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[Podcast] What can you learn from the best performing suburbs over the last 20 years, with Brett Warren

[Podcast] What can you learn from the best performing suburbs over the last 20 years, with Brett Warren
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We all know that real estate is a long-term investment. So, what were the best-performing suburbs over the last couple of decades?

They may not be the ones that you’d first think of. My Podcast 212 Best Suburbs Bw

Today’s I chat with Bret Warren about what made certain suburbs outperform over the last couple of decades.

I’m also going to have a chat with an SAS commando.

Why? This is a show about property and success and money, but most of us are being affected by a form of hostage situation – COVID-19.

So who better to tell us how to handle a hostage situation when you’ve got a terrorist that you can’t even see than someone who’s put his life on the line more often than he’s had a hot dinner?

We’re going to have an interesting chat with Mick Donaldson.

Highlights from Brett Warren’s research on the best performing suburbs

Would you like to know which suburbs are going to outperform over the next 20 years?

Well, maybe a good starting point is to understand which suburbs outperformed over the past two decades.

The principles we’re going to discuss today are relevant for all property markets.

  • Past history is not always a good indicator of future growth, but at least it’s a starting place for our research.
    • The longer the past history, the more accurate predictor of future performance it will be.
    • Most investors only research back five years or so
    • Go back a minimum of 20 years – and if possible 40 years, however, it’s important to understand how a suburb has changed in that time – might have gentrified, new infrastructure, etc.
  • Some suburbs in Brisbane have performed more than 400% over a 20-year period.
  • Understanding what the top-performing suburbs have in common
  • What investment horizon means
  • How a property investor can out-perform the market
  • What will drive property prices moving forward

Some of the topics I discuss with Mick Donaldson

  • Mick’s background
  • How COVID has affected Mick Coronavirus2
  • The stages you go through when you get a shock like COVID
  • What you can control in a survival situation
  • The options in a hostage situation
  • Maintaining a level of control
  • Mick’s acronym: PEARL
    • Perseverance
    • Equanimity
    • Agility
    • Resilience
    • Leadership

Links and Resources:

Brett Warren - Metropole Property Strategists

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

Mick Donaldson – HQ Tag

Some of our favourite quotes from the show:

“Gentrification goes on over a number of decades, so it’s not a bad way of trying to find an area that’s going to outperform the averages.” – Michael Yardney city family urban suburb

“Sometimes the right thing to do is nothing.” – Michael Yardney

“It’s going to take longer than I expected, longer than we’d all hoped, but there is an end in sight and life will go on.” – 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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