Blue city from a distance with the virtual globe superimposed on top indicating the connectivity for all things
Blue city from a distance with the virtual globe superimposed on top indicating the connectivity for all things

Technology has permeated every aspect of our lives, and property technology or PropTech has found a solid foothold in the property management sector.

According to Deloitte, PropTech start-ups have already raised over $43 billion in funding worldwide since 2012. In 2018 alone, there was an 82% increase from the year before.

Covid -19 forced shifts in the way property managers were using technology in 2020 due to the risk of spreading disease. Virtual reality or VR came to the rescue by facilitating virtual tours with a mobile phone or tablet. …


How to estimate your rental rate?

Pricing your rental property appropriately is a key factor in determining whether your property rents right away or takes months to fill.

But where do you start?

There are basically four steps;

1. Check comparables

Browse through online platforms such as Rentboard and Rentfaster, or popular rental platforms to look at comparable properties in your area and surrounding areas.

For example — if you have a 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, unfurnished house for rent in the SW area of your city, check out other 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom houses in the SW to see how your property compares…


Eviction Notice
Eviction Notice

When my husband and I started our property management business, we’d get calls from exhausted landlords. They didn’t screen their tenants properly (or at all), and the tenants were not paying. They wanted to know what they could do to make the problem go away.

When it comes to reasons to evict, the first order of business is to get yourself a copy of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).

Why you can evict

The RTA recognizes two main reasons for rental evictions

  1. Non-payment of rent/continual late payment of rent
  2. Behaviour problems; excessive noise, disturbing neighbors, damage to property, or illegal activity

To evict a…


Eviction Notice

When my husband and I started our property management business, we’d get calls from exhausted landlords. They didn’t screen their tenants properly (or at all), and the tenants were not paying. They wanted to know what they could do to make the problem go away.

When it comes to reasons to evict, the first order of business is to get yourself a copy of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).

Why you can evict

The RTA recognizes two main reasons for rental evictions

  1. Non-payment of rent/continual late payment of rent
  2. Behaviour problems; excessive noise, disturbing neighbors, damage to property, or illegal activity

To evict a…


What is seller financing? If you want to buy a house, what’s the first place you think of approaching to borrow money? Unless you have wealthy relatives, you probably assume a bank is your only option. However, this isn’t the only method. Seller financing is another option.

With seller financing, you ask the current homeowner/seller to let you buy the property in exchange for monthly payments plus interest instead of paying the full purchase price upfront. …


In Canada, landlord and tenant laws are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), which provides the rights and responsibilities of tenants, landlords, and the landlord’s agents involved in renting a residential premise.

When I bought my first property, I had roommates sharing the upstairs suite with me and had a separate tenanted suite downstairs. Until I had issues with tenants, I wasn’t familiar with the RTA. I had an epiphany when the landlords/tenants board told me I couldn’t keep any of the security deposit no matter how long it took me to clean because I hadn’t completed a move-in…


Nothing lasts forever, everything has a life expectancy, and it’s a fact of life that there are maintenance costs for rental properties.

Property owners who became reluctant landlords were often miffed that a year after tenants moved into their 10-year-old house, the toilet or faucets needed replacing or that their 40-year-old furnace required servicing.

Buying my first house in my 40’s I understood why people got freaked out. I hated getting hit with expenses that came “out of the blue” and having them blow up my budget. So I got into the habit of explaining the life expectancy of home…


I first heard of house hacking while attending an investment seminar. During the workshop, one of the presenters recommended buying a house and taking in a roommate. The other option was to buy a home with a rental basement suite to offset housing costs (also called house hacking). All of a sudden, I thought — hey! Here’s a way I can buy a house and have someone else help me pay my mortgage — I can make this work!

It wasn’t until I moved to Fort McMurray and made a decent income during the oil boom and housing shortage that…


Why I do what I do using real estate as a tool is a bit of a story. I always wanted to own real estate rental investments, but I honestly didn’t know how. Working as a music teacher with a big graduate school debt to pay off and a low income, I couldn’t imagine how I could ever accomplish this impossible feat.

What my parents taught me

My parents taught me to save, save, save until I’d accumulated a 25% down payment on a mortgage, then slave for years, pay the house off over 25 years, then retire on my pension from a steady job…


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Why conduct a move-in move-out inspection report?

The Residential Tenancies Act has made it mandatory to conduct a move-in move-out inspection report since it protects both parties in case of disputes.

If you don’t complete a move-in/move-out inspection report, you have no record of the condition of your property and can’t claim any damages following a move-out. This inspection report also exists for the benefit of the tenant/s. Once tenants have been approved, set a date for the move-in inspection. It provides a documented record of the property’s condition before their…

Nelda Schulte

Nelda Schulte is a freelance writer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada who specializes in real estate.

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