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Owning An Investment Property, Adam Hawryluk, Mortgage Specialist

The Simple Hack To Owning An Investment Property

Many Canadians dream of one day owning an investment property. Unfortunately, in the face of tightening qualifying regulations and the significant down payment required to purchase one directly (20% minimum for rental purchases) most feel it is difficult turning that dream into a reality. Despite this, there is good news! Thanks to savvy investors, there is straightforward process to side-step most of these big hurdles.

Owning an Investment Property

Step 1: For Your First Home, Buy with Your Head, Not with Your Heart

As a real estate investor, you want to make sure the first home you buy (Home #1) will eventually be suitable as a rental property. Because this home is bought for you to live in, you can purchase it with as little as 5% down payment, using CMHC mortgage default insurance. Don’t buy Home #1 solely because you love the neighbourhood, or because it is close to your work, as future renters may not value these aspects as much as you do. Consider up-and-coming neighbourhoods, which may allow you to purchase a property at a better value with the option of renovating as you live in it, if necessary. Work with your REALTOR® to maximize this value and lean on them for their expertise.

Step 2: Start Saving for Home #2

The key here is to take your time gathering your money for the down payment on your next home. Because your plan is to eventually move into your next home, you can purchase future Home #2 with as little as 5% down payment as well (or save up the 20% to avoid another default mortgage insurance premium). If Home #1 has increased significantly in value since you purchased it, you may be able to tap into some of it’s equity to help bolster the down payment for your next home.

Step 3: Qualifying for Home #2

Using the down payment you’ve saved up or the equity in Home #1, find out how much of a mortgage you can qualify for with your next home. Note: not all banks/lenders use the same formula to determine this dollar amount. Since Home #1 is going to turn into a rental property, lenders will use an appraiser to determine how much rental income this home can expect to earn each month since nobody can expect you to have a signed lease in place while you still live there. That determined income is then considered into your financial picture to calculate your maximum purchase amount for Home #2.

Step 4: Buying Home #2

If your goal is to have one rental property and one home for yourself, you can then look at this property through the lens of what would be ideal for you. Again, work with your REALTOR® to determine the neighbourhood, schools, facilities, layout, etc. that works best for your situation. If the intention for this property isn’t for you to live in forever, start back at Step 2 again and start saving!

The key to owning an investment property and buying homes in this manner is that the intention MUST be for you to live in them. This is not a “*wink-wink, nudge-nudge* suuuure you’re going to “live in this house” *wink-wink*”  shady type situation. CMHC has rules about your intentions for the property and how long you must reside in it, as does any mortgage lender for the property. All these people have in common is that they don’t plan on being in that property forever. Their time-frame may be three years or thirteen years, but they buy Home #1 with the thought in the back of their mind about how well it will function as a rental property in the future. The hardest part is actually BEING a (good) landlord, but that’s another post of its own.

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As the Past-President of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo (YPN), Adam Hawryluk is a leader in his community and his industry. Years of experience in the mortgage industry have placed Adam among the best both locally and island-wide. Building his business to service 40% more clients year-over-year since 2015 and being nominated for the Top 20 Under 40 for the last 4 years have been recent highlights in his leadership capabilities, as well as joining the Board of Directors for Community Futures Central Island. If you have a question about mortgages, feel free to contact him at [email protected].

Adam Hawryluk | Mortgage Expert | Office: 250-591-9959 | Mobile: 250-619-5274

http://www.nanaimomortgageexpert.ca/

 

VIREB, Market Stats, REMAX of Nanaimo, October 2017

Market Update Summerized

Nanaimo’s Real Estate Market Update summarized what’s happening the the real estate market in your area.

Monthly Nanaimo real estate market stats that analyze the Vancouver Island real estate market north of the Malahat. These Nanaimo real estate market stats can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time. Keep in mind that the information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property.


Find out what your home may be worth in today’s market.

If you require specific information on property values please contact one of our REALTORS®or call (250) 751-1223.

From RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings, to the market-dominating business it is today, the company continues to grow and adapt to suit client and agent needs. Some things, however, never change. Our commitment to service, ethics, and continual education means that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Nanaimo’s top real estate professionals, while our REALTORS® benefit from a working environment that supports their professional and personal growth.

Real Estate Market Stats, Nanaimo, Real Estate, Homes Sold In Nanaimo

Nanaimo Real Estate Market Update August 2017

Nanaimo’s Real Estate Market Update summarized what’s happening the the real estate market in your area.

Monthly Nanaimo real estate market stats that analyze the Vancouver Island real estate market north of the Malahat. These Nanaimo real estate market stats can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time. Keep in mind that the information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property.

Find out what your home may be worth in today’s market.

If you require specific information on property values please contact one of our REALTORS®.Real Estate Market Stats, Nanaimo, Real Estate, Homes Sold In Nanaimo

Disclaimer: This representation is based in whole or in part on data generated by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy.

From RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings, to the market-dominating business it is today, the company continues to grow and adapt to suit client and agent needs. Some things, however, never change. Our commitment to service, ethics, and continual education means that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Nanaimo’s top real estate professionals, while our REALTORS® benefit from a working environment that supports their professional and personal growth.

RE/MAX, Real Estate Agent Market Your Home, Nanaimo Real Estate

How Will Your RE/MAX Real Estate Agent Market Your Home?

When you’re thinking of selling your home, your real estate agent will provide a marketing plan that shows you exactly how they plan to market your home to the public. In today’s electronic age, what does it mean exactly? How will a Real Estate Agent market your home?

Real Estate Agent market your home.

Multiple Listing Services (MLS).

Unless you’ve signed an exclusive listing agreement, your home will be posted on the multiple listing service website. Anyone with a computer can access these listings and view your home on-line to decide if they want to come and take a look. They’ll see a map of the location, find all the pertinent details about its’ size and features, and also be able to view photographs of the inside.

Agent and Brokerage websites.

Real estate agents have their own websites which feature their own listings. This ensures your property is prominently showcased on their page and highlights the best aspects of the home. Buyers can decide whether or not your home might meet their needs before ever setting foot on the property, so you’ll usually only get serious buyers coming through your home.

Social Media. Facebook and Twitter.

Most real estate agents use Facebook to get the word out about their listings. They can link their website to the post which increases the exposure your property will receive and hopefully translates into a quick sale. A lot of agents also use Twitter to feature your home. While Twitter only allows a short description of the property, the right words can grab a buyers’ attention and stimulate their curiousity enough to want to take a look at your home.

Social media plays a large and important role in exposing real estate to the public. And while one person might not be in the market for a new home, they may know someone who is and can share the link or the post with their friends, who can share it with their friends, and so on.

In Nanaimo, where homes are selling almost as quickly as they become available, that’s an invaluable resource. Spotlighting your home on social media and on-line increases the odds of securing a sale in a timely manner and lets sellers and buyers alike move on to their next new home adventure.


When you’re ready to sell your home, call an experienced agent at RE/MAX of Nanaimo. They can be reached anytime at (250) 751-1223.

From RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings, to the market-dominating business it is today, the company continues to grow and adapt to suit client and agent needs. Some things, however, never change. Our commitment to service, ethics, and continual education means that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Nanaimo’s top real estate professionals, while our REALTORS® benefit from a working environment that supports their professional and personal growth.

Ever ask yourself why your house might not be selling? In today’s market it’s not much of an issue, since most properties are selling fairly fast. But in days gone by, and no doubt, at some point in the future, the market will turn and some homes will take longer to sell. We’ve put together 7 reasons to answer the question, “what are the reasons why my house may not be selling?” What are some of the most common reasons why a house sits on the market?

Why my house may not be selling

  1. Rooms are full of junk. De-cluttering is one of the most important things you can do. Since you’re moving anyway, pack up the stuff you don’t use, don’t need, or that’s just sitting around waiting for someone to deal with and store the boxes in the basement or garage where they’re out of the way.
  2. The yard is overgrown. Prune the trees, trim the shrubs, clean up the flower beds, and cut the grass. It won’t take long, and it will greatly improve the curb appeal of the home. First impressions DO make a difference so you want the first thing people see to be your well-kept yard.
  3. It has an old kitchen or bathrooms. We’ve all heard countless times that bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. Even if you don’t have money to completely renovate, there are things you can do to improve these rooms. Paint them with a fresh new, neutral color or remove that old wallpaper. Depending on the age of the home, maybe install a new toilet, or add new fixtures like towel bars, toilet paper holder, lighting or faucets.
  4. Bad or unfinished DIY projects. Chipped paint, exposed wires and holes in walls can all deter people from buying your home. Unfinished jobs make the home appear beat up or not well maintained and no one really wants to come in behind you to clean up your mess.
  5. Bad smells from things like pets, dampness, cigarettes or even cooking. Air the place out and make sure you try to minimize bad odors as much as possible.
  6. Wet patches or stains on ceilings or walls. This implies leak issues (fixed or not), and people don’t want to have to deal with finding and fixing leaks when they purchase a home. If you have stains from old leaks that have been repaired, then paint the area so it’s clean and fresh.
  7. The home is untidy or dirty. Once your house is on the market, think of it as the neighborhood “show home”. Keep it clean, keep it tidy and people will know you’re an owner who cares about the home and has looked after it well.

There are seven great ways to answer, “What are the reasons why my house may not be selling?”

If you’re not sure where to start, ask your real estate agent. At RE/MAX of Nanaimo, our agents are experienced in helping people display their homes in the best possible light. Call us today at (250) 751-1223 and we’ll get started!

From RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings, to the market-dominating business it is today, the company continues to grow and adapt to suit client and agent needs. Some things, however, never change. Our commitment to service, ethics, and continual education means that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Nanaimo’s top real estate professionals, while our REALTORS® benefit from a working environment that supports their professional and personal growth.

Read more in the February 2017 Market Update, Nanaimo Real Estate

January 2017 Real Estate Market Update

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January is typically a quiet month in the local real estate industry. This January seemed to be fairly sedate, however the stats from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board are telling us it was another good month (if you’re a home seller) for sales, volume, and days to sell. Our January 2017 Real Estate Market Update stats also tell us that it was another tough month for active single family home listings in Nanaimo.

January 2017 Real Estate Market Update

There were 100 single family homes (SFH) newly listed in Nanaimo in January 2017 vs. 125 last January.

  • 56 Single Family Homes

were reported sold, vs. 63 last January which is an 11% reduction, but really only a difference of 7 units. A major difference falls in the number of days to sell for SFH’s.

  • 49 DAYS

… the average in January 2016, and that dropped to 40 in January 2017. Our Active SFH listing inventory in Nanaimo also stayed fairly consistent at 196.

The number of homes from which a buyer has to choose compared to the number of buyers in the market represents the demand.

Take a look at the numbers for the last 10 yrs.

January 2017 Real Estate Market Update

*Immediately following the beginning of the recession

Comparing the best year in 2017 verses the worst year in 2009 of the inventory and days to sell markets; 2017 there are only 38% of the listings available, and those listings are selling more than twice as fast! Demand is very high, and it continues to cause prices to trend slightly higher again this month.

Nanaimo Buyers

Buyers need to be prepared. That’s a great reason to consult one of our excellent REALTORS® who will help you to be ready with; referrals to a variety of lenders for a pre-approval of financing, current market information to help you determine value, a solid working knowledge of the local real estate community, access to great professionals to assist in the process, and a plan for success.

We hope you took away something of value from our January 2017 Real Estate Market Update. Check back next month for the February report.

Making the right choice when to list or buy real estate can be an frustrating process. Stay up to date on what’s happening to make easier choice for your family. 

Justus has been with RE/MAX of Nanaimo since January 2005 and is the Managing Broker. Justus was born and raised on Vancouver Island, so he and his lovely wife Kelly, decided in 2002 to raise their family on the Island and along with their daughter SaraLynn, are happily living in beautiful Nanaimo. When he’s not helping clients, Justus spends time with his family boating, he plays hockey, goes fishing, and plays in a band. Justus has learned a lot about the real estate industry in the last decade since aligning myself with the dedicated professionals at RE/MAX of Nanaimo. In 2014, he took his career to the next level by becoming the Managing Broker at RE/MAX of Nanaimo.

4 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Fall is here and it’ll be cooler before you know it. So what do you need to do to get your home ready for winter? Here are four key things for winterizing your home and to prepare it for the winter season!

Winterizing your home

  1. Make sure the furnace and gas fireplaces are ready to go. The best way to do this is to have a professional company service the units. They’ll replace filters, if necessary, and make sure there are no other obvious problems. If anything is wrong, they can fix it now, before the temperature drops too much. You don’t want to be the one whose furnace gives out on the coldest day of the year!
  1. Clean out the gutters and downspouts when the leaves have finished falling. Plugged up gutters and downspouts cause all sorts of problems if they overflow. Fascia or soffit damage, landscaping erosion, and roof leaks can all be avoided as long as you keep the gutters and downspouts clear. Check them at least twice a year (more if you have a lot of trees) and don’t forget the elbows and joints because these are prime spots for clogs.
  1. Blow out the irrigation/sprinkler system. If you have an underground sprinkler system, you need to blow out the water lines and shut off the water to avoid frozen lines. Pipes can crack or burst when they thaw, which can then damage your home or garden. Pay a professional to do this properly and you’ll be assured you won’t have pipe bursts in the spring.
  1. Make sure you have Ice-Melt, Sand or Salt on hand for the sidewalk and driveway. The sidewalk can get slippery from frost or ice even if it doesn’t snow, so it’s important to be prepared. Sprinkling the sidewalk with one of the noted products only takes a couple of minutes but can save a whole lot of aggravation later. You don’t want someone to slip and fall because you’ve forgotten to take care of this.

In Nanaimo, Bylaw 5000 requires that sidewalks be cleared by the homeowners within 24 hours of the snowfall. For more information, call the City of Nanaimo at (250) 758-222 or go their website at www.Nanaimo.ca, click on Departments and go to Engineering & Public Works. You can follow the links from there.

If you’re looking for your next home before winter arrives, call one of the expert real estate agents at RE/MAX of Nanaimo today at (250) 751-1223.

From RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings, to the market-dominating business it is today, the company continues to grow and adapt to suit client and agent needs. Some things, however, never change. Our commitment to service, ethics, and continual education means that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Nanaimo’s top real estate professionals, while our REALTORS® benefit from a working environment that supports their professional and personal growth.

Read more in the February 2017 Market Update, Nanaimo Real Estate

October 2016 Real Estate Market Update

The the local market has cooled, it appears that Vancouver’s resale market is strong and attracting the interest of foreign buyers. The Globe and Mail reports that Vancouver still has a strong interest from foreign buyers, even in the wake of a new property tax for foreign buyers.

Read the full article here.

The Market Update for some sales in Nanaimo has cooled. Inventory has dipped to a new historical low in October 2016, meaning there are very few homes on the market compared to months and years past. Here are some of the highlights for October 2016 Real Estate Market Update.

October 2016 Real Estate

IN October 2016, 399 single-family homes sold on the MLS® System compared to 368 last October – an increase of eight per cent.

Sales have decreased month over month by 24 per cent from September.

Reduced sales activity

Reduced sales activity in October was likely caused by typical late-summer cooling and continuing inventory challenges.

  • Active listings of single-family homes dropped once again in October, dipping to 1,158, the lowest VIREB has seen since the board began tracking inventory levels in 1999.
  • In October 2016, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $393,700, up 16 per cent from one year ago.
  • Prices increased 19 per cent in Nanaimo and the Parksville-Qualicum area.
  • The benchmark price of an apartment rose approximately 18 per cent board-wide, with Parksville-Qualicum reporting an increase of 33 per cent.
  • The townhouse market also strengthened, posting a 12 per cent increase board-wide.

For more information on what this means for you, contact one of RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s REALTORS®

From RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings, to the market-dominating business it is today, the company continues to grow and adapt to suit client and agent needs. Some things, however, never change. Our commitment to service, ethics, and continual education means that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Nanaimo’s top real estate professionals, while our REALTORS® benefit from a working environment that supports their professional and personal growth.

Read more in the February 2017 Market Update, Nanaimo Real Estate

September Real Estate Market Update

By far the biggest question we get asked in the real estate industry is “how is the market.” Here is an update from VIREB for Nanaimo’s September real estate market update.

September real estate market update highlights

  1. Number one on our list is our inventory statistic. With historic lows in inventory, buyers are challenged to find homes on the market. A nine per cent decrease in inventory from the previous month and down 40 per cent from one year ago.
  2. We saw an increase of 23 per cent in September compared to last September – 531 single-family homes sold on the MLS® System compared to 431 last September.
  3. Month over month, sales decreased by 14 per cent from August, which saw 623 unit sales.

September 2016 Market Update

Sales of single-family homes in September were lower than in August but rose significantly over September 2015.
Last month, 531 single-family homes sold on the MLS® System compared to 431 last September, an increase of 23 per cent. Month over month, sales decreased by 14 per cent from August, which saw 623 unit sales. Inventory dropped to a new historic low, dipping to 1,265, a nine per cent decrease from the previous month and down 40 per cent from one year ago. The last time inventory was this low occurred in 2005 when the supply of single-family homes for sale dropped to 1,629 units. VIREB began tracking inventory levels in 1999.
In September 2016, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $389,200, up 14 per cent from one year ago. Prices increased in every zone, ranging from 11 per cent in Campbell River to 17 per cent in Nanaimo and the Parksville-Qualicum area. As in August, the benchmark price of an apartment rose approximately 15 per cent board-wide, with Duncan and Parksville-Qualicum reporting 21 and 29 per cent increases, respectively. The townhouse market also strengthened, posting an 11 per cent increase board-wide.
For our media release and a detailed breakdown of sales activity by zone, click here.

If you are thinking about selling your home, now is the time!  Inventory dropped to a new historic low, dipping to 1,265. The last time inventory was this low occurred in 2005 when the supply of single-family homes for sale dropped to 1,629 units.


Call RE/MAX of Nanaimo to list your home at 250.751.1223

From RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings, to the market-dominating business it is today, the company continues to grow and adapt to suit client and agent needs. Some things, however, never change. Our commitment to service, ethics, and continual education means that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Nanaimo’s top real estate professionals, while our REALTORS® benefit from a working environment that supports their professional and personal growth.

Prices Climb and Inventory Shrinks in Nanaimo

The tale of the tape in the Real Estate Market is that prices climb and inventory shrinks in Nanaimo and area. To put things into perspective, here is a month over month comparison for May.

May 2016 vs. May 2015 Change

  • Units Listed:
    • May 201 = 245
    • May 2016 = 275 a 12% increase
  • Units Sold:
    • May 2015 = 150
    • May 2016 = 210 a 40% increase
  • Avg Sell Price:
    • May 2015 = $399k
    • May 2016 = $451k a 13% increase
  • Active Listings:
    • May 2015 = 463
    • May 2016 = 310 a -33% decrease

Inventory Shrinks in Nanaimo

Although more homes were listed, the active inventory has dropped substantially.  Prices are still going up, but certainly not like we’ve seen in the likes of Victoria or Vancouver.  Nanaimo continues to be a desirable community, offering excellent services and facilities, and is a great place to live, work and play. All this for a fraction of the cost of other West Coast cities.

Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist, states that retail sales growth in the double digits reflects high levels of consumer confidence, which is spilling over into real estate. Tourism on Vancouver Island also posted a huge spike recently, which aids local economic conditions. However, although housing demand is extraordinarily high, its foundation is solidly based on a healthy GDP and rising population growth.

Please contact one of our REALTORS® whether you’re Buying or Selling, to have the RIGHT strategy not just to get your home sold for the most amount of money, but to be sure you can find your perfect new home in an ultra-competitive market.

For the full local Real Estate Market Update from VIREB click here

 

 

From RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s humble beginnings, to the market-dominating business it is today, the company continues to grow and adapt to suit client and agent needs. Some things, however, never change. Our commitment to service, ethics, and continual education means that our clients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Nanaimo’s top real estate professionals, while our REALTORS® benefit from a working environment that supports their professional and personal growth.