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Property Management from a Property Manager’s Perspective

31 Aug

There has been much written on BiggerPockets recently about property management – Do you use a professional property manager? Should you use a professional property manager? What do they do? Are they worth it? I’d like to discuss who we are as property managers, what property managers should offer, and why I think property management services can be of huge benefit to real…

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Owner Occupied or Non Owner Occupied Rental Property

31 Jul

The Pros and Cons of Owner-occupied and Non-owner occupied Rentals Owner – occupied rental or non owner occupied rental? Investing in real estate has a range of great benefits. It is, classically, an investment. Along with text benefits and (hopefully) the property value steadily increasing, the idea of investing in a property has a wide appeal. Before doing so, it’s…

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BUYING A TENANT OCCUPIED PROPERTY

25 Jul

Tips Before Buying a Rental Property If you are in the market for buying a house for yourself or to turn into your own property for rent or sale, there are factors that can change the process. Houses with tenants are one of those factors. Consider some of these tips before you attempt to buy a tenant-occupied house. I. RIGHTS…

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Considerations to Make Before Investing in Property

22 Jul

5 Factors to Consider Before Investing in Property There are a multiplicity of reasons people might invest in property: cash flow, tax deductions, real estate leverage, and hopefully, a steady increase in the property’s value. Below are 5 things to consider before making the move. I. Are you going to be settled? This one doesn’t apply to those of you…

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The 411 ON OWNING RENTAL PROPERTY

18 Jul

Owning and Running a Rental Property There seems to be an ongoing conversation about how owning and running a rental is a great way to invest money. And really, what is not to like about it? You invest in something that you rent out and it practically pays for itself. Indeed, owning real estate to rent out remains a great…

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5 Good Reasons to Invest in Real Estate in 2020

12 Jul

Vancouver Real Estate is still the best investment today! Despite a bumpy 2019 for the housing market in Vancouver followed by a very challenging start to 2020, the housing market prospects are looking surprisingly good. It is, in fact an excellent time to buy. It’s a buyer’s market, rates are stable and there are attractive incentives for buyers looking to…

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SELLING TENANT OCCUPIED PROPERTY: 5 Ways to Make Selling Tenant Occupied Homes Easier

06 Jul

Your Guide to Selling Tenant Occupied Homes in BC Selling a tenant-occupied home is generally more difficult than selling an unoccupied home because you are dealing with people’s emotions around a threatened disruption of note. You’ll be bringing strangers into their home which will be disconcerting and inconvenient for them so you really need to get them on board with…

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COVID 19: Commercial Rent Assistance Program Extended Through The End of July

02 Jul

Government announces extension of commercial property rent relief program in BC. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW; Property owners and small business tenants will soon be able to access funding for the month of July. Only those tenants approved in the April, May and June application are eligible for the July extension. If a business had an average revenue decline of…

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Condo Crisis? Analyst warns of massive Metro Vancouver presale drop-off

30 Jun

Real estate market analyst is calling attention to the plummeting condo and townhouse presales For a while, BC’s condo market future was burning bright. Now, it would seem that the fire has been extinguished. An ABC real estate market analyst is calling attention to the plummeting condo and townhouse presales. The feeling that something was happening was palpable but they…

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Should I rent my property furnished or unfurnished

31 May

Should Rent my property furnished or unfurnished? One of the most common questions we get asked is whether rent a property furnished or unfurnished. Let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of renting your furnished property. Disadvantages of renting a furnished property Higher Vacancy Rate Furnished properties are usually rented as temporary accommodation. Tenancies are usually shorter and…

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COVID-19: BC HYDRO Financial Relief Opportunity

04 May

BC Hydro Financial Relief With not only our nation but our entire world in the middle of a crisis, many of us have lost our income, and for how long no one knows. This affects everyone, because everyone is at risk of catching COVID-19, becoming unemployed, or incurring huge amounts of debt due to a loved one becoming sick or…

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COVID-19: SUPPORTS FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESSES IN B.C.

29 Apr

Resources for Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus The Provincial and Federal Governments are providing a wide-range of supports for businesses in British Columbia which are facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. This list of supports is subject to change. Please contact support providers directly for eligibility and application details! 1. Work Sharing Program The government is…

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Renting out your property during the COVID 19 crisis

28 Mar

The guide on renting out your property during the COVID 19 crisis Our world has literally changed overnight. Amid the COVID 19 health crisis, all of us need to do our part and practice social distancing in order to keep safe and contain the virus. If you are a landlord looking to rent out your property, you might be asking…

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A Comprehensive Guide to Being a Better AirBnB Host

15 Jan

Airbnb continues to be a great platform to turn available space into a profitable business. For people with extra rooms in popular cities or vacation homeowners looking to monetize their property when it’s not in use, there is something for every kind of traveller.  In the early days of Airbnb, the target market tended to be a little more frugal,…

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The Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets on Your Rental Property

09 Dec

The regulations surrounding what rules a landlord can enforce regarding pets in their rental unit fall under provincial jurisdiction. As such, there are a variety of laws nationwide that govern precisely what recourse an owner has when it comes to enforcing a pet policy. In British Columbia, Section 18 of the Residential Tenancy Act, allows landlords to restrict pets completely,…

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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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