Historically, real estate has always been a rising commodity. A second home to rent out, a duplex, or small apartment building can all be great opportunities to generate financial freedom for yourself and your family, if you understand the financial commitments involved and the
maintenance required to keep a property's value at a peak level.

Investing in real estate is different than owning your own home. If you're becoming a landlord and renting out your investment property, for example, you'll have to understand the legal obligations of the landlord/tenant relationship. And when you search for an investment property, you'll need to be able to assess which property is likely to have the best Return On Investment.


I can help you understand:

  • The legalities involved in owning an investment property.
  • The market analysis for each property you are considering.
  • Tips for realizing the greatest long and short term gain on your investment.
  • Answers to any other question you might have!


Solid reasons for investing in real estate.

Stocks are not for the faint at heart. It takes a great deal of stamina to survive the roller-coaster ups and downs of an investment that is heavily dependent upon economics.

What about real estate? Has it done better than the stock market? Let us take a look at Bill and Marsha, who each have received a $10,000 inheritance. They are not sure where to invest their proceeds.

Conservative Bill invests his $10,000 in the stock market. With interest in the Internet still growing, he puts it into a S&P 500 index fund.

A renter, and inexperienced in the stock market, Marsha uses her $10,000 as a down payment on an $80,000 condominium. Fast forward – 12 years. Who did better on their investment?

Bill’s return 
Since 1990, the S&P 500 more than tripled. From his initial investment of $10,000, Bill made about $22,000, pre-tax. During the same period, the value of the S&P 500 quadrupled, so Bill's gain was roughly $30,000, pre-tax.

Marsha – reaping the benefits of home ownership 
What about Marsha? During the same period, home values increased roughly 4 percent per year nationally. At that rate, Marsha’s $80,000 condominium is now worth about $126,000. If she sold it, her profit would be about $46,000, tax-free.

On average, most Canadians invest and earn more in their homes than they invest and earn from their savings accounts, stocks, bonds and other investments. Gordon Pape, recognized Canadian author and financial advisor, suggests that home equity remains a cornerstone of most families’ wealth.

Real estate is a solid, familiar investment.   In addition, there are several other solid reasons for investing in real estate:

Forced savings. Contributing towards a mortgage automatically forces a family to save. Rather than paying rent, these monthly payments contribute to future security.

Appreciation. By nature of the demand and supply, home prices rise. According to the Edmonton Real Estate Board, a home purchased in January 1997 for $123,530 now sells for $167,000.

Tax-free profits. When your home is your principal residence, and you sell it, you will not pay tax on any of the profits. This is one of the last and greatest advantages for building wealth left in Canada.

Equity build-up. Your home will naturally rise in price, according to the market. In addition, you will be contributing to the reduction of your mortgage. The difference between what is outstanding on your mortgage and what your home is valued at, is your earned equity. Your equity is a valuable commodity that can be used to obtain additional financing, obtain a second mortgage, or move-up to a larger home.

Real estate has long been recognized as an inflation-resistant investment, providing homeowners with a tangible incentive to save. Buying your own home, or investing in one, is widely accepted as one of the soundest financial commitments you can make.

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# 8 2503 24 Street Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Paul Lamba Of MaxWell Polaris

$299,900

# 8 2503 24 Street Nw, Edmonton

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,186 SqFt Condo / Townhouse MLS® # E4387528
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17319 82 Avenue Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Geordie Morison Of MaxWell Progressive

$239,900

17319 82 Avenue Nw, Edmonton

3 Beds 2 Baths 925 SqFt Single Family MLS® # E4389292
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8659 27 Avenue Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Lindsay Carlson Of Homes & Gardens Real Estate Limited

$299,500

8659 27 Avenue Nw, Edmonton

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,056 SqFt Single Family MLS® # E4389040
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11917 77 Street Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Ricky Hill Of RE/MAX Elite

$275,000

11917 77 Street Nw, Edmonton

4 Beds 3 Baths 1,002 SqFt Single Family MLS® # E4388881
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# 47 130 Hyndman Crescent Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Taylor Hack Of RE/MAX River City

$200,000

# 47 130 Hyndman Crescent Nw, Edmonton

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,305 SqFt Condo / Townhouse MLS® # E4388768
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12026 53 Street Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Ryan Dutka Of RE/MAX River City

$265,000

12026 53 Street Nw, Edmonton

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,044 SqFt Single Family MLS® # E4388679
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# 19 14717 34 Street Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Sergio Maione Of RE/MAX Elite

$299,000

# 19 14717 34 Street Nw, Edmonton

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,434 SqFt Single Family MLS® # E4388553
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2511 149 Avenue Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Terry Taschuk Of MaxWell Polaris

$288,900

2511 149 Avenue Nw, Edmonton

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,089 SqFt Single Family MLS® # E4388531
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18221 74 Avenue Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Gary Dvorkin Of RE/MAX Excellence

$219,900

18221 74 Avenue Nw, Edmonton

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,158 SqFt Condo / Townhouse MLS® # E4388480
3009 113 Avenue Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Erin Willman Of RE/MAX Elite

$274,900

3009 113 Avenue Nw, Edmonton

5 Beds 2 Baths 1,008 SqFt Single Family MLS® # E4388256
1071 Millbourne Road E Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Wendy Theberge Of RE/MAX Elite

$234,000

1071 Millbourne Road E Nw, Edmonton

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,006 SqFt Condo / Townhouse MLS® # E4388175
12825 123 Street Nw, Edmonton
Courtesy Of Duane Ritter Of RE/MAX Real Estate

$229,900

12825 123 Street Nw, Edmonton

4 Beds 2 Baths 925 SqFt Single Family MLS® # E4387947