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Podcast – Scott O’Neill – Investing in Commercial Property

Podcast – Scott O’Neill – Investing in Commercial Property


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Summary

Today I’m welcoming back property investor Scott O’Neill to the podcast. Scott and his wife are self-made multi-millionaires that created $300K in passive income by 28. Since Scott was last on the show, I received a fair amount of emails asking me to get him back to give a more practical guide on investing in commercial real estate.

Some of the topics we cover in today’s episode are:

  • What is commercial real estate? (00:06:32)
  • Pros and Cons for both residential and commercial property (00:13:52)
  • Why commercial leases are so so important and very different compared to residential (00:21:58)
  • What about finding a tenant to lease your property? (00:29:02)
  • Are there strategies specific to commercial property investing? (00:41:50)
  • What to look for when doing due diligence (00:52:46)

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Podcast – Jeff Speck – Walkable City

Podcast – Jeff Speck – Walkable City


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Summary

Today my guest is city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck. Originally trained as an architect, Jeff is most famous within the FIRE community for his award-winning 2012 book: ‘Walkable City: How Downtown Saves America, One Step at a Time’.

It’s amazing how such a small detail like walkability can touch on so many tenants within the FIRE ethos. The economy, health benefits and sustainability are all areas that are impacted greatly by our poorly designed cities which are where the majority of humans on earth live.

Some of the topics we cover in today’s episode are:

  • How Jeff became an expert in city planning. (00:03:25)
  • What is urban design and city planning? (00:09:02)
  • City development before the great depression and world war 2 (00:13:43)
  • How do we solve this problem of a car-centric environment? (00:36:25)
  • Health benefits of a walkable city (00:41:14)
  • How we can change our roads to benefit pedestrians and reduce traffic (00:52:09)
  • Different ways to make a city more walkable (00:57:48)

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Podcast – Kate Campbell – The Importance of Taking Calculated Risks

Podcast – Kate Campbell – The Importance of Taking Calculated Risks


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Summary

Today I’m talking with financial educator and podcast host Kate Campbell. Kate grew up in country Victoria and joined the defence force as a teenager before changing careers to finance and investing later on. She’s probably best known in the FIRE community as a co-host for many of the very popular podcasts that Rask Australia produces.

Some of the topics we cover in today’s episode are:

  • How Kate got started in finance and investing (00:03:30)
  • The importance of taking risks and just giving it a go (00:08:52)
  • What does Kate’s portfolio look like? (00:23:12)
  • Kate’s blog and podcast (00:32:04)
  • How Kate came to work with Owen at Rask Australia (00:38:03)
  • Common roadblocks people face with their finances (00:43:22)
  • Financial hurdles women have to face (00:44:56)
  • Money and psychology (00:54:04)

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Podcast – Dave Gow – Strong Money Australia Book

Podcast – Dave Gow – Strong Money Australia Book


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Summary

Today we welcome back Dave Gow who retired at the ripe old age of 28. He’s better known online as Strong Money Australia where he blogs about early retirement and how to live a happier life. It’s a really light-hearted chat today where we mainly talk about Dave’s new book which will be available on the 1st of December 2022 which is very exciting.

But we also cover a range of other topics such as:

  • Updates on early retirement (05:32)
  • Strong Money Australia book (06:53)
  • Publishing rights (12:58)
  • Audiobook difficulties (18:23)
  • Updates on the FIRE and Chill podcast comeback (34:15)
  • Elon Musk buying Twitter (43:20)

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Podcast – Steve McKnight – From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 Years

Podcast – Steve McKnight – From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 Years


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Summary

Today is a very special episode because if you had told me 10 years ago that I would be chatting to Steve McKnight on my own podcast, I would have never believed you.

Steve is a professional investor, media commentator and online entrepreneur. But he’s probably most famous in the FIRE community for his book “From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 Years”.

This was actually the second book about financial independence that I ever read and completely changed my life. Steve is one of three people who I’d consider as the most influential figures for me to come across throughout my investing journey so as you could imagine, this was a special episode for me personally.

Some of the topics we cover in today’s episode are:

  • Burnout and seeking an alternative path (00:06:15)
  • Investing in property (00:17:37)
  • Vendor financing (00:20:51)
  • Australia’s housing market is a Ponzi scheme (00:27:44)
  • Online entrepreneurship (00:46:30)
  • Finding meaning beyond financial independence (01:11:37)

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