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Added by Gerald Tostowaryk on November 17, 2010 at 1:49pm — No Comments
Okay, there is no way to predict the end of a boom, well there is no accurate way. By accurate I mean accurate enough to tell you within a month when to get your money out. Booms are irrational creatures and trying to predict their behaviour is a fool's game.
But there are two pieces of advice that seem to stand the test of time that tell you the end is near. How near is hard to say but it is likely near.
The first one is one most of us have heard before, "When your cab driver…Continue
Added by Gerald Tostowaryk on October 6, 2010 at 11:48pm — No Comments
GAAP, CCA, Capital Expenses vs Operating expenses...say what? What language is that and what does it have to do with commercial real estate investing? Well, some of you probably recognize this as accounting lingo; and it has everything to do with commercial real estate investing....well, at least with successful commercial real estate investing.
In my last discussion on successful commercial real estate investing, I did a general overview of points of importance to commercial real…Continue
Added by Gerald Tostowaryk on August 30, 2010 at 10:20pm — No Comments
Okay, so in my last blog I spoke of the value of common sense in real estate investing. And as promised here is my humble opinion on how to employ that common sense in the world of commercial real estate investing.
Before even looking at a single building, sit down with a professional REALTOR® to review your portfolio and your goals. A true professional will take the time to understand where you are and where you want to be. And you might just find out that you aren't where you should…Continue
Added by Gerald Tostowaryk on August 28, 2010 at 8:15pm — No Comments
Well, between a busy schedule and a couple of very short vacations, it's been quite a while since I had the opportunity to make a blog post. One idea did cross my mind while dealing with a prospective customer who had made some bad investments.
What makes a successful real estate investor? I mean investors come and go, get rich in real estate programs come and go, but only a small percentage stay the course in the real estate investment world. Now I can only speak from my experience,…Continue
Added by Gerald Tostowaryk on August 18, 2010 at 1:22pm — No Comments
Well, after my last couple of blogs, I can not neglect to mention leverage and my thoughts on how to use it today in the the Edmonton real estate market (I would argue my thoughts are applicable just about anywhere in the world at this time).
Most of you no doubt know that leverage refers to how much debt one uses to purchase something. A general rule of thumb is that the more leverage one uses, the greater one's return on investment. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, there is another…Continue
Added by Gerald Tostowaryk on July 5, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments
So Greece is having its economic challenges, and now other European countries are wavering. They're a long way from Edmonton, what possible effect could their economies have on our real estate values? Lots.
Now there is an old saying that we all rise to our level of incompetence and I think me disucssing world economics is probably rising way past my level of incompetence...but what the heck. Let's see how far into trouble I can get myself.
I do not know how much trouble the…Continue
Added by Gerald Tostowaryk on July 4, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments
There sure seems to be a lot of talk about the danger of runaway inflation and subsequent rising interest rates. Will it happen? What effect will this have on commercial real estate?
Well, first things first. Will we see runaway inflation and rising interest rates? Now I am not an economist and I certainly do not pretend to be one. Fortunately that doesn't bother me because there is an old saying that goes, "If you…Continue
Added by Gerald Tostowaryk on June 26, 2010 at 12:32am — No Comments