Hello Investors of Hamilton real estate!!!
We’re back! Back from a week long cruise in the Eastern Caribbean aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas in an intimate setting of 5000+ other cruise setters LOL!! The experience got off to a rocky start no different than when you first take possession of a Hamilton real estate investment property. When we boarded, the main buffet was packed! The food was good, but there were no available tables. We ended up sharing a table, so no big deal. Breakfast the next morning was the same, PACKED! So we learned to avoid the buffet and just dine in the main dining room for pretty much every meal, and it was really good! No different than real estate investing – you simply go with the flow, read where the market is going and adjust to it.
The service was quite excellent too and I like good service, plus I sometimes tip generously. There is a mandatory gratuity per person per day charged to my room but I do alright and the ship staff work their tails off, 10 hour days, no days off for eight months at a time. I’ve found cruise service to be better than beach resort staff. Anyways, I would always carry small bills for tips and I tipped our room steward and both dinner seating waiters $5 every day. They were always grateful, service was top notch, and them being happy made me happy.
We had ports in the Bahamas where Cherry and I checked out the world renowned Atlantics Paradise Island Resort. Cherry grabbed a chair by the pool while I rode the Leap of Faith, considered a top 10 waterslide in the world because it’s crazy steep and tunnels through a SHARK infested pool (video: https://youtu.be/5j1g3f_W6uQ?t=93). Next was St Thomas where we snorkeled reefs and swam with eagle rays and sea turtles. Last stop was St. Maarten where we rented chairs and stretched out on the beach the whole time.
The overall theme of the trip for Cherry and I was that it was our first vacation without the kids (thank you, mom)!! With all this free time, we consumed a lot of business books and training material. We even read at the table for each meal when waiting for our food. I know it sounds unromantic but I think I spend more time with and talking to Cherry than most couples I know because we work from home and we’re like-minded as driven entrepreneurs. We returned home missing the kids and feeling more invigorated, fully confident 2017 will be our best year.
Speaking of best years, we have reached our fundraising goal for the Christmas edition of the Hamilton Basket Brigade!!! Thank you to all who donated and have volunteered to come on Saturday to pack deliver the baskets to less fortunate families. My family and I have much to be grateful for hence we have volunteer countless hours and donated tens of thousands to make this happen. This Christmas we will have fed 238 families for a total of 541 families, or over 2,700 men, women (mostly single moms), and children in 2016. These families at risk of going hungry over Christmas have been identified and nominated to us by government organizations and they’re in for a fun surprise as they do not know we are coming. 🙂
To volunteer or donate please go here: https://www.hamiltonbasketbrigade.com/
As President of the Hamilton Basket Brigade I’d like to give a special thank you to our Platinum level donors ($1,000 and up): James Maggs, Cherry Chan CPA, CA of realestatetaxtips.ca, Roger Auger of Auger Properties, Empipe Solutions, Matt Green of Tymat Solutions, the Hamilton Mountain Rotary Club, Carol Dias, Erwin “Mr Hamilton” Szeto and a special holy mackinaw to Scott Dillingham, Mortgage Professional at CIBC whose donations make up over 40% of donations received for this Christmas and has consistently been our largest sponsor. Scott got me my last three mortgages, after all other lenders said they could not help me. Scott’s like me, he’ll fight hard for his clients so not only is he damn good at his job, but Scott loves charity and he is an agent for the change he wants to see in the world.
To reach Scott:
Scott Dillingham | Mobile Mortgage Advisor | CIBC Head Office – 55 Yonge St, Toronto, On, M5E 1J4 | Office: 519-997-4129 | Cell: 519-330-0453 | Toll Free: 888-905-3396| Fax: 226-315-1680 | email@example.com |cibcmortgageadvisor.com/scottdillingham
Details for Saturday:
When: Morning of Saturday, December 17th, 8:45am. Deliveries will start approx 10:00am.
What: Donating, packing baskets, delivering baskets in Hamilton to families in need.
Where: St Mary’s Church Hall, off Sheaffe Street, (and Park Street) Hamilton, ON
Southeast corner of Park Street North and Sheaffe Street 2 blocks south of Barton Street
Parking lot is off Sheaffe (COURT). X marks the entrance to our hall.
Registered Charity: Basket Brigade Charity #7741 9493 RR0001
This week, we have a very special guest in Tom Karadza (https://twitter.com/tomkaradza), co-founder and co-owner on Rock Star Real Estate, a two time Profit 500 company, which makes Rock Star one of the 500 fastest growing companies in Canada. Rock Star manages a membership of over 800 investors called the Rock Star Inner Circle and you can learn more about it on their website www.rockstarinnercircle.com.
Even though Rock Star members invest in every real estate strategy imaginable, they are best known for rent-to-own, having members transacted on 1,800 – 2,000 rent-to-owns to date. If anyone out there has done more in Canada, kindly let me know because I don’t think any other group or company comes close.
During this interview we talk about the day Tom was yelled at in front of his co-workers for missing a sales target which was the catalyst for Tom to change paths and begin his and brother Nick’s journey to starting Rock Star Real Estate.
We talk about the investment of Tom’s money, time, but more importantly, the sacrifices of family time and health to take the business where it is and shares his lessons learned.We talk about rent to own as a strategy, how it works, which markets the strategy is best for, what makes certain investors successful or not so.
For fans of gold and silver, like myself, Tom gives his recommendations on why gold and how much we should own.
We could have gone on for hours, so if you listeners enjoy this episode please let me know! preferably leave a review on whichever platform you are using to listen e.g. on iTunes (I read it all) or simply email me. Anyways, without further ado, I present to you Tom Karadza
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Thanks for listening! Till next time!
Erwin Szeto | MrHamilton.ca
Sales Representative, Owner of Hamilton Real Estate Investment Property
Rock Star Real Estate Inc., Brokerage
President of the Basket Brigade Charity
Podcast Host/Producer of the Truth About Real Estate Investing for Canadians
REIN’s Top Player Award 2013, Silver Award.