Expert Advice

  • Boom-bust musts by CRE

    In an economy like Alberta’s, investors need to insulate their properties against sudden economic downturns. Corey and Tiffany Young of InvestorOnFire share three strategies that saved their portfolio

  • Better property management through technology by CRE

    Paul D’Abruzzo outlines three pieces of property-related tech that can improve tenant experiences, the security of your investment properties and your overall ROI

  • Young investors turning to vendor takebacks by Grainne Burns

    Vendor Take Backs (VTBs) may be back in vogue, but mortgage brokers and industry experts are warning buyers of the pitfalls associated with this financial arrangement.

  • 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.

  • Closing problems that strike out a deal by Paul Kondakos

  • 2013: The year of the multi-family property by Vernon Clement Jones

    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.

  • Four Risks to investing in REITs by Dennis Mitchell

    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?

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