Category Archives: WHY

Episode 26 – From Venezuela to 40 Units in 3 Years

In this episode of the Where Should I Invest? podcast, we Interview Alejandro Fleury a Certified Fitness Trainer and a Nutrition Coach. He shares his story on how he purchased 40 properties in under 3 years without using any of his own money. Alejandro is from Venezuela, South America back in 1995 when he came across one real estate infomercial that started his real estate investing journey.

Listen and learn. . .

– Tips and strategies on finding deals and financing properties
– Tips on managing multiple properties
– Tips on finding a good property manager
– Criteria(s) for finding properties
– Ideas on how to find motivated sellers outside MLS

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Episode 14- The Biggest Mistakes Investors Make


 Are you a real estate investor looking to sharpen your skills? Or a newbie looking for your first investment? You’ve come to the right place! Join host Sarah Larbi for a journey into the world of Canadian real estate investment. In this episode, Sarah speaks with Laurel Simmons to discuss “finding your WHY” and the importance of having a WHY.


Today’s Guest:

Laurel Simmons bought her first investment rental property in the early 80s when she really didn’t know what she was doing. Fast-forward to today, and along with her husband, Daniel St-Jean, she is a partner in two real estate investment companies – one specializes in rent-to-own properties and the other in buy-and-hold single-family rentals. She also works with the founding members of the Southern Ontario Real Estate Investment Training Club to help make sure club’s events are they best they can possibly be.

Laurel has spent over three decades working in the consulting world both with hi-tech and government organizations. She’s traveled the world as a consultant, speaker and trainer and finally she’s travelling to where she wants to go WHEN she wants to go and for as LONG she wants to go without in any way having to worry about her clients.

As much as real estate investing has brought significant freedom to Laurel and her husband, real estate investing is NOT Laurel’s passion. Her passion is wine and travel – in 2014, she and Daniel moved from Ottawa, Ontario to Niagara-on-the-Lake where she studied full time learning the ins and outs of being a wine-maker and viticulturist at Niagara College. After that she began dragging her husband Daniel to taste different wines in places all around the world (and she’s never heard ONE complaint from him!)

Now as Laurel and Daniel spend more time exploring all the wonders of the world, Laurel has begun looking at a question that has presented itself to her many, many times… and that question is “Why?”… a question that is especially relevant for real estate investors.


Episode Highlights:

  • Why is it important for people and investors uncover their WHY?
  • Learn about some of the biggest mistakes Laurel see’s real estate investors make when it comes to defining their strategy?
  • Why is figuring out your why going to change your life?
  • What are some specific tips for people who might have trouble figuring out their why?



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