Expert Advice

  • Real estate agent vs mortgage broker by CRE

    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

  • Hassle free investing, and living at Oak Bay by CRE

    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

  • Slower economy may improve 'cap rates' by Grainne Burns

    Commercial real estate leaders are more pessimistic about the future of the market in the wake of increasing concerns about Canada’s economy.

  • Time for investors to snuggle up to 'IRR' by Adam Brind

    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."

  • How to find elusive discounted deals by Gord Lemon

    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.

  • Don't let credit blemishes sideline investment by Ethel Wilson

    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.

  • Why pocket listings may not be for you by Vernon Clement Jones

    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.

  • What's your tenant profile? by Paul Kondakos

    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.

  • Whoa! developers: Court may no longer be the answer by Mike Morgan

    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.


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