Covering the beach to the Hills including Glandore, Plympton, Glenelg, Glengowrie and surrounding suburbs
I have built three homes myself and I remember how reassuring it feels when the financing is right. I use my experience from more than 18 years in finance and over $300M in settled loans to make sure that you experience that feeling too. Whether you need a simple mortgage for your first home, a construction loan to build your dream home or refinancing for your property portfolio, call me to talk through your options.
Many Australians enjoy the freedom of working for themselves, but being self-employed means time is of the essence, not to mention the challenge of keeping up with the paperwork of running your own business.
For those who wish to acquire investment properties, I have a thorough understanding of investment loan structures and how to maximise your tax benefits where multiple properties are involved.
For a mortgage for your first home, a construction loan or refinancing your portfolio, Phil Couch can find you a deal that suits you
We’re starting later, it’s costing more - is the property dream unreachable in 2020?
Once upon a time, let’s call it the 80s, the average Australian would buy their first home at the age of 24. Here we are, three decades later, and buying property doesn’t occur until we’re 35. Why is that? Is it thanks to the price of housing in our popular cities, and the militant discipline required to save a gigantic deposit? Or is it that we’ve decided to ‘live a little’ in our twenties, choosing renting and share-housing over striving to attain our first property asset? And is property still the asset class it used to be? Let’s discuss.
The race to the bottom; banks start zealously cutting rates
In the midst of a terrifying and rough summer for much of Australia, it’s odd to reflect on the season that has been for real estate. It’s been a while since the temperature of the housing and home loan market has been so pleasant. Record low rates, looser credit criteria, lender competition, government incentives, much more market activity and property price growth have been coinciding of late. The sentiment has changed and it can be seen in renewed investor and owner-occupier activity, banks proudly shouting about new low rates, and first-timers getting a gift from the government.
Is your cash making you poorer?
You know the phrase, “asset rich, cash poor”? It’s never been uttered in a more provocative environment. Even if you’re generally flush with cash, cash as an investment type is hamstrung these days by the central bank cash rate, meaning you’re poorer than you need to be. Let me say it straight. Cash, right now, is kinda useless as an investment. Rates are about as low as they can go (or are they?) so any cash investments still held are no longer helping your cause. That’s presuming the cause is wealth creation. Cash investments are simply not delivering the returns and the low risk profile that have made them popular for so long.