When to Buy Real Estate

Buy Low, Sell High Is Still Smart; Here’s Why.

Trying to answer the question ‘should I buy now?’ is universal in the real estate world. Normally I write about Alberta real estate because I’m an Alberta lawyer, but I don’t think it matters if you live in Edmonton or New York, Calgary or London. It also doesn’t matter if you’re buying a home or looking for an investment property; their home is many folks’ biggest investment, so it’s smart to think like an investor.

People who want to own property have to make a calculated decision about when to buy. Obviously, there are lots of things that go into your decision-making, but let’s chat about something very important: the condition of the real estate market. Continue reading

Panelists Share Experiences with Creative Real Estate Investing – plus Q & A

Podcast Episode 123: “Creative Real Estate Investors Panel.”

Special one-hour dive into the trenches of Creative Real Estate in Canada… and Africa! Barry has gathered a panel of experts, veritable rockstars of Creative Strategies, to share their experiences and answer questions from the audience. 

The essence of Creative Real Estate Investing is knowing strategies and recognizing opportunities. Sometimes deals come along that don’t work for your usual approach. Knowing alternative strategies like Agreements for Sale or Rent-to-Own (a.k.a. Lease Options) allows you still to turn a profit.

For many investors, Creative Strategies are a supplement to regular Buy & Hold—but they can also become a full-time real estate business. Listen now to get insight into how a bit of creativity opens up all kinds of opportunities!

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Next event: Toronto, ON, Canada on June 1–2, 2019
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Protect Property Against Flooding

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Podcast Episode 122: “Water Is Coming”: Climate Change Preparedness for Homeowners and Real Estate Investors.

Damaging floods are on the rise, whether as sewer backups, swollen rivers and lakes, rising ocean levels, or overland flooding. As a result, water related insurance claims have been rising, triggering changes to policies and premiums. If you own property—and especially property with a basement—it’s time to re-evaluate your preparedness. This blog post considers climate change and what it means for Canadian homeowners and real estate investors in terms of maintenance, prevention, and insurance against water damage from flooding.

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Real Estate Investing Workshops: Edmonton and Toronto

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How to Make Quick Money in Canada with Creative Real Estate Investing.

So, you want to be a real estate investor. But financing is a problem, so you’re not sure about getting started or whether you can continue investing.

You might feel like you don’t have the money to buy now, or you want to purchase real estate with little-to-no money down. Maybe you already own some investment properties, and you can’t qualify for more mortgages. Or maybe you have the financing to purchase investment properties, but “buy and hold” takes too long to pay off. Perhaps you’re frustrated by finding great deals on houses that don’t fit your current investing strategy.

Barry McGuire’s Rapid Cash Program shows you how to overcome barriers and become a successful real estate investor. The secret is a portfolio of proven Creative Strategies, tailored for the Canadian market. If you understand the strategies, you’ll recognize the opportunities! Continue reading

Subdividing Property to Increase Density Can Raise Issues with Mortgages on Titles

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Podcast Episode 121: “Subdivision Nightmare.”

Across Canada, there is an ongoing discussion about the lack of affordable housing. In some areas, developers won’t build rentals because building condos is more lucrative, because there are rent controls, or perhaps a combination of both situations. Some Canadians are completely priced out of the housing market—especially in the Great Toronto Area and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Even in Alberta, where I live and work as a real estate lawyer, affordable housing is an issue. One solution is increased urban density. This podcast/blog post is about the legal challenges of subdividing a single lot into two or more skinnier properties. If there is a mortgage on title, watch out!
 

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Rapid Cash Program Webinar

Join our webinar on April 18th to learn about our upcoming real estate investing workshops in Edmonton and Toronto. The Rapid Cash Program will teach you creative strategies that can work in any real estate cycle to generate income and grow your portfolio. You’ll learn the secrets behind Canada-specific quick-turn strategies that will put you on the pathway to investment success!

Save Your Credit Rating from Foreclosure with Negotiation

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A Strategy for Walking Away from Non-recourse Mortgages in Alberta

Buying a property doesn’t always work out. Sometimes investors and homeowners alike can’t keep up with their mortgages, and they face foreclosure from their lenders. This blog post is about non-recourse mortgages in Alberta and how they sometimes make it possible to avoid foreclosure with careful negotiation—as long as the lender is understanding.

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On Winging It

How to Become a Real Estate Investor: Getting Started vs. Being Perfect.

Over the years, my viewpoint as an Alberta real estate lawyer has changed. I used to want and demand and counsel my clients that all the paperwork had to be perfect. That they should not accept any risk. That it just wasn’t worth it unless every issue had been 100% solved. That viewpoint and attitude was so wrong! Continue reading

Rent-to-Own in the USA

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Guest Post: Intro to Rent-to-Own in the United States, Including Investor Lawyer’s Thoughts on the Canadian Equivalent.

Rent-to-Own (sometimes called lease options) is a way of buying a home without taking on a mortgage, and versions of it have a worldwide presence. Our friends in the American real estate investing community have been working with Rent-to-Own for years. Now, Rent-to-Own is getting more attention in Canada as a Creative Investing Strategy. Furthermore, some Canadians are very interested in purchasing American properties using Rent-to-Own.

Today we are featuring a guest blog post from Ashely Lipman (see below), outreach manager for a Dallas, Texas-based rentals company called The Urban Avenue. She provides a short summary of Rent-to-Own in the USA, upon which I’d like to share some thoughts for my Canadian readers.

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Creative Real Estate Goes Mainstream

Legal Strategies for Investing in Canadian Real Estate When the Market Is Down.

Finally! The real estate industry is starting to recognize that there is such a thing, indeed, a very worthwhile thing, as Creative Real Estate. I’m a real estate lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, and for years I’ve been helping clients put together Creative Real Estate deals. I’ve also been teaching Focus Workshops (next event May 4–5, 2019) on Creative Strategies: Rent To Own a.k.a. Lease-Options, Agreements For Sale, Assignments a.k.a. Wholesaling, Fix & Flip, and Joint Ventures. For a long time, these strategies have been the poor cousins in mainstream real estate investing in Canada, at best ignored and at worst demonized by some as scams. As a lawyer, I can assure you that these are perfectly legal investment strategies—if you use them right! Continue reading