The investor’s champion at the investor forum
by David Kitai
Rachel Oliver is bringing the voice of the ordinary investor to the CREW Investor Forum. Oliver, managing partner at Clover Properties and an eleven-year veteran of the real estate investment space, will be moderating the keynote panel discussion at the investor forum on November 4th. She was brought on board by the CREW team to offer that crucial investor’s voice in the discussion and ask the questions at the top of every investor’s mind.
Oliver’s panel will tackle the key questions of our moment head on asking ‘which markets are hot today.’ They’ll comment on the top investment strategies for today, new cash cows and money pits, answer if student rentals are a thing of the past, chart a course through the rapidly shifting condo market, suggest strategic pivots to reduce risks, and look ahead to the opportunities in 2021. That’s a lot to tackle, but Oliver is ready for some big talk.
“When the organizers asked me to take part as a moderator, I saw it as an opportunity to add extra value for investors attending the event,” Oliver says. “We’re dealing with a time of unprecedented uncertainty contrasted with a super hot real estate market in many parts of Canada. I’m an active investor so I’m in the trenches, seeing all that firsthand and I can relate to the questions investors are asking, whether they’re seasoned pros or just starting out.”
Oliver says she’s bringing that awareness and a readiness to get into messy topics and difficult discussions to the panel. She’s seen firsthand how some lauded strategies are failing investors while other approaches that many say are outdated are still performing. Oliver says her approach is informed by hands-on experience. She came into the real estate investing space in 2009 as a rookie learned from successful people who worked hard. She can use that experience to draw the best answers from her panelists.
In her day-to-day, Oliver is known as the ‘cashflow queen’ and is hustling and bustling towards her 450th Rent-to-Own deal in 2020.
“I work with investors who have diverse backgrounds and dreams so I lead with education. Knowledge leads to opportunity”, says Oliver.
She is also known for educating and mentoring women on the fundamentals of real estate investing through the ‘Mothers of Real Estate’ community she co-founded. “Investing is a team sport,” she says and her role at the investor forum will also be informed by her experience of working together with people, translating abstract ideas into concrete, actionable steps.
Oliver also says it’s crucial for investors to take the time and make the effort to learn more from each other and leaders in the field. Even after a year that would exhaust anyone, she says investors need to overcome their fatigue and redouble their efforts to succeed in their markets. Crucial to that, she says, is that investors remember their “why” and let that push them to learn more, work harder, and do better.“When you're bombarded with uncertainty and clutter, and there’s more clutter now than there ever has been, it’s best to root yourself in your personal reasons for taking this journey and surround yourself with reputable, active investors who can guide you,” Oliver says. “You need to be clear on what you’re trying to accomplish and what your success looks like and then learn what you need to do to make that happen.”