Coconut Avenue is the podcast for property investors, especially if you are new and driven trying to make properties your pot of gold!
We bring on people with years of expertise in the market, real deal property investors that can give you insights rarely discussed in public. We believe there is an excess of sales bias in the property content out there today!
So tune in as we dig the brains of these experienced and professionals and go in-depth on different property topics. Ultimately, we want you to make a more informed property decision.
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Ep 13: 3 Questions Everyone Should Answer Before Deciding What Property They Want – David Baey from Mortgage Master
In episode #13 of Coconut Avenue, we are joined by David Baey, the Co-founder of Mortgage Master. David has been a driving force in the mortgage industry for almost 10 years. He started out at DBS, specializing in mortgages and rose to become Branch Business Senior Relationship manager. He then led the Mortgage department at MoneySmart before co-founding Mortgage Master in 2019. And today, he will talk about something so important, but almost always neglected in a property purchase journey until the last stage – mortgage loan. Tune in as we discuss with David about mortgage loans. How is the credit score in Singapore calculated? Is your mortgage loan so important that it can make or break your property purchase be it for your own stay or investment? With that said, how can you then prevent yourself from purchasing the wrong property due to insufficient knowledge about mortgages? What’s the difference between like effective interest rates and flat interest rates? What are the 3 questions everyone should answer before deciding what property they want? Tune in to find out!
Ep 12: Commercial Strate Properties & the Important Matrixes Behind them – Jacqueline Wang from JMD
In episode #12 of Coconut Avenue, we are joined by Jacqueline, the Co-founder of JMD. JMD has built outstanding investment properties in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. They’re headquartered in Singapore and their expertise focuses on major commercial properties with strong experience in the shophouse sector. Tune in as we discuss with Jacqueline about strata commercial properties. What are some qualities to look at for commercial strata properties? How does fragmented owners and location affect the demand of your commercial strata properties? How do you reverse engineer to estimate the demand of your commercial strata properties and better predict the rent structure? How is remote working affecting the demand of commercial strata offices and what direction is it heading? What are some advice she has for first time property buyers who are interested in investing in commercial strata spaces?
Ep 11: What Are Some Important Matrixes & Thought Processes Behind Shophouse Investing? – Jacqueline Wang from JMD
In episode #11 of Coconut Avenue, we are joined by Jacqueline, the Co-founder of JMD. JMD has built outstanding investment properties in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. They’re headquartered in Singapore and their expertise focuses on major commercial properties with strong experience in the shophouse sector. Tune in as we discuss with Jacqueline about commercial properties and shophouses. What are some matrixes and thought processes behind valuing and investing commercial assets or shophouses? Can these processes be applied for residential investing? How does the condition, fundamental land value, neighbouring land value and assets all affect the valuation process? What are some important questions to ask before investing in commercial or shophouse properties?
Ep 10: What are the Major Investing Pillars in US Real Estate Investment? – Mark Ho from RealVantage
In episode #10 of Coconut Avenue, we are joined by Mark, the Managing Director of RealVantage, a property investment fund that invests in properties in the UK, USA, Australia and most recently, Singapore. With 18 years of experience in the real estate industry, he’s here to share with you in depth about the USA property markets. Tune in as we discuss with Mark on property investment in USA. What are some key reasons why he like the US property market? How to determine if a property is worth buying in US? How do they increase the yield for a different classes of property? How attractive is Singapore property market compared to the properties Australia and US? How are property taxation and transaction cost in US like? What are some pitfalls Singaporean commonly faced when investing in US property market?
Ep 9: What are some Important Factors to consider in a Foreign Property Investment? – Keith Ong from RealVantage
In episode #9 of Coconut Avenue, we are joined by Keith, the co-founder of RealVantage, a property investment fund that invests in properties in the UK, USA, Australia and most recently, Singapore. Tune in as we discuss with Keith on property investment in Australia. What are some key reasons why he like the Australian property market? How will the tension between China and Australia affect the property market of Australia? What are some major metrics to look at when investing in Australian property markets? How to increase your property yield? How should investors manage currency risks when investing in overseas property? What are some risks of investing in Australian property markets for retail investors? What are the key factors that drive real estate prices What to look out for when investing with property investment funds? Tune in to find out!
Ep 8: What are some Strategies for Foreign Properties Investments? – Robert the Property Investor
In episode #8 of Coconut Avenue, we bring on a foreign property investor, Robert. At a young age of 25, he bought his first semi-detached property in UK. He then went on to buy another two properties in the prime areas in UK. Tune in as we discuss with Robert about his property journey in UK. What is his strategy when buying and renting properties? What are some saving strategies he used to save towards his property purchase? How did he cope with his rental during the pandemic? What is rental arbitrage and how can it be used? What are the risks and how can you cover it? Robert is also the founder of Boxaroo, a corporate merchandise company.
Ep 7: How to Protect Yourself Against the Unexpected as a Property Investor? – James the Property Investor
In episode #7 of Coconut Avenue, we bring on a property investor, James(pseudo name). He’s a normal Singaporean like you and I, but his story became interesting after he bought his first property at 28. Tune in as we discuss with James about his property journey. What are some of the ups and downs he faced being a property investor? What are some things to look out for when choosing a property to buy? What should you be aware of when renting out? What is his mindset when it comes to property investing?
Ep 6: What should LGBTQ community know when buying a home? – William Tan from Prident
In episode #6 of Coconut Avenue, we bring on the co-founder of Prident, William Tan. Prident is a professional LGBTQ+ collective aiming to serve the community by offering more personalised advice on wider financial matters such as financial planning, insurance, real estate and investments. William is also a realtor from Singapore Realtors Inc. Tune in as we discuss with William about what are some things the LGBT community should know before buying properties. What are some challenges LGBT member faces in Singapore real estate market? How do they best prepare for their property purchase?
Ep 5: How to Find the Right Agent? – Matthew Lam from PropNex
In episode #5 of Coconut Avenue, we bring on one of PropNex’s top agent, Matthew Lam. PropNex is one of the largest real estate agency in Singapore. Tune in as we discuss with Matthew from PropNex on how to find the right agent. What are some objective ways to find a good agent with experience? How do you go about choosing what to believe when many agents have different logical recommendation on what is good? What are some micro-factors that determine whether the property prices will go up?
Ep 4: Is Fee-based Property Agency the Future? – Rhonda from Ohmyhome
In episode #4 of Coconut Avenue, we bring on the CEO of Ohmyhome, Rhonda Wong. Ohmyhome is one of Singapore’s first and leading fee-based property platform. For every transaction, clients would just pay a fixed-fee to the company instead of paying commission to the agent. Tune in as we discuss with Rhonda from Ohmyhome about differences between fee-based property agency vs commissioned based agency. What are her views on the benefits of going fee-based? What are the structures behind a fee-based agency that helps buyers and sellers reduce transaction costs? How does going fee-based affect the quality of attention you get in the transactions?
Ep 3: How do People Make Money in Commercial and Industrial Properties? – Maureen from Abiel Real Estate Fund
In episode #3 of Coconut Avenue, we bring on the CEO and founder from Abiel Real Estate Fund, Maureen Li. She is a seasoned commercial and residential property investor with years of experience in Australia and Singapore property markets. Tune in as we discuss all about commercial and industrial properties. What kinds of commercial properties are there? Which tend to have better rental yield and better control over tenancy? How do people make money in commercial and industrial properties? What determine their price, equity upside and rental yield? What are some things people can do to increase their value?
Ep 2: Why some Leasehold Properties Don’t Depreciate Much Overtime? – Maureen from Abiel Real Estate Fund
In episode #2 of Coconut Avenue, we bring on the CEO and founder from Abiel Real Estate Fund, Maureen Li. She is a seasoned commercial and residential property investor with years of experience in Australia and Singapore property markets. Tune in as we discuss how we should look at leasehold HDBs and Condos. Should you get HDB before you get Condo? Why do some people buy HDB even when they can afford Condos? What is the tenure you should consider buying and selling? Why is it that some leasehold properties don’t depreciate much even as they age?
Ep 1: Is Property a Home or an Investment? – Maureen from Abiel Real Estate Fund
In episode #1 of Coconut Avenue, we bring on the CEO and founder from Abiel Real Estate Fund, Maureen Li. She is a seasoned commercial and residential property investor with years of experience in Australia and Singapore property markets. Tune in as we discuss if we should look at property as an investment or a home. What are some strategies to take for people buying HDB? What’s the HDB age you should look out for when buying? Will property prices continue to rise even after reaching their highs?