Real estate is creating wealth for people across B.C. The time is right to join in, but how do you capitalize on the opportunity without buying and selling property yourself, hoping to time the market just right?
With almost a century of combined experience, the team behind the Richmond, B.C.-based Western Canada Monthly Income Fund has seen similar real estate cycles over their respective careers.
“When buying property for re-sale in a hot market, all it takes is a small market shift and inexperienced buyers can be in trouble,” says Ralph van der Walle, one of the three fund trustees, who has worked with real estate investments for over 15 years. “Our approach is longer term and contrarian: We buy land when not much is happening in the area, then wait for planned development to come to us, with the traffic growth we need. We ensure we have all the required studies and are ready to go, and when the time is right, we move forward.”
For example, van der Walle bought waterfront property years ago in the Comox Valley, where realtors are now receiving multiple offers above-asking. “It’s one of the most beautiful acreages I have ever seen, right on the beach, and it’s ready for development of seaside cottages. The Comox Valley is seeing year-over-year price increases of up to 39% so demand is at an all-time high.”
Mike Fowler, another fund trustee, has been in real estate development for over 40 years.
“We bought land in Comox and waited for Costco to build right beside us. The other lots are now taken by car dealerships and big-box stores, so the time is right for us to build our commercial mall. In Salmon Arm we waited for Walmart to build their 60-acre Supercentre beside us. The increase in traffic ensures the area is in demand so we can build as well.”
Commercial investment for all levels
Commercial real estate investing can be one of the most profitable sectors, but is often possible for the wealthy only, as it takes significant funds to buy, hold and develop land.
The Western Canada Monthly Income Fund allows every investor to participate in commercial projects ready to be built and sold, because smaller amounts can be invested. RRSP, RESP and TFSA funds can even be used to earn higher returns in a tax-advantageous way, something you can’t do when buying property yourself.
“Many investors are unsure of where the stock market is heading as it’s sensitive to every global hiccup, and with banks offering almost no return on your money, demand for alternative investments is high. Our fund invests with local investors in local projects, and creates a predictable monthly cash flow of 6% (per annum) plus a generous profit share of 20% of net profits. Our total projected annual return is in double digits. And, you can see your funds at work locally as the project progresses.”
Learn more: Request your investor package at easy-invest.ca or call 604-235-2370.
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