Monthly Archives: August 2022

 How to invest in Detroit as a Canadian 

The next real estate investment markets for Canadians may well NOT be in Canada. As the markets in Canada continue to offer less investing upside either because of expensive inventory, higher interest rates or lower cash flow, many real estate investors are starting to look South of the border.

Is the market that much different in the US? If you look at the more popular areas like California or New York then there is little difference between them and Toronto or Vancouver.

But take a look at cities with a more recent downside and there are plenty of opportunities. Detroit is one such market. Our podcast guests those week, Voytek Mardula and James Lloyd of US have been focused on Detriot for the last 5+ years and have local knowledge and expertise and a full turnkey operation that makes it so much more seamless for Canadians to consider investing in the US.

In this episode you will learn about:

  • Why Detroit is not seeing the drop off of other markets.
  • Growth opportunities for investors in Detroit.
  • What to consider when investing in the US as a Canadian.
  • Local financing options versus Canadian money sources.
  • The best Detroit neighbourhoods for cash flow and appreciation

Voytek Mardula, a lifelong entrepreneur, has owned and operated businesses in various industries over the last 25 years, including hospitality, brand name apparel and telecommunications. In the last 12 years, he has also gained extensive experience in investing in and managing rental properties, both in the US and Canada. Voytek’s current focus is on US real estate, primarily in Detroit. In addition to buying and selling turnkey investment properties in the US, the property management company which he owns, operates and manages over 300 doors in the greater Detroit area. 

James Lloyd is the Canadian Sales Manager for  With over 17 years of definitive experience in hospitality and sales management experience, he has a passion for customer service and client relations.  On a daily basis, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s client development and helping Canadian investors every step of the way with a turnkey solution for purchasing cash flow positive real estate in the Detroit area.  Outside of work James enjoys living a healthy, active lifestyle and spending time with his young son.

Get in touch with James Lloyd & Voytek Mardula:

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Importance of working with investor-focused realtors

Whether you are a novice real estate investor or someone with more experience having the right people on your team can make or break your success. An important member of that team is a real estate investing-focused realtor. In this week’s podcast, you get two for the price of one with the power duo of Enza Manduca and Meaghan Lazenby of eXp Realty. Enza and Meaghan share their passion and love of real estate which made them both leave their corporate jobs behind and seek to make a difference for others. In our conversation, they both share some great insights on what you should be asking a realtor, what to expect in working with one and how their process accelerates the investing process for their clients. Also, understand how the real estate market in the west GTA has changed over the last 6 months and where the opportunities are now.

In this episode you will learn about:

  • How the real estate market has changed in the last 6 months
  • The shift from pre-construction to resale investment properties
  • Moving from corporate life to real estate
  • Working with real estate investors
  • The process of helping novice investors
  • Best business advice received
  • Top 3 questions to ask a real estate agent

Meaghan Lazenby and Enza Manduca are both investor focused realtors and investors.

Working in the Golden Horseshoe and Niagara Region areas, they help their clients build generational wealth through purchasing cash-flowing properties.  They help their clients play the real-life game of Monopoly and win!

Based out of eXp Realty and are also building an international team and specialize in coaching both novice and experienced investors in single family, multi-family, student rentals, pre-construction, flipping and BRRR projects.

When they are not working with clients, you can find Meaghan spending time with her family around their pool or on the ice playing ice hockey and you can find Enza Latin dancing or at the spa!

Get in touch:
Meghan Phone: 289-772-8488
Enza Phone: 905-808-5158
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Black Jack Contracting Inc –
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First investment property at 14 – now at over 3500 deals

When Scott Ulmer first got started in real estate investing at only 14 years old he probably had no idea that a little over 25 years later he would be closing on his 3500th deal. But his combination of tenacity, having great mentors and always focused on never being out of the market stood the test of time and was the foundation of his success.   

But there is more to the story than that. Scott is the Founder of Little Pink Houses which offers middle Americans who struggle to qualify for traditional loans an opportunity to achieve the American Dream of homeownership through unique, individually tailored financing and purchase programs.

The company partners with real estate investors from across North America and the result are win-win-win outcomes for the homeowner, the investor and Pink. The joy of making and seeing that happen multiple times a week is what drives Scott and his team.

As Daniel St Jean says in the podcast, when you have the opportunity to hear from someone who has completed 3500 deals you are going to want to pay attention.

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In this episode you will learn about:

  • How to do over 3500 deals the right way
  • What it’s like partnering with a REITE Club member
  • Advice for the seasoned investor in today’s market
  • What newbie investors need to do differently in today’s market
  • The reasons to invest in Florida and Jacksonville in particular

Scott Ulmer is a nationally recognized real estate speaker and trainer with over 25 years of experience as a real estate investor. He loves teaching people how to change their lives by understanding how to make money in real estate without cash or credit, and has helped over 3,000 people buy or sell their homes.

Scott’s diverse experience in real estate allows him to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. He strives to make every day better than the last, and positively impact as many lives as possible.

Scott is the founder of Little Pink Houses of America™, one of the fastest growing real estate investing companies in North America. 

Get in touch with Scott Ulmer:

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Elevation Realty –
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From Welfare to Digital Nomad Lawyer

Even as a child, Milena Cardinal was a passionate puzzle solver. Today she gets excited about finding creative ways of resolving complex legal issues that her clients bring to her law firm. 

At age 21 she was a young mother on welfare, last year, during the pandemic, she was able to operate her highly successful, growing legal practice entirely remotely while living in Columbia, Mexico and the USA. In this episode, Milena shares how to prepare for a digital nomad adventure and what it takes to manage a business, real estate portfolio and find time for family. 

As a private real estate investor herself, Milena is well versed in real estate, from its legal to its business aspects. She has combined these joint interests to venture into the intricate world of private lending.

She is also on a mission to bring the wonders of investing in Quebec to more Canadians and simplifying the legal process as much as possible in a Province that historically creates way more paperwork!

In this episode you will learn about:
  • Lessons from parent’s choices and expectations
  • Preparing to live life as a digital nomad
  • The joy of unravelling complex legal puzzles
  • Frustrations of working with notaries in Quebec
  • Find work-life harmony and do what you love
Milena is known for the care she provides to her clients and her focus on surpassing their expectations. She and her team strive to approach the law differently. Paperless, efficient, available, approachable, tech-savvy, creative, and human, this firm prides itself on shaking up the legal world and its traditions.

Milena was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2011.  She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Law Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.   Milena obtained her common law degree, a Doctor of Laws (J.D.), from the Queen’s University Faculty of Law in Kingston, Ontario. Prior to that, she earned her civil law degree (L.LL.) from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec.  

When she finds a spare moment to herself, Milena loves to spend time with her children, host dinner parties and play board games. 

This episode has been brought to you in part by
Black Jack Contracting Inc –
BM Select –