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The Completely Untapped Real Estate Investing Opportunity: Uncover the Process Local Investors are Using to Successfully Invest in Real Estate in the St. Catharines Area

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After the meeting, we hit the road for an Street Smart Tour where we turn theory into results and examine some real brick and mortar investment properties.  Learn how to analyze a property like a pro in order to maximize your investment returns!!

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If you’re reading this, it means you’re smarter than the majority of the real estate investors out there looking for income properties in the Greater Toronto Area.

Sometimes when I meet new people they ask me why I don’t invest in real estate closer to Toronto…

And I always give them the SAME answer.

“I would, if I could make the numbers work.”

It’s simple math really! Home prices in Toronto are just too high. It makes it really difficult to make the investment property cash flow.

More than anything else, as real estate investors, we evaluate whether a property is going to have a positive monthly cash flow. That’s the money left after deducting all expenses from the income that the property generates.

There are a lot of factors that will determine if a property is able to create steady monthly cash flow, but one of the biggest factors is going to be the cost of the mortgage. That’s why buying a home in St. Catharines is so valuable. These are good homes that more often than not end up selling well under the average market value of other major cities in the GTA.

Take a quick look at this example…

I found 2 houses that are pretty similar on paper. They’re both bungalows that have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and they’re both around 1,200 sq ft. The only major difference…


…one is from Toronto…

screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-11-38-57-am…the other is from St. Catharines.

Oh yeah, and the PRICE. There’s a major difference in the price!

The average real estate investor is out searching for the cheapest houses on the market hoping to see the largest margin of profit. Knowing exactly in which cities to search makes the process effortless.

The right neighbourhood is a major influencer in the price you can charge for rent, one more factor in seeing positive monthly cash flow.

There are a lot of great towns and cities across this great nation, but not all of them are good cities to invest in, or are a higher-risk investment than we like.

There are 3 main things a successful real estate investor will look for in a neighbourhood.

  1. It must have population growth greater than the provincial average. This means more people are moving in than out.
  2. The average family income must be greater than the provincial average. This means people have jobs, and it’s an indicator of diverse employment.
  3. There must be infrastructure or transportation improvements in the community. Things like highway improvements, sewage development, or new GO train stops.

St. Catharines covers all 3 of these criteria. Which means when searching for a neighborhood to invest in St. Catharines makes it possible to find a good property where you’ll have an easier time getting a good tenant with higher rent.

In any economic cycle, there is one market that is always active, or most liquid, and that’s the starter home market. Start homes look different in different neighborhoods, so it is important to figure out what a starter home looks like in the neighborhood you’re investing into. In St. Catharines there are a lot of bungalows that people use as starter homes.

Here in the Greater Toronto Area, there is a hot demand for homes and more and more people are looking to rent because housing prices are out of their budget. A few years ago these same renters would have been buyers, but with the current market, they end up renting. You no longer just get renters in the city or in low-income neighbourhoods. Today’s renter wants to feel the same pride in their home as an actual homeowner, and from our experience, as a real estate investor, the best way you can meet this need is by offering good homes in desirable areas.

Whether you’re an experienced real estate investor or you’re looking to purchase your first home, you should always be looking for ways to simplify the process. We encourage you to attend our Inner Circle meeting. We believe you’ll gain valuable insights that will position you ahead of the rest of the real estate investing crowd in the GTA.


Erwin Szeto

Here’s what people thought after attending the class

“I want to thank you for taking us out to see the properties. It was very informative, and I have gained some valuable perspective and insider knowledge from the investor side of the market. Thank you and I look forward to meeting with you again soon!”

–Sarah Fong ~ Senior Market Analyst, Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC)

“Over the past few years since I first met Erwin, he has been up to great things as a real estate investor. His assistance and mentoring to both new and veteran investors to help them grow their portfolios is awesome to watch.”

– Andrew MacDonald, REIN Member, Rock Star Member, owner of Ownership Solutions

“Without hesitation, I would recommend Erwin to anyone who is interested in investing in St. Catharines. Erwin is much more than a real estate agent, he is an expert in investing in real estate. I consider him a coach and a mentor and trust him and his opinions on any real estate related matter. His connections, colleagues and his Invest in St. Catharines team are second to none.”

– Ryan Hindmarsh ~ Rock Star VIP Member

“I would like to comment on my recent purchase experience with Erwin Szeto.  Erwin has been knowledgeable, patient, thorough, well organized, and prompt throughout the entire process.  He was also all of these things in addressing my many questions as a novice investor.  Above all, it is clear that he is a consummate professional in what he does.  I will not hesitate to refer other serious investors to him, and I am looking forward to getting the next deal completed with Erwin very soon.”

– Andy and Tsukasa Tran ~ Investor, REIN Member, Certified Home Inspector

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Halton Real Estate Investors Group meetings

1410 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville, ON L6H 6W4

What Can You Expect After Registering For The Halton REI Group Meeting?

After you fill out the web form on this page our office will reach out to you to confirm your registration and we’ll email you information on our next upcoming Halton REI Group Meeting. What happens after that is completely up to you. If you come to the meeting and make an introduction with us, we’ll cover both the positive and negative aspects of investing in real estate. We’ve found that understanding both can be very helpful.

What Should You Expect As Results?

During this class you’ll learn how to use a systematic process to analyze and find properties that can produce more in rental revenues than they cost in mortgage expenses. We also share actual case studies of people that have gone through this process themselves.



1. Although many of our clients have purchased a rental property and are enjoying great success with it, there are no guarantees with real estate, anything can happen, and we cannot guarantee that you will have the same experiences.

2. Also, please note that each person’s investing success depends on their own efforts, market conditions at the time and economic environments that can change at any time.

3. You should know that every effort has been made to accurately represent the investing models we share.

4. We want to be extremely transparent with you. We are not lawyers or accountants. Any legal or financial advice is our opinion based on our own experiences. Always seek the advice of a licensed professional before acting on any real estate related decisions you may make.

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