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Debt – the good and the bad

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It’s a four letter word – debt – but not necessarily a bad one. If used wisely, the rewards can be significant; approached unwisely, the results can be calamitous.


If financial freedom is something to which you aspire, a good understanding of the right approach to debt is a must.

Certainly, the single biggest mistake any one can make is approaching every debt as equal. In fact, some debts are considered ‘good’ and other are considered ‘bad’.

Good debts are those that have been used to invest in an appreciating asset, such as property. Taking out a home loan can be a great way to leverage your existing cash and build your personal wealth.

Bad debts on the other hand are those that have been procured to fund depreciating items that don’t add any real value to your financial situation, such as a car or a holiday.

The first step towards financial freedom is eliminating bad debt. The interest charged on such debts, for instance personal loans and credit cards, isn’t tax deductible and unlike the interest on some ‘good’ debts, it will continue to grow as time goes by.

It may be tempting to ‘just put it on the credit card’, but this common call can be a recipe for disaster.

By eliminating bad debt, you’ll be in the best position to expand your investment portfolio or buy that new home you’ve been dreaming of.

If, unfortunately, you boast a rather large number of high interest bad debts that you cannot pay off easily, it may be worth consolidating these debts into one.

This may mean you can secure a single, lower interest rate. Even if you can’t, you will still only have to manage one lot of loan repayments as opposed to a whole plethora of bills.

To tackle your bad debt head on and get your financial future on track, here are a few tips for you to follow:

TIP 1: Just stop. Cut up your credit cards and avoid adding any new bad debt to your load.

TIP 2: Draw up for yourself a weekly or monthly budget so you can account for every dollar.

TIP 3: Pay off the most expensive debt first.

TIP 4: Make extra repayments as often as you can. TIP 5: Limit spending to necessities only. Motivate yourself to do this by setting a timeline and reward yourself for sticking to it.

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Will Magee has had ambitions to enter into the Australian property market for quite some time, but it has been more than just finances holding him back.  Having been granted permanent residency just two weeks ago, Will is wasting no time and is now in the process of signing papers and finding his first investment property.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Will joins host Phil Tarrant to share why he is purchasing his first property in partnership with his brother, discuss the complications that can arise from such a strategy, and unpack the ongoing plan for building a joint property portfolio with his brother.

Will will also share how they approached saving for their first property, why he is taking out the mortgage in his name exclusively, and share their savings plan for the year ahead.

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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Median house prices in regional Victoria outperformed that of Melbourne in the June quarter, the latest REIV figures reveal. 

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Median house prices in the regions rose 4.0 per cent to $419,500 but in Melbourne they dipped by 0.6 of a percentage point to $840,000.

The result in Melbourne was due to a 0.8 of a percentage point fall in prices achieved at auction; this was despite a lift of 2.3 per cent in private sales.

Inner Melbourne suffered due to auction prices, where median prices fell by 4.9 per cent to $1,459,000 but it was middle Melbourne that was hardest hit, with a 5.4 per cent drop to $974,500.

Outer Melbourne had a good quarter with the median rising by 0.5 of a percentage point to $681,000.

Apartment prices in regional Victoria grew by 3.7 per cent to $304,500 while the metro media was up by 0.5 of a percentage point to $604,000.

REIV President Richard Simpson said that despite fewer sales, many sectors of the market were performing well.

“2017 was a bumper year and while the trendline has flattened, despite the fall in median house prices in the June quarter, median prices are still up this calendar year for both houses and units, in Melbourne and in the regions,” Mr Simpson said. 

In particular there was been strong growth in regional centres which is probably due to the first-home buyers’ concessions said Mr Simpsons.

“The first-home buyers’ concession has been a boon for regional areas. A new entrant to the property market buying a house at the regional median will pay no stamp duty, while a first home buyer of an apartment in Melbourne at the median price would pay stamp duty of nearly $25,000,” he said.

Mr Simpson said that more prospective buyers are looking towards regional Victoria which is also having an effect in Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s outer perimeter continues to grow. Small increases in the June quarter mean that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

Mr Simpson said moving forward that vendors need more realistic expectations as the highs of 2017 are now over.

“Negative chatter about the future of the sector coupled with stronger lending controls by financial institutions has created some uncertainty and vendors need to be realistic with their price expectations,” Mr Simpson said.

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If Mark Hodge’s face looks familiar to you it could be because of his time working as a professional entertainer which saw him working with the Australian ballet, appearing on multiple seasons of Dancing with the Stars and touring in musical theatre for 17 years. What you may not know is that Mark is also heavily involved in the short-term property rental marketspace.

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Mark will also address the common concerns, discuss what his company Maisonnets specialise in and unpack how they are making the process of filling short term rentals easier for investors.

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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