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The Truth About Real Estate Investing... for Canadians

For Canadians by Canadians sharing the truths about generating wealth through real estate investing. This show is about getting rich slowly, investing is a marathon, no get rich quick methods will be discussed here hosted by award winning investor and three time Realtor of the Year Erwin Szeto aka Mr. Hamilton
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Now displaying: August, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Life is too short to not have more fun, more often. I was thinking this after a night out on Friday with a bunch of buddies who all happen to be real estate investors, to celebrate a friend’s birthday doing axe throwing, indulging in an adult beverage or ten, gambling, clubbing, and more gambling.

Then on the following Tuesday, I was reminded how short life is as I was driving home from my colonoscopy appointment.  My family doctor requested the procedure because we lost my uncle at 51 to colon Cancer and the emotional toll it cause.  My cousin was ten when he lost his father, he’s a good man now having turned 18 and is apprenticing as a car mechanic at Honda. But I’ll never forget the image of my cousin after the coffin was in the ground and buried how he ran back to place his hand on the mound of dirt to say one final goodbye.

My friends, life is short, go have more fun, stay away from negative people, make lots of money while you’re young so you can enjoy it.

Last week I made the decision that on my 45th birthday, I’m taking most of the year off to travel the world with my wife and kids.  Anyone can do the same with our Freedom 45 program. Don’t know what that is? That’s ok, we at Titan Investment Real Estate will be rolling it out soon.  For our existing clients, you’re already a part of it, we’re just finally giving it a name now.

Learning Lessons From Mental Illness With Jay Gabrani Part 3

This week we have part 3 of my interview with Jay Gabrani.  Parts 1 and 2 had a lot more about investing passively so that you don’t have to work but part 3 is the most important part. Personally, I’d rather have my wife and mother of my children than my real estate.  A real estate portfolio is easy to build with the right team and education, I can’t replace Cherry.

So you’ve been warned, this episode is less about making money and more about Jay’s lessons and story of living with someone suffering from mental illness and what he would have done differently.  This may be the most important episode of the podcast and I hope we make a difference in a few lives.

I give you, Jay Gabrani

Aug 21, 2018

The bearish Ryan Carr is back on the show to share about his latest investment, a 250 square foot house.  That’s right, 250 sq feet. That may just be smaller than many of your master bedrooms in your homes.

Sadly that is the reality of today’s housing market. On a recent vacancy of mine that we just filled last night to four lovely young adults, vacancy is too low and rents are unaffordable to many unless folks are willing to share.

The young adult tenants we signed were willing to do just that.  The applicants we didn’t get were often couples who could not afford the rent, to them I would highly recommend to find some friends and share a house together.  Four adults making a total of 8,000/month can afford a lot more places than just two adults making $4,000/month.

 

Anyways, Ryan is becoming a regular guest of ours, he invests in the far east areas, east of Toronto, the markets he invests in including Oshawa are behaving differently than what we are seeing in the west so it’s great to hear his perspective on his market and what creative ways he’s thought of to make money in real estate.

 

Aug 17, 2018
Oh the lengths we will go for our kids….
 
On Sunday, my wife Cherry planned a half day event for us to ride Thomas the Train.  No idea what I’m talking about? That’s ok. He’s a crazy popular cartoon character who is a train and for $25, you can ride in the train that he pulls.
 
The price is fine, it’s the distance, 122 kilometres from home in Uxbridge, ON that was my biggest problem but fine, we did it, me driving without my license as I brilliantly left my wallet at home 😛. I thought Uxbridge was far when I lived in Markham LOL.
 
The event was quite good, we boarded the train on time, there was plenty of free parking close by, tons of stuff for the kids to do included: bouncy castle, colouring, a mini train to ride, a travelling zoo, face painting, the kids and their cousins all had a blast.  Kudos to my wife for planning the event.
 
What won’t we do for our kids… the answer escapes but ah, I remember, I’ll invest in real estate for them but I’m not signing them up for hockey 😛 Indoor court, winter sports (basketball, volleyball, anything excluding ice) for this family.  They’ll learn to skate as skating is an important life skill all Canadians should have like swimming but no thank you to 6am practices on the ice 😛
 
From Growing Up Discriminated In Poverty to 21 Hold Forever Properties with Jules Mckenzie Part II
 
Our guest this week is a returning guest in Jules Mckenzie, he was previously featured on our show titled From $140,000 in credit card debt to 34 properties.  If you haven’t listened to it yet, I suggest you go back and do so before listening to this week’s interview as more of the tips and tricks around investing are their including joint venturing.  This episode is to further dig into Jules’ life before his beginnings as an investor.
 
link: http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/from-140k-in-credit-card-debt-to-34-properties/
 
Jules has come a long way in his investment journey from near ruin both in life and investing to 55 properties in 2005 to today’s portfolio of 21 properties after shedding poor performers and paying a lot of joint venture partners.
 
What Jules has been holding back is the deeper hole he’s had to dig himself out of growing up an indigenous Canadian on a reserve with limited opportunity, resources, an early life of alcohol and drug abuse.
 
If you know Jules, he’s a big guy with bigger heart and warmer smile. What he hasn’t shared until today is what he’s had to overcome and how he’s done it but he shares it today.
 
For you new real estate investors know that anything is possible, even when life deals you a pretty bad hand. If Jules can build a portfolio of 21 “hold forever” properties than you can too.  
 
To Reach Out to Jules:
Twitter @mckenziejules
Instagram @mrjulesmckenzie
# 705 330 1879
Aug 7, 2018
Happy August Everyone and happy birthday to my Wonder Woman who has her own business, does Crossfit 3x/week, mom to our beautiful kids, runs our household and the most difficult part, taking care of me. Happy 6th birthday!! No really, the kids buy it she's six years old…
 
To celebrate Cherry’s bday like anyone when they turn 18 is to go to Niagara Falls this past Friday.  To start, joined by fellow real estate entrepreneur Charles Wah, we took a relaxing cruise down the Niagara river in a Whirlpool Jet Boat, seated in the front row no less.
 
After that, we pigged out at the Sheraton’s fall view, all you can eat buffet, walked around Clifton Hill to burn off the calories then a stop at Casino Niagara’s black jack tables where Cherry sat down with $100 and walked away with $150!!! Yay!! We didn’t lose 😛
 
Upcoming Halton Real Estate Investors Group meetings: September 15 we have John Roumanis and Greg Kowalkczyk to guest speak.  John is our successful investor friend of 800,000 in returns in 7 years and he’s asked to share how he’s using demographic data to drive his renovation decisions and raise his rents.
 
Greg K, is a super successful e-commerce & Amazon entrepreneur and hugely in demand trainer on building e-commerce businesses.  Greg is a friend, a huge supporter of our registered charity the Hamilton Basket Brigade, and he will be sharing how he built businesses grossing six figures a month.
 
If you’re not already on the invite list, you can do so by signing up at www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting
 
Passive Investing in Private Lending and Oakville, Ontario with Jay Gabrani Part 2.
 
Real Estate Investor and single dad to three, Jay Gabrani is back on the show to share his passive investment strategies: private lending and investing in single family houses in Oakville, Ontario.  Jay’s investing is so passive, he will have sufficient time to home school all three kids for high school.  That’s right. The time and patience to home school three kids.
 
For those not familiar with private lending or even if you are, have a listen to Jay’s strategy to mitigate risks, plan an exit, and maximize returns. I’ve spoken to many investors who risk considerably more with their strategies whereas, Jay’s strategy may be the most sound I’ve heard.
 
Jay’s Oakville investing is educational as well, as many investors, including myself made investment decisions based on a top 10 list whereas Jay goes off board to evaluate the economic fundamentals of his home town in Oakville, Ontario.  Jay’s lessons here are particularly educational because if you remember from part 1, Jay was able to take a three year sabbatical after the loss of his wife to mourn and care for the three kids.
 
If you too want to learn how to take three years off, you will want to have a listen to 2018’s most talked about guest.
 
 
 so without further ado, I present to you Jay Gabrani.
 
 
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