We have written many topical real estate articles, which have been published in national print magazines, television, WebTV, and on online real estate forums.
Below are some of the "expert/authority" media coverage we have received.
     
Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine - How to Determine the Value of Your Investment Property

Commercial Exchange Magazine - How to Determine the Value of Your Investment Property
 

 

 

How to Determine the Value of Your Investment Property - Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine

This article is a primer for the first time and novice investor for determining the value of an investment property using Net Operating Income (NOI), as well as explaining the benefits and limitations of NOI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Determine the Value of Your Investment Property - The Commercial Exchange magazine

This article is a primer for the first time and novice investor for determining the value of an investment property using Net Operating Income (NOI), as well as explaining the benefits and limitations of NOI.

 

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Canadian Apartment Magazine - Pricing an Investment Property - Guidelines for Passing the Financing Clause

Real Estate Magazine - Pricing an Investment Property - Guidelines for Passing the Financing Clause
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Pricing an Investment Property: Guidelines for Passing the Financing Clause - Canadian Apartment Magazine and Real Estate Magazine

This is a follow up article to the primer above. It looks at extending your analysis to include the parameters and metrics that lenders use to assess the risk of their loan against your property, including Break-even Ratio (BER) and the Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR) of the property (not the borrower). 

 

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Canadian Apartment Apt Magazine - Low Cap Rate Purchase Could Mean Future Trouble

Canadian Apartment Apt Magazine - Low Cap Rate Purchase Could Mean Future Trouble

Canadian Apartment Apt Magazine - Low Cap Rate Purchase Could Mean Future Trouble
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 Low Cap Rate Purchase Could Mean Future Trouble - Bull & Bear Financial Report, Canadian Apartment Magazine and Real Estate Magazine

Real estate investors must be VERY careful about purchasing an investment property with a down payment of 25% or less at a cap rate under 5%, at which many investment properties are currently trading.

       Smaller investors, anxious to purchase a property without proper financial due diligence, could discover that a small decrease in their net operating income or a small increase in interest rate or cap rate could lead to a substantial drop in property value and return on investment.

       A 2% increase in the interest rate of a mortgage could lead to a 25% reduction in the value of your property and/or cause your property to have more costs than the income the property generates.

 

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Canadian Apartment Apt Magazine - Canada's Rental Housing Crisis

Real Estate Magazine - Canada's Rental Housing Crisis
 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada's Rental Housing Crisis: Where does the fault lie? - Canadian Apartment Magazine and Real Estate Magazine

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), more than a quarter of Canada's renters and 6.5% of homeowners can't sustain their residence..

     The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM subtle but slippery operative phrase to place blame on ‘market forces’ is misdirection and the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) June 2015 report titled, “Removing Barriers to New Rental Housing in Ontario” missed a variety of critical influences and driving factors.

     On who's shoulders does Canada's rental housing crising squarely rest, why and what can be done to address it?

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Real Estate Magazine - Ontario Canada's Affordable Rental Housing Taxed Higher than Single-family Homes  
Affordable Rental Housing Taxed Higher than Single-family Homes - Real Estate Magazine

As an investor, you should consider property tax rates of municipalities in which you’re considering buying (or building) a multi-unit rental property, not just for their unfair tax practice but also for the actual tax rate of multiresidential properties.

Can a municipality justify the overhead cost to service 10 families in the apartment building being about five times higher than servicing the equivalent number of single family homes?

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Real Estate Magazine - What's Causing the Housing Shortage in Ontario Canada  
 
This is What Causes Housing Shortages - Real Estate Magazine
Ontario’s recent 'Rent Fairness Act' continues the brutal, gratuitous, dystopian, anti-landlord legislation meted out by short-sighted, vote-pandering politicians who have literally (not metaphorically) persecuted landlords for decades; all of it resulting in the national pandemic critical housing shortage. This article cites numerous examples.
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Real Estate Magazine - Pearls of Wisdom: Insprational quotes for real estate professionals  
Pearls of Wisdom: Inspiration Quotes for Real Estate Professionals - Real Estate Magazine

The real estate business is a constant emotional and financial roller coaster ride, and it’s easy to forget how fortunate we are. The next time you’re wondering why nothing’s going right, why is this happening to me and what did I do to deserve this, consider these pearls of wisdom in the form of inspirational quotes from some well-known and perhaps not-so-well-known thinkers.

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Real Estate Magazine - Canada's Rental Housing Crisis  


Does the Rental Industry Have an Image Issue?: - Canadian Apartment Magazine

Chris Seepe is interviewed by Canadian Apartment magazine for his reply to this question .

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Real Estate Magazine - light bulb return on investment (ROI)
Real Estate Magazine

Canadian Apartment Magazine - light bulb return on investment (ROI)
Cdn Apartment Mag

Real Estate Magazine - light bulb return on investment (ROI)
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED Light Bulb Comparison and Cost Analysis (and spreadsheet) - Real Estate Magazine

 

Whether lighting a single family home or the common areas of an investment property, the difference in electricity cost between LED, fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs is astounding. It costs possibly six times as much to operate an incandescent bulb as it does the equivalent illumination (lumens) of an LED bulb.  This spreadsheet is a detailed analysis and comparison between purchasing and operating an LED, fluorescent and incandescent light bulb. The spreadsheet with all calculations can be downloaded from here so you can plug in your own numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<--- Accompanying do-it-yourself, downloadable, fully-modifiable spreadsheet.

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Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine - Latent Defect: Be Careful What You Sign

Real Estate Magazine - Latent Defect: Be Careful What You Sign
 
 
 

 

 

Latent Defect: Be Careful What You Sign - Canadian Apartment Magazine and Real Estate Magazine

A “patent” defect is one that can be discovered by observation (“obviousness”) or inspection using generally accepted industry-standard practices. A “latent” defect is one that is present but is not obvious, visible, apparent or actualized and can’t be discovered by industry-standard inspection practices. The principle of caveat emptor appears to be either becoming more specifically defined or more exceptions are occurring.

 
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Canadian Apartment Magazine - Inside Ontario's (Canada) Residential Tenancies Act (RTA)

Real Estate Magazine - Inside Ontario's (Canada) Residential Tenancies Act (RTA)
 
 
 
 
 
Inside Ontario's Landlord-Abusive Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) - Canadian Apartment Magazine and Real Estate Magazine
A review of the listed rights of the landlord and the tenant in Ontario's (Canada) Residential Tenancies Act shows that 34 provisions specifically benefit tenants (against landlords) and eight that balance the rights of the landlord and tenant (eg. changing locks). How many uniquely benefit landlords?
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Real Estate Magazine - Who Failed 45% of First-time Homebuyers?  

 

Who Failed 45% of First-time Homebuyers? - Real Estate Magazine
A Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) news release summarized its November 2015 survey: “… almost half (45 per cent) of first-time buyers and 41 per cent of homeowners wish they had done something differently during the transaction ." A Globe and Mail article stated, “It is widely accepted that about 90 per cent of all home sales in Canada take place through the Multiple Listing Service ..."  Who failed these buyers?
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Real Estate Magazine - Canada's new Anti-Spamming Law will Change the Way you do Business  

 

Canada's new Anti-Spamming Law will Change the Way you do Business - Real Estate Magazine (online)

A 2014 update on a solar panel review done in 2012. Green' is often a euphemism for 'money' and rental property owners faced with major capital costs are likely going to give the highest priority to the use that makes the best overall business sense, with return on investment likely being a major factor. This story looks into the pros and cons of, and the business case for and against, installing roof-based solar panels.

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Real Estate Magazine - Marketing a Luxury Property  

 

 

Marketing a Luxury Property - Real Estate Magazine

How many people in Canada are in the market to buy a 28-room summer home with 1,450 acres of land, 9,000 feet of lakefront, three wet slips, two farms and a modern four-bedroom log cabin? At $12 million, very few, so broadening the buyer field through exposure to a worldwide market is essential. This is not a post-it-on-the-MLS-and-wait-for-calls kind of listing. Creative strategies and a lot of hard work go into marketing a world class property to elite target markets.

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Canadian Apartment Magazine - Exploring Soloar (Panel) Systems  

 

 

Exploring Solar Systems - Canadian Apartment Magazine

A 2014 update on a solar panel review done in 2012. Green' is often a euphemism for 'money' and rental property owners faced with major capital costs are likely going to give the highest priority to the use that makes the best overall business sense, with return on investment likely being a major factor. This story looks into the pros and cons of, and the business case for and against, installing roof-based solar panels.

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Commercial Exchange Magazine - Sunny Days for Solar Panels  

Sunny Days for Solar Panels - Commercial Exchange Magazine

A 2016 update on a solar panel review done in 2014. Pricing of solar panel systems continue to drop and the microFIT payout drops in synch with that. The business case remains essentially the same. Getting a microFIT application approved id becoming much more difficult.

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Real Estate Magazine - Finding Opportunities in Adversity  
Finding Opportunities in Adversity - Real Estate Magazine (REM) 

Why are investment opportunities becoming more difficult to find for Canadian real estate investors? How will Canadian Organized Real Estate (CORE) need to change to embrace the tsunamic events that are bearing down on Canadian Realtors and what can Realtors do to brace for the impact?

 

 
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Canadian Apartment Magazine - Electronic Paying Processing of rent to landlords in Canada, TenantPay  

   

Chequing Out: Electronic Payment Processing Moving in - Canadian Apartment Magazine

Why are landlords among the last to embrace the many benefits of electronic payment processing (EPP)? Why do the banking deposits when your tenants will do it for you? Why expose yourself to unnecessary Privacy Act legislation? Why accept even one more NSF charge?

  
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Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine - Electronic Paying Processing of rent to landlords in Canada, TenantPay  
Checking Out of Cheques - Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine

A more condensed version of the above article.

 

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Aztech Realty - television interview - Chris Seepe
Runtime: 1:15 mins
(35 MB download)
Video Interview - Investor Insight - Commercial Investment Checklist segment

This 1:15 minute segment briefly answers the interviewer's question: What is the single most important thing to look for in an a commercial real estate investment.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PuOmMc_Pio  (copy-and-paste this link into your browser)

Full Canadian Real Estate Wealth (CREW) episode: http://www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca/videos/item/1540-investor-insight-commercial-investment-checklist

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Aztech Realty - television interview - Chris Seepe
Runtime: 45 sec
(27 MB download)
Television Interview - Business News Network (BNN) Bellwoods Brewery segment

This 3:49 minute segment looks at the trials and tribulations a Toronto-based micro-brewery experienced in trying to find a location that met their sometimes conflicting business needs (an "industrial" place to brew with a retail pub for sit-down customers in a trendy area with an upwardly mobile demographic. Our 27-second interview starts at 1:18.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqIO4gcub6k (copy-and-paste this link into your browser)

Full BNN episode: http://watch.bnn.ca/the-close/october-2012/the-close-october-17-2012/#clip786135

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Globe and Mail Newspaper - To Be or Not to Be a Landlord

Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine - To Be or Not to Be a Landlord
 

    

 

 

 

 

 

To Be or Not to Be (a Landlord): 10 reasons to be and 40 Reasons Not to Be - Toronto Globe & Mail Newspaper, Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine

The reasons to be a landlord are mostly obvious. The reasons not to be are, by themselves, not big deterrents, but making just a few of these mistakes can cause you a great deal of misery and pain, especially if you operate in Ontario, Canada, one of the world's most heavily-regulated rental housing markets.

 
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Commercial Investor Magazine - Clauses You Might Want in Your Agreement of Purchase and Sale  
Clauses You Might Want in Your Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) - Commercial Investor magazine

Buying or selling a multi-residential property is a commercial transaction and requires many more considerations than a typical house transaction. It also requires a different set of considerations than most other types of commercial real estate transactions, primarily because tenants’ homes and the Residential Tenancies Act are involved, and many costs that can be passed on to a commercial tenant cannot be passed on to a residential tenant.  

 
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Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine - How to Create the Best Rental Agreement  

    

How to Create the Best Rental Agreement - Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine

Like any other business in today’s litigious-prone society, supported by tenant-biased judicial authorities, you must take the time, and undertake proper due diligence, to ensure that you protect yourself in the operation of your landlord duties, or you will inevitably suffer the consequences. And, right after you've done a thorough credit check, you'll want a robust and balanced rental housing agreement like the one described in the article.

 
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Real Estate Magazine (REM) - The Competition Bureau is Right to Open the MLS (Opinion)  
 
The Competition Bureau is Right to Open the MLS (Opinion) - Real Estate Magazine (REM)

The Compaetition Bureau is right to open the MLS ... but for the wrong reasons. Real estate boards should not be building MLS systems but this is not to say that they shouldn't have complete control over the MLS. There are better ways to monetize the MLS, improve Realtor qualifications, provide an infinitely better MLS system, and serve the best interests of the public and Realtors alike

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Real Estate Magazine (REM) - The Competition Bureau is Right to Open the MLS (Opinion)  
 (Competition) Bureau's Win is a Godsend (Opinion) - Real Estate Magazine (REM)

The breaking of the TREB and MLS stranglehold on the real estate industry is a godsend. Now, any realtor whose only contribution to a real estate transaction is knowing how to get information from the MLS is doomed. Breaking the MLS stranglehold will dramatically improve our ability to overcome the greatest threat to our profession …

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Canadian Apartment Magazine - Smokers Significantly Ruin Property Values

Real Estate Magazine - Smokers Significantly Ruin Property Values
 
Smokers Significantly Ruin Property Values - Real Estate Magazine (REM)

Smoking in the home may significantly affect property values, anywhere from 10% to 30%, and allowing smoking in rental units is costly to landlords.

 

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Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine - Closing Costs for Investment Property

  

The Real Costs of Buying a Multi-residential Property - Canadian Real Estate magazine

 If you have not purchased a multi-residential property before, and especially if the number of units is greater than six, you may be surprised by the myriad costs involved. This article lists and discusses most of the types of closing costs you could expect to pay, and providing estimates where possible for some of those costs.

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Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine - Handling Non-paying Tenants
 
Handling Non-Paying Tenants - Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine

Ontario is among the most heavily-regulated rental housing markets in the world, and the favouritism shown to tenants by all political parties and levels of government has created some unbalanced legislation, as well as significant business challenges for rental housing owners and operators. This article looks at what the Landlord & Tenant Board spends most of its time doing and how it has become absolutely essential that landlords astutely qualify their applicants to reduce their ever-increasing risk exposure.

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Aztech Realty - Article - How much property insurance to buy  
How Much Insurance Should I Have for my Investment Property? - Canadian Apartment magazine

Insurance companies are in the business of not paying out for damages, and will look for every means and angle they can to reduce or refuse to pay for your losses. The purchase price (market value) of a property is very often not representative of what it would cost to rebuild it. This article delves into the difference and what you must do to ensure your investment is not wiped out by a catastrophic event.

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Aztech Realty - Article - Are suite meters worth the investment?
Are Electricity Suite Meters Worth the Investment? - Canadian Apartment magazine

The landlord renting to an international fast food restaurant chain (franchisee-owned location in Scarborough) demanded an increase in net rent. The franchisee observed that the increase was not sustainable by the current revenue stream. It was determined that the location was part of a high-traffic "destination" mall and the asking rent was reasonable. We speculated (but did not confirm) that the demographics of the mall customers had changed dramatically over the years since the franchisee's location was opened, and that the new customer demographic was not suitable to the resturant's product offerings.

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Aztech Realty - Article - Are solar panels worth the investment?  

   

Sunny Returns for Solar Panel Installations - Condo Business magazine

'Green' is often a euphemism for 'money' and condo boards faced with major capital costs are likely going to give the highest priority to the use that makes the best overall business sense, with return on investment likely being a major factor. This cover story looks into the pros and cons of, and the business case for and against, installing roof-based solar panels.

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Aztech Realty - Article - Commmercial leasing tip sheet  

   

Commercial Leasing Tips Sheet - Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine interview online

Investing in and then leasing commercial space may seem like no-brainer, but there’s more to the process than meets the eye. From finding the property to finding the right tenants to securing the rent, here's your must-read primer.

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Aztech Realty - Article - Evicting Bad Tenants  

   

   

Evicting Bad Tenants - Canadian Apartment online
Evicting a bad tenant in Ontario, Canada can be an expensive and stressful process for a landlord. Two-thirds of all the applications processed by the The Landlord & Tenant Board (LTB) are for eviction due to non-payment of rent. Here's an alternative.
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Aztech Realty - Interview - Mutli-residential investing  

 

Multi-res Investing - Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine interview

Any investment in real estate is about location. This is no less true for multi-residential properties where the economy, future growth and building types all play an important role. This article interviews Chris Seepe and others from around North America about what is important when looking for a multi-residential investment property.

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Aztech Realty - Article - Monster Commercial - Various Real Estate Articles
The following articles have been published on Monster Commercial.com, an exhaustive online resource for tenants and investors.

- Determining the Value of an Investment Property

- 10 Reasons to be a Landlord ... and 40 Reasons Not to Part 1

- 10 Reasons to be a Landlord ... and 40 Reasons Not to Part 2 

- Searching for the Perfect Site and Space for Your Business Part 1

- Searching for the Perfect Site and Space for Your Business Part 2

- How much insurance should you have for your multi-residential property?

- Is suite metering in multi-residential property worth the investment? Part 1

- Are electricity suite meters worth the investment? Part 2

- Purchasing a Multi-Residential Property – Closing Costs  Part 1

- Closing costs for buying a multi-residential property – Part 2  

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Ontario Private Sector Rental Housing Landlord Manifesto
  
This Landlord Manifesto is a written statement of the beliefs, aims, intentions, motives, views and policies that set out the collective understanding of what it means to be a private sector residential rental property landlord investing and operating in the province of Ontario, Canada.

 

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