Starting in 2016—when the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver markets were thought to be in bubble-territory—governments began to introduce a series of taxes and mortgage rules. The aim was to slow down heated housing markets—and it worked. By 2018, the national average annual sales price dropped 3.9 percent to $488,668, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association’s data. During that same year, sales activity dropped by almost 11 percent.
But the biggest supporters of real estate, as an investment asset class, were unphased; investors like Jim Yih, an Edmonton-based pension and benefits expert and a personal finance blogger who runs the site RetireHappy. He admits he’s biased. His net worth grew significantly due to real estate investments.
Treating the Real Estate Investment as a Business
With every investment one should be treating the real estate as a business investment as well to make sure you are gaining the most amount of returns on it.
A business takes time to establish and provide you with the returns the same is the case with investment in the real estate market.
And like any business, you should learn to manage risk.
How to Manage Risk?
When taking risks you need to consider the following options:
- Risk #1: Taking on additional debt
- Risk #2: Spending on costly repairs and maintenance
- Risk #3: Dealing with bad tenants
- Risk #4: Getting hit with a lawsuit
- Risk #5: Potentially losing your investment
Someone who understands the above-mentioned and knows his way around them is the one who is going to be good at the Canadian real estate game.
It is the calculated risk that a man needs to take to get somewhere and take his business to a position where it is viable and would make him/ her money and provide a sensible lifestyle.
Risk, not something that you take blindly that is foolishness. You should study take your time to understand what you are getting involved with. This guarantees better results if not 100% but create an option that would not make you fall to ground zero if you fail.
So all businessmen and women should follow these tactics when investing in the real estate market of Canada.
Canadians regardless of anything, are still confident investors in the real estate market. This just shows how the market is operating regardless of what the media or the news is saying investors like to make money and they have understood how the market works and it is not dependent on simple factors like what people say but rather is more than everyone else.
For investors, to key to making strategically smart decisions is to consider the underlying economic factors that impact your investment. As Douglas Porter, BMO chief economist recently stated in a Bloomberg interview: bond yields are dropping, Canada boasts strong population growth, and government budgetary decisions are acting as stimulants for the national housing market, all of which point to a healthy future for Canada’s real estate market.
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Real estate agents caught on hidden camera breaking the law, steering buyers from low-commission homes
Marketplace’s latest investigation is uncovering some shady real estate practices.
Posing as homebuyers and sellers, Marketplace tested if real estate agents are engaging in steering, an anti-competitive practice that steers potential homebuyers away from properties that offer agents lower commission. The team’s hidden cameras found some agents deceiving the buyers they are supposed to represent in an effort to pad their own bottom line.
Experts and industry insiders say what Marketplace has uncovered is indicative of an industry working for the benefit of real estate agents at a cost to home sellers and buyers.
“There’s a huge inertia, and maintaining the status quo, it absolutely benefits existing realtors 100 per cent,” said broker and real estate agent Michael Walsh, one of the few speaking out on this issue.
After learning about our findings, the Real Estate Council of Ontario issued a notice about steering to more than 93,000 real estate agents, brokers and brokerages under its purview, noting that such behaviour breaches their code of ethics. Read more
Family blindsided after marketing company, funeral home cash in on father’s obituary
Before pancreatic cancer took his life in April, John Rothwell made his dying wishes clear: if mourners wanted to donate to a cause in his name, the money should go to an educational fund he and his family set up.
Instead, family and friends unwittingly paid for a product that puts money into the pockets of companies profiting from grief, says son Nathan Rothwell
Rothwell told Go Public that while he knew the obituary would be on the website of the Mackey Funeral Home in Lindsay, Ont., he made sure it included a request for mourners to consider donating to the educational fund, in lieu of flowers.
What no one told his family is that Frontrunner — a Kingston, Ont.-based marketing company that runs the funeral home’s website and many others across the country — uses obituaries to sell what it calls “memorial” trees and other products.
The obituary included links that said, “Plant a tree in the memory of John Rothwell” and led to a different website where mourners paid for products the family knew nothing about, said Rothwell.
“Family and friends spent money out of their own pockets for what they thought were my dad’s wishes,” Rothwell said.
After Rothwell complained and got a lawyer involved, Frontrunner doubled what mourners paid for the trees, and donated that money — more than $2,000 — to the educational fund. The company maintains that it did nothing wrong. Read more
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