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The keys to successfully managing a large portfolio

By Bianca Dabu
A key with three houses attached to it

Dealing with the complexities of multiple-property portfolios can prove overwhelming to some people, but accountant and investor Munzurul Khanbelieves that the key to success lies in education and delegation.

According to the principal at Keshab Chartered Accountant, investors must, first and foremost, "get their hands dirty" and learn every single step that they want to take to achieve their goals.

"It's about being hands-on involved, and it's about ... understanding the game through feeling the game," he said. 

"I would say [to] any new investor who comes in that, initially, it’s rather important. Stay involved. Start with yourself so that you get involved with absolutely every single step and you learn it, and along the way, the delegation will naturally come in."

As you learn the twists and turns of property investment, Munzurul advises to avoid thinking that your way is the only way.

Success in property investment also entails finding the right people to rely on in terms of helping you make the right decisions to move your journey further forward.

"I look back — 17 years, right? I was ... an absolute control maniac, if I may, that I used to control every single decision," he shared. 

"But then I very quickly realised that, 'Hang on, that's a little bit immature and not as wise as it should be.' So I started to relax a bit. I started to see the bigger picture."

The accountant-investor added: "I reached a level of saying that time has become such a demand, that because I don't get around to it, the opportunity cost has become far too high; rather than having one cost indication, we should be really getting about three indication, [but] we only get one because we don't have time.

"I don't have the time to take a step back, look into it from a strategy perspective. This is where I've brought in someone."

Michael Johnson, who's also an integral part of Phil's financial team, believes that having a team around an investor can give him a clear perspective on what exactly is happening in his portfolio—a good "bird's-eye view" through worksheets and other neat files.

"If we don't have that, we're sort of just running in the dark," Michael said, "but if we've got this clear view of what's happening—this is performing, this is not performing as well, those indicators—then we can take action."

Having such "education and delegation" mindset has helped Phil make use of his time more efficiently, particularly for other income-generating efforts.

As a sophisticated property investor, he understands that he does not have to make all decisions on his own, and part of his success is learning to build an effective system of working together with his financial team.

"I have a lot more time and my time is more valuable doing other things which are more income-generating-orientated. That's the number one point," he said.

"Number two point: Things get slowed down if I was involved with it, so now a lot more things happen faster because I've got someone looking after this component for me.

"And number three: Opportunities are now able to be realised quickly because we actually have great, better capabilities to deliver to banks and lenders or my broker the information they need in order to secure me finance."

Tune in to The Smart Property Investment Show's special episode on Phil Tarrant's 11-property portfolio to know more about the realities of managing a large portfolio and some worst-case "what if?" scenarios.

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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.

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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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Melbourne
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