Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy Holidays

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December 14th., 2013
Volume 15, Issue 9

Dear Friends and Partners,

It's been an eventful few weeks. We've watched the world pay tribute to Nelson Mandela passing, have taken part in some amazing charity drives, heard about energy expansions, new projects going up and of course have shoveled, shoveled and shoveled the snow... In less than an hour I will wade out to look at an unlisted 4-Plex and write an offer on another one in the Westside of Edmonton.

Once again, Edmonton and the province of Alberta seem to be revving the engines for a hot new year. If you follow the real estate cycles, you'll see that 2015 should lead into a time of increasing values provided the economy holds steady. With rates very low and an influx of workers, the stars are once again lining up for property investors...

Do what I do at year end: make a killer plan of what you're going to achieve. Write out your financial, health, travel, family and business goals plus a quarterly plan of how you're going to implement them. Review your biggest hits, and your stumbles of this past year and make changes where needed.

And, most importantly, before you do all that, take the time to thank those in your life that you are grateful for. Take a break over the holidays and CONNECT with someone you care about.

I'd like to thank you for reading, supporting and taking the time to work and play with us this year. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a tremendous 2014.
Todd and Danielle -

= Happy Holidays! We will be closed between December 20th and January 6th. Your newsletter will resume from January 15th 2014. Have a blessed season and gracious New Year. =

North East Edmonton: 4-Unit Cashflow Property in Baldwin

Turbo charge your portfolio. This legal-4plex is located in the mature and transitional area of Baldwin. Upgraded in 2000 this 1973built property has a common front entrances for all suites as well as common back entrance to suites and coin-laundry.

There are 3 X 3 BD and 1 X 2BD.  Newer boiler. Suites are in good condition, but will require modernizing by our reno team. This property has been rented to long-term, senior citizen tenants.

You'll find a double detached garage, adding extra income. Spacious upper units have original hardwood, some upgraded fixtures and paint. Good access to Belvedere LRT, Fort Road and downtown. Fast access to bus routes and Saskatchewan Drive.

Comes complete with great tenants making this a totally turn-key property for you. Convenient north east area with easy access to transit and downtown. Baldwin is a mature/transitional area. Highly rent-able; solid value and increasing rents. HUGE upside potential due to the great purchase price, strong economic fundamentals and the proximity of this property in relation to Edmonton's desirable growing core.

Purchase price: $640K
Total Investment: $148,418K
Your Estimated 5 Year Profit: $82,026.58K
Your pre-tax Total ROI: 55% or 11% per year 

These 4 suites rent for top dollar and have everything arranged, including financing structure and incredible tenants. Your investment includes: impeccable tenant selection, financial analysis, professional inspection, insurance, financing set-up, legal fees, basic accounting, reserve fund, CMA, bi-annual statements, strategic market planning to ensure successful entry and exit, plus much more!


Lamphier: Edmonton is job central in Canada

By Gary Lamphier, The Edmonton Journal, December 6th, 2013
EDMONTON - Just how hot is the Edmonton region’s jobs juggernaut?

Well, consider this: “Over the past year, fully one of every 10 new jobs created in Canada has been created in the metro Edmonton region,” says John Rose, the City’s chief economist. “That’s truly remarkable.”

With a population of 1.2 million people, this region accounts for just 3.4 per cent of Canada’s 35 million residents. Yet it generated new jobs at a pace on par with a region of 3.5 million people, roughly the size of greater Montreal.  FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE


Alberta Economy Fastest Growing in Canada 

Forecast 3.4% Annual Growth in 2014

By Mario Toneguzzi, The Calgary Herald, December 9th, 2013

CALGARY - Alberta has been the largest contributor to economic growth in the country for three consecutive years, outpacing the much larger economies of Central Canada, says a new report released Monday by the Conference Board of Canada.
And the board’s Provincial Outlook: Autumn 2013 report said Alberta will have the fastest growing provincial economy in 2014 with 3.4 per cent year-over-year growth.

Alberta will have the fastest growing provincial economy in 2014.

“Alberta’s outlook is so exceedingly bright right now in the context of all the risks that we’re seeing going on in the world. We’re seeing Alberta coming off two years of exceedingly strong growth,” said Todd Crawford, senior economist with the board. “And 2013, 2014, we’re going to see GDP growth of 3.2 per cent, 3.4 per cent over the next two years.  GRAB THIS STORY


Booming Canada Recruits British and Irish Workers

By Ayesha Bhatty Clough, BBC News, December 4th, 2013

Visit any construction site in Calgary and you're likely to find some British and Irish workers, says Adrian Bourne, the boss of a company that supplies electricians in the Canadian city.
Out of the 200 people that Mr Bourne has on his books, 70 are from the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Mr Bourne, who is originally from Manchester, England, says he could do with dozens more from across the Atlantic.

"If we put an ad in a [local Canadian] paper, we may get one response," says the president of Unitech Electrical Contracting.

"[As a result], instead of bidding on three projects, we bid on one," says Mr Bourne, whose men are all busy working on the Calgary airport expansion, new office towers, schools, hospitals and retirement homes.  "The number one question we get when closing a tender is, 'Have you got enough labour?'" he adds.    READ MORE HERE


I appreciate all your calls and emails. I'm looking forward to helping you with your next step towards building real wealth.
Your success continues EVERYDAY, let me help you build for tomorrow.

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." - Burton Hillis

Warm Regards,

Todd and Danielle Millar


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Great news to finish the year....

It feels like old times with Alberta leading Canada economically. We are all very excited to see what 2014 will bring.

"Canada's oil-rich Alberta has come out of the global recession virtually unscathed, and the winning streak isn't over. Fuelled by the oil sands industry, Alberta will again be Canada's fastest growing economy in 2014.

Over the past few years, Canada has seen a two-tiered economy in which resource-rich provinces consistently outperformed the rest of the country. For three consecutive years, Alberta has been the largest contributor to economic expansion in Canada, with the energy sector fuelling virtually all the growth. In 2013 Alberta's GDP is projected to rise by 3.2% and slightly more over the following year.

According to the latest Provincial Outlook report from the Conference Board of Canada, Alberta's economy has "remained resilient" despite $1.7 billion in damages from flooding this past summer. The Board cautions that pipeline constraints remain a risk, as more bitumen will need to make its way to markets. Over the near term, however, existing capacity should do."

Read full article here

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Edmonton Interactive Map - Home prices post boom

This article and map are excellent. Look up your area and see if home values have recovered after the 2007 boom.

Most areas have steadily increased since the significant price drop we saw post boom and may even pass those prices

"A home in Edmonton costs roughly 3.7 times the median income of a working-age family. In Vancouver, by contrast, that ratio’s closer to nine. That makes the city the most affordable major market in Canada – and what optimists hope other cities look like soon.
The city’s boom was timed with the heady rush of investment into Alberta’s oil patch in the middle of the last decade." 

Read full article and watch the excellent videos HERE

Friday, December 06, 2013

Dr. DeMartini Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Todd and I did a tour of  Robben Island  where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

It was one of the most heart-wrenching places and tours I have ever had. At that time the staff working there had been imprisoned there.  Our female tour guide was imprisoned  for 10+ years. There wasn't a dry eye in the place after that tour...

This is my favorite Mandela quote

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
Nelson Mandela

Dr. DeMartini's wonderful Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Monday, December 02, 2013

Mentally Strong People....Forbes

I love this article.
It's all the things we know we should be doing and can do without  going outside ourselves.

My favorite most relevant is :

4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.

For me this manifests in the weather! Since our move to Alberta conversations using complaints about the weather as an "ice-breaker" have increased ten fold. I comment but never complain. There is absolutely nothing I can do about but gear up!

I can certainly level up across all points. Great goal for now and the New Year....

Read full article here