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Real Estate Investment

The Cost of Flipping

“Don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost

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Inspiration

A Return to Love

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you…

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Inspiration

Happy People Are Givers

When my older daughter, Olivia, was about three or four, she attended a half-day preschool a few days a week. She loved it and was making lots of friends. One day, before I took her, for some reason we got into a conversation about …

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Real Estate Investment

Re-Launching a Popular Website

An interactive website is a vital tool for any successful business. After weeks of work and tons of help, we’re thrilled to finally re-launch a new and improved version of SecretHomes.ca!Aside from being an easy-to-remember URL, SecretHomes.ca is…

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Inspiration

Joy in Sharing Secrets!

Did you know that most good landlords or investors – myself included – suffer from the anxiety of thinking they’ll never find a suitable occupant for their latest project?I can’t possibly express to you the…

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Leadership

Contrarian Communication

Secret: Never over-commit to communicating with investment partners.My written commitment to investment partners includes annual reporting for income tax purposes only – and then I try to sneak in at least two other written communications throughout the year, a telephone call or two, and a personal visit (which usually doesn’t include discussion of our mutual…

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Big Hearts Remember Little Things

I’m blessed to work with an absolutely amazing team. My Renovator, Jim, is a big man with a big heart.One Winter afternoon Jim called to check in with me. He wanted to be sure that we were moving the right projects forward in the right order so that prospective tenants, scheduled to view properties, would have

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Leadership

The First Few Days

I love working with new tenants! I love the way they get excited about transforming a house into a home. It’s the thrill of a fresh start and the anticipation of getting everything just right. Like any good landlord, I want their experience to be even better than they had hoped.

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Real Estate Investment

A Fresh Set of Keys

Locksmiths have great stories, and my first locksmith, Paul, was no exception!A teenager was travelling in Europe for nearly a year. His return trip took him through Edmonton where his grandmother owned a home. Always welcome at Grandma’s house, he decided to pay a surprise visit and stay with her for a few days. Grandma…

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