How can I make money in real estate?

disorientedEarlier this week I had a meeting with one of the local startups that I am mentoring.  Over the last year his company’s bank account has been reaping the rewards of their hard work and so he has been considering his best option to invest the returns from his compounding successes.

Knowing that I am an active real estate investor he wanted to learn about how real estate makes money.  He had performed a number of cashflow analyses, but, was failing to find lucrative returns.  I could sense his frustration mounting in each additional word that he was saying.  “The best cashflow I’ve been able to find is approximately 8% on a real estate investment and that’s just… well average”.  He frowned.  I smiled and excitedly said “That’s fantastic, you should put in an offer, do your due diligence and buy this property if everything checks out.”

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Counter-Intuitive Real Estate Investing (reposted from Dr. Bruce M. Firestone’s Blog)

REPOSTED FROM DR. BRUCE M. FIRESTONE’S BLOGGuest post by Brent Mondoux, Founding Partner, Amplified Investments; CEO, N-VisionIT Interactive

I’ve been an entrepreneur for the last fifteen years of my life—my motto is ‘Once Today is Gone You Can Never Get It Back’.

How can a person ensure that once today is gone that their time was wisely invested towards achieving their goals? Well, first they need to figure out what their goals are before they can reach them.

People are capable of extraordinary feats if they’ll just focus on completing one ordinary task at a time.

Brent Mondoux
Brent Mondoux, The Future is NOW

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Real estate investing is based on facts, not emotions!

All of our investments go through a vigorous multi-step process including ensuring that our properties meet all of our crtieria, including the following main ones:

  • Cashflow positive even after contingencies (vacancy and repair allowance)
  • Can deal with mortgage rate fluctuation and a degree of risk
  • Attracts and maintains lower risk, lower maintenance tenants

OREIO Event Recap: Don R. Campbell, President of REIN

Ontario Real Estate Investors Organization (OREIO)Last night, my business partner Reid and I attended the Ontario Real Estate Investors Organization (OREIO) monthly event at the Travelodge Hotel on Carling in Ottawa.  This month I was very excited, because this month the presenter was one of my mentors and educators and the catalyst which brought me out of the phase that many investors get into known as “analysis paralysis”.  The presenter was none other than Don Campbell himself!

For those of you who don’t know Don Campbell, he is one of Canada’s most experienced real estate investors.  He wasn’t born into riches, didn’t have a silver spoon, he started when he was working at a customer service desk at Sears and worked his way to where he is today, one accomplishment at a time.  It wasn’t an easy ride, there’s no such thing as easy money, but he worked through the challenges as he faced them and any real estate investor can save themselves thousands or even millions in mistakes learning from his experience.  He is a realist at heart, and isn’t afraid to share both the successes and challenges he’s been through.

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