The Avail story is about how Tony (The Rhino) Sera went from a hard-charging workaholic.
To build a company that nearly killed him
To finding true wealth beyond money and living a happier, more fulfilling, life by design.
I got started in Real Estate Investing because of my desire to be present and intentional in my children's lives. I worked in a physically challenging industry and extremely long hours. When we had kids I had no idea how I was going to work less to be home for my family and maintain the income needed to provide for them.
I used to build innovative custom homes for a venture company and had a drywall contracting company with a couple million in operations.
When my wife Melanie had our first child I fired all of my worst customers and slowed my business down enough to be there for my wife and to cherish the midnight moments with our new baby. I was a natural father with a magical chest for calming an upset child.
The problem was more good customers came along and the company had lost a key employee. (my wife to motherhood)
I tried to hire but labor shortages and the example I set as the leader of my company wasn't inspiring. "Come work with me for 90 plus hours a week lifting 8 tones of drywall and spending full days sanding drywall like dirty hot yoga for 10 hours straight." My workaholism self-made Relentless lifestyle that put everyone and everything last including my own health. No reasonable person signs up for that.
My business was in charge of my life, not me. I started to search out ways to make money that wasn't dependent on my time input. I found Real Estate Investing by attending the Authentic Real Estate System weekend.
For 20 years I laid my head down on my pillow and assessed how I could drywall houses better faster and cheaper. I was burned out and having health problems. I quit smoking and totally changed my diet trying to hold it all together.
When we had our second child 4 years later my business was bigger and now l had rentals to take care of too.
I reassessed how I was living my life. I hadn't made time for friends and family in so long that he had lost touch with all of them
You can be rich and not wealthy
If your work or business doesn't support you to enjoy your time and a wealth of meaningful relationships, more money isn't the answer.
Melanie and I turned our contracting company into a property management and Coaching business to help people benefit from real estate so you can have the time and money to follow your passion
The definition of "Avail" is "avail oneself of" (use or take advantage of (an opportunity or available resource) "my daughter did not avail herself of my advice" synonyms: use · take advantage of · utilize · employ help or benefit: "no amount of struggle availed Charles" synonyms: help · aid · assist · benefit · profit · be of service to.
The name avail comes early in alphabetical order and can be found faster. It is short and easy to pronounce without misinterpreting it. It also has a website optimization advantage, as people commonly search for available properties to rent or buy.
Tony is a Certified Real Estate Investment Advisor www.reiacc.com/reia
The REIA designation is recognition for experienced real estate investors who have acquired core skills and competencies in the business and practice of real estate investment
In a world drowning in information, the REIA is a beacon for those who seek to unleash their potential and experience new gains in the realm of real estate investment. An REIA acts upon the best interests of their client at all times and strategically guides them through the various processes to realizing their intent.
Are you seeking education and resources for:
Budgeting and Saving for your first home
Developing multiple streams of income
Contemplating starting a business or franchise
Financial disaster preparation
Transferring wealth to your descendants
Dealing with a loved one's estate
Tenant marketing, management, and evictions
Residential construction and renovation planning and challenges
Avail Properties Inc. Is your one-stop-shop from finding income properties, to landlording and renovations to profitably liquidating assets.
New and seasoned investors trust Tony's innovative thought leadership, construction expertise, and entrepreneurial mindset to unlock new possibilities
Real estate investment can make you less dependent on your job, secure your retirement future, and lower your stress by diversifying your portfolio outside of stock market volatility.
Real estate has long been a favorite asset class of the wealthy and it can be yours too. The wealthiest 20% of North Americans are allocating 24-29% of their portfolios in hard assets, such as real estate.
Real Estate investing has produced more millionaires than any other type of investment. Its exceptional wealth-building potential will add both diversity and financial security to your portfolio.
So why doesn't your financial advisor sell you real estate investments? The old model is broken. There is no commission structure for them to make money offering Real Estate Investments. In fact, if you take your money out of the market and put it into real estate they lose the fees they charge for managing that money. They have families they need to feed too. Will a realtor tell you now is a bad time to sell?
Now more than ever, you need to educate yourself to prepare for your future, whether it's buying a house, paying for college, or saving for retirement.
In today's unsettled financial markets, where most pension plans died out with the twentieth century and where no one's certain of the future of Social Security, hardworking people turn to financial advisors to guide them to a worry-free financial lifestyle. But do you really know how to find a legitimate financial advisor? Do you understand the jargon advisors use to explain your investments? And most important, do you know the answers to the most critical questions that will affect your financial future: how much are advisors' fees, and just how safe are the investment choices they make on your behalf?
Read: What Your Financial Advisor Isn't Telling You: The 10 Essential Truths You Need to Know About Your Money by Lizz Davidson
Tony is not a realtor or financial planner but he believes that you deserve to be secure enough to pursue your passions, not just make a living.
This Financial Advising certificate was issued by https://www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver it is a hilarious TV show that makes light of a serious issue.
Saving for retirement means navigating a potential minefield of high fees and bad advice.
Here is a video of the episode https://youtu.be/gvZSpET11ZY
Tony has had bad credit, and the best credit possible. He has gone hungry despite working overtime and paid himself like a one-percenter. Tony has worked his way out of $100's of thousands of debt and he has starred into the abyss of financial ruin. He knows how financial stress affects a person's mental and physical health. How it erodes your marriage and social relationships. He desires to help you protect yourself from financial hardship
Statistics say if I show you pictures of my children you will listen to me more. Please Avail yourself with my services LOL! #shameless
Tony's business and Investments allow him to be a stay at home Dad and volunteer at his church and his favorite charity www.hfh.org
We are building a business and portfolio we can pass onto our kids.
Tony enjoys Hapkido a martial art where he got the nickname "The Rhino" from his friends at www.hapkidosprucegrove.com
www.DonRCampbell.com author of Secrets of the Canadian Real Estate Cycle
www.richarddolanshow.com Richard Dolan author of The Wealth Mastery Playbook
Through his 7 years of education from The Real Estate Intelligence Network (REIN)
Tony has earned a Bronze pin and Graduated from the Dragons Den School of Business delivered by the mentis-academy.com
Tony has read 100's of business and self development books on Real Estate, Investing, Tax & Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. Tony enjoys podcasts and monthly networking seminars. His addiction to continuous self-education has lead him to become a resilient leader through training programs such as Adversity Quotient training from Dr.Paul Stoltz www.peaklearning.com/about_peaklearning_principals_stoltz.php
Photographed with Dave Dubeau author of No Sweat Real Estate Investing
The Alberta Residential Landlord Association(ARLA),
founded in 1994, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and preserving the well-being of the residential rental industry by uniting Owners and Managers of purpose-built rentals, secondary suites, and investment properties.
Alberta Landlords Association
Our "landlording" philosophy is one of honesty and integrity and we firmly believe, based on our own direct experience over many years, that a professional, customer-oriented approach, based on study and hard work, can bring long-term wealth and prosperity to the landlord whilst providing a worthwhile service to tenants and the community.
What's your story?
Please save my contact information in your phone and connect with me on social media.
Tony (The Rhino) Sera