Archive for category: Ottawa

What Cash Flow and Oxygen have in common in Real Estate

What Cash Flow and Oxygen have in common in Real Estate

A few years ago we were on the hunt for a larger residential property to add to our portfolio. One of our colleagues put us in touch with a Realtor who was supposedly the go-to person in this sphere of real estate investing.

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When is a Mortgage Commitment not a commitment?

When is a Mortgage Commitment not a commitment?

In the last ten years we have bought a lot of real estate, which means that we have dealt with multiple lenders. We’ve learned all sorts of lessons about pretty much every aspect of real estate investing but the one thing we figured we had down pat was the process […]

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Curb appeal and location: Why they matter

Curb appeal and location: Why they matter

When I first began to invest in real estate, I found a triplex that had been converted from a single family residence. The individual units were painted with at least six different paint colours. Think fluorescent, cheap and nasty!

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Another Big Lesson: Keep emotions out of Real Estate

Another Big Lesson: Keep emotions out of Real Estate

In late 2006, when one of my three-bedroom units became available, I received an application from a single mom with two young children. She had terrible credit, questionable references and a history of moving from place to place. She also spun a good tale about how she was working hard […]

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Big Lessons Learned in Real Estate

Big Lessons Learned in Real Estate

Any time you get a bunch of real estate investors in one room you end up hearing their stories. If you have been around for a while and have done more than a few deals then you probably have a story, or several, to share. We are no exception.

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5 Key Factors investors want to consider before doing a Rent to Own deal

5 Key Factors investors want to consider before doing a Rent to Own deal

The news in Ottawa about Rent to Own is all bad these days. Every media outlet is laying out the details of the pounding that investors are taking in the fiasco with Golden Oaks. Commentary ranges from bad to awful. So what’s going on here? Are all Rent to Own […]

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Rent to Own: 5 Key Questions to ask before you do a deal

Rent to Own: 5 Key Questions to ask before you do a deal

For the past few days the news in Ottawa has been filled with the heart-breaking story of a family that lost $10,000 and was forced to move out in a Rent to Own deal gone terribly wrong. The company behind the deal is allegedly being sued for more than $2.25 […]

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Leverage – Real estate’s secret weapon

Leverage – Real estate’s secret weapon

We recently presented our Rent to Own program to a group of real estate professionals. During the question period afterwards, one of the Realtors wanted to explore the investor side of our deals. When he learned about the strong returns he exclaimed, “Great returns and it’s secured by real estate […]

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The deal with mortgage insurance

The deal with mortgage insurance

When you apply for a mortgage and obtain a commitment, you will be asked to sign a lot of documents. Among them is usually an offer for mortgage insurance. If the lender doesn’t ask about it, the mortgage agent will. It seems perfectly sensible in theory, but does it make […]

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Women: What’s your score?

Women:  What’s your score?

What I’m about to discuss is important for everyone. However, this post is addressed to women in particular for one key reason: We tend to be more financially vulnerable. In case you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m talking about your Credit Score, otherwise known as your Beacon score. Let’s look […]

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