Category Archives for "Investing"

May 26

Disaster also brings opportunity… for a new beginning

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

A client of mine asks, “Hi Bruce, what are your thoughts on real estate and the economy over the next 12-24 months?” Here’s what I answered: No one really knows what will happen, but in my view, there will be many opportunities for people with cash. I suspect several trillion dollars of real estate in […]

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May 16

Prof Bruce real estate investment trivia quiz ANSWERS

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching

If you’d like to send the quiz (sans answers) to your friends, use this link, https://brucemfirestone.com/prof-bruce-real-estate-investment-trivia-quiz/. 1. in which decade from 1950 to present day did mortgage interest rates reach their peak? 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s [21.46% peak, 2nd half of 1981] 2. what does PIT stand for? planning and information technology […]

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May 16

Prof Bruce real estate investment trivia quiz

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching

See how well versed you are in terms of real estate investing… try answering these 25 questions then check your answers here, https://brucemfirestone.com/prof-bruce-real-estate-investment-trivia-quiz-answers/. 1. in which decade from 1950 to present day did mortgage interest rates reach their peak? 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2. what does PIT stand for? planning and information technology principal […]

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May 02

Downsizing Upsizing Right Sizing? That is the question

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Traveling without moving, a new approach to downsizing Most realtors tell a person who is thinking of, say, downsizing, to list and sell their larger home and buy something smaller and presumably cheaper. This kind of talk is a bit self-serving because, if the client follows this piece of advice, the realtor gets another listing […]

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Apr 17

Staying afloat and getting ahead in a time of Covid-19

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

for LANDLORDS, INVESTORS (AND TENANTS) Here is a webinar in which Bruce M Firestone, PhD, and host Dave Dubeau talk about how to stay afloat during the Covid-19 era and also how to prepare for a hopeful future. Here’s what is covered: -snowbird real estate prices about to collapse? -big market correction coming #Gulp -buying […]

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Mar 25

Covid-19 Crisis Planning by Bruce M Firestone, PhD

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Family , Finance , Green for Real , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Here is a 10-minute video I put together on: How to protect yourself, your biz and your real estate holdings as well as clients, employees, suppliers, guests, residents, tenants… in a time of covid-19. This is what I cover off: IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION CONTRACTED BY MORE THAN 40% in Canada, US and […]

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Mar 21

Covid-19 Crisis Plan

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Design , Family , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , Life Coaching , PB4L , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

Over 2,000 have signed up for this free webinar on March 24 at 7 pm ET: How to protect yourself, your biz, your real estate investments as well as clients, employees, suppliers, guests, residents, tenants… in a time of Covid-19 Listen as 20-experts give their views and take questions… Register now, https://www.covidcrisisplan.com/brucefirestone Prof Bruce is […]

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Feb 25

A million dollar TFSA sounds great except…

By Bruce Firestone | Family , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

A million-dollar TFSA, https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/taxes/the-road-to-the-million-dollar-tfsa-is-getting-shorter-for-millennials, sounds great except I’m not 100% convinced about these assumptions: a) earning 4.7% yearly, compounding annually, b) continuing to put in max $$$ every year for 47-consecutive years without fail. There are simply too many ups & downs over a lifetime. But, say you buy a half double like one of […]

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Feb 24

How to turn $7.2 million into half a billion dollars

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

I spoke with my friend Victor Menasce about the Ottawa Senators, the NHL, real estate investment and more on his podcast… I explained how we purchased (in the early 1990s) 600-acres in the far west-end of Ottawa (Kanata) for $12,000 an acre ($7.2 million, if you are counting), plunked an NHL expansion franchise (aka, the […]

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Feb 03

Rent-to-own business model

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

I usually don’t really like rent-to-own (R2O) models either from an investor’s POV (point of view) or from a client’s POV. From a client’s POV, it’s an expensive way to buy property; they have to pay all of the costs of the property including mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance (tenant and landlord insurance), all repairs/maintenance, […]

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Dec 27

Animate a whole town

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

The story of Tamworth, a small town in Ontario “Animation” is a term I use to describe ways of adding new revenue streams to an existing property. For example, clients of mine are adding storage sheds, backyard workshops, basement apartments, backyard coach houses, play areas (things like outdoor ping pong tables), private patio areas, outdoor […]

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Dec 16

What’s the difference between a “project” and a business model?

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching

As someone who has tackled hundreds if not thousands of projects, I know the difference. It’s why now as a real estate investment and business coach, I preach using biz models instead of doing “projects.” In my day, I created over 1,200 home sites in multiple subdivisions, dozens of office buildings and shopping plazas, started […]

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