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The 4 Essential Keys to Every Residential Real Estate Investment

The 4 Essential Keys to Every Residential Real Estate Investment

Do you know what the experts know? These are the 4 keys to growing an unlimited residential real estate portfolio… ...

Evaluating Investment Types

Evaluating Investment Types

Here’s a quick test to see if Real Estate Investing is for you. Be sure to download the free worksheet and invest 5 minutes of your time to avoid future potential pain.   ...

2 Super-Simple Questions for Evaluating Investments

2 Super-Simple Questions for Evaluating Investments

Could you benefit by having a filter through which to put every potential real estate investment opportunity? Check out this 3-minute video… ...

3 Steps to Resolving RISK in Real Estate

3 Steps to Resolving RISK in Real Estate

There is risk involved in all investment activity – including real estate. While it is often said that there is a relationship between risk and reward, wise investors never expose themselves to unnecessary risk. The key to successful (and boring) investment is to clearly identify all known ...

5 Ways to Make Money in Real Estate

5 Ways to Make Money in Real Estate

In uncertain times ~ AND, Spoiler Alert: ALL times are uncertain! ~ you don’t want to leave investment to chance. Here are the 5 Ways to Make Money in Real Estate that experts know and you should too!   ...

Differentiate or Die!

Differentiate or Die!

One of my favourite strategists, Jack Trout, wrote a book called Differentiate or Die. We live in a niche world. Whatever it is that you do, you must find a way to stand out. For example, many people would love... ...

Why Do Entrepreneurs Frame Their First Dollar?

Why Do Entrepreneurs Frame Their First Dollar?

Immediately out of high school, I moved to the Rocky Mountains to work in the resort industry – Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise. At first, I lived in staff accommodation. It was like all the fun of university dorm life – except without... ...

What’s Your ‘Founder Story’?

What’s Your ‘Founder Story’?

One Spring, when I was about 9, I saw Dad sitting at our dining room table doing what looked like homework... \"What are you doing Dad?\" “I’m doing my Income Taxes. Would you like to help?” My father never missed... ...

Big Hearts Remember Little Things

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, ...

What’s My Condo Worth?

What’s My Condo Worth?

The whole idea of most condominium developments – whether apartment or townhouse – is uniformity in size and design. In the eyes of a lender, appraiser, home-buyer or investor... ...

#1 is the Worst Number!

#1 is the Worst Number!

The number 1 is absolutely the worst number in business. It may be bad for you too! Think about it: 1 customer; 1 supplier; 1 bank; 1 employee; 1 market; 1 product; 1 service. It sounds simple, yet the number 1 can be devastating in any business. If you lose... ...

A Fresh Set of Keys

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 ...

Why I Should Never Visit My Own Renovation Projects…

Why I Should Never Visit My Own Renovation Projects…

One weekend early on, I thought I’d give my contractor a hand, so I offered to drop by on a Saturday afternoon and do just that – hold stuff for him while he measured and cut and glued and attached. Jim didn’t ask for my help. I just offered it.Why was that a mistake? Well, ...

Contrarian Communication

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 ...

Joy in Sharing Secrets!

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... ...

Re-Launching a Popular Website

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... ...

Happy People Are Givers

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 ... ...

A Return to Love

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... ...

The First Few Days

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. ...