Sometimes a realtor can be a little like a paramedic

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Nov 19


It’s not too often but it does happen that realtors get emergency calls. It could be from an elder who has to make an urgent transition, sell her/his home, refinance it, what-have-you. That’s why we formed Phoebe Services this year. 

Being a realtor can mean you are in a helping profession. Corny but true.


picture of Prof Bruce (when he had hair) trying not to panic about a building with no heat

But here’s another example–I got a call yesterday from a client who owns a fine building in Arnprior that has had an electrical fire and consequently has no heat. The problem? His insurance claim has not been settled and winter is here across much of North America.

What’s the quickest way to take down a building in Canada? Leave it with no heat or open to the elements for a winter, that’ll do it. So now I have a distress sale on my hands and it’s urgent.

If you know anyone who is a bit adventurous, likes real estate, doesn’t mind some work, and wants to diversify her/his investment portfolio with a small scale commercial/residential project with a great return, then this is for him or her or you. Please pass it along.

More details–

Distress Sale

60 Madawaska Boulevard, Arnprior ON

List Price: $200,000 CAD

Location: centre of town, close to shopping and Trans Canada highway (17) as well as Mississippi river

Property Type: urgent sale required. Fire has damaged furnace & electrical panel. ~$25k in immediate repairs needed. Vacant & available for immediate possession. Restaurant equipment available. Apartment water heaters owned. Gas water heater for restaurant rented. Cap rate is outstanding at 18.9% (est) + even higher ROE. Potential for significant gain by buying distressed property. 1,800 sf pizza store on ground floor with full basement plus 2, 1-bed apartments on the 2nd floor and 1, 2-bed apartment on the 3rd floor. It’s on a main street and is worth more than its asking price but this is a distress sale. Lots of room for income and capital growth… 

60 Madawaska boulevard available
60 Madawaska boulevard available

Remarks: opportunity for immediate gain. Priced to sell. Patio of 8’ by 50’ w/ wrought iron fence & wall mural. Terrific signage. Two, 1-bed apartments on 2nd floor and one, 2-bed apartment on 3rd floor, all separately metered. Excellent location close to schools, shopping, other attractions, river, parks… Includes 3 fridges, 3 stoves.

sideview showing patio 8' x 50' approx w/ wrought iron fence and mural
sideview showing patio 8’ x 50’ approx w/ wrought iron fence and mural

Directions: from Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, take hwy 417 to Arnprior. Exit onto Daniel street. Proceed to t-intersection with Madawaska boulevard, turn north, look for c21 sign on your left. 27 mins, 42.5 kms.


MLS # 934529


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list price $200,000

adjusted, reconstructed NOI $49,600

cap rate 18.9% pa

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Bruce M Firestone, broker
Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc
Tel: 613.422.6757 x 250 Fax: 613.422.2807
Text: 6137628884
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Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.