How to Get Started as a Real Estate Investor in Vancouver & Whistler

02 Oct

Sometimes it seems like the Vancouver and Whistler real estate markets are so far-saturated that they won’t make suitable investments. For anyone just now considering their first rental property(s), there is a real fear that the moment may have passed. Even buyers looking to invest in vacation properties have had concerns that it’s not the opportunity it once was. However,…

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The Best Smart Home Devices to Install in Your Investment Property

17 Sep

They’ve long been telling us that one-day smart devices would solve all of our problems. Articles going back 15 years were talking about refrigerators that would give you health tips and reorder your favourite foods before you ever run out. The future was going to be a technological marvel. Well, the future is now. While 5G and the “Internet of…

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2020 Residential Rent Increase Allowance Rate

12 Sep

If you operate a rental property in British Columbia, you will want to be regularly following the Provincial Government’s annual rental increase allowance rate. For 2020, the rental increase allowance is 2.6%.  As a landlord, rental increases are what allows you to make proper capital expenditures to maintain your property in a state of good repair. A failure to keep…

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The State of the Short-Term / Vacation Rental Market in Whistler, BC

04 Sep

In April of 2018, investors were caught a little by surprise when Whistler overtook Vancouver as Canada’s hottest housing market.   A detached house in Whistler was going for about 4% more than a home in Vancouver. And, it’s safe to say that the trend has continued through 2019.  Of course, numbers like this make investors stand up and take…

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The Top 30 Summer Whistler Activities

01 Aug

It used to be that people came to Whistler for the snow. The 5,000 plus vertical feet provided one of the best downhill winter adventures anywhere in the world. When Vancouver hosted the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, it was Whistler that hosted most of the downhill events and for perfectly good reasons. Winter sports are fantastic at Whistler.  However, in…

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Maximizing Your Short Term Rental Profits in Whistler, BC

17 Jul

A short-term rental has always been a great way to earn some extra dollars on your vacation property when it’s not in use by your family. However, in the past, it’s been time-consuming to manage and something that most property owners did very occasionally.  With the rise of sites like Airbnb and HomeAway, many people who had been merely dabbling…

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How to Triple Your Rental Profits with AirBnB

19 Apr

How to Triple Your Rental Profits with Airbnb Airbnb is a wonderful resource for landlords as they try to increase their profits. Long-term rentals can usually go for $900-1000/month while the same place can be sold for $100-120 per night for a short-term or vacation stay. The difference in earning potential between short-term and long-term rentals can be a major…

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How to Pack Lighter And Smarter

12 Apr

In this modern era of constant security checks when flying anywhere, although it may not be true that there are only two types of baggage, carry-on and lost, it certainly is true that more baggage you do travel with, the more troublesome your baggage becomes. It is certainly possible your baggage could be lost. Therefore it is always advisable to…

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Landlord or Tenant: Who is responsible for bed bugs?

10 Apr

Nobody is fond of bed bugs. Many people get creeped out because they can literally come from the bed into our skin to wreak havoc. These are parasites that are common everywhere. This isn’t a problem in undeveloped countries, but right here in your home. When it comes to a rented home, landlords should know that it isn’t because the…

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How To Get More Rental Booking During Off Season

29 Mar

Are you always busy during peak season? Getting lots of calls, reservations, and requests but find yourself worried when offseason arrives? This is a common problem that some owners like you have with certain properties in tourist areas like Whistler. You may be making a significant amount of money for the rest of the year, but then lose out when…

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5 COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT RENTING IN BC

27 Mar

Myths roam about for potential renters everywhere. Local laws may prove to be true, but under the laws of British Columbia, there are specific rules about the eviction process, cost of rent, maintenance, and security deposits. BC has been still facing a housing problem, which has led to a rise in rentals. All the tenants must know their exact rights…

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BC HOUSING TO DECLINE FOR NEXT COUPLE YEARS

19 Mar

New-housing construction is expected to decline for the next two years according to the report prepared by the research firm Altus Group.  The decrease is influenced by the higher interest rates, new tax measures and a slowing economy. According to Vancouver Sun the report estimates that housing starts in B.C. will fall to 37,475 units in 2019 and further to 36,925 in…

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HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR VACATION IN WHISTLER

15 Mar

Lots of people take trips to go skiing in the winter months. However, the costs of such getaways can climb quite high. For most people, the cost of travel and supplies for a ski trip doesn’t fit a typical budget, especially when traveling with the family. Here, you can find some pointers for how to plan a successful ski trip…

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