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Cam McLellan

Is capital growth the key to financial freedom?

By Cam McLellan

Having savings in the bank simply isn't enough to build wealth. So how can investing in property get you on the road to financial freedom, and how much is enough?

Blogger: Cam McLellan, CEO, OpenCorp

Life lesson

The first question I asked myself when I wanted to build wealth was:"How much is enough?"

Here’s how I found the answer.

When I was 23, I scored a job that more than doubled my salary from $40,000 to $100,000. As a young man, I felt this was heaps of money. But after a whole year on my ‘huge’ salary, I realised I hadn’t saved an extra cent.

This is so common, I think it’s the Aussie way of life. However much we earn, we fund lifestyles rather than save. And that’s no way to build wealth.

Getting real

Once I realised I wasn’t saving enough to become wealthy, I started looking at ways to achieve financial freedom. Back then, I just wanted to supplement my $100,000 income. So I narrowed my options to:

  • Saving
  • Cash-flow-positive property
  • Growth property

No saving me

The previous year had proven I couldn’t save my way to financial freedom, so the saving option was out.

I knew property was a good option for achieving financial freedom. But when I looked at cash-flow-positive property (where returns exceed expenses), I realised my poor saving record would also shoot me in the foot.

You see, even if I got a property to earn me $400/month clear, I knew I’d just blow it on a bigger lifestyle. I was never going to save it, duplicate my portfolio and substitute my $100,000 income.

And so, unless that property also experienced growth, I’d just be spinning my (ever more exotic) wheels. So cash-flow-positive property was out.

I realised then that growth property was the best option for me to achieve that $100,000.

Growing up

Let’s look at that in today’s figures, assuming an average $500,000 growth property price and a (conservative) annual price growth of eight per cent.

Remember, I earn $100,000 and want $100,000 per year coming in to replace that.

3 x $500,000 properties = $1,500,000 value.

8 per cent growth x $1,500,000 = $120,000 per year.

By buying three growth properties, I make $120,000 on average once growth occurs. That’s $20,000 more than my goal. But that money isn’t for me to spend on cars or lifestyle. That money is growing my equity base that I can use to duplicate my portfolio and get more and more growth on it.

Unlike the savings and cash-flow-positive property options, the growth property option gives me cake to eat. Great. So when do I eat?!

Well, once I exercise the patience to duplicate my growth property portfolio several times, I become wealthy enough to buy the cake factory. And have as much as I damn well want. That’s why growth property is the way to true wealth.

Once you get going with growth property, the sky isn’t the limit – the limit is up to you. And so, the answer to the great question: how much is enough?

As much as you want!

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Cam McLellan

Cam McLellan

Director of OpenCorp, Cam McLellan is committed to sharing his passion and property investment knowledge with everyday Australians.

After thriving in the telecommunications, technology and recruitment sectors and making six BRW Lists in 8 years, alongside accomplished OpenCorp. entrepreneurs Matthew Lewison and Allister Lewison, founded OpenCorp. eight years ago.

Cam started investing in real estate at a young age and quickly mastered the art of building sustainable wealth. He has used the same wealth building strategy to develop a multi-million dollar business, sharing his knowledge and skill with ordinary Australians. Cam has personally bought, sold and developed numerous properties and has an extensive residential and commercial investment portfolio.

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Dominique unpacks how, by relying on her background in law, she was able to overcome that debt and in doing so develop a unique investment strategy which she believes many can utilise today.

Dominique discusses distressed properties, and how she goes about finding them in order to buy property well below market value. She shares the process of identifying distressed properties as well as the controversy surrounding this buying method.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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More than just bricks and mortar, experts often regard property investment as a ‘game of finance’. As such, a good finance strategy can lead any investor to success.

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Getting finance approved in this tightening lending environment

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