Scott McGillivray

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Scott McGillivray
Born (1978-04-07) April 7, 1978 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation real estate investor, financial expert, contractor, television host, writer, public speaker, and educator
Known for Income Property

Scott McGillivray (born April 7, 1978) is a Canadian real estate investor, television host, financial expert, contractor, writer, public speaker and educator.

McGillivray is the award winning host and executive producer of hit series Income Property, a home renovation show on Home & Garden Television (HGTV) in United States and Canada.[1] He is a judge on HGTV's All American Handyman with Mike Holmes and Canada's Handyman Challenge along with Mike Holmes, Bryan Baeumler and Paul LaFrance.[2]


Scott McGillivray attended the University of Guelph where he received an honours degree in Commerce in 2001. What began as a school project about income properties developed into a unique and strategic business model that Scott would later execute himself. At 21, Scott purchased and renovated his first rental property and owned 5 rental properties by the time he was 23. He became a licensed contractor in 2004 to manage his own crews and address the challenge of finding responsible trades to renovate his investments. He has now built a real estate empire with properties across Canada and the United States housing hundreds of tenants.

After working on Debbie Travis’ TV series, McGillivray signed a deal with HGTV to host a new program concept. The premiere episode of Income Property aired on HGTV Canada in September 2008, followed by HGTV US in January 2009. During each episode Scott shows how average homeowners can turn part of their homes into income generating apartments that would help them accelerate paying off their mortgage. After the success of Income Property, 2011 saw McGillivray partner with Kit Redmond to establish SKIT Inc, allowing him to venture into the world of producing, currently serving as an Executive Producer on Income Property.

In 2010, McGillivray launched Lifetime Wealth Network (LWN) to share his real estate knowledge with prospective investors.

McGillivray was the spokesperson for CIBC’s Run for the Cure Campaign in 2013 alongside Tracy Moore, host of CityLine. A strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity, Scott was a member of the judging panel in The Meaning of Home contest for Canadian students in 2013. McGillivray was inspired to help a homeowner facing losing her home after a string of tragic incidents and The Twyla Project was born. The cast and crew of Income Property along with their suppliers donated time, services, and material to create an income generating rental suite that has saved Twyla Gendron her home. In 2014, McGillivray was selected a 2nd time for Hello! Canada’s 50 Most Beautiful Stars list and appeared in Aflac’s ‘DIY Project’ commercial alongside the Aflac Duck.

In addition to his hit TV series, McGillivray tells homeowners where to save and where to spend in the monthly feature article ‘Dollars and Sense’ in Style at Home magazine (2012-2014). He is a regular expert contributor on daytime TV talk shows with appearances on The Today Show, Marilyn Dennis, Steven and Chris, and CityLine and is a keynote speaker at home shows and corporate events across North America. His practical approach to renovation and design has been profiled by the likes of Forbes, USA Today, Costco Connection, HELLO! Canada, ABC's Nightline News, FOX News, ET Canada, Your Money CNN, Canada FM, Breakfast Television, and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.

Personal Life[edit]

McGillivray was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He is married with two daughters. The family divides their time between residences in Toronto, Ontario and Fort Myers, Florida.

Television Series[edit]

Income Property, HGTV (2009-2014)[edit]

McGillivray helps homeowners turn part of their home into a money-maker to help with the mortgage. In each episode, Scott presents the homeowners with renovation options to turn their space into a legal rental unit. The audience sees the renovation and the final reveals. The show premiered in 2009 and has produced 8 seasons, with the 100th episode airing in 2013. Income Property expanded from a half hour to an hour format in 2013 and airs in 33 countries around the world.

Flipping the Block, HGTV (2014)[edit]

In Flipping the Block, HGTV’s high-stakes renovation rivalry, McGillivray is a judge rating the renovation abilities of four couples competing to win big money at auction in a home-flipping competition. The teams transform identical run-down condos — then sell them to the highest bidder. Scott McGillivray guest judges alongside Nicole Curtis, David Bromstad and host Josh Temple.

Canada’s Handyman Challenge, HGTV (2012-2014)[edit]

McGillivray is a judge on the HGTV show Canada's Handyman Challenge along with Mike Holmes, Bryan Baeumler and Paul LaFrance.[2]

All American Handyman, HGTV (2010-2012)[edit]

McGillivray is a co-host on HGTV's show All American Handyman with Mike Holmes.

Holiday Battle on the Block, HGTV (2007)[edit]

McGillivray and Kim Myles co-host this homeowner competition for the best holiday-decorated home on the block.

Debbie Travis’ Facelift (2003-2005) and From the Ground Up with Debbie Travis (2006)[edit]

McGillivray got his start in TV as a crew member and later, as project manager with Debbie Travis on her home improvement reality tv shows.


In 2014, McGillivray wrote his 1st home improvement book in which he advises homeowners how to make the most of their renovation investments.

  • How to Add Value to your Home (2014), HarperCollins Canada

McGillivray has co-authored a number of real estate investing books with business partner Michael Sarracini. These books are sold online by his project Lifetime Wealth Academy.

  • Cash Flow for Life (2012)
  • Quick Start To Cash Flow (2011)
  • The Investors Tool Kit (2011)

Business Projects[edit]

Lifetime Wealth Network In 2010, Scott McGillivray, along with investment partner Michael Sarracini, created Lifetime Wealth Network (LWN) aimed at providing real estate knowledge to owners or potential owners of income properties. LWN brings educational workshops and an online network to investors and professionals who share the goal of making money through real estate. The network draws together professionals across North America to support real estate investors and provides tools, forums and resources to successfully manage their business.

Live Speaking Events McGillivray has started his own live speaking events titled "Creating Wealth through Real Estate" in 2013 with a goal to educate as many people as possible about real estate investing.


  • 2014 Canadian Screen Award, Best Lifestyle Program or Series - The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) nominated HGTV Canada’s Income Property for the award.
  • 2013 Canadian Screen Award, Best Lifestyle Program or Series - The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) issued the award to HGTV Canada’s Income Property.


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