Ep.20 – Cal Ewing: US Real Estate Investing…with A Canadian Twist

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:
  • Learn Cal’s top strategy in real estate investing: choosing locations that make the most economic sense and using strategies that have the best profit potential  
  • Discover the services that Cal is offering for others to help grow personal wealth through real estate 
  • Learn why Cal considers acquiring investment properties at deep discounts in Houston, Texas his top market strategy 

 

Summary

Cal Ewing grew up in a cattle ranch in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  He pursued his dream of joining a rock band as a successful and professional electric guitar player, but it ended when he read his life-changing book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad.  It shifted his focus, and so he decided to get a degree in Geology at the University of Calgary and eventually got a job in an oil and gas company in Texas.  The book also sparked his interest and passion in the real estate industry.  He got himself educated in real estate investing by reading lots of books and decided to go full time in the last three years. 

In this episode, Cal shares what made him pursue a real estate career and why he decided to invest in the United States market instead of in his hometown in Canada.  He’ll also reveal the strategies he made to achieve his formidable success and the services he offers in helping others grow their personal wealth through real estate. 

 

Topics Covered: 

01:14 – Cal’s backstory and how he ended up in the real estate industry 

03:24 – What made him invest in real estate in the United States 

04:34 – Brought his first property in 2009-2010 and how the progress of his investments turned out 

05:08 – His advice for his younger self 

07:33 – The most significant mistakes other real estate investors are making 

08:44 – Strategies on wholesaling properties  

13:03 – Why he chose to invest in Texas  

15:08 – Services he offers: (1) Building a course to help Canadian investors to learn how to invest in the United States; (2) A private lending training course to learn how to grow retirement savings accounts and grow wealth through lending on real estate 

16:57 – Connect with Cal via his website and Facebook 

17:19 – Advice for a Canadian who wants to invest in the United States –
A good cross border accountant and a good real estate attorney in the market that you’re in and that’s all you need to get going. 

 

Key Takeaways: 

“Pick a strategy.  Pick a market. Because every market is different. Every market has its challenges that you’re going to learn and overcome no matter where it is and just go. And the more you go and the more you do, that snowball starts slowly rolling, and you build that momentum and coincidences happen and you meet the right people, and then you’re off.” – Cal Ewing 

 

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Ep.19 – An Epic Moment In Real Estate Investing with Rochelle Laflamme and Alisa Thompson

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:
  • How Rochelle and Alisa use their knowledge, systems and their partners capital to find opportunities others miss through passive real estate investing
  • Learn what creative financing is all about and how this out of the box strategy became the tool for multi-million dollar investment deals that Rochelle and Alisa oversee today
  • How Rochelle and Alisa help their partners achieve the freedom and comfort provided by the steady stream of growth and income provided by wise real estate investing

Summary

Rochelle Laflamme and Alisa Thompson are a dynamic pair of real estate entrepreneurs. After gaining years of experience in the electrical industry, 6 years ago they founded Epic Alliance Inc. With a mission to simplify and streamline the residential real estate investing. The company was awarded the “Most Creative Deal of the Year” in North America by Fortune Builders in 2016. Learning from some of the best real estate mentors, including Rich Dad coaching and Fortune Builders has been the founding pillars of what these EPIC women do and believe in. From humble beginnings, Epic Alliance Inc. has grown into the company it is today. With a residential real estate portfolio that controls more than 140 properties worth over 32 million dollars and adding more every day. Epic Alliance Inc. is exceptional at leveraging their knowledge, expertise, and creativity to facilitate win-win opportunities in residential real estate deals.  

In this episode, Rochelle and Alisa share how they use their expertise and experience in the world of real estate investing to partner with people interested in using passive investment strategies to generate wealth and income.

Topics Covered:

2:20 – Rochelle shares their non-conventional backstory: female electricians that ‘met in prison’, and how this started them down a path that would change their lives forever

04:07 – Alissa discusses their bread and butter: positioning themselves to be residential real estate problem solvers, then narrow it down to working with “buy & hold” and “flips”

04:29 – What is buy and hold strategy is all about for the seller’s market and the buyer market

06:22 – Alissa talks about their team composition at Epic Alliance Inc.

07:42 – Alissa and Rochelle on what they would do differently if they will look back on how they started in real estate investing

08:57 – Rochelle and Alissa on the biggest mistake they see other investors make when they get started

12:02 – On how they will invest in a house, ‘the sweet spot’

Key Takeaways:

As a real estate investor you’re great being an entrepreneur, you’re great at seeing what the properties are, what you can do with them,you’re not the greatest at the paperwork. And so, you know, why bang your head against the wall just bring somebody in that’s amazing at bookkeeping and you will be able to go so much further don’t try to wear too many hats. For me, I think my biggest take away is making sure you align yourself with people who have  the same morals and principles and integrity that you do.” Rochelle Laflamme and Alisa Thompson

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Ep.18 – Think Creative with Cam Rowland

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:

  • Learn the basics of how to put together a great Rent to Own investment property from the Creative Investor himself Cam Rowland
  • Cam’s ‘secret sauce’ on how to close deals using your elevator pitch
  • Learn how to get increased cash flow  through Cam’s rent-to-own strategy (enough to quit your day job if you want) 

Summary

Cam Rowland is a business owner and real estate investor from Winnipeg, Canada. He started investing in real estate in 2006 after reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad, replaced his salaried income (from his real estate holdings) and quit his day job in 2010. 

He is well versed in several real estate strategies and focused mainly on the Lease Options strategy for the past 9 years. In 5 years Cam grew his portfolio to over 40 doors with only $100 per door down and didn’t have to qualify for any mortgages by partnering with investors for unlimited potential for acquiring doors, increased cash flow, and outstanding returns.

In this episode, he talks about how he helps real estate investors multiply their cash flow and portfolio by attracting other investors capital and no money down deals through the rent-to-own strategy. You will also learn how he mastered his elevator pitch that get potential buyers interested in his deal without having to ask them if they are interested.

Topics Covered:

01:15Cam’s story on how he got started in real estate

02:13What he does before venturing in real estate

03:15How getting an education and a mentor got him full throttle in his entrepreneurship

06:00What would have he done early on in his business had he known what he’s known today

09:21Why he got into the rent-to-own real estate strategy

11:51How to screen people as tenant-buyers

13:48What problems does his coaching and training solve

15:10Key points to consider to overcome roadblocks to get a go at real estate

16:18Example of an elevator pitch to attract prospective buyers

Key Takeaways:

“The whole point of the elevator pitch is to throw out some seeds of information that the person you’re talking to goes, ‘Well, I’d be interested!’ So you can do that without even asking them if they’re interested.” Cam Rowland

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Ep.17 – Risk Free Airbnb with James Svetec and Symon He

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:

  • Know how to become a top-performing Airbnb™ host and free up your time without becoming a “robotic host” through hiring a property manager
  • Learn how rental arbitrage model make Airbnb work
  • How to brim with short-term cash flows passively with Airbnb short-term hosting

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Summary

James Svetec is an Airbnb Expert who has managed over $1M in bookings and managed some of the top performing listings in all of Canada. He is one of the best (if not the best) in the industry and has worked with clients in all corners of the world, helping them to dominate their respective markets and become top 1% hosts on Airbnb. He owns the BNB Mastery Program.

Symon He is a co-owner of learnairbnb.com. He co-founded this consultancy and research group that is now a leading voice on the home sharing economy. LearnAirbnb is the #1 go-to resource for Airbnb hosts from around the world for hosting best practices. He is also an online instructor where he teaches best-selling online real estate and business courses to over 160K students from 199 countries. You can find his courses on sites like Udemy.com, LinkedIn Learning, and Lynda.com. He also created self-hosted, standalone courses with JV partners in a wide area of topics including real estate investing, small business finance, and short-term rentals.

In this episode, James and Symon share their expertise in short-term rental properties using rental arbitrage model, how to leverage from this strategy and earn passively from it. 

Topics Covered:

01:20 – Simon relating his first foray into real estate particularly short-term rentals after his stint with a failed Tech start-up

03:20 – James sharing how he got into Airbnb rentals

04:05 – The advantages of getting into Airbnb short rental hosts

06:26 – Ways of flipping rental properties and getting short term cashflows

07:14 – How many properties should one have to maximize profits

08:08 – What is rental arbitrage model and how does it differ from a management fee model

10:30 – Professional property management: when is it worth the money? Why an Airbnb property management model is better than property owners managing the property by themselves

12:48 – Biggest mistakes investors commit when doing short-term rental space

13:45 – Arbitrage model versus management model: the risks involved

16:22 – Valuable free resource: visit learnairbnb.com

Key Takeaways:

“There’s a lot of options when they’re just starting out as they compare the different options out there. Really, think about the sort of the risks and return equation. What do you have to put in in terms of that strategy, not just the cost of the program but what it’s teaching you in terms of how much time and money you have to actually put at risk to implement that strategy versus the return that you get. When you think about it in that perspective, I think you’re going to see some significant advantages with implementing a strategy in short term rentals, especially one that’s been proven to work.”  Simon He

“I think whether people do it on their own or whether they hire it out, there’s enough nuance to it that you definitely want to have things figured out and systems put in place before just diving into it.” – James Svetec

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Ep.16 – Laura Alamery: The 7 Simple Steps System on Closing a Real Estate Deal in 3 Weeks

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:

  • Learn the strategies for finding deals as a real estate wholesaler 
  • Find out why momentum is the most important factor in succeeding at real estate 
  • Discover what sets Laura apart from so many other real estate mentors 

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Summary

Laura Alamery has been a real estate investor and mentor for almost 30 years. She has been a pioneer of several real estate investing strategies before they became mainstream, from wholesaling to raising private money. Everything she teaches has been developed from personal experience.

In today’s episode, Laura shares how she helps real estate investors streamline their real estate investing business by simplifying the process at the same time exponentially growing the financial results.

Topics Covered:

03:33 – Laura’s backstory and how she entered into the world of real estate investing before even graduating college

04:58 – Her first exposure to wholesaling: 16 multifamily units under her belt before finishing college without money

04:33  – Her bread and butter strategy: wholesaling and what it is all about

07:03 – Common mistakes investors make: Misconception that you can go there and close the deal in 1-3 weeks, make money

08:43 – Why momentum is the most important factor in succeeding at real estate

09:42 – What’s Laura’s unfair advantage as a visionary real estate mentor and investor

11:15 – Importance of networking for real estate investors, how your network to increases your real estate leads

12:11 – Implementation problem she helps solve for her real estate clients who want to start their real estate careers

15:15 – Laura’s valuable free action:: Just do it…just go out to the field! Action will produce results.

Key Takeaways:

“Wholesaling is not the easiest strategy, but it is the one that you can definitely start without much money or credit on your own.”– Laura Alamery

“Find a community. Find people you can relate to and empower you. Associate yourself with them.”– Laura Alamery

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Ep.15 – The Leap To Multifamily Investing with Investor and Passionate Educator Ken Beaton

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:

  • Find out how to scaling up into large multifamily investing
  • Learn the power of changing your mindset – setting your mind and take the leap!
  • Discover how positively channeling your creative thinking can lead to your business success

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Ken Beaton is a creative investor, educator & real estate agent/broker with over 20 years’ experience in multi-family, rent-to-own, and joint ventures. 

In today’s episode, Ken talks about why he chooses Multi-Family investing in real estate. He also shares the importance of using creative thinking positively and how the power of changing your mindset and beliefs can be your key ingredients to your real estate investing success. 

Topics Covered:

01:46 – Ken’s backstory and how he entered into the world  of real estate investing

02:58 – How Multi-Family investing started and why did he choose to build it

04:03 – Biggest mistake people do when they first get involved in real estate investing

05:53 – How creative thinking can be an unfair advantage in real estate investing and how can you develop it

09:12 – The strategy he used as a coach/mentor to help best people overcome their struggle in business

12:20 – Ken’s valuable free action: Analyze. Through the process of analyzing some properties, to get familiar with them first but it’s a strictly a numbers game, take the emotions out of it.

Key Takeaways:

“A lot of people think they know everything they need to know. It’s their mindset and beliefs are the biggest mistake and, that’s what I’ve come to realize over the years.”– Ken Beaton

“The biggest mistake I see people making is not investing in themselves first.”– Ken Beaton

“To get people to refocus and start thinking creatively, start thinking positively. Putting yourself in the right circle of influence, you are the average of the five people you are associated with and start socializing with like-minded people.”– Ken Beaton

“I realized that the more people I help, the more money I make. Stop focusing on myself and start focusing on helping other people and seeing the returns are infinite when you start investing in yourself.” – Ken Beaton

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Ep.14 – Jared Hope: First Step Toward Owning Income Property

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:

  • Learn why the buy and hold strategy is the ultimate investment that can give you millions
  • Building a portfolio: learn the importance of year number 8 in your portfolio
  • Learn how being a ‘doer’ sets Jared apart from other real estate coaches 

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Summary

Jared Hope is the CEO and Founder of Tilt Property Group a property management company. As of today, they have transacted over 360 properties and flipped over $120,000,000. From buying and renovating to managing and mentoring, his company Tilt became the one-stop shop real estate investment company that helps investors to grow an enviable income property portfolio.

In today’s episode, Jared shares his income property investment experience that became the reason behind his all-encompassing service offerings at his company, Tilt. He also talks about his coaching services to make it easy for people to own their first income property and how joining the right mentorship program can help people achieve their breakthrough for entrepreneurial success.

Topics Covered:

01:28 – Jared’s backstory and how his wife Krista sparks him to venture into real estate investing

03:14 – How the buy and hold strategy is the best long term play to win the game

08:40 – The biggest mistake people make in investing in real estate and the importance of year no. 8

11:14 – How being a ‘doer’ sets him apart from other real estate coaches

15:10 – Jared’s valuable free action: First of all don’t talk to anybody about it, read books and be careful in big groups.

Key Takeaways:

“The number one mistake people make in investing in real estate is keeping the property too long.”– Jared Hope

“If you’re picking a coach make sure they’ve gone through at least two downturns, make sure they have well over 50-60 properties, make sure they have a tight system and a staff and make sure you’re dealing with that person versus their team.” – Jared Hope

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Ep.13 – Tyler Hassman: 86 Units Before The Age Of 21

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:

  • Find out how Tyler  started in real estate business at a very young age of 18
  • Learn about the real estate niche that has him overflowing with short-term cash flow returns
  • Learn how to get started in Airbnb rental business

 

Summary

Tyler Hassman is a very inspirational 22-year old real estate entrepreneur. He started his real estate investment at a young age of 18. He got started in multi-family apartment buildings three years ago and now he’s focused primarily in vacation rentals and Airbnb type deals.

In this episode, Tyler tackles the exciting and interesting short-term cash flow returns of his Airbnb deals, the long-term benefit of having multi-family buildings niche and how one can get started on the real estate investing game.

Be sure to tune in and get real estate investment inspiration from this accomplished young gun.

 

Topics Covered:

04:09 –  How he started his multi-family apartment buildings investment at 18 years old

04:42 –  Jumping into managing listings from Airbnb’s luxury vacation rentals three years after he became an entrepreneur

07:21 –  Tyler revealed that particular scenario that got him hooked in Airbnb type of real estate investment

09:49 –  How he manages his Airbnb business while maintaining a travel lifestyle

12:33 –  How can one get started in an Airbnb rental business

15:59 –  On doing coaching and training aside from his real estate investment

 

Key Takeaways:

“Get started now. Stop procrastinating. Do not overanalyze.” – Tyler Hassman

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Ep.12 –Chris Prefontaine: Create Continuous Cash Flow Now, Without Using Your Cash or Credit

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:

  • Discover and evaluate the real estate  strategies that are gaining momentum in the market today
  • Learn how to buy properties without using your own cash or credit  
  • Discover strategies for structured continuous cash flow and wealth building

Summary

Chris Prefontaine is an astute real estate entrepreneur, author, trainer, and coach. He’s been in the business for over 25 years. He also authors a  book titled Real Estate On Your Terms: Create Continuous Cash Flow Now Without Using Your Cash Or Credit. He’s been a realtor and his family is doing two to five deals a month in their personal portfolio. Chris and his family have done over $80 million in real estate transaction.

 

On this episode, discover Chris’ strategy in doing Real Estate business, how he goes about them and how it helps the clients he serves. Not only that, but he will also share the mistakes he made along the way, that gave him valuable lessons; in which case will help you gain perspective too. Not to be discounted are the mistakes he observes in other real estate investors which will give a whole new thought about the business industry.  This is again another value-packed, inspirational and informative episode you should never miss.

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Topics Covered:

03:14 – Chris’ business strategy: lease, purchase, owner financing, and subject to- type real estate deal

04:40 – His take on getting a mentor and not signing personally on any debts

06:19 – Mistakes realtors are making and what to learn from it

07:30 – Chris describes his ideal client that he loves to work with

09:05 – He shares how he helps his coaching students get deals done with his strategies

10:10 – The lease option term: why real estate investors should consider lease options

11:54 – One call of action Chris has for those who want to dip their toe in the real estate game: “Go check out my free webinar.”

14:27 – What is “lease-purchase”, how does it work and examples of sellers in this option, the tiers of people on “lease-purchase” option

18:25 – How he helps his clients maintain their credit standing

 

Key Takeaways:

“Find a niche that you can relate to. There’s a lot of sub-niches as you know in real estate. Second, find someone that is in the niche that you can relate to as far as a mentor, but still doing deals. As you know, it’s so important because the market changes and if you’re not with your finger on the pulse, you’re going to get hurt.” – Chris Prefontaine

“I would just say to the struggling or to the person who’s looking to get into real estate new, what I said about managing expectations because you can do it. Success leaves clues. This stuff’s been done since the late eighteen hundreds. It’s not new to you or I, they just need the right path and so it’s out there. Boy, you can do it.” – Chris Prefontaine

 

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Ep.11 – Dave and Melanie Dupuis: Secrets to Buying 12 Properties in 12 Months

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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:

  • Find out a fresh perspective on the ins and outs of real estate investing and discover the process to replace your current income, become your own boss, and find freedom
  • Learn about ways in which you can get help in getting started in your own real estate venture
  • Learn how to take advantage of the investment opportunity that has made more millionaires than any other

Summary

Melanie and Dave Dupuis are experienced, successful, self-taught real estate investors taking the multi-family market by storm in North Bay, Ontario.

Together, they founded Dupuis Properties and put their business plan into action. Their ultimate goal was to expand and to grow their real estate portfolio to a point where their investments became prosperous enough for Melanie to leave her full-time employment.

They impressively acquired twelve properties in less than twelve months. They currently own and manage twenty-two buildings and eight-seven apartments. They have been recognized as one of the top three best rental property businesses in North Bay, and before turning forty, Melanie was able to quit her full-time job.

This allows her to have the opportunity to focus her time on their real estate portfolio, while also enjoying wealth, freedom, and most importantly time with her three kids. After such amazing success with Dupuis Properties, Melanie and Dave are also the founders and CEOs of a new company offering property management and repair and maintenance services to property owners and investors. They are also respected mentors and offer a variety of training programs to guide new and experienced real estate investors in building their own success.

Listen in to this episode as they are ready and willing to share their real estate investing secrets and their no BS guide to creating wealth and freedom.

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Topics Covered:

01:19 – Dave’s  passion for real estate and how their aggressive goal as a couple helped them grow their real estate business

02:15 –  The advantage of managing multi-family properties and why they are focused  on it

04:36 – The couple’s take on aiming higher and knowing who to trust amidst all the negativity around real estate  business

06:42 –  Advice on how to overcome the analysis-paralysis and why is it important to have an exit strategy when it comes to private lending

10:08 –  Talking about their book: Real Estate Investing Secrets

11:40 –  One big tip to success: “Stop making excuses.”

12:58 –  Their view on working with other real estate investors and helping people get started

14:16 –  The couple describing their ideal client, choosing which client to deal with

16:01 –  One valuable tip: “Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself as a real estate investor.”

Key Takeaways:

“Just aim a lot higher because you can get there.” – Dave Dupuis

“By having such high goals, it demanded a lot of action. And from that, that’s how we’re able to grow so quickly.” – Melanie Dupuis

“Stop waiting for the perfect time. It doesn’t exist. You just have to start actually now and create time for yourself.” – Melanie Dupuis

“Turn off Netflix and work on growing your portfolio or setting your goals and doing different things.”  – Melanie Dupuis

 

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