In today’s show we tell you about a new website that will help you assess your portfolio and why it is so interesting is that it actually brings together all the tools you will need instead of having to rely on various sites. It’s called hausli.com and the man behind it is Vin Manhaas who joins us today.
Kevin: One of the big challenges when you are a property investor as you build your portfolio is to track how it’s performing and, in particular, try to design it for the future. We build a portfolio to end up somewhere in the future, hopefully, it’s going to help us put together our retirement package.
I want to tell you about a website that has been introduced to me. It’s called hausli.com, and I’ll tell you more about that in a moment. The man behind it is Vin Manhaas, who joins me.
Vin, is that a fair assessment of how the site has been structured?
Vin: Yes, that’s right Kevin. That’s a pretty good description of it.
Kevin: Now tell me why you’ve developed it and how we can benefit from using it as property investors.
Vin: Right. Well, the reason why I developed it is I started property investing myself quite a few years ago, and I always found that there were various tools available to property investors, but originally, they were often from different countries – so you could use an analyzer from the U.S. – and they weren’t quite relevant to the Australian market.
Another part was that they often did one component of what we needed as property investors really well but they didn’t tend to deal with the entire package of what it would mean to be a property investor. That was forecasting being able to deal with variables over time because obviously, as we know, being a property investor is a long-term commitment and investments should be long term.
Sometimes while I’m to holding those properties, things change and with a lot of the analyzers out there, you could only really set up one set of parameters that would run the full length of the analysis.
Kevin: Vin, if I could just ask you at this point, as an investor, when are we going to be able to use Hausli? At which point? Is this prior to the purchase and putting something into our portfolio or once we’ve purchased it?
Vin: We can actually use it at both times. It’s ideal for pre-purchase analysis and also once you actually have the property, maybe you need to change something, do renovations, change where you’re at, or there are changing parameters in the marketplace that you now need to forecast. You can do those with your existing property, as well.
Kevin: Well, if we’re going to put a property in prior to purchase, obviously, there has to be some analysis in behind all of that. Where have you drawn that information from to help us make that decision about which property to purchase?
Vin: With our analysis, rather than actually providing data on the market, what the capital growth rates are, and those sorts of things, what we’ve approached it from is to actually provide you with the tools to replicate what a real purchase would be like.
You can enter in all the details. It will do a lot of the heavy lifting for you, calculating stamp duties, things like that. You can simulate borrowing equity from other properties, so when you’re using borrowed funds, and especially loans being a big part of property investing and owning property, we put a lot of effort into our loan calculator. That can actually calculate loan interest daily, like the banks do, so you can get a really good picture of where your property may take you in the future.
Kevin: Okay. Now I put all this information in there and I build my own portfolio inside Hausli. Am I able to then pass that information on to the accountant?
Vin: Yes. We have two components with Hausli. One is the forecasting, so you can enter a property and then forecast it, the other part is that we found that investors often don’t have the tool to do this simple record keeping, keep their receipts, and give their accountant something usable at the end of the financial year. So it has a separate section built just for that and designed for the non-accountant person so they don’t have to learn, for example, an accountant package.
Kevin: Okay, now, this is a subscription model, so once I get to the site, I’m given the option of two levels of subscription. Just give me an idea on the costs involved there, Vin.
Vin: Sure. The cost for that for a standard account, which would be for most investors, is $10 a month or worked out, obviously, $120 a year. We have a subscription plan that people can cancel at any time. There’s no contract. You’re not locked into anything. The second subscription would be more for the property professionals.
Kevin: If you want to find out a little bit more about it, the web site is hausli.com. Check it out for yourself. It probably will be one of those tools that you’ll want to bring into your arsenal to help you, one, decide which property you should get and then also how to build your portfolio.
Vin, congratulations on the work you’ve done. Thanks for joining us today on the show and telling us all about Hausli.
Vin: Great. Thank you, Kevin.