The real estate bug hit Grande Prairie investor Christine Ruptash when she was just 18 – and she’s never looked back.
“I visited a colleague who owned a cute little duplex - it was trendy, it had an income suite and I fell in love with the place. It was then that I decided I didn't want to pay someone else my hard earned money just to live in a tiny little apartment - I wanted to own my own house,” Ruptash says.
A year later the property came on the market and at the age of 19 Ruptash became a homeowner, landlord and property manager.
“I held that property for five years and used that equity to buy a house that was worth three times its value.”
Now she’s the president of Strategic Real Estate Solutions, and has built a successful portfolio of residential and commercial properties and is looking to share what she’s learned over the years with delegates at Calgary’s Investor Forum in September.
“I will be bringing a new twist to choosing and effective [property manager], focusing on what the investors need to bring to the table. I will provide specific criteria and will also be I will be referencing real life stories.”
From understanding your needs and strengths, and your property manager’s needs and strengths, to knowing how to evaluate your candidates, Ruptash will look at all the factors that make an investor/manager relationship successful, including how to manage a manager.
“I was honored to be asked to present at the Investor Forum, and I have always held IF in high regard as it offers an excellent source of information for investors of all calibers,” Ruptash says. “Regardless of experience, or lack of, there is always 'new learnings' with the variety of topics provided. It is an energetic, higher level educational experience and combined with the networking opportunities makes it a must for every real estate investor.”
For more information or to register for the Investor Forum travelling conferences this fall, please visit www.theinvestorforum.ca
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