Buying Ugly Commercial Buildings, a Combined 300,000 Square Feet, Renovating on Speculation and Changing Hamilton with Steve Kulakowsky

I separated my rib just three weeks ago at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament and this past Friday I was back golfing indoors, taking full swings.  My core strength is not as good as it used to be but it felt good being able to swing as hard as I wanted pain free. I’m also back doing gymnastic movements at Crossfit pain free. The only time I now feel the injury is when doing burpees when my sore rib touches the floor but it’s barely noticeable.

My point is, I’ve had enough people call me insane for fighting other adults and ending up hurt, but what’s the worse thing that could happen? I lost and lost badly yes, I got hurt, but I’m OK.

So the worst case happened, time goes on, and I’m fine and getting ready for my next competitions. 🙂 Am I insane? I know I’m definitely different, and back to investing, what is the worst case investing in real estate? If you do just a little education, get a little good advice, buy a good property in a top ten town, you’re going to be fine. Worst case, you learn from your mistakes on the next one.

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That brings us to this week’s guest, Steve Kulakowsky.  He’s one of our few returning guests and if you don’t know him, that’s OK.  He’s pretty much the youngest and hottest developer in Hamilton with numerous massive, mid rise, commercial real estate. He owns retail and office space with a little residential. Steve buys them ugly and renovates them into beautiful, interesting rental spaces. Check out their instagram, it’s commercial real estate porn including nine of the hottest restaurants in Hamilton.

Buying Ugly Commercial Buildings, a Combined 300,000 Square Feet, Renovating on Speculation and Changing Hamilton with Steve Kulakowsky

Before our interview, I invited Steve to lunch at a fabulous restaurant on King William St, and they just so happen to be one of Steve’s tenants. I also invited Luke Wywrot, who is building a 30 storey apartment building around the corner, as Luke and Steve have never met before. Luke will be by the show when’s he’s less busy. We had an awesome lunch, I was the old guy among the three of us. Lots of ideas were shared on advanced real estate topics, and that’s what cool about so many investors I know. Many are open to sharing how-to.

Just like this episode, Steve shares what motivates him, tips and strategies to attract commercial tenants, a Field of Dreams strategy in a market with double digit commercial vacancy and low rents, going from residential to commercial, and on and on. Hopefully we can get Steve to give a talk at the April iWIN Meeting.

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Till next time, just do it because I believe in you.
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