Announcing Commercial Point, leading the industry in condo conversions for commercial property in the Greater Toronto Area
James Hussaini announces the establishment of Commercial Point, a leading consultancy in the Greater Toronto Area, that specializes in the condo conversion process for commercial office buildings and properties.
WireService.ca Press Release (11/24/2015) Toronto, ON - Commercial Point is a Toronto area condo conversion consultancy service that will help established property owners unlock the equity in their property.
"Commercial Point brings together under one roof the ability for property owners to discover the hidden value of their properties through the condo conversion process" James Hussaini said.
"Our experience" continued James, "in the condo conversion process is what sets up apart from other developers that talk about adding value to a commercial property. Usually the discussion is centered on expensive upgrades or marketing campaigns to bring in higher paying tenants. Through our process property owners can unlock the equity in their property while maintaining ownership and at the same time unburdening themselves of the daily property management obligations and costs."
Commercial condos, while not a new idea in property ownership, is a complicated and drawn out process that most developers shy away from. They can be time consuming and have a high learning curve for the unexperienced.
The Commercial Point's team of consultants has the experience to minimize the time involved, allowing owners to realize the value of their property sooner, as well as the experienced professionals that smooth the process, eliminating the blocks that can appear during the process.
"There has to be a team effort in the condo conversion process," James said, "with experienced people ready to deal with the municipal government officials, surveyors, real estate lawyers, environmental assessment experts, appraisers and others that are required to push the process forward. Having an experienced professional to manage the process will make the difference between success or failure of the conversion process."
With several completed condo conversion projects in Commercial Point's portfolio, this experienced team is ready to help any commercial property owner unlock the equity their property holds, that because of vacancy or a different designated property use, they cannot currently access.
For more information about the condo conversion process please visit www.commercialpoint.ca
Contact Commercial Point
Phone: 1 (647) 401-7653
Address: 240 Duncan Mill Road, #600, Toronto, ON M3B 3S6
Contact James Hussaini
Phone: 1 (647) 401-7653
Address: 240 Duncan Mill Road, #600, Toronto, ON M3B 3S6
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James Hussaini, founder of Realty Point Inc, Toronto's fastest growing real estate brokerage franchisor, is pleased to announce his appearance at Inman Connect in San Francisco on August 5, 2015 as he participates on the panel discussion "Is the current real estate brokerage model obsolete?
"WireService.ca Press Release (08/04/2015) Toronto, ON - James Hussaini, Founder of Realty Point, will be participating in a panel discussion presented by Inman Connect San Francisco titled "Is the current real estate brokerage model obsolete?
"I am in agreement that the current model of real estate brokerage is obsolete" said James Hussaini, "and the company that I have founded, Realty Point, is the new brokerage model put into practice."
"Inman Real Estate Connect is the premier real estate technology event for the real estate industry and I am very excited to be invited to be a part of this panel discussion" continued James.
"The real estate industry is evolving and the old way of doing business doesn't connect with today's client. By being a participant in this Inman Connect panel I have the opportunity to introduce thousands of realtors to the new brokerage model I have created" said James, "that will be further revealed in my upcoming book 'Yours Independently' and is currently in practice in Realty Point franchise brokerages throughout Toronto".
About Inman Real Estate Connect San FranciscoProduced by Inman, Real Estate Connect® is the premier real estate technology event for everyone who cares about the real estate industry and where it is going.
Real Estate Connect celebrates its 19th year in 2015, with the San Francisco conference in taking place during August 4-7, 2015.
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About James HussainiFounder of Realty Point Inc Brokerage Franchisor, James has an impressive track record as a real estate Broker of Record brokerage owner and as an entrepreneur with several successful companies in his portfolio of accomplishments.
Phone: (800) 410-8516
About Realty Point IncLaunched in the Greater Toronto Area in 2014, the Realty Point brokerage franchise company provides top-earning real estate brokers the framework to open and manage their own real estate brokerage without requiring all the time and effort of a traditional or boutique brokerage business.
Realty Point provides in-house the experienced administration staff that Brokers of Record require to manage the paperwork, phone calls and day-to-day operations of their real estate brokerage allowing them to continue their sales success, and dedicate less time to administration work, that has established their careers so far.
Realty Point Inc operates franchise brokerages in 5 locations across the Greater Toronto Area providing unprecedented coverage and opportunities for franchisees.
For additional information about Realty Point Brokerage Franchise in Ontario please visit our website at www.realtypoint.ca
Phone: (800) 410-8516
Head Office Address:
600-240 Duncan Mill Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 3S6
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Realty Point is a proud sponsor of RealtorInvest, a training event for real estate professionals to learn how to “Expand Your Business and Grow Your Wealth” by taking advantage of the Canadian real estate market’s current opportunities.
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Kevin O’Leary (Shark tank) is the keynote speaker and speak after a full day of real estate investment training that will help you to expand your business and grow your wealth! In the morning you will learn a proven and repeatable system that you will use to go out and find, negotiate and purchase cash-flowing properties anywhere in Canada! Then in the afternoon, you will learn how to attract real estate investors for your business and more importantly, you will learn the secrets of converting ALL your investor leads into sales! Then to cap this amazing day off, Kevin O’Leary is going to spend an hour on stage sharing some amazing stories and strategies that you can go out and use to expand your business immediately.
Visit our booth at RealtorInvest on November 5, 2014, at the Pearson Convention Centre to learn more about Realty Point in person and how we can help you open, manage and grow your real estate brokerage without the administrative headaches that stop so many Realtors from becoming their own boss.
Our official launch is December 10, 2014.
Baker, realtor, musician, lawyer, counsellor, soccer player, writer – in any conversation with Afghans in Greater Toronto, they will say, “The first thing you have to remember is we are a resilient people.”
Such a conversation will invariably be accompanied by a glass of tea. Afghans are also hospitable people. Farid Asghary was renowned painter in Kabul but in the past seven years has build up the successful Arya Home Bakery & Sweets on Danforth.
After a generation of steady, sorrowful immigration to Canada, as one war bled into another in their homeland, the Afghan community in Toronto is coming of age, producing a homegrown band of young professionals.
Despite their accomplishments, they are mindful of just how damaged the newest émigrés are, the ones who arrived in the post-9/11 third wave. (The first wave came after the Soviet invasion of 1979, the second from 1991-96, during the civil war eventually won by the Taliban.)
When Dwajid Taheri arrived 23 years ago, he was 14, alone and spoke no English. Now he’s one of the first Afghan-Canadian lawyers in Toronto, wearing monogrammed shirts and Burberry ties in an office with a fireplace and leather chairs.
But he knows how to play hardball with today’s high school kids from Afghanistan, who run with gangs, fight, skip school and get arrested.
“The newer arrivals, the young people, have been raised in violence. A full generation has had no schooling. They’ve been back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan (refugee camps) two or three times. And they are so angry at everything. When I was in high school, I was like that. I have a heart-to-heart chat with them.
“I am more than just Afghan. I have a deep loyalty to this country. I owe it to these people to help.”
Like his compatriots here, Taheri appreciates the intentions of the Canadian troops in his homeland but wishes Westerners had a deeper grasp of its history.
“My heart goes out to those soldiers. These deaths are not necessary,” he said. “Talk to any Afghan. I have not found one person who believes the military option is a solution.
“It is a misguided assumption that the Taliban are in Afghanistan. They’re not. They’re in Pakistan. You can kill as many as you want and the door is still open for more.”
There were 14,000 Afghans in Toronto in the 2001 census and 23,230 in the 2006. On average more than 2,000 have arrived into the GTA every year since 1996, with a peak of 3,934 in 2001.
Mariam Mahbob fled Afghanistan 15 years ago. She started the first local Afghan newspaper, Ar Zarnegaar, and has published a book of short stories about women and their lives – a sort of Afghan Alice Munro.
She and her husband, a poet, are financing an association in Kabul to help writers and poets.
“Democracy means nothing for people who have nothing to eat,” she says. “If I have the money, I will help them.”
James Hussaini, who arrived with his family in 1997 at age 20, says adapting to a new country is not easy. He would rather have been a lawyer, but as the eldest son, he had to help support the family. Selling real estate pays the bills.
“No matter how hard I try, I can’t think, talk, walk like I grew up here,” says Hussaini.
His passion is to bridge the gap between young Afghans and their parents, “who are physically here but mentally still in Afghanistan.”
He’s hopeful. He named his new daughter Tamana – “hope.”
Neelofer Hajran, a customer service manager at TD Canada Trust, knows well the tug-of-war between old and new world values.
“It was very hard for my family to accept so much freedom here,” the 26-year-old said via Facebook. “My family still doesn’t like seeing their kids going out with friends or watching a movie in theatres.”
Then there’s Roain Satarzadeh, gelled hair and leather jacket but sporting a keychain with a photo of his 8-year-old brother. His solution for the damaged, angry teen immigrants? Run them ragged.
Last year, in their spare time, Satarzadeh, 22, and two friends created the Canadian Afghan Sports Association for soccer, volleyball and basketball. They staged the second Canadian Afghan Cup at the Hershey Centre last December.
On March 14, they launch the first Afghan Chess Tournament at the Habib Banquet Hall in Scarborough.
Satarzadeh’s organization has the advantage of being able to draw upon former professional soccer stars in the émigré community as coaches.
“The level of stuff that used to happen is down,” Satarzadeh says. “Support is the main thing.”
A seminal 2005 study found nearly a third of Afghan teens in Toronto reported experiencing war trauma and nearly two-thirds said their families had. Three-quarters said they had problems adjusting at school; 21 per cent reported being suspended or expelled from school, most often for fighting.
Three years ago, Zarsanga Popal, 30, helped write a report on how to help Afghan youth.
At the time, she was a social worker affiliated with Sabawoon – a community organization created several years ago after a wave of suicides among alienated Afghan youths in Toronto.
Married now with a house in Oakville – “the immigrant dream is the 905” – Popal is more determined than ever to fix misconceptions about Afghan immigrants.
“A lot of people portray us as a poor-victim, suffering community. Yes, we’ve been disadvantaged, but a lot of people miss where this community is going, its strengths.”
Social life revolves around weekly worship at the mosque and big weddings – big, as in 500 or more and guests. (They have come to appreciate Italian wedding halls.)
“Everybody gets invited, your next-door neighbours, business acquaintances, family, friends,” says Maryam Alesi, who is on maternity leave from the Afghan Women’s Organization but does bookings for the Afghan Women’s Catering Group.
“In times of instability and devastation and sadness and loss, a wedding is the start of a new life for a couple,” says Popal, who has a newborn daughter. ” Weddings are a big part of our culture.”
Farid Asghary makes the “very fancy” five-tier cakes for those weddings at his Arya Home Bakery & Sweets, at Danforth Ave. and Main St. In seven years, he has built up a broad multicultural trade, offering Afghan bread and sweets, Indian sweets, and Greek and Turkish pastries, along with his own creations.
It’s an outlet of sorts for a man who, when he arrived in Toronto, was renowned in Kabul as an artist who staged exhibits, before he realized he couldn’t make a living here as a painter.
Unlike Asghary, Vaheed Kaacemy can still make a living with his art.
Kaacemy was a high-profile musician in Kabul who fled the threat of death at the hands of the Taliban. “They didn’t like music,” he notes.
He played stadium concerts in 1984 and still writes songs, teaches and performs around the world.
He used young local voices to record 16 songs in four Afghan languages. The songbook and CD, funded in part by the National Geographic Society, were launched at a gala in 2006 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Thousands of copies have been distributed to children in Afghanistan.
He would love to do more to preserve a musical legacy at risk of being obliterated by war.
“There is a musician, a singer, who is very old, 107 years old. He lives in Baluchistan (lying partly in Afghanistan). If we could spend five, six, seven hours with him, recording what he knows, we can preserve our culture.
“If he dies, we have nothing. If we wait for war to end in Afghanistan, it will not get done.”
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Obtaining a green card — a permanent residence permit — to both the US and Canada is not difficult if you are financially fit, said Jamshid Hussaini, managing director of the American Investment Fund.
Together with a representative from North American Real Estate or Remax, a Canada-based company, Hussaini talked at a seminar in Riyadh about “one of the easiest ways to get into the US.”
He said the EB-5 visa program allows immigrant investors an easy route to invest in the US. The program’s added benefit for the investor is that his immediate family (persons under 21 years of age) can become US citizens without the usual restrictions of prior experience, ethnic background or the requirement to be tied to his business.
“If the money you invest into your own business could create at least 10 jobs, it would qualify you for citizenship in the US,” Hussaini added.
The necessary amount, which he estimated between $ 500,000 and $ 1 million (SR 1,875,000 and SR 3.75 million), is invested in three different business sectors: real estate, fitness centers and hotels. “We are not investing this money in new projects,” he said. “I have a colleague who has been managing a chain of fitness centers in the state of Florida for the past 25 years.”
Investors would get their temporary green card within six to nine months. The permanent residence permit would follow within two years from the date of initial application.
Zia Abbas, a Remax sales representative, came to the seminar to introduce Canadian real estate properties to Saudi Arabia. “We can see a lot of potential in this market as far,” he said.
“Property investment is not just for the wealthy. It doesn’t take large sums of money to get involved in real estate. Banks will lend you up to 80 percent against the security of residential property. Most Canadians with a steady job and a little capital behind them can afford to buy investment properties.”
According to him, the Canadian market is safe and secure. “In the last ten years we have witnessed a tremendous increase in population. More than 200,000 people come to Toronto every year and they all need a place to live.”
Investors explore the market, which is doing so well with a very low down payment of 20 percent of the capital investment for booking and paying the balance within three years.
Abbas said Toronto is the best market to invest in. “There is a large influx of Saudi students in Toronto, making it possible to invest in real estate as a business proposition. It is also a great place to raise kids and take advantage of our good family system.”
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