Mike McMillan: 2019 February EZINE

 
 
February, 2019
News From Mike McMillan

February Meaning and Symbolism

February meaning might best be kicked off with a quick look at the etymology of the month’s moniker. The word February is born from the Latin word Februarius, from Latin februare meaning to “purify” or “expiate.”

In ancient Rome, Februarius was the “Month of Purification” and great festivities were held to reestablish the empire’s focus on righteous living.

To me, this idea of devoting a month to the process of purification is invigorating. The hustle-bustle of the holidays are left behind – February finally sees many of us getting our first breath of fresh air. And, by this time of year the pressure of New Year’s resolutions is either incorporated itself into healthy habits or dropped by the wayside (depending upon if we’ve kept our resolution vows or not :).

February is a transitional month, and so February meaning and symbolism will have a transitional feel too. There is change in the air this time of year, and we can see this manifested in certain festivals & holidays in this month.

Where I live, up in the cold regions of North America, the Earth begins to kick just a bit. Everything is still clutched in snow and ice, but February marks the forward momentum of the seasonal procession, and offers a reminder that Spring is not far.

To give you a feel for symbolic February meaning, I’m offering a few symbolic lists for your contemplation.

 

Qoute of the Month


- Grant Cardone

 

A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!

Watch the Wash, Dad...

I decided to make myself useful and do a load of the family laundry.

When I took the clothes out of the machine, I discovered

to my dismay that I had also washed the watch my wife had given me while we were dating.

“Don’t expect me to replace it,” she said later with an obvious lack of sympathy.

By the time Father’s Day rolled around, however, she had relented and gave me

a beautiful new watch. Attached was a note with this stipulation: “DRY CLEAN ONLY!”

 

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MSW?!

(Mom say what?!)

Daughter: I got an A in Chemistry.

Mom: WTF!

Daughter: Mom, what do you think WTF means?

Mom: Well That’s Fantastic.


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Hush, Little Actuary

An accountant is having a hard time sleeping and goes

to see his doctor.

“Doctor, I just can’t get to sleep at night,” he says.

“Have you tried counting sheep?” asks the doctor.

“That’s the problem. I make a mistake and then spend three hours trying to find it.”

 
 

Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon 
of The Month

       
 

Leverage

          One of the reasons I like real estate as an investment (as opposed to mutual funds, stocks, bonds, GIC’s, etc.) is because we can take advantage of LEVERAGE.  Let me give you an example.  Let’s say you wanted to buy $500,000 worth of gold.  How much would that cost you?  If you said $500K, you’re absolutely right! 

   Now let’s say we want to buy a $500,000 duplex – how much will that cost us?  $500K?   Nope. 
   We can buy that property with just a 20% downpayment ($100K) and the bank will finance the other 80% ($400K).  We use a little bit of money in order to own a LOT of real estate. 

   Now here’s where it gets really exciting… Let’s say the property increases in value by 4%.  That would be a $20,000 increase in value.   $20K on a $500K investment is pretty good… However, because we LEVERAGED our money, we are actually making a $20,000 return on our $100,000 downpayment.  That’s a 20% return on our cash invested! 

   That’s the POWER of LEVERAGE, and that’s one of the BIG benefits of investing in real estate vs. most other options out there.

 

About Mike McMillan:
 

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2019 January EZINE



January, 2019
News From Mike McMillan

January Meaning and Symbolism

January can be a tough time for some of us who are profoundly affected by the seasons of our planet. It has to do with ancient themes of both hibernation as well as emergence from deep withdrawal.

I love pulling on the threads of myth and old legend for symbolic answers about our environment, including the flavors and personality traits of the seasons and the months of the year.

One such thread to pull in our exploration of January meaning and symbolism is from Roman mythology. Janus, specifically. He’s the Roman god of doors, doorways, arches, openings, closings and the like. Many of you may remember Janus as the ‘two-faced’ god (or two heads, depending on your source of reference). I like this imagery very much because January is replete with paradoxes, and the prime paradox I’ve mentioned – namely, the interplay between reclusiveness and emergence.

The month of January was named after Janus for his ability to turn one face to reflect upon the past and a yet another face freshly pointed upon the future. This is so appropriate. January marks the new year for most of us humans. A new beginning.                                             

 
 

Qoute of the Month

 

A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!

No. 1 on Our List — Literally!
My father was completely lost in the kitchen and never ate
unless someone prepared a meal for him. When Mother was ill,
however, he volunteered to go to the supermarket for her.
She sent him off with a carefully numbered list of seven items.
Dad returned shortly, very proud of himself, and proceeded to unpack
the grocery bags. He had one bag of sugar, two dozen eggs, three hams,
four boxes of detergent, five boxes of crackers, six eggplants,
and seven green peppers.
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MSW?!
(Mom say what?!)
 
Mom: What do IDK, LY & TTYL mean?
Son: I don’t know, love you, talk to you later.
Mom: OK, I will ask your sister.
 
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An old guy walks into a bar
An old guy walks into a bar and the bartender asks for ID.
"You've got to be kidding," he said. "I'm almost 60 years old."
The bartender apologized, but said he had to see the license.
The guy showed his ID, then paid and told the bartender to keep the change.
"The tip's for carding me," he said. The bartender put the change in the tip cup.
"Thanks," he said. "Works every time."

 

Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon 
of The Month

       
 

Control

One of the reasons I like real estate as an investment (as opposed to mutual funds, stocks, bonds, GIC’s, etc.) is that it is something that I can exercise much more CONTROL over.  When buying a revenue property, I can choose the market I want to invest in (right down to the neighborhood, or even the street I want to buy in).  I can choose the type of property I want to buy (i.e. single family home, multi-family property, etc.).  I choose the condition of the property I want to buy.  I have some control over how much I pay for the property (prices and/or terms are negotiable).  I then choose what I want to do with the property once I own it.  While I own it, I exercise control over how the property is managed and maintained.  And last, but not least, I can choose from a variety of different exit strategies when I am ready to sell it.  With traditional investments, the only control you exercise is when you buy and when you sell. 
 

About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
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Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2018 December EZINE



December, 2018
News From Mike McMillan

December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. ... These dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar.
 
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and prosperous 2019! Sending you all LOVE!

               
                        

 

Qoute of the Month

“Buying real estate is not only the best way, the quickest way, the safest way, but the only way to become wealthy.” 
- Marshall Field
 

A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!

After many years of studying at a university, I’ve finally become a PhD… or Pizza Hut Deliveryman as people call it.
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I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That’s 7 years in a row now.
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I’ve no home, I haven’t got control, I can’t see any escape. Way past the time I got a new keyboard.
 

Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon 
of The Month

  
 

Supply & Demand

          Do you remember the ‘tickle me Elmo’ craziness from a few years back?  It was the hottest toy for Christmas, and people stood in line for hours to get one.  People were able to sell those dolls for 10X what they paid for them.  Why?  Simple supply and demand.  The supply was low, the demand was high – so the price reflected it.

   The same is true for real estate.  There is a serious shortage of rental properties available in many areas, and that leads to low vacancies.  Low vacancies mean we can charge higher rents, and increase our profits and the values of our properties.  And the beautiful thing about real estate is that it fills a true need.  People always need shelter – in good times and in bad times.  I love real estate because there is a built in demand.
 
 

About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
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Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2018 November EZINE



November, 2018
News From Mike McMillan

About the month of November:

November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.
 
November is a month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore November in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of May in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa.
 
November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years, and March every year. November ends on the same day of the week as August every year."

 
 

Qoute of the Month

Real estate investing, even on a very small scale,
remains a tried and true means of building an individual’s
cash flow and wealth."
- Robert Kiyosaki
 

A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!

Mother, “How was school today, Patrick?”
Patrick, “It was really great mum! Today we made explosives!”
Mother, “Ooh, they do very fancy stuff with you these days. And what will you do at school tomorrow?”
Patrick, “What school?”
My wife’s cooking is so bad we usually pray after our food.
 

 

Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon
of The Month

       
 

Capital Gains

       How would you like an investment where not only can you make a great return on your money, but you also pay less taxes on your profits?  That’s what happens with real estate.  When it comes to the capital gains you make on your properties, you are only charged tax on ½ of it.  Compare that to interest you generate in a savings account… first of all, it’s miniscule and secondly, you are going to get whacked with taxes on the full amount that you earned

Another big PLUS on the side of real estate as an investment.
 

About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
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Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2018 October EZINE



October, 2018
News From Mike McMillan

About the month of October:

October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.  The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin "octo" meaning "eight") after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans.

October is commonly associated with the season of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and spring in the Southern hemisphere, where it is the seasonal equivalent to April in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa.

 
Quote of the Month 
“Real estate is the best investment in the world because it is the only thing they’re not making anymore.” 
– Will Rogers
 
A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!
Patient: "What do you mean, 10? 10 what? Months? Weeks?!"
Doctor: "Nine…Eight…Seven…"

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Q. What is the difference between a snowman and a snowwoman?
A. Snowballs.
 
Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon of The Month
      
 

Why Invest In Real Estate?

          If you are like most people, the idea of riding the stock market ‘roller coaster’ makes you feel a little queasy.  The highs can be a lot of fun, but the lows really give you a kickin’ (and there seem to be a lot more lows than highs for most investors).

         While real estate also follows a cycle, it tends to be a much more gradual one.  Investing in revenue properties offers us limited immunity from fluctuation

         This means that you don’t tend to see the massive ups and downs of the stock and commodity markets.  It’s a much gentler ride, and tends to provide very solid returns on investment over the long run.  This is another reason I prefer real estate investing over other kinds of investments.
 

About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2018 August EZINE



August, 2018
News From Mike McMillan

About the month of August:

August
 is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere.  This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus (despite common belief, he did not take a day from February; see the debunked theory on month lengths). According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.

 
Quote of the Month 
“Don’t wait to buy real estate, buy real estate and wait.” 
- T. Harv Eker
 
A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!
Two men are playing golf. One of them is about to take a swing when a funeral procession appears on the road next to the course. He stops mid-swing, takes off his cap, closes his eyes, and bows his head in contemplation. 
 
His opponent comments: "That must be the most touching thing I’ve ever seen. You are a very feeling man." The man, recovering himself, replies, "Yeah, well we were married 35 years."
 
Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon of The Month
       
 

Why Invest In Real Estate?

          If you are like most people, the idea of riding the stock market ‘roller coaster’ makes you feel a little queasy.  The highs can be a lot of fun, but the lows really give you a kickin’ (and there seem to be a lot more lows than highs for most investors).

         While real estate also follows a cycle, it tends to be a much more gradual one.  Investing in revenue properties offers us limited immunity from fluctuation

         This means that you don’t tend to see the massive ups and downs of the stock and commodity markets.  It’s a much gentler ride, and tends to provide very solid returns on investment over the long run.  This is another reason I prefer real estate investing over other kinds of investments.
 

About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2018 July EZINE

 
July, 2018
News From Mike McMillan

What is your favourite month of the year? Mine is July, which it just so happens to be right now, and I’ll tell you why. It’s the month Canada day is in and it’s the one celebration that nobody has figured out a way to wreck yet. You don’t have to worry about offending some group when you wish someone a Happy Canada Day. You don’t -at least not yet- have to figure out a way to wish them Happy Canada Day without actually saying the words. Like “Joyous Nations Celebration of Independence “ or better yet “Favourable Confederation’s Diurnal Course”. Look that one up, it really means something!

                                     The Bowron Lakes, BC.


To me, Canada Day does so much more than recognize the date of confederation. It is a day that I can celebrate how grateful I am to have been born here and live here. I suppose I could say the same for B.C. Day, butI kind of celebrate that every day. I put up my flag every year and it stays up for the whole month. I used to adorn my vehicle -and I really mean plaster it-with anything that said Canada .I still put a couple small flags on my truck, but I used to have a great ’85 5th Ave that I would do up like a float in a parade. During my military stint if I was lucky enough to be in Victoria for the celebration, I would drive that baby around downtown Victoria like it was the Mayor’s car-and I was the mayor.
 
I almost always book holidays in July and this year was no different. I took 2 weeks and Karen and I went camping at several different spots outside of town. The B.C. Service campsites provide great little spots and we didn’t run into any crowds at all. Lots of wildlife and one of the best parts I liked was that we didn’t have to tie the dogs on. Chimo, my big English Mastiff, loves to sit out in the evening like Musaffa up on Pride Rock. He truly has the majestic look when he’s taking all of nature in as the day surrenders to nightfall. Of course it wouldn’t really feel like camping without a nice fire, so no fire ban in our area meant roasting smokies nearly every night. It was actually kind of sad to pull back into town, but we will still get away for the odd weekend again this summer.
 
I hope you plan to block out at least some time during the month of July and partake in some of the many experiences Canada has to offer. Oh ya and, Happy Canada Day to you.

Mike & Karen.

 
Quote of the Month 
“More money has been made in real estate than in all
industrial investments combined.” 
- Andrew Carnegie
 
A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!
Q: What is blue and smells like red paint?
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A: Blue paint.
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What happens when you cross a snowman and a vampire? 
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A: You get a frostbite. 
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‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I apologize’ generally mean the same thing – except at funerals.

 
Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon of The Month
      
 

Why Invest In Real Estate?

          If you are like most people, the idea of riding the stock market ‘roller coaster’ makes you feel a little queasy.  The highs can be a lot of fun, but the lows really give you a kickin’ (and there seem to be a lot more lows than highs for most investors).

         While real estate also follows a cycle, it tends to be a much more gradual one.  Investing in revenue properties offers us limited immunity from fluctuation

         This means that you don’t tend to see the massive ups and downs of the stock and commodity markets.  It’s a much gentler ride, and tends to provide very solid returns on investment over the long run.  This is another reason I prefer real estate investing over other kinds of investments.
 

About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2018 June EZINE



June, 2018
News From Mike McMillan

Hello and welcome to summer 2018! After a crazy busy spring that saw me mostly not home, its good to be able to finally have a chance to get at the “honey do” list that has been building since last summer. The winds of winter tore the fence apart in Mackenzie, damaged the roof and siding, including the chimney, and even wrecked the clothesline in Prince George by snapping off part of a tree. Now that we’ve had a chance to tidy everything up, Karen and I can get at actually doing the repairs. I don’t really know why but I find it therapeutic. 

Speaking of the harsh weather the storm in Prince George on Wednesday last was spectacular. If you are on FaceCrack (Facebook) go on Hell Ya Prince George to see all the pics and videos posted there. The picture here shows a couple people who know how to adapt to change riding around in a canoe on 5th ave and Tabor. You just don’t see these things in Prince George so people definitely had their cameras out.

The other picture is of a recent visit from my “tiny” son Jeremy and 2 of his friends. This is taken at picturesque Bijoux Falls, near Powder King, about 40 minutes out of Mackenzie. He was visiting from his home in Victoria, and that is another reason I like summer so much. Nobody in their right mind travels that far in the winter without a good reason. But in the summer, way more of my friends and relatives are willing to come up this way and visit.


Karen and I are planning a camping holiday to start on the Canada Day long weekend. We plan on going where there are no other people, and are willing to relocate as many times as we have to to see that that happens.There are so many great camping locations around Mackenzie that we will find a great spot eventually. Horseshoes, bean bag, ladder toss, and crib will fill our days, as well as some exploring and mosquito slaying.

As always, the invitation to stop in and visit is open so if you find yourself heading up this way, send me a text or email and we’ll try and get together. Until next month, slather on the sunscreen and take care.

Mike & Karen

 
Quote of the Month 
 “Landlords grow rich in their sleep.” 
- John Stuart
 
A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!
"Grandpa, why don't you have any life insurance?"

"So you can all be really sad when I die."



A nice old lady on a bus offers the driver some peanuts. He’s happy to take some and, munching, asks her why she isn’t having any herself.

“Oh, young man,” she says, “they’re too hard on my poor teeth, I couldn’t.”

“Why buy them at all then?” wonders the driver.

“You see, I just love the chocolate they’re covered in!”
 
Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon of The Month
       
 

Why Invest In Real Estate?

          If you are like most people, the idea of riding the stock market ‘roller coaster’ makes you feel a little queasy.  The highs can be a lot of fun, but the lows really give you a kickin’ (and there seem to be a lot more lows than highs for most investors).

         While real estate also follows a cycle, it tends to be a much more gradual one.  Investing in revenue properties offers us limited immunity from fluctuation

         This means that you don’t tend to see the massive ups and downs of the stock and commodity markets.  It’s a much gentler ride, and tends to provide very solid returns on investment over the long run.  This is another reason I prefer real estate investing over other kinds of investments.
 

About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2018 May EZINE



May, 2018
News From Mike McMillan

About the month of May:

May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. It is also a month within the northern season of spring.  May is a month of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa.  The month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.

Contrary to rumors attempting to dispute the fact, Mike actually did have a mother as this undated photo taken in Pentiction proves beyond a doubt. 

Also seen here is a fairly recent photo of Karen with her Mom taken during a visit to Codroy Valley, Newfoundlound.

Until next month, 

Take Care!

Mike McMillan

REMEMBER: "If you're too busy to laugh, your too busy."- Anon

 
Quote of the Month 
“Real estate investing has created more millionaires than any other form of investing because of its many advantages.  Whether you are investing for cash flow or capital gains…”  
- Robert Kiyosaki
 
A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!
I‘ve decided to run a marathon for charity. I didn’t want to do it at first, but apparently it’s for blind and disabled kids so I think I’ve got a good chance of winning.
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Dentist: "You need a crown."
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Patient: "Finally someone who understands me"
 
Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon of The Month
        
 

Why Invest In Real Estate?

          If you are like most people, the idea of riding the stock market ‘roller coaster’ makes you feel a little queasy.  The highs can be a lot of fun, but the lows really give you a kickin’ (and there seem to be a lot more lows than highs for most investors).

         While real estate also follows a cycle, it tends to be a much more gradual one.  Investing in revenue properties offers us limited immunity from fluctuation

         This means that you don’t tend to see the massive ups and downs of the stock and commodity markets.  It’s a much gentler ride, and tends to provide very solid returns on investment over the long run.  This is another reason I prefer real estate investing over other kinds of investments.
 
About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit his website www.TheMikeMcMillan.com
Call or text 250-988-1520

Mike McMillan: 2018 April EZINE


April, 2018
News From Mike McMillan

Hi there, welcome to the mid-April newsletter of 2018. This month was a bit like the weather for Karen and myself-unpredictable and full of change. As you can see in the pics below, while the daffodil count was in full bloom in Victoria, we woke up to 6 more months of winter. I hadn’t had my first coffee yet when I  I saw the snow and unfortunately I  got so angry that I broke my own rule. Yep, you guessed it, I was so upset I posted it on facebook. Of course, as soon as you do that somebody lets you know that your problems are minuscule compared to theirs, so the other pic shows what was happening on or about the same day in Karen’s home town in Channel-port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland.


I think there is probably a morale to this story, maybe something about not bitching about how bad you have it. At least don’t do it on facebook.

Plans changed for us and due to stuff beyond our control we cancelled our trip to Edmonton, so Karen did not get to see her Rod Stewart concert. Fortunately he was also appearing at the Mackenzie Legion on Saturday night, so as long as she could get her fix in somehow, right. It really didn’t break my heart to not be able to drive to Edmonton this time of year, for as you probably know, I will do anything to get out of driving anywhere in winter. The devastating tragedy that hit the Humboldt Broncos only serves to solidify my resolve. I’m confident in my own winter driving skills and my own reliable vehicle. I just don’t trust those I’ll be sharing the road with.

I will chorus the many others who remember that it is on these team trips where lifetime bonds and memories are formed, and they are some of the greatest memories and best longest friendships I have. One particular trip my teammate Audrey and I made was 52 hrs by bus from Mackenzie to L.A. I could write a book about the adventures of that one trip alone. Arriving at the L.A bus depot at 11 o’clock at night was something every 16 year old small town boy should experience at least once in his life. I also recall 14 of us crammed into one motel room during one crazy week where we drove to Spokane Washington and then back up to Kamloops for the BC championships. Woke up to have a pee only to find somebody sleeping in the tub!

The wind and weather has taken its toll on our properties and if it ever settles down I will see if I can find my shingles, eavestrough, chimney cover and doggy wading pool etc. Its basically been really good weather to do indoor stuff. This weekend we will be going to the play at Theatre Northwest called The Best Brothers, which I’m told is a hilarious comedy. 

I’m also getting ready for another school session early in May, only a month long this time and then I am done. I recently attended a 4 day workshop for some more real estate training, as you can see in my “thanks for coming out” photo here with Dave Dubeau.



Don’t let the smiling faces in the picture fool you, the workshop was gruelling. Long days and lots of training jammed in, even on St. Paddy’s Day!

That about wraps it up for this update. I am sorry I didn’t get to visit anybody due to our trip being cancelled but just remember, its just as far to my house as it is to your house. (plus we have a Timmies coffee machine!) 

Until next month, 

Take Care!

Mike McMillan

 
Quote of the Month 
“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. 
Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed
with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” 
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
A Laugh or Two For Good Measure!
Two guys are out hunting in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t appear to be breathing, his eyes are glazed over. The other man pulls out his phone with trembling fingers and calls 911. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" 

The operator says "Please stay calm. I will help you. First of all, let's make sure he's dead." There’s a silence, then a gun shot. The guy gets back on the phone and says "OK, now what?"
 
Helpful Life Hacks & Cartoon of The Month
     
 

Why Invest In Real Estate?

          If you are like most people, the idea of riding the stock market ‘roller coaster’ makes you feel a little queasy.  The highs can be a lot of fun, but the lows really give you a kickin’ (and there seem to be a lot more lows than highs for most investors).

         While real estate also follows a cycle, it tends to be a much more gradual one.  Investing in revenue properties offers us limited immunity from fluctuation

         This means that you don’t tend to see the massive ups and downs of the stock and commodity markets.  It’s a much gentler ride, and tends to provide very solid returns on investment over the long run.  This is another reason I prefer real estate investing over other kinds of investments.
 
About Mike McMillan:

Michael McMillan is a professional real estate entrepreneur, author, and consultant. Mikehas been investing since 2013, and his current focus is on multi-family properties, especially apartment buildings.
 
If you would like to find out more about how to get an above average return on your money, backed by a solid asset (real property) , and without the hassle of being a landlord- contact Mike for a no-obligation conversation.
 
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