Should Your First Rental Property Purchase Be A Condo Or A House?

NEED TO KNOW BASICS BEFORE BUYING A RENTAL PROPERTY   So you’re ready to buy your first rental property. Maybe you’ve heard about all the money you can make just by buying a property, finding a tenant, and letting the cash roll in. Perhaps your parents had rental property and you know the money that can be made. Or maybe you’d like to buy a house with a basement suite and have someone help pay your mortgage. All these are great reasons to consider owning rental property.   Where to Start?  Evaluate Your Current Living Situation   Where are you living right now? Are you happy where you’re currently living? Do you want to live in the same building as your tenant by having a basement suite or one side of a duplex to rent out or would you prefer to live in a dwelling away from your tenants? Do you own your home or are you renting? Are you living in a house or an apartment condo?  If you live in a house, what do you like about living in a house? If you’re living in an apartment condo, what is it about condo living that really appeals to […]

Costly New Home Ownership Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make: The Saturday Weekend Review #210

BEFORE YOU SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING TIPS FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS ALREADY MADE THE MISTAKES.   Let’s just say we know someone who took on home ownership without much exploration but wishes he had done so to avoid the mistakes he made. Mr. Mistake has a child who stays with his mother alternate days through the week so the house is pretty quiet on the off days. At first we thought he would invest in buying a smaller house for the two of them to live in but that didn’t happen. The house he purchased was a 3000 sq ft. two-story home finished top to bottom however it wasn’t to his liking so he took on huge renovation projects. With the help of friends and hired help from Kijiji he got to work. He met lots of characters along the way responding to his Help Wanted ad online but hired very few. Saving money was the idea although not always the smartest when hiring people you don’t know. Even today he will tell you not to bother hiring online even if they come with a resume in hand. If the job goes wrong good luck trying […]

Becoming A Single Homeowner – Part 3 “Mortgage Options”

In our previous post Part 2 of this 3 part series- our potential Single Homeowner had their budget, credit, downpayment, and type of property all mapped out. But what about the mortgage itself? Understanding your mortgage options is the final and a critical step in order to increase your shot at owning your own home and not one to consider lightly. Related: Becoming A Single Homeowner – Part 1 “The Plan” Mortgage Options  With over 400 different mortgage products available to the Canadian consumer – it can be overwhelming to navigate this marketplace. I will cover off some of the major differences in the mortgage products here. Fixed vs. variable rate mortgage – when considering the potential savings of a variable rate mortgage we need to consider that this is tied to the Bank of Canada’s prime rate and the fact that this can change from time to time. Outside of this – on both fixed and variable rate mortgages – it is very important to ensure that we get the deepest discount to the interest rates available for the mortgage term on closing. One way to accomplish this is to wait until 30 days before the closing date of […]

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