What a great time it is to be alive!! One of the secrets of happiness is the practice gratitude and I do this a couple times a week in my journal. One of the secrets of motivation is to have a purpose beyond just you.
I bring this up today because I received a rather nasty email from someone I know. He challenged the purpose of why I post what I do, saying it’s for self affirmation, states my humility is false, and are making assumptions about me.
As someone who has done a lot of self introspection and studied human psychology, I have learnt a few things. Among them is we are all human, we are all flawed, there is no such thing as normal. I am no different, I knowingly admit I am crazy in many ways. Just this morning I signed up for a martial arts tournament to fight other adult men. I am scared, scared of losing, scared of being embarrassed. I have been choked unconscious before in competition in front of my teammates and coaches. I am crazy. I do chase excitement. I am not normal.
Many things we all do is about our nature, we as humans enjoy challenges, we’re territorial, we have egos, we all seek approval and want to be loved. So no judgement here if anyone wants to publicly share their wins and successes, I personally welcome it. By witness others successes, that motivates me to be successful with you. If you remember the story about the 4 minute mile. A running race to complete a mile, 1600m in under 4 minutes was first done by Roger Bannister in 1954. How long have humans been racing for? FYI the first Olympics was in the 600’s BC. Two months after Roger Bannister’s record feat, he did it again, a sub four minute along with Australian John Landy. Once John Landy knew it was possible to run sub four, he believed in himself and made it reality.
This is the same reason I’ll continue to share my journey to freedom 45. My success was not overnight nor without sacrifice. I have more grey hair than my dad and scars on my face from Shingles exactly seven years ago due to stress. I want to be a living case study of what is possible and the rewards that come so you the listener or friend or client (not mutually exclusive) may believe in yourself to do the same.
For the same reason I belong to a mastermind with Michelle Gauthier, Susan White, Ryan Carr, Aaron Moore - our guest this week, Luke Wywrot, Tasha Monaghan and Sarah Coupland to hear others successes to motivate me and to them the same.
If anyone is interested, I’ll share more about what drives me in hopes YOU may be more motivated to make 2019 your best. Because to answer my hater, I’m not at peace with myself at 3am, my mind gets on a hamster wheel when I wake up in the middle of the night how I can do more, be more. That is who I am and how I arrived to where I am today and take me to places including a multi million dollar charitable foundation for my charity the Hamilton Basket Brigade to ensure hundreds of families will receive the best Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas ever for decades long after I’m gone.
If people want to hate me for chasing my goals then go ahead. Because a good life for my kids, grandkids and giving underprivileged families their best Christmas ever mean a hell of a lot more to me than one person’s feelings.
If you’d like to spend more time with fellow world changers and investors, save the date for my networking meeting Wednesday evening on January 23rd. We are still working on a venue but to get on the invite list go to www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting and register to get on the invite list.
Our guest speakers Charles Wah and Andy Tran will be sharing the how tos on small in-fill real estate developments as they are building two houses from scratch that will each be a duplex. This is the ideal starter development investment for folks as the land came included with the initial investment that already cash flows thus reducing the risks. Most of my mastermind will be in attendance as well in cash you want to meet someone who’s transacted on 70 properties or buys 12-24 properties per year or is building a 30 storey condo building or owns/manages over 200 apartment doors and of course, this week’s guest Aaron Moore.
Again that’s www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting to get on the invite list.
Americans call him the “Canadian Investor” as Aaron embodies the Canadian stereotypes as he both helps and invests. Aaron is a past winner of REIN’s Leslie Cuff Player of the Year award, that’s the big award only given to investor each year. He’s won renovator of the year as well.
Aaron left his corporate job in the early 2000’s to make investing a full time gig. He’s also one of the best I’ve seen at incorporating online, paid traffic strategies to source off market properties and he’s been a big help in me getting started as well.
I give you Aaron Moore.
Hello Investors and welcome to the truth about real estate investing show, my name is Erwin Szeto your host bringing you lessons, tips, and tricks from the trenches from actual investors who are self made millionaires and multi millionaires. I ask the questions so we may learn about their habits and strategies so we may replicate their success and along the way I share some of what I’m up helping myself and others build inter-generational wealth and financial freedom so we may live our lives however we may choose.
First off, my charity the Hamilton Basket Brigade, we are heading into the final stretch to make this Christmas the best Christmas ever for 24 impoverished families in Hamilton. Where do we find these families you ask? We literally asked the Catholic and Public elementary school boards for their worst cases.
We have raised over $12,000 for this event and thanks to a 200 toy donation from Spin Master Toys, every kid is going home with a toy. December 15th can not come soon enough!
If you’d like to donate or volunteer for our next event in Easter of 2019 head to www.HamiltonBasketBrigade.com we are a registered charity so you get an automated donation receipt in your inbox. As the President of the Hamilton Basket Brigade, thank you everyone for your support and have a happy holidays!!
On to the subject of investing, I get a lot of questions about my own investing.
In a nutshell it has gone like this, I’ve transacted personally on over 30 properties. I’ve done flips, student rentals, regular buy and hold, executive rentals, legal non conforming multis, legal permitted duplexes in Toronto, Burlington, Brantford, St. Catharines, and of course Hamilton. The only thing I haven’t done is rent-to-own because honestly, I’m young and because I’m an avid student of economics, I’m bullish on the market and didn’t want to leave any more on the table on a rent to own buyout. Luckily I played my cards right.
My wife is also an Accountant to real estate investors so she knows where the money is…
Admittedly my portfolio has been neglected as I’ve built out my investor coaching business so I’m dipping my toes back into the water with a flier campaign, I’ve hired a sales person, I launched a new SEO optimized website, created a paid ad on kijiji, and launching a paid traffic campaign. I’m investing a lot of time and effort into this business but next i’ll try going old school and take an ad out in the local paper :P
Leads are starting to trickle in and I’ll go more in depth into what I’m up to at my monthly networking meetings.
This may sound like overkill but what I’ve listed is basically the best practice of several investors I’ve been mentored by or masterminded with. Everything will be measured for performance but I believe in Sun Tsu’s “Art of War” in the best way to optimize the outcome of me acquiring great property is to cover all my bases.
James is an old friend of mine, we met at REIN’s ACRE event in 2010, he’s investing in Hamilton, I’m Mr. Hamilton, me teaching him how to invest made a lot of sense.
James was already investing on his own but was getting a poor return on his time and efforts till I showed him an easier way and he bought FIVE properties in the first 12 months we were working together. With a sized decent portfolio, James started his own property management company with plans to expand. He asked me my advice and I invited him to join my rapidly growing team and he did and now he’s the top performer on my team and somewhere in the top 10% for the whole country.
After a very challenging few months of transitioning out of corporate and coaching investors to acquire quality investment properties, the writing was on the wall it was time to leave corporate for his exploding coaching business. The gamble paid off as the next 12 months resulted in six figures of active income, the most he’d ever made and soon after James we able to 2x his job income.
Fast forward to today, as a full time coach and licensed real estate professional, James just acquired three more properties in 2018, he vacations 6-7 weeks per year with his family in his condo next to the beach in Costa Rica in the winters and just renovated his backyard with a pool for summers.
James is also a founding board member of the Hamilton Basket Brigade and top five sponsor so he gives his time and money back to the community.
To me, that’s what real estate investing is about. The financial freedom to enjoy life, having an impact on those around you, and your community.
Here is James’ story and how he earned the nickname Money Baggs
The DOW plunged 800 points yesterday so I asked Invest Like Mike's Mike Iuliano what's going on in the markets, how he's investing (since he consistently beats the markets) and how it relates to real estate.
I hope you enjoy! If you do, please like and share so I know you want to hear more of these interviews with Mike!
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I’m back from vacation!!
Yes I know, I was back like two weeks ago from Hong Kong, China but this time I’m back from our cruise trip we had booked before our Hong Kong trip!!
We took a Norwegian Bliss cruise out of Miami with stops in St. Thomas USVI, Tortola BVI (my personal favourite for the lovely views of rainforest and coast line, and one of the nicest beaches I’ve been too), and Bahamas.
We did some amazing snorkeling right off the beach in Magens Bay, St Thomas. I was snorkeling with land developer Charles’ Wah’s dad, he goes by Wah and my brother Tony. My brother is an advanced diver, I’m a recreational diver, we both like to dive but when travelling with kids, snorkelling will have to do. We saw lots of tropical fish, some the size of my forearm, a school of cuttlefish and the highlight was an octopus. We hung out with our eight legged friend for a bit and were treated to a show as it changed colours to an almost white.
Snorkelling brought back memories of my brother and I snorkelling in Bahamas as kids. This event and the whole trip was a great bonding experience for us.
On the trip was my wife and kids, Tony’s wife and kid, my mom, friends of the show Charles Wah, land developer and Andy Tran best known for his basement suite consulting business. They both brought their families including parents. Our total group was 26 and it was so much fun!!! I call this having multiple flavours of cake and eating it too!!
Charles and Andy are my friends who were at first clients of mine then became close friends. We’re all young and ambitious entrepreneurs so it’s great we can get together like family to enjoy a pleasure cruise. We get each other whereas many of you investors know, not many people “get you.”
I love cruising so much, I already booked my next cruise in early 2019. You see, I’m turning 40, I thought things were downhill at 30 so even more so now. Cherry and I are attending the 10X Growth Conference by Grant Cardone in Miami so why not hope on a 4 night cruise i in the Caribbean since we’re already in Miami and it’s so much cheaper than staying in Miami LOL :P
A couple real estate friends look to be coming too. How great is that, a motivation conference followed by a week with fellow entrepreneurs to mastermind and have a good time. I truly love mixing business with pleasure!!!!
Quick announcement before we get to our guest, I’m still getting questions on almost a daily basis on timing real estate, the future of real estate, blockchain and real estate, am I worried about interest rates and bubbles, the recently announcement of the GM plant closing in Oshawa etc… so come January at my monthly networking meeting I will go over how I see the world and how the research drives my decisions. I am not an economist however I am a multi millionaire investor, I’ve coached multiple multi millionaire investors, and I spend a lot of time around other real estate multi millionaires so hopefully I’ve learnt something along the way. I’ll share the research anyways so you may make your own decisions. So go to http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ to get on the invite list.
Our January guest speakers are currently developing a small piece of land and building from scratch two houses on a lot they bought with already two properties. Pretty cool eh? Take two properties and sever the lot, build for a total of four properties and 8 units. How did they do it? Andy Tran and Charles Wah will be at my networking meeting to share how they went about doing it.
Have you met Doug and Anna Scott? No? They are at every networking event. They will even split up to divide and conquer if there are events going on at the same time. I last saw Doug at the Ontario Landlord Watch Annual Conference but no Anna, she was at Scott McGilvrey’s Keyspire event in Toronto where they are member coaches.
Doug and Anna also host their own networking group in Cambridge, Ontario. I’ve been before, it’s a great, energetic group of action takers. My wife has spoken their twice, I spoke there just a few months ago. Highly recommend you check them out if you’re in the area… or not from the area as Doug and Anna will tell you. No great event is too far as they live in Waterloo but are regulars and members of the Durham REI meetings all the way in Whitby, Ontario so that’s 90 minutes in no traffic or five hours in Toronto traffic.
Anyways, here is their story on how even while starting late in life, investing in just a few properties allowed Doug to retire five years early, how retirement/full time investing really means spending more time doing what they want to do. How they got started, how to be great networkers, and as always, advice for the new investor.
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