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5: Looking Before You Leap: Ownership and Legal Considerations 81 6: Pulling Together the Cash: Assessing Your Resources 103 7: Getting Help: Mortgages and Other Financing 121 8: Cutting Costs: Making Financing Go Further 149
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Part III: Selecting Properties: Where to Look, What to Watch For 167
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9: Scouting Properties: Where to Look, and What to Look For 169 10: Determining Value: Price versus Potential 193 11: Doing the Due Diligence: What to Watch 209 12: Closing the Deal 223
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Part IV: Building Value: Managing Your Investment and Seeing a Return 241
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13: Managing Properties 243 14: Managing Risks 267 15: Accounting for Gain 285 16: Trading Up, Trading Out 305
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Part V: The Part of Tens 325
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17: Ten Resources for Reliable Information 327 18: Ten Ways to Make the Most of Tough Times 341
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Index 349
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Table of Contents
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Introduction 1
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Foolish Assumptions 1 How This Book Is Organized 2 Part I: Understanding Real Estate 2 Part II: Preparing to Buy: Financing Real Estate Investments 2 Part III: Selecting Properties: Where to Look, What to Watch For 3 Part IV: Building Value: Managing Your Investment and Seeing a Return 3 Part V: The Part of Tens 3 Icons Used in This Book 3 Where to Go from Here 4
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Part I: Understanding Real Estate 5
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1: Identifying Opportunities 7
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Investigating Real Estate Investing 8 Discovering the opportunities 8 Considering alternatives 11 Figuring Out Whether You re Right for Real Estate Investing 13 Determining how much you can invest 13 Assessing your risk tolerance 14 Getting into Real Estate Investing 16 Knowing your needs 16 Keeping your goals in mind 16 Understanding your limitations 17 Looking for locations 18 Fitting Real Estate into a Financial Plan 19 Considering when to sell 20 Planning for retirement 20 Wills and (real) estate planning 21
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2: Exploring Real Estate Investments 23
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Homing In on Residential 23 Investing begins at home 24 Rent out a suite, pay down a mortgage 24 Renovating for fun and profit 28 Second homes and cottages 28
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Securing Commercial and Industrial Properties 29 Assessing classes 30 Assessing liquidity 32 Laying into Condos 34 Investing in residential condos 35 Investing in commercial condos 36 Investing in hotel condos 36 Dreaming of Recreational Properties 37 Cottages and cabins 37 Fractional ownership 38 Resorts by the suite 38 Developing a Taste for Raw Land 39 Staking your claim 39 Goin country or swingin in the city 40 Banking on land 41 Deciding to build 41 Howdy, Partners: Buying into Syndicates 42 Gaining strength in numbers 42 Knowing the risks 43 Researching Real Estate Investment Trusts 43 What s the excitement about 44 Choosing an asset type 44 Reading financial statements 45
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3: Knowing the Challenges 47
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Studying Market Cycles 47 The real estate cycle 48 Factors affecting market conditions 50 Assessing Liquidity 53 Questioning saleability 54 Determining pricing and timing 55 Understanding Joint Ownership 55 Considering whether a partnership is right for you 55 Choosing compatible partners 56 Coping with soured partnerships 56 Working with Government 57 Ownership and investing 57 Property taxes 57 Beware of bylaws 58 Zoning and density 58 Permitting and redevelopment 59 Expropriation 59 Dealing with the Unexpected 60 Coping with losses 60 Managing negative cash flow 61
Table of Contents 4: Establishing Your Investment Strategy 63
Knowing the Market, Knowing Yourself 63 Taking stock of your skills 64 Gauging the market s future and yours 66 Selecting an Investment Type 67 Investing with intent 67 Lapping up liquidity 68 Staying strong in soft times 68 Doing your research 69 Selecting Advisers 69 The criteria 70 The real estate agent 72 The lawyer 73 The appraiser 74 The accountant 74 The financial planner 75 Other professional advice 76
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Part II: Preparing to Buy: Financing Real Estate Investments 79
5: Looking Before You Leap: Ownership and Legal Considerations 81
Determining an Ownership Structure 82 Sole proprietorship 82 Joint ownership 83 Partnership 83 Corporation (limited company) 85 Tallying Strategic Benefits 86 What to consider 87 Personal advantages 88 Strength in numbers 88 Understanding the Obligations of Partnership 89 Getting to know one another 89 Working out the terms 92 Taking control 93 Getting out 93 Investigating Tax Implications of Ownership 94 Paying up front 94 Letting others pay 94 Managing Risks and Liabilities 94 Getting personal: Protecting yourself 95 Estate liability 96 Avoiding Litigation 99 Controlling emotions 99 Assessing your chances 100 Making peace 101
Real Estate Investing For Canadians For Dummies, 2nd Edition 6: Pulling Together the Cash: Assessing Your Resources 103
Assessing Your Financial Situation 103 Identifying Resources 105 Liquid: Savings 105 Illiquid: Long-term investments 106 Vaporous: Friends and acquaintances 108 Even more vaporous: Family 109 Working with Professional Financial Partners 113 Squaring accounts 113 Recognizing danger 114 Optimizing Saving Strategies and Leverage 115 Assembling a war chest 115 Weighing the opportunities and risks of leveraging 118