Category Archives: Resources

When is the Right Time to Downsize?

The best time to downsize your home is before it becomes necessary – for financial or physical reasons. It’s always better to stay in control and ahead of the curve when possible, so if you see yourself in any of the following scenarios, it may be time to start searching for smaller, senior-friendly, more affordable housing.  […]

Renting vs. Owning – Tips on How to Decide

Should I own or should I rent?  For many years, the answer to this question was almost always the same.  Owning beat renting – hands down. Nowadays, in view of a changing economy and evolving lifestyle preferences, the answer is not so simple. Leverage Online Calculators There are numerous factors and variables to take into […]

How to Save Sacrifice for a House

Saving money for a down payment on a home has always required discipline, patience, and hard work.  There’s nothing new to report there – except that in highly-inflated real estate markets such as Vancouver you need to develop these virtues early, and exercise them for most of your adult life.  Here is the hard-cold truth […]

Understanding Cap Rates

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The commercial real estate industry in North America is heavily reliant on the metric commonly known as capitalization or “cap” rate.  The cap rate is probably the #1 tool employed by analysts and investors in evaluating and choosing rental properties. Cap rates are used to indicate the expected rate of return generated on an investment […]

What is the Rule of 72?

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Investing is all about the numbers.   In choosing and evaluating real estate investments, critical decisions are made every day based on, among other things, an in-depth understanding of the numbers attached to a project.  Investors are often focused on predicting just how long it will take to recoup their investment and realize a gain. […]

An Introduction to Real Estate Investment Jargon

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If you are serious about becoming a real estate investor, you are going to have to learn to walk the walk and talk the talk.  Like most industries, real estate has developed a specialized language – complete with acronyms, expressions, technical terms and idioms all its own.  Even seasoned professionals must work to keep up […]