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Tax Distressed Properties as Investments

Written by Marc on March 22nd, 2013 with no comments

Tax Distressed Properties as Investments When it comes to finding good real estate investments there is usually a lot of work involved.  I’m sure that you are familiar with finding the potential properties, crunching numbers and deciding whether or not to pursue the investment further.  If you do continue, there is usually a long list of steps to take before the property may eventually be added to your portfolio.  Chances are that these properties that do make it through will be good performers over time, but what if there was a pool of other …

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Small Town Real Estate Investing Considerations

Written by Marc on May 5th, 2009 with 1 comment

In an article that I wrote just a month ago about Small Town Real Estate Flipping, I touched on the topic of investing in real estate in small towns.  Not only do they offer attractive prices, but they also give you the opportunity to get good return on investment (ROI) if you do things right.

But the one thing that I didn’t touch on were some good practices to follow when looking for small town investment properties.  Since most of us would be more familiar with city real estate, there are some things (and potential quirks) that you need to be aware of when investing outside of larger cities.

The first thing that should be on your …

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Small Town Real Estate Flipping Potential

Written by Marc on March 28th, 2009 with no comments

smalltownrealestetflip When people talk about real estate investing, quite often they are either talking about residential or commercial real estate in larger centers.  That makes sense as these larger markets have the largest amount of real estate inventory and therefore give any investor many options as to where to invest their money.

But, I would like to talk about an overlooked real estate market: small towns.

Now, I want to mention right here that I consider small town real estate investing to be concerned with investing in centers that …

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Canadian Investing Opportunity in the United States

Written by Marc on October 1st, 2007 with 7 comments

As I write this article, the Canadian dollar is worth more than the American dollar.  In fact, it is at its’ highest level since the late 1970s. 

What does this mean for us as Canadians?

One word:  Opportunity.

Consider that the American housing market is in turmoil and people are being forced to foreclose on their houses because they can no longer afford them.  This housing crunch has put downward pressure on housing prices, making it a great buying opportunity.

For example, looking at a real estate auction site based out of the U.S., for under $100,000 US I can buy a four unit property that brings in just under $20,000 US per year.  Looking up here in my …

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Leasing Rental Properties

Written by Marc on September 6th, 2007 with no comments

Yesterday, while driving down the road, I came across an interesting sign.  It was a sign from a local commercial leasing company who was offering to build whatever building you needed, provided you leased it.  Now, you might wonder what was so interesting about this, but one of the items on the sign caught my eye:  rental.

Now, I may have read the sign wrong, as I would expect to see “retail” on the sign.  That aside though, it did give me a good idea – leasing rental properties.

I am not thinking of this in the traditional sense where you get your tenants to sign a lease for X amount of months.  Rather I am thinking of it from …

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Why You Need a Joint Venture Partner

Written by Marc on July 19th, 2007 with no comments

I think the title of this article is self explanatory ? at some point your business or organization may need a joint venture partner.  Why?  Below are four common reasons why you might want a joint venture partner:

Lack of Expertise

You may have good skills but are lacking in certain areas.  In my case, I am good at seeing the big picture and designing websites, but I lack content creation skills.  So, I went out an found someone to partner with who excels at writing and complements my skill set.

Lack of Capital

Perhaps you have some inside information on where to get a screaming real estate investment deal but don?t have the money to take advantage of your good fortune.  If you …

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Average Home Price in Saskatoon Up 57% in One Year

Written by Marc on July 7th, 2007 with 3 comments

Numbers came out this week regarding the average home price in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  For those of you that have not been reading the blog up to this point, Saskatoon is located in Canada and is currently experiencing a housing boom.  The average house price for a house in Saskatoon in June was $252,433 CDN up from the price in June 2006 of $160,547 CDN.

A large reason for this increase is both the number of frustrated potential home buyers bidding irrational prices just to get property and the influx of investors from outside the city.  An example of these external investors are those investors from Alberta who have entered the market due to the high prices found in the Alberta market.  …

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Listen to your gut – Picking a Realtor

Written by Marc on June 9th, 2007 with 1 comment

This may seem to be a strange title for a blog post – but I urge you to read on.  You may have read in many books or heard from friends the steps you should follow in finding a realtor that specializes in investment properties.  Such things as experience, the realtor actually owning investment properties, and creative financing come up on that list.  One thing that you don’t see very often is mentioning your gut instinct.

Even if the realtor is the most experienced person for the job, you may be feeling something about them that is not quite right.  For example, tonight we visited a realtor that we have dealt with in the past to purchase some investment properties under a …

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Saskatoon has strongest housing resale market in Canada

Written by Marc on June 5th, 2007 with no comments

According to the semi-annual Metro Monitor published by CIBC World Markets, Saskatoon has the strongest housing resale market in Canada.  In fact, according to their report, both Saskatoon and Regina are sixth and seventh rated cities based on economic momentum. 

The labor market in Saskatoon is also the strongest in the country, with Saskatoon posting the greatest percentage increase in employment numbers in the country.

What does this mean to a real estate investor or entrepreneur?

One word: opportunity.  With more people buying real estate, it is a good market for flipping homes.  According to sales in the MLS (multiple listing service), the average home price in May was $233,197 CDN compared to $220,682 CDN just one month ago.  …

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Four Green Houses, One Red Hotel

Written by Marc on June 3rd, 2007 with no comments

If any of you have played the board game Monopoly from Milton Bradley, you will understand the title of this post.  To give a simple explanation of this strategy, look at this list:


  1. Buy some properties
  2. Collect rent
  3. Build houses
  4. Collect more rent
  5. Trade four houses for one red hotel
  6. Repeat

This is a great analogy for life in business.  Start small, reinvest, and grow.  If you follow this simple strategy, you can and should excel in business and investing.  This can apply for online and offline businesses, and real estate investing.

This is also good motivation for those of you just starting out:  even if you are starting small, you can become …

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