Advice from the pros: What new real estate investors need to know.

For Canadians interested in investing, they inevitably begin to think about real estate investment. Many new investors are surprised by the variety of options available in this space, and the diverse ways available to build their wealth. AMRIK Developments provides their top tips for green investors looking to get into the real estate space.


  1. Revenue Properties aren’t the only option!


Many Canadians immediately think of owning a second property for rental purposes, and it can be a lucrative investment. 


Real estate does fluctuate in the short term though typically long-term ownership will yield a net profit, and as the mortgage is paid down, it essentially acts as a savings account until you sell. Short and long-term rental options give more flexibility than ever before for making money. If you buy in a great area for Airbnb, you can potentially charge double or triple the amount that you would bring in with monthly renters.


The downside is that real estate requires capital and good credit to purchase. You are on the hook for expenses even when the home is vacant, as well as any shortfall between the mortgage and rent prices. Rental properties also typically see more wear and tear than homeowner occupied ones. So be sure you are ready for the added duties (and possible maintenance costs) of becoming a landlord.


  1. Your starting capital will vary based on the type of investment


Each investment style has its own set of requirements, and many investors worry about having enough capital on hand when they get into real estate. There are a couple of ways to invest with less that can help you build your portfolio without draining your savings.


Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS)


This is one of the most flexible options, and also the most hands-off type of investment. The REIT structure allows you to invest in a similar way to stock market trading, so a company purchases and manages multiple properties – usually commercial, industrial, retail, or multi-family residential – using funds from investors, then pays out dividends regularly. Because this is an indirect, or passive, investment method, you are not involved in the selection of the real estate itself, and there is no requirement to manage the property or provide ongoing funds.


Real Estate Investment Groups (REIGS)


This investment type is a great middle ground. The Group purchases the property, then sells individual units to investors, while keeping the operations piece. This can be a good way to own a property outright and get a return from rent without the added time and effort of running it. You will often see this model in resort hotels. The biggest key is making sure you find a group that does its homework and has a proactive management style.


Joint Venture Investment


The structure of a joint venture can allow even more flexibility with capital investment; however, it can have increased risk as well. A group of investors buy in, then select a property to put their funds toward. When the property earns money or is sold for a profit, the investors receive a return on their investment. Look for a group with proven past performance and transparent processes to get the most out of your venture.


  1. Financing and Loans May Be Available


You might think that you have to scrimp and save to hit a dollar amount that will be big enough to invest in real estate, yet there are options for loans and financing that can help you with the purchase. Of course, you’ll likely be required to prove a business case to the lender in order to secure the funds.


  1. Protect Yourself First


Success in real estate investment also means ensuring you are set up properly from a tax and legal standpoint. Depending on how you choose to grow your money, you may receive the appropriate paperwork from a trust or group. In other cases, you may need to form a business entity or official partnership and keep a paper trail to ensure that you are not at risk from a liability or taxation perspective.


  1. Calculating a Good Return


Your ROI will range depending on the amount you invest, the property type, and a number of other factors. Regardless, you should have a pretty good idea of what you can expect before you put any money into real estate. Do the math first! Decent returns start at 5%, with most savvy investors looking to put their funds into vehicles that will generate 8-10% or higher. 


In AMRIK’s business model, they analyze each potential investment property, and they also provide consulting and advice to ensure lucrative and well-managed portfolios for each of their investors. Their biggest piece of advice for new investors? Do your due diligence! Research, interview, and ask for documentation. 


If you are interested in getting into real estate investment, yet aren’t sure where to start, AMRIK would love to help you decide what might be the best fit for you.