Investor Mindset

“Life rewards action, not inaction.”

 

Be careful what you wish for! The media is full of stories about people who have won money in the lottery and have not only lost it all but ended up in a more unfortunate situation than they were in before the windfall. Without the right mindset, it can be a house of cards!

 

 

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/the-lotto-curse

 

 

 

What these people were missing was education and obviously any ability to postpone gratification!

Told you it was necessary!

A sensible decision would be to eliminate any debt and satisfy some basic needs – perhaps the car needs replacing or a home? But none of these so-called  ‘winners’ seems to have any inkling that they could invest the winnings and live off the interest or rent earned and retain their capital.

What they lack is the investor mindset – immediate gratification is driving them, not financial discipline or long term goals. They could make the winnings work for them for a long, long time with just a little restraint and planning.

Opportunity doesn’t necessarily equal success, but it can.

According to Steven Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Effective People, the number one habit is Be Proactive – make decisions to improve your life through the things you can change.
Abundance isn’t finite, there are opportunities for ordinary Australians to create wealth, but you need to know about them and be prepared to act on them!

It comes down to knowledge and attitude.

That attitude is an INVESTOR MINDSET

1. The decisions you make need to be of the head and not the heart!  They need to be made after due diligence and based on the balance of evidence.

2. When it comes to property investing, too many focus on their ‘own backyard’.

Australia is a big place, and as we will see later, there is no one property market as such. There are a collection of markets, some growing, some stalling, and even within those, and there is varying demand for different types of property.

These variations are a result of the fact that supply and demand for housing is a function of a wide variety of economic and demographic drivers that can vary from one state to another, one town to another and one house type to another. The best location and type of property is the one that stacks up dispassionately, based on the figures that suit your circumstances and goals.

3. You don’t need to be looking over the back fence either. Expert property management is crucial, particularly as your portfolio grows. Managing the property is the property manager’s job, you do your job, and they do theirs. Property management fees are tax-deductible – just another cost of ownership.

4. Similarly, the investor should not be overly concerned with the design and decor of an investment property. Too many people imagine themselves living in the property. While it’s essential to have plans that meet demographic changes, investment product is built with the tenant in mind. What appeals to the tenant market is what counts and also what maximises the market on resale.

The same goes for the inclusions in a property. Is it worth spending thousands on upgrading a property’s interior for rental? Some things are commonplace and expected, such as air conditioning, window coverings and hard floors in high traffic areas, etc.. But any quality offering will include those things – complete turnkey means that the tenant just needs to move in with their furniture and start living – the investment is basically  ‘remote control’.

Going beyond that is something that can be done as part of an exit strategy, many years down the track if necessary. Don’t pay extra interest on an upgraded inclusions list for twenty years, instead, spend the dollars when it’s needed.

5. The property is an investment vehicle – an opportunity to generate income, build wealth for the future and reduce your tax burden now.

6. Time in the market is more important than timing. Some people wait so long for the right time that they never make a decision – suffering ‘paralysis by analysis’. No activity in life is risk-free or opportunity cost-free, but it is a matter of prioritising your goals and then making a plan to achieve them and sticking to it.

7. Understand that psychology plays a significant part in most people’s decision making. The ‘herd mentality’ (FOMO) can lead investors to come in and out of the market because that’s what others are doing. Instinct is what makes us run at the sight of a lion; it’s logic that should override impulse and make investment decisions.

“Be fearful when others are greedy.
Be greedy when others are fearful.” Warren Buffett

8. The media too is responsible for a great deal of fear and confusion. Bad news sells, drama sells. Investors need to ignore the doomsayers; they come and go. Lack of consumer confidence, fueled by the media, the crowd and sometimes their own family and friends (often those who have ever invested in anything) can often bring to fruition what the fear peddlers predict.

9. Successful investors gather a talent bank of support around them – Investment Property Advisor, Accountant, Broker, Financial Planner, Insurance Broker, Property Manager – all experts, trained and qualified in their specialty.

10. Understand that market corrections are inevitable – panic is not an option, nor is it a strategy! Business cycles are to be expected. Sometimes they are a result of macroeconomic policy by the policymakers via Fiscal Policy (the Budget) or Monetary Policy (interest rate manipulation by RBA), or even exogenous factors, outside of our control, such as a decline in commodity prices paid by our Asian trading partners or the current pandemic.

Property markets go through cycles and periods of correction too. Rapid appreciation in prices is often followed by a tightening of credit conditions and a softening in demand. It is essential to be prepared for these and to stay the course. Remember, it is the trend that is important.

11. Patience is a virtue! Property is not a get rich quick scheme.

12. Most importantly, Investors have the mindset that life rewards action, not inaction.

 

 

 

Australian Property Market

Housing is the single most valuable asset

owned by the

majority of Australian households

 

“Housing is the most important asset owned by the majority of Australian households. It is a large component of household wealth and serves a unique, dual role as an investment vehicle and a durable good from which consumption services are derived. With most mortgages and many small business loans secured against residential dwellings in Australia, housing also forms an important part of the collateral backing the financial sector’s balance sheet.”

RBA Long-run Trends in Housing Prices Oct 15

The critical fact to remember is that there is no one, single, ‘Australian Property Market’ – different states, suburbs and housing types travel at different speeds depending on the prevailing economic conditions, demographic changes, income levels, supply constraints, and government incentives to name just a few influences.

 

Currently, the depth of the market and volatility risks impacting the housing market as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to be fully realised or quantified. So far, prices have been resilient. Not all, but two of the worst impacted sectors, hospitality and retail, have workers and students who would have a direct and sudden effect on rental demand leading to an oversupply and downward pressure on achievable rents. Vacancy rates in both inner-city Sydney and Melbourne have increased, and it’s thought to be because students with casual hospitality jobs have been forced to exit the market.

The financial and legislative support put in place by the Federal and State Governments are not only welfare measures for those most vulnerable but also designed to limit harm to the property market.

The Reserve Bank provides Snapshots of key economic indicators, and it’s worth noting that despite the expectations of negative economic growth, volatility in financial markets and flagging business incomes, housing is to date, holding up better than expected. Australians are typically faithful payers of debt and our banks, for the most part, take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously, and so their credit assessments are conservative and responsible. Consequently, non-performing loans are still low at 1% but being realistic and uncertain as to how long the restrictions will stay in place, there is the expectation that they may rise.

Overall, housing risks are rated low, with only 3% in negative equity, a situation where the property is worth less than the outstanding debt.

Social distancing rules have changed the outlook for commercial property. With any significant upheaval to conduct and expectations, the eventual return to normal will come with some lasting consequences. The workforce has been forced to learn and adapt quickly and to become ‘digitalised’. Change is stressful, no doubt, but there will also be measurable efficiency and productivity gains. (greater flexibility and adaptability in the labour market is a supply-side generator of productivity gains and reduced costs) and management will be reassessing their need for expensive office space. It’s also hard to imagine that their successful and resilient work patterns haven’t bolstered the bargaining power of employees seeking flexible work arrangements over the last few months.

The diverse impacts, varying in degree, is again a reminder that the concept of a single property market is a misrepresentation and an oversimplification of a mechanism with many moving and complicated parts.

 

 

 

 

 

Housing and the Economy

The housing market has a pervasive impact on the Australian economy. It is the popular topic of any number of conversations around barbeques and dinner tables. It generates reams of newspaper stories and reality TV shows. You could be forgiven for thinking that the housing market is the Australian economy.[1] That is not the case. But at the same time, developments in the housing market, both the established market and housing construction, have a broader impact than the simple numbers would suggest

https://www.rba.gov.au/speeches/2019/sp-dg-2019-10-17.html