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Who's really in control when you buy a property?

The Elephant In The Room is where the things that no one wants to talk about, actually get talked about.

Veronica Morgan, real estate agent, buyers agent and co-host of Foxtel’s Location Location Location Australia & Chris Bates, financial planner, mortgage broker and wealth coach have joined forces to find out what’s really going on in the world of real estate.

Veronica and Chris talk to property owners and buyers every day in their respective lines of business. They’ve observed a wide spectrum of confidence in people’s decision making ability when buying and selling property, often to the detriment of the individuals concerned. They are both fascinated by consumer behaviour and together they’re going to uncover who’s really making the decisions when you buy a property.

In each episode they get into the psyche of buyers, agents, auctioneers and other industry experts to learn the truth about how buyers are influenced and why they do the things they do. In every episode you’ll learn from the mistakes of a “property dumbo” as well as Chris & Veronica’s “elephant rider bootcamp” training session.

The plan? This property podcast has been created to help us all make better property decisions!

The Elephant In The Room Property Podcast | Inside Australian Real Estate Veronica Morgan & Chris Bates

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Who's really in control when you buy a property?

The Elephant In The Room is where the things that no one wants to talk about, actually get talked about.

Veronica Morgan, real estate agent, buyers agent and co-host of Foxtel’s Location Location Location Australia & Chris Bates, financial planner, mortgage broker and wealth coach have joined forces to find out what’s really going on in the world of real estate.

Veronica and Chris talk to property owners and buyers every day in their respective lines of business. They’ve observed a wide spectrum of confidence in people’s decision making ability when buying and selling property, often to the detriment of the individuals concerned. They are both fascinated by consumer behaviour and together they’re going to uncover who’s really making the decisions when you buy a property.

In each episode they get into the psyche of buyers, agents, auctioneers and other industry experts to learn the truth about how buyers are influenced and why they do the things they do. In every episode you’ll learn from the mistakes of a “property dumbo” as well as Chris & Veronica’s “elephant rider bootcamp” training session.

The plan? This property podcast has been created to help us all make better property decisions!

    Simon Kuestenmacher | What Will the New Normal Look Like?

    Simon Kuestenmacher | What Will the New Normal Look Like?

    It’s no mystery that COVID has affected everyone in one way or another, and some effects will no doubt carry on even after the pandemic has passed.

    Knowing this, how different will life be when this blows over?

    What will the new normal look like?

    Today, Simon Kuestenmacher, Director of Research at the Demographics Group shares his insights into how the pandemic and lockdowns have changed Australia on a number of fronts. If you’ve heard the past episodes we’ve had with Simon, you know you’re in for a treat.

    We also talk about the changes in population, housing preferences, and consumer behaviour among a whole heap of other valuable topics!

    We’ll see you in the episode!

     

    Episode Highlights:
    Lockdown surprises and impact from a demographer’s point of view [01:49]
    The effect of COVID on boutiques and smaller operators [04:38]
    Is the flexible work from home setup here to stay? [09:00]
    Contentment (and discontentment) with working from home [17:00]
    Have HR regulations kept up with Integrators & Separators who work from home? [19:04]
    Chris’s ‘elephant in the room’: migration [22:02]
    Will there be higher or lower skill shortages in the coming future? [26:02]
    How are Australians coping in & out of the country? [29:31]
    The census this year was both a blessing and a curse [32:04]
    Why are people moving away to live outside the city? [35:40]
    Fertility rate and its effect on the property market [45:17]
    Balancing the demographics of a city with available housing stock [49:02]
    The increase in ‘early inheritance’ cases [51:21]
    Europe’s property market and their rental and home-owning expectations [54:10]
    Could the Australian property market move into a similar situation as Europe? [56:42]
    Simon’s property dumbo for this episode [59:35]
    Growth is the goal [01:01:10]

     

    Links from the show:
    Episode 40
    Episode 138



    About our Guest:

    Simon Kuestenmacher is the Director of Research at the Demographics Group. He has amassed 140,000 followers globally in just two years, who enjoy his insights and his quirky observational style. He is a columnist for The Australian on demographic trends and urban development.
    Visit Simon’s website: https://www.simonkuestenmacher.com/
    Check out The Demographics Group: https://www.tdgp.com.au/simon-kuestenmacher

     

    Connect with Us:
    Looking for a Sydney Buyers Agent? www.gooddeeds.com.au
    Work with Veronica: https://linktr.ee/veronicamorgan
    Looking for a Mortgage Broker? www.wealthful.com.au
    Work with Chris: hello@wealthful.com.au 
    Send in your questions to: questions@theelephantintheroom.com.au 

     

    Find this episode on our website:

    https://www.theelephantintheroom.com.au/podcasts/193

     

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Martin North | A Contrarian Perspective on the Property Market

    Martin North | A Contrarian Perspective on the Property Market

    We’re living in such a crazy time.

    COVID is still rampant globally and has more or less affected most markets for better or worse. The property market has also been affected, but how much has it been really hit?

    Today we’re having a chat with Martin North because we want to get a contrarian perspective. We’ll be uncovering the dark underbelly of what’s driving this property market and seeking his perspective on these crazy times we live in.

    We talk about whether or not the government has run out of stimulus, what businesses have been hit by COVID, why properties actually CAN go down contrary to popular belief, and so much more.

    We’ll see you in the episode!

     

    Episode Highlights:
    Has the government run out of stimulus? [01:46]
    How sustainable is pumping stimulus at the lower end of the margin? [06:49]
    These businesses feel the impact of COVID more than others [11:21]
    Different markets behave differently [14:32]
    The unit market versus the rest [16:17]
    The current state of the high-rise property market [19:05]
    The continuous ‘supply’ of house and land packages [23:12]
    What’s with New Zealand possibly lifting their interest rates? [24:13]
    Property prices CAN go down [25:49]
    Some people are deceptive with how they talk about property & success [27:19]
    Thoughts on the responsible lending change [32:24]
    What can APRA do (and not do) about bank lending? [38:27]
    Is the property market too big to fail? [42:20]
    RBA: “Immigration is the cause of low price growth” [44:06]
    What’s the government’s strategy around opening the borders? [46:33]
    Will increasing interest rates be enough to slow down asset prices? [50:41]
    Martin’s property dumbo: a story about a granny flat [55:59]

     

    Links from the show:
    Episode 123
    Episode 143
    Episode 178



    About our Guest:

    Martin North is the founder of Digital Finance Analytics, a boutique research, analysis and consulting firm that specialises in offering insight into the dynamics of the mortgage, lending, savings, payments and superannuation sectors.
    Learn more about Martin’s new charity: Asbestos Awareness Australia

     

    Connect with Us:
    Looking for a Sydney Buyers Agent? www.gooddeeds.com.au
    Work with Veronica: https://linktr.ee/veronicamorgan
    Looking for a Mortgage Broker? www.wealthful.com.au
    Work with Chris: hello@wealthful.com.au 
    Send in your questions to: questions@theelephantintheroom.com.au 

     

    Find this episode on our website:

    https://www.theelephantintheroom.com.au/podcasts/192

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Michelle Adair | The Growing Housing Affordability Crisis

    Michelle Adair | The Growing Housing Affordability Crisis

    Housing affordability is on everyone’s mind but what’s being done?

    In this episode, we welcome back Michelle Adair, CEO of The Housing Trust. The Housing Trust, which is the second-largest housing provider in the Illawarra, delivering subsidised rental homes to over 2000 people, with almost 1100 properties from Thirroul to Nowra. Michelle is at the forefront of the housing affordability crisis. Her professional and personal experiences will move you as she illustrates how deep this problem runs, and who has the ability to rectify it.

     

    Here’s what we cover:
    What’s wrong with the current housing policy?
    Is focusing on first home buyers an effective strategy?
    What is the role developers play in this crisis?
    What is the economic case for providing more social housing
    Is welfare enabling further social problems or remedying them?
    How to balance a growing and a stabilising market?
    Does the government want low housing prices?
    Who benefits the most from housing concessions?
    What role can investors play?

     

    RELEVANT EPISODES:

    Episode 104 | Build-To-Rent the new standard for renters | Adam Hirst

    Episode 81 | Will a crisis in confidence kill our apartment market? | Eliza Owen

    Episode 66 | What's causing Australia's housing affordability crisis? | Michele Adair

     

    GUEST LINKS:

    https://housingtrust.org.au/
    Housing: Taming the elephant in the economy [full report]
    Housing: Taming the elephant in the economy [4-page summary]
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7319955/governments-ignoring-holy-grail-of-affordable-rentals/

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/before-she-was-a-ceo-michele-and-her-kids-lost-everything-20210427-p57mqu.html

     

    HOST LINKS:

    Looking for a Sydney Buyers Agent?www.gooddeeds.com.au
    Work with Veronica: https://linktr.ee/veronicamorgan

    Looking for a Mortgage Broker?www.wealthful.com.au
    Work with Chris: hello@wealthful.com.au

     

    Send in your questions to: questions@theelephantintheroom.com.au

     

    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:
    Please note that this has been transcribed by half-human-half-robot, so brace yourself for typos and the odd bit of weirdness…
    This episode was recorded in August 2021

    https://www.theelephantintheroom.com.au/podcasts/191

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Rebeka Morgan | Flipping &Renovating Properties

    Rebeka Morgan | Flipping &Renovating Properties

    How do you flip properties and is it still profitable?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Daniel Butkovich | Property Advice: Who do you Trust?

    Daniel Butkovich | Property Advice: Who do you Trust?

    With property ‘advice’ so readily available who do you trust?

    • 59 min
    Suburb Trends August 2021 | The Tightly Held Index

    Suburb Trends August 2021 | The Tightly Held Index

    What is the correlation between value and property being held long term?

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

aslinnd ,

Fantastic in depth podcast that doesn’t thing the listener is an idiot

Only recently discovered this podcast but working my way through them. Informative, intelligent and in depth. Enjoying it immensely as it touches on so many issues facing property owners and investors.

rebeka.may ,

Great insights to the Property Market!

The Elephant in the Room is a fantastic podcast, full of insights into the property market. The hosts are practical and break down topics so they are fun and insightful! Great listening!

Tonytrowel ,

Valuable and generous

Veronica and Chris provide an invaluable and generous service by illuminating the pitfalls of property as well as highlighting the opportunities - they bring such a depth of knowledge and experience that deserves recognition and all for free! I had no idea property could be so nuanced and interesting, even data. Anyone who buys a property to live in, invest in, or simply has aspirations, will potentially save themselves from a poor decision by going back and listening to past episodes. Just love this podcast and the banter between these two fantastic hosts. Thank you so much guys.

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