There is a lot of opportunity available for private investors in real estate. Often, though, we hear about private investors who find it hard to compete with big investment firms who have deep pockets and seemingly endless resources. There is a way to level the playing field, though: real estate technology. You need access to...

September 12, 2018
In August the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price IndexTM was up 0.2% from the previous month.[1] Removing normal seasonal patterns (seasonal adjustment), the index would have been virtually flat, following retreats in June and July. In other words, after seasonal adjustment, the downtrend of June and July did not turn around in August. Individual market indexes...

Have you been working with real estate deals financed using syndicated mortgages? If so, it may be time to re-evaluate. Syndicated mortgages are investments where a developer finds several private lenders to invest money in a property, instead of getting a loan through a bank. Syndicated mortgages have been linked to mortgage fraud, including more...

The Bank of Canada (BOC) interest rate is remaining at 1.5% for September of 2018. The BOC increased interest rates from 1.25% to 1.5% in July of 2018 — the fourth increase in a year. On September 5, 2018, the BOC announced that interest rates would stay at 1.5% for now. High cost of consumer...

August 27, 2018
Helping Clients Find A Down Payment They Can Afford One dollar isn’t that much money in the grand scheme of things, but when it comes to buying a house it can make all the difference. Back in February of 2016, Canadian mortgage rules tightened concerning mortgages over $500,000. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)...

Real estate appraisers, developers, and contractors, how do you determine property valuation? Traditional property valuation and even automated valuation models (AVMs) have historically been geared towards estimating property value, but the digital property valuation of today is so much more. Our FREE new eBook will walk you through how you can leverage technology to perform...

In July the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price IndexTM was up 0.8% from the previous month.[1] As in June, the gain might seem large but was below the historical average for the month (1.0% for July). If the index were purged from seasonal variations, the so-called “seasonally adjusted” index would have retreated in June and would...

A recent Huffington Post Canada article reported on a compelling phenomenon: “recycled” real estate listings that could be skewing Canadian housing market data. According to the Huffington Post, a subscriber-only-access article in the Globe and Mail first revealed this trend. Real estate agents in Vancouver are “recycling” listings — i.e. pulling homes that aren’t selling...

July 11 and July 12, 2018 were busy days for the Canadian real estate market. On July 11, 2018 news broke of a Bank of Canada interest rate increase to 1.5% — the highest interest rates have been since December of 2008. Then, on July 12, 2018, the Teranet-National Bank House Price Index came out...

Real estate technology is creating a lot of advancements, including when it comes to property surveys. Did you know that you can often access land survey records online? A survey can provide potential issues, such as fencing that extends past the property line, or an overhanging garage roof. In the past, obtaining a survey has...

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