How One Calgary Investor Bought Foreclosures For A New Airbnb Business
Our client recently bought 6 condos in one building to operate as his new Airbnb Business. This recently retired accountant crunched the numbers into a solid business plan and took action. His idea became his reality. We all have great ideas, and I’m sure you’ll have some outstanding ones today. Maybe even while you are reading this article. But few of us take action. Many of us tell others about our great ideas in the hope that they will take action and then share the success with us because it was our idea. Good luck with that!
The two main points of this article are that you have to take action yourself and there are opportunities in Real Estate to create a business for yourself.
Our client bought 6 condos in the same building, and only a few were actual foreclosures. The other condo deals came about from our due diligence on his behalf, leading us to other motivated sellers. He now owns several similar units at the same address. And only has One Condo Board and One Condo Management Company to deal with. And a single set of Condo Documents. One set of Bylaws, One Reserve Fund Study, One Reserve Fund Budget, One Monthly Board Meeting, One Annual Board Meeting, and other unforeseen issues that may pop up from time to time.
He also gets to streamline all other costs to improve and manage his portfolio of condos at a single address. All by taking that first step after the idea popped into his head.
What’s the worst thing that could happen, and could he deal with it? That question should be at the top of everybody’s list when evaluating a great idea. The worst thing that could happen in the case of any business is to have no income for whatever reason. No income is only a problem if you have debt. No Income, No Debt, No Problem. It’s not likely you would lose 100% of the revenue potential. A solid written business plan will tell you your Break-Even point based on debt service, operating expenses and income. Once you have a Break-Even calculation, you will know when your business starts to lose money. So, the worst that could happen is you start losing money. How much could you lose, for how long and could you deal with it? Making sure you have an excellent downside cushion helps you sleep at night. On the other hand, if you have no down-side cushion, your motivation to get it right becomes very focused.
We have many clients that go into business for themselves with Real Estate in Calgary. And they all started with the first one, and the first one could be any type of property that generates income.
They took action on their idea. They focused on their goals and ignored the jealous and envious dream stealers. Taking action is taking a leap of faith in yourself. Don’t let yourself or anybody else hold you back. Get your Great Ideas down on paper, crunch the numbers, find your break-even point and decide if you can deal with the worst that can happen.