I just got back from another successful trip to Ohio and closed on a small portfolio of properties there. It gave me the opportunity to explore another market and see what it has to offer. Akron is only 45 minutes South of Cleveland, so it's an easy run between the two.

Akron, Ohio, used to be the rubber capital of the world with companies such as General Tire, Goodrich, Firestone, and Goodyear all having manufactured tires and other goods there at some point. Only Goodyear remains today. Now home to employers such as Summa, GOJO Industries, FirstMerit Bank, and FirstEnergy, it is listed by Newsweek as one of ten Information Age high tech havens. Awarded by the National Civic League and National Arbor Day Foundation, it was named one of the world's most livable cities. Are you interested yet? I am!

I'm already working on some really cool opportunities to increase our Akron portfolio, so keep an eye on this blog as the details emerge.

The main point of this blog entry was actually to plug a fantastic book I am reading by Julie Broad called More Than Cashflow. Julie is not afraid to tell it like it is, and pokes holes in a lot of the B.S. being spewed by the so-called experts out there on the seminar circuit. If you plan on investing in real estate, be it in Canada or the USA, read this book first. She provides valuable insight into the world of cash-flow properties, and other investment strategies you need to consider to really break away from your J.O.B. and take on real estate investing full time! Once I finish reading it, I will pass it along to my JV partners and make sure they too read it.

So until next time, happy investing!


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