I’m an investor just like you, after graduating university I had a good job but after living expenses (and living with my parents), I wasn’t left much in savings let alone getting ahead. So I tried stocks and thanks to the urging of my girlfriend at the time, dabbled in some real estate. Then came 2007, the financial crisis and I had stocks go to zero and get delisted, my portfolio was down over 40% whereas while our investment properties received multiple offers to rent, rent prices went up, it was only then did I truly realize the opportunity.
Since then we’ve been named a top 20 Influencer in Canadian Real Estate in the same conversation as much richer people than me: Scott McGilvray, Mike Holmes, the Property Brothers, etc… but we did not start off successful.
In 2008, we made the commitment to learn the system of operating a real estate investment business and we did going on to acquire over 30 properties personally, and currently hold 10. We brought the same systems to help everyday local investors acquire hundreds of investment properties by simply treating clients like family, our brothers and sisters. Being the guide we would want guiding us by simply following the golden rule: do unto others as they would have done unto you. To guide them in a market that is ever changing. Back in the day, we could cash flow with a single tenant in a single family home. Today we apply more advanced strategies of rent to own, student rentals, short term rentals, and secondary suites. Investing in real estate is really difficult in the beginning, we’ve all made mistakes including my own that cost us over $10,000 by renting to tenants our systems would have red flagged long before handing over keys.
We are the culmination of our own experiences as real estate investors, a living knowledge base of our hundreds of clients and their hundreds of properties. We have interviewed 80+ of the best investors in Canada on what makes them successful and I mastermind with some of the best local investors in Ontario. The more experience one has, the more you can give others.
The results show as our clients returned 342% and 402% on investment in price appreciation alone in the last five and six years respectively in a market with rising rents.
Life and business was good so to give back, we decided to provide three Christmas dinners to families without food in 2014 but the need was great so we have since provided over 1,000 holiday dinners, registered our charity in 2016 the Hamilton Basket Brigade, and now focus providing the best holidays ever to the most impoverished families in Hamilton.
Our efforts did not go unnoticed either as our peers awarded us Realtors of the Year To Investors by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) in 2015, Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine in 2016 and 2017 (the first and only repeat winner), and again as the by the Real Estate Investment Network in 2018 (the first repeat winner for Ontario). Twice REIN has named us as the Leadership Award winner for contribution to the community in 2014 and 2017 (first repeat winner in Ontario) while accumulating other awards: Top Player in 2014 and Gold Award in 2018 and Hamilton’s Top 40 Under 40.
We strive to be the best of the best and have been recognized as such and now we want to bring our experience as a market leader to more people.
Your building wealth matters to me. You need wealth to take care of your friends and family and to give back to your community. Everything is better with wealth, you have more freedom of time to spending with your family, work becomes optional, and only the wealthy can give the most to charity.