Can I Buy an Investment Property with No Money?

Can I buy an investment property with no money?  I get asked this question by beginner investors who want to buy properties but lack some or all of the start up capital required for the down payment and closing costs.  Sometimes they are so eager to get started because they have watched late night infomercials…

Privacy Tips for Landlords

A very long time ago I worked as a records management clerk for the federal government.  This was back in the days before this thing called the Internet exploded onto the scene.  Our office handled massive amounts of paper, files, and microfiche that were happily dropped off to our office by staff from other areas…

Illegal Apartments – Buy at Your Own Risk

In Ottawa, converting basements to legal apartments (known as secondary dwelling units in Ottawa) is a strategy that offers decent returns when done properly because it increases the value of the property and enables the investors to command higher rents.  Everyday home buyers can also benefit from owning a property with an SDU because they…

The Owner-Occupy Strategy

Most real estate investors buy properties that they will never live in or occupy.  However, the owner-occupy strategy is becoming more popular with first time home buyers and investors. The strategy is used when someone buys a property that has two or more units, and then lives in one of the units while renting out…

Student Rentals

Ottawa is home to four post-secondary schools including the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, and La Cite.  Looking at the student population numbers, there are approximately 133,740 full-time and part-time students enrolled or registered at these schools.  As a result, there is a strong demand for student housing in the city.  Many of…

Real Estate Investing In Ottawa

The key word for Ottawa is stability and is THE place invest if you prefer slow and steady growth over rapid and large swings in the market.  It’s really hard to lose in Ottawa!  Let’s take a look at a few reasons why real estate investors should invest in Ottawa.   High Paying Jobs The…