If you want to learn how to invest in real estate,
you’ve come to the right place.
My name is Paul Blacquière and I started investing in real estate back in 2002. I have extensive experience with managing multi-family investment properties, major renovation projects, flips, joint venture investments, and private RRSP mortgage financing. I was also President of the Ottawa Real Estate Investors Organization (OREIO) from 2008-2009, where I had been an active member since the group was founded.
This website is all about sharing my knowledge with you,
so you can learn how to profit from real estate, and avoid some costly mistakes too.
Before I got involved in real estate, my professional life spanned a 12-year period in the high tech field, during which I learned electronics engineering, computer software programming, technical writing, publishing, website design, and product development. In August 2006, I finally left my full-time career to pursue my dream of real estate investing and helping others achieve the same.
I didn’t start off investing in real estate with a lot of money and experience. In fact, I grew up in an average home in the suburbs of Ottawa, with my parents making average incomes. We certainly weren’t wealthy and we didn’t know any wealthy people. But I always had a fascination with making money and generating wealth, so in my early 20s, I decided to research how people become wealthy and what they invest in.
After reading a ton of magazines, books and courses, I discovered the wealthy focus on 3 main areas:
I decided to choose real estate as my first step in creating wealth, so I began my investing education by reading real estate investing books and home study courses in my spare time. A few years later, I bought my own home, which I felt was a stepping stone to buying my first investment property, but I still hadn’t taken any real ‘action’.
In September 2001, I saw my opportunity… I joined a hands-on real estate investing course in Ottawa that took all the knowledge I had accumulated, and showed me how to apply it to the Canadian market (most of the materials I studied were US-based). The course also gave me access to key real estate professionals I needed for my team, and I also learned how to evaluate and purchase positive cash flow properties.
In January 2002, I bought my first property with a joint venture partner, even before I had finished the course! A few months later, I graduated as a Canadian Certified Property Consultant.
During that first year, I spent my time learning about renovations and dealing with tenants. In the second year, I hired a property manager and began to turn my investments into a ‘business’ that would require less effort to manage.
With my personal goal being to reach financial independence, I understood that I could achieve it faster by sharing my success and wealth with others. So in my third year, I focused on creating a business identity and marketing for investors.
In June 2004, I co-founded Spirepoint Properties (now called Spirepoint Real Estate), a company dedicated to making real estate investing easy for investors. At the same time, I published a monthly newsletter called the Spirepoint Insider, with educational articles and tips to help real estate investors.
At this point, I was already a member of the Ottawa Real Estate Investors Organization (OREIO). Soon after creating the newsletter, people began asking me how I achieved my success, and more specifically, they wanted to know how to analyzes deals, how I used RRSP money to buy property, and more.
I found it difficult to explain everything in just a 10 minute conversation, so in early 2007, I began offering educational courses and hands-on field trips to teach others how to invest in real estate. These programs continued my vision of making real estate investing easy for the average person, by breaking it down into simple step-by-step actions.
The feedback I received from the initial courses was so good, I decided to offer something more. Within a year, I expanded the educational courses into a full 3 month training program with weekly lessons and mentoring, designed to turn my students into knowledgeable and confident investors.
Not only was I receiving positive feedback about the program, but word began to spread. Soon, people began asking me to join the course after hearing so many good things about it. The best part of all this was that my students were not only learning how to invest, they were also taking action and actually buying property.
Most recently, I have been looking at a variety of creative ways to deliver educational programs to investors across Canada, including online and home study formats.
I currently live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with my wife Rofida, where I enjoy many local coffee shops with family and friends.
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