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  • New mortgage rules will drive investments in private lending by Contributor

    MICs and other private lenders currently account for 10% of all new residential mortgages in Ontario. This number will surely increase in the short-term as buyers look for alternative lenders not governed by OSFI

  • Sunil Tulsiani: On the road to making 100 real estate millionaires by Contributor

    When people talk about lifelong goals, there’s no doubt that some of the dreams people have might sound a bit far-fetched. There are people who only wish themselves to live a long happy life with their family, people that fall somewhere in between, and people like Sunil Tulsiani who dream big- not only for himself but for others as well

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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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