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R.C.M.P. – Real estate Cop Making Progress (part I)

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I’ve been working on the title of my next book(the title is more important than the content) and think the above might work…. Thoughts?

I’ll begin the manuscript here, please make suggestions or comment below

 

I – Pre Police

Most first responders join up because there is something wrong with them. By that I mean they are wounded people, and join because they want to fix what hurt them.

I grew up fast, the eldest of 4 in small town Alberta. Life changed when I was 11, a transition from homeschooling to the public system meant I was picked on. I was big so the fights were never too bad(for me), but the emotional pain of bullying was worse. My parents couldn’t work much during these formative years because of a terrible battle with depression.  Long hospitalizations, frequent visits by police and ambulance, feelings of helplessness because as a kid there is nothing you can do to help. I had little money until I started working, my first formal job was at age 14 at a grocery store for $5.95/hr. Sports were my outlet, football, some boxing and basketball. C student, heavy drinking, partying, wasting money on crappy vehicles and hobbies and partying. I tried to join the princess patricia light infantry at 16 but broke my collarbone, so instead of summer boot camp I took summer school. I surprised myself and teachers by pulling mostly “A”s through grade 12. After graduation and barely 18, I skipped a government scholarship to become a paramedic(like my dad was) in favor of an offer to tryout at a CJFL(football) in BC.

I worked various labour jobs(digging holes, moving furniture, building houses, chicken barns, crypts) and went to school while playing football. I took students loans but dropped out of UBCO after 2 years with only $30,000 debt to show for it. Making between $11-14/hr, I learned what it was like to barely scrape by. When I was working as a carpenter’s apprentice, I got my first taste of the underbelly of society.

The lead hand was a crack addict(functional mostly). He was a fast at framing, but I watched him go through several cycles of binging, getting clean, then binging again. In a very short time he went from a clean cut, muscular looking, fun loving guy to a toothless, eyes sunken in, raving lunatic who couldn’t hold a job. I remember having a meeting with my boss saying that I thought we needed to have an intervention because this guy must be mentally ill.  Our boss was a very tolerant and forgiving fellow, and kept giving the lead hand many chances until he was finally fired for good. “Great carpenter, bad businessman…” is what I thought of my boss, because our paychecks would frequently bounce or be late.

By this time I had been looking for a way out of my financial mess and started to self educate. A girlfriend had a copy of  Rich dad, poor dad which led to many other books(STOP WORKING) about stocks and real estate investing.

Anyway I got tired of the uncertainty of paychecks and low wages and “went out on my own” doing handyman work. I learned how to work for free on various project because I frequently bid too low, trying to stay busy. Some jobs went well and the big pay days kept me going. Unbeknownst to me, one of my first “big customers” when I went out on my own was a big time drug dealer.  I was very happy because I got a “big contract” to make an addition to the guest house of a mansion.  The customer was a huge tall muscular guy. His house was huge, his backyard was a tiled pool with outdoor kitchen, manicured gardens, and the guest house was a 2 bedroom house nicer than anything I ever lived in. There were multiple nice cars, lifted trucks, motorcycles, and most predominantly a huge “cigarette speed boat”.

Naively I thought “this guy must be a very successful stock broker.” I then heard that the landscaper who was putting in the Koi ponds and the manicured gardens had gotten beat up by the customer, right in front of his crew.  I heard it was because he owed money from a nasty coke habit. There were shady looking guys coming around the jobsite to visit the mansion house frequently, they drove crappy cars and wore loose clothes, flat hats and talked like gangsters. I didn’t think much of it and framed the walls, poured the slab, framed the roof and paid for a disposal bin. One of the guys asked me for advice on how to build a floor “that could hold the weight of a car.”  I had no problems getting paid until the “3rd draw” when instead of the original customer I was now dealing with a little dark skinned guy who had recently been released from prison for murder. He demanded to see receipts and said I was cheating the customer, and that I better finish the rest of the job for free “or else.” I went to a football coach for advice and he said “thug tactics only work on thugs, tell them to take you to small claims court.”  I said that and got a clear message that it was not a satisfactory answer, so I never returned to the jobsite, abandoned my tools and lost money in materials and labour.

I then felt like I was being followed and scared these people would learn where I lived, threatening my fiance(now wife). We moved away in a hurry and I developed the attitude was “join a gang, or be a victim of one.”

I saw an ad that “the RCMP is hiring” and thought I would join the biggest gang in Canada and put in my application…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

II – Application process

It was 8month from the time I put in the application to flying to Regina in Feb 2007.  They do a lot of digging and unearth all past sins(lighting a classmate’s hair on fire, getting in fights…) …. to be continued

 

$100 Suit vs $1000 Suit – A lesson in marketing

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As I’ve been growing my business, I’ve come to learn that perception is of the utmost importance.  First impressions are critical, because people are hard wired with “shortcuts” in thinking. These “shortcuts” are important, otherwise we would walk around all day in constant deep thought observing and analyzing the world.

Not very effective, and exhausting!

When I worked as a police officer, showing up to a call in uniform, in a marked police car, I would instantly have a psychological advantage over most people.  Since being little children, there have been authority figures for us, and police officers are an authority figure that we never “grow out of.”

– Side note here. Criminals DO tend to grow out of police(or anyone frankly) having any authority, however this article is not about abnormal psychology because we don’t want to do business with people like that anyway! –

Simply showing up, the “first impression” aka “police presence”, in most instances would diffuse a tense situation, with the uniform doing all the work. The uniform is very powerful, and many times without saying or doing anything, simply listening, would solve a conflict.

I’ve found the same thing with business attire. Although I am the same person in my black shirt and shorts being “Mr Mom” as I am in a smartly fitting suit, people treat me differently!

It’s not fair, but that’s the truth.

As result I’ve taken a real interest that never existed before in topics such as men’s fashion, so I can show up to work with an advantage.  People perceive me as smarter, more authoritative, and wealthier when I am dressed like this:

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Than when I am dressed like this:

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The catalyst for this post was an awesome piece of advertising that jumped off the page at me as I was about to edit a Youtube video.  It fit perfectly into my new interest, and had me subscribing very quickly, then polled me for information to see what precisely I am interested in. No doubt I will be solicited with products by this company, but I will be a willing buyer because I am “in the market” anyway, so I will see these offers as SOLUTIONS, and not just annoying attention grabbers breaking my focus from more important matters.

And that is precisely what marketing and getting new customers is all about. 

To see the sales funnel for yourself, search YouTube for “$100 Suit vs $1000 Suit – Differences Between Cheap & Expensive Suits”. 

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Until next time,

 

Stay SAFE

Modern Day Napoleon Hill

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Just started reading Guerrilla Millionaire by Douglas Vermeeren, a Canadian dubbed by ABC and FOX as a “modern day Napoleon Hill.”

My initial impression is it’s a remix on Think and Grow Rich so great for mindset. One of the most interesting chapters is 3: What are Your Chances of Making a Million?

5. From the following statements, which are true in your case?
I have affectionate parents.
I have a supportive partner.
I have a deep religious faith.

A. None of the above
B. One of the above
C. Two of the above
D. All of the above

Answer and explanations: For Question 6 the best answer is D .

Having a secure support network can give you the confidence and courage required to pursue wealth. It is not an easy road and taking it alone can be dangerous. In Think and Grow Rich , Napoleon Hill points out that, generally speaking, men reach their most successful times after the age of forty. He speculates that this has a lot to do with finding stability in life with a supportive partner. Having a supportive partner of my own, I can testify that her presence makes a big difference for me.successful times after the age of forty. He speculates that this has a lot to do with finding stability in life with a supportive partner. Having a supportive partner of my own, I can testify that her presence makes a big difference for me.

Where in your life are your strengths? Where can you improve?

Do you have someone you need to forgive? Someone you need to apologize to?

Take inventory and measure measure measure!

It might just be what’s in your way to a rich life.
Until next time,
Stay SAFE

Kamloops Property Report – Feb 7, 2016 – Vol 3 – Issue 2

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2016-02-05 18.13.23.jpg“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. […] So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:10-12

Superbowl 50, Chinese New Year and Valentines’s Day.

So much for the “shoulder season” where we can recover from Christmas/New Year until Easter rolls around! I didn’t even mention Family Day and Fat Tuesday. Dion’t get me wrong, I love an excuse to celebrate. It’s just that with parties come food, and my every expanding waistline can’t handle it :P. If only there were a time of year where we could commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries, I imagine that would make for a health life/society. Oh well.

I’m told that time speeds up as we age, and it feels like life is going 100 miles an hour right now. I can’t believe how fast Lacianna is growing, she used to just sleep and eat but now she is almost getting ready to crawl!

Superbowl Musings
Despite the controversy, I did especially enjoy this part of the big game.

Hundreds vented their frustration at Australian filmmaker Peter Carstairs' winning 'Crash the Super Bowl' commercial which opens with a father loudly eating Doritos during his partner's ultrasound

What do you think? Funny or gross?

 

Did you know 2016 is the year of the Monkey?  
恭禧發, Gong Xi Fa Cai, Gong Hey Fat Choy, Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

According to Chinese lore, Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have good return for your investments, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Think twice before you leap when making changes to your finance, career, business and personal relationships.(Good advice no mater what the year :P)

Valentine’s Day
Reminder – treat your sweetie!

Marcy and I took in Johnny Reid on his 3rd stop of the “What love is all about” tour last week. She booked the tickets and arranged for a sitter without me knowing.2016-02-03 21.47.22.jpg

What a great time! A hugely positive message, and an awesome lesson in engagement. Johnny Reid is a master relationship manager and here are some of the things I noticed:
– he did his usual run off stage to the chagrin of his security staff(floor seat audience member danced with him, posed for selfies and got autographs)
– he introduced and talked up his team(Jamaican musicians, a dancing fiddler, his opening acts)
– he called us all his friends, not his fans
– he told us he donated $1 of each ticket to a local school for the music program – then he brought up the students and sang with them! Marcy was so touched she started crying!
– he would take audience members cameras/phone and take a video while running around the stage(contrast this to other shows where crew stand by with flashing lights to blind people trying to take amateur photos)
– he shot T-shirts into the crowd
– he was very obviously having the time of his life

Pure genius.

All these things made the crowd buy-in to the show and the energy was very high(surprisingly for a room where the average age might have been 50).  If you hit one of his concerts you will become a raving fan friend. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Since I got my gift early I decided to take Landen shopping early as well. No last minute gas-station valentine’s gift from me this year!  We got the girls each a pair of their very own slippers.

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Now I know what you might be thinking, why would I put these photos here, won’t it ruin the surprise?

Well, I’ve come to realize that Marcy doesn’t read my newsletters.

LOL, I guess you can have too much of a good thing 😀

I could say anything about her here and she would never know(unless you told her of course ;))

 

Anyway, here this this month’s newsletter:

  1. 77 Seconds with Sam – Post Retirement Work
  2. Deals of the Month
  3. Type II Civilization Here We Come
  4. Is your money being held hostage?
  5. Free Resources

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Hope you enjoy!

Sam

77 Seconds with Sam – Post Retirement work

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 Some of you have been wondering what I’m up to since I started my early retirement. Well, besides chasing around three kids in diapers I’ve been working on installing a legal basement suite, here is a quick tour of work in progress. 

    
If you want the details of this deal or are curious how you can make money like this, reach out at Sam@InvestKamloops.com. 

Until next time,

Stay SAFE

Type II Civilization: Here We Come

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My mother in law Mae gave me a great book for Christmas.

I had not heard of Elon Musk before this book, but he is responsible for Paypal, Tesla, Solar City(largest solar panel design/finance/installation company in US), and for cutting the cost of a space launch from $450M to about $90M(5x cheaper). He is 44 years old and his goal is to bring humans to Mars in his lifetime, I think he will do it.

Inspiring guy!

Although, he did get divorced three times, twice from the same woman. That part perhaps I don’t want to emulate but otherwise an amazing guy.  Highly recommend this read if you want to be inspired.

I then read “The Martian”.

Within 30 hours. By staying up to 2 am two night in a row.

It’s that good.

The reason it’s so good(and has received accolades from the scientific community) is that it is so accurate to the science of space travel.  And the coolest part is it was written by a self professed nerd Andy Weir with a blog, published for free, downloaded and read tens of thousands of times before a publisher stepped up.  Then came the movie(not as good).

 

Currently in tech

As I write this I am listening to the “Tech Panel” of the World Outlook Conference 2016. Here are some notes that might interest you.

  • So much happening in tech now.
  • Amazon is doing trials with drones to deliver packages.
  • Running an open pit mine in Australia remotely.
  • Suncore ordered a fleet of self driving trucks – 24/7 productivity.
  • Telsa has a software update for $2500 for their vehicles to make them self driving.
  • Self driving tests are in happening in Ontario(this is huge because the regulatory environment is so far behind tech.)
  • Near field communication.  Like tap credit cards. Applications in everything electronic ie lights without wires to switches.
  • Mini death of web. Rise of Apps. More people on mobile, rare that browser is used. People are rather living in social media more, may hurt Google.
  • Exoskeletons being tested for seniors with mobility issues who can now lift 200lbs. Huge mobility improvements will happen thanks to aging population and demand.
  • Artificial Intelligence.  Still in the horizon but is coming – machines that are conscious.
  • Industrial evolution of medicine. Drugs can be tailored to the individual using genetic analysis. “23andme” to get your genome done for $300.  Learn your ancestry.
  • Investments and business can benefit from technology. Small players can kill big players now.  Newsbeat(sp?) media as an example gets more traffic vs entire Canadian media.  Amazon vs Walmart. Both could have been squashed if the big player was clued in.
  • Hootsuite, 30 people 4 years ago, 1000 people now. Nothing to lose, ability to make bold decisions and follow them through.
  • Always being disrupted from below, it’s the small and nimble company that can overtake the powerhouses.

I think this is great.

 

What this means to Real Estate Investors

I shared these ideas with a colleague and he said “what is that going to do to property values.”

Well, I have no idea what an acre on Mars starts at so it’s tough to predict ;).

What I do know is thanks to the huge and fast changes to technology and communication life is getting better. We already getting good/new books/movies/music thanks to this and “The Martian” is a prime example.  A guy published stuff he loves in a blog, and a short time later kills it at the box office while major Hollywood and Music company recycle old ideas with mixed results.  Proof and inspiration that there is hope for the future.

One person can now change the world. Or with aspirations like Elon Much, the galaxy.  It makes you realize that you do matter!

You have so much to contribute. You owe it to others to contribute your best!

Go out there and kill it,  Buck Rogers here we come.
Until next time,
Stay SAFE

Invest Kamloops Newsletter | Jan 1, 2016 | Vol 3 | Issue 1

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Invest Kamloops Newsletter | Jan 1, 2016 | Vol 1 | Issue 1

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The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. – Proverbs 20:29

Greetings!

A few updates since my last newsletter

I hope you had a good Christmas, ours was just us and we had a good time. Our newest addition Laci(Lacianna Victoria) is now home with us, it’s been almost 2 weeks and she has been a delight. 

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Condolences:
It’s a sad time of year for some, losing a loved one anytime is hard but Christmas time can amplify the grief.  My deepest condolences to my friends and family who know what I’m talking about and who lost a loved one in 2015. 

Course Announcement:
Although I am only 30, I have quite a few grey hairs, and am looking forward to a change of pace focusing on raising our kids and the odd real estate deal.  

My retirement party was good fun in case you missed it, thanks to everyone who made it a success!  Between the 50/50 draw and book sales we raised almost $725 to bring home Isla.  

My business partner and realtor Gordon Ballantyne and I announced a new course we’ve designed “How to Invest in Kamloops Real Estate.”  It’s a 3 hour live training evening on February 24th and 26th where we will outline ALL the secrets to our business including:
– what types of properties to buy and which to avoid
– how to find deals that will have investors throwing money at you
– where to find investors and what to say when you meet them
– what websites to use for research and building presentations(a full list of the software we use)
– how to work with a realtor(and the unfair advantage the right realtor provides)
– the best parts of Kamloops for growth
– business models that make money no matter what the market is doing(up, down or flat)
Nothing is being held back so this is a course you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $200 with proceeds going to “Help bring home Isla”. You can read more about this great cause here.

Anyway, here is the latest newsletter:

  1. Sam in the Media(in case you missed it last month)
  2. Deal of the Week
  3. Kamloops Q4 Economic Update

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Kamloops Q4 Economic Update

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Kamloops Fourth Quarter of 2015 Economic Update

These articles may seen boring, but money being spent in Kamloops represents GDP growth.  That means jobs, which means people, which means higher home prices and tighter rent markets, GREAT NEWS for landlords like you and me :).

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Millions have been earmarked for Kamloops, and shovels are in the ground! As a recap 2015 we have:

Q1: $148M

Q2: $168M

Q3: $310M

Q4: Check out this list of $240M(!!!!!) spent and earmarked in the 4th quarter of 2015.

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Caution – very personal(your help needed)

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I’m about to share something I’ve never said before in public.

It’s about my kids,

now my reason for existing,

who for me are the answer “what is the meaning of life”.

People frequently tell me “that’s so great you gave those kids a home, you’re such good people.” They think because I adopted my kids that I’m an awesome guy.

It’s a lie.

The truth is I’m very selfish. Continue reading →

Invest Kamloops Newsletter | Dec 1, 2015 | Vol 2 | Issue 14

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Invest Kamloops Newsletter | Dec 1, 2015 | Vol 2 | Issue 14

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“Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it’s incredible and surprising.” ― Nia Vardalos, Instant Mom

Greetings!

I have a few big announcements since my last newsletter. We are pleased to introduce our newest addition! Lavinia and Landen’s biological sister will be joining our family and we can’t wait. We have been vising her regularly, and hope to have her home before Christmas 🙂

 

In the meantime, I have an official announcement that many of you know already. I am retiring and my last day as an RCMP officer will be Jan 1, 2016. Full time dad/real estate investor is now my life!  I’m having a retirement party and you are invited, keep reading to learn the details. 

Anyway, here is the latest newsletter:

  1. Caution – very personal(I need your help)
  2. Sam in the Media(and retirement party invite)
  3. Deal of the Week
  4. Improving sales with Kevin Hogan

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