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How to Price a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building

Value of a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building


One of things I find myself talk to real estate investors about these days is how to value a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building.  Seems there are lots of people looking to acquire high quality apartment buildings, but there is small supply of these buildings for sale, especially when we start talking about more than 50 units.

Most owners are happy to hold their buildings now  – multi family real estate is a notoriously stable investment during good times and bad (and stable investments are held in higher regard during recessionary times), but buyers are eager to deploy their capital into a stable asset.

This spread between available supply and current demand makes it a great time to sell your Kitchener Waterloo apartment building; case in point, we have recently seen quality multi family investment properties come to market and receive multiple offers in the first few days.

How to Price a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building

If you were going to sell your Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building, how would you price it?

Right now, there is a large difference in ‘per suite’ asking prices for comparable apartment buildings online, with several active multi-family listings being priced considerably higher than comparable recent sales.

(Note: there are some properties, like brand new buildings or luxury apartment buildings, that sell for outside the normal range. For example, see: Two Waterloo Region Apartment Buildings Sell For $45+ million)

Click play to watch this quick video we put together looking at the prices of apartment buildings in Kitchener Waterloo

If you own a Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building

If you have any questions about the multi-family investment market in Waterloo Region, call me directly at 519-772-4376 or email me at Benjamin@BenjaminBach.com

KW Commercial is your one stop shop for commercial, investment, retail and multi family advice and brokerage in Waterloo Region.  

We have buyers currently looking for a large Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Building – call us to discuss the sale of your property.

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9 Reasons to Invest in Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate, REIN Top 10 Report Edition

KW Tops REIN Top 10 List

Kitchener Waterloo is Ontario’s top Real Estate Investment Destination, again.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Kitchener Waterloo is getting some more much deserved attention from Canadian Real Estate Investors all across the country.

KW has been named the top real estate investment destination in Ontario by the Real Estate Investment Network for a couple years in a row (see: Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate ranked #1 again), and this year the trend continues.

REIN released the REIN Top 10 list that named Kitchener Waterloo the #2 investment destination in Canada, and tops in Ontario again.

From CTV News:


The Record reports:
REIN “refers to Waterloo Region as the “economic Alberta of Ontario.”
That means Waterloo Region is seen not only as the economic engine of the new Ontario economy, but also that it “will outperform all other major regions in eastern Canada,” says REIN president Don Campbell
For indicators, he points to job growth, student growth and a new light rapid-transit system.”

Why are real estate investors focused on our city? Let’s take a look at the reasons why people like buying investment property in Kitchener Waterloo

Top 9 Reasons People Are Investing in Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Now

1. Top Area to Invest – The Real Estate Investment Network named Kitchener Waterloo & Cambridge (“the Technology Triangle”) the #1 city to invest in Ontario and #2 in Canada, behind Calgary.

2. Low Interest Rates. currently we have very low interest rates – although there is a slight upward trend right now – which makes NOW a great time to invest. Rates will be going up in the future. It’s a matter of how soon, and how much. Smart real estate investors are taking advantage of historically affordable cost of borrowing money.

3. Great prices – Investors love Kitchener Waterloo because it has a booming economy, without big city property prices. Our clients invest in condos ranging from $120,000 on up, and there are opportunities to buy multi-family housing with cap rates of 7%, leaving room for healthy cash flow with today’s low interest rates.

You can buy good quality new construction rental units here (like City Centre, 144 Park, Bauer Lofts and others), for much less than you’d pay for an older condo in Toronto. (That’s what our cilents from Toronto happily do, over and over again).

4. Growth – Kitchener Waterloo is growing at a rapid rate. If you haven’t been here in a few years, just drive down King St! There are mulitple mega million dollar developments that are underway or have been completed recently – The Bauer Lofts, The Barrel Yards, City Centre, 144 Park, the Arrow Lofts, Kaufman Lofts, the new McMaster medical school and University of Waterloo Pharmacy school, the new King St streetscape in downtown, the new Uptown Waterloo, the Kitchener Market, Market lofts; and LOTS of development in the university areas as well.

Also, the University of Waterloo has recently announced plans to double it’s footprint over the next 40 years. See Is Waterloo’s Student Housing Market Being Over Built?
5. Stable, Diverse Economy – Kitchener Waterloo is a market supported by strong fundamentals – world class high tech companies, universities and NGOs; a strong manufacturing sector; proximity to Toronto and the United States; an international airport; continued job growth etc.

In the July 2010 figures released by Stats Canada, the jobless rate of the KW area fell, while national unemployment rose.

6. Access to Property Management – all of our clients have access to world class property management for a very reasonable rate. Contact me for more details !

7. Great Business Community – Major companies and organizations call the Technology Triangle home including RIM (makers of the blackberry), Toyota, OpenText, Manulife, Sunlife, the Perimetere Institute, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and a host of world class local companies.

8. Awesome, Smart People: Kitchener Waterloo is the MOST INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD. Take that Toronto

9. Great Resource – You have found a real estate agent and Wealth Building team that is focused on building your wealth!

What are some of the reasons you like investing in Kitchener Waterloo? Let us know in the comments!

 

Job Growth in Kitchener Waterloo up, outpacing Canada’s rate

Good news for real estate investors who are growing their wealth through buying property in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, canada

Kitchener Waterloo Employment Growth up 7.8%

Some encouraging news for real estate investors looking to buy investment property in an area with a strong job market.  Kitchener Waterloo is growing while many economies across Canada slow down.

Remember Ben’s Rule of Rental Real Estate: Buy rental property in strong job markets, near major employers

From Daily Commercial News:

Strong fundamentals driving Kitchener-Waterloo into 2011

Kitchener, Ont.’s economy is heading into the second half of 2010 in high gear, based on the employment report for July and the building permits statistics for June.

In July, employment growth in the Kitchener-Waterloo metro area (+7.8% year over year) was the fastest among the 27 census metro areas in the country, and more than three times the national average (2.3%).

Year-over-year job gains in July were particularly strong in business services (+42.1% year over year); finance insurance and real estate (+31.0%); professional and technical services (+16.7%); wholesale and retail trade (+16.2%); manufacturing (+15%); and accommodation and food services (+8.3%).

This strong pattern of job creation was accompanied by exceptionally healthy year-to-date gains in residential building approvals (+68%), as well as in all three categories of non-residential building, led by institutional (+134%), industrial (+121.9%) and commercial (+109.8%).

Specific projects that contributed to this increase in building plans include: the Barrel Yards, a 25-storey residential, commercial and hotel project in Waterloo, Ont.; an office/tech building in Waterloo; and a new provincial courthouse designed to put the three courthouses in Waterloo Region under one roof.”

So that’s what the job market in Kitchener Waterloo is doing – what about the rest of Ontario and Canada? A recent headline from The Record reads Canada’s jobless rate edges up; Waterloo Region’s dips to 7 per cent.

I guess that’s why Kitchener Waterloo is the #1 city to invest in Ontario, according to the REIN Top 10 Towns list (see:

Top 9 Reasons You Should Invest in KW Real Estate)

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KW is REIN’s #1 Real Estate Investment Spot in Ontario, again

Hot on the heels of last year’s report, REIN, the Real Estate Investment Network, published their report naming Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge Ontario the #1 place in Ontario to invest in real estate.

Why does REIN consistently rank Kitchener Waterloo #1 ?

Here are the Top 9 Reasons You Should Invest in Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate

1. Growth – Kitchener Waterloo is growing at a rapid rate. If you haven’t been here in a few years, just drive down King St! There are mulitple mega million dollar developments that are underway or have been completed recently – The Bauer Lofts, The Barrel Yards, the Arrow Lofts, Kaufman Lofts, the new McMaster medical school and University of Waterloo Pharmacy school, the new King St streetscape in downtown, the new Uptown Waterloo, the Kitchener Market, Market lofts; and LOTS of development in the university areas as well.

Also, the University of Waterloo has recently announced plans to double it’s footprint over the next 40 years. See Is Waterloo’s Student Housing Market Being Over Built?

2. Great prices – Investors love Kitchener Waterloo because it has a booming economy, without big city property prices.  Our clients invest in condos ranging from $120,000 on up, and there are opportunities to buy multi-family housing with cap rates of 7%, leaving room for healthy cash flow with today’s low interest rates.You can buy good quality new construction rental units here, for much less than you’d pay for an older condo in Toronto.  (That’s what our cilents from Toronto happily do, over and over again).

3 – Low Interest Rates – It is now more affordable to borrow money, making it a great time to buy investment real estate

For the complete article, click here: Top 9 Reasons You Should Invest in Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate or watch this video:

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Kitchener Waterloo Apartment Buildings & Multi-Family Investment Property

Apartment Buildings in Kitchener Waterloo

Want to buy an Apartment Building?

Apartment Buildings and Multi-Family Investment Property can be great investments.

Stable cash flow, low vacancy, and the ability to farm out the management and just collect cheques.  These are just a few of the reasons our clients are investing in multi-unit buildings, student housing and townhouse complexes.

There are several apartment buildings available in Kitchener Waterloo between $1 million and $10 million. Due to the nature of the Multi-Family market, we’re unable to provide a full list of available listings on our website.

For a full list of investment property currently available, click here.

Selling an apartment building in KW

KW Commercial specializes in helping investors acquire and dispose of investment property to maximize their return on investment.  We have worked with clients from across the world to profitably buy and sell property.

We have a list of qualified investors waiting for apartment buildings to buy, and we want to connect them to owners like you.

Whether you would like to sell a walk-up apartment building, or need to dispose of a national portfolio of multi-family housing, Benjamin Bach & KW Commercial can serve all your needs.

Interested in what apartment buildings are selling for? Take a look at How much for the apartment building in the window? and Two Waterloo Region Apartment Buildings Sell For $45+ million

Sold Apartment Buildings in Kitchener Waterloo

(New!) Two Waterloo Region Apartment Buildings Sell For $45+ million (225 units at $207,600 per suite)

Here are a few apartment buildings that our firm has helped real estate investors dispose and acquire. For a full list of properties, contact us.

LOCATION: Kitchener,
SIZE: 31 Unit Multi Family Walk-Up Building
SERVICES PROVIDED Benjamin Bach, Director with KW Commercial, consulted with the owners to list & market the investment property across Canada. The goal was to maximize profit in a quick sale. Building was listed for $2,200,000 and had a firm agreement of sale within seven days Keller Williams also represented the buyer to acquire the property and find new management.

LOCATION: Waterloo, very close to Wilfrid Laurier University

SIZE: 20 Students in 4 units. Recently constructed & purpose built, this property is in very good condition.
SERVICES PROVIDED Benjamin Bach represented the investor to acquire the property for $45,000 below list price. Benjamin also connected the buyers to the banking professionals who underwrote the new first mortgage; and helped buyer (a first time real estate investor) arrange for property management

Learn why REIN says Kitchener Waterloo is the #1 Investment Real Estate spot in Ontario

The Real Estate Investment Network, REIN, released a new report this week which named Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge Ontario the #1 place in Ontario to invest in real estate.

Why does REIN consistently rank Kitchener Waterloo #1 ?

Here are the Top 9 Reasons You Should Invest in Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate

#1 – consistently ranked as the top spot to invest in real estate in Ontario, and #2 in Canada as per REIN

#2 Low Interest Rates – It is now more affordable to borrow money, making it a great time to buy investment real estate

#3 Great Prices

For the complete article, click here: Top 9 Reasons You Should Invest in Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate or watch this video:  Top 9 Reasons You Should Invest in Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate, or Why REIN loves KW

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Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate news, week of June 21 2010

Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate news

(originally posted by Benjamin Bach on 26. Jun, 2010 in Local Kitchener Waterloo, Real Estate Investment at http://www.kitchener-waterloo-real-estate-investments.com)

Here are some articles about Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate that were posted on our other blog this week.

An excerpt of each article is included.  Click the title to read the full blog.

Google moves offices from Waterloo to Kitchener’s Tannery

Big news for downtown Kitchener: Google is moving it’s offices from Waterloo’s Tech Town (in the U of Waterloo research and technology park) to the Tannery District in downtown Kitchener.

Google moves from Waterloo to Kitchener Tannery District

This is great for downtown Kitchener, and will prove to be especially profitable for our clients who own investment condo’s at the Kaufman Lofts (one block adjacent) and other downtown Kitchener Condos.

Ontario Rent Increase Guideline for 2011 is pretty low

0.7%  to be exact, the lowest it’s been since the government of Canada implemented guidelines around the amount that real estate investors could increase the rents in their investment property each year.

From The Record:

The guideline is the maximum amount a landlord can increase the rent of most sitting tenants without seeking approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board.

The 2011 guideline applies to rent increases that occur between January 1 and December 31, 2011.

The calculation is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index.

New Kitchener Condo development splits local opinion

Fresh off our discussion of the new Condos, Hotel, and Commercial real estate coming toWaterloo –  the Barrel Yards, here is some information about a new development going in donwtown Kitchener at 30-40 Margaret Ave.

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I happen to think it’s a great addition to the area!  Read the article from today’s Record, and leave a comment below!

News on the Barrel Yards Development in Waterloo, Ontario

The Record has an article in this morning’s paper about a major development underway in Waterloo, Ontario – The Barrel Yards – which will bring the Kitchener Waterloo real estate market some very high quality product over the next few years

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When completed, the Barrel Yards – located at the corner of Erb Street and Father David Bauer Drive in uptown Waterloo, Ontario – will be home to a hotel, condos, rental apartments, commercial real estate (office & retail space)  and townhouses

Kitchener Waterloo Earthquake!!!

There was just an earthquake in South Western Ontario, felt in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, New York, and here where I am, in Kitchener Waterloo.  That is a rather large span.  No words on aftershocks yet.

REALTORS discuss HST & Real Estate in Ontario

From The Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Board blog:

On Thursday June 17th, 2010, 16 leaders from Waterloo Region’s real estate industry, including REALTOR® members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Board (KWREB), Cambridge Real Estate Board, staff, and a representative of the Waterloo Home Builder’s Association met with Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak at KWREB’s offices to discuss how the HST will impact the real estate industry and to explore ways in which to help moderate its impact.

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