Category Archives for "Investing"

Jun 09

Ottawa Condo Prices – Older vs. Newer

Buying And Selling , Investing

Talking about Ottawa condo prices with one of my clients recently, I realised it’s been 6 years since I looked at the average selling price trend for older vs. newer condo apartments in Ottawa. Here’s the article from 2012: Are New or Re-Sale Condos a Better Investment? Fast forward to today; let’s take a look […]

Oct 19

Another Cap Rate Abomination


Some day I will have to write the complete story on capitalization rates in real estate. Knowing me, that will be a long article. There are many angles to cover, from its use and mis-use, misunderstanding and misapplication to the basics of what it measures and what it means.

Mar 27

Is That Basement Bedroom Legal?

Buying And Selling , Investing

Basement bedroom window size is an issue that often comes up during home showings and inspections. When buying a home: “Is that bedroom basement legal?” When helping a client prepare to sell their home, the question is, “Can we call this a 3+1 bedroom home?” Does the bedroom in the basement “count”? Is it legal?

Aug 29

Multi-Family vs. Condominium Apartments as Investments


When it comes to building a portfolio of investment properties, there is something on the menu for every taste.  To suit your specific tolerances and objectives, you will want to discuss the ins and outs in detail.  But I thought it would be fun to write-up a brief table of ingredients for two types of […]

Jul 24

Rules of Thumb – How Far Can They Take You?


A client of mine who is mulling over the idea of acquiring some real estate for investment purposes, started doing some reading on her own and came across a piece about rules of thumb.  She read, in addition to other bits of wisdom, that: The rule of thumb is that the purchase price of investment […]

Mar 05

Older or Newer Condo – Which Is A Better Investment?


Whether buying strictly as an investment or as a new place to hang their hat, my clients often ask me if a new or re-sale condo apartment is a better investment.  Well, there are actually two slightly different versions of this question that I hear frequently: is a brand new condo purchased from the builder […]

Feb 07

Ottawa Condo Market Analysis Part 1: Core vs. Outskirts


One of my VIP clients asked me the other day, in response to the data in one of my monthly newsletters, “…how do you see the condo market evolving over the next 12 to 19 months?” The data that I use for my monthly newsletter is provided by the Ottawa Real Estate Board.  They run […]