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My gardener has more properties than me!

Over the years, I talked to many people and one person I became friends with, was my gardener. He has a wonderful family and they all live in North Van. He told me he owned three houses, all in North Van. I was impressed. I wondered: does everybody has more houses than me?? HOW these people do it??

I can tell you a few things.
– it’s not easy.
– they are creative.
– they work hard. They make sacrifices.

For example, who wants to have a tenant downstairs, if given a choice??? No one that I know! But people do it. They rent basement suites. They LIVE in the basement suite and rent their TOP floor! Yep. I know a few people that did that! Scott McGillivray, founder of the Real Estate club I belong to (Keyspire), lived in his basement for years.

People also have students. I had students (homestay, international students) for 2 years after I started ReStory. Having students is a great way to supplement your income. I loved having students. But after a while I felt I was collecting children instead of having a business, haha! I loved those boys! I had only boys because one of the schools I dealt with and the one that sent me the majority of my students didn’t allow a different gender in the same house. I preferred boys because I had my son living at home (still in his teens) and I could identify better with boys. Anyway, that’s something that people do to supplement their income and to pay their mortgages.

People think outside the box!

Look at the Airbnb guys! They rented an air mattress in their living room! That’s how Airbnb started. I remember once talking to a taxi driver that said he had a condo in Pitt Meadows that was rented. I am like “whaaaat??” I never thought to have a condo and rent it out. I thought condos were a headache. I thought it was a waste of money, to pay the maintenance fee. I changed my mind. Of course, it would be great to have only houses. You can get higher passive appreciation on houses. But what if you don’t have that choice? Then a condo will do just fine.

There are lots of real estate clubs around. I had no idea!

Because of my love for decor and renovation, I was fascinated by Scott McGillivray from the show Income Property. My friend Pam took me to see him as part of a talk for CIBC.
He talked a bit about his story and I remember us taking notes and nodding and looking at each other eyes OPEN WIDE.

My friend Albert knew my passion for real estate and for Scott and one day he sent me a LINK on a message saying Scott was coming to town. I registered me and Pam to go on what we now know as the Wealth tour. We both watched and registered for a three day workshop about Real Estate and became Keyspire members.

We learned SO MUCH I can’t really explain here. It was information overload.

It changed my life. It gave me the tools I needed to buy the Log House with my partners.
I am still a member and I recently attended a meeting. The meetings are so inspiring.
I love to hear about the amazing things people do!!! And yes, THERE, most people have acquired at least one investment property.

And I would say that a lot of people have more properties than me!

Client Love

I can't say enough how helpful and productive it was to have Claudine come and help us with our rental suite. She took the guess work out. She took the time and evaluated the suite in details and looked at our lifestyle holistically. Then in a very kind way gave us the truth, what we needed to do, different options, and how to do it. The information we received was not candy coated but at the same time it wasn't overwhelming as she broke it down to small doable actions. We were not sure of long term rental or short term. Looking at our lifestyle, she told us the amount of work for each option and gave us her opinion of what she thought would work best for us. It was a great experience for both my husband and I and I'm glad he was home that day to listen to Claudine. What she said and did was way more clear than what I would have explained later. We had trouble renting our basement suite for about 3 months. After the conversation with Claudine, we worked on the suggestions she gave us and rented the place within 3 weeks.

Anahita Sharvini

What an interesting and rich journey it has been working with Claudine. Her enthusiasm for real estate was without a doubt, the major catalyst for us to invest in a property and become business partners. She happily shared with us her experience in real estate marketing, as well as a lot of valuable information she acquired over time. Without that information we would never had invested and bought our beautiful cabin. We are thankful that she is very resourceful. One year later, we can say that we had a great time together, complementing each others’ styles and interests. Her integrity and handwork are an essential part to our successful partnership.

Kika & Rescio Souza

Claudine has been our entrepreneurial diva and a source of encouragement for several years. Most recently, her enthusiasm and guidance (through her own experience of buying a rental property) helped to spark an old passion of ours... real estate investment! Almost a year after our conversation, we managed to reach something we wouldn't dare to imagine even in our wildest dreams! We bought 2 rental properties within 6 months and we are currently planning to secure the 3rd one. We know how to perform feasibility studies, risk mitigation strategies, worst case scenario assessments, breakeven studies, etc... but sooner or later "you need to jump". Claudine has been instrumental in helping us see possibilities from a different perspective. We will forever be grateful for her support, coaching, and never ending guidance.

Edison Reis

Claudine advised us to give short term rental a try after having rented our basement suite for 20 years to long term renters. We are extremely pleased with the outcome and cannot imaging going back.

Ellen Walde

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