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[Podcast] Our No-Nonsense Big Picture Podcast About the Economy and Property Markets, with Pete Wargent

[Podcast] Our No-Nonsense Big Picture Podcast About the Economy and Property Markets, with Pete Wargent
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I feel sorry for property investors trying to make headway in real estate.

They face the hurdle of significant media misinformation, which is underwhelmingly and unnecessarily discouraging, and social media which is full of “pretend gurus” who are prepared to sell you their secrets to instant riches in property. My Podcast 553 Big Picture Podcast Pete Wargent 01

In my mind, they’re selling you tickets to see unicorns.

Despite the information available in the media and on the Internet, the number of investors who succeed in developing financial freedom through property has not increased over the years, so my recommendation is to tune out the white noise and be selective in who you listen to.

I suggest you look for evidence-based analysis.

That’s why I enjoy my monthly Big Picture podcasts with Pete Wargent, who brings decades of perspective to his views.

Today, we will be discussing a raft of macro and micro economic factors that should give you some clues as to what’s ahead for our housing markets.

Economic insights and property investment for long-term growth in Australia

My Big Picture conversation with Pete Wargent today spans a range of topics from current economic challenges and interest rates to the potential growth in the property market, emphasizing established apartments and the role of international students in the economy.

We also shed light on the financial landscape, with a particular focus on Perth's housing loan refinancing market.

  • The Australian economy is proving resilient amidst predictions of a recession and significant property price drops that did not materialize. In fact, the market may even have performed more strongly than the Reserve Bank would have liked. Global Economy
  • The effect of rising interest rates on the housing construction sector and consumer spending is significant
    • It’s contributed to a rental shortage.
    • There’s also been an increase in mortgage interest payments impacting household budgets. A recent report showed that Australians are spending half their income on mortgage repayments
  • Forecasts predict that interest rate cuts are coming soon
  • The population grew by over 600,000 people last year
    • International students contribute significantly to economic growth and university funding
    • Their presence also brings challenges such as potential wage suppression and rental market strains
  • As of January, there was a noticeable cool-off in housing loan refinancing and a decline in lending for new housing constructions. However, Perth is an exception Property Market
  • Not enough apartments are being built, because they aren’t financially viable enough
    • Plans to convert old office buildings to apartments in the Sydney CBD were delayed or cancelled due to high construction costs
    • Investing in established family-friendly apartments offers growth opportunities

For those looking to build wealth through real estate and navigate the Australian property market, informed decision-making is crucial, so we aim to give you the information you need.

Whether you're a seasoned investor or just starting, this episode is packed with expert analysis and actionable advice.

Links and Resources:

Metropole’s Strategic Property Plan – to help both beginning and experienced investors

Get a bundle of free reports and eBooks – www.PodcastBonus.com.au

Pete Wargent’s blog

Join Pete and me at Wealth Retreat – www.WealthRetreat.com.au

Some of our favorite quotes from the show:

“I can see that students coming into Australia are helping subsidise our universities. They're making the university's money, and if we don't have the international students coming in, somebody's going to have to pay for the local universities.” – Michael Yardney

“Well, some people say better apartments don't have a land component as the land increases. But I disagree with that.” – Michael Yardney

“I guess if I were broke, I'd find a way to add so much value to people that they'd think whatever they paid for my services was worth the investment.” – Michael Yardney


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Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.

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