Growing as an Investor while Raising a Family with Carleen Su

Carleen Su

This week on the Podcast we’re sitting down with Carleen Su of Tru Capital Real Estate!

Carleen’s journey in real estate investing spans a healthy 19 years and includes investments in duplexes, suited homes, pre-construction condos, limited partnerships, and now townhouse development projects as well.

As the mother of a young family of 3 kids, Carleen strives to find balance between growing her investing business and achieving her investing goals, while raising a family and achieving her familial goals too.

In our wide-ranging conversation we cover:

Carleen’s real estate investing history, with 19 years of investing in various capacities. What it was like to be a young, new investor and overcoming the discomfort of first-time investing (and first-time property management). Insights on the real estate cycle and portfolio management Creating the confidence to try different strategies. The slow and steady approach to growing a portfolio. Transitioning from working in full-time job to working on her investing business Integrating work and life to achieve both investing and family goals. Strategies for prioritizing life and business elements while raising a family, including using a project management software. Current projects Carleen is working on with her investment company, Tru Capital Tips and insights for overcoming doubts in raising capital.

Thank you to Carleen for taking the time to join us on the show!

If you want to find out more about Tru Capital Real Estate and connect with Carleen directly you can find her at:



Facebook: Tru Capital

Instagram: @investorcarleen


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An Empowering Perspective for Facing “Uncertain Times”

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How many times have you heard the phrase “uncertain times”?

If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that we are always in uncertain times.

In this episode, Rev N You Partner and host of the Podcast Doug Meyers provides an empowering perspective for uncertain times, offering 3 key takeaways to help shift the perspective of uncertain times from a place of concern to a place of confidence.

What did you think of this show? Was it helpful? Useful? Useless?

Let us know by reaching out directly in one of the following places!


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From BRRRs to Apartment Buildings with Evan McLeish

Evan McLeish

Evan McLeish is a real estate investor out of Prince George, BC, where he has been investing in real estate for almost 7 years.

He got his start with a fixer-upper, a long-term principal residence turned flip that taught him the power of real estate, as he was able to purchase a turn-key rental property and start a new principal residence project using the proceeds from his first sale. Recognizing that real estate investing was a good path for him, he continued the process of moving into a principal residence, fixing it up, putting in a basement suite, refinancing the property with long-term renters in place, and moving on to the next house.

By completing 6 BRRRs (Buy-Renovate-Refinance-Rent) in Prince George while simultaneously working his job at the pulp mill in Quesnel, Evan was able to build up his asset base in real estate and make sound financial decisions to the point of making the choice to leave his job in February of this year.

Now with the added time he has joined forces with a couple other investors he met in a real estate mastermind group to form NSE Real Estate, a real estate investing firm focused on partnering up with passive investors to invest in multi-family buildings across Canada.

In our conversation with Evan we discuss:

Getting started with zero real estate experience Learning how to renovate to add value to residential homes by leaning on those with more experience The power of delayed gratification Becoming a real estate investor and developing an investor mindset How Evan funded and completed his BRRR projects – the key tactics to successful BRRRs Doug goes on a tangent about doing what it takes to get where you want to go (you must put in the time)! Why the “how” of real estate investing doesn’t matter if you don’t really want to do the work Evan’s take on quitting your job – recognizing when it’s time to leave, what to do in the lead up to leaving, and being prepared Figuring out “what’s next” after achieving a long-term goal, like leaving a job Making the jump from residential renovations to purchasing multi-family properties Who Not How for real estate investing and life Final words of wisdom: picking one thing to focus on and get out of your own wayThank you to Evan for joining us on the show!

Do you want to connect with Evan and NSE Real Estate? Check out the connection points below:

NSE Real Estate on FB: https://www.facebook.com/NSE-Real-Estate-101703502162174

Evan’s FB: https://www.facebook.com/evan.mcleish.3

IG: @nse_real_estate

Or e-mail direct to: McLeish_1@hotmail.com

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Portfolio Management During COVID and Beyond with RevNYou’s Gary Spencer-Smith

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“If you have the opportunity to get bonus houses, then get bonus houses!” – Gary Spencer-Smith

We’ve been through COVID (hopefully) and there’s signs that the worst of it is behind us, so how did you manage your portfolio during this incredibly unique time?

What are you going to do moving forward to keep your portfolio strong, healthy, and helping you achieve the lifestyle you want to live?

After a brief summer hiatus, RevNYou’s Doug Meyers is back to host another episode with Gary Spencer-Smith discussing how Gary has managed his portfolio over the past 12-18 months, along with some things to look out for as the world continues to (knock on wood) open up again.

Key subjects covered in this episode include:

Personal stories from Gary’s portfolio management over the past 12 – 18 months. The reasons why Gary sold some properties owned with one of his JV partners. How to be a valuable JV working partner in times of uncertainty. Predictions for the future including the cost of doing business, availability of materials, and supply chain delays. Why owning real estate creates financial peace of mind in times of need. How to build a portfolio that has resiliency. The importance of a good joint venture contract. How Gary is using the real estate cycle in different markets to make portfolio management decisions. Two final tips for investors wondering what to do next.

Books referenced in the episode:

Secrets of the Canadian Real Estate Cycle – Don R. Campbell

Thank you for listening and we look forward to welcoming you to the RevNYou with Real Estate community!

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Understanding the Risks and Rewards of Private Lending with Marinella Nicolosi

Marinella Nicolosi

“I wanted to do private lending because it fit with my lifestyle.”

Originally from Italy, Marinella Nicolosi moved to Canada in 1996 at the age of 26. Along with being a proud mother of two, she spends her spare time doing things she loves such as cooking, listening to music, walks in nature, interior design and real estate investments. Her interest in art/design started in college where she majored in both Fashion Design and Staging.

Because of her background she had numerous translatable skills to bring to her real estate investments, which have included successfully renovating and selling previous primary residences at major profits.

In 2019 she started focusing on private lending deals which allowed her to maintain her lifestyle while meeting her goals and simultaneously creating new ones for her bright future.

Marinella now has a wealth of experience in the private lending space, and she wants to help other’s get started in lending by understanding how to be a smart private lender.

After getting to know Marinella, our conversation focuses on all things private lending including:

What private lending is Why most people have never heard of private lending Reasons why borrowers would be interested in using private funds for real estate investments What holds people back from becoming a private lender What kind of returns you can expect from different types of private lending investments Understanding the real risks and rewards of private lending What private lenders need to do in terms of DUE DILIGENCE on both potential borrowers and lending opportunities  Marinella’s due diligence process – ALL POTENTIAL PRIVATE LENDERS NEED TO HEAR THIS! What to do if you are lending to a corporation Items to include in your agreements to protect your money and yourself How to source quality opportunities to lend your money Identifying red flags to avoid potential troubles Who private lending is for

Big thank you to Marinella for joining us on the show and sharing her knowledge on this topic! If you enjoyed the show and would like to get in touch with Marinella you can find her on Facebook where she is quite active or via e-mail to:


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Understanding the Money Game and The Business of Real Estate Investing with Danielle Chiasson

Danielle Chiasson

“There’s the field, and there’s the office, and they complement each other.”

Danielle Chiasson is a serial entrepreneur known for her work in the field of real estate investing in residential redevelopment and rental housing. Focused in Ontario, her many projects have ranged in scope from light clean-ups to full renovations, as well as legal duplex, triplex conversions, and multi-unit flips.

She works as a general contractor managing various trades & staff, while managing her businesses. She fills her days operating multiple businesses, underwriting properties, balancing finances, managing rental properties, and endlessly educating herself. She is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in Ontario and a member and contributor of several real estate education organizations.

Danielle is passionate about business and real estate, and shares her experience and knowledge with other investors through speaking engagements and various online platforms, and is very excited about re-launching her coaching program in the fall of 2021.

In our conversation centered around two main topics, the business of real estate investing and understanding the money game, Danielle shares:

Her real estate investing origins. Why she started with flipping real estate but shifted to buy-and-hold acquisitions once COVID started. How to work your way through the real estate investing fog (figuring out what investing strategies work best for you). How to adapt a business model based on changing conditions Approaching your real estate investing like a business . . . because it is! The elements of setting up a real estate investing business The office supports the field and they must grow together if you want to scale. Why you should get an assistant and examples of what you can have them do. Tips for scaling a portfolio sustainably Understanding the Money Game of real estate investing. How to create a network of private lenders to help you grow your business by educating others. How debt and credit will help you grow (if used correctly) Why collecting rent puts dollars in your piggy bank. Understanding good debt, bad debt, and leverage

Thank you to Danielle for joining us on the show!

If you enjoyed what you heard and are interested in speaking with Danielle directly, she has set up a link specific for this show where you can sign-up for a one-on-one call with her. Check it out below:


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Using Real Estate to Retire Early with Ryan Koss

Ryan Koss

“If everything fails and I end up with nothing, I’ll figure it out and start again!”

Ryan Koss is a prime example of using real estate to create the lifestyle of his desires. From his early beginnings starting to invest in real estate in 2005, to building up the investment portfolio and cash reserves needed, in this episode Ryan shares his personal story of how and why he used real estate to effectively retire by the age of 30.

Without spoiling all the details, Ryan’s story covers:

The early days of working in Northern Alberta and starting to invest in real estate Why he chose real estate investing over other options The timeline for how long it took him to effectively retire from his job by age 30 Budgeting and costing-out lifestyle requirements 5, 10, 15 years in advance The mindset he used and the actions he took to create the confidence needed to pull the plug and leave his job What the first years of early retirement looked like! The restoration of Volkswagen vans Understanding why you’re investing in real estate Advice for those who are looking to retire early by using real estate investing

If you’re looking to be inspired by a living example of someone who has used real estate to retire early, this episode is sure to do so.

A big thank you to Ryan for joining us on the show and for sharing his story with us!

Thank you for listening and we look forward to welcoming you to the RevNYou with Real Estate community!

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Financing Real Estate Investments with Investor Focused Mortgage Broker Dan Heon

Dan Heon

Dan Heon has been a mortgage broker since 2002, a real estate investor since the mid 1990s and is well-known in the Alberta real estate investment community. He became a mortgage broker when efforts to grow his own portfolio were challenged by conventional lenders.

His office at the Canadian Mortgage Team Alberta has carved out a valuable niche in the Canadian Mortgage Industry, with a specialty in working with people who are committed to their own success by adding real estate to their portfolio.

It’s fair to say that Dan is a mortgage broker that thinks like an investor, because he is one.

With 26 years of experience as an investor and 20 years of experience as a broker, Dan has seen it all, and in our finance focused conversation he shares with listeners his wealth of knowledge in the important areas of:

What new investors starting out need to know when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage on a rental property. Understanding what the banks are looking at  The 2-2-2 rule. What investors can do to ensure they get the YES from lenders. How investors can keep growing – what investors need to do in order to get the banks to say yes to funding more mortgages. The limiting factors that cause investors to hit the financing wall. Why planning and strategizing your financing options is critical to grow a portfolio. The importance of having the RIGHT type of mortgage in place for the investment strategy you are executing. Why the lowest interest rate isn’t the be all, end all, of a good mortgage Dan’s point of view for investors who have hit the financing wall, or can’t qualify on their own to start their portfolio, and how they can attract people who CAN qualify for mortgages to their opportunities

Thank you to Dan for joining us on the show!

If you’d like to get in touch with Dan to see what you could qualify for, or to find out more about investor-focused financing options, you can connect with him via:

Website: www.danheon.com

E-mail: dan@danheon.com

Business Phone: (403)-257-1801

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Invest Where Returns Are Best! A Wide-Ranging Conversation with Award Winning Investor Deanna Boyden

Deanna Boyden

Deanna Boyden is a real estate investor based in Calgary, Alberta. Alongside her husband Darcy, the two have built a real estate investing business over the years using various investment strategies including Buy and Hold, Flip to Yourself, Agreement for Sale, Rent To Own, Joint Ventures, land development, syndicate mortgages, private lending, purchases of short sales and courthouse auctions, on their way to creating a multi-faceted portfolio of active and passive investments across Canada and the US.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Deanna speaks both to her personal experiences as well as the experiences of Darcy and herself while building a portfolio together. Our conversation includes discussions on:

Building a real estate investment portfolio while working travel and time intensive full-time jobs. Why they chose real estate investments based on lifestyle desires and limitations. How her “why” has shifted over the years Embracing the hard work, overcoming self-doubt, and overcoming challenges while in growing a portfolio How having full-time jobs helped the Boyden’s start a real estate investing portfolio without having to partner with others Identifying what your “superpower” in real estate is… Thoughts on how to position yourself to leave a full-time job Breaking down the strategic planning process. Making macro and micro decisions in order to succeed at long-term plans Why the Boyden’s continue investing in real estate. Developing a coaching and mentoring niche around her experience. Why most people struggle making big decisions in their own lives Deanna’s parting words

Much appreciation to Deanna for joining us on the show! If you’d like to connect further with Deanna you can find her here:


IG: @deannaboyden

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Multifamily, Mindset, and Making it Happen with Zac Willms

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Zac Willms began real estate investing in 2017 in a hot Ontario market.

Since then, Zac has built up a portfolio of 8 properties with 38 doors, appeared on multiple podcast (including this one!) and presented in seminars to help others, with a focus on the younger generation, learn more about real estate investing.

He has used multiple investment strategies to help his partners and clients increase their net worth and generate solid returns on their money, and along the way has developed a deeper interest in investing in the multifamily asset class.

In our conversation together, Zac shares:

How he got started in real estate investing The person that encouraged Zac to get a proper real estate investing education Surrounding yourself with like minded people to turbocharge your growth The strategies Zac has used to build his real estate portfolio What to do if you’re a young investor that’s trying to get started Multifamily investing: the differences between multifamily and residential real estate investing The General Partner / Limited Partner Structure (GP / LP) How to find multifamily properties that make sense as deals Creating deal flow The tasks you need to be doing all the time if you want to grow a portfolio Identifying red flags and hidden gems in multifamily investing Where Zac invests and why he has stuck to investing in one area The shifting nature of the why Strategies for staying centered including mindfulness, meditation, and healthy living practices Strategies for continued education and personal development

Thank you Zac for taking the time to join the show!

To connect with Zac you can find him here:

IG: @zacwillms

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Growth Requires Discomfort

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When trying to grow, whether personally, professionally, or in our context within real estate investing, you’ll know you’re on the right path when this key element presents itself:


In this short episode, RevNYou Partner and Host Doug Meyers shares personal experiences of how growth in his portfolio was shaped by discomforts that were worked through, and ultimately overcome, leading to new levels of results in life and in real estate.

Seek discomfort and growth will follow.

Thank you for listening and we look forward to welcoming you to the RevNYou with Real Estate community!

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Making Real Estate Investing Work for You with Gary Hibbert of Smart Home Choice

Gary Hibbert

Gary Hibbert is a full-time Real Estate Investor, licensed and award-winning Real Estate Agent, Author, and Educator. In 2008, he made a decision that would be life-changing by purchasing his first investment property. Through hard work and dedication, Gary left the corporate world to become a full-time entrepreneur in 2014. Today, not only does he have a remarkable Real Estate Investing Portfolio and successful businesses, Gary continually inspires the same change that transformed his life, into others.

In the beginning, Gary lived pay cheque to pay cheque as many others do. He had been accustomed to the reality that at the end of the month, there was more month than money. Realizing that there must be another way to make ends meet, he became determined to educate himself and make a change. However, at that point, he hadn’t yet realized that by changing his own life, it would enable him to help 100’s of future investors to their path to finding financial freedom. In 2010, Gary launched Smart Home Choice, a company dedicated to educating new and experienced investors through a focus on SMART goals in order to allow them to make informed decisions in their investing strategies. Currently, Smart Home Choice is one of Durham Region’s largest groups of Real Estate Investors and although the company is continually growing, it offers networking, mentoring, and self-improvement opportunities to its members.

In addition to Smart Home Choice, Gary is the owner of a private investment company called Deep Pockets and most recently has joined in a partnership of ownership of a real estate brokerage; Our Neighbourhood Realty. Gary attributes his success to his focus on improving his mindset, rather than improving his skillset and most importantly discovering his “why”. He is also dedicated to helping others realize their “why”, because that is the realization that led Gary to where he is today.

In our wide-ranging conversation, Gary shares:

How and why he got started in real estate investing The moment that had him saying “never again will I allow someone to be in control of my financial freedom or future” Why outpacing inflation requires more than having a job His process and mindset shifts around moving from employee to investor and business owner The importance of following mentors when making life changes How he built his real estate investing portfolio, including strategies used Why you don’t need the money to build a portfolio! Reaching the “I don’t need any more” point The many ways you can make a return in real estate How to intentionally design a lifestyle using real estate investing Where most investors get stuck Shifting investing strategies over time to get what he wanted from his real estate investing as priorities changed His 3 points of guidance for anyone looking to get started in real estate“Being able to design a lifestyle of your choice is not an easy feat, however it’s attainable as long as you have passion and know what your ‘why’ is”. – Gary Hibbert

To connect with Gary further you can find him in the following places and spaces:

Website www.smarthomechoice.ca

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/smarthomechoice/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/garyhibbert/

Real Talk with Gary (Gary’s Podcast) – https://apple.co/2UvRI3s

Investing Where You DON’T Live and Achieving the Time-Freedom Point through Passive Income with Axel Meierhoefer

Axel Meierhoefer

Joining us on this episode of the RevNYou with Real Estate Podcast is former Air Force Pilot, current Consultant, and Turnkey Real Estate Investor Axel Meierhoefer

Axel was born in Germany and now calls San Diego, CA home. After serving in the Air Force for over 2 decades as an aviator and instructor, he started his consulting company in 2005. As a new business owner, he quickly realized that nobody hands you a retirement plan if you’re running your own company, so he started looking for ways to secure his financial future and discovered real estate investing.

Having established his preferred real estate investing method through studying and diligence, and applying his analytical nature, Axel now mentors people who want to start their investing journey using similar strategies to what has worked for him.

In our conversation together we cover:

Axel’s pre-real estate background: flying fighter jets in the Air Force The translatable skills taken from the Air Force, applied to Real Estate Investing Knowing and mastering the fundamentals so you can notice the differences that matter Why Axel started investing in real estate How to become a turnkey “out-of-state” (or out-of-province) real estate investor, and why it makes sense for Axel over other real estate investing options What is a turnkey real estate investment provider? Developing the relationships you need to build your team What qualifies as a “performing” real estate investment for that meets Axel’s criteria Explaining the qualifying process for a property What is the Time Freedom Point and how long on average does it take to get there? Using equity in your own home to build your investment portfolio The greatest challenge facing would-be investors looking to get started Why Axel is so passionate about his role as a real estate investor and home owner Structuring the time spent on real estate investing activities versus your primary income generator A couple of quality book recommendations Personality based persuasion methods to help encourage people to improve their lives through investing

Many thanks to Axel for joining us on the show! To find out more about Axel you can find him through his Ideal Wealth Grower Platform at:


FB: idealwealthgrower

IG: @idealwealthgrower

Twitter: IdealGrower

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ideal-wealth-grower/

YouTube: Ideal Wealth Grower

Additional Resources and Links:

Get your FREE Mindset Manual from Axel

Click here: https://idealwealthgrower.com/free/

And watch the series of videos on how to use your Mindset Manual


Thank you for listening and we look forward to welcoming you to the RevNYou with Real Estate community!

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Creating and Executing an Intentional Real Estate Investing Retirement Plan with Jeff Walters

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Welcome to another episode of the RevNYou with Real Estate Podcast!

In this edition of the show, we’re not sitting down with someone who has been in the real estate investing game for years, has amassed a massive portfolio, or for that matter has any desire to build one.

No, we’re grateful to be joined by Jeff Walters, a man based in Calgary AB who made the decision to start investing in real estate in his 50s with an intentional decision to use real estate to improve his family’s financial retirement plan.

Whether you’re in your 50s like Jeff, or in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, it’s never too early to start having these types of conversations and preparing for your financial future.

In our conversation together, we discuss:

Why Jeff considers his wife and himself “experienced rookies” in real estate investing Flipping properties for income in the ’90s, but not investing in real estate How following the “typical” investing advice led Jeff to a startling financial realization What it was like to be humbled by the results of an investing strategy that wasn’t going to meet retirement expectations Managing the risk of altering your retirement plan in your 50s Why Jeff’s not looking to build a big real estate investing portfolio Breaking down the deals Jeff’s doing to achieve his real estate investing retirement plan How Jeff is going about making his plan happen! What the real estate investments will do to improve his retirement plan Regrets around not being more informed about real estate investing when he was in his 20s Jeff’s advice for people in their 50s looking at retirement: talk to a Certified Financial Planner Understanding good debt vs. bad debt when it comes to taking a mortgage / HELOC out on your home The importance of having conversations with your spouse / partner around money and financial planningOne of the big reasons why we wanted to have Jeff on the show was because of the perspective he brings to real estate investing. The perspective of “using real estate investing to provide what you need to live the lifestyle you want” is a message we at RevNYou believe is critical. Any real estate investor should ingrain in their decision making process for why they’re buying investment real estate this perspective and use it as a guide on their real estate investing journey.

Thank you again to Jeff for coming on the show. If you’d like to connect further with Jeff you can do so here:



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Dave Dubeau on Raising Capital and Attracting the Right Partners for YOU

Dave Dubeau

Welcome to the RevNYou with Real Estate Podcast!

On this episode of the show, capital raising expert Dave Dubeau walks us through his step-by-step process for raising capital and attracting the right kind of partners to your real estate investing business.

Host Doug Meyers and Dave cover a number of items along the way including:

Getting to know Dave – life experiences, language training businesses, and Costa Rica Transitioning back to Canada and the early days of Dave’s real estate investing career – doing 18 deals in 18 months Why Dave succeeded at real estate investing despite starting at zero Why most people fail at real estate investing The difference between “transacting” in real estate for income and “investing” in real estate for wealth Where to start when it comes to raising capital – WHO you should be reaching out to Dave’s step-by-step marketing strategy for reaching, engaging, and educating the right people What it means to “show and tell instead of sell” Developing your investor presentation Why consistency in your marketing is key How to be seen as an expert in the eyes of your perspective investors Why you need to be wary of posting your deals on social mediaThank you Dave for sharing your valuable knowledge on how to raise capital and attract the right partners to your real estate investing business!

For a great value add, Dave is currently providing his Money Partner Formula eBook for free download available at:


Just plug in your name and your e-mail address and you’ll receive access to start learning more about how Dave’s system works.

You can also connect with Dave and learn more about him online at:


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Lessons Learned, $18,000 Deals, and Small Town Investing with Ryan Lake

Ryan Lake

Welcome to another episode of the RevNYou with Real Estate Podcast!

In this edition of the show we sit down with Ryan Lake, a friend and fellow investor in the Real Estate realm currently living in Edmonton, AB.

Ryan Lake has been involved in real estate since he was 20 years old. Now 32, his portfolio has grown to 7 properties with 10 doors in the markets of Edmonton, Regina, and a little-known town of Esterhazy, SK where his favourite deals are being made and show no sign of slowing down.

He has experience with Buy-and-Holds, BRRR’s, Hard Money Loans, Utilizing registered funds from investors, Direct lending his own money, Investing in LP’s and MICs with others, and creative Joint Ventures.

Ryan works full-time as an Advanced Care Paramedic serving Northern Alberta communities. When he has downtime he loves to travel with his girlfriend Sara-Lynn and make friends from across the world with plans to see every country. he also enjoys the odd patio pint with friends,  reading books, cooking,  green breakfast smoothies,  snowboarding,  passionate about health and fitness, and yearns to learn Spanish.

In our conversation together, Ryan and host Doug Meyers discuss:

Ryan’s origin story for both where he comes from and real estate Finding his way through jobs and early investments, some of which became costly learning lessons Becoming educated in real estate investing Overcoming the imposter syndrome as it relates to creative real estate investing “The Deal” that brought together years of education and previous experiences Shifting his perspective as an investor to “problem solver”  The pros and challenges of investing in small towns including $18,000 deals, cash-flow, lender issues, and knowing the market

Thank you to Ryan for a great conversation and for sharing his experience and knowledge with the show.

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Real Estate Investing Fundamentals: Your Real Estate Investing Team

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Any activity in life has fundamentals that must be understood and applied, and in real estate investing having a real estate investing team is one of the fundamentals!

In this episode, RevNYou with Real Estate Partner Doug Meyers breaks down the key members of your real estate investing team. From getting a property into your portfolio, to property operations, to running the business, Doug shares the team members that you’ll want to have by your side if you’re an investor growing a rental property portfolio.

The real estate investing team members discussed, and why they’re important, include:

Investor focused mortgage broker Investor focused real estate agent / realtor Investor focused insurance broker Lawyer / legal team Property manager Maintenance / trades people Bookkeeper Investor focused accountant Investor allies.

Was this episode helpful for you? 

Got questions about building your real estate investing team? 

Looking to get started investing in real estate?

Get in touch with us directly by e-mail to info@revnyou.com to see how we can help you achieve your real estate investing goals.

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Getting in the Game Early with Fellow Millennial Investor Russell Mortlock

Russell Mortlock

What happens when you give a couple of young gun real estate investors a couple of microphones and an hour to chat?

You get THIS EPISODE of the RevNYou with Real Estate Podcast!

Host Doug Meyers sits down with a fellow millennial investor, Russell Mortlock, of Mortlock Group Investments.

It’s always fun to share the podcast space with other young and hungry, easy to chat to people in the real estate investing space, and Russell is exactly that.

The 26 year old Medicine Hat native was working as a pipe fitter after finishing up a Junior Hockey League career, making a quality income but not falling into the trap of the work hard, play hard lifestyle that many of those around him were partaking in. Instead, he versed himself in financial matters, namely real estate investing, and started saving his way toward his first rental property.

Fast forward 3 short years and Russell has established a solid portfolio for his age and, perhaps more importantly, given himself the opportunity to pursue his passions in real estate by moving to Kelowna, BC to begin a new career as a Realtor and real estate investor.

Our conversation centres predominantly around what it’s like to get in the real estate investing game early and what it’s like to be an investor in your 20s, so if you’re someone in the same boat (or perhaps the parent of a 20-something young adult who’s trying to work things out) this is going to be a great episode to listen to.

Topics include:

Russell’s real estate investing origin story A look at Russell’s portfolio including strategies used and why he chose them. Why you should start investing in real estate as soon as possible. The advantages of being a young investor. The struggles / challenges of being a young investor. What young investors should do to get started if real estate investing is something they want to pursue.

Thank you Russell for coming on the show. Great conversation and we appreciate you sharing your time and energy with our listeners, which is sure to inspire others on a similar path.

Want to connect with Russell? You can find him on social media and online in the following places:

Website: https://www.mortlockgroup.ca/

IG @russellmortlock.realestate

FB: @MortlockGroup https://www.facebook.com/MortlockGroup

Thank you for listening and we look forward to welcoming you to the RevNYou with Real Estate community!


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Rent-to-Own Experts Kyle Barth & Dave Shymko of KD Properties on how to invest with RTOs

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Regina’s Rent-to-Own Experts Kyle Barth and Dave Shymko of KD Properties get us back on the interview train for 2021 with this great conversation focused on the ins and outs of the rent-to-own investing strategy.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kyle and Dave found a passion for real estate when they took on their first house renovation project together. They enjoyed working with real estate so much that KD Properties was born.

In our conversation we cover the groundwork and foundations of how they do business in their target market of Regina, SK, and how if you’re interested in the rent-to-own strategy what you need to know in order to execute it effectively.

Educational talking points include:

What IS a rent-to-own? Understanding the 3 groups that are being served in an RTO deal: Buyers, Sellers and Investors Why, and who, is an RTO right for?  What are the benefits to each group involved Why KD Properties chose to focus on RTOs over other strategies of real estate investing The risks involved in rent-to-own deals What’s in-store for 2021 for Kyle and Dave!

Thank you to both Kyle and Dave for taking the time to come on the show and share their knowledge with us!

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Essential Reading for any Real Estate Investor’s Book List

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Continuing the start of a New Year with another informational, educational episode aimed at provided you with relevant resources that we believe are great reads to consider adding to your 2021 reading list.

Host and RevNYou Partner Doug Meyers presents this ‘lone wolf’ episode as he shares 5 recommended reads for you.

From personal finance foundations and developing an investor mindset , to tactical real estate investing, to the systematization of an operating real estate investing business, Doug’s 5 book recommendations for your 2021 reading list provides personal insights, stories, and reference points for WHY these books should be worth your consideration, as well as what you can expect to learn through reading them.

Doug’s 5 Book Recommendations, listed in an order that’s explained during the show, are as follows:

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! – Robert Kiyosaki More Than Cashflow: Understanding The Real Risks and Rewards of Profitable Real Estate Investing – Julie Broad Real Estate Investing in Canada  – Don R. Campbell Real Estate Joint Ventures: The Canadian Investor’s Guide to Raising Money and Getting Deals Done – Russell Westcott & Don R. Campbell Get A Grip: How To Get Everything You Want From Your Entrepreneurial Business – Gino Wickman and Mike Paton

Are there any recommended reads that you have for real estate investors in 2021?

We’d love to hear them! Let us know via e-mail, to info@revnyou.com so we can share with the entire RevNYou community.

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Tech Tools for Real Estate Investors

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first episode of 2021!

In this edition of the show, the tables are turned and RevNyou Partner and Investor Gary Spencer-Smith sits down with normal podcast host, RevNYou Partner and Investor Doug Meyers, for this informative conversation around Tech Tools for Real Estate Investors.

There is a wealth of technology tools available from phone apps to online programs and computer software that can be utilized in the running of a successful real estate investing business.

Gary and Doug dive into a number of different tools that they personally use within their real estate investing businesses to keep things running, systemized, and organized (albeit they still work constantly to make improvements).

From the basics of a suite of business tools available in Google Suite and Microsoft Office 365, to the more niche applications like phone apps for tracking business vehicle mileage, whether you’re new to real estate investing or a seasoned veteran there’s likely a tip or two you can pull out of this episode that will help you better optimize your business activities.

By no means is this an exhaustive list – we’re sure there are plenty of other tools out there that would be beneficial to use – so if you’ve got something that’s working for you, stick with it! Better yet, let us know about it on our Facebook page!

Some of the technology tools and the practical application of them in our real estate investing businesses discussed include:

Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, etc.) Google Suite Docusign ClickUp (for Project management) Ilovepdf.com Canva.com Evernote Go Canvas Social Media MileIQ Zoom Wix, WordPress, Squarespace (for websites) Tiny Scanner CRM – Hubspot Mailchimp (for just e-mailing)

We trust you’ll find this episode useful as you take the reins of your real estate investing business to start 2021 anew.

Do you have questions you’d like to ask the RevNYou with Real Estate team? Send your questions in to info@revnyou.com and we’ll be sure to answer them on a future show.

Thank you for listening and we look forward to welcoming you to the RevNYou with Real Estate community!

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