A common question we constantly get asked is, what’s the difference between a real estate agent and a mortgage broker and what do they do? For new investors or first time property buyers who are new to the game, this is a very valid question to ask
Developing real estate of any magnitude is often an exercise in time and patience. The approvals, the permits, the planning; even the most patient investor can feel frustration
Commercial real estate leaders are more pessimistic about the future of the market in the wake of increasing concerns about Canada’s economy.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like everyone is talking about real estate investments these days, especially in Toronto. It’s likely due to the unrelenting volatility of the capital markets. But, let’s leave the reasons for another time and story. Today, I want to talk about the tools that we use to measure real estate investment, and why there may be a better way than "cap rates."
Here are five of ten ways investor Gord Lemon urges you to shake the bushes for a deal. Note: They're in no order of preference or effectiveness, although all require initiative and, perhaps, a little luck.
The first deal is generally the hardest when investing in real estate. In fact, concerns about winning financing can stop many from taking the leap from idealist to investor. But that doesn’t have to be the case, and much of the fear can be alleviated by the confidence a good credit score can provide.
Are your REALTORs working for you or themselves? It’s a question investors need to ask if they're being pushed into pocket listing a triplex or some other small property instead of taking it to the MLS, caution experts.
Everyone has heard at least one horror story of "the tenant from hell," so much, in fact, that dealing with renters is the biggest fear potential investors face, writes industry expert Paul Kondakos. But that threat can be easily mitigated.
2013 is primed to be the year of the multi-family property, according to a new report, tracking Canadian investment trends, increasingly influenced by an iffy global economy.
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are all the rage with investors looking to diversify their portfolios in a rocky market. But are they necessarily a safer bet than the good old buy-a-property-and-rent-it-out approach?
Running to court when a seller fails to make good on a contract may no longer be your first line of defense if you're a developer, writes Vancouver lawyer Mike Morgan, partner with Lawson Lundell.