Expert Advice

  • Home inspection tips: pre-qualify a property before bringing in a professional by CRE

    I always recommend hiring a qualified and experienced home inspector, but only after you have pre-qualified the home yourself. In this article, I will provide some tips on what to look for yourself -- before bringing in a home inspector.

  • 10 tips to find the best locations for real estate investment by CRE

    Ken Davidson, an investor and partner at BDO, lays out his tips for what to look for when finding the perfect community to invest in.

  • 4 tips for making your holiday parties profitable by CRE

    It’s that time of year again! Time for the annual company or neighborhood holiday party and all the other social events that come with the holiday season. These seasonal events are also a great place for networking. And, even if you don’t look at them as ‘networking events,’ you likely will be meeting new people and making an impression in the process. You might as well make the most of it.

  • Can tenants break their lease too easily? by CRE

    Most landlords get their tenants to sign a minimum one-year lease. But what most landlords don’t realize is that these agreements don’t hold much weight. In Ontario, tenants can break their leases with relative ease.

  • 7 simple ways to score a good deal by CRE

    Everybody wants to get the best possible property deal, but very few actually know how to do it. Property guru Nathan Birch of Australia-based Binvested Group suggests seven ways to get ahead of the pack.

  • How to break free of ‘Analysis Paralysis’ in property selection by CRE

    We all wish we could see into the future to determine whether the purchase of a certain property is going to work out or not. It’s a challenge to know whether or not you should take the plunge and buy that property you’ve been debating over.

  • Top tips for evaluating local real estate markets by CRE

    One of the core tasks for both new and experienced investors is to determine the geographic location(s) they want to invest in.

  • Be weary of developers 'building to code' by CRE

    I recently attended a Home Show and was, for the most part, impressed with the calibre of the vendors flogging their home wares. These are always great places to check out the innovation on offer, and to get some ideas for new home solutions and potential firms to recommend to clients.

  • Five tips for buying a newly-built home by CRE

    Use these tips when buying a newly-built home to ensure you protect your new investment and your warranty rights.

  • Is your city a good place to invest in student rental properties? by CRE

    Picking the right place in which to purchase a student rental can be a tricky process. There are a variety of considerations to think about, over and above single-family home considerations. Get it right and you could be in cash-flow heaven, but get it wrong and you could be in for a tumultuous time.

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