OSEYE COHEN, A.I.M.A - Toronto's Expert on Vacant Properties
Oseye Cohen, A.I.M.A
Property Administration Strategist | Business Growth Mentor
Toronto's Expert of Vacant Properties
Oseye-Patricia Cohen is an expert in protecting real estate assets from potential damage while vacant for 30 days or more. As the author of "The Vulnerability of a Naked Property" and an Associate Member of the Institute of Municipal Assessors, she is well-equipped to mitigate risk and maintain property values. Oseye is considered Toronto's go-to expert on vacant properties and can provide valuable insights on protecting your investment.
With a background in Real Property Administration, certification in Real Property Assessment from the University of British Columbia, and experience in property management, preservation, and renovation services, Oseye and her team at 12 Gates Property Services are dedicated to helping real estate investors, landlords, Realtors, and private lending institutions minimize financial loss and maximize cash flow performance.
As a Property Administration Strategist, she's committed to building positive relationships and partnerships with like-minded investors and entrepreneurs in the Toronto and Greater Area to encourage abundant growth and prosperity in real estate.
If you're interested in learning more about how she can assist with your investment property, contact Oseye Cohen today to request a free strategy call.
Upcoming book release
Watch out for my upcoming book! The Vulnerability of a Naked Property
How to Protect Your Real Estate Asset as it Sits Vacant for 30 Days or Longer.
Join the waiting list for the upcoming release.
my start in PROPERTY MANAGEMENT-My Story
Empowering BIPOC Independent Contractors: A Journey of Purpose and Passion in Property Management
When I first started working in Property Management, my initial encounter with independent contractors occurred when I needed to hire a painter for a property damaged by negligent tenants. The task at hand was to repair and rejuvenate the walls. Seeking quotes, I approached three distinct painting companies. One of these stood out—a lone independent painter who took on the project independently. Interestingly, he maintained a full-time position at a local Parks and Recreation facility, channeling his passion for painting into weekend pursuits.
The quotes came in from these three service providers; the two bigger companies gave quotes that were pretty much what I expected: they were detailed, systematic, and priced according to the current market rates. They said they would finish the job in two days. On the other hand, the individual painter said he would need a whole week to get it done. His fee was a lot lower compared to the bigger companies, but that's not why I chose him over the others.
The first two companies had teams of painters, and I thought they would be reliable and show up on time. This would have meant a quicker turnaround, helping me prepare the property faster for showings. However, the independent painter said it would take him over a week because he was working alone and he was also coming in after his full-time job. My decision probably wouldn't have made sense to most other Property Managers, but I could see something more.
You see, this guy had a story to tell. He talked about how he went from his regular job to his side gig in the evenings and on weekends. He had a wife at home taking care of two young kids, and his side gig was all about supporting them, along with his two older children who were in Jamaica. His whole journey fascinated me. And even though he would take much longer to finish the job compared to the other painters, I was convinced by his dedication. Painting wasn't just work for him; it was his heart and soul poured into every stroke of the brush. He completed the job in 6 days, and it was EXCELLENT!
It was this experience why I hire independent contractors and service providers, as opposed to large companies. The independent worker operates with pure intention, whereas large companies operate with a mission. Neither one is good or bad, it's simply easier to see how an opportunity benefits the lives of an independent worker as opposed to the individuals within a large company.
Why I Hire BIPOC
I proudly serve as the director of 12 Gates, a property administration company. Through our program, The Handyman's Helper, we offer property management and virtual administration services. 12 Gates operates as a social enterprise with a steadfast commitment to collaborating primarily with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) independent contractors, recognizing the challenges these individuals often face in securing and sustaining meaningful employment.
As a Property Administrator, I view it as my responsibility to lead by example and actively promote diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our work. Understanding the unique challenges encountered by BIPOC workers, it is crucial for us to create inclusive environments and provide opportunities that might not be readily accessible to them.
For me, prioritizing the hiring of BIPOC independent contractors extends beyond mere recruitment; it's about addressing the specific challenges they face in the workplace and understanding how these issues can impact their lives and overall mental well-being. Some of these challenges include facing discrimination and bias, which not only affect their mental health but also limit their opportunities for career advancement. Additionally, limited access to resources such as funding, insurance, transportation, and culturally sensitive mental healthcare can pose significant barriers.
The pressure to represent their community and perform at a higher level can lead to burnout, and workplace stress may spill over into their personal lives, straining familial relationships. As a social enterprise, 12 Gates is resolute in addressing these challenges. We actively cultivate an inclusive environment, facilitate access to essential resources, and confront biases and discrimination. Our commitment extends to supporting BIPOC workers through opportunities for advancement, promoting diversity and inclusion, and offering crucial mental health support.
12 Gates Property Services remains dedicated to providing property management and virtual administration services with a primary focus on collaborating with BIPOC independent contractors. Our mission is rooted in creating an inclusive environment and actively addressing the challenges faced by BIPOC workers in the workplace.
I welcome the opportunity for further discussion. Please feel free to reach out to me at your convenience.
Oseye Cohen, A.I.M.A
Property Administration Strategist
We protect properties while they sit vacant with All-in-One Property Services:
Management, Maintenance, Restoration and Presentation
of residential properties, helping you to rent or sell faster.
Request a copy of our Organizational Capability Profile:
Market Analysis Advisory & Consulting Services
Our company offers both qualitative and quantitative research and reporting on local zoning, planning, and development policies, projects, and special phenomena. We use the "Highest and Best Use" practices to identify opportunities for future developments and determine the full potential value of new constructions or land improvements.
Comprehensive Property Administration Services Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional property management support for a range of clients, including Landlords, Property Managers and Real Estate Investors. Our services include:
Comprehensive report writing
Residential room-by-room condition evaluations and photos
Current Value Assessment (CVA) Analysis
Property Tax Valuation Appeals for Assessment Review Board hearings
Preparation of annual financial statements for Canada Revenue Agency
Analysis and abstractions of lease for the purpose of implementing revisions
Our day-to-day operations involve maintaining the physical integrity of properties and implementing property improvement systems to ensure smooth operations.
house watch Property Management
We provide short term property management services for unexpected situations that include: Away from home vacant property management services for travelling homeowners, extended landlord absences, and short term tenant services for properties going through a transition. Property management for with vacant properties due to Power of Sale, evictions, divorce, abandonment or while in probate.
Mortgage Field Services
Comprehensive Mortgage Field Services for Private Lenders At 12 Gates Property Services, we offer start-to-finish processing and management for your mortgage-secured investments. Our priority? Protecting properties and minimizing any further loss. With our support, you'll have a guide through the Power of Sale process. Our system is designed to provide timely recovery services, including field reports, current market value reports, occupancy verification, weekly Realtor sales progress reports, and other information or status reports as needed – all based on client guidelines and requests.
Restoration Services &Project Management
Restoration Services and Project Management: Rebuilding Homes to Improve Quality Our company specializes in restoring and enhancing residential properties affected by natural weather events and wear and tear. We offer renovation services to modernize homes by upgrading surfaces, fixtures, and other aspects of the property with more resilient materials and construction techniques. Our services include planning, equipment and material procurement, area preparation and protection, setup, and cleanup.
I Work with independent contractors and small business ownerS
The Handyman's Helper
Virtual Administration Services
The Handyman's Helper is Your Virtual Assistant and Business Coach. I keep you up to date on the latest information about products, tools, and resources to help you on the job and how to market and grow your business.
For the Contractor Pro, I offer administrative support services to help you solve the problem of the extra expenses involved when hiring office staff and how you can earn more profits by reducing excess overhead costs in your business with Virtual Administrative Assistance.
Get a free eBook:
To DO, or Not To DO: A contractors guide to outsourcing
Get more information and request your free copy:
I work with independent contractors who are experienced and the best at their trade, and also those who are just getting started. Independent contractors and small business owners in trades face many challenges when it comes to administration, marketing, and customer service. That's where I come in. I provide support with your business administration tasks that you don't have the time to do, or you might not know how to do it. I am the Handyman's Helper, your virtual assistant during busy times, and working in the background helping to look like a Superhero to your customers!