Advantages of Investing in Property

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Podcast Episode 84:
Why the Ultra-Rich Like Real Estate.”

Investing has its ups and downs. Real estate has some definite advantages in smoothing out the bumps. Ultra-rich people usually have some properties in their investment portfolios in order balance out the volatilities of stocks. Even if you’re not wealthy (yet!), the same advantages sought by the ultra-rich also apply to any investor.

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Lead Pipes in Older Homes

Podcast Episode 83:
Lead Isn’t Dead.”

Lead pipes are a very real risk with older houses; it’s a toxic metal and can make the water unsafe to drink. In this Tale, my client was given notice by her water utility provider that her rental property might have lead pipes. She took lengths to protect her tenants, as well as make sure her insurance would cover her in case of any issues. When dealing with older homes, it is essential to do diligence on the possibility of lead pipes and how to address it.

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When to Walk Away from a Real Estate Deal

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Podcast Episode 82:
Diligence Time Bombs And Letters Of Intent.”

When trying out a new real estate investment strategy, it’s important to know when to walk away. In this Tale, an attendee of one of my creative investing workshops was ready to try an Agreement for Sale, and contacted me for help with a Letter of Intent. The deal turned into a Joint Venture, but there were too many red flags. Our investor walked away, and we can all benefit from the lessons learned!

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Buying Property Without a Bank

Podcast Episode 81:
Agreements for Sale 2.”

I introduced Agreements for Sale (AFS) in a previous blog post and podcast, and now it’s time to review with a bunch more examples. In essence, AFS is a type of seller financing and is sometimes called a bond for title or contract for deed. The seller retains the title, but the buyer takes control of the property—all without needing a bank. Nowadays, this technique is uncommon, but it used to be more popular during and immediately after the Great Depression. Take advantage of this little-known strategy to find great Creative Investing opportunities!

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What is Rent-to-Own?

Podcast Episode 80:
Rent-to-Own.”

Rent-to-Own (abbreviated as RTO and often interchangeably called a Lease-Option) is a two-part strategy. You start with a lease (the ‘Rent’ part) and add an option to purchase (the ‘Own’ part). In a Rent-to-Own scenario, the renter is, for some reason, unable to finance at the moment. Examples of financing problems are: bad credit, not enough down payment, self-employed, new job, or new immigrant. Yet, all these tenants want to make the transition toward home ownership immediately, usually for personal or emotional reasons.

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Creative Investing

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Podcast Episode 79:
Creative Real Estate Strategies.”

What is Creative Real Estate Investing? It is a method for making money with real estate that uses strategies like Rent-to-Own, Agreements for Sale, and Wholesaling, among others. This is an area not too many people know about, but it offers some tremendous opportunities. One of the things that differentiates Creative Real Estate Investment from the traditional Buy & Hold approach is that it works on a much shorter timeline.

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Assignments: Clever Investment Strategy or Malicious Shadow Flipping?

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Podcast Episode 78:
“Contract Assignments.”

The practice of selling one’s interest in a real estate purchase contract—a.k.a. an assignment—has been getting a lot of bad press in BC lately. In fact, the situation there may be changing thanks to government intervention. Contract assignments are a widely used and entirely legal procedure, but the laws governing them vary by location. We’re discussing BC, and then focusing on Alberta here. As always, the principles I explain are widely applicable—as long as you consult your local regulations.

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Title Insurance

Podcast Episode 77:
Is Title Insurance Worth It?

In Western Canada, title insurance was created to cover problems with real property reports, but did you know that it also covers many other issues? In this Tale, we have a case where the lender got title insurance, but the buyer/homeowner did not. When there was a $21,000 claim made regarding gap registration, the matter went to court. This problem could have been avoided with a mere $50 of extra insurance! Many of the Tales I tell are like this one, which is all about helping you avoid other people’s mistakes.

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Asset Planning & Protection

Podcast Episode 76:
The Power of Trust.

I’ve got a real bee in my bonnet about Asset Planning & Protection (APP). I have done Focus Workshops all about Legacy Planning, Asset/Corporate Structure, Insurance, and Tax Planning, but now it’s time to bring this focus back to my blog and podcast. It’s hugely important for all of us, but we are all so busy buying, selling, and managing real estate that APP always takes a back seat. I want you to have a much better general understanding of Asset Planning & Protection. Are we trying to turn you into lawyers, accountants, financial planners, or tax experts? No, absolutely not. But we are trying to help make you more informed and prepared!

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What to Do About Foreclosure

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Podcast Episode 75:
Help, I Can’t Make My Mortgage Payments!”

To mark the 75th episode of Tales from the Trenches, we have a Special Extended Edition all about foreclosures. This Tale is so packed full of helpful information that it had to be nearly half an hour long! The recent economic downturn in Alberta triggered by a collapse in oil prices means that many people are faced with a dilemma: what do you do if you can’t make your mortgage payments? It’s best to be proactive and not wait for the bank to come calling, and this Tale will help you figure out some options. We’ve also got some creative solutions for real estate investors that can help them keep their businesses above water in tough times.

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