Monday, August 18, 2014

Investing done three ways

Here is an interesting article if you are into stocks - Brilliant Insights

Looking to future of the oilsands - Veteran Oilsands Financier

We received a bottle of wine from a pipe company that invests in a vineyard in South America.  It seemed a very interesting turn from pipe to grapes. Apparently wine investing is not that uncommon.  It's not something I would do but interesting nontheless.Watch the video at CBC

My desk

Sometimes my desk fills me with dread. I look at the pile of documents or the numerous emails I have to tackle and think yech... Especially when the sun is shining and we are in the middle of our short Albertan summer.

Then I read this:

     "Notice how people can play board games like Monopoly for hours on end. They play with great spirit and inventiveness. Video and computer games even more so. A pick-up game of basketball in the park after a long hard day at work can wake a person up like nothing else!
     It's the joy of just playing. Kids want to stay up and play all night. There is no fatigue when you're playing.

     Contrast that to "working."
     Working grinds you down. It hits you even before you do it. Just the thought of it. Just the thought of your work day can fill you with dread and anxiety. You're weary before you begin.
     Wealth happens to us fastest when we can play it into existence."
Steve Chandler

And I realized the only one who can make me work is me. I completely control my hours, my tasks and my thinking. So I'm going to make my desk a fun place to be. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Do you have noxious weeds in your yard? There's an app for that!

A lot of the purple flowers I thought were so pretty in my neighbourhood are noxious weeds.

The City of Edmonton has launched an app to help residents identify noxious weeds in their area.

"The Alberta Weed Spotter helps Albertans identify and report noxious and invasive weeds – it includes 75 species currently regulated under the Alberta Weed Control Act." Read More
You can get the app through itunes

Monday, August 11, 2014

This and That August

Landlords or property managers are used to encountering strange things after a tenant has moved out. This Alaskan lady has probably topped everyone else by finding her ex-husband's body under the stairs.  Strange but true read Here

Some of the best food I've eaten around the world has been underground waiting for the train (eki soba for one) ... lets hope this Edmonton cafe can deliver as promised! Jump

Edmonton is experiencing a hotel boom. That is because we need more rooms to get deals done in this city Read

Alberta economy is hot Here

Friday, August 01, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

Alberta Oil Sands Investment Real Estate News®
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August 1st., 2014
Volume 17, Issue 3

Dear Friends and Partners,

We’ve been having a ‘heatwave’ the past week. I say enjoy it while we’ve got it, kind of makes up for the long, cold winters. With the heat comes epic thunderstorms; prepare as best you can for them.

The economy is hot too but there are some clouds of worry; consumer debt is higher, housing prices in certain areas are higher and geo-political tension is burning like a fever.

When I write or review real estate articles I always look locally first, studying the economic drivers of the city and its growth demographics. I look at how the city and province's industries are influenced (or influencing) national growth or are affected by retraction and global impact.

It is never possible to predict exact outcomes but it is possible to plan for scenarios. Living in a province that is primarily energy driven (albeit that we are getting more and more economically diversified) its necessary to pay attention to the global ebb and flow of energy markets and its customers. The trick is not to get to caught up in the noise and to plan for the inevitable down cycles that follow the good ones.

Edmonton real estate is very affordable, rates are low, we are in an up cycle and have increasing population growth; many green lights, but you still have to look both ways before entering an intersection and always check the rear-view mirror!

You have an excellent opportunity to add to your portfolio now. But, remember to keep a time-frame that allows for hiccups in the economy. Your plan may be 2-5-10 years or longer. Successful real estate investing and generational wealth building is a marathon, not a sprint.

Please note: We’ll be soaking up the summer for the rest of August. Your newsletter will resume September 15th 2014. But, you can still catch us at our blog  Enjoy your summer ;) 

South Central Edmonton: Ritchie 4-Unit Cash flow Renovation Project

Turbo charge your portfolio.

This 1981 built Side by Side Duplex is located near Mill Creek Ravine and minutes from Whyte Ave and Whitemud Drive in the mature and desirable neighbourhood of Ritchie.

This property has front entrances for the 2 X 2BD main floor units and side entrances for the 2X 1BD lower units. This property was built as a duplex but has one suite added, another suite will be added to the second basement. This is a purchase plus improvements deal, meaning that we wrap the renovations into a new mortgage. Ensuite laundry to be added. 1 x double detached garage.  Excellent access to UOA, downtown and the Whitemud. Comes complete with great tenants making this a totally turn-key property for you.

Ritchie is a much sought after, mature area that is a desirable area for tenants and owners alike. HUGE upside potential due to the quality of the building, great purchase price, strong economic fundamentals and the proximity of this property in relation to Edmonton's desirable growing core.

**Please note this is a renovation/conversion project. The property type is for a side by side duplex and renovations will not render it a legal 4-plex. Purchase price factors in the renos**

Purchase price: $675K
Total Investment: $165K
Your Estimated 5 Year Profit $93,707K
Your pre-tax Total ROI is 57% 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!


Oil Sands gushing jobs mark divide in Canadian economy

By Greg Quinn, Bloomberg, July 23rd, 2014

In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else.

The oil- and gas-rich western province was responsible for all of the country’s net employment growth over the past 12 months, adding 81,800 jobs while the rest of Canada lost 9,500. Alberta’s trade surplus, C$7.4 billion ($6.9 billion) in May, almost matched the deficit rung up everywhere else.

If growth trends over the past decade continue, Alberta would pass Quebec to become the country’s second-largest provincial economy in three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.  FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE


View from Alberta: Is oil by rail a sea change or a temporary bridge?

By Stephen Ewart, Calgary Herald, July 23rd, 2014

Other than Ottawa’s new speed limits on trains moving dangerous goods through urban areas, there was no slowing down the rail industry’s rapid advances into the oil and gas sector this spring.
Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway reported record second-quarter financial results in the past week, based in part on strong North American energy markets that included the growing volumes of crude transported by rail as well as increased shipments of frac sand and drill pipe.   GRAB THIS STORY

TransCanada gets nod for new oil pipeline pipeline adds to 2,100 miles of pipe across Alberta

By Daniel J. Graeber, UPI, July 24th, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta, July 24 (UPI) --A 56-mile pipeline planned through Alberta will be a foundation to plans to increase oil sands production in the province, TransCanada said.
The Alberta Energy Regulator approved TransCanada's plans to build the Northern Courier pipeline from the Fort Hills oil sands extraction facility to a tank facility operated by energy company Suncor in Fort McMurray, Alberta. 

"We are pleased that the Alberta Energy Regulator has approved Northern Courier, which will be a critical piece of infrastructure to support the long-term plans for growth and increased production from the Alberta oil sands," Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said in a statement.  GRAB THIS STORY

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.

“Deep summer is where laziness finds respectability."  - Sam Keen

Warm Regards,

Todd and Danielle Millar


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