There is an old saying, “Who you journey with is who you will become”. This is the case with Ben Hoffmann, who had been working since the age of 16 as a framing carpenter during high school. While having lunch one day, he was listening to his older construction co-workers talk about investing in real estate and the many benefits of ownership. Ben was only 19 years old when he bought his first investment property.
Ben looked up to his colleagues, but being a curious and wise young man himself, he wanted to do some research first and really understand the real estate game before taking the next steps. He read Robert Kyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and learned that it was investing in profitable real estate that made people rich as opposed to higher education. Ben thought to himself, “I can relate, I love working in the construction industry andI don’t care much for school.”
Since Ben lived at home with his parents, he was able to save quite of bit of money from working full-time. It wasn’t long before Ben decided to purchase hisfirst property, a turn-key2 bedroom condo in St. Albert, Alberta. The property had all the economic fundamentals of a solid investment. His suite would be managed by Alture’s in-house property management and Ben really didn’t need to contribute any more time except to check his bank account every month to see his tenant’s rent deposit. He now knew what his co-workers were preaching about and is proud to “journey with them”.
Ben states, “I couldn’t have done this without my loving and supportive family but the key to this success was working with real estate investment specialists, who introduced me to completely hassle-free investments. “ Today, Ben has 6 investment properties, and is currently working on his 7th. His goal is to purchase 10 more properties in 5 years, for a total of 16 investments, and to inspire other young people to start saving to invest. – Way to go Ben!
My recommendation. One thing I consistently hear my clients say is “I wish that I had started real estate investing earlier.” I always tell people it’s never too old or too young to start. I have clients who started investing in their late 50’s and were able to purchase 3-5 properties a year. The first property is the hardest, but I must warn you that once you start, it does get addictive. Ensure you have a knowledgeable real estate investing team around you that has a track record of success so you can learn from them and avoid disappointments.
I am a licensed realtor dedicated to securing you wealth through strategic real estate investment. My mission is to help you achieve financial freedom by creating enough passive income to eventually replace your working income, so that you can spend more time doing what you love with the people you care about. For more information, go to www.pointbinvestment.ca.