The 4 Rules of creating wealth through property
The most important part of successfully investing in property is the organisation of your money. By getting control of your income and personal mortgage, getting debt reduction and money control happening, you can confidently launch into property investment. We teach our clients to separate their personal side from the investment side and build a property investment portfolio. Many investors fail from the financial pressure when the rental property expenses and income flow in and out of their personal accounts. By managing their investments and not having the holding costs affect their personal income, our clients increase their wealth, without decreasing their lifestyle.
There is quite a difference to wealth creation by buying new properties instead of old. Over the years, the drain on cash flow from constant maintenance and repairs of old properties can really hold back your ability to buy more investment properties. However by buying new property, the benefits are not only increased cash flow but also being able to attract better tenants. And importantly, the bonus of receiving tax deductions from depreciation. With all of these financial benefits, you are able to go from negatively geared to positively geared much faster, thus enabling you the freedom to grow more quickly.
Interest only loans always spark debate in both the home owner and property investment circles. We use interest only loans but pay extra, assisting in massive debt reduction against your home mortgage. Most clients reduce their debts in record amounts –more than $30-$40,000 in the first year. On the investment side there are big benefits. Interest is tax deductible, principal payments aren’t. It’s easier to manage the investment holding costs if you minimize the cost of payments during the ‘negatively geared’ period. As the property goes up in value, so does the rental income. The property should go from negatively geared to positively geared and then the extra rent reduces the investment debt. So it is all about the timing, and maximizing the tax. deductions.
Over the past 100 years, Australian property has grown in value on average 10% pa. It’s not 10% every year, it works in cycles, usually 2 or 3 years of really good growth, 5 or 6 of flat and a couple of years of negative growth or retraction; meaning that a property can have flat or even negative growth over an 8 year period. The property growth cycle is often debated, but history shows this as fact. Though no one has a crystal ball for the future. There are many benefits of keeping property – you incur buying costs only once, and pay no commissions on selling or capital gains tax. But by selling, taking profit and buying again you maximise the costs and minimise the profits. These costs can equate to $50 or $60,000 even before capital gains tax. By not selling, this money can be utilized as equity to purchase more property, and your existing property continues to grow as well as the new one.
The 7 Things (About Money) I wish I’d learned at school…
That would have made me a millionaire by the age of 25!
  1. Where to go for advice Most people go to a bank for advice on the right bank accounts and loans to have. A bit of a laugh really when you consider their profit margins. It’s like asking the mouse where to put the cheese! I wish I had been taught to ask someone who has money the best way of handling it.
  2. Credit cards are like fast cars A fast car driven recklessly is dangerous, but treated correctly it isn’t. Credit cards are the same. Most of us just use them to help the banks, but you can turn the tables and use the banks money for free and use your money to reduce your interest. This secret could have saved me thousands!
  3. More organised = more money!! It is a fact that if you get organised with your money, you have more of it. Bills get paid on time, you don’t waste precious money on fines, fees and overdue payments, and you make your money work for you instead of against you. A cash management program accelerates your debt reduction and wealth creation.
  4. You can make compound interest work for you or against you Saving to buy something instead of borrowing can halve the price you pay for most items. This sounds boring to us in this ‘have it now’ world, however, compound interest working for you instead of for the loan company saves you thousands. I wish someone had told me that ‘interest free’ isn’t free at all. The interest has been tacked onto the price – ask for the ‘cash’ price and see.
  5. Debt consolidation can be your best friend or your worst enemy Consolidating credit card and consumer debt onto your home loan can reduce your repayments each month and lower the amount of interest you pay. I wish I had been told to use this extra money to then reduce the home loan much faster, and not fall into the same trap again and again – burning up precious equity that could have been used for investing.
  6. The power of separating your life from investments There are 1.7 million people in Australia who invest in property, less than 2 per cent get to five properties or more. Why? They don’t keep their personal and investment money separate. I wish I had learned the key to successful investing and stress-free living was to keep these sides quite separate from each other.
  7. Don’t assume a home loan is a long term debt I wish I had been taught that a home loan doesn’t have to be a stone around my neck for 25 years, or best case, if I paid weekly or fortnightly, 17 years. What most people don’t know is that handled correctly, a mortgage should be paid off in five to seven years just by doing your banking differently.

Chris is going to cover each of the 7 things about money over the next seven editions of Wealthy & Wise starting with…
The one thing I always mention is, be careful who you take advice from. And it isn,t just the bad guys you have to worry about. Friends and Family: I see more damage done by family and friends in their effort to ‘protect you’ from making mistakes. They care, but often have only heard horror stories and don’t want to see you make similar mistakes. Banks: Many people go to their bank to find out how to set up their loans and what they should borrow etc. Unfortunately, it is like asking the mouse where to put the cheese isn’t it? The banks make huge profits by making sure they teach their employees to advise their clients how to do their banking to suit them, to maintain the highest levels of debt for the longest period of time. Think about the person who is behind the counter giving you advice on how to make money. Consider what he or she earns and owns and then decide if they are qualified to tell you how to become wealthy. Financial Planners: Now I tread carefully … I was a financial planner for 10 years 1990 – 2000. I was considered a very successful planner and specialised in retirement planning, so I am not saying this without knowledge and experience. Financial planners are restricted on what they can advise on, and most are unable to give any advice on property. All I will say is during that time I didn’t meet many financial planners who were wealthy…. I will leave it at that. Accountants: Still treading carefully! There are great accountants out there that give great tax advice! But there are also many who really are just bean counters. It isn’t really the industry for excitement and entrepreneurs. So, before you take property advice from an accountant – other than how to maximize your deductions – ask them how many investment properties they have. If it isn’t many, or worse none, be careful about taking property investment advice from them. So before taking advice from anyone, look at who they are and what they have and if that is where you want to be – take their advice. If they don’t own an investment property – can they advise you on it? If they aren’t wealthy, can they tell you how to be? If you want to know how to become wealthy, or how to build a property portfolio, find someone who has done it and ask their advice, they obviously know how to do it. The complete e-book is available online at or call 07 5430 4777 to get your copy.

Change your life in 35 minutes!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS Yes, I know it sounds impossible, but that is exactly what our clients tell us we can do. We look at things differently than you do and we can do that in one meeting. When you look at your finances you may get overwhelmed or fearful of what appears to be never ending debt and no way out of it. We, however, look for the opportunity to use your money differently and take away the financial pressure you feel and maintain, or even improve your lifestyle. THE SECRET IS TO DO YOUR BANKING DIFFERENTLY We specialise in teaching people just like you to do your banking differently, managing your money to reduce debt not your lifestyle and help you take back control of your life. Have you been paying your mortgage off for years and seem to be getting nowhere fast? Once you have the knowledge of how to beat the banks at their own game you will be surprised to watch the years fall off your mortgage. LEARN HOW YOU CAN REDUCE DEBT AND CREATE WEALTH THROUGH PROPERTY How would you feel if you were able to reduce your mortgage by $20,000 and purchase two investment properties within 6 months? Or have four investment properties in just 10 months? Well, we have clients who have done just that and are well on their way to creating the lifestyle they want in their retirement. Just by changing the way they look at their money. It doesn’t have to be hard – treat your money right in the first place, learn the benefits of how loans should work and set up the correct financial platform for both fast debt reduction and smart wealth creation. If you feel like you have lost control of your financial direction, are just treading water, or worse even, you are fearful of what your life looks like in retirement, then maybe it’s time to change what you’re doing. If you are serious about reducing debt, creating wealth and setting up your future for retirement, call us today. We guarantee it will change your life for the better. Chris

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Pay off your home loan in five to seven years
Don’t believe what your parents told you. One of our biggest mistakes is to believe your home loan is a long-term debt. Most of us saw our parents work hard all of their lives to pay off their mortgage, and then struggle to retire comfortably. It is nurture not nature that keeps most of us imprisoned on the debt mouse wheel. Our grandparents, God bless their little cotton socks, were taught by the banks how to do their banking. They passed this on to their children who passed it on to you. They had a lot to say about money… RECOGNISE THESE SAYINGS? “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” “A penny saved is a penny earned.” “If you count your pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves.” Most of us believe that we should work hard, save to buy our home, spend the rest of our lives working to pay it off, and hopefully, save a bit to retire on. It doesn’t have to be that hard. By treating your money right in the first place, learning the benefits of how loans should work, and setting up the correct finance platform for both fast debt reduction and smart wealth creation, most of us can pay off our homes in five to seven years instead of 25, and get 10 properties in 10 years without struggling with the holding costs. It’s just a matter of setting up your loans properly. Look at your current situation. Have you been paying your loan off for years and seem to be getting nowhere fast? Add up the amount you have paid into your loan to date. Most loans have only reduced by $5k or so in that time. Now we have an OMG moment! Where does all that money go? Time to do things a bit differently. Change the way you are doing your banking… if you follow the next 7 steps you will be well on your way to making a huge difference and will get out of debt fast.

7 Steps to Financial Control Step 1    Get the right loan Step 2    Set up your money plan (cash management) Step 3    Use a credit card Step 4    Bank your pay into your loan Step 5    Stay organised Step 6    Now start really getting ahead … investing Step 7    Keep personal and investment banking totally separate

Life’s better for this Think Money family
It’s the team approach that has got us to our first property! It’s tried and true advice. We’ve dealt with a financial advisor before and dealt with banks before and they tell you what they’re told to tell you and that’s what we’ve always felt, whereas at Think Money it’s a different approach. They tell you this is how it is, this is what worked and what didn’t work, you have that security. It’s stressful at times, but you walk in and realise it would be far more stressful if you were doing it on your own, we’d still be back at, ‘where do you think we should buy a property?’ At the beginning we didn’t understand how much involvement and education you get out of Think Money, right down to running a budget, keeping focus on what you’re doing with your money and how you bank and retraining your thoughts.
Everyone is different too, so it’s not just one package that gets delivered to everybody, because every client has a different set of circumstances surrounding them, so it’s about having a tailor-made strategy wrapped around them, which enables everyone to achieve their goal.
In the next 12 months it would be nice to have a holiday that’s not hamstrung by money and in the next five years we would like to own a family home and have four more investment properties. We want to be less stressed about our retirement future.