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BLOG #19: Appreciate that Appreciation!

All markets fluctuate based on external factors such as supply and demand. Your gold is worth one sum now, but in a few months might be worth much less or much more. It’s a little tricky to anticipate and keep track of where that value is going. 

The real estate market comes in cycles, too. A key factor in real estate as an investment, however, is that real estate tends towards gaining value, or appreciating, over time. The supply of property doesn’t really change too much, but the demand keeps growing because people always need a roof over their heads. 

The thing about this kind of market is that it ebbs and flows like tides. Sometimes, the appreciation that takes place is strong and fast, and other times, it’s gentler and slower. You have to have the ability to be patient. 

An option that’s going to be a good, safe idea in the long run would involve buying property and waiting to resell or refinance it. The value will come, it just takes time. You might be able to sell your property at 200% of the price you bought it for, but that kind of thing is typically going to take some years to get in motion. 

That’s alright! As long as you have that property, you can be making money through the numerous other profit centers of real estate, like cash flow. The trick with appreciation is that you need to be patient, and good things will come to you.

Another awesome factor in this is that, when you buy a property, you generally finance it through a bank, which can cover 75-90% of the cost of the real estate. So, when you buy a property worth 400,000, you might only put down 100,000 for the down payment (and closing costs, etc.) with the bank covering the rest. Let’s say that that property then appreciates by 10%. It gains 40,000 in value- that’s a 10% return on the total previous value of the property.

But it’s a 40% return on the 100,000 you put in. Nifty, yeah? Leverage and appreciation work together in wonderful ways.

But you’ll need to get started if you want to see the full effects. Since these things have such a timeframe, starting as soon as possible is key to watching your net worth grow and grow. 

Real estate is a fantastic investment for the short and the long term. You can make money every step of the way. You just need to get started!

    

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #18: When Being “Controlling” Is Good

 

There’s so much in life that’s outside of our control. And when you try to seize control, you might get accused of being a “control freak.” In general, we tend to think that the ability to go with the flow is a huge asset to managing our constantly changing and evolving lives.

 

But, there are times when being controlling is good. Investments are something we think of as a classic risk; you might win big or you might lose a lot and that high risk factor is what makes many stay away from investments that could be making them tons of money. But, what if you could be in control of your investments?

 

It’s true that some investment options like stocks or bonds are tricky, risky, and hard to be in control of. You’re at the mercy of the people who run those companies you’re investing in. You can’t control whether or not they make some mistake that costs them the company and costs you your investment. With traditional investments, you’re not in control of the business management, you only get to decide when to buy and sell. That uncertainty can be stressful.

 

The good news is, there’s an investment class that eliminates that uncertainty: real estate. Real estate provides ultimate control by putting the power in your hands to make the big decisions about your investment.

    

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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Vlog #10: Tangible Asset


About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #17: Real Estate vs. Banking Your Money

Why Real Estate Keeps Your Money Working For You

Here’s a question you might have been asking yourself: Is it better to invest your money, or hold onto it by keeping it in the bank?

There are so many old adages about money and investing, and perhaps the most important and relevant one? “Make your money work for you!” Another common phrase is “You have to spend money to make money!”, and that’s what’s at the center of the answer to this question. These sayings may be well-worn at this point, but they hold some truth.

When you leave your money in the bank, it does very little besides just sitting there. Sure, having a big number on your account balance looks nice, and it is useful to have some liquid assets you can tap into, but if you’re looking to really pump up your net worth, you’re going to need to put your money into something. You’re going to need to invest

There are a lot of options for you when you set out to start investing, and real estate is one possible investment. It’s a popular choice, and for good reason.

Why Real Estate Does the Job

Real estate is an evergreen investment, because it has tangible, actual, inherent, and real value. People are always going to need places to live, and so, as long as there are people, there’s a demand for real estate. 

When you leave your money to languish in the bank, you’re trading the chance to have a tangible asset to your name for a bigger number on your account statements. That number is nice to look at, but you know what’s even nicer? Being able to drive past an apartment building, knowing that it’s yours, that it’s making you money, and that you made the right choice.

When you’re deciding what to do with your money, it’s worth remembering that doing something with it—anything, really—is how you make a profit. Money sitting in the bank isn’t doing you any good. But investing in real estate, thus using your money to make more money? Utilizing your intangible monetary resources in order to put your name on something real and eternally valuable? Now that’s smart.

    

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #16: Mutual Funds vs Real Estate

Investing in Mutual Funds vs Real Estate

When you have money you want to put to good use, you may be tempted  by any number of investment options. Two popular options that often come to mind include mutual funds and real estate. But which one truly comes out on top and why? Today, we will explore that.

What Are Mutual Funds?

Mutual funds pool money together with other investors. Supplemented with a portfolio, you receive a group of stocks, bonds, or additional securities in exchange for your money. 

The value of the portfolio’s assets divided by the amount of shares is what determines the pricing of mutual funds called the NAV, or net asset value. However, know that the investor doesn’t actually own the assets themselves—only the shares.

Also note that each mutual funds investment carries their own goal, portfolio and risks. Fees can potentially arise and cause a reduction of returns which might make mutual funds not a great option for you.

What About Real Estate?

On the other hand, real estate is another way to invest your money. Real estate investing is the process of buying, owning, leasing, or selling properties (land or buildings) for profit. 

Real estate usually falls into four distinct categories:

  • Residential: homes
  • Commercial: businesses
  • Industrial: warehouses, factories
  • Land: farming, ranches

Investing in real estate can take on many different forms. Maybe you choose to invest in properties directly and rent out units. Maybe you are just looking to diversify your portfolio and would prefer to take a more indirect approach to real estate.

No matter your needs or preferences, real estate can accommodate. 

Real Estate: The Better Investment Option?

Investing can be a risky business. Obviously, you want to be ensured when putting your money out there. 

Making up 60% of the world’s wealth and assets, real estate investing has previously proven itself to be a sound way to invest your money.

There are many benefits of investing in real estate, including:

  • Leverage, or the borrowing of capital to increase the potential profit, allows you to invest when you cannot buy the property yourself. 
  • Your investment in real estate provides ways to save on taxes, too. Your profits can be listed as capital gains with lower tax rates, and overtime, lower the tax basis with depreciation of your properties.
  • Finally, you’ll have more control over your real estate investments than you would with mutual funds. Instead of waiting for a profit of a stock, you are the person in  charge of prices, improvements of the property, and other forms of revenue at all times. 

Bottom line: real estate comes out on top as an investment option that is always relevant, accessible, and meaningful. While you cannot always predict what a market will look like, you can rest easy knowing that your assets are physical with evident value, unlike mutual funds, which can fluctuate wildly.

    

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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Vlog #9: Appreciation


About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #15: Gold Is Not a Solid Investment

Gold Vs. Real Estate: Gold Is Not a Solid Investment

Gold has been around for centuries. From ancient royalty to present-day investing gurus, plenty of people choose gold as an investment. That many people can’t be wrong, can they?

Well, as it turns out, gold may not be such a golden choice after all. On the surface, it may seem harmless, lucrative even. However, when you look closely, you might start to notice that there are a lot of reasons that gold isn’t quite the excellent investment people have believed it to be for so long. 

Here is why:

A Market Steeped in Instability?

Let’s cut right to the chase. The gold market is simply not stable. That might seem strange, because most people associate gold with prestige and wealth. You figure that it is surely in high demand. Why would its price fluctuate wildly, if everyone wants it?

As it turns out, gold prices move with the economy, like any investment does.That said, gold also crashes harder than some other investments because it doesn’t really serve any purpose, at least not in the way it used to when currency was backed by it.

People like gold, but generally speaking, they don’t need it. It’s a market that people invest in when they’re afraid of paper currencies going under, but its value doesn’t come from it being useful or necessary for society. 

Why Real Estate Glimmers

With that in mind, maybe gold isn’t the right investment. Its instability makes it unreliable—you can’t count on gold to weather through a tough economy with you. So, what’s another investment to consider, if you can’t count on this classic?

Let’s take a look at another thing that people have trusted as an investment for centuries: land, property, and real estate. People have been profiting from owning property for as long as there have been people. Since folks actually need places to live and work, it’s a market that’s never going to go away as long as there are humans on the planet. 

Now, the real estate market does have ups and downs of its own, just like gold or any other investment. Overall, however, it’s a much more stable option. Why? Because the demand for safe housing and attractive corporate property remains constant for the most part.

Putting your money behind something necessary is a good safeguard against turbulence in the economy. You can’t always count on your coins, but real estate? Now that’s a smart investment.

    

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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Vlog #8: Mortgage Paydown


About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #14: Gold vs Real Estate

Gold vs Real Estate: Why Gold’s Depreciation and Poor Sustainability Outlooks Puts It At a Major Disadvantage

With rising inflation rates and unprecedented costs of living, choosing the right investment strategy is paramount. Thanks to its wide availability and flashy draw, many new investors look to gold as a viable investment option. Unfortunately, due to its impracticality, poor long-term returns, and declining demand from new generations, most seasoned investors advise to steer clear of gold. Here is what you need to know:

Gold Depreciation Over Time 

Turbulent economic conditions allow investors to reflect on their current investment portfolio. Out with the (g)old, and in with the new! 

Rare earth metals and crop production have shown their hand in the history of investment. While generations ago it was a coveted resource, over time, gold has lost its draw to newer investment options. Emerging generations simply do not value it as readily as do older generations.

In contrast, real estate is a tried and true method with diverse options for property investment. From residential rentals, to industrial real estate, and even vacant land, real estate is a trusted resource for current and emerging market trends. 

Investors also have to consider the instability and decrease in value of other precious metals and goods. A 2019 study of metal sector deals revealed that coal was actually the primary revenue contender of global mining, with gold coming in second to last. 

This decline in demand may partially be attributed to an eco-friendly global mentality. Mining has taken its toll on the environment as a whole, leaving a hole in the pockets of the future stability of an investment in rare earth metals. 

Erosion, deforestation, and excessive water use all make gold an unsustainable investment choice for the environment. This makes sense when you consider that many have rallied for the preservation of earth’s most precious resources: Earth itself. 

Looking to the Future 

With the onset of work-from-home measures and rampant pandemic precautions, space is a necessary resource for buyers. Moira Taylor, co-owner and CEO of Taylor Made Realty in Atlanta suggests, “Investors should consider the suburbs of major metropolitan areas, as they’re an ideal investment and have seen an increase in buyer demand in places like Atlanta, New Jersey, San Francisco and other major city suburbs.” Investors are taking advantage of these changing trends, and focusing instead on the buying potential of modern real estate. 

As buyer choices change, so too do investment decisions. Whether you’re looking to invest in vacation rentals or you’d like to construct from the ground up, there’s a real estate opportunity for you.

    

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #13: Why Real Estate Wins for Stability

Everybody knows the saying, “To make money, you got to spend money.”  The question is where do I spend it then? The most common choices are also opposites: cryptocurrency and real estate. One represents the possible future while the other stands in for the long past—but is the future truly the future? In this article, we will discuss both to determine which one gets you the most bang for your buck.

Cryptocurrency

Let’s start with demystifying cryptocurrency. After all, “cryptic” is part of its name. Simply put, cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, is a totally digital alternative to regular currency, used to exchange for goods and services. They are dollar bills and coins that exist “in the cloud.” 

With that out of the way, why are people so interested in cryptocurrency? One, it has little upfront cost to enter into the market. An investment of just $100 will get you started. Two, there is little maintenance: you buy it and let it do its thing. Finally, it is transparent. All transactions are logged and available for the public to see. 

While this sounds promising on the surface, cryptocurrency comes with some significant risks. Most notably, it is not regulated by any governments. This seems like it could be an advantage, but it actually means that it is incredibly volatile.

 In 2017, Bitcoin’s value went from $1,000 to over $19,000 and then down to $7,000 in a matter of months according to Business Insider. Cryptocurrency also has security risks. Based entirely online, it can be hacked. Wired reported one such incident when a whopping $460 million was stolen. 

Real Estate

Compared to cryptocurrency, real estate is slightly more self-explanatory. Buying real estate may be costly upfront; you may have to spring several thousand just to close the sale. Not to mention, you must take into account utilities and repairs. 

With that said, these risks can be easy to combat. For one, real estate is versatile. You can build a business on it, rent out the space for private or commercial use, or fix it up and sell it for a profit. All of those provide a consistent cash flow, another great advantage. Lastly, owning real estate comes with tax breaks, which help mitigate things such as deprecation, insurance, repairs, and other potential surprises.

Final Verdict

After looking at both cryptocurrency and real estate, you may still be left wondering which one comes out on top. This is a good thing to consider when your own money is on the line.

Nonetheless, it is hard to deny the versatile appeal of real estate. The S&P 500 Real Estate Index reported a 29% increase on returns in 2020. Finally, its stability really wins it out. Cryptocurrency can have meteoric highs, but can then come crashing down, leaving you with nothing. Real estate has highs and lows as well though almost never to the same extent. If you plan on spending money to make some, it is a safer bet to invest it in where it’s “real.” 

    

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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Vlog #7: Re-Investment


About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #10: Active Versus Passive Real Estate Investing and Which is Right for You?

Do you know the difference between active and passive real estate investing and, more importantly, which might fit the bill for you and your current situation? Learn more about these two different real estate investment strategies and which will work best for you. 

Active Versus Passive Real Estate Investing – What’s the Difference?

Many inexperienced real investors will consider real estate investing as a largely passive income stream. However, once they start researching, they soon find that it’s not as hands-off as they first thought. Still, that doesn’t mean a passive income isn’t out of reach; you just need to know which strategy will get you there.  

Active real estate investing is what most people will have in mind when considering purchasing an investment property, but active investing can take a few different forms, including:

  • Wholesaling
  • Flipping
  • Renovations and developments

Regardless of how you enter active real estate investing, you will be heavily involved in various parts of the process. Whether you are a hands-on DIY investor or plan to use a team of professionals, the amount of time and energy required to successfully enter active real estate investing can be equal to a full-time job or more. It can also require significant capital and a certain degree of risk. 

Passive Real Estate Investing

Passive real estate investing is all about working with an active investor and purchasing the right investment at the best price and receiving the returns month after month, with your role primarily being a hands-off one. 

The Active investor is busy doing the following:

  • Researching the market.
  • Marketing and finding the right deals.
  • Doing due-diligence on the properties.
  • Negotiating and closing the deal.
  • Arranging financing
  • Managing the team.
  • Taking care of renovations and improvements.
  • Property management
  • Tenant management.
  • Keep up to speed with continuing training and education.
  • Investor reporting and relations.
  • Coordinating final exit plans for the property.


The Passive investor’s involvement is usually limited to:

  • Provide capital (money)
  • Qualify for financing (if needed)
  • Share in the profits (watch their payments come in).

Which Real Estate Investment Strategy is Right for You?

It really depends on how busy you want to be.

If you have the time, energy and experience to be an active investor, it can be very lucrative.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a hands-free type of investment that is secure and offers a variety of different ways to profit – then being a passive investor may be a better fit.

    

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #12: Cryptocurrencies vs. Real Estate

Looking for a way to make extra money over time? If you have the means to do so, investing is always a good idea– as long as you’re making smart investments. Making risky investments in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin can certainly be thrilling, and it’s definitely become somewhat of a fad in recent years; it seems like everyone and their mother has money in some sort of cryptocurrency at the moment. But you should think twice before putting a significant amount of your savings into cryptos, no matter how good of an idea it seems in the moment. That’s because it doesn’t have any tangible backing, among other reasons.

If you’re looking to make a more promising investment, real estate investments could be one great and much safer, more tangible option. If you’re not quite convinced yet, just put down the DogeCoin for a second and let us explain why cryptocurrency comes up short when compared to real estate. 

Cryptocurrency and its risks

Your first question might actually be what, exactly, cryptocurrency is and how the infamous process of investing in it works. Essentially, a cryptocurrency is an electronic currency that does not physically exist, but still holds worth. The value of cryptocurrency goes up and down based on how many people are purchasing it– it’s all about supply and demand. So, if you buy cryptocurrency at a low price, you may be able to sell it for more money once it becomes more valuable. The key word here is may.

One of the risks of cryptocurrency is that it’s extremely volatile. What seems like a good investment one day could be thousands of dollars wasted the next. And while most investments come with the risk of losing your money, cryptocurrency poses another unique risk due to its intangibility. Cryptocurrency isn’t backed up by any physical assets– it’s all electronic. That means it’s susceptible to glitches, errors, and hacking. 

Real estate investment and its benefits

Meanwhile, real estate is one highly tangible asset that offers a much safer investment– it definitely has a physical form to back it up! It’s a whole house! While the fact that property can’t be hacked like cryptocurrency can is a huge plus, real estate investments also offer tons of other benefits: great, steady cash flow, tax breaks and deductions, and steady appreciation in value. It also comes with competitive risk-adjustment returns: over the past 50 years, the average annual return has been about 11%. 

While real estate is a long-term investment, the overall return will be worth the wait. Overall, it offers long-term financial security and a nearly guaranteed great return. This, along with its tangibility, makes it a more secure option by a landslide when compared to cryptocurrencies.

So before you jump on the next big cryptocurrency bandwagon, really think about the risk you’re taking and ask yourself if that money could be better spent on real estate. Sometimes it’s best to play the long game. Happy investing!

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #11: Appreciate Appreciation! (or, Why Real Estate is the Real Deal)

Investors are often faced with many tempting options to place their money, often with the promise of great financial returns in the future; unfortunately, with so much information out there (including significant misinformation), ambitious investors may wonder what the “right” option is. This is especially true when it comes to mutual funds, a compelling investment choice often touted for being low maintenance and yet high-reward. But are mutual funds all that they are made out to be? In this article, we will explore that more closely.

What’s the Deal with Mutual Funds?

Mutual funds are an investment vehicle in which multiple investors pool their money, which is then directed into various stocks or other investments by a money manager. 

Mutual funds seem like a decent investing option. Once you’ve chosen the fund you want to invest in, you don’t have to think too hard about what happens. It’s all fairly straightforward.

The thing is, that’s all that happens. You wait for your dividends, and then what happens? As it turns out, usually, not much. A mutual fund might appreciate monetary value and pay off—or, it might crash and burn. Look at it this way. When you invest in a mutual fund, you have a whole host of fees and charges to pay, for an investment that may or may not give you any positive return.

Why Real Estate Outshines Mutual Funds

So, how does real estate stack up to mutual funds? Well, real estate appreciates value over time. It’s a generally accepted fact of this type of investment that it will, after a few years, be worth more than you paid for it. As long as the property remains in good condition, it tends to appreciate value. This has to do with the fact that land is a finite resource. There’s only so much Earth, after all!

Mutual funds can stagnate, but real estate is an investment that you can count on. A good investment property will not only provide you with passive income while you own it (from the rent your tenants pay), but will also gain value that you’ll see when it’s time to sell. 

If you’re looking to start investing in real estate, there’s no time like the present! The sooner you invest, the sooner you start seeing the potential real estate has to appreciate value and put money in your pocket. Invest smart. Invest in real estate.

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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Vlog #6: Leverage


About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #9: Real Estate: Stabler than Stocks

You’re probably familiar with the concept of investing in stocks, but here’s a quick overview. 

The “stocks” you buy are small investments in a company- a share of ownership. These can cost more or less depending on the value of the company at the time of your purchase. 

People buy stocks with the intention of making money on them, which can happen in two basic ways: either through cash dividends, which a company might distribute to shareholders if it’s doing well financially, or by selling the stocks for more than they were purchased for. 

Stocks are one of the first things people think of when they think of investing. That does NOT mean that they’re the best investment option, though. 

Stock prices are influenced by so, so many factors. Supply and demand? Those are factors influencing every market, but the stock market is especially susceptible to that influence. If you’re trying to invest in a particularly popular company… well, good luck. When the demand for a stock is high, the price gets high with it. 

A single share of the most expensive stock in the New York Stock Exchange, Berkshire Hathaway, costs around 340k per stock

But here’s the thing. On March 23rd, 2020, that price was closer to 240k– a hundred thousand dollars less. What’s going on with that?

Well, a few more things influence the stock market. Supply and demand can be shot off in different directions depending on things like how safe people are feeling in the current social and political and economic climates. 

March was around the time the pandemic started getting really bad, and for that reason, people were selling their shares like crazy. That’s the thing about stocks. They’re pretty easy to liquidate, and so when people get antsy, they cut their losses and run, taking the value of the stock down with them. 

Another thing about stocks is that they’re heavily, heavily influenced by the economy at large. If you invest in Apple, and then everyone stops buying iPhones because the economy is going sour, then suddenly, your stock isn’t going to be doing you any good. And the economy has been all over the place lately. 

So, what’s a market you can count on to weather the storms of the economy?

Think real estate. 

Real estate is a solid market. It’s right there in the name: real estate is Real. A solid piece of land, and the sturdy building that sits on it? Those things aren’t going anywhere, no matter what the economy is doing. Stocks are, in a way, abstract. They’re just reflections of how a company is doing, but they’re not an actual thing.

Real estate is stable for a few reasons. One is the above-mentioned solid nature of it. Properties you’ve invested in don’t just get up and walk away.

Supply and demand also aren’t as topsy-turvy in real estate as they are in the stock market. No matter what the economy is doing, people still need places to live or do business. That’s always going to be the case. The demand is always going to be there. And the supply? That’s pretty much set. The Earth isn’t getting any bigger. The demand is more likely to outrun the supply- and that means that property you invest in is going to, if anything, increase in value. 

Even when external factors do influence the real estate market, they tend to do so much more slowly and less drastically than is the case in the stock market. Let’s talk about Berkshire Hathaway again. We already said that on the 23rd of March, it had a value of 240k per share. Want to know what it was worth three weeks before?

324k. A drop of 84 thousand dollars, in three weeks. 

Real estate doesn’t pull that kind of trick on you. If you are looking for an investment that won’t give you the run-around every other week, think about investing in properties.      

 

 

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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Vlog #5: Forced Appreciation


About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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Vlog #4: Instant Equity


About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #8: Paying Less Tax

When you make a profit, you want to hold on to as much of it as you can. You earned it, it’s yours, and you want it to stay yours! But that’s not how it goes. A certain amount of every dollar you make in your life goes towards taxes. It’s unavoidable. So, it’s a good idea to consider ways to make the most of your profits. You want to not only make as much as you can, but also keep as much as you can. 

You may be asking yourself, what kind of investment could possibly change the reality of capital gains taxes? Aren’t all investments subject to the same rates, the same drawbacks? 

Here’s the thing: they’re not. While capital gains from stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are taxed at a pretty much universal rate, gains from real estate are taxed differently. If you buy a piece of property and sell it for a profit (because you bought it at a discount, or because it appreciated in value, or for some other reason), you will only be taxed on half of the money you made. This is because, in theory, the property should have lost value over the course of time. However, that’s often not the case. It’s entirely possible to resell real estate at a gain, as with any other investment. What makes real estate great is that you have to give up much less in taxes

Those tax savings mean more money in your pocket. There are so many things about real estate that make it a smart investment- the many profit centers it offers, the potential for excellent financing from banks, etc.- but one of the best parts is that you get the chance to actually keep more of your money. That, along with everything else, is great for investors. Real estate investments are an excellent way to build a prosperous future for yourself. Protect your interests by investing in property- you won’t regret it.

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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BLOG #7: Others Pay Your Bills

A great thing about investing in rental properties over other types of investment is that other people pay the bills for you! This is one of the profit centres called “Cash Flow”. 

It goes like this: an investor buys a property and provides the down payment from their own pocket, and secures the rest of the funds in the form of a mortgage from a bank. The investor then rents out the property to renters, who will use it to live or work in. Renters pay rent to the investor, and the investor uses that rent to pay the mortgage they owe to the bank.

Think about how beautifully that’s set up! When you invest in a rental property, your bills are covered by someone else. You don’t have to pull all the money out of your own pockets to cover your debts- you get paid for the public service you provide by renting out your property to others who need them.

This is one investment where you shouldn’t have to worry about where your next payment is coming from. The rent payments cover the mortgage, and tenants also cover most utilities. This is the “Flow” in cash flow. The money moves around, and everyone gets something out of the deal.

The magic of rental properties doesn’t stop at simply helping investors break even. Properties often appreciate value as time goes on. The mortgage that’s owed to the bank, however, remains unchanged. Because of this, property investors can actually see their net worth increase over the course of time. Investors are able to increase rent prices to match the increased value of the property, and in this way can secure a good financial future for themselves and for their families.

Investing in rental properties is a smart choice for so many reasons. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an investment that other people are going to help you cover? Doesn’t it sound great to make an investment you don’t even have to pay for yourself? With real estate, that can be a reality.

 

 

About North Lakes Investments

North Lakes Investments is a real estate investment company with a longstanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham region. Our mission is twofold: to contribute to the housing supply by constructing energy-efficient homes and to provide quality housing for exceptional tenants. Simultaneously, we aim to deliver an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for both our joint venture partners and ourselves. This approach creates a truly win-win-win scenario for investors.

North Lakes Investments offers its investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact North Lakes Investments.

For more information about North Lakes Investments and its investment program, please call 1-905-233-2607 or email them at invest@northlakesinvestments.ca or visit https://northlakesinvestments.ca/

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