James Knull, a realtor based on the West Coast, discusses strategies for cash flow properties in Western Canada in light of recent interest rate hikes. One suggestion he has is increasing the down payment, which can offset some of the costs associated with higher monthly payments.
In this week’s podcast episode, James discusses two strategies for increasing cash flow from rental properties: increasing rent and adding short-term rentals. Additionally, he suggests that self-property management can help reduce expenses.
There is a collection of buildings in Vancouver that are now opened up to allow executive rentals on a month-to-month basis. This has increased the amount of available rental inventory in Vancouver. In Edmonton, Alberta, it is easier to rent on a nightly basis due to fewer regulations. In Vancouver, it is still possible to rent on a nightly basis, but it is more difficult.
It is competitive to buy multifamily buildings in Edmonton right now because there are a lot of people who are interested in investing in them. However, there are also a lot of people who are trying to tie up buildings who don’t actually have the capital available to close on the building.
Multi-family realtors in Edmonton spend a lot of time vetting buyers to make sure that deals are likely to go through. This is because the due diligence process for a commercial or multi-family property can take a couple of months, during which time a lot can change in the market. As a result, serious buyers need to be organized and ready to move quickly.
James discusses the recent change to zoning bylaws in Edmonton that now allow for multi-unit dwellings in core neighbourhoods. This change was made in an effort to combat urban sprawl and make the city more sustainable. Investors are targeting these properties because they are cheap and offer a lot of potential for cash flow.
In this interview, James Knull talks about the importance of consistency in real estate investing. He also discusses the changes in Vancouver’s laws regarding short-term rentals, and how this can impact investors. Finally, he gives some advice on how to establish oneself as a serious buyer in order to be ready to purchase a property when the right one comes along.