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As a mortgage broker, I always strive to think out of the box, in order to stay competitive.

With that in mind, over two years ago, I went to the US (specifically Florida) and started making contacts with realtors, other mortgage brokers, lenders and wholesalers, just to name a few.

Once I had my contacts established and verified, meaning I would only work with referral sources that had been verified and could back up their offerings with proper protocols in place, I was then able to hit the Canadian market and start marketing this source of business.  It has not been easy and has taken a lot of work but in the end, it has definitely worth it, as I have been assisting countless investors in Canada to invest in both residential and multi-family properties.

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This is not my typical mortgage article but was important for me to write so I hope you like it!

As a self-employed entrepreneur and solo mortgage broker, it can get lonely and difficult in this business and having only been doing this for 3.5 years, I have had my days when I wanted to quit!  I am sure I am not alone.

Last year was the best year I ever had and I was riding that wave until the new mortgage rules arrived in November of 2016.  Where we as brokers were restricted by the new rules the government had initiated, I was hearing time and time again how the banks were not playing by the same rules.

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There are so many amazing investors to learn from but one that I admire the most agreed to share her tips on why knowing your tenant profile, should be one of the most important things you keep in mind before buying that investment property.

 

For instance, when she goes property shopping into a specific market, she always has her tenant profile in mind before looking at investment properties.  Specifically, she likes having young families with children so she will look for properties near great schools and with 3 bedrooms and 1 ½ or 2 bathrooms; or she might like to attract a single mom and her children and thus will look for a home that either has two units (upper and lower unit) or a house that can be converted easily and legally to two units (upper and lower) or two side by side semi’s. Again, in this instance she would look for a property near the best schools and nearby shopping areas, as it will be highly attractive to families with children and for ease and convenience in their busy lives.

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Nothing drives me crazier than when somebody says “I can’t afford the down-payment ” or “I can’t afford to save”, but they are driving around a car that leases for $750/month!

This post was inspired by a new investor client that was thinking of getting into his first property. He had done the meetup’s, the courses, and tons of research on the areas he wanted to invest and was really prepared so I assumed he would have no problems financing his first purchase.

He had decided that since he was young and had time before getting married and having a family, he would purchase a duplex. He would live in one unit and rent out the other. He had found the perfect property that needed some work but he was able to get it for a steal – in Hamilton no less!

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When I started investing in real estate, I remember my coach saying to me “always start and end with your WHY. I didn’t know what my Why was when I started or why it even mattered, but as I gained more experience and started making passive income, I stopped to reflect on what my Why was and why it actually mattered.

Everyone has a different reason for getting into Real estate investing; for some they hate their job and want to pursue real estate investing to be able to quit their job; for others they love their job but just need a bit more month before the money runs out; and others just love real estate as a passion. However, no matter what the reason, they all start and end with their WHY!

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As a mortgage broker, I am lucky to work with investors and help them start and/or build their portfolio’s. One of my investors’ recently shared his experience of selling one of his properties and how Home Staging made a difference for him in standing out amongst the competition!

As a past home stager, I was reminded how sometimes we overlook important aspects of a property or have our eyes on the wrong things, when looking at all the options in the marketplace.

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Many real estate investors start out with a dream of owning many properties but ultimately, many things can sway the dream or the well-thought out plans, such as low inventory, high prices, low cash flow and the inability to qualify.

So you have money but can’t get the returns you want, or you cannot find a property within your budget, so how can you make that money work for you?  There are many different options available.

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New Mortgage Rules

Last week we were all taken aback when the Federal Government released the latest round of mortgage rules. It was not just one new rule but four new rules and it could certainly impact Real Estate Investors to name just segment.

By now we as professionals have all had time to process the changes, blog about it and even bitch about it! We need to take a step back, put things into perspective and focus our efforts on the consumers, who are our clients and potential clients.

As a mortgage broker, I focus on investors and many of the investors I work with, focus their efforts on pre-construction and rent to own to name just two methods. In light of the new mortgage rules, I wanted to discuss how they might impact real estate investors investing in these two particular areas of pre-construction and rent to own.

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Booya and the Government changes the mortgage rules again!

This past week the Trudeau Government took us all by surprise by announcing new mortgage qualification rules. The mortgage industry and the media have gone wild with speculation and concern about the future of our industry, but what does this mean for you and how do you navigate these changes going forward?

Currently in place, the Government has required homeowners with less than 20% down to qualify at the BOC rate of 4.64% for any term less than a 5-year fixed rate. Effective October 17, 2016, this requirement will apply to all insured mortgages, including fixed-rate mortgages with terms of five years or more.

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Recently I was approached to finance a commercial building in Hamilton, Ontario.

The property was a vacant and former rooming house and the clients wanted to transform it into a retirement home. The clients were a retired nurse and two personal support workers, all of whom had experience working with seniors, however they did not have experience operating a retirement home.

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