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The top five things Cancun taught me about Real Estate

August 17, 2014

A few months ago, I spent some time in Cancun on a family vacation but decided to blend some work with pleasure. I wasn’t quite sure how that would work, but I decided it was well worth a try. I learned five important things while I was away.

1.    The world is small.

The world is ever-shrinking. With the proliferation of email, text messages, social media, and picture sharing sites, not to mention Skype, it’s requires little effort to work remotely. In the past, if you wanted to go vacation and take some work with you, you’d have to print it out, bring file folders, set up phone meetings depending on time zones, etc. These days, it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, you have access to every piece of data or component of a project that you would have had in your corporate office. You’re able to communicate globally with the push of a button—even with video capability.

2.    The world didn’t end in my absence.
Though it may cause a momentary crisis of self-worth, if you leave a good team in place, provide them with solid instructions, ensure they have the tools they need to get the job done, and afford them with enough trust to make decisions when needed, then any business can carry on in the leader’s absence. In my case, deals were finalized, renovations completed, phone calls made, and meetings held.

3.    Real estate is everywhere.
Buying and selling of real estate does not have to be done within the 25 square miles of your current residence. I spent time in Cancun looking for potential opportunities. The Internet makes it possible to pre-plan before a trip, and to research the demographics and the housing market.

4.    Careful planning puts you ahead.  
Hurry and scurry puts you behind. Are you a last-minute scurrier? My time in Cancun reminded me that careful planning avoids so many of life’s pitfalls. It saves so much time and offers a level of peace of mind that can’t otherwise be gained. Because I planned well for the time I’d be away, I was able to keep business moving as though I’d never stepped away.

5.    Determine what’s important and what’s urgent.
Sometimes the most urgent need is rest. It’s important to know yourself well enough that you’re able to step back and meet your most urgent personal needs first. Then, when it comes to business, tackle the urgent things first—a phone call from a seller in a deal that’s about to fall through—that’s urgent. You might want to take that call. But a phone call from a realtor who has some good stuff coming on the market next month? That’s important, but shouldn’t encroach on your personal or family needs if you’ve set aside special time.

In sum, I have a hard time separating work and play because I enjoy both. Love what you do and do what you love! I think it was the best of both worlds, and I look forward to my next seaside business meeting.

14-Year Old Buys House, gets a 500% ROI

June 17, 2014

Have you heard the story of Willow Tufano? She planted a Money Tree and is watching it grow into an orchard.

Check out this video of Willow’s chat with Ellen Degeneres:

So, she bought a house for $12,000. It’s now worth $80,000.  But, rather than sell it, she decided to rent it out and let it provide an income while the market continued to improve. But with no mortgage payments, that’s straight income. Soon after, she purchased a second home for $17,500. That’s like planting ...

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Gotta Play to Win!

May 21, 2014

Did you know that the odds of winning big with the lottery are something like 1 in 260 million?

It’s scary to realize that you are WAY more likely to get struck by lighting (1 in 10,000 chance of that!), be attacked by a shark OR die in a plane crash (both around a 1 in 11 million chance), or to be crushed to death by a vending machine (1 in 112 million chance.)

Yet hopefuls slap their cash down on convenience store counters each week, clinging to the dream that it will change their liv...

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Why retire at 65? 55?

April 23, 2014

What is retirement?

Retirement is generally accepted as being the period of life when a person is eligible for retirement benefits and, therefore, able to leave the workforce.

In the United States, the Social Security Act established by President Roosevelt allowed for people to receive Social Security benefits at 65, thereby setting the retirement age as such. It’s not a law that people retire at 65, but more of an ideological expectation. After all, why would a person not want to reti...

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I'll be happy when...

March 8, 2014

Our society is plagued with the misunderstanding that the acquisition of something more or better will impart happiness or a sense of success. Do you ever tell yourself the following:
  • I’ll be happy when I’m retired.
  • I’ll be happy when I pay off my house.
  • I’ll be happy when I finally get the right job.
  • I’ll be happy when I can afford vacations.
  • I’ll be happy when I get that raise, new job...
It's not a bad thing to look at the things you'd like to attain or the ways you'd like to improve...
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Money Tree: It's a book launch party!

November 12, 2013

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 10th 2013, 7:00
WHERE: Canad Inns - Polo Park, 1405 St Matthew's Ave, Winnipeg, MB
ADMISSION: Free if you indicate you are my guest

There will be free books to be won, Starbucks coffee and cookies to enjoy and I'll be sharing about my book.  I'll also be doing a book signing and pictures. 

I'm happy to announce the release of my book Money Tree! This book means a great deal to me because it outlines for you the life-changing principles I applied to my business and my own ...

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5 Keys to Re-Zoning Property

January 21, 2013

Welcome to 2013! My family and I hope this will be the best year yet for you all!

The good news is that the world didn't end! And there is more opportunity than ever for success in Real Estate in Winnipeg. The forecast for the housing industry in Winnipeg is very favorable: economic growth is consistent and stable, immigration continues to be strong and our diverse economy is making many people want to call Winnipeg home! All these factors point to Winnipeg being a great place to invest in R...

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The Five F Words that you need to use

January 6, 2013
I don't usually use F words, but sometimes I make an exception.  Especially when it comes to setting goals.

With 2013 upon us, it's time to reflect upon our successes of the last year and to plan for the upcoming year.  Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

Did I see my dreams come true?
Were my goals accomplished?
What goals did I not achieve? 
Why not?

All the best in 2013 and happy goal-setting!
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About Me

Nelson Camp Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Author, Educator, Counselor, Public Speaker, Visionary Born in Manitoba, and raised on the Canadian prairies, Nelson Camp is an entrepreneur currently living in Winnipeg Manitoba with his beautiful wife and two children. He is committed to community growth, positive relationships and making a difference in the world. Nelson has a vast variety of skill-sets, including being a Real Estate Investor, Public Speaker, Author and Counselor. He holds a master's degree in Education and believes that teaching wisdom to young people is the key to success of future generations.

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