This week, we have a very special guest in Tom Karadza (https://twitter.com/tomkaradza), co-founder and co-owner on Rock Star Real Estate, a two time Profit 500 company, which makes Rock Star one of the 500 fastest growing companies in Canada. Rock Star manages a membership of over 800 investors called the Rock Star Inner and you can learn more about it on their website www.rockstarinnercircle.com.
Even though rock star members invest in every real estate strategy imaginable, they are best known for rent to own having members transacted on 1,800 – 2,000 rent to owns to date. If anyone out there has done more in Canada, kindly let me know because I don’t think any other group or company comes close.
During this interview we talk about the day Tom was yelled at in front of his co-workers for missing a sales target which was the catalyst for Tom to change paths and begin his and brother Nick’s journey to starting Rock Star Real Estate. We talk about the investment of Tom’s money, time, but more importantly, the sacrifices of family time and health to take the business where it is and shares his lessons learned.
We talk about rent to own as a strategy, how it works, which markets the strategy is best for, what makes certain investors successful and not so.
For fans of gold and silver, like myself, Tom gives his recommendations on why gold and how much we should own.
We could have gone on for hours so if you listeners enjoy this episode please let me know, preferable leave a review on whichever platform you are using to listen e.g. on Itunes, I read it all or simply email me. Anyways, without further ado, I present to you Tom Karadza
Charles Wah was born and raised in Hamilton where he invests in many forms of real estate, from rent to own, long term hold, a commercial building and for the topic of today’s discussion, land development where they have two proposed developments for a total of 150 townhouses. Charles is a full time entrepreneur and co-founder of the Gateway Group, his real estate and development company.
Charles was a finalist for Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine’s newcomer of the year, he is a proud member of the Real Estate Investment Network, a Rock Star VIP member, Hamilton-Halton Builders’ Association, and Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Charles is always looking to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs to network and raise each other up.
In his personal life, Charles is a sports fanatic, especially soccer, we’re actually attending Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference Final tonight cheer on the Toronto Football Club and depending on when you’re listening to this, hopefully we won J. So without further ado, I give you Land Developer Charles Wah
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Susan started investing in real estate in 2006, five years after watching her younger brother of 5 years achieve great success investing in Hamilton, Ontario. Following her brother’s example, she bought two rental students properties in Barrie, Ontario. She admits that the initial interest was all ego, stepping out on her own and accomplishing something most talk about but rarely do. The problem for Susan was that… she got bored. Next she starting throwing money at the stock market and mutual funds where she could see a daily finite number of what she had made (or lost). I think you all know what happened in 2007 and 2008… Suddenly, the boredom of real estate properties had a new appeal…
Susan then transitioned into a full time real estate investing career, attended any and every opportunity to learn about real estate investing from many Rich Dad programs, to REIN (Real Estate Investment Network) and hiring two coaches. She’s read every book associated with real estate investing she could get her hands on.
Soon after, over a 20 month span, she acquired 13 properties, was awarded “New Comer of the Year Award” from the Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine. The Following year in 2012 she won REIN’s “Top Player Award”
Today, she is focused on being a mom to her three children by limiting her work week to only 15 hours. On the investments side, her focus is primarily buying, renovating legal secondary suites, and holding in Barrie, Ontario.
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You can reach out to or learn more about Susan's business or coaching here:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susan.w.livermore
For this week’s episode we have Police Constable Jules Mckenzie, successful real estate entrepreneur in the Barrie/Orillia area of Ontario. Jules who has held an interest in 50 separate real estate properties and is the operations manager in over 12 joint venture partnerships
The truth about Jules’ rise to success as an investor is, back in 2001 he took some unsophisticated real estate investing courses not specific to Canada. Jules was taught to call his creditors to extend lines of credit and apply for more credit card capacity to be used to financing down payments and renovations on run down rental properties. Unfortunately, the strategy did not work out and Jules had accumulated over $140,000 in expensive credit card and line of credit debt.
How did he climb out of this hole to become an ultra-successful investor? Have a listen to this week’s episode titled, the Jules of Real Estate Investing. Without further ado, I introduce to you, Jules Mckenzie.
If you would like to reach out to Jules, you can do so here:
Ruben Furtado brings a new perspective to real estate investing like no other. With over 20 years experience in successful real estate investing, he has leverage his unique strategies to set new highs in sale prices and has helped many of his customers meet and exceed their real estate goals.
Prior to becoming a Realtor, he bought and sold a large number of properties for himself and with clients. Check out Ruben’s Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/thefurtadogroup/ to see a few of his projects.
Starting out as the child of Portuguese immigrants, from the age of 12, Ruben was able to identify quality investment properties and was hooked on real estate both for lifestyle and wealth creation. Check out the home Ruben built for his family, Toronto Life article here: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-44-belvedere-drive/ and live, action video here: https://vimeo.com/44799732
When the house got too big for the family, Ruben masterfully sold the property when the other area experts thought he was asking a MILLION too high but he successfully set new records for the south Oakville, Ontario market and walked away with a capital gain in the seven figures. Ruben now provides his services as a Realtor and consultant to investors who want to do the same.
Have a listen to our latest episode where Ruben shares his story of success, the time he almost walked away from it all, and tips to avoid failure and top tips when flipping or selling properties.
If you would like to reach out to Ruben, here’s how you can:
Quentin D’Souza (https://www.facebook.com/qdsouza) is a multiple award winning Real Estate Investor, and a trusted authority on investing in the Durham Region of Ontario. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher and holds two university degrees, which includes a Master’s in Education. His company, Appleridge Homes, uses the Buy, Fix, Refinance, and Rent strategy on long term rental properties from Pickering to Bowmanville, as well as joint venture partnerships to create win/win relationships. Quentin is the author of “The Property Management Toolbox: A How-To Guide for Ontario Real Estate Investors and Landlords” and “The Ultimate Wealth Strategy: Your Complete Guide to Buying, Fixing, Refinancing, and Renting Real Estate.” He is also the Chief Education Officer of the Durham Real Estate Investor Club and coaches up and coming real estate investors.
In this episode, we cover a ton:
Links and Show Notes
If you would like to connect with Quentin and/or buy him lunch (you’ll get the reference when you listen to the podcast :)) here’s his email: Info@durhamrei.ca
the Durham Real Estate investors Club: http://durhamrei.ca/
Quentin on Ontario’s Sunshine List for public servants earning over $100,000 salary: http://www.thesunshinelist.com/ca/salary-disclosure/quentin-dsouza/toronto-catholic-district-school-board
Real Deal Renos, 10 episode youtube series on investing in Durham: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNXpKkq4UegQGjmt0PmUfxy9XxnS0Gf98
Books by Quentin: http://www.amazon.com/Quentin-DSouza/e/B00L3J0P4I
We were super excited when Don accepted our invitation to the show and we are even more excited after the interview!! I (Erwin) tried to be a good host and stay present but I couldn’t help but take tons of notes as Don was handing out gold (figuratively)!! I’ll share them later in the show notes on our mrhamilton.ca website but we couldn’t wait any longer to release this episode because:
If you don’t know Don, he is the best-selling Canadian real estate author in history. But that is just the surface. He is also a veteran investor, a teacher, a Philanthropist & market analyst (and, if you’re friends with Don on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theREINman, you know he's an organic farmer).
Don has spoken to tens of thousands of people on stages all over North America, Australia, Ireland sharing his analysis, his strategies and his life philosophies . When the national media: CBC, BNN, CTV, Global News, Financial Post, Globe and Mail, Sun Media, etc… wants an unbiased comment on the real estate market, they go to Don in his role as Senior Analyst of the Real Estate Investment Network, a company that has provided detailed forecasts and analysis of housing markets across Canada for over 23 years.
My goal with the interview is to get deeper into his story, to drag out some tips and strategies you may not have heard before. You’ll find this a fast paced discussion, so I suggest you get your note paper ready and share it with your friends who are interesting in investing in real estate.
You can stay in touch with Don Campbell via:
... and we both hope to see you at ACRE / SOS
In this episode, we learn Julie’s lessons on starting with just $16,000 in 2001 to becoming a real estate millionaire and, more importantly, to living a comfortable, relaxed lifestyle. Real estate investing is not all roses and Julie shares her stories from the trenches, including investing in what became a crack house. Julie talks to the importance of building a brand and shares stories of success. As someone who’s worked hard to build a brand myself, I can personally attest to the importance of having an established brand in order to attract investors.
We also dig into fitness regimes, books, and habits that allow Julie to stay at the top of her game. Just this morning I borrowed Julie’s morning ritual of drinking a glass of water with a “greens” powder followed by a second glass of water and I felt terrific afterwards! If you want to be elite, then adopt the same habits as the elite – it’s that simple… and here is our show!!