Invest in Value Add Commercial Real Estate

One truly great commercial property can give you the freedom to live life on your terms 

Calgary AB | 35,000 Sq.ft Industrial Development | 16 Months

Canada Real Estate Investing

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How to Raise Capital and Invest in cash flowing Commercial Real Estate Like the Wealthy

Our Latest Retail Development at 5315 Dufferin Blvd SE, Calgary AB

Shane Melanson - Canadian Real Estate Investing

Developer & Canadian Real Estate Investor -  Shane Melanson helps real estate investors, professionals and business owners invest in cash flowing commercial real estate.

If you earn a high income and are looking for a way to convert that into passive cash flow, download my book, Club Syndication.

I help people replace their income with passive and predictable cash flow through value add commercial real estate.

The strategy (taught to me from my mentors) find cash flowing, value add real estate.

For the past 14 years, I've helped Canadian real estate investors transact more than a quarter billion of real estate.  In some cases, clients have been able to replace a 6-figure income in one commercial property * (not an income claim, requires hard work, dedication and capital).

There are 3 primary ways I can help you invest in real estate:


You want help sourcing, acquiring and managing commercial properties...


You would like to understand what properties you're investing in first


You're too busy to learn the business.  Partner with an experienced operator.

Commercial Real Estate Investing in Canada Options...

"Stop Investing Like the Masses". This was one of the first big lessons I learned when entering the world of commercial real.

Investing in 7 and 8 figure commercial properties is largely a relationship game.  For the most part, the best commercial properties are not found on the MLS.  Top Commercial Brokers have a database of proven buyers they take deals to direct.


  1. Commercial real estate is a more complex transaction and brokers and sellers want seasoned buyers (deal certainty).
  2. Next, a 7 or 8 figure property has the potential for a large commission.  If the broker already knows who the buyers are, it would make sense they would deal direct (to earn a full commission).

Canadian Commercial Real Estate Investing:
My 3 Step Framework for Investing in Commercial Properties:

3 Steps to Grow Your Real Estate Portfolio & Retire Early

The Plan

Step 1. Your Plan - How much Passive Income do you want.  Where are you starting from? Take into consideration your Risk Profile and how much time you have.

The Strategy

Step 2. The Strategy - There are three key 'Strategies' when investing in commercial real estate.  The strategy you chose will be based on what your investing goals.

Step 3. Implementation - With a clear Plan and Strategy, you're ready to take action (start investing).  You'll know the type of commercial properties to invest in.

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About Shane

I started like many Canadian real estate investors- looking for a way to replace my 6 figure income.

I started buying and fixing up single family properties and renting them out in Calgary AB, in 2004.  Most properties generated a few hundred a month in cash flow.

I had a fulltime job and in the evenings and weekends managed my real estate.  I was young, didn't have a family, so working long hours and weekends didn't bother me.

When the market shifted in 2008, I was forced to sell many of my properties that were not cash flowing.  It was a wake up call- investing solely for Market Appreciation was really gambling.

My New Investing Goal: How do I Replace my Income Investing Cash Flowing Real Estate?

In late 2008, my father-in-law, a 40 year veteran developer and commercial real estate investor taught me how to invest in commercial properties.

We did our own deals and helped a small group of Canadian real estate investors; REIT's, Pension Funds and Wealthy Family Offices.  Once in awhile a physician, engineer or business owner would ask for our help to buy a apartment, retail or warehouse building.  It was in helping these individuals make the leap into commercial properties that I saw a gap in the market.

The world of commercial real estate (CRE) was closed to outsiders.

So a new investor to the world of CRE could easily be taken advantage of.  Falling victim to the minefield of mistakes common in CRE.

Not understanding the "Game of Commercial Real Estate" is expensive.  I've seen investors lose as much as $6,000,000 because they bought a decent property at the wrong time in the market.

The Game, as it was taught to me, is about understanding the Players, Properties and the Money and the motivations of everyone in the game.

Unfortunately, many new commercial investors don't know where to start and few are willing to share their secrets.

In 2019, I launched my podcast, The Investing Advantage and it quickly rose to being one of the top Investing Podcasts in Canada.

I have since written a book and started a small mastermind where, I help a small group of people invest in commercial real estate like the pros.

To learn more about investing in commercial properties, click the link below.

Father-Daughter Date Night
Father-Daughter Date Night
The Investing Advantage Podcast

Case Study: How Dan Replaced a multi-6 Figure/Year Income with 1 Commercial Property

How Dan Bought His First Commercial Property in 4 Months

Replacing a 6-figure income with just one commercial property?  It is possible so long you find the right property in the right location.


The Investing
Advantage Podcast

Devoted to Canadian Real Estate Investors who are stuck trading time for money replace their income. The GOAL of this podcast is to help you start living LIFE on your terms. And the best way to do that is to eliminate any FINANCIAL worries but taking responsibility for your money and how it's invested.


Kind Words From My Private Real Estate Investing Clients

Shane is one of the few people in this industry who I feel I can really trust- amazing information, no bs, and always authentic.

Appreciate you Shane, for dropping knowledge as always. I’m a rookie investor, but feeling more and more confident by the day.

Private Real Estate Investing

Niyi Sobo
I'm Not You - Former NFL Running Back | Mindset Coach

Private Real Estate Investor Tim

Tim Murphy
Groundup Development LLC

Shane's latest book (Club Syndication) is a great helicopter tour of the complex and scary world of investing in commercial real estate.

Shane's tips are simple, but poignant, and his transparency and genuine desire to help other sis refreshing in today's business world.

A fast and simple read for anyone looking to diversify their investment portfolio or begin focusing on commercial real estate investments.

Private Real Estate Investor Canada - Stan

Stan Peake
Entrepreneur - Insite Performance

Many thanks Shane for your hard work on this project.

It's certainly a great learning experience, especially on our first commercial property. We're extremely lucky to have such experienced team working with us, without your help and guidance we would definitely be lost and not able to pull it off.

Please accept our sincere appreciation to you, words cannot describe our gratitude but thank you is indeed from the bottom of our hearts.


June and Dan Wang
Calgary Physician

I’ve been watching Shane’s Facebook videos and it has taken me on to a whole new investing path that I had no idea existed.

He is very clear and systematic in his approach. He doesn’t tease you with just enough information for you to need to go buy his material to get a full understand.

I would advise you to listen to the podcast now and start learning a new way to invest.

Robert Grand
Business Owner: Grand Realty | Real Estate Investor

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