Corinne and I had a blast going through years, of handwritten notes, thank-you cards, emails, and Facebook messages.
What follows is just a small sampling of the notes that we compiled.
Personally, I want to thank everyone who has contributed, I am deeply touched and honored by your stories, and your words below are an inspiration to me #grateful.
The true measure of a coach and a teacher is the level of success, growth and transformation their students have. Students success should exceed the level of success of their coach… and that is how a great coach should be measured.
Enjoy reading the stories, and testimonials. If you would like to contribute to this page please reach out and I’d be honored to share your story.
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Taking the Leap Into the Deep End…
Wanted to share a couple of thoughts for anyone that’s considering working with Russell or joining his Raising Capital Academy.
I have been investing in real estate for close to seven years, and for the last year I’ve been working with Russell one-on-one, and also a member of his Raising Capital Academy.
For me, three big things have happened.
- I was able to leave my career, and focus on real estate investing full-time.
- I doubled my portfolio size in the last year.
- I was able to start raising capital from non-family members, in the chunks of hundreds of thousands of dollars at a a time.
And if you would’ve told me I would accomplish any one of those things in a year, I would’ve been jumping up and down. But working with Russell, I was able to accomplish all three.
If anyone is sitting on the fence or debating whether they should maybe join his academy, or consider working with him one-on-one, I would highly, highly recommend it. You won’t meet a more genuinely authentic person with such a wealth of knowledge and such an amazing community around him.
I honestly can’t say enough good things about Russell.
One Of The Best I’ve Met…
Here’s what veteran Real Estate Investor Thomas Beyer had to say about the quality Russell Westcott’s presentations, information and Raising Capital content:
“One of the best teachers I have seen in the Real Estate space, in Canada, and maybe even North America”… “He’s the honestly the best I have met, in this space in my last 20 years in this business”
~Thomas Beyer, Prestigious Properties
FYI- Thomas has purchased more than 2,000 apartment units and has raised more than $50 Million in Capital in the past 20 years.
Thomas BeyerChairman, Prestigious Properties
You’ve Always Been An Inspiration…
Real Estate Investor, Founder Rosehill Heights
I Was Stuck…
My husband and I invested in Real Estate and bought 5 rental properties, then we ran out of money… we were stuck!
We needed to raise capital.
After we attended a course by Russell Westcott we raised over 1 Million dollars to buy another 10 properties… now we are living in paradise.
Step by step system… like a GPS, trust it, and you can do the same.
Thank you Russell
Angela PengReal Estate Investor
Now Armed With Confidence…
Russell is somebody that teaches what he has actually done in the past and continues to do today.
I joined the Raising Capital Academy back in September of 2018. Russell had just launched his program, and I instantly saw the value of getting in early.
This community is something that I have been searching for for quite some time, a few years actually, not only for a great program, but to find a coach that I really align with and share the same values.
My wife and I had just purchased a property, the last one that we were able to with using our own resources.
We had exhausted all of our own mortgage qualifying power and used all of our own funds that we had available to invest with, so we were stuck, and it was time to take our business to the next level and learn the skills required to raise capital in order to continue to grow and build our portfolio and reach our goals.
I now feel armed with the confidence to go out and raise the capital, continue to grow our portfolio. And not only that, the support system that’s there inside the academy, the support system is absolutely phenomenal.
The community is there for any questions you have, questions, answers. Anything you need help with, they got your back. So that is a great feeling and a great community to be a part of to have that support.
I strongly encourage anybody that is stuck in their portfolio, wants to grow their portfolio beyond what they are able to on their own to take a good look at the Raising Capital Academy.
I am forever grateful for Russell and the community that he has created.
Brian BanksReal Estate Investor, FreedomVest Properties
Throughout my journey as a professional real estate investor, Russell Westcott has been an invaluable resource for me. He has a wealth of knowledge on every aspect of the business, which he is more than willing to share at every opportunity. Russell’s leadership is inspiring, as he leads by example; he embodies everything that a professional real estate investor can and should be.
Valuable Advice & Guidance…
I just want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to you for all of your valuable advice and guidance. The suggestions you have given me have begun to make all the world of difference in my day to day life and business operations. In addition, I also wanted to thank you for spending some time with us. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing your input and perspective.
Thank You For The Confidence…
“I want to thank Russell for his confidence. He has taken me from knowing nothing about what a joint venture is to be able to get my first joint venture deal. It was his knowledge and expertise, which helped me get over the fear of approaching people and asking for money.
Thank you so much, Russell, and I hope you can continue teaching and inspiring me with your wisdom and your knowledge.”
Real Estate Investor, Real Estate Riches
“Last fall, I was struggling with an issue within my real estate business. I reached out to Russell, and he basically dropped everything to give me a hand. His coaching and references helped me take the action I needed to take in my business. I truly believe that, without his help, I would still be struggling with this issue.
If you are struggling with an area of your real estate business, and you need help, I highly recommend you reach out to Russell.”
Real Estate Investor
Tremendous Impact on Others…
Corinne, I’m sharing this with you because I think it’s important for you to know the tremendous impact Russell continues to have on people. He is willing to be vulnerable and his heart is wide open to give and receive everything that life has to offer.
Thanks For Your Encouragement…
I appreciate all that you have done and the encouragement you have passed my way. Meeting you back in June 2005 was the start of such an awesome transformation in my life. I am not the same person I was back then. I would have never thought of achieving toastmasters DTM, speaking in Las Vegas, and much more.
Travis Doubled His Portfolio…
One of the Most Inspiring Speakers I’ve Ever Seen…
I’ve known Russell since 2008 and he is one of the most inspiring speakers I’ve ever seen and it was a pleasure to have followed his career, not only in real estate but his health, relationships, and presentation skills.
Russell’s real estate presentations and especially his joint venture presentation at ACRE were always highlights of REIN events. I’ve enjoyed the books Russell’s book “97 Tips For Canadian Real Estate Investors” and “Real Estate Joint Ventures,” both are leading books on the subject of Canadian real estate investing.
Put simply, Russell is the Yoda of raising capital for real estate, he is one of the good guys teaching thousands of others to be good guys in real estate.
Erwin Szeto aka "Mr Hamilton
President, Halton Real Estate Investors Group
Renewed Level of Confidence, Energy and Excitement…
Russell, thank for your amazing coaching work with Mike!
I cannot express how grateful that we both are for your guidance and inspiration. Not only is Mike back to being happy, but you’ve given him a renewed level of confidence, energy and excitement for what the future holds.
Thank you for giving Mike the courage to leave his veterinary career behind, to live in the present moment and to pursue real estate full time.
Rosalie Hughes (Coaching Client Spouse).
Partner, YXE Real Estate Group
King of Joint Ventures…
Russell is the king of Joint Ventures and I learned most of what I know through listening to Russell present at the REIN – meeting and from his book Joint Venture Secrets – a book I highly recommend.
You are a Special Man…
When I thought that my English would be an obstacle, you made me realize it could spice up the talk. When I thought my accent could be an obstacle, you made me realize that many relate to that. Thanks for reminding me that we are all special in our own ways, the way exactly we are. You are a special Man. Thanks so much for all you have done, for the great attitude you have towards everything.
Thanks For Being My Giant…
There’s so many reasons to admire Russell Westcott! When choosing someone to aspire to, it’s wise to ensure they’ve achieved the results you want in ALL aspects of life.
Not only is Russell a full-time Canadian-based real estate investor, author, educator, and an inspirational public speaker, but Russell is happily married. So many “gurus” expound the secrets to health, happiness and wealth, but their personal lives are in shambles.
Not so with Russell! By setting a great example in self care, in his rock solid relationship with his wife and children, and in his business relationships, Russell exemplifies the qualities I want for myself as a real estate investor and as a person.
Before quitting my job as a General Duty RCMP officer to invest in real estate full time, I’d listened to thousands of hours of Russell’s presentations while commuting, working out, and when driving around in circles in my police car.
Russell’s lessons are always highly researched, and his knowledge and experience runs both wide and deep. You’ll hear what works, what doesn’t(with genuine stories most people wouldn’t share), and you’ll always get the truth!
Russell’s mentorship, both from afar and in person, was instrumental in helping me build the courage to do what was best for my family: acquire enough property to buy my time back and leave a secure(yet very demanding) job.
Thanks for the help Russell, I couldn’t have done it without you and your body of work. It’s been a blessing to know you, and I’m ever grateful for the too-few genuine people like you who allow the rest of us to “stand on the shoulders of giants.”
Thanks for being my giant!
Ret. Cst. S.J. Perren
Life Changing Lessons…
Before learning about Real Estate Investing from the pros, my husband and I stumbled around in the dark, buying property, selling “duds” and learning about real estate investing all on our own.
I finally discovered Russell through his book “Joint Venture Secrets” and that was the beginning of a whole new chapter in our business!
A road trip across Canada with my daughter became the perfect opportunity to listen to a whole binder of CDs from one of Russell’s first programs and within the first 100 miles, I was totally hooked!
(My daughter… on the other hand … still groans when she hears the sound of Russell’s voice!)
But – those early learnings gave me the tools, and financial ability to not only quit my teaching job when life circumstances were crying out for me to do so, but to enter a whole new chapter in the creation of a business that I’m really excited about. It’s the real estate securing our “old age” that has given us the security to live the life we want “right now”!
Russell’s lessons were truly life changing.
I found Russell to be a clear, enthusiastic, dare I say “hilarious”, and motivating teacher, and I continue to listen to his recordings whenever I get the chance. Back then, he included interviews and guests as well, and the breadth and depth of the information was (and is) incredible.
As a result, we were not halted in our Real Estate Investments by the lack of access to cash, have added properties through JV, and other creative deals and have helped our partners as well. We continue to expand our real estate investment portfolio to this day.
I’m grateful to Russell for the clarity, information, confidence, and the energy with which he passes his extensive knowledge on to investors like me. Thanks Russell!
Senior Consultant and Account Manager , 5 Bandits Consulting, Co-Owner at RWI, and Timberoot Environmental Inc.
Authentic, Real & Raw…
Just wanted to say….WOW, great presentation. It was authentic, real and raw and took guts to do. This is the kind of stuff we need to hear – failures and disappointments and what we do about them. This is impactful sharing Russell!
Oscar Worthy Performance…
A very very special thank you goes to Russell for his Oscar winning performance. Your presentation had intrigue, excitement, dazzling special effects and a breathtaking finish. It brought me to tears as I loved every minute of it.
Making A Big Difference...
Showing Us What's Possible...
A sincere thank you for all that you do, and a very special sincere thank you for all your help to me whenever I have asked. I really appreciate your responsiveness and your advice. – Gary Gradley
You’ve Inspired Me To Be a Better Version of Myself…
I have to tell you that you’ve been a huge source of inspiration for me. I became interested in Real Estate Investing because I wanted to build a solid financial platform for myself and for others, and when I started listening to your teachings it soon became clear to me that I could fit my own life mask whilst also at the same time helping other people fit theirs too.
I had very little of my own cash when I first started and so I’ve focused on becoming a joint venture specialist, let’s face it, I’ve pretty much modelled my life on becoming like you, as much as possible!
My parents always told me to be careful what I wish for, well, I have.
I have distinct memories of walking around lost lagoon in Stanley Park staring at the wildlife, listening to the soothing sound of your voice as I progressed through the joint venture secrets audio series!
I remember that at the time I didn’t really know whether I could actually attract joint ventures, but the way you told your own story made me believe that I could do it too, the story of your hiking partner who believed in you.
But as I’ve progressed, the more I met for a ‘coffee’ with people who were looking to get my advice, the more I believed in myself… some of your key messages over the years really stuck, “don’t fake it until you make it, be it until you become it” as cheesy as it sounds hit home, and although this was a more memorable quote, there were many other moments where you inspired me to be of service to others.
I feel like it is this attitude of being of service that you planted in me, has become a key success factor, you talk about putting ships out there so that some of them can return, and I started to see so many more ships coming back to me when I loosened up and started being more altruistic rather than chasing opportunities.
But aside from the knowledge you’ve passed to me, the JV methodology you’ve taught me, I really think you’ve inspired me to be a better version of myself. You’ve been transparent, vulnerable and authentic, you’ve talked about your own stories, and shared a passion for self-improvement.
You’ve shared pictures of your family and told stories of love and meaning, and that too has moved me.
I have seen myself go from a guy that felt guilty about “asking people for money” to feeling great about “offering people opportunities that are incredibly valuable to them” as well as having real coaching like conversations that inspire people to get clear on what is important in life.
I credit so much of this transformation to you.
I’ve still got so much to learn, but you’ve set me on a great path and I wanted to share with you how much you have impacted my life. I will forever be indebted to you and I’m eternally grateful.
Alastair HartReal Estate Investor, Dassault Systèmes
Making A Difference…
I deeply appreciate your teaching, advice and time. You have made a difference in my life.
Hey Russell, Your contributions have been invaluable to me in my life. Thank you for all you have given and shared!
Over Delivering Results…
Russell, I wanted to say thanks. For working so hard to deliver the best knowledge and material to us. For offering your help to me personally. You don’t know how much that meant.
Enthusiastic and Sincere…
I have learned so much from you! Not just about Real Estate, but about business and life. Thanks for bringing such enthusiasm and sincerity to every meeting.
Sets The Standard of Excellence…
Russell Westcott sets the standard of excellence in real estate investing education. He helped me take the rocket science of real estate investing and turn it into rocket fuel.
I had the opportunity to meet Russell Westcott five years ago when I was struggling with my real estate portfolio.
He is a man who walks his talk. Russell is very knowledgeable in real estate investments and provided me with lots of ideas and inspired me to not lose vision of my goals.
Five years later, not only I was able to leave my full time job at 40 years old but ended up acquiring close to 200 units in our personal multi-family real estate investment portfolio.
This would not have been possible without the support, inspiration and guidance of Russell Westcott.
Realtor, Sutton Premier Realty
Guidance and Resources…
Thank you for the inspiring lessons about raising capital, the wonderful book and taking the extra time to answer my questions. I really appreciate all the guidance and resources you provided.
The biggest thing I picked up from you was about bringing joy to the room and keep taking action and moving forward despite any setbacks. I look forward to better implementing both of them in my life.
As a small token of my appreciation, I have included a small gift (attached picture). It’s done by a friend of my who’s an Eisner winning artist… Hope you enjoy, thank you again, #JVJEDI
Aspiring Real Estate Investor
Amazing Support and Motivation…
Russell, thanks a million for all the amazing support and motivation through the year. You have affected so many lives, be proud and continue kicking ass!
Thanks Russell, your energy is only surpassed by your knowledge, humor and giving back to the community.
Thank you For Your Service…
Been listening to your JV secrets and going through the binders. Great content, will help me buy 6 – 10 properties this year.
There are now people starting to approach me with questions about investing in real estate and even expressing interest in doing deals with me. Just a short note to say thank you for your service, your presentations and your books.
It’s an honour to have your acquaintance and to be part of an organization that puts the information to work.
It’s for real. Thanks Russell!
Moving & Respected
I would just like to take a moment to let you know that your display of courage this weekend at the conference was both moving and respected. It brought a tear to my eye as I listened to and identified with many of the feelings that you were speaking of. Shyness has been something that I have also struggled with. Having been part of your audience many times, I would never have suspected that shyness has been part of your identity until you mentioned it.
You have earned the right to speak of shyness as part of your portfolio of personal traits that you have been able to cull out. You have earned the right to acknowledge that shyness is not something you own any longer. You have earned the right to refer to it as a place that you have come from on your journey that has made you the man you are. Well done! Congratulations.
Confidence & Calm…
You have confidence and a calmness about you. You have integrity and honesty to be open about what you are going through. Not many people are able to be that way. You are made of the great stuff.
Courageous & Inspiring…
Thank you so much for having the courage to share your struggles and challenges. I fight the same battles. It’s inspiring to someone I admire winning the fight. Keep it up!