For over 15 years, Spirepoint has trained investors and industry professionals through free newsletters and articles, as well as paid online training programs, live courses, coaching and mentoring.
Here are a few examples of success stories and testimonials received...
It’s giving me confidence to keep studying real estate
I have been reading Spirepoint’s Newsletter for several years and I have found it very helpful. It’s giving me confidence to keep studying real estate as a means to financial freedom.
Jim and I currently own a million dollars in investment properties
My name is Helene Lamadeleine and am very proud to say I am a graduate of the Spirepoint Real Estate Investment Class of Fall 2008. My husband, Jim, and I started our real estate investment company, BELLEHOLLY INVESTMENTS, last year.
Why did I sign up for the Spirepoint program? Well…it started with my husband, Jim, attending a week-end introductory workshop on real estate investment, hosted by an American company. He came home from this workshop acting “like a man possessed”… he was determined that he just had to sign up for the program that was offered… he was confident that the cost for the program of $25,000 was the right thing to do. Needless to say, I wasn’t quite comfortable for us to spend that kind of money but, I trusted his business instincts and supported his decision (after much intense discussion). Jim went ahead and embarked on his real estate investment training program…
It was a few months later that Jim discovered Spirepoint and again he became “like a man possessed” …He said he wished he had known about the Spirepoint program earlier. At that point, I decided I had to find out for myself what this was all about… so I signed up. Well, the tables were now turned. After the Spirepoint class, I was acting “like a woman possessed”… After every class I would tell Jim what I had learned, and the tools and handouts that I had received.
What was interesting is that, where Jim’s training had focused on ‘doing flips’, with my Spirepoint training, I was focusing on how to buy and manage properties, how to run and manage a real estate investment business. While Jim was still busy pouring through training binders and listening to CDs, I was ‘taking action’ and pushing him to take action with me.
The greatest value you get from the Spirepoint program is that you are given all the tools to help you get started… and you are also strongly encouraged to take action. There is an ‘action assignment’ after each class. I can tell you from my own experience, you can maximize the value of your training by taking action as you go through the program. It’s only when you actually make an offer, go through the process of closing the deal, find tenants, deal with tenant issues… that you actually come up against lots of different issues and questions… and Spirepoint can help you with those issues as you go through the program.
The cost of this program is incredible!!!!! The value you get from it: intensive training, tried and tested tools and templates, and advice from experienced and successful real estate investment professionals… sharing of information with your fellow students… It’s an incredible return on your investment!!!!
Taking the Spirepoint program helped me become a professional real estate investor in a short time. Jim and I currently own a million dollars in investment properties = 7 doors as they say in the industry = 7 doors meaning 7 units rented. We closed our first deal on March 30 (a triplex), a second deal closed on April 16 (another triplex)… and we closed on a single family house in Orleans on July 10th…and we’re looking to do a joint venture purchase as soon as we find the right property.
I couldn’t have done this without the training and support I got from Spirepoint. If you are serious about getting into real estate investment, sign up for the course and take action!
Jim always comes up with some sort of motivational saying… one of them he uses frequently that I’d like to share with you as my closing:
WINNERS FIND A WAY… LOSERS FIND EXCUSES.
Good luck with your real estate investment activities.
Your training re RRSP investments...paid off greatly for me and my clients.
I am long over due for a reach out to you to say "THANK YOU" for your continued emails and information over the years at what seems like just the right time for my/our REI career.
I subscribed years ago to your training re RRSP investments for REI and it paid off greatly for me and my clients.
I now have a great lawyer in Norfolk who is excellent with RRSP paperwork and documentation as have worked together to understand the process and have completed a few transactions and I have been very pleased.
Thank you and look forward to connecting re next growth of multi unit properties.
Comment submitted while attending RRSP mortgage webinar: "We already have the course and is fantastic value. Just received a cheque today for $50,000 on a RRSP mortgage."
Paul is very knowledgeable, honest and down to earth. He won't steer you wrong or take advantage of your money. I strongly recommend him.
I now feel qualified to start building my own portfolio
I have to commend Spirepoint for a truly exceptional course. Their presentations, delivery and widespread knowledge of how to invest in Real Estate were simply first class.
I now feel both qualified, enabled and enthused to start building my own Real Estate investment portfolio.
I strongly recommend the course for anyone wanting to make shrewd Real Estate investments and who want to build a successful Real Estate portfolio over time.
Congratulations to Spirepoint for a brilliant course!
It is a full scale course for the beginner and experienced investor
Coming into the course 3 months ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Now I have to say that it is a full scale course, suits from the beginner to the more experience investor.
It’s not only informative, full of brilliant ideas, but also truly inspirational to me.
I have known Paul for a number of years. If I was to invest in real estate, Paul is the only person I would even consider working with, and I know a LOT of people involved in real estate investment. He is a professional, a man of integrity and character, and a real gentleman.
Paul has proven himself as a successful real estate investor who shares his knowledge and experience generously. I highly recommend him.
You have given me the only thing I have been lacking
Thank you so much for everything. I now have the knowledge to become extremely successful. You have given me the only thing I have been lacking.
Awesome course. I would recommend this to anyone interested in investing.
I look forward to learning a great deal from all of your material. I have heard you speak and listened to some of the webinars, they have always been very informative and full of great ideas.
The tips and newsletters are always useful to read and sometimes surprise me on what can actually be done in real estate investing.
I recently took Bruce M Firestone’s Real Estate Evolution course and am pleased to recommend it and him to anyone who is interested in furthering their knowledge and understanding of today’s dynamic investment market.
Prof Bruce brings a unique combination of knowledge, entrepreneurial skill and abundant enthusiasm that is both insightful and infectious.
Dr Firestone not only passes on his tremendous knowledge and experience in the field but also his belief that anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort and follow his roadmap can succeed beyond their wildest dreams with a unique real estate investment business model and personal business for life that will provide you and your family with above average returns for generations to come...
For anyone who is willing to challenge themselves he is truly an inspiration both as a teacher and coach
Paul has aggregated years of knowledge and experience into an approachable and easy to understand system. The breadth of topics covered means that every student will find varied information that is of particular value to them, regardless of their investing background.
I am just starting out in the Real Estate Investment business and I am so excited to apply this new-found information to my business. It has helped me see the potential highest and best use in real estate transactions I have been looking at as well as in our own personal property. Bruce is a professional yet approachable person with a wealth of knowledge and excitement that is infectious. Every resource was backed up by instruction on how to use it properly. A great deal of care and preparation was obviously put into developing the course. Every session started and ended on time which is a testament to the careful preparation. Thank-you, Bruce and Paul!
Bruce and Paul are both very quick to return emails and prompt at beginning sessions. I thoroughly enjoyed my consultation time with Bruce. I was a little nervous being a novice speaking to a pro but he made me feel at ease immediately. The assignment grading was expedient and thorough. The feedback was inspiring.
Yes. I would recommend the Spirepoint training programs to both beginner and advanced real estate investors. There is a wide variety of courses available which could be applied to any number of investors depending on their needs.
Paul has provided a well-thought out and organized guide to starting your own investment club!
Paul is an excellent go to guy in Real Estate investing… he is more than willing to share his knowledge, experience & expertise through his newsletters, webinars & courses he has produced!
Ultimate benefit I have received was the confidence to move forward
The ultimate benefit I have received from the Spirepoint program was the confidence to move forward, speak to Real Estate professionals and place offers.
Paul did a wonderful job at encouraging me and others to take action as that is when the real learning process begins. He arms his students with a great deal of information, real life experiences & lessons and tools to properly make an informed decision throughout the full real estate transaction.
I couldn’t help but feel prepared, informed and enthused about starting my real estate investing career after completing the course.
His courses are absolutely full of an abundance of detail
I really appreciate the support, commitment and time that Paul Blacquiere of Spirepoint Real Estate puts into educational programs.
I am a Real Estate investor and Realtor. I am always looking to learn more and his courses are absolutely full of an abundance of detail.
Anyone looking to find great resources to educate themselves in the field of real estate investing – this is the place!
I recommend this to everyone who is interested in real estate investing
Fantastic course. Really helped fill in all the blank spots of all my unknowns (I had many blank spots). I recommend this to everyone who is interested in real estate investing.
I loved the course and it helped greatly in the purchase of my first rental property. I have put together a good team of professionals using the tips from the course and I'm ready to continue... Have plans to buy second property this year. Thanks
A complete system for real estate investing in Canada
What an awesome course! You have a complete system for real estate investing in Canada that is beneficial to new and seasoned investors alike.
This is the ultimate real estate investing course for Canadians. You have given me simple systems to follow that will impact my wealth forever. Thank you!
I wish all investors were like Paul!
It was a pleasure working with Paul on numerous investment construction projects, his professionalism, expertise, and attitude made every project go smoothly with minimal hiccups. I wish all investors were like Paul!
He takes all problems as challenges and works towards a solution through a positive win-win methodology. I strongly recommend and endorse Mr. Blacquiere.
Having purchased your course on using RRSP's as a source of funding for down payments was incredible and I intend to implement it this year.
I was introduced to Spirepoint in April of 2011 through a friend, and purchased your Creative financing Using RRSP mortgages in may 2011. I purchased my first property in July 2011.
I currently own six doors all in Edmonton and in the process of acquiring my seventh. I have used one RRSP mortgage for 65K and plan on doing two more for 50k each, so that I can get back 100k in down payment funds.
I am also in the process of raising 400k in a syndicated RRSP mortgage to acquire a piece of property to build 28 units on outside of Edmonton. I intend on having the mortgage subrogated to construction financing.
I have purchased 26 properties with JV Partners and RRSPs
I attended Spirepoint’s RRSP mortgage workshop in 2008. I have since purchased 26 properties with JV Partners and RRSPs.
I strongly recommend everyone to take the course… Money well spent… Thanks!!
I have worked as a supplier for Paul for a few years now, I have found him to be very well organized and focused on customer service. Paul has been a pleasure to work with.
Greatest course for real estate investing I’ve ever taken
his was the greatest course for real estate investing that I’ve ever taken.
Great detail, very practical. Looking forward to using the Excel worksheets.
Paul really is the kind of guy you'd want managing an investment property. His attention to detail is refreshing and he has a wealth of information available to him. I learned a lot from the Spirepoint courses he put together.
One of the few education providers that believes in value and teaching fundamentals
Paul is a beacon of light in industry filled with wrong turns. He has helped guide hundreds of investors away from the rocky shores and onto a proper course.
He is one of the few education providers that believes in value and teaching fundamentals. I would not hesitate to invest directly with Paul and strongly recommend his course to all my clients.
Paul's newsletter and webinars are a constant source of valuable information and keeps me aware of all the amazing possibilities that exist in real estate.
What can I say about Paul? There is simply not enough room in this box to say it all so I will simply say that without Paul's courses and advice, newsletters etc. I would not be the investor I am today!! (6 doors and going strong!!!)
I really enjoyed learning about flipping properties
I didn’t realize there were so many opportunities in real estate investing. I really enjoyed learning about flipping properties… Thanks for including me.
I now have the confidence necessary
I now have the confidence necessary for taking the first steps to building my business and portfolio as a professional real estate investor. The small class size provided a facilitating environment and allowed for specific questions and issues to be more thoroughly explored.
I have purchased RRSP financing. It has explained very good with examples about RRSP being used to do the deals creatively.
Also, Paul has been excellent answering any questions I had. Definitely it worked for me and I was on my way to do new deal using RRSP as a down payment.
I would say Paul gives some of the best value for the price you pay on real estate investing
I have worked in the real estate industry for the past 40 years. My background includes assessment, financing, appraising, management and education.
Subscribing to Paul's Spirepoint newsletter has reinforced many of the fundamentals of investing in real property in a clear and cocise manner, reinforced with real-life, easy-to-understand examples.
Paul is an excellent resource, detail oriented and dependable. He is well versed with Real Estate investment strategies, marketing, planning and execution and follows through on plans. I have learned a lot from and continue to do so. He would prove to be a valuable asset to any organization.
My latest purchase is the RRSP course and updating to get the live RRSP training that is awesome and very soon to put our own RRSPs in Real Estate, then move on to Arms Length.
With this course I have learned so much - lots of people friends, family and coworkers, friends at the church I attend have not heard of this before. They said they want RRSPs, TFSA, etc., especially when I mention possible interest rates they could get.
I have also bought into the Inner Circle Membership - the audio recordings have been so great, so much info.
Just one tip saved me literally thousands of dollars
The course is a ‘must’ for anyone who is serious about real estate investing. During the time I was taking the course – I made several successful offers and actually closed on one property. I was able to make the offer and have it accepted by the buyer for a price that was significantly under market value: just one Spirepoint tip saved me literally thousands of dollars on this deal.
Without the information I learned, I would not have had the courage to take the necessary steps to begin a real estate investing business. The information presented in this course is easy to understand and completely relevant to any type of real estate market you may be investing in.
(My son) was able to purchase his first home in Ottawa... 4 months before his 21st birthday
Not only has Spirepoint's training helped me, it has been invaluable for my son who at 14 years old decided that he would set a goal to purchase his first home by the time he was 21.
My husband and I requested that the Board of Directors of OREIO in Ottawa allow him to attend their meetings with us so that he could become familiar with real estate lingo and how to network. With their approval he became the youngest paid member of OREIO at 15 years old.
He used the information I learned from Spirepoint to create his own plan. He worked full-time as a security guard coming out of high school, saved all his money at a minimum wage job and was able to purchase his first home in Ottawa 2 years ago where he lives with university students. He purchased it 4 months before his 21st birthday.
With this Spirepoint training my family has been able to set our real estate investment goals and are now seeing them come to fruition.
I've subscribed to Paul's newsletter for a few years now and always look forward to the excellent information and education each one provides.
Net profit of $40k in less than 3 months
We just did our first flip project in Gatineau (cross river from Ottawa in Quebec side) and made net profit of $40k in less than 3 months.
Purchase price: 280k
Resell price: 340k
Total cost: close to 20k
Holding period: 2 months 19 days
Net profit: 40k
The fun part is, we did not do any renovation besides staging!!
For the last 5 years I have been reading the Spirepoint newsletter. It has given me many tips that have helped with my real estate investing successes.
I've currently used my own RRSPs to lend in the form of a mortgage using the Creative RRSP Mortgage Financing course. I feel like my portfolio will grow with very solid, stable returns, and with predictability. The course is very easy to understand.
Spirepoint gets my vote. I find Paul to be very well informed, authentic, a pleasure to deal with and his course material easy to understand.
In comparison to their American counterpart I feel that Spirepoint is genuinely dedicated to offering tools to aspiring investors rather than feeding their own bottom line.
I recently took one of their advanced real estate courses and found it to be very well prepared and professionally presented.
The information received was very good value for the money, not to mention the time it saved in not having to develop the spreadsheet tools and put together the systems that they offered as part of the course....
Good quality people, offering good quality products and services!
Your Private Lending course with Paul Blacquiere has been invaluable and informative. I made the right decision in taking this course before I lend out private money for the first time.
Would recommend Paul's services to anyone interested in real estate
I know Paul both through his work at Spirepoint and at OREIO. Paul is very knowledgeable and approachable.
I've taken several courses from Paul and Spirepoint. They were very insightful and thorough.
I was extremely pleased with the result and would recommend Paul's services to anyone interested in real estate.
I have done two RRSP loans since I took your course at 15% interest
Thank you Paul. I’ve been a landlord for 10 years and wanted to get a better return on my money. I took your Private Lending course and started to think and act like a bank. I have done two RRSP loans since I took your course at 15% interest which has been a fantastic return. I highly recommend the Private Lending course as it has relevant Canadian course content and expert speakers.
Paul is a very informative and helpful professional real estate investor. He has an extensive real estate background. He is always eager to share his knowledge informally and formally. I truly value the information he frequently provides.
I bought your course and it was one of the best investments I've made in my real estate education. I've had a lot of success applying the course materials. It was well worth the money. I highly recommend this course!
Fantastic guy. Very knowledgeable about real estate. Have not had many clients as organized and professional as Paul.
I've greatly enjoyed and benefited from learning about real estate investing on spirepoint.com. Your programs are well put together, with experts who are active and experienced in real estate investing. I'm very confident that my investment in time and money will come back to me many folds as a result of the training you offer. Keep up the great work!
I realized the huge benefit to being able to use RRSP money
I originally bought your "Creative financing using RRSP mortgages" home study course when I was first getting my Rent To Own business started.
I realized the huge benefit to being able to use RRSP money and this has been an awesome course. I am also currently a student of your new course about using "non-arms length RRSP mortgages".
The information that you provide in these courses is second to none and an immense help to someone like myself who is a new investor.
It was definitely worth the investment
This was the most comprehensive course of materials for someone that is serious about investing in Real Estate in Canada. Our course was specially designed with real information specific to the Winnipeg market. It was definitely worth the investment.
Paul is one of the most detail oriented professionals in the real estate investment industry. He well versed, knowledgeable and takes the time to ensure that his clients are well informed and comfortable every step of the way. It's always a pleasure doing business with Paul.
Great Guy to work with. Honest and acts quick on matters. Very knowledgeable in real estate investments. I would work with him again in the future.
I highly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to invest $40k+
This course was “Excellent”. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants serious education in “RE”… and doesn’t want to invest $40K+… like one of those “Wealthy Father” deals!
Paul is amazing with detail and organization! I love to refer back to his education products because of his passion for detail. He knows his stuff and will not lead you down the wrong path! He is a true man of integrity and you will truly see that by working with him.
If you want to skip the fluff, deal with Spirepoint
After the training, everything is suddenly crystal clear and I feel like I’ve been through the process a hundred times. He has a great ability of making things easy that would otherwise be tough to grasp.
I have attended and listened to a number of real estate courses in the past. If you want to get to the point, skip the fluff and learn something valuable quickly, I encourage you to deal with Spirepoint.
Added over a dozen properties to my portfolio
The RRSP Mortgages course has completely changed how I put real estate deals together. Now when I'm out hunting for motivated sellers to do sandwich rent to owns with, I have a second option to offer the sellers.
When they can wait a few years for a sale, I do rent to own. But, if they are super motivated to sell NOW, and their price is low enough, then I can use the RRSP Mortgage strategy.
I have been recycling the same down payment over and over. With the RRSP Mortgage strategy, I am recovering my down payment from one purchase, and able to use it for the next. And again. And again. It allows me to get into properties for very little to no money out of my pocket.
As a result of taking the RRSP Mortgages course, I have added over a dozen properties to my portfolio.
We have joint ventured all our properties
We started investing in Real Estate in September 2007. To date we purchased 3 condos, and 1 house on our own. With our partners we have purchased 2 apartment buildings (one 24 unit and 1 18 unit) that are in the process of being condo converted. And with those same partners we have purchased another 11 properties. All are rented except the one we just finished renovating. Recently we set up two of our rental units as Executive rentals and increased our revenue by about 60%. We offer tenants an opportunity to own through our Rent-To-Own program. And…this month we will be closing on a strip mall. How did we do it? Other than four properties on our own – we have joint ventured all our properties. Are we excited?? You bet. I read your newsletter every month and get many great ideas. It is so inspiring to read your success story as well.
I just wanted to personally thank you for the prompt reply to my question and the bonus you gave me as well. I really appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and expertise.
He gives you all the details you need
With Paul's investing with RRSP course, you get lots of value. He gives you all the details you need, in an easy to learn format.
I would highly recommend Paul's course to anyone that wants to learn how to invest with other people's RRSPs.
I was a regular member and member of the Executive at OREIO during Paul's time as President.
If you want to learn the technical aspects of real estate investing as well as the "insider secrets" practical ways that you can prosper from it, Paul has the hands on, feet on the street experience and expertise to guide anyone into becoming a successful real estate investor.
If real estate is your chosen vehicle to prosperity, you need Paul as a mentor. No ifs, ands, or buts, he's your go-to guy!
Great weekend. Relevant information. I was certainly skeptical before the first session and believe that the first session was almost worth the value. I can now take action and focus. Thank you
I cannot recommend Paul's training enough
I took Paul's Investment Property Consultant advanced training course which provided me the knowledge and confidence to build my own real estate investment business.
Paul's patience and knowledge is surpassed only by his dedication to every students success. If you want to succeed in real estate investing I cannot recommend Paul's training enough.
I really enjoy Paul's newsletter and website. He has been very informative ever since I signed up and met him at an event he was co-host to! Keep up the fantastic information
Placed my first RRSP Mortgage for $25,000
Paul’s Creative Financing course has help me move the yard stick from being an average real estate investor to understanding how the sophisticated investors do it.
The knowledge that I learned from the course plus a consultation with Paul has allowed me to be place my first Investor’s RSP Mortgage for $25,000.
I can now offer new opportunities to all my current investors, not to mention all the unsatisfied ‘traditional’ RSP holders out there!
Knowledge is confidence. Thanks Paul
Added $900/mo cashflow & saved $45k in CMHC fees
I only recently received your RRSP course and I am awestruck. Absolutely necessary if you are serious about real estate investing.
Already I am taking the info from your course and using it on an in-progress deal to add 900 dollars a month cash flow and save 45,000 in CMHC fees.
I will be encouraging every investor I meet to buy this course. Thank you again!
Placed my first RRSP mortgage for $45,000… almost 0 down
I have been Paul's student and after taking Paul’s RRSP course, I was able to place my first RRSP mortgage for $45,000, which made my deal as almost 0 down and I'm already working on my next deal.
I found it really easy to convince lenders, as most of them were eager to get a good return on their RRSPs. Also, Paul is very quick answering my doubts.
I have found all of the information that Paul supplies to be upfront, honest and very relevant. Paul provides all the info that you need to understand whichever real estate investment strategy you are using. I found his RRSP course extremely valuable and try to use what I learned from it whenever I can
Handouts and Excel sheets… will save huge amounts of time. AAA
This course is a must, it gives everyone common sense things that you need to know and do, and all the handouts and excel sheets are fantastic and will save huge amounts of time. “A” “A” “A”.
His RRSP program I have personally used many times
Paul is a very detail oriented person who believes in over delivering in anything he does for you.
His technical ability and attention to detail allow Paul to deliver exceptional products and programs.
An example of this would be his RRSP program which I have personally used many times and will continue to use in the future.
No non-sense, legitimate info, I like it.
I placed my first offer during the course
The slow and steady pace of this was exactly what I needed to get my confidence and the knowledge to go to the next step in my real estate ventures.
I placed my first offer on an investment property during the course and got invaluable advice from Paul and my fellow classmates during the process.
I will be closing on my first property
I will be closing on my first property on May 4th, and am on my way to change my financial future. I’ve finally found the courage to go ahead with this after thinking about it for so long. Thanks a lot.
I purchased Paul's recent RRSP Mortgage course. I find Paul's info and videos so very helpful, and a very easy website to navigate through for education that is absolutely priceless.
I have close to $500,000 in RRSP mortgage commitments
My wife and I had been R/E investors in Fort Mcmurray for approximately 3 years and were quickly running out of our own/investor capital to use. I kept hearing your name being mentioned in reference to an RRSP mortgage course, something of which I knew virtually nothing about. Once I received the course material I could not put it down, I think I had the whole course read in one sitting!
I used the knowledge I received from that course to begin arranging future RRSP mortgages with investors who were already investing with cash and would eventually need another avenue to withdraw from. To date I have close to $500,000 in RRSP mortgage commitments of which I am soon going to begin acting on.
Anyone who is serious about investing in Real Estate and using other peoples money MUST get this course. It is required reading!
My favorite part about the course is the easy to read/understand format. You have included lots of diagrams and screen shots to make it very user friendly.
Your RRSP training has changed my life. Quit my job at age 30 and I will never have to go back.
Real estate investing is the tool
In January of 2008 I went to listen to Darren Weeks speak to a crowd of people in Grande Prairie and was completely blown away by what he was saying, this whole concept of investing in real estate was new to me but made complete sense. Like everybody I want to be financially free, but I also have a 3 year old daughter with severe Cerebral Palsy, she is very demanding on my wife and I, physically, mentally and financially. I thought to my self WOW real estate investing is the tool I need in order to be able to stay at home and spend time with my family as well as provide my daughter with the quality of life she deserves. I immediately started reading Robert Kiyosaki and advisor series books, and also went to Darren’s 2-day intensive real estate workshop in Edmonton. That is where I heard about Spirepoint, I really like what they have to offer and read their monthly newsletters. I wished that I lived in Ontario so I could take more of their courses. Since Darren’s workshop I have teamed up with 2 business partners, one of whom also has a child in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy. We have started our own real estate investment corporation, started a website www.trifectaventures.com and have acquired 6 doors between us. While our immediate plan is to aquire more rental houses for cash flow, our ultimate goal is to build multi-unit accessible living buildings for people in wheelchairs and with special needs. Although we have not quite reached our goal yet I feel we have accomplished a lot in a short amount of time and are on the right track to one day reach our goal, And we owe it all to Darren Weeks and Spirepoint. Thanks again.
Just a note to thank you for the feedback and tips on my final assignment. Your advice and suggestions have been noted.
I would also like to thank you and Spirepoint for delivering a great real estate course, which I enjoyed very much. I learned a lot, and the real life examples and stories you shared with the class were an added bonus.
Thank you again Prof Bruce for sharing your knowledge—I will definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in becoming a real estate entrepreneur
I've known and worked with Paul Blacquiere since 2007 (or maybe even 2006...not sure) and I highly recommend him as a very sharp Real Estate investor and educator.
I continue to work with Paul on a variety of projects, and I consider him to be top notch when it comes to integrity and expertise.
I know that my future will be better for all the knowledge I have gained
Thanks for a great course and learning experience. I know that my future, that of my family, and that of other people’s will be better for all of the knowledge I have gained and will put into practice.
I hope to remain involved with you in the future through efforts of my own. Robert Kiyosaki says to surround yourself with like minded people if you want to be successful and you are very successful and thank you for “giving back” to everyone, another thought of Robert’s.
36 Unit Townhouse Complex
I was a student of yours back in 2008-ish. Your course gave me the knowledge and power to purchase a 36 unit townhouse complex which I still own today. So... THANKS!
Great value for the money spent
Anyone interested in real estate investing should take this course. Great value for money spent.
In my opinion Paul Blacquiere is one of the most knowledgeable and diligent investors I've seen...
I have recommended his educational materials to a lot of new investors and look forward to the materials he releases each month.
I have met him once and consider him to be a pretty down to earth guy as well. Thanks Paul!
Paul’s RRSP mortgage course is a must have for serious RE investors to have in their tool box. After day 1 of the course, I knew it was worth its weight in gold. Thanks Paul 🙂
What I like best about Paul is his professionalism, his dedication and willingness to take the time to do things right, his great sense of humor.
I recommend Paul with my highest regards and someone who takes action with your best interests at heart.
Our real estate investment company venture has been looking to grow and take on bigger multi-family deals with investors. Shortly after we embarked on that journey we engaged with Paul at Spirepoint to accelerate our learning.
Our hopes going in were that Paul would take a look at our specific situation and help us align our actions and fill in some of our knowledge gaps so that we could achieve our goals in the most efficient way possible. In other words put us further ahead on the learning curve by allowing us to leverage his experience.
Paul did exactly that, tailoring his advice to our experience and goals, all while being an incredibly encouraging voice showing genuine interest in our success. We will work with Paul again in a heartbeat
Raised $2.3 million in RRSP money
I've used RRSP 2nd and 3rd mortgages to get the down payment back after closing with a traditional 20% down and 80% bank financing.
I have raised close to $1,000,000 in RRSP money over the last 2 years.
Updated January 2017: Raised over $2.3 million in RRSP money
Armed us with valuable knowledge at a fraction of the price
I am a education fanatic, so I went on to take other courses, read books, and watch webinars to see if I could gain other tips and lessons not provided in the Spirepoint course.
Looking back, I realize that Paul and Spirepoint had provided me and my fellow trainees with such a terrific complete educational program. It armed us with valuable knowledge at a fraction of the price of other larger more well known real estate training corporations.
I also appreciated that Paul was from Ottawa so the information was from my local market was invaluable but the theory & practical information he imparted could easily apply to any city found in Canada.
Returning as a member of Spirepoint and reviewing all the resources on the website, I am thrilled to be able to re-watch courses and learn from all the collaborators who are sharing valuable up to date information of real estate investing.
Paul Blacquiere gives precise, relevant information for real estate investors. He knows what he's talking about.
Paul has a great sense for real estate investing and educating. It was a wonderful learning experience and helped me greatly in achieving goals with real estate investing. Having gained the knowledge of investing to take the fear out of real estate, Paul was essential with his great guidance.
Thank you again for the many wonderful and informative webinars you have been hosting!
Your training about finding down payment was very helpful and brings clarity on different options and respective implications.
Thanks for another great training.
Thank you again for all your knowledge and experience, Prof Bruce. It has truly changed the way I look at real estate investing, and residential, industrial and commercial property.
You shared amazing content and case studies in a way that no one else has ever done--you've opened my eyes to so many new possibilities
My big “Lesson Learned” was – put in offers!
OK now I get it – the importance of putting in an offer sooner rather than later. It now makes sense that the first half of the course is geared towards preparing us to make offers; and, for people like me, the seconds half is to give us the time to actually put in the offers!
So, my big “Lesson Learned” was – put in offers! Put ’em in early and put ’em in often! It’s the best way to completely understand the whole process.
They are offering a chance to jump ahead of the rest
I’m a Realtor and a real estate investor. I’ve gone to a lot of seminars and have read a lot of books. What they are offering is a chance to jump ahead of the rest.
I have read all the newsletters, articles and have been to my first course. I was so impressed with the level of expertise, information and opportunities passed on to me, I am making sure that for the next one, I won’t forget to bring my friends, who I know missed out.
All your courses are very well prepared and organized. They gave me an overall picture of Canadian real estate investing and allowed me to apply all the rules in real life.
I have learned from them a lot and looking forward to come back for some reference material and your new book. Keep it up, I like your work!
I first met Paul through a network of Real Estate professionals and was very impressed by his depth of knowledge and expertise.
It is not surprising to now see him share that experience through informal channels like an on-line forum or via formal training programs. (I took a Spirepoint class and found most insightful).
An accomplished speaker and great motivator, you'd be hard pressed to find a better personal coach.
I now have the confidence necessary for taking the first steps to building my business and portfolio as a professional real estate investor. The small class size provided a facilitating environment and allowed for specific questions and issues to be more thoroughly explored.
The building inspection field trip was also a great opportunity that provided some hands on experience and some basic and principles of what to recognize in a building`s construction.
2 weeks after the course, I was able to impress a building inspector during the inspection of a house that would become my new primary residence.
I was able to confidently purchase my first investment property
Until I took the course from Paul, I was strictly a reader of real estate investing books. Mid way through the course, I had detailed, actionable information (based on Paul’s lessons learned the hard way) so that I was able to confidently purchase my first investment property. I still use the course material every time I have added to my real estate portfolio.
UPDATE – Email from Susan
I was in your first ever class, so I know your program gives all that one needs to become an action-taker!
I bought two properties in the Kingston area, the second one was done two years ago. Since then, I was focused on other priorities, and in fact, moved to Hamilton to go to school as my “retirement project.” Yes, I did retire, one of my goals I announced within the class!
The webinar last week has ignited my plan to continue to expand my investment property business, using your system. My next step is to acquire a third property using my own resources, and then make it into the category in which all subsequent financing is more heavily weighted on the property’s financial picture than on my own income.
Hamilton has a good number of investment opportunities for single family homes. There is also an on-going supply of smaller 6+ units, at about $60K per unit; perhaps I will progress to that type of investment along with JV partners in the medium-term.
Yes, I will be joining the webinar this evening, to be inspired and motivated.
Have used my own RRSP for investment purchases
I have purchased the RRSP training course and have used my own RRSP for investment purchases.
My first venture has been a success at this point, and looking forward to using the funds over again, as the ones I hold keep dropping in value.
Without it, I probably would’ve been just reading books
I loved the course, especially the section about RRSP mortgages. I am more excited about this business now that I have more knowledge. Without it, I probably would’ve been just reading books attending one day seminars and not have received the confidence I have gained here. Thank you, Spirepoint!
Before the course… I never took any action
Before the course I was reading books, listening to audio cds and talking to people about real estate but I never took any action. During the course, I took lots of action and met the realtor that helped me find a property that looks like a really good deal and right after the course I got my first investment property. Thanks Paul for providing us invaluable information and such an inspirational environment that helped me to take lots of actions and helped me to start my journey to financial freedom through Real Estate.
Would have been helpful 5 years ago when I started investing
This course would have been helpful 5 years ago when I started investing in Real Property. It was very helpful for my business. Thanks again for everything. I’ll recommend this course to everyone I know.
It helps you get off your DUFF and at least try to put out an offer
Teleclasses were amazing. It helps you get off your DUFF and at least try to put out an offer…do nothing get nothing but the class helps you to get out of your comfort zone and get started
$35,000 dollars at 6% for two years, with interest only payments
I also want to tell you that your home study course on RRSP investing was a huge help with landing our first RRSP mortgage.
For the first RRSP mortgage, I wanted to keep it simple just to get one under my belt. I ended up borrowing $35,000 dollars at 6% for two years, with interest only payments.
I felt well prepared, educated and in some cases I was answering questions amongst my peers who have been investing much longer than I have been!