
  6. An offset account is not the same as redraw; and misappropriation could not only cost you tax deductions, you might also get in trouble with the ATO! There is a critical difference which confuses many and could cause you to fail the ‘purpose test’. 
  7. How offset accounts provide the platform for your Money Management System  
  8. Many lenders now offer multiple offset accounts that can be linked to the one loan keeping more dollars in your pocket through interest savings and better tracking of your spending.  
  9. Interest earning accounts V offset accountand why an offset account has greater financial benefits to you.  
  10.  Interest only V principal and interest – How your repayment strategy can provide you with choice and flexibility whilst optimising your tax deductions, managing risk, growing your cash savings buffer, and enhancing your ability to keep and accumulate property. Counter intuitively, sometimes paying less is more in the long run – if you are using offset accounts of course.  
  11. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’! 

Episode 40 show notes

Covid special #8 – What’s ahead – the stabilisers, economic factors and what if’s!

In the eighth Podcast since Covid-19 took hold, we turned our thoughts to the property market and the multitude of forces that determine its trajectory. We look at the stabilisers, head winds and yes, even tail winds, despite what the mass media might have you believe!  

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. The seller’s market, how supply and low interest rates are underpinning property values.  
  2. Why auction clearance rates have improved each week for the last three weeks and one noted property market expert with a proven track record is re-calibrating his previous dire predictions for the market.  
  3. Why access to finance is critical to supporting property values, and how lender policies are adjusting given the changing economic situation.  
  4. The forecast for unemployment what this means for the property market.  
  5. The impact of sustained low interest rates on property values based on RBA modelling. 
  6. How property values remained resilient during the early 90’s recession despite unemployment above 10% and the RBA cash rate peaked at a punishing 17.5 per cent.   
  7. An update on relaxed restrictions as state governments begin the process of easing, with kids returning to school and social gatherings back on the agenda.  
  8. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’! 

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #8 show notes

Covid special #7 – Recovery lessons from recent recessions, the great depression, GFC & Spanish Flu – the market forecast

In the seventh Podcast since Covid-19 took hold, we turned our thoughts to the alarmist headlines emerging, warning that the property market will drop by 20-30%. Why in all likelihood that won’t be the case by taking a critical eye to data and forecasting, and jumping in the time machine to look at the economic impact of previous pandemics and recessions on the property market. 

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. Shock headlines that property values will drop by 20-30% and why this is the absolute worst case and unlikely scenario. Why you should be careful what you read, as most headlines are negative clickbait, but the content is positive.  
  2. The view of economists and other respected market forecasters that the property market will only drop by 5-15%. Why we urge you to seek data from credible sources, whose area of expertise and skill set focus on the property market.  
  3. A look at the Spanish Flu, followed by the Great Depression and how the policy and events of the time stack up to our current situation 
  4. Analysing data from Australia’s most recent recessions for insights as to how the property market will fair. The results will surprise you! 
  5. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’! 

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #7 show notes

Covid special #6 – Getting your ducks in a row before the economy opens up!

In the sixth Podcast since Covid-19 took hold, we turned our thoughts to focusing on planning for your next property decision, as the governments start planning for, and implementing, the releasing of some restrictions to begin opening up the economy.

Did you know 10 people can attend an open for inspection in Western Australia now?

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through:

  1. Confidence and market sentiment continue to rise with the data telling us more people are walking, driving and working as two states lift restrictions, with case numbers reducing to zero in a number of states and territories.
  2. Property market economics and how they are different to the broader economy. The property market is expected to bounce back faster, there is a different set of factors at play when it comes to property values V the broader economy and job market.
  3. What stimulus will remain after 6 months, what reform agenda will be rolled out, and what new incentives will be added to drive the economy? Many lender and government initiatives have a timeframe of 6 months, but other incentives and reform will be instigated to underpin property values and buyer demand, while some of the stimulus will remain for some time.
  4. Who are the likely sellers and buyers in today’s market? 
  5. How to get clarity on your next property decision so you are ready to take advantage of buying opportunities! Now is a time for introspection and reflection, ultimately you will fall into one of two camps – people who are happy with their current home and those who wished they were in a different property. We will see many motivated home buyers after this experience who have re-evaluated their lifestyle preferences and canny investors looking to buy before prices rise.
  6. How coronavirus has challenged the mindsets of investors, money management, risk management and lifestyle choices – and why it is a great education opportunity for many home owners and investors.
  7. The importance of money management and planning for the future – Covid-19 is a great example of precisely why we have focused for two decades on managing risk via your mortgage strategy, despite many of the strategies being counter intuitive during the good times. Good money management never goes out of fashion, nor does a sizeable war chest. You never know when you may require a liquidity bridge. It may when you start a family, or it may be when Covid-24 strikes in ten years’ time!
  8. Reverse engineering your price point via your money goals – Setting Money Goals which should determine your property price, strategy and selection. Merely borrowing the maximum available that the lender will provide, without any thought to your monthly surplus cash flow and available funds buffer after you purchase is a great way to get you into trouble, as Covid-19 has amplified.
  9. The Property Planner, Buyer and Professor share what advice they would give their kids, staff and students if they were wondering if they should buy now or wait.  
  10. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’! 

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #6 show notes

Covid special #5 – The green shoots – what are the early signs of market recovery?

In the fifth of our Covid-19 Podcast specials recorded on Monday, we turned our thoughts to focusing on the green shoots, marking the early signs of recovery with the federal and state governments now turning their focus on how we navigate an effective exit of the shutdown, whilst keeping infections low or entirely eradicated. We have seen talk of lifting restrictions, sporting bodies have been working through their plan to get back on the field and elective surgeries are back on the agenda. This adjustment in focus to how we exit successfully has the ability to spur on the initial turn in market sentiment and provide a glimpse into the possibility of opening back up the economy and workplaces.

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through:

  1. What are the tell-tale signs of recovery and a rebound in market sentiment?
  2. Comparing the market forces between last year’s post-election recovery and how the post Covid-19 property market rebound could play out in 2020 and 2021.
  3. Who are the early movers that have the confidence to purchase in a shifting market and are you prepared to take the plunge?
  4. Negative Nellie’s – why the media is focused on predominantly negative outcomes and you should be very selective in who and what you listen to.
  5. The Bull Market of the last two weeks and how the US federal reserve stared down short sellers – how the share markets are a leading indicator of the overall economy (but has the rebound been overly optimistic?), what the US federal reserve did to stave of short selling hedge funds and some education on how the financial markets work.
  6. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’!

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #5 show notes

Covid special #4 – The update for residential and commercial landlords & tenants, vendors, Airbnb and your mortgage strategy!

In the fourth Podcast in our Covid-19 specials recorded on Monday we turned our thoughts to focusing on the impact to landlords, tenants and those selling property. NSW and QLD have released their packages for assistance to landlords and the residential market was rocked last week by Consumer Affairs Victoria announcing that open for inspections for occupied homes would be banned. Victoria has since backtracked and reversed these restrictive regulations yesterday.  

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. Restrictions on landlords – as the state governments enact ‘no evictions’ for non-payment of rent, preventions on rental increases and inspections done via video conference.  
  2. What to do if your tenant is unable to pay rent – if you have a stable income, now is the time to refinance to reduce repayments, get on a lower rate, consolidate debt, access equity to increase your liquidity bridge to get you through to the other side. Be clear on your landlord insurance and what it does or does not cover. Get on the phone with your lender and swap to interest only – ASIC has updated their responsible lending guidelines to allow for this. Repayment pauses are available and should be an option of last resort as most lenders are capitalising interest.  
  3. Tenants who are falling through the cracks – international students, those on temporary visas and people casually employed for less than 12 months do not meet JobKeeper and Jobseeker criteria. 
  4. Regulations for commercial rentals – if your business has been impacted by Covid-19, your rent must be decreased by 50% of the revenue lost, if you have lost more than 30% revenue, with 2 years to make up the difference.  
  5. The longer-term impact to the commercial rental market as businesses successfully work from home.  
  6. Lack of regulation for residential rentals as the rental market takes a dip – landlords encouraged to cut a deal with their tenants and real estate agents left to decide how this process is managed. Anecdotally, rents have decreased by 5-15% due to decreasing demand. On the supply side, Airbnb and other properties which were short-stay rentals are set to come onto the market in droves. 
  7. Increasing difficulty to sell – as Consumer Affairs Victoria has quickly revoked their regulation announced last week that occupied homes could not host open for inspections.  
  8. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’!  

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #4 show notes

Covid special #3 – How to protect your war chest and the market outlook

In the third Podcast in our Covid-19 specials recorded on Monday we turned our thoughts to focusing on what the property market is doing during this period, what it could look like as we come out the other side, and how to proactively protect your financial position through an effective mortgage strategy.  

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. Why we think property values will have a floor put under them during this period, but rental yields may be more precarious. Airbnb was declared illegal in NSW after going to air. Presciently we covered off on how the demand for Airbnb was being decimated and what this and other supply factors will mean to the rental market.
  2. Gearing up for the property rebound as markets open up and how to get yourself ready to be a first mover.  
  3. Calling all upgraders – if you still have a stable income, now would be a great time to upgrade as the higher value properties will see the biggest discounting.
  4. What you can do to protect your financial position during this period. We once again talk through why ‘risk management’ is one of our 5 core mortgage strategies and how you can proactively protect yourself during the proverbial rainy day or months.
  5. “Hot off the press” ASIC allow switching from principal and interest to interest only without completing a full application and financial assessment.
  6. Property prices in all capital cities except Hobart recorded value increases during March but what are some of the nuances with this data?
  7. Flattening the curve and the light at the end of the tunnel – we’ve gone from a peak of 28% increase in infections, and we are now down at 2%-3% in the last two days. These are the trigger points that economists are looking for to signal economic recovery. Despite some of the horrific news, many of the worst hit nations appear to have reached their peak and the number of infections are starting to decelerate.  As a result, we’ve seen more stability across the share markets over the world in recent days, including USA and Australia.
  8. How agent behaviour will change towards buyers  with agents facilitating inspections individually and how agents will be more particular with who they sell property to.
  9. Be wary of the mortgage repayment pause because your interest could be capitalising which means you will have a greater debt at the of the period.
  10. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’!  

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #3 show notes

Covid special #2 – Property, economic and policy implications and ideas, & why now is the best time in history to refinance! 

We recorded the second Podcast in the space of five days of our Covid-19 specials on Monday to keep you updated with some of the latest news, as we assist you to navigate the rapidly changing property, financial and economic landscape. On this day, the share market had its biggest jump in 40 years with the expectation of the $130b government package which was announced that night. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also took his state into Stage 3 lockdown.   

In this episode David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through: 

  1. The unaddressed impact to landlords – as the Government announces no evictions for tenants who can’t pay rent but is yet to decide on how to support landlords beyond the bank’s assistance. 
  2. We suggest ideas for how to assist self-funded retirees relying on rental income – whose income level have dropped below the standard pension.    
  3. Why now is the best time in history to refinance to proactively manage risk and cash flow. Risk management has always been one of our five mortgage strategies, well prior to the Covid-19 contagion. The strategies have always been counter intuitive because they include a larger loan limit, lower minimum repayment and using offset accounts for surplus funds. Each strategy amounts to a bigger buffer when supported by an effective money management system. This all leads to flexibility for emergencies, such as right now for many. 
  4. The implications of the pending government stimulus package for businesses and those who have lost their jobs and how business owners can approach the situation of declining revenue. 
  5. Why you should spend (appropriately) if you have a safe job and a large buffer to keep the economy moving and Australian’s in jobs. Every dollar spent helps pay a wage somewhere.  
  6. The problem v the solution – The big philosophical question that has no perfect answer, but everyone has an opinion on. At what point does the economic shutdown leave a longer lasting negative impact from a health and financial perspective than the effects of the virus? 
  7. Flattening the curve – how the daily percentage rate of infections has reduced and what we can do to continue this trajectory. 
  8. Lockdown, what does Stage 3 and Stage 4 actually mean? 
  9. Property market update – how the market is expected to stay relatively consistent for sought after property, as seen at the coal face with a slump in sellers and buyers. But there are sprinklings of opportunities to purchase at a discount as some people are forced to sell.  
  10. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’ to get you through this period. 

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #2 show notes

Covid special #1 – How to build your liquidity bridge to the other side

We recorded a special Covid-19 Podcast yesterday to keep all of our listeners updated with some of the latest news, as we attempt to navigate the rapidly changing financial and property market landscape.  In this special episode  

Cate, Peter and Dave take you through: 

  1. A detailed update on the status of the financial markets as they are lead indicators for what is ahead and help us to look beyond the near-term. In the last few days, we have seen a significant share market rebound off the back of the US $2trillion (USD) stimulus package, including the single largest day jump in history in the US. 
  2. A historical stock market comparison. We provide perspective as to how well the market is holding up, in comparison to other key periods in history.  
  3. How the Shanghai stock exchange has fallen and recovered. 
  4. Information about the government stimulus package. 
  5. The support being provided to SME’s, the temporarily unemployed and vulnerable consumers.  
  6. The vital role the banks are playing, with great assistance from the RBA, including reducing interest rates and buying up bonds to keep rates low. 
  7. How YOU can build your own bridge of liquidity through to the other side.   
  8. Real-life examples of the impact on landlords and renters. 
  9. And of course, our ‘gold nuggets’ to get you through this period. 

We hasten to say that first and foremost, Covid-19 is a major public health issue, that has severely impacted economic activity, essentially due to the lack of personal mobility.   

The resounding message is that this is temporary. The reality is that Covid-19 will have an end date. Once mobility resumes, the economy will resume, and in all likelihood, at a faster rate than ever in history.  

Let’s each build our liquidity bridge and support one another, SME businesses and owner’s, as the largest employer of Australians, those who are temporarily out of work, and the vulnerable on our way through to the other side.  

We wish you and your families the best of health and say a big thank you to all our health workers during this time. 

Covid special #1 show notes

Ep 39: Why Sydney and Melbourne outperform

Today’s episode is all about what the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Phillip Lowe has called ‘superstar cities’ – Sydney and Melbourne. 

What is it about these two cities that give them ‘superstar’ status, drawing international attention and capital growth acclaim? 

In episode 39, we discuss “Why Sydney and Melbourne outperform” 

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through the reasons why Sydney and Melbourne are leaders in median capital growth, why diversification is still a critical factor in your property strategy and how property selection can put you a cut above the rest.  

Episode 39 show notes

Ep 38: Are you being true to your new year’s resolution?

How are you tracking with your new year’s property resolutions?
Statistics show that less than 1 in 10 people keep their new year’s resolutions.
Sure, after the celebrations and holidays are over, life can get in the way. Getting back to the grind can get you stuck in the mud. But if your resolutions involved an element of property planning or wealth creation, you are doing yourself a disservice by not following through.
In episode 38, we discuss “Are you being true to your new year’s resolution?”
Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through why investors make new year’s resolutions, tips for planning and setting your goals, and what you can do to stay on track to achieving them.

Episode 38 show notes

Ep 37: Needing to sell property too soon – No.7 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes

Did you know that purchasing three homes and selling your first two over your property journey can equate to a financial loss of 10% of your lifetime earnings? 

You work too hard to throw away that kind of money!   

In episode 37, we discuss “Needing to sell property too soon” – No. 7 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes.    

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through the causes that trigger a premature decision to sell, how you can maximise your ability to hold property and how selling properties can impact your bottom line during the ‘flexibility stage of life’. 

Episode 37 show notes

Ep 36: Buying the wrong property and/or the wrong location – No.6 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes

It’s time to play a game of “which would you rather?” 

An investment property with a great floor plan and a daggy fit-out or a freshly renovated dwelling with living areas located in places that make you scratch your head?  

A location under a flight path but close to the CBD, or away from a flight path, but further away from the city? 

In episode 36, we discuss “Buying the wrong property and/or the wrong location” – No.6 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes.   

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through what exactly is a ‘wrong’ location and property, tips that will help you spot a winning location, pocket, street and property, and many of the key questions to ask yourself about what you’re willing to compromise on. Because unfortunately, compromise is inevitable. No properties will rate as a 100/100.  

Episode 36 show notes

Ep 35: Emotional decision making – No.5 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes

In this episode, we tackle the art and science of recognising and removing emotions when purchasing a property. When we are not thinking objectively, we risk making poor impulsive decisions. In the property game, this can mean purchasing an under-performing asset, losing money, having to start all over again and regretting the home you have chosen for yourself. 

So how do emotions impact our judgement and decision making?  

This question has been explored in great depth in the last couple of decades, so much so that ‘Judgement and Decision Making’ has now been reduced to an acronym, JDM, in the world of social science.  

Take a listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through the property related causes of emotional decision making, how you can detach yourself to make objective decisions and the emotional biases that we all have.  

Episode 35 show notes

Ep 34: No mortgage strategy – No.4 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes

How does an extra cool million $$ sound for your retirement?

Or how about a war chest that will get you through any battle life throws at you?

An effective Mortgage strategy can make this difference for you, but it is the least understood discipline of finance professionals.

Why is that, when for most people, it’s your largest expense? Ever.

In episode 34, we discuss “No mortgage strategy” – No.4 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes.

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through why mortgage strategy is vital to create wealth and protect your downside.

Episode 34 show notes

Ep 33: Starting without a plan and end goal – No.3 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes 

Have you ever done a long-distance run with a blindfold on?

It takes longer, you come across bumps and collect some bruises on the way.

Not very effective if you’d like to cross the finish line in one piece Or at all.

Yet many people buy property without a plan or clear idea of where they want to end up. This is the property equivalent of getting into the starting blocks with the blindfold on.

Which brings us to number 3 of our 7 critical mistakes.

In episode 33, we discuss “Starting without a plan and an end goal” – No.3 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes.

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through why planning is critical to success, the mistakes to avoid when putting together your plan and the misconceptions that trap property investors.

Episode 33 show notes

Ep 32: Misunderstanding what makes a good property investment – No.2 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes 

Give me one dollar and I’ll give you 35 cents back. Doesn’t sound like a great deal does it? In fact, it sounds like you’ve been cheated.

Yet property spruikers will point to tax deductions as a reason to invest. In their property. That they are trying to sell you. Which they make a margin on. At your expense.

The ability to claim a tax deduction is certainly a benefit, but it should never be the primary reason for investing.

And it definitely does NOT mean that the property you are purchasing is a quality investment.

In episode 32, we discuss “Misunderstanding what makes a good property investment” – No.2 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes.

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through examples of the wrong reasons behind why some people invest in property.

Episode 32 show notes

Ep 31: Get rich quick schemes – No.1 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes

We all love the idea of a get rich quick scheme. Just imagine planting some money, growing it in abundance and next week you’re off on holiday… indefinitely.

Most of us understand that in reality, that’s not how things work.

In fact, get rich quick schemes are commonly a great way to lose your money.

In episode 31, we discuss “Get rich quick schemes” – No.1 of the top 7 Critical Mistakes.

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through the schemes to look out for, why higher returns demand higher risk and why if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Episode 31 show notes

Ep 30: Money Management – 7 steps to success   

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.

Episode 30 show notes

Ep 29: Congenial negotiation tactics and how to apply them in the right situation  

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.  

Episode 29 show notes

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

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 hats 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.  

Episode 28 show notes

Ep 27: How many properties do you need to retire wealthy?  

The magic number.  

There are many voices and opinions which will tell you that you need to amass as much property as you can over your life time.  

We’ll let you in on a secret – in the property game, it’s often the case that less is more!  

In episode 27, we dissect “How many properties do you need to retire wealthy?”. 

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through why 2 to 5 properties is the optimal number for most Australians, why quality trumps quantity and the danger of taking the advice of property spruikers

Episode 27 show notes

Ep 26: The different property types that you can spend your hard earned cash on

Property – it’s a veritable panacea for reaching any of your financial or lifestyle goals.  

But not all property is created equally. Property comes in many different shapes and sizes, purposes and potentials.  

The key is knowing what type of property asset is the smartest buy to align with your long-term goals.  

In episode 26, we dissect “The different property types that you can spend your hard earned cash on”. 

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through the ins and outs of residential property, as well as the risks and rewards of commercial investment opportunities.  

Episode 26 show notes

Ep 25: Why is property a good asset class to invest in?

Leaving aside those who invest in vintage cars or antiques, the vast majority of Australian’s will make a choice between investing in propertyshares or a combination of both.   

There’s no doubt that the key to retiring comfortably is to make good investment choices throughout your working life.  

So, what’s inside your investment portfolio? 

In episode 25, we dissect “Why is property a good asset class to invest in”. 

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through why property is perceived as a reliable investment, the pitfalls that you don’t get with shares and the need for diversification 

Episode 25 show notes

Ep 24: How mortgage strategy shapes your ability to hold property, and grow your wealth for decades into the future!

It’s widely known that getting a low interest rate can save you hundreds and thousands of dollars over your life time. What most people don’t get is how an effective mortgage strategy can make you hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more, over the same period.

In episode 24, we dissect “How mortgage strategy shapes your ability to hold property, and grow your wealth for decades into the future!”.

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through the mortgage strategies that if you get right, will empower you to grow your wealth through holding property rather than selling.

Selling property that could have been held through better planning is the biggest property regret most people have in life!

So, take a listen as the team unpack why your mortgage strategy needs to come first, before selecting the lender and a great interest rate!

Episode 24 show notes

Ep 23: How property and market trends have changed over the decades

Get ready to jump in the time machine and explore Australia’s transition through the decades. Learn how our approach to living has been impacted by the fortunes and growth of our nation.

The team cover Victorians to Edwardian’s, pre—war to post war, art-deco to villa units, toilets separate to the house to alfresco dining, split level living, formal dining rooms, McMansions and everything in between.

It’s clear to see that changes in property trends have mostly boiled down to three things – evolutions in wealth, transport and jobs.

In episode 23, we dissect “How property and market trends have changed over the decades”

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through the changes that have shaped the property market, how our view of ideal living has evolved over time, and we gaze through the crystal ball for a glimpse at the future.

Episode 23 show notes

Ep 22: Why the family home is often the biggest piece of the investment puzzle

We all have a picture in our heads of what our ideal home looks like.  

For most of us, chasing our ideal home can be akin to chasing a unicorn. Unless you have a bottomless pocket, compromises will need to be made (particularly if you’re a first home buyer). 

In episode 22, we dissect “Why the family home is commonly the biggest piece of the investment puzzle. 

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through why you should treat your home as your greatest investment, the compromises you should plan for and the critical mistakes to avoid!  

Episode 22 show notes

Ep 21: Why price point should determine location and strategy

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”  

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos take you through how to get at your true price point, the compromises you need to make peace with and the critical mistakes to avoid.  

Episode 21 show notes

Ep 20: Bidding tactics 101

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. 

Episode 20 show notes

Ep 19: TIME IN the market v TIMING the market

Should you use the crystal ball to determine where we sit in the economic and market cycle OR 

Should you purchase quality property when it suits your own personal economy? 

In episode 19, we dissect “TIME IN the market v TIMING the market” and the evidence is very clear, the odds are stacked heavily in one direction. Which is it and why? 

Take a listen as the Property Professor takes you through his analysis across each capital city over an extended period of time, and the team dissect it with a fine-tooth comb! 

So, grab your vanilla slice and fruit mince pies (as Peter did before the episode), sit back and relax as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos break down the dataexpose the upside, risks and poor outcomes on this age-old topic! 

Episode 19 show notes

Ep 18: When to hold and when to fold!

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 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!”  

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos, take you through the considerations before making a decision to sellthe strategies to get right to avoid selling and their own stories of folding too soon.  

PS – Be sure to stick around to hear the trio singing Kenny Roger’s Gambler! 

Episode 18 show notes

Ep 17: Valuations 101 

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.

Episode 17 show notes

Ep 16: Unpacking land to asset ratio

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, we 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!  

Episode 16 show notes

Ep 15: Why you must keep clear of properties banks don’t like!

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 of 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. 

Listen as David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos, take you through what property locations and dwelling types the banks turn down and why the banks put restrictions on certain properties in the first place. It may just save you from making a big mistake. The last thing you want is to be left high and dry without finance and a dud asset 

As if purchasing a property wasn’t stressful enough! 

Episode 15 show notes

Ep 14: How to choose a location for investment – what to look for and what to avoid

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.

Episode 14 show notes

Ep 13: How age and stage of life can impact your property plan and selection

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 life stage can impact a property strategy”

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.

Episode 13 show notes

Ep 12: Property Cycle Management – why now is always the best time to buy if it suits your personal economy and you have a long-term property plan

The media hype around timing the property market can lead to indecisions and paralysis by analysis that can be the huge killer of wealth creation. You may ask yourself what if property prices fall? Do you ask yourself what if they keep going up?

In our 12th episode, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect “Property cycle management – why now is always the best time to buy if it suits your personal economy and you have a long-term property plan.”

Listen to David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos as they take you through market cycles, the catalysts behind market movements and how to deal with a downturn.

Episode 12 show notes

Ep 11: Small time development – How it can work for you, but is it a risk worth taking?

Everywhere you go, new townhouses and apartments are springing up in droves. Does that mean you should be getting in on the action and become a small-time developer?

In our 11th episode, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect “Small time development – how it can work for you, but is it a risk worth taking”?

Listen to David Johnston, Cate Bakos and Peter Koulizos as they take you through where to begin if you’re interested in property development, the inherent risks and of course, setting your strategy before going on the hunt for a viable site.

Episode 11 – show notes

Ep 10: Why your approach and assessment of risk is paramount to property success!

How do you frame risk when making property, mortgage and money decisions?

What risk management strategies do you have in place within your property plan, mortgage and property selection strategies to minimise your downside while optimising the upside?

It can be a tricky balancing act.

In our tenth episode, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect “Why your approach and assessment of risk is paramount to property success”, and if done poorly, how it can lead you up the garden path!

Episode 10 – show notes

Ep 9: Why your mortgage strategy is more important than your interest rate?

Do you have a mortgage strategy for your largest expense in your lifetime – or have you focused on a short-term win – your interest rate?

What if I told you that you can have the best of both worlds, a great mortgage strategy AND interest rate!

In our ninth episode, the Property Planner, Buyer and Professor dissect “Why your mortgage strategy is more important than your interest rate”.

This isn’t simply about paying down your mortgage faster. Everyone understands that!

Episode 9 – show notes

Ep 8: Interpreting data to uncover an outstanding property and location– and how to sort the gold from the lies, damn lies and statistics!

In our eighth episode, and now on our own Podcast channel, our Property Planner, Buyer and Professor will be discussing how to sort the data ‘gold’ from the lies, when it comes to property and location data analysis.

Data can provide great insights, but it will never give you the full picture.

One of the key errors a property investor can make is hanging your hat on data. You need to be careful that you are not the artist painting the canvas with the data and statistics that tell you the story you want to hear!

Listen to our three experts as they dissect the different types of data, data providers and the way the information can be sliced and diced!

Ep 7: How to assess and select property like an A-grade Buyer’s Agent

In our seventh episode, “How to select property like an A-grade buyer’s agent”, our Property Planner, Buyer and Professor will be discussing:

1.The keys to selecting quality assets – whether you are purchasing a home or investment.
2.Why a bargain may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
3.Critical traps that could mislead you on your property hunt – and how to avoid them!

Ep 6: What determines your Property Strategy

In our sixth episode, “What determines your Property Strategy”, our Property Planner, Buyer and Professor will be discussing:

1. How do you decide whether your next purchase will be lifestyle or investment?
2. What is your financial return focus? And how does this apply to you when purchasing a home?
3. Are you provisioning for future plans?
4. Do you know how many properties will be required in your portfolio to enable you to meet your goals?
5. How your Mortgage Strategy is a critical element in helping you achieve your Property Strategy.
6. Typical mistakes and how to avoid them!

Ep 5: The lifestyle vs Investment conundrum

In this podcast our Property Planner, Buyer and Professor delve beyond the numbers and answer the lifestyle questions behind property strategies and decision-making. Often, it’s not all black and white when it comes to property planning and buying, and the team will show you why.

Ep 4: How to develop your own Property Plan – start with the end in mind!

In this podcast our Property Planner, Buyer and Professor discusses about the three steps to developing a successful Property Plan!

Step 1) Plan
Step 2) Strategy
Step 3) Select.

Ep 3: Meet the Property Professor, Peter Koulizos

This podcast is dedicated to meeting the Property Professor, Peter Koulizos who will provide his insights and philosophy on why Property Selection is so vital to your financial success!

Ep 2: Meet the Property Buyer, Cate Bakos

This podcast is dedicated to meeting the Property Buyer, Cate Bakos who will provide her insights and philosophy on why Property Selection is so vital to your financial success!

Ep 1: Meet the Property Planner, David Johnston

Our first episode provide an insight into the Property Planner, David Johnston, the company he founded in 2004, and why he passionately believes that we all should have a Property Plan to navigate our lifetime’s property decisions so that we all can create our ideal lifestyle.

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The Property Planner – David Johnston

David is the Managing Director of Property Planning Australia which he started way back in 2004.

He is the author of ‘How to Succeed with Property to Create your Ideal Lifestyle; and ‘Property for Life – Using Property to Plan Your Financial Future’ published by Wiley and regular media commentator. 

David’s company educates and empowers professionals to create their own personalised Property Plan supported by the four pillars of property education, mortgage strategy, money management and risk management.

He passionately believes in fiercely independent advice and the company provides what he calls ‘pure planning’.

They are the only property advisory firm to earn no fees from buying or selling property, or selling any investment, insurance or super products.

Connect with David Johnston and Property Planning Australia:

The Property Buyer – Cate Bakos

Cate lives and breathes Victorian property and commenced her career in real estate after establishing her own portfolio over two decades ago.

Specialising in investment property selection and assisting home buyers with a pragmatic edge to what is otherwise a very emotive task, Cate’s passion and rigour has aided over one thousand property buyers to date.

Her regular blogs, media contributions and her book “Successful Property Investment” are a testament to the fact that Cate’s commitment to her industry is unstoppable

Winning 2018’s #1 National Buyer’s Agent of the Year Award marked a high watermark for Cate.

Connect with Cate Bakos

The Property Professor – Peter Koulizos

Peter holds a teaching degree, Graduate Diploma in Property, Masters of Business (Property) and Master of Urban & Regional Planning. Peter is currently the Program Director of the Master of Property at Adelaide University. He is also the Coordinator of the Property and Share Investment courses at TAFE SA. Peter has been teaching in real estate and investment for over 20 years.

Peter researches property markets around the nation, looking for the best suburbs to invest in each capital city. He has published two books; “The Property Professor’s Top Australian Suburbs” and more recently “Property vs Shares”.

Peter also personally invests/develops property and currently holds several properties.

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