Case Studies

Some of these case studies are quite dated now (from years past) - but we have posted them in hopes you may still find some value in them.

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Real Estate Case StudyThe following Case Study illustrates, again, the principle that there are always gems and opportunities in the Market. These are usually found by looking past the superficial elements of a property to realize its potential for value upside. Sometimes (often) it takes a bit of time for the right buyer to come together with the Seller to work this out as a Win-Win for both. For this Seller, we agreed that it was essential to take all steps to get the highest price possible for the property. That started...

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The Property: A 2200 sq.ft., 3 level “character” house containing 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 kitchens on a 24.75’ X 112’ lot on West 12th (busy street) in the City Hall area of Vancouver.  Built in 1910, the building is structurally sound, with partially upgraded plumbing, electrical, and cosmetic work.  The accommodation is Top floor: 1 bdrm suite; Main floor: 2 bdrm, 2 bath suite; and Basement: 3 bdrm suite; plus single car detached garage with electric service....

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Not all investment decisions are obvious ones, and the requirements and circumstances of an investor can change a seemingly questionable investment into a profitable opportunity. This example shows how a buyer takes into account his total portfolio of properties and finds a “fit” for a new purchase. The Property: A large 3 level triplex (legal duplex with unauthorized basement suite) in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. The building is approx. 2900 sq.ft., with 1-2 bedroom suite and 2-1bedroom...

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The Property: A small, 3 level triplex (legal duplex with unauthorized basement suite) in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver. The building is approx. 2100 sq.ft., with 3 1 bedroom suites on a 40’ x 66’ lot. The condition is good, as the owners had done renovations during their 4 years of ownership.

The property generates rent of $1,750/month, with tenants paying heat and light. Taxes and expenses are roughly $350/mo.

The Sale: The property sold for $260,000 to an owner occupier planning...

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The Buildings: Two “Duplex Buildings”, with a total of 4 three level (including full basement) townhouse units. Each of the units is totally self contained with its own hydro and gas meters, hot water tank, furnace and laundry hook-up. The units are just over 1600 sq.ft., for a total building area of 6500 sq.ft. The buildings are very plain and about 60 years old, but are in reasonable condition with no pressing maintenance issues. The basements are mostly unfinished and have further ...

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Most property owners know how it feels to discover a sudden problem needing immediate repair in their home or rental property. The following “Case Study” illustrates the importance of taking care when selecting the tradesperson or company to fix the problem.

The First Sign: A musty smell filling the dwelling and getting worse each day.

The Cause: Standing, stinky water in a portion of the crawlspace.

The Fear: Oh no a draintile problem - call the Bank!

The Search: 3 draintile companies...

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One of the most compelling reasons for buying and owning rental investment real estate is the phenomena of expanding value and expanding return on investment. This occurs as a well bought and well maintained property experiences income growth and decreasing debt over the investment period. 
As rents increase (modestly) year to year, and mortgages are paid down on a regular, escalating basis, the prudent and patient investor can watch while other people (tenants) work to pay off his property -...

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There is a common perception that only those with large net worths and high incomes may buy significant real estate assets. The following case study defies that logic, and illustrates that the most important factors can be the investors’ will to work with what they have, and their patience to look past the surface of a situation to realize value.

The Property: A 4 level, 13 suite apartment block on a 75’ x 120” RM-4 lot near Yew Street and 1st Avenue, 2 blocks to the beach in the...

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Ugly Ducklings don’t always turn into Swans, and concerns over location, tenant mix and shabby conditions are usually valid reasons for a Buyer to pass on a property. Here, however, is another instance where an experienced and capable investor was able to accept a bit of a “project” in order to realize handsome returns.

The Property: A 4 level, 12 unit Apartment Block on a 33’ x 120’ RM-4 lot on Broadway near Fraser Street, in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver. The...

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