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We Want to Hear Your Story!

At Keyspire, we believe in the success of our members! 
Our core values include educating, inspiring, motivating and empowering our community.
 
We continuously hear how new investors are inspired by income investing success stories of others who have achieved their goals and closed deals!
 
You too can provide hope and inspiration to other investors by telling your success story and how investing has changed your life.

Each month we give away $1,000 in prizes to celebrate the success of our members and make a difference in the community

We love celebrating the success of our members as it is the fuel behind which drives our success! So we have paired up with The Children's Foundation to not only celebrate your success, but inspire those on their investment journey and those who are struggling in the commmunity to help inspire everyone.

Submit your real estate investment success story for your chance to win:

  •  $250 CASH!
  • ​Be showcased in our Keyspire Community 
  • ​Be interviewed by a Keyspire Team member ( You will receive a recording of this interview!) 
  • ​A $250 donation to the Children's Foundation 

THIS MONTH'S WINNERS!

Watch Michael announce the winners and read their winning Success Stories below!

How much has your income increased due to your successful strategies?

January's Theme:

We loved hearing your stories last month so much we are sticking with this theme for January -  COVID Success Stories: How you made money or grew your real estate business during the COVID pandemic.

STEPHANIE PINEYRO 

  • Member Since: April 2019
  • Province: British Columbia 
  • Number of Real Estate Investments: 8
  • Number of Doors/Units: 18 
  • Dollar Value of Real Estate Transacted: $4,500,00

STRATEGIES USED: 

  • Joint Venture 
  • Pre-construction Property 
  • Private Lending
  • ​Buy & Hold 
  • ​Buy & Build 
  • ​Multi-Residential 
  • ​Under-Performing Properties 
  • ​Private Equity 
  • ​Land Development

MY STORY... 

Where were you when you started?

I was a full time, self-employed graphic designer, and now I am transitioning into full time real estate investor and slowly winding down my graphic design business (I've started to sub-contract a lot of the work so run it more like a design studio instead of myself doing all the actual work).
** I wasn't sure where to write my COVID success story, but I wanted to share that I bought my very first multifamily (12 unit) property right in the height of the pandemic, back in March/April. I was a back-up of a back-up offer on an accepted offer (so 3rd in line) at the end of February. Once we went into full lockdown, the accepted offer backed out (I think based on uncertainty and panic) and a week later the back-up offer backed out, which put me at the front of the line with an accepted offer. I decided to remain calm and "greedy when others are fearful" so I continued with my 30day due diligence which eventually led to closing on the property. I really think the Covid panic is the only reason why a small player like myself was able to get my hands on this multifamily as they usually get snatched up quick out here in BC. Additionally, the money I was going to use as a down payment was invested in stocks at the time, which took a huge hit and it was the worst time to take that money out, so what I did was to borrow the funds against my investment portfolio on a low, interest-only loan and I borrowed an extra 100k so I could privately lend that in order to cover the interest costs. At the end of the day, I didn't have to take my stock investments out and ended up not having to put any of my actual cash into the deal. I expect to be able to refinance in 3-4 years and repay the down payment loan completely, and it's currently cash-flowing around $2500/month! 

What role did Keyspire play in your success?

It gave me the confidence and network to pursue what was already in my mind. It has allowed me to connect with key individuals who have been incredible sources of help, support, encouragement & knowledge.

What has been the biggest benefit of the Keyspire program you attended? How has it helped improve your family life?

The biggest benefit in Keyspire is the community it has helped to build around myself and the networking. I have met invaluable contacts and made great friends who think alike and understand my journey.

Have you made money or increased you net worth using any of Keyspire training programs? If so, how many deals have you done? How long did it take? How much actual time did you spend to make what amount of money? How much has your net worth increased?

Yes, I have acquired many properties that have increased my net worth significantly. I have registered & unregistered funds consistently invested passively which are generating consistent returns for me, I have acquired a multifamily property which has already seen an increase in value
through my active appreciation strategies and I have partnered in various development projects that will see significant returns once completed.

If applicable, how has a Keyspire coach or advanced training helped you?

My coach has helped me walk through & analyse many ideas and opportunities that have crossed my path and determine whether they were good fits or not. She has helped me ask the right questions and see potential weaknesses in deals that I might not have been able to see on my own. 

What obstacle(s) did you face and what role did Keyspire play to help overcome the obstacles?

Seeing other people's successes is always helpful in reigniting the fire when things don't go as planned or when doubt & fear start to sneak into my mind! Also, knowing that I can reach out to new investor friends, or even the community at large to answer any questions or to share  struggles has been very empowering. 

Whether you have made money using Keyspire programs or not, has your newfound knowledge helped your confidence or outlook for your future?

Absolutely!

Has anyone from the Keyspire team inspired you? (e.g. Scott, Michael, coaches etc.) If so, how?

Following the incredible projects Judi Pare has been a part of is hugely inspiring. Also my own coach Catherine has inspired me because her story resonates with my own a lot of the time. I think hearing Michael talk about how he is focusing more and more on passive investing nowadays has given me confidence in accepting that I do not have to be "active" in a project in order to be a successful real estate investor. I have struggled with allowing myself to be hands  off as I don't feel it is as rewarding as being a passive investor. 

How do Keyspire programs, strategies and materials compare with others you have seen or used?

I think the Keyspire program is phenomenal, the live event (I luckily attended the Niagara summit las year) was incredible, one of the best events I've been a part of and hugely inspiring and valuable. I do however think that the training material is outdated, including the entire UX inside  the member website could use some revamping. I am a part of another major Canadian real estate group and I think they do a better job at providing ongoing meetups, webinars, special training sessions, and work sessions which are very applicable to the business. 

How much has your income increased due to your successful strategies?

About 20-30k/year but I have a lot of investments that will pay out at the end of the project ranging from 1-3 years from now, as opposed to ongoing income.

NATASHA O'FARRELL

  • Member Since: March 2019
  • Province: Ontario
  • Number of Real Estate Investments: 7
  • ​Total RE Portfolio Market Value: $3,000,000
  • Number of Doors/Units: 18 
  • Dollar Value of Real Estate Transacted: $4,500,00

STRATEGIES USED: 

  • Joint Venture 
  • Pre-construction Property 
  • Flip to Yourself
  • ​Buy & Hold 
  • Conventional Financing
  • ​Multi-Unit Residential 
  • ​Under-performing Properties 
  • ​Turnkey Properties 
  • ​Vacation Property/Short Term Rentals 
  • ​Buy, Reno, Rent, Refinance 

MY STORY... 

Where were you when you started?

We started investing 5yrs ago and are still in our full time day jobs but after joining Keyspire 1.5yrs ago, we have been able to focus and build a strategy to bring us to financial freedom. I work in Stakeholder Relations and my husband and partner works in Insurance.

1. ARTHUR ABRAHAM LINCOLN – ‘NEWEST KEYSPIRE MEMBER’ The first success is a personal one, I was pregnant during COVID and gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy in September of this year, the pregnancy itself was not easy and to be in hospital and need a caesarean section during a pandemic was interesting to say the least!! But during the pandemic period, we (husband & partner) still kept pushing our real estate business as much as we could, we were both now working from home in our full time day jobs which gave us a bit more flexibility to plan and react to the market. Since we started investing, Ontario has been our main focus but with house prices always on the rise we had plans to explore the Atlantic area and had flights booked to site visit New Brunswick with an aim to acquire purpose built multi-families but then everything got cancelled! With news of the pandemic, we first turned to Keyspire to tap into all the amazing sessions and tools that were shared during that time, especially the online Coffee with Michael sessions! We knew this crisis could be an opportunity for us to make some significant moves, and wanted to learn from those who had invested successfully through a global/national crisis before!

 2. ALEXIS – THE TIMING LOTTERY Our last investing port of call had been Windsor but it had become a feeding frenzy with bidding wars which had encouraged our exploration to other markets. BUT who knew what was going to happen with the announcement and fall out of COVID - so we turned our eye back to Windsor and started bidding on suitable properties that came up and low and behold, we were able to secure a 5-bed single family with a basement suitable for conversion to an additional unit at ASKING!! We’d hit the ‘timing lottery’ plus no other bids had been placed, we still offered asking as the numbers supported the listing price and we wanted to be fair and respectful to the seller. This property was completely turnkey and we had to put in only $950 for a few small maintenance tasks!!
By collaborating with our property manager, we were able to have it rented one day after closing which was June 30th!! The lull in the market only lasted a few days and the bidding wars started again. We had an appraiser review the property and it was valued at $330k, that’s an upswing of $80k from our $250k purchase price!!! We’ll keep it rented as a single family for now with the aim of renovating to a duplex in the future, we currently cash flow $300pm as is!!

3. UNIVERSITY – THE COVID RENOVATION We had purchased a large property in Windsor close to the university which needed some work and a basement conversion on Jan. 30th, we started the reno late February, and upon hearing about the pandemic we mobilized our team and brain stormed how we could keep things moving, we pushed and got all the required permits and our property manager stepped up to oversee the reno project, we foresaw the challenge of obtaining materials and having multiple people on site and had the contractor purchase and deposit the materials at the property which meant the work could continue, our property manager along with the contractor organized a staggered schedule for all trades to ensure safety for everyone. We finished just 4 weeks after the original deadline!
As students were no longer an option we had to shift to one of our exit strategies, to rent as a single family - we were successful in obtaining great tenants who needed a very specific space, like our property and were happy to pay a premium along with taking back all the utilities - with students we would cash flow around $1000 per month but we were able to secure $660pm cash flow with the single family and not have the same wear and tear on the property! Along with these successes which have helped our business move forward, we moved $110,000 of RRSPs to Valour for private lending, we are also in the midst of a refi to free up some equity plus planning a joint venture with a friend to leverage their RRSPs for our next property. All this activity has moved up our timeline to be able to have financial freedom even earlier than planned post COVID!!!

What role did Keyspire play in your success?

Keyspire has been instrumental in lifting the veil of real estate investing, we have grown exponentially with what we have learned and find value daily in the network. 
Ultimately, through the top notch training and tools, Keyspire has given us the confidence to create a strategy that we know will work along with the tools and people to tweak plans along the way!
Keyspire to us means that there's always a way to find a win in real estate, even if that means walking away from a deal!

What has been the biggest benefit of the Keyspire program you attended? How has it helped improve your family life?

The learnings and tools are invaluable and would take many many years (if ever) and mistakes to develop on your own.
Family time is now something we can enjoy as we have learned focus and have built a strategy we can work toward and therefore, we're working on our business not being bogged down in the business!

Have you made money or increased you net worth using any of Keyspire training programs? If so, how many deals have you done? How long did it take? How much actual time did you spend to make what amount of money? How much has your net worth increased?

We have conducted a couple of BRRR's and off loaded a multi-family purchased pre-Keyspire which was a liability, we figured this out from the online learnings and confirmed it with our coach - we still made $100k on the sale of that property!
We have increased our net worth by over a million dollars and it has taken us 1.5yrs (less really as I was pregnant and just recently had a baby during this time and took a little down time here and there :-)

If applicable, how has a Keyspire coach or advanced training helped you?

Focus, Focus, Focus - Before joining Keyspire we had no focus and were open to investing anywhere, our coach built our understanding of the need to have a strategy that works specifically for you. We were able to better understand our financial standing and what options we had as low hanging fruit and what we needed to do to position ourselves for where we wanted to go. We literally would not be where we are today without our coach! 

What obstacle(s) did you face and what role did Keyspire play to help overcome the obstacles?

We had a multi-family in our portfolio which we purchased pre-Keyspire and was a big liability, we figured this out from the online learnings and confirmed it with our coach - we still made $100k on the sale of that property!

What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting started in Real Estate using Keyspire programs? Would you recommend it? 

100% Keyspire has given us the knowledge to have the confidence in our ability to make decisions and build a strategy that will have us financially free in 3-5yrs!! We are now also seen as experts in our personal networks and this will help us in our next steps which is to joint venture.

Whether you have made money using Keyspire programs or not, has your newfound knowledge helped your confidence or outlook for your future?

Each and every Keyspire team member that we have engaged with has inspired us, and we learn from all the stories we hear from the Keyspire team members through Facebook and put those learnings into play in ways that make the most sense to our business!

How do Keyspire programs, strategies and materials compare with others you have seen or used?

There is no training or networks out there with the same level of professionalism, knowledge and has a network of individuals who genuinely care and want to help each other!!

How much has your income increased due to your successful strategies?

Currently our cash flow is at about 1/3rd toward being what we will need to be financially free - however, as we are both still in our full time day jobs, we reinvest every dollar made back into the business for now, knowing that when it hits our magic number we will shift it to be our salary.
We have been leveraging our properties to grow and obtain additional doors and will continue to do so!

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