Archives for October 2013

Sense of Community During Halloween – Episode #169

What makes a neighbourhood great?  Is it the good schools?  Is it the big homes?  Is it the pride of ownership?

Perhaps it has something to do with the “Sense of Community”.

This video shows you an example of a neighbourhood having a sense of community and what that does to an area’s demand.

Something to think about when searching for your next home.

Prime Toronto Beach House With Sloped Floors Before Renovation – Episode #168

Welcome to the Toronto Beaches!  We are south of Queen Street East in a very high demand location.

Jerry Greer, the owner of this Prime Beach Property, will be embarking on this renovation to hopefully convert this “tired looking” 2 bedroom apartment that was renting for $1700 / month into a luxury rental suite that will demand $2300-$2500 / month.  His budget is roughly $25,000.  Can he level off the sloped floors?  I actually get dizzy every time I walk into this house because of the severity of the sloping floors.  Can Jerry modernize this old apartment and create a beautiful gem with such a budget?

Perhaps with some help from the Renovation Specialist Jeff Reed this can be accomplished.  Jeff is using this property for a Class Case Study with his Students.  So there will be many great ideas floating around.

Here is the after video: Renovations That Yield The Best Return On Investment – Episode #173

Here is the during video: Jacking Up Floor Joists – Episode #171

Mother Nature Teaches Real Estate Investors A Lesson – Episode #167

Mother Nature works her magic every day. Here is one example…It takes at least 50 years for the seeds of this pine cone to grow into a large White Pine tree as seen in this video. Slowly but surely this tree will become one of the largest pine trees in the province of Ontario.

In the language of Real Estate…It can take close to 25 years to have your mortgage paid off in order for you to own your home free and clear. This is a wonderful strategy by leveraging your money so you can afford to purchase a home. If you purchase an investment property such as a duplex or triplex, again it can take you close to 25 years to pay off the mortgage when you only put a down payment of 20%. The rest of the mortgage is paid by your tenants over the next 25 years.

Imagine that! You plant your seed (your down payment) and watch it grow for the next 25 years until you have a mature tree (free and clear home). Will you have some bad weather along the way? Yes of course, but the bad weather only makes you stronger in the end. So please remember that this is a long term investment. If you are patient enough you will reap the rewards and become very wealthy.

Authentic Living – Episode #166

In this video we interview Oliver Manalese who is an inspiring individual who mentors people on personal growth.

Oliver Manalese guides executives, entrepreneurs and leaders towards their highest levels of performance while maintaining consistency and alignment with their core values and life balance.

Through his work, clients are enabled to discover the motivation, confidence and momentum to move towards an authentic vision for themselves and their business.

Oliver’s work helps empower people to create a life that’s fun, filled with possibility and fulfillment, as opposed to constantly being in survival-mode or “making a living.”

Using proven methods and direct life experience, along with Oliver’s commitment to continual growth and work in his own life, makes his work easily relatable and offers immediate access to new possibilities.

At the end of this video, we have a little surprise where Oliver sings a very well known song called: “We Belong Together” by Richie Valens

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