February 15, 2021
Christopher Bisson started his mortgage career in 1999. After 15 years in the mortgage industry, Chris went back to school and was able to realize his desire to obtain an MBA. He led a small group of classmates through a research project on the Appraisal Management Industry in North America, which was based on his experience in the mortgage industry.
The research was the genesis for Value Connect, a new Appraisal Management Solution, where he’s devoting 100% of his time to change the industry for the betterment of loan originators, appraisers and the users of reports.
In my interview with Christopher, we discuss when do lenders require an appraisal, how the appraisal process has changed since COVID-19 started and tips for homeowners to ensure the appraisal process goes smoothly.
February 7, 2021
Austin Yeh is a 25 year old real estate investor. Austin’s journey began 29 months ago when he first picked up the book Rich Dad Poor Dad. Since then, Austin has accumulated over 35 rental units in addition to completing 10+ wholesale deals. Moreover, Austin has founded and operates the RISE Network community. Currently, with over 3,200 members, this network continues to inspire and help the everyday investor break in to the world of real estate investing. He is also a co-founder of the RISE Real Estate Networking Podcast which highlights different investors’ journeys’ and strategies’ as they navigate through the real estate world to achieve financial independence.
Austin has most recently retired from his full time job at a large financial institution at the age of 25 to pursue real estate investing and wholesaling full time. Moreover, he has recently reaped the fruits of his labour by selling his first property and redeploying the profits to purchase his first ever primary residence without any financial assistance from his parents.
In my interview with Austin, we discuss scaling your rental property portfolio, lessons learned as a real estate investor during COVID-19 and how the everyday person can enjoy similar real estate investing success.
February 1, 2021
Rizwan Malik is a realtor to reckon with. Becoming the youngest VP of Sales at Sotheby's International Realty Canada in the company's history, along with his credit as a host on HGTV Canada's Hot Market, Rizwan is fuelled with passion, knowledge and an innate desire to help people.
In my interview with Rizwan, we discuss why buying a home makes sense even with five percent down, how he became a TV host on HGTV and COVID-19’s continued effect on the real estate market.
December 13, 2020
Neal Winokur, a CPA, is the author of the new book, The Grumpy Accountant. An active blogger, several of his articles have been published in the National Post. Neal feels a moral obligation to speak out against the inherent flaws, unfairness and needless complexities that define Canadian tax. His dream is for the Canadian tax system to be massively simplified to the point where his job as a tax accountant would no longer exist. His wife won’t be too happy about this, but it’s for the good of the nation.
In my interview with Neal, we discuss the tax breaks first-time homebuyers receive, how the RRSP Home Buyers’ Plan works and the tax implications of renting out your home.
December 7, 2020
Sarah Larbi specializes in helping take the mystery out of homeownership for Canadians who thought real estate investing was going to be out of reach. She has earned their trust and respect by having the drive and focus to embark, build and grow a 7-figure, 10 property, 14 door, investment portfolio by her mid 30’s all whilst employed full time. She is now able to exit the job world as of fall 2020, only 7 years after buying her first investment property.
Sarah is an invited back speaker and panelist with the Investor Forum and her expertise and insights are a sought after subject at professional networking groups and as co-founder, she also hosts regular investor learning sessions for experienced and newer investors through the successful REITE Club.
In my interview with Sarah, we discuss how she was able to retire from her 9-5 job 30 years early, the importance of “key power team members” and how advanceable mortgages can help you grow your real estate portfolio.
November 29, 2020
Stephanie Jourdier came to Canada in 2017 after spending most of her life and career in Paris, France. She worked for almost 14 years in the asset management, real asset management and insurance industry, first as an HR specialist and then as a financial controller.
In 2020 she and her husband took the plunge and bought a house in Canada in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. They called on my services to help them get a mortgage and were able to savour the joys and surprises of homeownership.
It turned out that several unpleasant surprises invited themselves to the party. Stephanie will share her experience with you and offer you some helpful advice along the way.
August 2, 2020
Robin Taub is a financial writer, speaker and consultant. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) by training, Robin is also the best-selling author of Raising Money-Smart Kids: How to Teach Your Kids about Money While Learning a Few Things Yourself, a book that gives parents the information and skills they need to teach their kids about money.
In my interview with Robin, we discuss some of the issues to consider when deciding to renovate or move, what COVID-19 may mean for the future of housing and personal finance as it relates to affordability.
July 19, 2020
Nathalie Boutet, based in Toronto, is an experienced family law lawyer, accredited mediator and certified Family Enterprise Advisor, skilled at providing unique strategies and out-of-court results to the complex legal, financial and human matters related to separation or divorce for high-net-worth families and business owners.
In my interview with Nathalie, we discuss why you might consider having your partner sign a cohabitation agreement when moving in together, what’s a matrimonial home and the property rights of common-law partners versus married spouses.
July 4, 2020
Lesli Gaynor is a real estate agent specializing in co-housing. In 2016, she founded GoCo Solutions, part of the Fridman Team at Forest Hill Real Estate, to help people navigate the process of co-operative real estate and find a home in the Toronto and GTA real estate market. As well as supporting her clients, Lesli hosts events and conferences to educate about co-housing. These have included ‘Co-housing speed dating’ evenings, to match prospective home buyers together.
In my interview with Lesli, we discuss why someone might consider the co-ownership of real estate, how weOwn.ca came to be and the life-changing benefits of co-ownership.
June 21, 2020
Katie Steinfeld is a seasoned real estate broker who is passionate about making the real estate industry better for both consumers and registrants. She is a board member with the Real Estate Council of Ontario and enjoys staying involved in all levels of governance. Together, with her partner, Daniel, On The Block Realty and On The Block Auctions was created to bring more innovation and modernization to the Canadian real estate industry. Too many people have been frustrated and turned off by the limited information in the real estate process and they have set out to change that.
Although rather new to Canada, the auction option has enjoyed consistent growing success in major markets like Australia and Great Britain. On The Block Auctions provides a secure bidding platform, allowing prospective home buyers the ability to purchase their dream home without guessing at what price to pay. In addition, sellers can be sure that they are maximizing the sale price of their home by giving all buyers an equal chance to offer their top price. Their primary goal through this unique platform is to provide greater choice for consumers and greater transparency of the process.
In my interview with Katie, we discuss the pros and cons of buying and selling a home the traditional way, the benefits of buying and selling through the auction process and how the real estate industry is going to be modernized in the coming years.