Thursday, July 17, 2014

This and That July

Having real estate within easy access to transportation (LRT, transit, major road and highway connectors) generally adds value.

As the old adage goes ‘location, location, location’.

We aren't just talking about a pretty view or schools nearby, we’re talking about access. Condos near LRTs do better when the condo owner/renter/buyer is keen to using public transportation; its a perk to be near LRT. Read More Here

Here is a great way to stand out in a crowded market Jump

What about Edmonton's image? Is it good, bad, ugly? THIS article looks into it and then go HERE for the citizen's take.

Why is it always about potholes?????

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Good News

Alberta Oil Sands Investment Real Estate News®
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July 16th., 2014
Volume 17, Issue 2

Dear Friends and Partners,

If you’ve been reading our newsletter for more than a few years (we started it in 2005) you’ll remember how dire the early news headlines were. We started investing in Edmonton around 2001 and it was tough to find 'good news' stories then. As we edged into 2005 almost all the stories were good, and by 2007 it appeared everything was golden. Of course we all remember the global recession that followed.

Granted Alberta fared much, much better than other cities, provinces, heck - places, in the world. The "good news"  articles are solid and so are the underlying economic fundamentals.

We DO have a unique and resilient economy, coupled with a balanced affordability rate - these things make Edmonton an excellent short and longterm investment.

What I DO want you to remember is that rates to go up, tenants do leave, projects get cancelled, terrorists set off bombs… And like all good things in life, there are up and down cycles.

When you buy correctly and are prepared to hold for the long-term if necessary,  you will do well. There are many good properties out there now and with the right mortgage structure, renovations and plan in place, you can build a relatively ‘recession-proof’ portfolio. Get out there and do it!

South Central Edmonton: King Edward 4-Unit Cashflow 

This 1961 built 4 suite (Duplex) property is located near King Edward Park and minutes from Whyte Ave and Wayne Gretzky Drive in the mature and desirable neighbourhood of King Edward.
This property has front entrances for the 2 X 3BD main floor units and rear entrances for the 2X 2BD lower units. This property was built as a 4-Unit but has RF-3 zoning.

Lots of modern touches and very good square footage. Shared laundry down, 2 x double detached garages . Excellent access to UOA, downtown and the Whitemud.

Comes complete with great tenants making this a totally turn-key property for you. King Edward is a much sought after, mature area that will benefit further from the proposed LRT near Bonnie Doon.

HUGE upside potential due to the quality of the building, great purchase price, strong economic fundamentals and the proximity of this property in relation to Edmonton's desirable growing core.

Purchase price: $705K
Total Investment: $171,400 K
Your Estimated 5 Year Profit $103,785K.
Your pre-tax Total ROI is 60% or 12% per year

These 4 suites rent for top dollar and have everything arranged, including financing structure and incredible tenants. Your investment includes: impeccable tenant selection, financial analysis, professional inspection, insurance, financing set-up, legal fees, basic accounting, reserve fund, CMA, bi-annual statements, strategic market planning to ensure successful entry and exit, plus much more!

Alberta economy hot but nothing like the boom of 2006-2007: BMO

By Mario Toneguzzi, The Calgary Herald, July 10th, 2014

CALGARY - Alberta’s economy is hot and inflation is clearly warming up, but we’re not yet at the point where massive upward wage and price pressure in the province will debilitate the economy, says a special report by BMO Capital Markets.
“In many areas, such as housing, commercial real estate and the labour market, the supply side has had much more time to respond to strong demand than during the overnight boom experienced through 2007 — and that might be a good thing,” said the report by senior economist Robert Kavcic.  FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE


Edmonton housing prices on the rise, report says.

By Andrea Ross Edmonton Journal, July 10th, 2014

EDMONTON - It’s a seller’s market in the city, as Edmonton’s growing middle class and strong economy have led to a boost in both price and demand for housing.

Condominium prices have increased the most, according to a report from real estate company Royal LePage. The average price of a condo in Edmonton has increased 7.8 per cent year-over-year to $236,429, while two-story homes also increased 3.8 per cent, to $372,112. Detached bungalows took a hit, dropping 0.2 per cent year-over-year to $350,401.  READ MORE HERE


Alberta leads country in job creation thanks to ‘perfect storm’ of economic factors
Edmonton unemployment numbers remain steady

By Mario Toneguzzi, Postmedia News, July 11th, 2014

CALGARY — Alberta has once again bucked the national trend and led the nation in job creation in June, according to Statistics Canada.
While overall employment dipped across the nation during the month, it rose in Alberta, although there was a slight downward tick in the Edmonton census metropolitan area.

Between May and June, employment in Edmonton dropped by just 200 on a monthly basis, but is up 31,000, or 4.3 per cent year-over-year, in the Edmonton CMA, the federal agency said on Friday. In Alberta, employment was up 0.4 per cent or 9,400 jobs from May, while it climbed by 3.7 per cent, or 81,800 jobs, from last year.  READ MORE HERE

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Your success continues EVERYDAY, let me help you build for tomorrow.

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Warm Regards,

Todd and Danielle Millar


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