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Case study: Property advice is crucial Investopoly

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In my regular weekly episode, I talk about the theories, methodologies, and principles associated with investing. These case study episodes aim to share how the application of our approach to formulating advice has worked in a real-life situation. 
Case study: Property advice is crucial 
How wealth advice, property advice, and lifestyle goals are often very interrelated.  
Approached us for advice in 2019. Male-owned new-build apartment with $200k of equity. Female-owned house and land package with $260k of equity in it. They had high incomes, but also spent a lot.  
Neither of their properties would be considered investment grade.  
Advice: sell both, and invest $460k of equity in the highest quality house they can afford. Retain as much cash as possible. Don’t worry about building. Use a buyers’ agent.  
In July 2020, they bought a home for $2m. They borrowed around $1.9m = forced savings. Used family guarantee (mum’s ppty) so that they could retain cash.  
Their property is now worth $3.5m. $1.5m tax-free gain.  
It was a 10+ year strategy, and we couldn’t have anticipated that they’d be so well off after only 3 years, but it’s a good example.  
What can we learn? 
Well-rounded advice is very important.  
A financial advisor wouldn't have the knowledge and experience to appreciate what their next best move was.  Mortgage brokers don't have the full picture.  Often, buyers and agents will be too influenced by the clients’ desires. It's only with the benefit of hindsight do you know how valuable it can be to stretch yourself. Being too conservative can be costly.  
Cannot underestimate the tremendous lifestyle impact of upgrading the home. 
A forced savings strategy is very good for people who are spendthrifts.  
Structuring the mortgage currently was important to (1) ensure he maintained a buffer and (2) took advantage of low rates – we staggered expiries.  
 
 

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In my regular weekly episode, I talk about the theories, methodologies, and principles associated with investing. These case study episodes aim to share how the application of our approach to formulating advice has worked in a real-life situation. 
Case study: Property advice is crucial 
How wealth advice, property advice, and lifestyle goals are often very interrelated.  
Approached us for advice in 2019. Male-owned new-build apartment with $200k of equity. Female-owned house and land package with $260k of equity in it. They had high incomes, but also spent a lot.  
Neither of their properties would be considered investment grade.  
Advice: sell both, and invest $460k of equity in the highest quality house they can afford. Retain as much cash as possible. Don’t worry about building. Use a buyers’ agent.  
In July 2020, they bought a home for $2m. They borrowed around $1.9m = forced savings. Used family guarantee (mum’s ppty) so that they could retain cash.  
Their property is now worth $3.5m. $1.5m tax-free gain.  
It was a 10+ year strategy, and we couldn’t have anticipated that they’d be so well off after only 3 years, but it’s a good example.  
What can we learn? 
Well-rounded advice is very important.  
A financial advisor wouldn't have the knowledge and experience to appreciate what their next best move was.  Mortgage brokers don't have the full picture.  Often, buyers and agents will be too influenced by the clients’ desires. It's only with the benefit of hindsight do you know how valuable it can be to stretch yourself. Being too conservative can be costly.  
Cannot underestimate the tremendous lifestyle impact of upgrading the home. 
A forced savings strategy is very good for people who are spendthrifts.  
Structuring the mortgage currently was important to (1) ensure he maintained a buffer and (2) took advantage of low rates – we staggered expiries.  
 
 

If this episode resonated with you, please leave a rating on your favourite podcast platform. It helps me reach more incredible listeners like you. Thank you for being a part of this journey! :-)

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SPECIAL OFFER: Buy a one of Stuart's books for ONLY $20 including delivery. Use the discount code blog here.

Work with Stuart's team: At ProSolution Private Clients we encourage clients to adopt a holistic and evidence-based approach when making financial decisions. Visit our website.

Follow Stuart on socials: Twitter/X and LinkedIn.

IMPORTANT: This podcast provides general information about finance, taxes, and credit. This means that the content does not consider your specific objectives, financial situation, or needs. It is crucial for you to assess whether the information is suitable for your circumstances before taking any actions based on it. If you find yourself uncertain about the relevance or your specific needs, it is advisable to seek advice from a licensed and trustworthy professional.

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