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Landlord Series: The Truth about Repairs for Your Rental Property

Landlord 101: how to manage repairs for your rental property

As a homeowner, letting your property out to a tenant is a big deal. You’ll probably be conscious of how your tenant will treat your home. Renting out your home isn’t a light decision, but it can be well worth it. However, having a rental property isn’t just about collecting rent. Your duties will also … Read more

How to Set a Rental Price for Your Investment Property

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As a real estate investor, knowing how to set a rental price for your investment property is important. We go in-depth about why it’s essential to set the right market rent for your home, and you can read more about this topic [HERE].  Understanding the rental value of your home is important to managing your … Read more

Property Management from a Property Manager’s Perspective

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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 … Read more

Conducting an Energy Audit On Your Investment Property

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Very often, people purchase vacation rental properties because they want to have a vacation home for their family to enjoy. And, by turning the property into a rental investment, they can cover the costs of maintaining the house throughout the year. In many cases, if the property is in regular use, it means the owner … Read more

Designing Your Airbnb for Repeat Guests

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Everyone knows that you can use Airbnb to rent out your vacation property. That you can earn money from your primary residence while you’re out of town. Or even that you could make a side income by letting out an extra room in your home to budget-conscious travellers. The system has become so ubiquitous that … Read more

The Biggest Problems With Renting Your Property on AirBnB and How to Solve Them

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When you think of how Airbnb has turned an entire industry on its head, it’s pretty amazing. Just 11 years ago, it was two roommates in San Francisco looking to help pay their rent by offering short-term rentals of their air mattress. The company that was initially called Airbedandbreakfast.com, today has more than 4 million … Read more

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

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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 … Read more

The Best Smart Home Devices to Install in Your Investment Property

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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 … Read more

2020 Residential Rent Increase Allowance Rate

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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 … Read more

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

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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 … Read more

The Top 30 Summer Whistler Activities

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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 … Read more

Maximizing Your Short Term Rental Profits in Whistler, BC

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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 … Read more