In 1992 luck was with me when I purchased another large acreage with an immense amount of valuable timber. This property turned out to triple in value over the next several years.
By 1995 my brother Bill had become well established as the largest alpaca breeder in the United States (North America). With his help and much perseverance I started what was to be the first direct importation of two hundred fifty Alpacas to Canada direct from South America. It was a marathon endeavor but after a lengthy ordeal and a successful legal struggle with Agriculture Canada we were ultimately successful. We raised and sold these lovely creatures with a passion for five years. We found our kinship with other beings to both spiritually as well as monetarily rewarding.
Recently and like most of the North American Manufacturing complex my little tool and die business had become mediocre at best. Offshore competition and greed have ruined the most important economic base of our society and I believe is the reason for our current economic crisis. Cheap inferior imports and low service industry wage shift has lowered our standard of living.
I had to make a change so I started my real estate career in 2003 in Hawaii. Two years later I was licensed in British Columbia. My first few years put me at the top of my office in sales.
Update as of January 2010: Just moved into our winter home in Hawaii after three winters of construction. We are currently completing the final touches, interior finish work and landscaping. We did it! A home on one acre in Hawaii for around $100,000!
The Hawaii market became so alluring this year we just couldn’t resist and picked up a nice condo in Keauhou for a 1999 price. In fact, the big island prices are so attractive we are considering buying a much larger more expensive home in the near future.
Ask me how, I’ll help you find a property here, lot or existing home and get you started!
Update January 2011: Hawaii market is definitely rebounding due to incredibly low price opportunities in all areas, condos, single family homes and land. For the first time in years new sales outnumber new listings!