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With nearly 40 years in business, Braden Equities Inc. is one of the premier property management companies in Edmonton and the surrounding area. Our management style is tailored to the unique needs of each one of our clients, and we work as a team to ensure that every project is treated with the care and attention it deserves. We pride ourselves on having the best staff in the industry, backed by strong, proven management systems that deliver results. We firmly believe that paying attention to the details can make all the difference.

What to Expect from the Phase Two Changes to The Alberta Condominium Property Act

A brief summary of Stage One and Two regulation changes that came (or will come) to the The Alberta Condominium Property Act.

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Cannabis in Condos: Our Observations After Four Months

February 17th marked the fourth month since Canada legalized legalize the possession, use, and production of marijuana for recreational purposes in private residences. Many condominium boards found themselves scrambling to pass bylaws that would prohibit cannabis consumption before October 17, 2018. But for those boards that haven’t, how has legalization panned out?

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Should You Renovate Your Investment Property in 2019?

When considering renovating an investment property, investors must always keep in mind what benefits they can realistically to achieve from such an undertaking. Whether it’s attracting new tenants, keeping current ones satisfied, or reducing vacancy rates and turnover, the goal is to add value to your property that can be realized with a greater return on investment. 

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What are the Current Rules for Rent Increases in Alberta?

In Alberta, there is no limit on how much a landlord can increase the rent. So, what are the rules for rent increases in Alberta?

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How to Find and Attract Quality Tenants

Attracting great tenants is key to running an excellent rental property, but finding the right tenant is always a challenge for property managers. Quality renters are out there, but they won’t fall on your lap. Spend the time to come up with good ads that will attract quality tenants.

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How Marijuana Legalization Affects Insurance Costs in Properties

Yes, cannabis is legal in Canada, but there are provisions to follow if people want to use it recreationally. Learn how this impacts property insurance costs.

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Proper Building Maintenance and Building Assessments

Proper building maintenance and building assessments are a vital part of property management. A building performance targets the areas of your apartment that cost you the most money and eat into your profits. It puts each expense under a magnifying glass, looking at it from every angle possible and evaluating it compared to averages.

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What You Need to Know about Cannabis in Condos

For many condo owners and tenants, this legalization won’t change the outcome; that means they won’t be able to smoke cannabis in condos. But what does this mean for individuals who depend on marijuana for medicinal purposes?

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Why Invest in Multi-Family Properties in Edmonton?

This year has seen the province gain economic momentum, and industry insiders attribute this to investment in Edmonton’s multi-family residential market, which contributed to the record-breaking quarter. Even now, the mortgage rates in Edmonton are still considered low and the population continues to grow; these are signs of economic growth and development.

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Welcome to Braden Equities Inc.’s New Home on the Internet

Braden Equities Inc. has officially launched their new website!

The site, which is a more modern, dynamic and carefully planned portal to position Braden Equities Inc. among the leading real estate companies in the country, is easier to navigate and explore.

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5 Things to Review when Choosing a Management Company for Your Condominium

Managing a condominium is not an easy task, as it involves many responsibilities and specific experience. A more straightforward approach is to hire a property management company to help with certain responsibilities.

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Commercial Property Investment with Braden Equities Inc.

But what should buyers interested in commercial real estate investing keep in mind when they want to invest? How can they guarantee that they are making the best investment decision? 

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Eight Factors to Consider Before Buying Multi-Family Properties in Edmonton

When buyers consider the potential of an investment property, they must consider certain factors, among which is the potential it will present to future buyers or investors.

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Braden Equities at the Alberta Condo Expo 2018

The Canadian Condominium Institute, North Alberta Chapter put on a successful Condo Expo last month. Held at the Robbins Health Learning Centre at MacEwan University on May 12, attendees were able to network with professionals in the condominium industry and attend presentations to better understand the challenges of owning a condo.

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Benefits of investing in multi-family buildings in Edmonton

The beauty of investing in real estate is that there are endless investment possibilities. You can invest in rental properties, single-family homes, multiple single-family homes, or multi-family buildings.

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Buying and Owning a Condominium in Alberta

Those who want to downsize or are buying their first piece of real estate should consider purchasing a condominium.

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5 Ways A Property Management Company Can Save You Money

If you were to keep track of all of the time spent on phone calls with tenants, maintenance repairs, and other tasks, it would add up to be a full-time job.

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What Is A Spring Walkabout And Why Are They Important?

Spring has finally arrived in Edmonton and with its delayed arrival, people can now see the remnants of winter’s damage.

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8 Things To Consider When Investing In Real Estate

If you are considering renting out your investment property you need to make sure that your unit is competitive in the rental market.

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Recap of CBRE’S Market Outlook

Canada is in demand! This comes as no surprise since Canada was recently ranked second-best country in the world to live in by the U.S. News Report.

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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Manage Your Investment Property

Purchasing an investment property can be an exciting endeavour. If your apartment building is in an excellent location, in good shape and has the right tenants, you can earn a lot of money from your rental units.

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Alberta’s Vacancy Rates Outlook For 2018

Managing an apartment building is a very stressful job. One of the factors that can be an ongoing struggle is maintaining a low vacancy rate. Paying attention to the rental market analysis is an essential part of managing your building.

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Save Your Money! Tax Help For Condo Owners!

Tax season is a busy and complicated time for everyone. Filing taxes can be a scary process since the repercussion of making a mistake can be very expensive.

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Rental Pools Can Boost Your Financial Portfolio

For those investors that like to have some certainty in their portfolio, being a member of a rental pool is the way to go!

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How To Manage College-age Tenants

If you’ve been strategic enough to purchase an apartment building near a college or university, there’s a 99% chance most of your tenants will be students. Affordable dorms are becoming rarer, so students are looking elsewhere to find rooms for the school year. Lucky you!

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How To Attract Generation Z Renters To Your Apartment

Generation Z is those born in 1995 and after. They contribute roughly $44 billion to the economy and are expected to grow. They are now old enough to start renting apartments, so it’s time to prepare for the tidal wave of this new demographic.

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The Silent Cash Flow Killer That’s Hurting Your Apartment Building

You may not even realize it, but something could be hurting the flow of money for your apartment building.

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The Ultimate Building Performance Assessment

A building performance targets the areas of your apartment that cost you the most money and eat into your profits. It puts each expense under a magnifying glass, looking at it from every angle possible and evaluating it compared to averages.

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Why Is A High Vacancy Rate Plaguing Your Apartment?

Alberta’s economy is recovering, and your vacancy rate is still on the high side. What gives? Shouldn’t it be lowering as the economy gets better?

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Big Ways To Make Your Apartment Investment Successful

When you have a vacant unit, there are several costs incurred. It may need repairs and maintenance, it may have been left filthy, and then you’ll have to advertise it when it’s ready to be occupied again. All those costs will add up the longer it sits vacant.

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Conquering The Laundry Battlefield: How To Bring Tenants Some Peace

In newer apartment buildings, units have a washer and dryer hookup. The older ones have no such luxury. For many tenants, this room is the most frustrating part of living in a building community. It’s here where respect is little, revenge is sweet, and clothing is no more.

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10 Tips For Beginner Real Estate Investors

We want you to find success in your endeavour, so we want to give you some tips about real estate investing. Put them to good use, and you’ll be a pro in no time!

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5 Reasons Why Multi-Family Investment Properties Are Right For You

Does the prospect of owning a multi-family investment property scare you to death? The idea can seem intimidating, but there are just too many benefits to ignore.

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How To Structure Maintenance Spending For Your Apartment Building

Apartment maintenance expenses have the tendency to sneak up on you. Even though you’ve allocated a certain amount of dollars each month, pennies may be few by the time month end arrives.

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Budget Season: Tips To Make This Challenging Time Less Painful For Real Estate Investors

Creating a budget for an apartment building isn’t the easiest. There’s a lot of thought that goes into it, back and forth between relevant parties, and revisions. It doesn’t help that the information is often obsolete the moment after it’s finalized by everyone.

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Edmonton Sits First on Rein’s Top 10 Alberta Towns and Cities List

If there was any doubt that Edmonton wasn’t one of the best cities in the province, it’s gone now. REIN recently released their list of top Alberta towns and cities, and Edmonton snagged the best spot.

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A Before Winter Apartment Maintenance Checklist

When the weather is getting chilly, you know it’s time to take stock of your winter essentials. You check your boots, your jackets, your mittens, etc. to make sure you’re prepared for snow.

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4 Things to Look for When Hiring a Condo Property Management Company

When you’re a part of a condo board, you’ve volunteered your time and energy into keeping the condo running and maintained. In all honesty, it can seem like a full-time job on top of the one you already have.

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Alberta’s Energy Efficiency Program: Cost-Savings for Apartment Owners

Bills are part of owning an apartment building. There’s some that you’re scared to open because you know they’ll be ridiculously high, and then there are others you know won’t break the bank.

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Why Is Your Apartment Vacancy Rate Still High?

Are you struggling to fill several empty units in your apartment building even though you’ve tried every possible avenue? Social media isn’t working, and your advertising efforts are failing to generate prospective tenants.

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Transitioning Property Management Companies: What Braden Equities Inc. Requires

Are you feeling underwhelmed by your current property management company because they aren’t delivering on their promises? Is your apartment building suffering from maintenance issues, high turnover, or high vacancy?

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How the Recent Interest Rate Increase Impacts Real Estate Investors

Within a four-month time frame, the Bank of Canada has risen its key interest rate by half a percent.

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Amazon in Alberta? How a Second Headquarters Will Affect Real Estate

Amazon is a household name. Who hasn’t heard of this e-commerce giant? Did you hear the enterprise is opening a second North American office?

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End-of-Summer Apartment Maintenance

Now that summer is behind us, it’s time to look forward to sweater weather, cozy fires, and warm drinks. It’s also time to prepare your apartment for this season, too. The more you do now, the less you’ll be burdened with later.

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Tenant Retention: How to Decrease Apartment Turnover

If it’s hard for you to get your tenants to renew their unit leases, you may have a problem with tenant turnover. Ideally, you’d like good quality tenants to set up camp for a long time, but that usually doesn’t happen.

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A Go-To Move Out Checklist for Landlords

A go-to move out checklist is an essential tool for landlords. Moving tenants out of rental units requires thoroughness and keen observation, which a move out checklist assists with. It also serves as an official record of wear and tear in a suite.

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Is Your Property Management Company Still Profitable During a Downturn?

Everyone knows there’s a big difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. Property management companies can excite you with plans and promises, but do they actually deliver on them? Is the one you hired worth the expense?

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How to Create a Reliable Stream of Income From Apartment Building Investments

Apartment buildings can be a reliable source of income if they are well maintained, well run, and successful. If they fit these three criteria, your pockets will never be empty. However, if one of them becomes neglected, your profits will start to slide.

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How to Raise the Performance of Your Apartment Building

If your apartment building is underperforming, something is off within your operations of the property. Losing money on your investment could be a lack of management experience, poor quality tenants, or lackluster amenities.

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How Real Estate Investors Can Dig Their Way Out of Alberta’s Economic Hole

Alberta’s recent recession is still on the minds of people throughout the province. As it’s likely to go down as the worst yet that the province has experienced, it’s no wonder people can’t stop talking about it; neither can investors.

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Advantages to Assessing Your Apartment Building Investment

Over the past few years, you’ve seen the strength of your apartment building falter. It used to generate income splendidly, and you had a wait list for your units a mile long. Now, it’s nowhere near like that.

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Transportation Access and Price Main Motivators Behind Multi-Family Property Shift

Tenant needs are always motivating factors behind any rental property. If tenant needs (quality, amenities, space, location, etc.) aren’t met, well, you won’t have many full units.

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2017 Q2 Update on Edmonton Multi-Family Property Performance

2017 was forecasted to be rough for multi-family building investors with property in Edmonton. Now that we are well into 2017, we now have a better idea of how the year will unfold.

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What Is the Market Advantage of Buying a Multi-Family Property in a Downturn?

When the economy is in a recession, the last thing you may be thinking about is purchasing a multi-family rental property. Jobs are being lost; tenants have little money. How can you turn that into a successful real estate venture?

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Create a Long-Term Strategy for Your Multi-Family Building

Multi-family properties are a smart business investment for investors. If properly maintained and managed, they can generate a substantial amount of income to build an investment portfolio or to set aside for retirement.

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Thinking About a Short-Term Multi-Family Investment? Read This First

Sometimes you don’t want to be in something for the long haul, and that’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re looking to invest in a short-term multi-family property, you’re among hundreds of other investors doing the same thing.

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What Real Estate Investors Should Know About Cash Calls

When you are an investor in a joint real estate venture such as a multi-family building, cash calls come with the territory. They can happen at any time but tend to occur more frequently when the economy is bad and multi-family investments start to suffer. When you pick up the phone, be prepared to pay.

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Did the Alberta Economy Hit Bottom? How Investors Can Plan for the Climb

It’s not new news that Alberta has been going through quite the rough patch for the last couple of years. No one can seem to stop talking about it while providing their opinion on the matter.

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Why Your Real Estate Investment Goals Will Define Your Management Strategy

As an investor, you should be able to clearly state what your real estate investment goals are.

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How to Build a Plan to Achieve a Higher Roi on Your Multi-Family Investment

ROI is the big ticket for investors. A high ROI means your multi-family building is successful, generating income, and is in the black. When it’s low, it can be because of several things such as too many or pricey expenses.

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5 KPI’s to Track the Effectiveness of Your Property Management Company

Enlisting the help of a property management company makes sense for many investors who may not have the time to devote the proper attention to their investment. A property management company can maintain and improve the day-to-day operations of your multi-family building.

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How Property Management Expertise Can Help Improve Your Multi-Family Building Performance

Being a landlord isn’t the easiest job by any means. In fact, if you’re not up to it, your multi-family investment property can suffer due to inexperience, a lack of direction, or a wayward strategy.

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Looking for Tenants? Here’s Where You Should Advertise Your Multi-Family Building

Are you “advertising” your units to no avail, but not seeing interest? Are you running out of ideas for places you can advertise?

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What You Need to Know About Managing a Multi-Family Building

To be a landlord—a good one—, you must be a tough cookie, standing your ground and enforcing the rules of your building.

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How to Decide If Investment Property in Edmonton Is for You

It takes much consideration on behalf of investors to choose an excellent location for their investment property. The location will impact the success of it: is there a high tenant turnover in that area, are amenities close by, is it a good location for your ideal tenants, is the economy strong, etc.

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4 Things Investors Need to Know Before Purchasing a Rental Property

When you have been considering something for a while, like purchasing a multi-family property, and the timing seems right, there can be an irresistible urge to jump right in without looking back. Some scenarios you can jump into without having a well thought out plan, but investing in real estate is not one of them.

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Transform Your Multi-Family Building Into a Revenue Generating Investment

Despite the best wishes of investors, sometimes a multi-family building can run in the red, costing money instead of being a revenue generating investment. Why is this so? In some cases, the economy is to blame. In others, it’s due to the mismanagement of the property.

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Things to Consider When Renovating a Rental Unit

This is a special before-and-after case study of a property managed by Braden Equities Inc. If you like the transformation, feel free to contact us and learn how we can refresh your investment properties.

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Why Proactive Multi-Family Maintenance Is Profitable

You know the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” well this is especially true for the maintenance of an investment property. It is almost always better to perform regular, simple maintenance on your own schedule.

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4 Things to Know About Multi-Family Investment Before Buying

Investing in real estate seems simple enough. All you have to do is find a multi-family building, buy it, fill it with tenants, and the money rolls in, right? Although the process seems fairly straightforward, managing a real estate investment can be quite intricate and complex.

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How Investors Can Plan Ahead Before Purchasing a Real Estate Investment

So, you’re interested in a purchasing a multi-family property to generate more income and supplement your retirement funds? That’s a wise decision to consider. Investing in real estate, if done the proper way, can be a financial goldmine for potential investors.

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7 Ways to Attract Tenants Conducting an Apartment Search

Finding the perfect apartment—one that meets the individual’s personal standards—can seem like finding a needle in a haystack. There’s so many to look at, but only a few units and buildings may seem worthwhile.

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Get Your Online Apartment Rental Ads Noticed With These 5 Tips

Advertising online is an effective avenue to fill vacancies in your multi-family building. Not only is online advertising more cost effective than traditional print methods, but it has a much farther reach, allowing hundreds of people to view your unit.

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Evaluating Your Multi-Family Property Management Services: What Should You Analyze?

Hiring a property management company to help you strategically and efficiently run your multi-family building is an excellent choice. If you conduct the proper research and choose a quality company, they’ll help you turn your multi-family rental into a more profitable investment.

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4 Valuable Property Management Services in a Bad Economy

Purchasing a multi-family rental property can be an excellent investment for individuals looking to start a real estate portfolio, expand an existing one, or save for retirement.

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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Multi-Family Rentals

Purchasing a multi-family building is a huge investment and undertaking. An investor simply can’t just buy the building and wash their hands of it.

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How to Calculate Potential Income From Your Multi-Family Property

Many potential investors are drawn to the idea of purchasing rental property—not just multi-family buildings—due to the notion that this type of investment can generate a lot of revenue.

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Reaching Retirement? How Rental Property Can Make Your Golden Years More Gold

The milestone of retirement can be a source of stress for many individuals both young and old.

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6 Ways to Advertise Multi-Family Building Units

Filling vacancies can be a hard job; it’s difficult to know where to start or which advertising methods are most effective. With a mix of both traditional and new advertising avenues, you’ll have the unit filled in no time.

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Exploring the Viable Option of Condominium Rental Pools

As a condo owner or board member, creating a rental pool is a strategic decision that should be carefully considered. There are both benefits and drawbacks that must be contemplated before a decision is agreed upon.

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Multi-Family Buildings vs. Reits: Which Investment Is Better?

Investing in real estate is a great way to supplement your income. When considering real estate investment, many only consider purchasing a rental property. However, there’s another option available to invest in real estate: REITs.

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Early 2017 Shows Promising Signs for Alberta and Its Businesses

As we all know and would rather like to forget, 2016 was a difficult year for the Alberta province and its residents. The drop in oil had far-reaching effects that no one was immune to. Experts predicted the low economic activity would prevail, like a cockroach, well into 2017.

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Braden Equities Adopts New Technology to Enhance Client Experience

At Braden Equities, we strive to be a leading property management company that investors or condominium corporations can turn to for assistance in running their multi-family building(s).

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Advice for Lowering Multi-Family Building Vacancy Rates

Successful investment properties are those that generate a high income for their owners. The best way to generate income is to have all the units in your building occupied, resulting in a low vacancy rate.

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Decrease Tenant Turnover in 5 Easy Steps

Tenant turnover can cause many sleepless nights for multi-family property owners. They think of what can be done about that number and mull over it for hours. In order to keep tenants in your building, you need to keep them happy.

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Board Member Tips: How to Welcome New Condo Owners

It’s always an exciting day when you get the opportunity to welcome someone new into your condo building community.

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How to Manage a Condominium Rental Pool

As a member of your condominium board, or even as a condo owner there are significant advantages of utilizing a rental pool in your condo building. The only challenge is finding the time, or a reliable company to manage it.

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Alberta Renting 101

Renting can be a real thrill—especially for first timers. This may be the first time you’ll be living on your own. Without someone to help and guide you along the way, the renting process can be a bit confusing to navigate if you haven’t experienced it before.

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5 Qualities of a Great Property Manager

Finding an exemplary property manager can be a big task. This person will be the one looking after the building, taking care of day-to-day operations, and keeping a low vacancy rate. That’s a big order to fill, and so you need someone capable of doing the job.

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Snow Removal Tips for Condo Board Members

Come wintertime, snow can become quite a nuisance for multi-family properties and condo buildings.

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Braden Equities’ 2017 Real Estate Market Prediction

Edmonton’s real estate market in 2016 was bleak. We saw high vacancy rates, low rental prices, and fear of the impending carbon tax. However, a downturn like this won’t last forever.

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4 Things Students Should Know Before Renting a House off Campus

Campus accommodations can make students squirm. Yes, they are convenient, but they’re also expensive, sometimes gross, and often noisy. If you’re a looking to avoid all that, these are the things students should know and consider when renting a place off campus.  

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The Effect of Carbon Taxes on Income Properties

Starting January 1, 2017, carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are taxed at a rate of $20 per tonne.

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How to Protect Your Property From Sewer Backup

Sewer backup is a messy business and can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. You would have to fix your sewer line and any damage the backup may have caused to your multi-family property. When it comes to sewer backup, it’s worthwhile to be proactive instead of reactive.

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Your Go-To Dictionary of Condominium Terminology

Sifting your way through condominium jargon and legal mumbo jumbo can be difficult and confusing. There are so many new terms referenced it can make your head swim keeping them straight.

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How Our Vision Will Help Your Multi-Family Investment in 2017 Market Conditions

If you’re a real estate investor or condo board member searching for help to navigate 2017 Market conditions, you’re looking in the right place.

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Thinking About Buying or Renting a Condo? What You Need to Know: Condo Board Eligibility and Expectations

If you are an investor or resident in a condominium building, you probably have some familiarity with condominium boards.

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3 Ways to Maintain Profitability for Your Investment Property in Down Turn

Owning a multi-family investment in a down turned economy may be cause for concern for some investors. Individuals may have less money to put towards rent and will, therefore, turn away from higher priced units.

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Thinking About Buying or Renting a Condo? What You Need to Know: The Cost of Condo Ownership

Condominiums seem like the perfect piece of property. They’re smaller, low maintenance, and less expensive than a house. They may be hitting all the marks on your checklist, but do you know about the extra fees that condos require besides your rent?

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Is Your Edmonton Multi-Family Investment Overspending and What to Do About It

Ensuring the costs for your multi-family investment property are as low as possible increases your profit margins. Expenses should be regularly reviewed to determine if your investment is on track.

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Thinking of Buying or Renting a Condo? What You Need to Know: Condo Bylaws

Condominium ownership is more than just a real estate investment. When you own a condominium unit you are also a part of the condominium community. Like any community, there will be groups of friends and people you want to avoid.

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5 Tips on How to Build a Strong Relationship With Your Property Manager

As much as you may not like to think this, you can’t be a one-man show—at least not an effective one. It’s hard to be responsible for the daily operations of your investment when you don’t have the knowledge or experience needed.

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5 Must Haves in Condo Welcome Packages

It’s time to put on your welcome hat, and welcome the new condo owners or residents to the building! What’s more exciting than meeting new people and making new friends?

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Are You Ready to Start Investing in Larger Multi-Family Units?

Once you’ve gotten some experience with single or smaller scale multi-family homes, you may be ready to begin investing in larger residential properties.

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3 Tips to Help Track and Resolve Resident Requests and Complaints in Your Condo

The last thing you want on a Sunday morning is to open up your front door to hear about how so and so down the hall annoyed the gentleman in front of you.

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Real Estate Investment and Diversification

Portfolio diversification is something even the most inexperienced investor knows of. Essentially, the basic idea is to not put all your eggs in the same basket. By blending a variety of assets, an investor can minimize the exposure they have to risk.

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5 Must Have Property Management Services for Condominium

So the board has finally decided they need some help. Managing the condo has become too much like a full-time job. Now you’re just excited to sit back and let someone else handle the messy aspects of the job. Do you know what to look for in a property management company, though?

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Canada’s New Mortgage Rules and What They Mean for Investors

Canada’s Liberal government recently passed some new legislation aimed at correcting the country’s rising housing market, and overall, there’s no good news for anyone.

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Condo Board Conflict: How to Deal With Bad Apples

Anyone of age that lives in a condominium has the opportunity to volunteer as a board member. In a building that has over two hundred owners, that’s a lot of people, and not all of them can be good.

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How Location Affects Your Apartment Building’s Profitability

Multifamily prices and rental rates vary from one neighbourhood to the other depending on neighbourhood characteristics and environments.

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How to Manage Your Condo Board According to Law

In Alberta, condo board members are obligated to respect certain standards of conduct in operating their condominium corporation.

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6 Tips for a Great Tenant/Property Manager Relationship

The business of managing property is really a business about relationships. Building and maintaining these relationships will help you as a property manager create a friendly, close-knit condo community.

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Out With the Old: What You Need to Know About Alberta’s New Condo Property Amendment Act

Say bye to comfort because there’s a new way of doing things now! Alberta recently had a little shake up.

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Why Baby Boomers May Be Ideal Tenants and Millennials Will Likely Rent

Rental units in multi-family housing draw all sorts of tenants—couples without kids, millennials, baby boomers, bachelors, single parents, you name it.

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The Disadvantages of Micromanaging Condo Boards

Congratulations! You’ve been elected to the condo board. Your neighbours and other members believe you are an individual capable of getting projects done and thinking sensibly.

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A Guide to Choosing the Best Property Management Company

When searching for a reputable property management company, it will become apparent that there are numerous property management companies to pick from, and this can make it difficult to make a decision.

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Why You Should Use Rental Pools for Your Condo

As a condo owner or board member, having a rental pool is a decision that should be contemplated carefully. There are benefits and drawbacks that must be considered before a decision is made.

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Crash Course: Condominium Finances

Condominium finances are an interesting yet polarizing subject. Whether you are an owner, investor, or even just a renter living in the building, it is important to understand the basics of topics such as reserve funds, special levies, and condo fees.

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Crash Course: Property Management

In your hunt for the right partner, it is important to recognize that there are excellent property management companies out there who can completely change your investment experience.

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Plan Your Future Investment: City of Edmonton Growth Projections

Edmonton is working hard to accommodate rapid growth. With a projected population of 2.1 million in 50 years, long term land use plans to support new residents, industry, transportation, facilities, social amenities and underground infrastructure are happening now.

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Choosing a Property Management Company for the Right Reasons

Property management requires a significant investment of time and effort. That’s why many condominium corporations will decide to hire a property management company.

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Halloween Safety Tips for Your Apartment Building

With Halloween coming right up, children are getting more and more thrilled to dress up, head trick or treating, go to costume parties and join all of the other fun that is available with this exciting season.

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5 Simple Ways to Lower Vacancy Rates: How Low Can You Go?

Vacancy rates are in many ways what define the success of your investment property. If your vacancy levels remain high for an extended period of time then it is likely that you will be losing money.

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How to Help Create a Happy Condo Community

When you buy into a condominium community, you buy into a lifestyle. A great deal of the appeal this lifestyle holds is the freedom it entails.

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Rogers Place & Optimism in Edmonton’s Real Estate Investment Market

The NHL’s Edmonton Oilers have officially moved into the $480-million Rogers Place.

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How to Prepare Your Multifamily Building for Winter After Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Family, food, and fun are all parts of what Canadians love about this particular holiday.

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Who Is Eligible to Serve on a Condo Board and How Are They Elected?

If you are an investor or resident in a condominium building, the chances are that you have some familiarity with condominium boards.

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What Are the Differences Between a Resident Manager and a Property Manager?

If you live in or are invested in a multifamily property, you may have asked yourself, what’s the difference between Resident Managers, and Property Managers?

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Understanding Condominium Bylaws

Bylaws provide for the administration of the condo corporation and for the control, management, maintenance and use and enjoyment of the condo lots, common property and common assets of the corporation.

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Behind Braden Equities Inc. – Meet Braden Paquette

Braden Paquette, B.Mgmt, Vice President of Braden Equities Inc. began working with the company in 2005 and has now acquired shares, which in a few years will eventually lead to his assuming the role of Broker.

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What Are a Condo Corporation’s Roles and Duties?

Condominium owners elect a board of directors at their annual meeting. This is where they settle on on the number of committee members, and establish if there are any eligibility requirements outlined in provincial legislation or condominium by-laws.

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How Can I Maintain Effective Tenant Communication?

Every property owner and manager knows that effective and regular communication is essential to running an efficient and profitable building. But that doesn’t mean they know how to do it right.

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What Are the Powers of the Condominium Corporation?

A condominium corporation is created when the developer registers the condominium plan with Alberta’s Land Titles Office.

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The Truth About Pigeon Control

There are many types of bird that are considered to the close companions of the human species. People take great pleasure in observing, feeding and even domesticating our avian friends.

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The True Importance of Condo Bylaws

Condominium ownership is more than just a real estate investment. When you own a condominium unit you are also dedicating yourself to the condominium community.

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Raising Awareness About Balcony Fires in Multifamily Buildings

Since 2010, the inappropriate discarding of smoking materials has caused more than $46-million in damages across Edmonton and displaced countless residents from multifamily buildings for extended periods of time.

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What Are the Different Types of Insurance in a Condo Environment?

Insurance is important because it protects a person or entity from extreme financial loss or responsibility due to an unfortunate emergency, accident or negative unforeseen event.

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Condominium Bylaws: Questions to Ask When Joining a Condo Board

Condominium bylaws are the rules that regulate the condo corporation. They provide guidelines for the management, renting and administration of the units, the common property and any other real and personal property owned by the corporation.

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Location and Property Management: Urban Versus Suburban

It may not seem like the location of a specific apartment building would have a huge impact on the way in which the property should be managed.

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3 Valuable Tips for Handling Condo Board Management Issues

Perhaps the toughest part of being a condo board member is dealing with conflict.

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How a Property Management Company Can Help Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Multifamily Building

The way that a multifamily building looks from the outside is crucial in getting potential renters to stop and take a look at available units.

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Should Your Condo Board Have a Property Management Company Representative?

A condominium’s board of directors is comprised of unit owners from the building itself and represents the interests of the owners when it comes to management of the condo corporation.

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The Multifamily Real Estate Investor’s Power Team

If you are an investor that is looking to purchase a multifamily property, you’ll need the right team of advisors to help you along the way.

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Condominium Fees: Why Are They Important?

Condominium fees are often one of the bigger concealed fees that condo buyers often forget to fully take into account.

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Should I Lease or Buy Laundry Machines for My Multifamily Building?

Whether you’re a 10-unit multifamily building, or a 30-unit apartment complex, getting the equipment to take care of your tenants’ washing of clothes is fairly important.

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Dealing With a Special Assessment (Levy) for Your Condo Building

A special assessment (also known as a special levy) is a financial contribution that can be imposed on condo owners in addition to their monthly condo contributions (fees). It may be levied as a one-time lump sum or as an additional monthly payment.

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Multifamily Property Investment: Equity and Market Appreciation

Multifamily investment is the preferred strategy for those investors who want to add a component to their portfolio that is less volatile when compared to the stock market.

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What Are the Roles and Responsibilities in a Condo Building Environment?

Boards of directors are representatives of the condo owners and run the condo corporations on their behalf. As an entity, they are responsible for making all major decisions regarding the maintenance of buildings and grounds, condo finances, and must uphold and enforce the by-laws, and rules.

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Things to Consider Before Investing in a Multifamily Property

An apartment building can be a lucrative investment if done right. A good investor seeks out the best advice, gathers all the information he or she can and then chooses the right building.

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Managing Condo Building Disputes and Complaints

Given the shared nature of condominium living, it is inevitable that disputes will occur. Condominium life is, in essence, communal living – where individuals reside or work or both – with more contact with one another than would otherwise occur.

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The Power of Scaling With Multifamily Properties

Whether you’re trying to establish diversity for your investment portfolio, or want to transition out of your current career and build your real estate business, multifamily real estate is the safest way to create genuine wealth.

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Property Management Companies and Condominium Rental Pools

Picture a condominium investment where you can pool the rental income with other owners and share some or all of the expenses.

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Hire a Condo Property Management Company Not a Property Manager

Property management requires a significant investment of time and effort. That’s why many condominium corporations will decide to hire a property management company or property manager. But which of the two is the safest bet?

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Rules and Regulations for Condominium Reserve Funds

The Condominium Property Act requires that condominium corporations establish and maintain a capital reserve fund to provide for major repairs and replacement of property and common property owned by the corporation.

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Structure and Responsibilities of Condo Boards of Directors

A condominium board is responsible for the physical and financial well-being of the condominium corporation. They manage the day-to-day responsibilities, maintenance and repair of assets, and fiscal responsibilities of the corporation.

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Liability Advice for Your Condominium Board

Even if your condominium board is comprised of experienced and knowledgeable individuals, there are still compelling reasons to hire a property management company to assist in the running of your day-to-day operations.

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Why Hire a Licensed Property Manager for Condominium Accounting?

Property management companies can vary when it comes to the services they provide to condominium boards.

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Improving Your Multifamily Property’s Operational Efficiency

In today’s world, both business and life move at such a rapid pace that everyone wants to do more in less time. For some, this type of increased productivity is also the definition of efficiency. These principles can help with improving your multifamily property.

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How the Fort Mac Wildfires Will Impact Edmonton Vacancy Rates

Vacancy rates are in many ways what define the success of your investment property. If your vacancy levels remain high for an extended period of time then it is likely that you will be losing money.

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Alberta Condominium Buildings Will Require a Licensed Property Manager

Alberta is now in the process of moving to require a licensed property manager in all condominium buildings.

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Fire Safety Protocol for Multifamily Buildings

Multifamily buildings are designed to be fire-safe, but they often contain many people, and rescues are challenging because of the significant size of some structures. This creates the real potential for major incidents.

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Disaster Insurance Coverage for Multifamily Property Owners

Some landlords rely on their homeowners insurance to cover their rental units. It is important to know that your homeowners insurance policy most likely will not cover damage to your rental property.

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Value of Renters Insurance for Natural Disasters

Many people believe that damage caused by natural disasters is never covered. But that’s not entirely true. Most home insurance policies automatically cover damage caused by unpredictable weather events.

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Emergency Preparedness for Landlords and Investors

Preparing your building and residents for a weather emergency, natural disaster or power outage is absolutely critical.

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Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Tenants

The recent Fort McMurray wildfires are a warning to all of us about how quickly a disaster can engulf a community. Yet for most individuals, emergency situations may seem like a distant possibility.

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Reducing Your Vacancy Rates: 3 Case Studies

Vacancy rates will be the determining factor that makes or breaks your investment property. If your vacancy levels remain high for an extended period of time then it is likely that you will be losing money.

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Why Renovating Your Income Property in a Tough Economy Is Smart

The last year has been very difficult for many multi-family property owners in Alberta. The average property investor has experianced reduced spending and higher vacancy rates as a result of the recession which has had a tough impact on real estate investors in particular.

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Buying a Vacation Property? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions First

A vacation property is not a necessity; it’s just something that’s nice to have. Actually, it’s something really nice to have. However, the chances are that you would be better off renting, which would potentially allow for more flexibility.

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What Moves You? Edmonton’s LRT Expansion Plan

Edmonton City Council has adopted a long-term LRT Network Plan that defines the future size, scale and operation of Edmonton’s LRT system.

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4 Traits of an Effective Property Management Company

First of all, it is important to recognize that in general, property management companies don’t have great reputations. They likely get this bad name because the majority of them are not of high quality.

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Are Rental Pricing Controls Coming to Alberta?

Some landlord groups have been caught by surprise by planned legislation that would set up an affordable housing committee in Alberta to make recommendations on everything from security deposits to rent subsidies and affordability.

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Choosing a Reliable Property Management Company

By now you have probably decided that you will be needing to enlist the services of a reliable property management company. You should even have a pretty good idea of what criteria to keep in mind during the selection process.

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Dealing With Bed Bugs in Apartment Buildings

Bed bugs can be a very tricky problem for apartments and multi-family units. It is potentially very expensive to treat an infested property.

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6 Tips for Selecting a Property Management Company

When searching for a reputable property management company, it will become apparent that there are numerous property management companies to pick from, and this can make it difficult to make a decision.

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7 Tips to Help Lower Your Lawn Maintenance Bill

When it comes to the common lawn spaces in apartment buildings, some owners are deciding that less is more.

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Edmonton Capital Region Expansion Investment Opportunities

Edmonton is growing at a rapid pace. Over the course of just two years, our city has gained over 60,000 residents.

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Protecting Your Property Investment

The best way to go about protecting your property investment and to ensure your investment remains a profitable endeavour, is to view it as your own personal business.

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Edmonton’s Sustainable Blatchford Neighbourhood Redevelopment

Edmonton is experiencing a period of incredible growth, and is one of the most rapidly expanding cities in Canada.

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Why Diversify Your Portfolio Through Property Investment?

Portfolio diversification is something that even the most inexperienced investor has heard of. The idea is that by blending a variety of assets an investor can minimize the exposure they have to risk. This is not as simple as spreading out your stocks amongst different industries.

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Are Multifamily Properties Recession Proof? Part 2

Multifamily properties in Edmonton hold an advantage over commercial real estate because they enable the investor to more easily maneuver cash flow.

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Are Multifamily Properties Recession Proof? Part 1

Multifamily residential is a classification of family dwelling where several separate housing units are contained within one building, or several buildings within one complex.

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Purchasing a Multifamily Investment Property

Whether it is in Edmonton, or any other major Canadian city, an apartment building can be a great investment if chosen properly.

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Property Investment 101

There are three main factors that one must consider when attempting to determine the financial viability of an investment property.

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How the Coming Decades Will Shape Edmonton’s Downtown Core

Downtown Edmonton has been riding quite a development wave for the past few years. There has been an influx of announcements regarding major construction projects in the city’s core. Many of these ventures will be new office, residential or government developments.

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The Top 4 Reasons to Invest in Real Estate

There are many options for making money when it comes to investments. For example, real estate income properties can bring in a tidy profit even in a down market.

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Choosing the Best Type of Real Estate Property Investment

Braden Equities Inc., an Edmonton-based real estate and property management company, has put together this article to help you choose the best type of property investment.

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Invest in Real Estate

There is one simple thing that you should remember when considering a real estate investment property in Edmonton, or anywhere in the country really: do your research first. It’s true that an investment property can be a very profitable endeavor; however, it isn’t for everyone.

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Why Rent a Suite That Is Managed by Braden Equities Inc?

With over 40 years in business, Braden Equities Inc. is one of Edmonton and area’s premier property management companies.

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5 Ways to Decrease Tenant Turnover

Making sure that tenants are happy should be a top priority for all property managers. The more satisfied they are with their living situation, the more likely they will stay with you long term, and that you won’t have to deal with the complications of tenant turnover.

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New Arena to Impact Local Real Estate Values

With Edmonton’s city officials finally striking a deal with the Oilers to build a new hockey arena, investors have started asking whether this massive project will come to affect real estate values.

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3 Ways to Boost Your Property Investment

The most surefire way to guarantee that your property investment remains a profitable endeavour is to view it as your own personal business.

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Lower Oil Prices Result in Higher Vacancy Rates

Due to higher vacancy rates, there has truly never been a better time to rent for people living in Edmonton.

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How to Lower Your Building’s Vacancy Rates

Vacancy rates are in many ways what define the success of your investment property. If your vacancy levels remain high for an extended period of time then it is likely that you will be losing money.

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Residential Real Estate Investing: 2016 Outlook

The team at Braden Equities would just like take this opportunity to recap our thoughts on 2015 as they relate to credit markets and commercial real estate activity in Alberta and western Canada.

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What Services Should a Property Manager Offer?

Hiring a property manager is the best way to keep the day-to-day tasks of running your real estate investment under control.

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New Mortgage Rules for Canadians

New mortgage rules mean that borrowers will be offered additional protection against abusive lenders and reckless lending practices.

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The Value of Renter’s Insurance

If you rent your living space, rather than own it, then you should have renters insurance. It can be purchased for just a few dollars a month, and it will guarantee that your assets are covered in the event of theft or damage.

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How to Choose an Insurance Policy for Your Building

The key to purchasing building insurance is getting the right type of coverage. It is also important to be truthful when speaking with your insurance company about the condition and status of your building.

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Reinvesting in Your Business in the New Year

If you are looking to grow your business, some form of monetary reinvestment is crucial if you want to succeed. We’re not necessarily talking about thousands of dollars here, but a significant portion of your profit should be set aside regularly to boost your bottom line and elevate your brand.

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7 Tips for Proactive Building Maintenance

The biggest test that a property manager will face is not how well they run things when there are no problems, but how they respond during an emergency or crisis.

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Read This Before You Buy a Vacation Home

A vacation property is not a necessity; it’s just something that’s nice to have. Actually, it’s something really nice to have. However, the chances are that you would be better off renting, which would potentially allow for more flexibility.

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Preventing Property Management Problems During the Holidays

It’s every landlord’s worst nightmare. You’re just sitting down for a family dinner during the holidays when your phone rings. It’s a tenant calling, and they have an emergency, so you’re going to have to go deal with it.

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Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Consider all possible dangerous scenarios and eliminate or control as many as you can before you start decorating.

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Decorating Your Building for the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful chance to surprise and delight your tenants. Creating stunning holiday decorations for your building’s exterior or interior greatly enhances the entire property. Not only will your renters feel like their landlord really cares, but your image will also receive a boost, and people’s spirits will genuinely be raised.

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What’s the Best Gift for Your Tenants?

It’s important to do something for your tenants at least once during their tenancy, and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to do so. Showing your appreciation to your favourite tenants encourages them to continue renting with you, and gifts for the more mediocre tenants influence them to be better.

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Real Estate Investment: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and for most people, it is an occasion for reflection and celebration. Yet being around our most cherished love ones makes us think to the future as well. Will we be able to provide for them over the long term?

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Property Investment for Middle-Aged Persons: Part 2

Multi-family home prices mortgage costs are subject to the rise and fall of real estate markets. Yet regular increases merely keep pace with the economy, posing no real threat to your investment plan, and not providing a strong enough reason to curtail your commercial real estate investment opportunities.

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Property Investment for Middle-Aged Persons: Part 1

For the person that is in their forties or fifties, investing in multi-family apartment buildings can be a greatly profitable endeavour.

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Large Property Ventures for Senior Investors

Once you’ve gotten some experience with single or multifamily homes you may be ready to begin investing in larger residential properties.

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Property Investment Tips for Young People

If you are in a younger age group (under 40-years-old) then you should consider yourself to be fortunate. With a longer investment time horizon, this type of investor is able to take on further risk than a more senior investor.

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Investment Options by Age Demographic and Property Type

Investing in real estate is a great way to increase your wealth – if it is done responsibly, with an understanding of the tax implications and a conservative approach to financing. The following article was created as part of our eBook on the types of property investment for different age groups.

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Fire Safety Protocol in High-Rises: Part 2

High-Rises are designed to be fire-safe, but they often contain many people, and rescues are challenging because of the significant size of some buildings.

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Fire Safety Protocol in High-Rises: Part 1

The following information is to be used as a general set of guidelines, which are taken from the Ontario Building Code for high buildings.

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What Are the Advantages of Older High-Rises?

Most people are now aware that older buildings can be maintained or restored to add to the architectural and historical character of a neighbourhood.

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Advancements in Property Management Technology

Over the past decade, technological advances have completely revolutionized the property management industry.

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The Hidden Costs of High-Rise Living

Residential high-rise buildings play a vital role in housing people all around the world. In Canada, an estimated one in five people live in high-rise buildings. These range in cost from affordable units for lower income individuals, to some of the most luxurious residences in the country.

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Waste Disposal in Commercial Properties: Part 2

One of the best ways to cut down on the costs of waste management in your commercial property is to encourage your tenants to recycle and reuse things instead of throwing them in the garbage.

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Waste Disposal in Commercial Properties: Part 1

One of the easiest ways to cut down on and eliminate unnecessary costs is to properly manage your investment’s waste disposal. Quite simply, an apartment or condo building with garbage and litter strewn about is the fastest way to lose tenants. If owners want to avoid this, they have almost no option but to bite the bullet and clean the mess up.

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Laminate Flooring Versus Carpet: Part 2

This is an important question for all landlords, and of course there is going to be upside and downside to either choice. Every situation is different depending on variables such as what type of renter you have, or how much money the unit brings in.

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Laminate Flooring Versus Carpet: Part One

Most landlords have to undergo the painstaking process of renovating or upgrading their property at one point or another. Unfortunately, it’s often after something unpleasant has happened, such as a flood or fire, or even damage from tenants.

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LED Lighting Versus Traditional Lighting

There is almost nothing worse than dingy apartment building hallways, depressing lobbies, dismal laundry rooms or scary parking lots. Sometimes these problems are just a matter of lighting.

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7 Ways to Reduce Your Lawn Maintenance

When it comes to the common lawn spaces in condo and apartment buildings, some owners are deciding that less is more. That means less mowing, less edging, less fertilizing and less weeding, which in turn means lower costs and more time to focus on other tasks.

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What Is the Role of a Property Management Company?

Most tenants will be aware that property managers exist, but they might not know what they do on a day-to-day basis. Essentially, a property manager is a third party who is hired to act on behalf of the investor or owner of the property.

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4 Qualities of an Outstanding Property Manager

First of all, it is important to recognize that in general, property managers don’t have great reputations. They likely get this bad name because the majority of them are not of high quality.

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3 Case Studies on Reducing Your Vacancy Rates

Vacancy rates will be the determining factor that makes or breaks your investment property. If your vacancy levels remain high for an extended period of time then it is likely that you will be losing money.

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6 Reasons to Invest in Out of Province Property

There are many good reasons why some people choose to invest in property that is located out of their province. Investing in out of province property might seem appealing if you live in an area where real estate is pricey, if you already own property where you live, or if you want to diversify your portfolio.

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The Braden Vision: Interview With a Property Manager – Part Two

Recently, we sat down with John, one of the property managers here at Braden Equities. We had the chance to ask him about his experiences in property management, the challenges that he faces day-to-day, and where he sees the industry headed.

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The Braden Vision: Interview With a Property Manager – Part One

Recently, we sat down with John, one of the property managers here at Braden Equities. We had the chance to ask him about his experiences in property management, the challenges that he faces day-to-day, and where he sees the industry headed.

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The Braden Vision Part Two

Recently, we sat down with our very own Braden Paquette, Vice President of Braden Equities, and the son of Bob Paquette – President, owner and founder of the company.

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The Braden Vision

Recently, we sat down with our very own Braden Paquette. For those of you who don’t know, Braden is the Vice President of Braden Equities, and the son of Bob Paquette – President, owner and founder of the company.

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A Brief History of Real Estate Investment

Throughout most of human history, our ancestors were nomadic, and moved from place to place leaving few signs of their existence. This tumultuous way of life eventually gave way to an agriculture-based society, and ultimately to the globalized world we see today.

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The 3 Course Meal of Property Investment

There are three main factors that one must consider when attempting to determine the financial viability of an investment property.

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How to Diversify Your Portfolio Through Property Investment

Portfolio diversification is something that even the most inexperienced investor has heard of. The idea is that by blending a variety of assets an investor can minimize the exposure they have to risk.

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5 Ways to Lower Your Vacancy Rates

Vacancy rates are in many ways what define the success of your investment property. If your vacancy levels remain high for an extended period of time then it is likely that you will be losing money.

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How to Choose a Property Management Company: Part Two

By now you have probably decided that you will be needing to enlist the services of a property management company. You should even have a pretty good idea of what criteria to keep in mind during the selection process. But what types of questions should you be asking when you interview the potential candidate?

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How to Choose a Property Management Company

When searching for a reputable property manager, it will become apparent that there are numerous property management companies to pick from, and this can make it difficult to make a decision. All of these companies will claim to offer the very best service, pricing and overall value, but how do you really choose when all of them are promising the same thing?

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Maximizing Your Property Investment

The most surefire way to guarantee that your property investment remains a profitable endeavour is to view it as your own personal business. This means that you will get out of it what you put in, and its success will hinge on the strength of your efforts, so that means no corner cutting.

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How to Purchase an Apartment Building

Whether it is in Edmonton, or any other major Canadian city, an apartment building can be a great investment if chosen properly.

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What Type of Real Estate Asset Should I Invest In?

Purchasing an investment property continues to be one of the most popular ways to invest. The purpose should be to increase your wealth and secure your financial future. With that being said, there is no guarantee that you will see immediate and positive returns.

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Use Real Estate To Build Wealth

Many of the people who have built wealth in real estate are just like you. They drive a nice car, have kids in sports. They work and pay bills. The only difference is that they invested in real estate and have secured their retirement, are able to pay their child’s education, have reduced or eliminated their debt and enjoy nice vacations every year.

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The Four Whys of Investing

There are many options when it comes to investments. You can invest in mutual funds, retirement savings accounts, Wall Street, REITs or any other plethora of options. But when you look to real estate or another avenue of investing you may see that real estate offers you the best opportunity to create a diverse, secure and financially profitable portfolio.

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Is A Property Investment The Right Choice For You?

There is one simple thing that you should remember when considering investing in property: do your research first. It’s true that an investment property can be a very profitable endeavor; however, it isn’t for everyone. For those who are looking to “get rich quick” without putting in any work, it would be best to pursue another form of investment.

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