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About the Host

Scott McGillivray

An expert at turning real estate into real income, Scott works with homeowners and builders to transform wasted space into rentable units.
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About the Show

Scott McGillivray helps first-time homebuyers turn part of their home into a moneymaker to help with mortgage. In each episode, Scott presents the homeowners with options and they choose which part of the house to renovate into an apartment. We see the renovation and the amazing reveals.

Episodes

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Season 7, Episode 1

Buying a House with Help from Mom and Dad

Marli and Toby want to buy a house together and they want it to be an income property. They've borrowed a down payment from Marli's parents and need an income property to help them pay back the debt. Scott helps them decide between single-family homes with income potential, and an existing duplex then gets it ready to rent.

Wednesday
Jul 15

8am | 7c

Season 7, Episode 5

Big City Reno for Couple's First Home

Dan and Tania are ready to buy their first home. They want to cut down their commuting time by living downtown, but to make it happen, they need their first home to also be their first income property. Scott helps them choose between a duplex, a triplex, and a Victorian row house; then renovates a beautiful income suite.

Wednesday
Jul 15

9am | 8c

Season 9, Episode 1

Making Mom Proud

Sisters Nicole and Michelle live in different cities, but now they've come together to invest their inheritance in an income property that would make their late mother proud. Scott shows them a turnkey property, a detached fixer upper, and a downtown row-house, then helps them agree on an investment strategy.

Wednesday
Jul 15

10am | 9c

Season 9, Episode 4

More Love More Money

Wednesday
Jul 15

11am | 10c

Season 6, Episode 4

Basement Sacrifice Means a New Apartment and a New Home

Diana is a flight attendant and flying solo as a recently single parent to two boys. She'd been living in Costa Rica and has returned to Canada to raise her children. While she was still away she found this 1940s detached brick home and decided it would make a great home to raise her children in. Her parents scouted it, then Diana put in an offer and unexpectedly got it - sight unseen! Her parents have helped finance the purchase by providing a second mortgage. Diana's plan is to pay down the mortgages by creating a basement apartment where she and her boys will live for a year or two and rent out the two story, 3 bedroom home above. When her finances are more stable, she'll move back into the upper unit and rent the basement as a long term 2nd income. For the past two months, she's attempted some of the renovations and hasn't finished any single task except to completely gut what was a finished basement. Diana needs Income Property's help.

Tuesday
Aug 25

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 6, Episode 8

First and Second Impressions for a Newlywed Couple

Rita and Eric 'tied the knot' six months ago and have been living in the basement apartment at Rita's parents home. They've just bought a 1980s detached brick house nearby with its own 'in law suite'. Their first impressions of the house were great. They planned to move in upstairs right away and focus on getting the basement up, running and rented. However their second impression was very different. Once they took possession, they decided they could not live with the upstairs kitchen and tore it out. Without a kitchen in their new home, they are stuck at Mum & Dad's until it's finished. Renovating and renting this basement apartment will help them pay for the upstairs work and move into the house sooner rather than later. Renovating it into a safe suite is well beyond the skill sets of these newlyweds. Eric and Rita need Income Property's help.

Tuesday
Aug 25

8am | 7c

Season 6, Episode 11

Lost Focus and a Stalled Renovation

Andrew is a single guy working full-time and going to school part-time to complete his Masters degree. When he graduates in a month, he'll have to begin paying back his $80,000 student loan. That's not the only debt he's got to handle ? he bought a duplex from his grandparents 2 years ago. He rented the upper unit and moved into the main floor apartment which he started to renovate with an eye to recapturing the home's historic roots. When the upstairs tenant moved out a year ago he decided to convert the house back into a single family home and get room-mates to help cover the mortgage because he still needs the rental income. The entire house is now in various stages of renovation because he tried to do it all himself with help from family and friends to cut costs. He hasn't completed a single area because he's too busy with work and school. Now his big student loan is due on top of the mortgage and he urgently needs the extra income from renters that he was banking on - but the house is un-rentable! Andrew needs Income Property's help.

Tuesday
Aug 25

8:30am | 7:30c

Season 6, Episode 6

Suburban Dream for a Family with a Vacant Basement

Ten years ago Rob and Tricia bought this four bedroom detached house in a suburban town with lots of space to raise a family. As the future comes into focus they realize they need to think about how to pay for that future. An income suite in their under-used basement seems to be the solution. Their city has just changed the rules so income suite are are now allowed and legal. The basement has high ceilings, a walk out to the backyard, a kitchen and a bathroom, but that doesn't mean it's ready to rent. Rob's handy but neither one of them has any idea how to convert this into a legal, self-contained apartment. They're hoping that their home will offer the relief and security they need. Rob and Tricia need Income Property's help.

Tuesday
Aug 25

9am | 8c

Season 6, Episode 2

Less Tenants = More Money for a Triplex Owner who was Formerly Renting to International Students

Carol purchased this downtown triplex heritage home in the early 90s, for $393k. Since then, she has served as landlord, tenant, and handywoman to this property. In order to maintain her $1300/month mortgage payments, in combination with $25,000 worth of annual expenses, Carol housed foreign language students in various bedrooms throughout the house. Now, with the mortgage paid off and no longer up for a flurry of teenagers in and out, Carol has decided to revamp her dated, incomplete basement to become a self-contained unit. After years of makeshift renos and barebones facelifts, Carol is burnt out, and is unable to take on this task by herself. Carol has drained her savings account keeping this massive property afloat, and is desperate to again begin saving for retirement before it's too late. Carol needs Income Property help.

Tuesday
Aug 25

9:30am | 8:30c

Season 10, Episode 1

Same Rental, Twice the Income

Tuesday
Aug 25

10am | 9c

Season 10, Episode 2

New Love, New Rental

Tuesday
Aug 25

10:30am | 9:30c

Season 10, Episode 7

Built for Mom and Dad

Tuesday
Aug 25

11am | 10c

Season 10, Episode 10

Big House Big Dreams

Tuesday
Aug 25

11:30am | 10:30c

Season 8, Episode 13

Channeling Rental Energy

Nasreen and Allan are in love and ready to buy their first home together. But Nasreen needs an income property with space to start her reiki business. Scott takes them to see a downtown semi, a two-unit semi and a storefront property.

Tuesday
Sep 22

8am | 7c

Season 10, Episode 1

Same Rental, Twice the Income

Tuesday
Sep 22

9am | 8c

Season 10, Episode 2

New Love, New Rental

Tuesday
Sep 22

9:30am | 8:30c

Season 10, Episode 7

Built for Mom and Dad

Tuesday
Sep 22

10am | 9c

Season 10, Episode 10

Big House Big Dreams

Tuesday
Sep 22

10:30am | 9:30c

Season 10, Episode 15

Fostering Independence

Tuesday
Sep 22

11am | 10c

Season 10, Episode 18

Investing for Baby

Tuesday
Sep 22

11:30am | 10:30c

Season 8, Episode 13

Channeling Rental Energy

Nasreen and Allan are in love and ready to buy their first home together. But Nasreen needs an income property with space to start her reiki business. Scott takes them to see a downtown semi, a two-unit semi and a storefront property.

Tuesday
Oct 20

8am | 7c

Season 8, Episode 5

City Dreams, Small Town Budget

Jen and Brock dream of buying a home downtown, but it needs to have an income property if they want to afford it. Scott shows them a 100-year-old row house, a single-family home, and an east end duplex; before sky-high housing prices threaten to scare them away from buying altogether.

Tuesday
Oct 20

9am | 8c

Season 9, Episode 10

Moving Up, Paying Down

Tuesday
Oct 20

10am | 9c

Season 9, Episode 3

Rent Cheques for a Cause

Tuesday
Oct 20

11am | 10c

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