The Buyers Guide Podcast

The Buyers Guide Podcast


Thank you for tuning into The Buyers Guide podcast where we talk all things property and finance. My name is Peter Mastroianni the founder of The Buyers Guide which has been established to help as many people as possible buy their own home, through to building a property portfolio securing their financial future.


Episode # 42 - Making sense of the investment lending changes  

What caught our attention this week was the headline: Many Aussies Aren’t Brave Enough To Invest – it came from a new survey conducted by Galaxy Research which polled 1,005 people nationwide. It concluded that 64% of Australians are interested in property investment. Which is great to see but there is a lot of concern: 65% of respondents said they are anxious about whether property investing is actually feasible. 35% feel it’s too hard to come up with enough money for a deposit, 23% say it’s too expensive to find an appropriate investment property in the area they reside in. 74% of Gen X respondents say they’d like to own an investment property, but the major concern for this group is the fear that it can be tricky to secure a loan. The millennials in the survey are already looking towards the future, with 81% saying they’d like to buy an investment property at some point. It’s great that so many people are keen to invest. What’s a bit frustrating are the results on people finding it expensive to buy an investment property in the area the reside in… ah hello… we live in a pretty big country… there are investment grade opportunities from $300k-$600k right around the country. If you don’t believe we go back and listen to episode # 36. And the other major concern is that it’s getting tricky to get a loan. Well, maybe but yeah not quite… it’s understandable that people are frustrated, given that lenders have recently tightened their lending policies and hiked rates for investors. But it is still very possible to obtain finance for investment properties. So as someone that specialises in property investment finance let me share some insights into what’s happening in the lending space, who has been doing what, what the lenders are looking to see and what you should be doing about it… If you would like to Make Sense of All The Changes in the property and investment space check out the webinar hosted by Matt Bateman & Luke Harris - If you need to assess your current lending circumstances please contact Loans Only – the official investment mortgage partner of – contact us directly by email on So, let’s get to it… #rethink #reinvent #rentvest

Episode # 41 - An Aussie's guide to US real estate with Reed Goossens  

Our guest today is Reed Goossens who provides us with the Aussie’s guide to US real estate. With a background in structural engineering Reed has managed to combine his technical background with his passion for real estate development and investing. Reed is the owner of RSN Property Group that specialise in re-development of apartment communities, through investor syndication in emerging US markets. Reed helps us explore the world of US real estate investing from the point of view of an international investor. We go through some straightforward questions to get an insight on how successful Australia investors like Reed break into the US property market. If you are interested in the topic please also tune in to Reed's podcast via; So, let’s just get to it….

Episode # 40 - Nine by 25 with Eddie Dilleen  

Our guest this week is Eddie Dilleen has bucked the trend and accrued a portfolio of nine investment properties. And he is only 25! Eddie hasn’t achieved this success because of wealthy parents or a high-paying job. It’s been through property know-how and goal setting from an early age. Plus, a bit if hustle has been thrown in for good measure. It’s fair to say that Eddie has leapfrogged many others his age… and hats off to him for his hard work and sacrifice to get himself there. Eddie shares his story on what he’s bought, how he’s bought it and why. Eddie and I chat about finance and how his understanding of debt has helped build his portfolio along the way. Along with why he chooses to continue to Rentvest and he shares what's in store for the future. So, let’s just get to it…

Episode # 39 - Times are changing with Claire Madden  

Today we are talking about social change, how we are changing with the times and the impact this is having on the way we design, build, buy and sell property. Giving us some guidance on this matter is Claire Madden who is a social researcher, media commentator, TEDx speaker, and Founder and Director of the strategy and communications agency, Hello Clarity ( Claire is in demand for her skill in effectively identifying the changing social trends which she highlighted in CommBank’s recent Connected Futures report (…20-%20FINAL.pdf). The report largely focused on whether the Australian dream of property ownership is still a reality. Claire is on the board for a financial services company and on the Advisory Board of UTS Business School. Which makes her uniquely placed as an expert on social trends and generational engagement. Tune in to hear Claire's insight into an ever-changing property and social landscape. Did you like this episode? If so, we would love your support by rating us on iTunes ( by liking and following Rentvesting on social media. If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email #rethink #reinvent #rentvest

Episode # 38 - Building your empire with Chris Gray  

Building an empire must start somewhere and learning from property investment experts is a great way to start. So, we have Chris Gray joining us this week who teaches people how to create wealth and improve their work/life balance through investment property. Chris is famed for seeking to change conventional thinking—and to teach people how to better leverage their income & equity to provide cash flow for their lifestyle. His strategies are easy-to-understand, but incredibly powerful and life-changing for anyone willing to take action. Chris is a professional investor, qualified accountant, a very well-known buyers’ agent and he’s funded his lifestyle through investment property with a growing portfolio of more than $15m. Chris is the CEO of Your Empire which is an independent property consultancy and you can also catch Chris at 6.30 on Monday nights as the host of Your Property Empire on business channel of Sky News. To obtain a free copy of Chris’s book titled Effortless Empire please go to: Chris shares some great nuggets with us on The Rentvesting Podcast, so let’s get to it…

Episode # 37 - Homelessness in Australia: a discussion with Marion Mays  

The word home conjures up so many emotions – stability, privacy, safety, along with the actual ability to control a living space. Homelessness is a lack of one or more of the elements that represent 'home'. Now our guest this week, Marion Mays holds a strong sentiment about giving back and looking out for the less fortunate in our communities. Marion has been a long-standing supporter of many charitable organisations that support women and children experiencing domestic violence. Marion is also incredibly successful professionally as the founder of the Thalia Stanley Group (, a wealth advocacy firm based in Melbourne. Marion comes from a background of over twenty years in finance, lending and asset recovery. She holds qualifications in marketing, real estate and financial planning. She is a professional mentor/coach and has been an avid property investor across commercial and residential property for two decades. Marion and I discuss the issue of homelessness in our society along with the issue, if we’re being truthful with ourselves… that the majority of us just turn a blind eye to. It’s an insightful conversation and one that I hope compels more people to act and support Marion and others with initiatives that are helping raise the level of awareness of this issue. Please show your support by donating to: Let’s get to it… #rethink #reinvent #rentvest

Episode # 36 - Are we really in the midst of a housing affordability crisis?  

Simon Pressley is the Managing Director of Propertyology ( and one of Australia's most respected Buyers Advocates. Simon joins us this week on The Rentvesting Podcast and explains why Australia DOES NOT have an affordability crisis. As a nation of almost 25 million people, spread across 8 states and hundreds of local government jurisdictions only one city has an issue with housing affordability. Simon explains that in every other city in Australia, capitals and regions, we can buy a property for less than $600,000, in most cases, closer to $400,000. Even in Sydney, where median house prices have pushed past the $1 million dollar barrier there are everyday Australian's who continue to enjoy a lifestyle and let the investment strategy do the heavy lifting. So, you decide... do we really have a housing affordability issue?

Episode # 35 - Be market ready as often as you can  

What makes a good property investor? Well, the biggest defining factor between average, good and great is - being market ready at all times! Opportunity presents itself in new and interesting ways and great property investors are always ready to capitalise on this. So what makes them ready? Two things: 1) Proper planning 2)Finance established under a good lending structure. At we specialise in working with investor’s to help them grow the largest asset base they can, with money they can afford. We do this through one on one planning and secondly, getting the right finance structure in place. Now even if you haven’t been paying attention it’s been hard to ignore the noise that’s been generated by the lending space in the past few years. Notably because it’s getting harder and harder for property investors to build a serious portfolio of properties. However, those with the right structure in place will be able to capitalise through this period. So on The Rentvesting Podcast this week we’re talking investment lending. What’s happened, what’s to come and what loan structure can potentially present the best opportunity. Plenty of value to share in this episode so, let’s get to it…

Episode # 34 - Building a treasure chest with Leonie Fitzgerald  

Helping people transform their financial well being starts by looking at the whole picture to discover what's important to them and their family. It’s a values focused journey and one that we try to give some justice to in this week’s episode of The Rentvesting Podcast. Leonie Fitzgerald from Wealthology ( joins me to discuss the fundamentals of budgeting and the power of understanding values. Ideally, to create a strategy around money to remove stress, uncertainty and confusion. The principles we discuss have been well documented in the hero’s journey that is The Richest Man in Babylon where simple lessons can create financial wisdom. So, let’s get to it…

Episode # 33 - Five by 30 with Jarrad McEvoy  

We're always looking for great guests to come on to the show and share their investment stories. More recently, we were able to get Jarrad McEvoy to throw his hat into the ring. Jarrad is a WA boy, he’s only 30 but, he’s so far managed to build a portfolio of five investment properties. Working in the oil & gas industry from a young age provided long working hours and longer stints away from home. But the pay for Jarrad was pretty good which he maximised further via investment. Jarrad came on to The Rentvesting Podcast to share his story and outline how he done it… so, keep on listening to hear his take on success, along with his property accumulation strategy. #rethink #reinvent #rentvest

Episode # 32 - The budget has landed  

Now that the budget has landed how could these measures impact property in the short to medium term… well, this is what we’ll discuss in this week’s episode of The Rentvesting Podcast. Knowing that you’re busy and these changes being important to navigate quickly, we’ll break it down by looking at it from a first home buyers, investor’s perspective and discuss these infrastructure spending announcements and what that could mean for growth. So, let’s get started…

Episode # 31 - How a small portfolio can outperform a large one with Wai Oo  

This week we are going to be busting some myths on why a small portfolio can often outperform a massive one. The myth busting is done by my guest Wai Oo the founder of Invest Wise Property. Wai is a registered and experienced Property Investment Advisor who initially gained exposure locally through personal experience prior to gaining his professional qualifications. Wai is a classic example of the success that can be achieved through diligent and well managed property acquisition decisions, along with strong management of your portfolio. So anyway… enough of the intro’s let just started on this myth busting exercise…

Episode # 30 - From zero to six properties in 2.5 years with Taku Ekanayake  

Taku Ekanayake joins us this week on The Rentvesting Podcast. Taku is Sydney based, actively Rentvesting and is very successful at doing so. By the age of 28 Taku has acquired six properties in two & half years and continues to invest in affordable locations whilst, living in inner Sydney. He’s on the show to share how he’s done it.. so, tune in to hear Taku’s take on Rentvesting and his property accumulation strategy. #rethink #reinvent #rentvest

Episode # 29 - Creating instant equity with Lloyd Edge  

Lloyd Edge from Aus Property Professionals joins the discussion this week to talk about duplex development and creating equity at the front end. Lloyd knows enough to be dangerous when it comes to creative strategies to build equity. Starting from quite humble beginnings Lloyd over the past 16 years has been able to build a property portfolio of $10 million that it cash flow positive. Duplexes is yet another Rentvesting strategy that you could deploy to create equity and provide strong positive cash flow. However, please remember all investing involves risk and if you start undertaking developments there are a few more moving parts than usual to consider. So, seek professional advice wherever possible to ensure the best outcomes for your circumstances can be achieved. If you would like to contact Lloyd and take him up on his offer please feel free to reach out to him via Now if you do GENUINELY enjoy listing to this podcast please subscribe and leave a rating and review. It may seem insignificant but it helps much more than you might think :)

Episode # 28 - The six year tax rule  

This is a great strategy to add to your Rentvesting toolbox. Pull out the note pad and pen and get ready to devour the information in the episode ahead!

Episode # 27 - Will Victoria's policy changes improve housing affordability?  

Victoria introduced a raft of new policies aimed at improving housing affordability. So, will it happen? Tune in to find out & if you're interested in knowing more register for The Property Mentors webinar on the Melbourne property market

Episode # 26 - South East Queensland market wrap with Ben Everingham  

Ben Everingham from Pumped On Property shares his insights on the current activity in SE QLD property market. So, let's get to it...

Episode # 25 - Fund your ideal lifestyle with Clayton Daniel  

Operating between the intersection of lifestyle and money, Clayton Daniel explains how you can buy time, find new experiences, and keep more of what you worked for. Tune into the podcast and pick up the bonus pack at:

Episode # 24 - The Armchair Investment Method into Property  

This week we unpack the leveraging strategy around armchair investment and property development. #rethink #reinvent #rentvest

Episode # 23 - Alternative ways to invest in property (part 1)  

As the affordability debate continues to rage we explore alternative investment vehicles that give you access to property. To start the series off we discuss listed and unlisted property. So, let's get to it...

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