Learn to Buy Property with Little-to-No Money Down!

Live Real Estate Investing Event in Calgary, Nov 17: Our New, All-Day, Dig-Deeper AFS Intensive Focus Workshop.

Anyone who follows this blog knows that I love Agreements for Sale (AFS)! It’s a seller financing strategy that is so, so relevant in today’s tough Canadian real estate market. AFS is a classic way of buying property with very little money out of your own pocket. On November 17th, we’re running a special AFS Intensive Focus Workshop, featuring comprehensive tools to help both new and established investors achieve financial success. Continue reading

Canadian Mortgage Renewal Difficulties and Rising Interest Rates

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Real Estate Cycle Blues:
Changing Mortgage Policy in Canada.

Real estate is a cyclical game. The market is strong; the market is weak. It’s a buyer’s market; it’s a seller’s market. Interest rates are abusively high; interest rates are unbelievably low. Inflation is rampant; deflation is around the corner. All of these factors affect what Canadian homeowners and investors pay for their dream home or next rental property both in regard to the price of the real estate and the interest rate on the new mortgage. This post is one of a series that I’m doing on the effect of recent restrictions on mortgage financing in Canada.

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Billions of Dollars Available for Canadian Real Estate Investors!

Registered Funds Are an Alternative Mortgages Goldmine.

This Canadian real estate investing video is an edited recording of a live webinar for participants in Barry McGuire’s Rapid Cash Program. The topic is how to use the funds in a registered investment (e.g., RRSP, RESP, TFSA, etc.) as an alternative source for a mortgage. Whether you want to be a lender or a borrower, there is lots of money out there—if you know how to find and use it! This video provides in-depth discussion from experienced registered fund lenders and borrowers.

For a legal perspective on registered fund mortgages, view this recent blog post.

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Borrowing and Lending Money from Registered Funds in Canada

6 Things to Know About RRSP Mortgages: A Legal Perspective.

Do you have a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) in Canada? Are you unhappy with the financial performance of your RRSP? Are you looking for better investment returns in your RRSP? Or are you looking to borrow money? Perhaps you don’t want to borrow from a bank, credit union, or broker? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might find it attractive to use an RRSP mortgage. This blog post focuses on the legal aspects of lending and borrowing money from an RRSP as a mortgage, but it also applies to other Canadian registered investment funds like Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIF), Registered Education Saving Plans (RESP), and Tax-free Savings Accounts (TFSA).

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Timing in Real Estate: The Key to Avoiding Extra Legal Fees

Purchasing a New Home:
What Could Go Wrong?

Timing! I keep blogging about timing because it is one of the biggest problems for real estate transactions. Issues with timing are hugely stressful; they are the most common reason for an increased legal account. And, no one likes to pay more in legal fees than they thought they were going to have to pay!

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How to Make Money Flipping Canadian Real Estate: Part II

Assignments Part II of II.

In this second instalment of a two-part series on flipping properties in Canada using Assignments, lets chat about some of the details. Knowing the details will give you a much better chance at a successful Assignment. If you missed Part I, you might want to read it first.

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How to Make Money Flipping Canadian Real Estate: Part I

Assignments Part I of II.

Contracts of Assignment, usually just called an ‘Assignment,’ are useful ways of making money with real estate. I’ve talked about them before (e.g., this blog and this video), but they’re worth revisiting in more detail because of their significance to the Canadian market. Sometimes known as ‘flipping’ a property, this is Part I of a two-part series on how Assignments work, with a focus on Alberta real estate.

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How to Avoid Bad Real Estate Deals

Podcast Episode 119: “A Deal That Went Bad and the Lessons Learned.”

This edition of the Tales from the Trenches podcast features special guest Arden Dalik, a senior advisor in the Calgary office of Global Governance Advisors. Her Tale concerns a real estate investment project in Alberta presented to the REIN Group by a REIN member. Quite a number of REIN members invested in the project, including Arden. Unfortunately, the deal went bad, but I was able to come to Arden’s rescue as her real estate lawyer (aka Legal Eagle).

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