Category Archive: Real Estate

Jul 24

A key to success — smell the roses

When peo­ple look at my back­ground (mul­ti­ple busi­ness owner, self employed, investor, real estate, fam­ily, vol­un­teer­ing, etc) they tend to assume I’m a very busy per­son. The media is full of the “you must com­mit every moment of your day to achieve suc­cess” mes­sage. When I started, that was prob­a­bly fairly true, I worked quite …

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Jun 02

Too much information

As an owner of a design com­pany, you have to own a lot of fonts. When I started out, I had hun­dreds, if not thou­sands. Over the years, I’ve acquired many more to the point that I now have over 25,000. Some peo­ple may think this is a good thing but, in real­ity, it’s more …

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Jan 31

15 years to overnight success

A friend of ours recently came by for a visit. They are inter­ested in start­ing their own busi­ness, and inspired by our appar­ent suc­cess. It’s very easy to look at our life and think it’s easy to dupli­cate. The truth is, we’re not even close to an overnight suc­cess. Busi­ness and invest­ing is not a …

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Jan 19

The bottom is slipping

Canada’s real estate mar­ket is over­val­ued. Any­one who says oth­er­wise is lying to you and liv­ing in a dream world. Fuelled by low inter­est rates, which allowed more peo­ple the abil­ity to buy, hous­ing prices have risen at an unprece­dented rate over the past 10–15 years as demand, and afford­abil­ity, increased. You may won­der how …

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Jan 12

Know the disease

Many peo­ple tell me it’s impos­si­ble to be a land­lord. There’s just no way to make money, ten­ants are night­mares, they don’t want the hassles…whatever. I sup­pose, I also hear the same thing about start­ing a busi­ness. 9/10 busi­nesses fail within 3 years, you have no life, it’s all work and no play…etc. Hav­ing started …

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Jan 10

Warning Signs — Revisited

In April I wrote an arti­cle called “Warn­ing Signs — Time to move”, and a reader just asked if my views had changed since then, so here’s an update. In reread­ing the arti­cle, I’d say much of what I wrote has come to pass. Inter­est rates have risen a bit (about 3.57% is now nor­mal for …

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Dec 03

Flipping ain’t easy

I’ve never been a big fan of flip­ping houses, but I know peo­ple who do it. Try­ing to find a good place at the right price is tough in this econ­omy and mar­ket, and find­ing one you can add value to and sell at a profit is even harder. Flip­ping houses is not an investment, …

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Nov 07

New Tips and Tricks

It’s been a busy time over the past few months, but I’ve learned a few things along the lines… Get­ting bet­ter value, faster I’ve always advo­cated financ­ing a rental 100%, but these past few months I’ve learned a lit­tle trick I didn’t know before. In the past, I knew that if you bought a prop­erty and …

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Aug 21

Where’s the pain?

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I’ve recently been work­ing with a gov­ern­ment agency to place ten­ants. It’s a very good deal. They screen the ten­ants, pay the rent, guar­an­tee the con­di­tion of the place, peri­od­i­cally inspect the place, call at least once a month to ensure I’ve got­ten pay­ment and that there are no issues, and will help evict the …

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Jul 17

Money can be replaced

At some point in your life, you’re going to go through a bad patch. With me, it seems to hap­pen every seven years or so (or so it seems). With my friends, it can hap­pen more or less often. It could be a rela­tion­ship implodes, loss of a job, bad luck, what­ever… There are going …

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