Working with an architect or designer on your home design - Episode 06 (Season 13 - Your next best steps)
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This is episode 191 of the Get it Right podcast. In this episode, I’ll be talking about those who are working with someone right now on your home design, exploring all the options, reviewing sketches of floor plans being presented to you, and you’re loving all the possibilities and ideas. 

If you’re working with an architect or a building designer, or who are planning to, this episode will show you what you need to consider to maximise that relationship, and really get a great outcome not only for your future home, but also in the experience you have in your project. 


If you’re struggling with understanding the overall steps for your project, what you should be focussing on and when, or how to best invest your efforts, energy and money to get a great outcome in your future home, I’ve created something super helpful for you.

Access my free online workshop “Your Project Plan” now >>>

This free workshop will really help you understand the best steps to take wherever you’re at in your project, and how you can avoid some serious and expensive mistakes. 

Plus, I’ll share with you what to focus on and when, so you know you’re getting everything in order for a successful project and beautiful home. And you’ll get access to some great bonuses, including the transcripts of this season (all packaged in a downloadable PDF E-Guide).

Many homeowners get confused about how much they need a designer for, and what will add value to their project experience, and the home they create. Especially when they’re trying to juggle their budget, and determine what they’ll spend in fees vs what they’ll keep aside for the construction phase. 

My perspective on this is that, for any money you spend on professional fees with ANY consultant you’re using in your project, the value they add and the money they save you should dramatically outweigh the cost of their fees. 

When projects go well, that’s the feedback homeowners give. That it was SO worth it to have those people on their team and that the expertise they added and mistakes they helped them avoid far exceeded the cost of their fees.

Of course, I know not everyone wants to use an architect, and an architect is not the only designer who will work with homeowners on their renovation and building plans. Of course, we also have building designers, and interior designers as well. 

I’m very clear about the fact that it’s not about you only using an architect - because, as with any industry, there are those that are great at their job, and those that aren’t, but still can hang a shingle and charge people for their work. 

I’m passionate about you choosing the best fit for your project, and finding the right designer for you, and then having the ability to check that they’re taking care of you and providing you with quality guidance and professional advice. 

There is a perception that an architect is the most expensive design professional to use, but that’s not always the case. There is also a perception that architects only do high-end homes, and you use other designers for everything else. This is also not the case.

So, it’s always worthwhile doing your research, dropping some of those preconceptions you have about any of the designer roles in the industry, and finding who’s going to be right for you. I’ll mention more about these different industry roles as we dive a little further into the podcast. 



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Finance & Fury Podcast
Finance & Fury Podcast
Finance & Fury
Investing in infrastructure as part of a wealth accumulation strategy.
Welcome to Finance and Fury. This episode will looking at infrastructure as an asset class, to see if it can help to provide some diversification for portfolios and decent moving forward. * Infrastructure – physical assets that provide services that are essential for us to live our lives. The aim is to invest in assets that if the market booms or busts, it provides some diversification to traditional asset classes. * Traditional Asset classes – * Defensive – Cash, Fixed interest (gov, corporate bonds, credit) * Growth – Property, Shares – Australian or international * Where does infrastructure sit – still in the growth category - In my view – can help to provide a real asset can play a role in an investment portfolio – two component for reasons to invest in infrastructure * Diversification – infrastructure allows an investment in lower correlation to other asset classes – however, depending on the type on investment purchased, some may have “higher beta and therefore less diversifying” * Real use – value – investment in areas that we generally interact with these essential services every single day, gas, water, electricity, transport * Traditional infrastructure * Transport – seaports, airports, major roads, bridges, tunnels * Utilities – Power generation, energy distribution and storage, water, sewage * Renewable energy – big asset class moving forward * Communication – network towers, satellites, phone networks * Infrastructure at the moment is potentially undervalued due to not seeing the same rebound as many other growth investments over the past 6 months – oil prices also went down – the year returns haven’t been great – * effects are cyclical - there may be an opportunity today from a pricing perspective - the market has marked down real assets and infrastructure at the moment - * Lot of money being spent on infrastructure – there is a major need in developed economies for revamping of aging infrastructure, and for new infrastructure projects * In addition - emerging markets which have their economies growing as well as their population’s wealth increasing, the demand for more and better infrastructure continues to rise * But government budget pressures have been affecting their ability and willingness to fund infrastructure projects, creating more opportunities for private capital in the asset class – however, with the invention of green bonds as well as cash rates for funding being close to zero, this could increase the amount of money available to fund projects Benefits – * Predictability of cashflow - Infrastructure assets usually have a pretty high level of visibility and security when it comes to their future cash flows. * When talking to fund managers, they say that they look for projects that almost have guaranteed revenues – those that are underpinned by regulation or long-term contracts with highly creditworthy counterparties - such as governments – compare this to other companies where their cashflows are not as secure – the valuations can be hard * However – most infrastructure could be considered to be a Public Private Partnerships - where the public sector partners with a private sector company - The private sector company develops, constructs, finances, operates and maintains the infrastructure, and the public sector pays for those services -the concessions for the assets are often granted over lengthy contractual periods, which can be over 30 years – so the cashflows can be relatively secure * Also – they have Inflation-linked revenues - The revenues that infrastructure assets earn are often linked to inflation - rates of return set by regulators frequently linked to future inflation expectations in in a long-term contract. * A competitive advantage – A lot of the time, infrastructure assets have a form of a monopoly in the services that they provide – or in other cases, they operate in markets with high barriers to entry * Therefore, the assets cannot be easily replicated and often remain free of the competitive pressures confronting more traditional organisations – so again, the risks that an established project all of a sudden has a new up coming competition are very low – helping to reduce uncertainty risks * The Essential nature of infrastructure and correlation – * People tend to use these essential services on a daily basis and that utilisation (and returns) can often depend less on the economic climate at a point in time than other investments - Because of that essential character, economic factors often have less of an influence on infrastructure assets than on numerous other businesses, which can assist in delivering stable returns through market cycles * infrastructure as an asset class, particularly unlisted infrastructure, has historically demonstrated low levels of correlation with other growth asset classes – can help to reduce volatility of a portfolio The risks of infrastructure * Too much leverage and interest rates * Debt and the cost of that debt can be a big factor in the future performance of a project – * Technically – with interest low or falling – the cost of debt declines – this means the costs of capital also decline in the valuation of projects – * This means that the values of the project increase – but the opposite is true, if interest rates rise, then the valuations can also decline * on average, most infrastructure stocks have higher debt to equity or gearing levels than the average stock and therefore are more vulnerable to interest rate rises. * Greenfield risk – this is a major risk for new projects – where the estimates don’t stack up to reality – an example of this would be a toll road at the beginning of its life, when it has the most uncertainty - what traffic levels of the road will really be like remains to be seen. Tolls may have been set, but again, sufficient usage of the new road is essential – there can be too much uncertainty which can be dangerous * You can also have Construction risks, delay risks and cost blowouts - Example – The Queensland Government contracted BrisConnections to run its Airportlink Project, which opened to the public in 2012. Initial forecasts were for the 6.7km tunnel, linking Brisbane Airport with the CBD, to carry 170,000 vehicles per day. Six months after opening, there were only 50,000 vehicles using the road and BrisConnections went into receivership. The roadway was eventually sold for $2 billion to Transurban, despite having cost $4.8 billion to construct. Many retail investors who invested in the initial public offer at $1.00 lost most of their money when the shares plunged to $0.001 within months. Further, the shares were structured as instalment warrants carrying a further two instalments of $1 each. People who thought they were being canny traders, picking up a bargain, suddenly found that for each $1,000 they invested, they incurred a $2 million liability. * Lesson – investing in early infrastructure projects is very risky – especially if there aren’t government guarantees on the returns * Management and ESG factors - while real assets like infrastructure can be fairly low risk, this can be negated by the people that run them – the same with any company * When looking at infrastructure businesses - It might be the case that too much risk is taken on, a white elephant is built, or the capital structure is not right and there is too much leverage. The human element is very important to assess as the humans are the ones making the decisions on what to build based around assumptions – if enough mis management occurs, a company can lose its licence to operate an infrastructure asset if the asset is not well managed. * In Italy – Autostrade is a company that controls the roads forming the Italian system of motorways - currently at risk of having its mot…
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