Starting Late but Retiring 5 Years Early with Doug and Anna Scott

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 to), 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, snorkeling 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.

Snorkeling brought back memories of my brother and I snorkeling 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, but 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 hop on a 4 night cruise 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 motivational 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 recent 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 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 two houses from scratch on a lot they bought, which already had two properties on it. 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.

Starting Late but Retiring 5 Years Early with Doug and Anna Scott

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, and it’s a great, energetic group of action takers. My wife has spoken there twice, and I spoke there just a few months ago. I 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. That’s 90 minutes in no traffic or five hours in Toronto traffic!

Anyway, here is their story on how starting later in life and investing in just a few properties still allowed Doug to retire five years early, and 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.

To follow Doug and Anna:

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!


Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
FB: https://www.facebook.com/erwin.szeto
IG: https://www.instagram.com/erwinszeto/

 

 

How to Buy a Business with Ajay Jain

While on vacation, I didn’t get much work done, just a little bit of emails and communicating with my team over instant messaging. I’m on vacation with my kids, so no hard core work was getting done, but I did do some light thinking.

Such as, how so many people are working for the weekend. My family and I were in Hong Kong for my brother in law’s wedding, so there was sufficient notice to all that we were coming. This is partly cultural and partly being an entrepreneur, as both of my wife Cherry’s parents have their own businesses, but they each took maybe one or two days off during our two week stay.

My in laws only see their daughter and grandkids once per year, but could only afford 1-2 days off between the wedding of their son and visit from their grandkids. They did not join us for any of our activities site seeing or the two days we spent at Disney.

On the flip side, there’s my cousin’s wife who retired a year ago from her executive position at one of the big banks. She spent a whole day driving us around, sight seeing, taking us to the beach. She doesn’t have kids, but is crazy about kids. She had a job offer from another big bank for an executive position with salary in the 300k zone. Her competing offer was to be a personal chauffeur to her teenage niece who is a competitive swimmer who needs to get to practice before and after school with dreams of going to the Olympics.

Which would you choose? What if money was no object?

She turned the bank down, informing them she had a better offer.  No stress, no long hours or responsibilities defined by others, no greed. To me, that’s what investing is all about.  Her and my cousin invest in 2nd mortgages. Making money passively so you can do whatever your heart desires. To me, that’s living the dream.

Quick announcement before we get to our World Champion 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, 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 and I spend a lot of time around other real estate multimillionaires so hopefully I’ve learnt something along the way. So go to http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ to get on the invite list.

How to Buy a Business with Ajay Jain

It seems we’ve all read Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. If you haven’t, please do so before continuing listening. 🙂

Robert Kiyosaki wrote about starting or buying a business instead of getting a job. I sought out an expert on buying businesses, which is how my friend and client Ajay Jain got on the show.

Ajay has his Chartered Accountant designation from India, his MBA from Rotman’s School of Business from the University of Toronto, and he’s worked in Merger’s and Acquisitions at CIBC. That’s the department at a bank whose role is grow the business through acquisition. For example, often time when you see a Canadian Bank in the States, it’s because they bought the local bank.  

Ajay is also licensed to work as an agent in brokering the purchase and sale of businesses, so he’s here today to share how that works, and how he values businesses and structures deals.

If you’re an existing business owner, pay special attention, as Ajay is giving guidance on how to increase the value of your business and how to get paid out faster.

To Follow Ajay:

Connect on LinkedIn
Ajay’s Email Address: ajay@aldrin.ca
Website: www.aldrin.ca

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!


Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
FB: https://www.facebook.com/erwin.szeto
IG: https://www.instagram.com/erwinszeto/

 

 

Investing early at Age 18 to Living The Dream the last 14 years Choking People and Becoming a World Champion at Jiu Jitsu with Barbie Benton

I’m back!! My family and I landed back in Canada 12 hours ago after a two week vacation in Hong Kong to witness the marriage of my brother in law, Vick, to his lovely bride, Kitty. Hong Kong is known as the least affordable real estate in the world it was fascinating to me to be able to witness it first hand.

I know Hong Kong is not Canada, but as a real estate nerd, I’m always interested in how real estate markets behave for both sale and rent for ideas on how my tribe and I may invest to capitalize. For many of you listeners, you may recall the massive influx of Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong in the 90’s, and today it’s more the mandarin speaking folks. I hear it all the time from my friends in Vancouver and around Toronto.

If you’ve spent any time in China, like Hong Kong, you’ll understand why, and it starts with prices. The condo I stayed at was only a few years old, on the suburban, terminal end of the train line to the north East. The GTA equivalent, this would be Barrie or Stouville. For a recent listing, the asking was just under $2,000,000 Canadian for…. Wait for it… almost 800 square feet, two bed, two bath apartment condo…  Just think what $2,000,000 gets you in Canada. $2,000,000 gets you into a decent house West Vancouver, the most expensive neighbourhood in Canada.

Another way to think about the price is per square foot, which is almost $2,500 per square foot. Compare that to 1 Bloor West in Toronto, which is one of the most premier, most expensive condos in Toronto priced at around $1,500 per square foot.

Do you still wonder why we are seeing so much foreign investment from China?

On the rent side, it’s not as crazy. This same condo rents for just over $3,000 per month.  On the other hand, we have a family friend paying over $11,000 per month for her 1,100 square foot, ocean facing condo. Something to keep in mind as condo investing will become synonymous with single family home investing, condos with views will rent for above market prices.

Canada sounds pretty cheap, doesn’t it? Affordability is a concern for every Canadian, just know how much better we have it than many.

On a socialist front, 28% of Hong Kong’s population, or over 2,000,000 people, live in public housing.  In comparison, Toronto Public Housing has just 164,000 tenants.

Some other fun facts of Hong Kong:

  • Minimum wage is under $6/hour
  • Income tax is 15%
  • There is no sales tax or capital gains tax
  • Investment property financing requires 50% as down payment.

Quick announcement before we get to our World Champion 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, 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 and I spend a lot of time around other real estate multimillionaires so hopefully I’ve learnt something along the way. So go to http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ to get on the invite list.

Investing early at Age 18 to Living The Dream the last 14 years Choking People and Becoming a World Champion at Jiu Jitsu with Barbie Benton

Barbie is living the dream.  No, there is no Ken or pink corvette, but she does what she wants with her time when she wants to. Barbie chooses to train and teach martial arts several times per day and she’s quite good at it, including having won at the Abu Dhabi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships. She is the first world champion I’ve had on this show, but she won’t be the last.

Most of us have day jobs. Barbie’s day job is that of a self sponsored professional athlete, thanks to having started investing at the age of 18. 17 years later, that same property now makes up half of the income she earns today.

Barbie shares about what it takes to be a world champion, what life is like as a successful investor, and her recent trip to China to start her ecommerce business. I’m just jealous she has fun all day and doesn’t have to work, AKA, living the dream.

Show Notes:

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!


Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
FB: https://www.facebook.com/erwin.szeto
IG: https://www.instagram.com/erwinszeto/

 

 

How to Choose a Coach with My Coach for the Last 7 Years Mary-Anne Gillespie

Driving down country roads near Hamilton Mountain, top down, in a 600 horsepower, v10, 5.something litre engine in a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder.  They cost around $350,000 to own but I’m no investor of cars therefore we rented. 😛

The experience was amazing, the handling, braking and acceleration is unreal.  The experience was made better by sharing it with my fellow real estate entrepreneurs and my new Marketing person, Darren Cabral.  He knows cars like I know houses. Darren would buy one of these if he was in my financial situation, which I think is interesting.  Whenever Cherry and I have capital available, it gets invested. I do drive a decent German sedan, but that’s the norm for my line of work.  

To me, I would much rather vacation with the kids and acquire a vacation property. One idea is to buy one of those Pier 8 condos in Hamilton, as it will be quiet with no major roads nearby and we will be on the water yet close to a mid sized city with all the hottest cafes and restaurants.

It’s just one idea, but I’m sharing because I do want you all to think bigger. I’ve had some great ideas that were born while networking and masterminding with many great investors, many well ahead of me in their careers.

If you have any trouble finding folks who will raise you up, a good place to start is my own HaltonREI.ca meetings. We have the wonderful Jay Gabrani as our guest speaker on November 24th at the prestigious Sheridan College in Oakville. His lessons on preparedness from the sudden loss of his wife and mother of his three young children and the investments he made to support his life as a stay at home, single dad.

Investing saved his life, including investing in stock options and private lending, so you don’t want to miss this keynote talk.

Also on November 24th, my dear friend and multi-millionaire real estate investor friend, Tahani, is hosting her first ever FIRE conference, “Females In Real Estate”, at the Bisha Hotel. You will learn from Tahani and other incredible speaker on how to grow your wealth and make more money.

Use code “ERWIN” to get a discount off tickets! Click here for more information and to buy tickets: http://bit.ly/FIREConf

How to Choose a Coach with My Coach for the Last 7 Years, Mary-Anne Gillespie

The real estate investing industry has exploded with coaches. I get it, my team and I coach investors too. It is highly rewarding work to teach others to become successful investors, we have many multi millionaire clients who started with nothing. They are crazy grateful, doing amazing things with their families, favourite charities, and living life to the fullest.

But who is a good coach?  Personally, I always want to work with the best of the best, so when I first sought out a coach I asked several winners who the best coach was.  That is how I found my coach since 2011, Mary-Anne Gillespie. At the time, she was head trainer for a very large brokerage. She is also a coach to many top level real estate entrepreneurs who are household names in my industry.

I have no idea what she saw in me when she took me on, but here we are.

Maybe because we’re both a little nuts as Mary-Anne finds marathons boring and is now preparing for an Ironman triathlon. She is also an exclusive member of the Forbes Coaching Network.  To summarize, she’s a winner, coaches winners, and one can never spend enough time among winners.

To follow Mary-Anne:

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!


Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
FB: https://www.facebook.com/erwin.szeto
IG: https://www.instagram.com/erwinszeto/

 

 

Halloween Special – Scary Investor Stories

Monthly Mastermind with these beauties!!

 

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Never stop learning. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so I choose to be with these top real estate entrepreneurs who are all on track to do big things. #mastermind

I shared with them my big ideas and they encouraged me to keep going. I’ll of course need their help, and I’ll be there for them when they need mine.

So many big things coming in 2019 and I can’t wait to share them all with you in due time!!!!

Halloween Special – Scary Investor Stories

After lunch at my mastermind meeting, I passed my phone around for a casual conversation about everyone’s nightmare investor story.  I know some of the stories are really scary but we all survived and the returns were more than enough to compensate us for our efforts.

Just this week I was speaking to a client looking to exit their investment where their capital return is around $200,000 for one property.  Just think how many hours per day, per week, per year it takes for you to earn that kind of money, then decide if investing is worth it for you.

My first job out of university, right after September 11th, 2001, paid me a whopping $35,000 per year.  You don’t need a calculator to figure whose hourly rate was better.

Happy Hallowe’en!!

Show notes and Thank you to:

Susan White Livermore: https://libertypropertysolutions.ca/
Michelle Gauthier: http://www.greenridgeproperties.com/
Sarah Coupland – Apartment building specialist: https://tagproperties.ca/
Aaron Moore: https://www.gtahousebuyers.ca
And Ryan Carr: http://rwcarrinvestment.com/

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!


Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
FB: https://www.facebook.com/erwin.szeto
IG: https://www.instagram.com/erwinszeto/

 

 

Renovating Tips from 50-70 Renos, Starting a US fund, and Losing 100lbs, with Quentin D’Sousa Part 2

This is me mid morning routine.

 

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Every morning the first content I consume is business or self development books. I’m loving the app Blinkist right now (thank you @tashamonaghan71 for the recommendation). Super cheap and summarizes much of the greatest books in history. The screen capture is Eat That Frog by one of my favourites @thebriantracy. Pretty much the perfect book to start the day.

I just downloaded “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie as it’s been a while since I last read it and the book keeps coming up in my coaching of other investors and coaches on my team. The lessons from this book have enabled me to attract mentors, be a better leader to clients and employees, build relationships with contractors and celebrities in our industry.

Getting guests on this podcast to deliver you all the best information is no cake walk either, as everyone’s time is precious.  Many guests need some coaxing and cajoling as we have no budget to offer speaking fees. LOL.

Speaking of budgets and celebrities, if I were to hire a guest speaker, a real estate personality to come speak at my event, come on the podcast. Who would you want that to be? E.g. a panel member of Dragon’s Den, Brian Balmer, Mike Holmes, the Property Brothers, or someone unrelated to real estate? Please let me know! Reply to one of my emails or hit me up on social media. I’m on Instagram and Facebook mostly.

If you’d like to take a deeper dive, meet and see myself and other guests of this show live and in person, then get on the invite list for the Halton REI networking meetings at Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. Past and most talked about guest, Jay Gabrani, will be our keynote speaker sharing how real estate saved his life and the strategies he implemented to do so, including option trading and private lending. To get on the invite list go to www.HaltonREI.ca, fill out the form, and you’ll receive our monthly invitations.

Also, if you would like to receive our new episode notifications to your email inbox you can do so by going to TruthAboutRealEstateInvesting.ca and input your name and email.  Simple as that!

Full Time Investing, Starting a US fund, losing 100lbs, and Renovating tips with Quentin D’Sousa Part 2

We are all over the map in attempting to catch up to what Quentin D’Sousa is up to in life and investing.  That’s what happens to full time investors, as one does not need to focus as much on one geographic location or strategy when you have a 40-50 hour week to grow a real estate business.

Quentin shares on a bunch of topics, including how and what he looks for when doing deals, tips on renovating from having done 50-70 major renos, his fitness and weight loss journey (he’s already lost 90 pounds this year with a 10km race coming up).

To Reach Out to Quentin:

Q’s monthly networking group: https://durhamrei.com/
Q’s coaching program: https://durhamrei.com/coaching/

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!


Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
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From Rehab to a $800,000 Commission Realtor with Ben Oosterveld Part 2

Boo, summer is over. It’s already toque weather in my opinion. 😛 It’s also fall harvest at our house as we dug up the rest of our potatoes. I shredded them into pancakes for dinner. Super easy and delicious. My whole family loves the crispy texture from pan frying in my cast iron pan in avocado oil and butter 🙂 #backyardtotable

I got the idea over three years ago to start a garden from a viral post on Facebook to “like” if growing food should be taught in school. Yes, it should, but I’m not going to wait around for that to happen. I don’t wait around, I prefer action to ensure my kids get the education they need. They won’t learn Marketing in school either. They should, but again, I’ll teach them myself. I don’t blame schools or teachers, they do plenty already.

My daughter said it was a lot of work to get the potatoes to which I replied, yes it is, that’s why we have to respect our food.

 

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Investing and getting rich for an early retirement to spend more time with family is no different.  No one will work as hard as you do to make it happen. If you want it, go get it. No one gets to FREEDOM 45 having someone invest for you.

From Rehab to a $800,000 Commission Realtor with Ben Oosterveld, Part 2

Ben is among the best natural sales people I’ve met. Sales may sound like a yucky skill or profession, but to steal a joke from the legend Brian Tracy, the oldest profession is not what you think it is, but rather it is a form of Sales. 🙂

Ben will share his lessons from starting out to where he is today. Ben started out as a new agent like anyone else, but he earned $400,000 in commissions in his first year and not long after that, $800,000.

Ben shares how he started off working for free to build a name for himself, and how he today is always looking to blow people’s’ minds so they send him referral business. Plus his lessons on mindset for his team for them to break through their own perceived barriers.

I even took some of Ben’s advice, and the next day we were able to help out a friend in serious need due to a nasty divorce. That’s actually a good lesson – if you want to be a good mentee, let the mentor know, which I did, and it made Ben’s day. The mentor will then know you take action and continue to mentor.

Ben has an event coming up for Realtors in Edmonton and in Toronto. I’ll be attending the Toronto event with my team and I hope to see you there: the url is  https://agentfromwithin.com/

To Reach Out to Ben:

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!


Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
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Refugee to Real Estate Developer and Legit Baller with Tahani Part 2

Thanksgiving Hamilton Basket Brigade Edition Complete!! 40 underprivileged families have a lot more warm clothing, winter boots, toys, games, food.

As the President I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this happen.  Our board of governors, our donors and volunteers. The Hamilton elementary public and catholic school boards for your support. They are the ones who identify for us which families need the most help and allow us to be proactive vs. reactive.

 

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Thanksgiving Hamilton Basket Brigade Edition Complete!! 40 underprivileged families have a lot more warm clothing, winter boots, toys, games, food. As the President I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this happen. Nancy and Liz from the Public School Board for organizing our customers and finding out what they want. Mike from the Catholic school board for getting us half of our customers and reserving us our venue. Thank you to the Catholic School Board for donating the gymnasium, our staging/party area for the day of. Thank you to our board of governors: Matt, James, Roger, Cherry, Maria. Thank you Council member Tammy Ditomaso for your leadership and donating the pizza. Thank you to the Auger Family: Roger, Crystal, Josh, and Madison for donating and cooking the hot dogs, the cart and Madison stealing the show as the Dancing dinosaur. Thank you to our platinum donors for this Thanksgiving: Matt Green, Evelyn and Mike Lamarsh, Tony “Mr Ottawa” Miller, and of course Scott Dillingham of CIBC who holds a significant margin as our #1 donor. Thank to Cherry Chan, CPA, CA for our Accounting Services, the peoples’ real estate Accountant. www.realestatetaxtips.ca Thank you uncle Bill for our photos Thank you John Cerpnjak for recording testimonials Thank you to all the volunteers who donated above budget to ensure your families got what they need, 97.5% of you went over LOL. Thanksgiving as all events took a toll on our bank account, we currently have budget for less than 10 families for Christmas so for volunteers who register, we will assign you a customer for Xmas so you may shop during Black Friday. Otherwise, we will wait for donations before committing to more customers. If you have stories to share, please send them in, email is best (you know how to reach me), your stories will help us raise awareness so we may expand our reach to help more families at Christmas and beyond. If you would like to support us, the three best ways are: 1 Donate 2 Volunteer 3 Send us someone you know who wants to be a real estate investor with heart. Send me an email introduction, please thank you and #bethechange

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For Thanksgiving we changed up our format to deliver more quality instead of quantity by spending the same budget we do for 300 families for a Thanksgiving dinner to 40 of the most impoverished families in Hamilton.  We asked the school boards for their worst and they definitely delivered. We have lots of single mom families, a single dad family who just moved to a trailer park after the loss of mom to cancer, a single mom who just sold the family car to make rent.

This time we asked the parents what they wanted and they asked for warm clothing, winter jackets and boots, toys, games, arts stuff and food. Parents asked for some essentials like deodorant, toilet paper, and clothes, but nothing else. We budgeted $100 per person.

It’s hard to explain the impact of what we do, but here is what volunteer Kara wrote me:

“I just delivered my SUV full off stuff for the Willows (not their real name) family. It was amazing to see the joy on the 7 kids faces and the mother’s gratitude for everything. 6 boys screaming with excitement over new clothes, snow pants, running shoes, hats, gloves and new sweatpants/sweatshirts was absolutely amazing to witness. The mother was so grateful for everything and was so happy with the amount of useful stuff she received. The kids couldn’t believe all of the new stuff they received and one of the boys was yelling “this is the best thanksgiving everrrrrr”. The grandmother said I had ESP because they received everything they were in need of (especially all of the snow pants). This truly was an amazing experience for both the family and myself. Thank you team for all of your hard work and dedication to the community. It was greatly appreciated.

I look forward to Christmas!!

Happy thanksgiving to you and your families.”

If you would like to support us, the three best ways are:

  1. Donate or Volunteer, go to www.HamiltonBasketBrigade.com, we are a registered charity so you get a receipt and community hours OR
  2. Send us someone you know who wants to be a real estate investor with heart. As our business grows so will our charity. As you know, my team is the four time real estate agent of the year to investors and we give back to the community with everything we’ve got.

On to this week’s show!!

Refugee to Real Estate Developer and Legit Baller with Tahani Part 2

Returning guest, and it’s been way too long, is Tahani.  She is baller, but she didn’t start that way. Born into a Jordanian refugee camp, she came to Canada for an arranged marriage that later dissolved, leaving Tahani a single mom in the frozen tundra of Canada who barely spoke English.

She now drives premium German import cars, she trades in developments, Tahani was just on the Marilyn Dennis Show, and has an upcoming TEDx talk in Toronto on the subject of resilience.

Tahani is hosting a women’s only conference in November on the subject of real estate.  She shares on the show how 90% of her clients are men and why she’s giving some attention to the ladies.

We also talk about her son’s experience on Big Brother Canada, how she’s raising her kids to be leaders, and how she won’t spoil them with guaranteed inheritance. Funny enough, raising rich kids is a coming topic among my investor friends, so you don’t want to miss this.

Like Madonna, Tahani only goes by one name, so without further ado, I give you Tahani!!

To Reach Out to Tahani:

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!

Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
FB: https://www.facebook.com/erwin.szeto
IG: https://www.instagram.com/erwinszeto/

 

 

 

CEO Health and Nutrition with Dr. Cowan

Thank goodness my health and nutrition are on point as it’s been a tough week with Cherry in China attending a funeral. Thank you to everyone sending in your condolences. No sorries are needed. Grandma Chan is leaving behind a successful legacy. Much of her family evaded Communist China, her grandkids are all quite successful, and her great grandkids (my kids) are on a good path while living in the greatest country in the world, during the best time in history to be alive.  RIP Grandma Chan, we honour you in our efforts to make this a better world for everyone around us.

Another tough week is upon us as we approach Thanksgiving where we as the Hamilton Basket Brigade will spend $20,000 on what has become a birthday party for 40 of Hamilton’s most underprivileged families.

I am the co-founder and President of our registered charity on a mission to relieve poverty and be the change I want to see in the world.

The local elementary school boards support us by contacting the families and having the families fill out wish lists. Here is what one Hamilton school administrator wrote about one of the families we are supporting on Oct 6th and this Christmas as well.

“We have definitely kept our eye on this child and have helped where we can.

Last year our principal got some outside help for this student during the Christmas season and the family was very grateful as they were unable to provide.

This boy often comes to school without having eaten and depends on us throughout the day to sustain him until he returns. Last year this student fainted from hunger. He is in grade 7.”

The slogan for the Hamilton Basket Brigade is “be the change,” a shortened version of the famous Mahatma Gandhi quote. Gandhi may not approve, but come hell or high water, we will be the change for this family and 39 others this Thanksgiving.

Thanks to all the listeners who are donors and volunteers. Volunteers, I’ll see you Saturday for what has proven to be our most challenging event, and hopefully the most rewarding.

CEO Health and Nutrition with Dr. Callum Cowan

You as the CEO of your life and business.  If you were to take a third person view, say as the chairman, and have a look at the CEO you have employed to run your life and business, would you want them to have high energy and eat a healthy diet or would you want someone sluggish who considered french fries a vegetable?

In masterminding with many entrepreneurs, health and weight are concerns for many, as they should be. Much of your health and weight depend on your inputs, meaning what you eat, and here to help us all with what the heck we should be eating, is my performance doctor, Dr. Callum Cowan. If you follow him on Instagram (@phenom_doc), you’ll notice his patients include many elite athletes, whether Canadian Olympians, or NHL’ers (such as local Hamilton boy and defenceman for the Nashville Predators, Ryan Ellis) and UFC Champion, Max Holloway.

Dr Cowan answers my millions of questions on what to eat vs. not to eat: e.g. coffee, chocolate, a glass of wine a day, most science backed optimum diet, the fastest path to gaining more energy and health.  If you don’t believe in functional medicine, that’s cool too, I just know I’ve gone from needing regular naps in afternoons to having the best mental clarity I’ve ever had. I’m pushing new personal bests in the weight room, my abs are popping, and I know I could beat up any previous version of me.  I’m not looking to impress, but rather share my results from my lifestyle changes.

If you hear me mention Tom, that’s my friend, mentor, gym buddy Tom Karadza, co-owner of Rock Star Real Estate. He’s the one who introduced me to Dr. Cowan.

Anyways, without further ado, Dr Callum Cowan.

To Reach Out to Dr. Cowan:

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!

Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
FB: https://www.facebook.com/erwin.szeto
IG: https://www.instagram.com/erwinszeto/

 

 

 

Starting a Grassroots Landlord Advocacy Group with Kayla Andrade

Hello Investors!!!

What a great weekend of weather!!! The weather man has been way off, it’s been way hotter than forecast these last few days. Of course we spent Saturday morning indoors at our Halton Real Estate Investors group meeting talking about ecommerce businesses with Greg Kowalcyk and Brian Zammit.  It was great to see so many investors taking interest in becoming more entrepreneurial with side hustle, because we all know having a single source of income from a job is not the fastest path to financial freedom. I’ve actually had a number of clients who recently lost their employment and are now going full steam into eCommerce and real estate, so I wish them all luck!

We have a big announcement, have you heard of that other real estate podcast out there called the Breakthrough REI Podcast with Rob Break? It happens to be among the top rated real estate investing podcasts, and possibly the most downloaded podcast on the subject. I know, I haven’t heard of them either….

To tell you the truth, when I started podcasting I looked up to Rob, and have been trying to get the message out to as many as possible. Rob has interviewed 70 of the best Canadian investors. I’ve interviewed around 70 of the best Canadian investors as well. We are both accomplished investors and we’ve helped local investors from in and around the GTA acquire somewhere north of $200 million in real estate.

So we came up with this crazy idea.  Why don’t the two of us put together a Master Class on investing for beginners, an investing 101 course for folks who are just starting out, those who need a refresher, or your friends and family that you care about and need more financial stability in their lives.

So we want to hear from you. What city would you like us to come to? We are happy to share the secrets to the success our clients investments that have earned them over 400% from their investments in 2012 and a meager 342% for our clients who started in 2013.

Please email me at admin@mrhamilton.ca or direct message me on social media.

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

Our guest this week is Kayla Andrade, founder of a grassroots landlord advocacy group called the Ontario Landlord Watch. Feel free to use Google to check them out.

This all started when Kayla’s city tried to download unpaid water bills to landlords without even bothering to try to collect from the tenants whose names were on the bill and used said water. Kayla is now trying to spread word about the issues facing home service providers on the provincial scale with Ontario Landlord Watch and is getting political, so have a listen on what she’s up to.

To Reach Out to Kayla:

Ontario Landlords Watch Members Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/818378618219840/
2018 Ontario Landlords Watch Conference: http://ontariolandlordswatch.com/2018-ontario-landlords-watch-conference/

Sponsored by:

TitanInvestmentRealEstate.com – would you like to know how our investors returned 341.8% on positive cash flowing real estate over the last five years? On average, that was 68.4% per year, just imagine what winning in real estate could do for you. If you would like to know how we did it, ask us how by calling 289-288-5019 or email us at admin@mrhamilton.ca. Don’t delay, the top markets we focus in are trending upward in price, so you can pay today’s price or tomorrow’s price.

HaltonREI.ca – This episode is brought to you by my networking group, the Halton REI. We meet in Oakville (part of the Halton Region), but mainly invest in the top investment towns west of Halton: Brantford, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

We regularly feature the top speakers from our industry. The vast majority of our attendees are seasoned investors, so you will want to spend more time around these folks, as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Your net worth is your network, so choose how you spend your time wisely.

Knowledge is power. Every meeting we share the latest in market rents, prices in the top neighbourhoods, and strategies for investment. We share the best property available as our Best Buy Property of the Month. We share the best tips and tricks for you to implement immediately to your investment businesses to fast track YOU on your journey to financial freedom. It’s up to you if you’d like to be on said journey.

To get on the invite list please register at http://www.truthaboutrealestateinvesting.ca/meeting/ and you will receive an invite to the next Halton REI meeting once announced.

But don’t listen to me, here’s what members of our community are saying about the Halton REI!!

Till next time, Just do it because I believe in you.
Erwin
Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Land Development, soon to be builder and Real Estate Investor
FB: https://www.facebook.com/erwin.szeto
IG: https://www.instagram.com/erwinszeto/