Buying high in demand assets with growing demand makes a lot of sense in hindsight. The business case for Canada to grow the economy via immigration makes a lot of sense financially to attract investment and talent.
Unfortunately, many investors heard the same advice I did and instead of investing in Toronto, they invested in Edmonton and Calgary Alberta. Again, hindsight being 20/20, that was not a good decision. I know many of these people personally.
Then last week, Wade Graham, a long time Facebook friend of mine commented on one of my posts about real estate how he’s glad to have exited all his Alberta real estate, $11 million dollars worth. Wade was part of the same network and community I was for just as long and I wanted someone who’s not all rah rah real estate to come on this podcast. Wade fits exactly that bill :P
What Wade as a guest does offer is what went wrong in his real estate journey so you may all get it right. But real estate is not all bad to Wade as the network and skills he built translated into acquiring a failed business, making it successful, in an industry that he loves.
In these trying times, there will be many businesses that fail which is terribly sad. However, there will be some entrepreneurs who can buy these businesses and their equipment for cents on the dollar. In the restaurant industry, that’s commonly known. The restauranteur who is the first into a space and invests hundreds of thousands for commercial stoves, ovens, fryers, fridges, freezers, furnishings etc.. they pay retail prices plus delivery and installation. Sadly, often the debt servicing and rent is too much, the restaurant folds, another businessperson then buys the assets for cheap and has a much better chance at survival and might even prosper. Wade has a similar experience to share which is timely considering the current environment and I wanted you my community to be aware of it.
If you don’t know Wade, he describes himself as a:
“Thinker. Feeler. Active. Outdoor. Trying to love a little more and forgive faster. I fail often.”
Wade tells it like it is so the language is not safe at work or if you have little ones in the car with you.
We talk about group think in real estate investing, the challenges of having tenants, some wild stories including when Wade had to rescue 200 pounds of gold in a back pack and buying a business.
Without further ado, I give you Wade Graham.
“Deadbeat. Loser. Failure .Criminal.
Imagine growing up in a family where those words were meant to be your future. Without loved ones supporting you, would you, too, believe “You’ll never amount to anything?”
All around you, right now, there are kids who dream to be great but live without the support or circumstances to do so. Whether you were raised with encouraging parents or you bootstrapped your way on your own, you have the option to give a break to a kid in need.
Successful real estate investor and business owner Roger Auger knows firsthand. No Excuses is his story of hustling stolen mac and cheese and paying his parents’ mortgage at age 13 to running a successful real estate empire. Carve out your own path of growth and learn:
What life can be like at home for some kids, how to spot a kid without support, and the little things you can do that have a big impact,
How hard work can make almost any dream a reality,
The pathway to creating a better future through real estate investing—even if you’re a kid who comes from nothing.
Why YOU could be the answer to changing someone’s world, just by giving them a chance.
No Excuses gives us hope that the world can be improved one kid at a time. The world doesn’t give you handouts…but with a dose of Roger Auger’s hustle and paying it forward, you could be on your way to success.”
SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR OBSESSED WITH EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS AROUND THEIR BUSINESS FINANCES.
Her track record speaks volumes: she has built a highly profitable 7 figure company, been on Dragon's Den (the Canadian version of Shark's Tank), done a successful crowdsourcing campaign and sold two businesses in the e-commerce space.
She now works with a fellow entrepreneur, her husband on FFV Capital and Fast Forward Ventures, our real estate companies focussed on private financing and commercial real estate investing.
She’s been featured as one of the top female entrepreneurs in Canada by the w100 and also recognized as a top 20 under 40 entrepreneur by Business London.
We have Victoria Masucci
What I also found fascinating is the insurance program Victoria designed for folks like us – entrepreneurs and investors, and how she successfully included her children in her business. So without further ado, I give you Victoria.