New Beginnings at Fresh Coast

New Beginnings at Fresh Coast

April was a month of new beginnings at Fresh Coast.  As Spring unfolds, we find ourselves doing a lot of cleaning and re-setting the stage from our winter crews to summer crews. It’s nice to get into each unit and have a good clean and inspection before we continue into 2017.  While the winter crews leave and the summer ones come back, so does the spring buying season.  Its time to paint, prep, cut and mow….While these deals are getting underway we get excited at Fresh Coast Investment.  Whether it’s new construction or used inventory, we look forward to getting the deals out there creating more fully furnished hotel alternative options for our guests and investing partners to enjoy.

As we run into May with momentum and a fresh start, I encourage you to review your goals and whether your financial plan is getting you there.  Have a good look and do the math, maybe things are great and you can enjoy summer. Or maybe some adjustments are to be made before the kids are out of school and summer takes full force.  We can refocus and maintain the course of action and plant new seeds for growth to enjoy.

One of the things I love about real estate is the resilience it has that other investments do not.  Even in a down market, which we are coming out of, you can see it out perform.  This is not a narrow view, but an overall perspective that brings in all the profit centers.  If you need some help reviewing these profit centers and ensuring they are giving you the most benefit, give me a call.

We have decided to plant a big garden this year and acquired 6 hens to offset our grocery bill as the boys continue to grow. The savings will certainly be going back in to the business of real estate out in Alberta so we can make the most of this current market and ensure future growth for everyone like you.  Thanks again and don’t forget to reach out with questions on how to enjoy hassle free  real estate investing.

All the best, Aaron

A Typical Day at Fresh Coast

A Typical Day at Fresh Coast

I am sitting here working on my business at a coffee shop in Courtenay. This day consisted of the gym at 6 am and then taking my boys to school and having a morning coffee with my youngest (he didn’t have coffee) while my spouse meditated and got herself ready for the day. I dropped off the young lad and the phones begin ringing and I head out to work for the day.  The sun was shining down on the mountains with a light dusting of snow on the trees it looked amazing and a nice break from the rain.

This is a typical day and although I have lots of ongoing work and people to manage its peaceful and I am living the life of my dreams. As we were moving most don’t know but we were closing on a deal that had a lot of people involved and came at an already busy transition in my life.  I am thankful for all the support and help I got from friends, family and those involved.  As I sit here now enjoying some focused time before a scheduled management team meeting gratitude fills my body or maybe its hunger, lol. No, I am blessed and appreciate the help and confidence people have in me especially my family and those working along side me.

A lot of late nights and weekends have gone into education and development both personally and professionally to be able to handle this achievement and I keep myself sharp with ongoing courses, seminars, networking and communication. This month we have been working with a new program and easing it into our system and next month we are taking more training from a mentor to improve our business knowledge even further.

I find business gets mixed between family, personal/spiritual and emotional growth. We can’t focus intensely on all of them at once but they need to be looked at in my life regularly to keep growing.  I’ll wrap this up by saying my family and I are working hard to be a positive force on this planet and wish you well as we wrap up 2016.

– Aaron

Why consider real estate investment?

Why consider real estate investment?

As many people find success with their businesses, many others search for good real estate investments for their profits. Of course, we should all start with traditional tax preferred assets like RRSPs and other investment funds. These are the solid ground for good benefit planning for ourselves and our employees. However, I’m also convinced more entrepreneurs should consider some rental real estate as an important part of their portfolio. I know some business owners might tum away from this concept, but let me list a few reasons that may change your mind about this type of investment. Primarily, the main reasons are for future investments, additional incomes and numerous tax benefits.

Real Estate is one of those investment mediums where using the bank’s money couldn’t be easier. If you have the ability to make a down payment then you can leverage your capital and increase your overall return on investment. Buying rental property is based on speculation that it’s value could be a dangerous maneuver since cash flow is paramount. However, the appreciation of a real estate investment over the long-haul is certainly realistic. At the least you should be considering a tax-deferred benefit. In the future, you may even consider a charitable trust or an installment sale to lesson your tax liability further. Rental real estate can be a retirement plan. Most people are poor savers and lack the discipline to put a monthly deposit into saving accounts or RRSPs. Buying a rental property is a good sized investment  that requires commitment to maintain it. In the long-run, you will be grateful if you don’t give up too soon and you will build future cash flow as well as your wealth. Depending on your classification, whether a active investor or Real Estate agent and your income level, there is a good chance your rental property and your overage of tax deductions can be used against your other incomes. However, always check with your accountant before investing so your expectations aren’t disappointing. Rental property provides investors with another opportunity to convert some personal expenses against valid business deductions. Rental real estate is a real business. This means that even travel expenses to check on your properties and payments to others who manage your properties can be deductible and increase the tax benefits. Because of depreciation and mortgage interest deductions, your cash flow should now be tax-free. In fact, a majority of the time, investors will never pay taxes on their cash flow and capital gains, only on the sale of the property.

I meet with many successful entrepreneurs and most have taken profits from their businesses and invested in rental properties. I have urged my clients to buy at least one rental property per year. I have seen clients with rental properties earning income they never imagined possible. Most of us will never get rich overnight unless they receive an inheritance. Generally it takes more of a long-term investment strategy with a diverse portfolio to truly build wealth.

What are you thoughts?

My Real Estate investment changed my life

My Real Estate investment changed my life

I thought it would be good to share my own personal story of success and how it lead into a successful business model in real estate investment.

When I was just a young man of a mere twenty five years old, I started out as an apprentice pipe-fitter.  I began my family with my first of three sons enriching the lives of my wife and I. At that time I was given good advice and acquired two rental properties. At the same time, we ourselves were in the process of purchasing a family dwelling for our growing family so that we could continue to enjoy the moments of family life.

Then one day on the way to work, I had this thought. If I could just hold onto these three properties I will be able to retire early at the age of 50 years old and have a million dollars in equity as well have enough cash flow to bring in a wage $60,000 per year to live on with no mortgages by that time. At that point I realized at that moment that I’d stumbled upon a good thing. I was hooked on this process and my idea.  I wanted to share the idea of investing in real estate as well as sharing the satisfaction it gave me with others by helping them invest for the long term and retire early.

I’d love to hear your comments about my story and share with you more information about real estate investing that will help you stay ahead of this game called life.

Investing in multifamily dwellings

Investing in multifamily dwellings

As lending rules get tighter and tighter we need to look at alternative ways to keep our money working hard. Multifamily dwellings investing has proven to be one of the most historically stable asset classes-missing the peaks, but not seeing the valleys.  Expect steady cash flow and high returns on investment and no limit to the number of buildings you can invest in.

Buy low and sell high is the goal but the nice thing about multifamily is being able to increase the value by improving the overall performance of the business. An example would be to put in water saver shower heads to reduce your water bill therefore increasing the net return and adding value to the property. Another example would be to install vending machines to increase the total revenue or have cable included and add a slight increase to the rents. Of course just reducing your annual vacancy and maximizing your potential rents will help the value as well. After a few years you can show the bank the increased value through a few simple changes and possibly refinance to get your capital back out and into the next asset.

Yes there is more to consider in regards to capital expenses and other challenges with this type of rental but with the proper team and planning you will do just fine. Allowing your future self to thank you and retiring early will make it all worthwhile.