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Welcome to the Well Off Podcast, where the goal is to motivate, inspire and share success principles. We'll make an effort to always interview knowledgeable and successful people. The majority of the content will relate to Canadian Real Estate Investing whereas there will be the occasional inspirational guest. We always focus on bringing value to the listeners. Enjoy! Hosted by George El Masri
 
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Cherry Chan is an accountant that started her career in 2003. She joined The Rock Star Real Estate family and specializes in working with real estate investors, developers, property managers, contractors, realtors and small business owners. On this episode, we discuss: Her top cloud based accounting apps for real estate investors (Plooto, Wagepoint…
 
Tom Karadza is the co-founder of Rock Star Real Estate, a brokerage I worked for in the past. He and his brother have built a business around helping real estate investors find great opportunities. I had the pleasure of speaking with Tom about: Inflation and the economy The importance of buying assets Why he quit his job How Rock Star Real Estate c…
 
Dana Kandalaft is the founder of the NFP organization Tight Knit Syria, which she started after a spontaneous trip into northern Syria. Dana's parents moved from Syria to Canada in 1990 where she was born and raised. Tight Knit Syria contributes to a solution to the refugee crisis in Syria while staying connected to her parents' homeland. Whether s…
 
Paul Walker is the owner of Paul’s Boot Camp (PBC) studios in Vaughan, Ontario. He has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry and only works with women! He is an entrepreneur that has been awarded The Top Fitness Club In Vaughan since 2012. On this episode, we discuss: Having a tough childhood, being depressed and weighing 185lbs at 12…
 
Scott Zandbergen is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, husband father. He has worked for large technology companies since 1993 and was most recently the principle marketing manager at Intuit. He recently quit his job and has officially become financial free! His primary investment strategy is legal 2nd suite conversions. On this episode, we disc…
 
Mario is a licensed plumber with 25 years of experience. We covered all sorts of issues to be aware of as a home owner and investor. On this episode, we discuss: Galvanized piping, calcium build-up, dangers of drinking it and costs associated Kitec plumbing Cost effective pipe options Dripping toilets and faucets How to avoid costly repairs before …
 
Mark founded Peak property investments in 2015, and co-founded Peak Multifamily Investments in 2019, with a focus on acquiring and managing apartment building investments. His 5 years of real estate investing experience have lead to his acquisition of 3 apartment buildings and a number of single family rentals. He has had over 20 successful flips o…
 
Kory has wholesaled, joint ventured, flipped, re-purposed land, developed buildings, and used the BRRRR method during his career as a real estate investor. He’s a real estate investment coach, speaker, author and obviously, investor. On this episode, we discuss: The top 4 things to focus on to scale your business 1. Branding 2. Systems 3. Skill Set…
 
Lyn LeBeau is a cash flow investor focused on multi unit properties in Timmins, Ontario. She started off as a struggling teen mom who climbed out of rock bottom to become a successful investor and owner of 68 doors. She’s not only an investor, but an author and business consultant. On this episode, we talk about: Her first investments being an 8ple…
 
Andrew Hines is a real estate investor and podcast host. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2008 and began his real estate investing career in 2011. Andrew has built a portfolio of student and family rental properties and is on a mission to create financial freedom through real estate investing. On this episode, we discuss: Ge…
 
Matt McKeever is a CPA, Real Estate Investor and Youtuber. His Youtube channel currently has 57.6K subscribers and over 3.2M views. He implements the BRRRR strategy in London Ontario. On this episode, we discuss the following: Growing up on a 200 acre farm in Grand Bend, ON Buying his first student rental investment in 2010 Buying 32 units in 2016 …
 
I recently spoke with Kayla Andrade, the CEO of Ontario Landlords Watch, and Sarah Larbi (as you probably know her from previous podcast episodes). We know that it’s a difficult time for landlords at this moment. On this episode, we discuss the following: What to do if your tenants aren’t paying rent at this time Solutions for landlords The importa…
 
Dylan Suitor from Elevation Realty is a real estate investor (since 2008) and realtor (since 2016). He’s been able to acquire approximately 225 doors in 14 months. On this episode, we discuss the following: Spending $72,000 on a “Flipping Formula” course in 2014 Meeting Daniel St Jean, co-founder of the REITE club at a REIN event. Becoming an activ…
 
Kasey Wong, CEO of Cacoeli Asset Management, is a multi-unit real estate investor. We had a lot of fun discussing certain topics, including his $400,000 Hamilton apartment building mistake! On this episode, you’ll hear about: Soft analysis techniques (i.e visiting the property on a Friday night and observing the tenant profile) The first things to …
 
Rachel Oliver is real estate investor and founder of Clover Properties. She retired in 2009 to spend more time with her family and invest in rent-to-own properties. Over the past 10 years, she has done nearly 350 deals across Ontario. On this episode, we discussed: Immigrating from the Ukraine at 9 years old Learning about rent-to-owns in 2009 How …
 
Starting off as a property manager with 150 doors Raising $3M to apply the BRRR strategy Acquiring 32 doors in less than 1 year Key to success in raising capital is consistency Using the power of attraction to draw JV partners Should you have a letter of intent before working with your partner? Most effective marketing technique to find off market …
 
The owner and founder of Elite Property Investments Inc., the focus is on real estate investment and personal development. Maria specializes in multi-unit commercial properties. In this episode, we discuss: Pros and cons of investing in Hamilton vs. St Catharines Breaking down St. Catharines by region Future economic plans in the city of St. Cathar…
 
Sarah Larbi is a 30-something year old real estate investor and already owns 9 properties! She’s positioned herself for early retirement and we discuss the following: “If I lost my job tomorrow, I wouldn’t look for another one” Applying the BRRR strategy (listen to learn) What type of properties she goes for Targeting multi-family homes The changes…
 
Michel is a phenomenal human, he's had to endure more than most of us can fathom. In this interview, we discuss Being born in the republic of Congo Growing up in a corrupt society Disobeying his father, playing soccer and being abducted Forcefully being initiated into the army Running for 3 days and 3 nights in the jungle to escape as a 5 year old …
 
Kyle Melko, commercial account executive with Acumen Insurance Group and I discuss important things to know about rental property insurance policies. Starting off as a student rentals insurance specialist Insuring apartment buildings, Why you should work with an insurance broker that specializes on investment properties Most common insurance claims…
 
Full time investor Gillian Irving describes how focusing on student rentals early on in her career has led to her success. We discuss several topics, including: Accidentally buying a duplex as her first investment property in 2009 Moving to student rentals soon after Benefits of student rentals What she looks for to maximize value in her properties…
 
Men’s stylist, Anja Potkonjak, the owner of Alpha Male Styling converses about the impact of clothes on your personal and business life. We discuss several topics, including Coming from a war-torn Bosnia Why she works with 21-65 year old, including students Building a foundation in your wardrobe Using what you have to create multiple outfits The im…
 
Top 10 Royal LePage realtor Matthew Regan discusses what it takes to build a successful business. We discuss the following: Managing a real estate team of 23 Mowing lawns as a child entrepreneur, cutting 75 lawns/week How Matthew’s parents taught him about money with a Nintendo Following in his father’s footsteps Business principles that Matthew fo…
 
Owner and founder of King Homes, Ken Bekendam shares his knowledge on 2nd suite conversions. There’s a lot to learn, here are some of the things we cover: Owning a hobby farm, including alpacas, a horse, ponies, goats and peacocks Growing up in Brantford, to a real estate family, father was an investor since his 20s Memories of cleaning carpets and…
 
Mark Loeffler is a phenomenal human being. He has accomplished so much in so many different areas. Being in his presence alone is eye opening. Have a listen as we discuss the following: Growing up in Leslieville Parents never made more than $40,000/year The impact of Rich Dad Poor Dad at 25 years old Buying duplexes in Newmarket while working at Ca…
 
Award winning mortgage broker Dalia Barsoum shares her incredible story and discusses the following: Growing up in the Middle East Living through the Gulf War - not having electricity and water on certain days and black skies Which areas Dalia invests in Combining a vendor take back mortgage with a conventional mortgage Which lenders you should wor…
 
Power couple Alex and Kaely share their story with us, we discuss: Growing up a farm Working at Aecon Meeting each other while working on the same real estate team Finding pleasure in helping people reach financial freedom The benefits of using a general contractor Converting a building’s use How Alex and Kaely find off market deals How investment …
 
Jose shares his story and tells us how he's been able to build an extremely successful real estate business: Jose specializes in flipping Originally from Tanzania Father owned a shoe business Uncle was a major influence in his investing Overspent and lost money on his first flip How he finds off market deals The best way to leverage friends and fam…
 
Alfonso and I had a chance to discuss his specialty, rent-to-own, the last time we got together. Here are some of the things we discussed: Growing up in Hamilton Being analytical and extremely cautious during his first investment How an RTO works How to create a win-win with this strategy The expectations for the tenant buyer and the landlord/owner…
 
Lee Strauss and I had an opportunity to discuss what it's like to flip properties and invest in real estate while simultaneously being a fire fighter. Interesting combination! Here's what we discuss: How his father influenced him - he owned a Mr Transmission and had a large portfolio of properties Instilled a strong work ethic in him Lee tagged alo…
 
This was an action-packed conversation with Tyler Pearson. Here are some of the things we covered: Growing up in South Western Ontario (Sarnia) Attending Laurier, getting a business degree Having a corporate background and leaving 3 years ago Personally investing in real estate for 10-12 years Starting with single family homes, and later focussing …
 
In our time together, Luc and I discuss the following: Growing up in a real estate family with 5 siblings Getting into real estate full time in 2016 Buying his first property at 18 years (rooming house at Jane and Finch) Getting an MBA and law degree in university, being called to the bar Creating a business around flipping homes Learning to renova…
 
Blake and I had a chance to discuss the following: Growing up in Vancouver Having a mother in interior design Architecture and design focus in his projects Moving to Toronto in 2011 Starting Wyatt Development Group at 29 years of age Never allowing his young age to be a deterring factor in acquiring partners and clients Hiring people who compliment…
 
This time, Adrian Pannozzo and I discuss the following: Being a retired sergeant with the Peel Regional Police Beginning his real estate investment career 7 years ago Bought first rental property in New Market Heavily invested in the city of Hamilton Focus on Triplexes and Fourplexes while applying the buy, fix, refinance strategy Joint Ventures Wo…
 
On this episode, Ryan and I had a chance to speak about the following: Starting off as a licensed mechanic, building armoured cars and transitioning to real estate after getting bored Self-teaching how to renovate through Youtube, TV shows and reading books Switching his focus from short term to long term investing How is business is currently stru…
 
On this episode, Cindy Wennerstrom and I discuss: How receiving a “package” from her employer lead to a full time investment career The advantages of joining local small groups and surrounding yourself with like-minded people Who inspired her to invest in real estate How owning real estate helped her through her post-secondary education Cindy’s an …
 
On this episode, Andrew Brennan and I discuss: How losing his job lead to a full time investment career Owning 100 doors (mostly with JV partners) Vendor Takeback Mortgages How to find a JV partner The importance of business relationships and building a team The power of referrals The role of continuing education Applying the buy fix refinance stra…
 
Sandy Mackay is a real estate agent, investor, Joint Venture partner, husband and several other things. Today, he owns dozens of properties, mostly around Hamilton, Ontario. He also leads a successful real estate team in that region. Sandy discusses: The things he learned while attending an all-boys boarding school How he met his wife How he almost…
 
About Quentin: Former Teacher Two university degrees, including a Master’s in Education Specializes in the Buy, Fix, Refinance strategy as well as joint venture partnerships Quentin is the author of 3 books including "The Ultimate Wealth Strategy" Also runs the Durham REI meetings and seminars We discuss: Leaving something behind for his kids How h…
 
Jenn and Mike Richter discuss how they built their portfolio of newly built homes. They went from not having any knowledge of real estate investing, to owning a portfolio of 7 brand new homes. You'll find out why they started investing and their future plans. In addition, you'll learn what living in Africa and working with monkeys has taught them. …
 
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