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USD CAD Exchange Rate Predictions

Forex experts predicted the US dollar would trend lower against global currencies however that doesn’t seem to be happening. And the Canadian dollar has fallen below 78 cent level, far from what some had forecast.

The forecast that’s making forex traders happy is a USD trading at $1.43 CAD. After today’s Canadian GDP report, the CAD is expected to trend downard.

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While the lower US dollar is extremely good for US manufacturing, jobs and exports, it may also have some interesting effects on the US housing market. With shale oil production growing, corporate money being repatriated in the US, and with US job growth so strong, interest rates are rising and that will driveup the USD.  Forex speculators will be enjoying the volatility.

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The forecast for the US Dollar vs Canadian Dollar is creating sell orders on the loonie. The Canadian dollar outlook is hampered by western oil transport issues, high Canadian taxes, and the fear the NAFTA agreement will be cancelled. The potential for the Canadian dollar to fall is high.





The US will likely not experience a housing market bubble 2018. and stock markets are climbming.

If NAFTA is fixed, or a new trade agreement with the US is reached, then investors will resume their interest in Canadian business. However, foreign direct investment has been at record lows for Canada and there’s not much to suggest that will change. Currently, the NAFTA agreement is in peril, which could send sell signals for the CAD.

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Economic Weakness & Government Dampening Measures

The Canadian ecocnomic outlook was positive at 2.2%, but it’s not enough to stop the loonie from steep losses. Ontario’s economy is cooling fast and oil prices have stagnated in th low 60’s range.  With little foreign investment, there’s nothing to drive a demand for loonies.

The housing market was supporting the economy yet it has fallen into what some suggest might be a Toronto housing crash in 2018. and perhaps spreading to Montreal and Vancouver.  Rising interest rates, high Canadian consumer debt and a strong US dollar all point to a lower CAD rate.

There is some hope that with this recent disruption, the government will be forced to reduce controls on housing and begin enabling construction of new developments.

US property investors might want to search for homes for sale in 2018 as capital gains may be strong by June of this year. If US investors want to see higher returns on Canadian sales revenue, the auto parts, lumber, aerospece, oil and gas, vacation rental properties sectors might offer a good return, just for 2018.




Are you a Canadian realtor or US realtor looking to take advantage of opportunities in Canada? There are excellent commissions to be earned in promoting Canadian investment property. Land is and will be, a bargain for Americans in 2018.  Check out the buyers guide on how to buy Canadian property.

When buying Canadian property, ensure you use a forex broker to get better rates. Have a look at current foreign exchange rates for the USD, CAD, Euro, Yen, Yuan, BPD, and Peso.  Don’t just accept bank exchange rates if they’re skimming up to 9% on the conversion. Shop around and keep an eye open for forex companies with better conversion rates.

It’s unlikely, that Asian buyers will continue investing as they have. The housing landscape is changing in Canada. Oddly, housing is one sector the Canadian government is relying upon to generate tax revenue and stimulate its economy. US investment in the Canadian housing market could keep it afloat as well as avert potential housing market crashes.




In this post, we explore the forecast outlook for the CAD vs USD, the macroeconomic and business factors drive it, and what opportunities American’s can enjoy buying real estate in Canada. The forecast for the US housing market is rosy, but the potential ROI from Canadian real estate is an eye opener in 2018.

Buy American? Wait a Minute, Canada is Really Cheap right now!

 

One obvious opportunity is the increasing attractiveness and affordability of Canadian real estate for Americans. The rising economic power of US investors means there are a huge pool of buyers with money to spend on homes, condos and land. Sellers will have to compete to be heard in the clamor for American buyers, but a good measure of buyers will be from the US in 2018.

By June 2018, US property buyers may enjoy a 50% premium on their money based on a falling loonie and rising real estate values which have recently plummeted. There’s no market crash here, but prices have taken a big downtown in Toronto and Vancouver.

Is the US Dollar Rising Against Most Other Currencies?

This chart from fred.stlouisfed.org shows the US dollar was rising against most major currencies however that is now reversing. The exchange rate with the loonie is pronounced with it chasing equilibrium. It wasn’t long ago that 1 USD equalled 1 CAD.  Forex brokers and FX traders will be selling their buying Canadian dollars in anticipation of the rise.

Screen Capture courtesy of fred.stlouisfed.org

Longforecast.com is offering its prediction of a more moderate yet lasting fall for the loonie. This chart shows the US dollar will depreciate by 7% in the next 11 months.

Trading Economics has forecast the USD trading at $1.43 CAD by the end of this year. Whereas this data below forecasts the currency to remain where it is. It was only 1 year ago that it traded at $1.37 CAD. Forex forecast experts and fx brokers might consider the Loonie one of the most volatile currenices of the G7

USD vs CAD Exchange Rate 2018

Month Open Low-High Close Mo,% Total,%
2018
Jan 1.258 1.209-1.258 1.227 -2.5% -2.5%
Feb 1.227 1.205-1.241 1.223 -0.3% -2.8%
Mar 1.223 1.175-1.223 1.193 -2.5% -5.2%
Apr 1.193 1.175-1.211 1.193 0.0% -5.2%
May 1.193 1.193-1.247 1.229 3.0% -2.3%
Jun 1.229 1.209-1.245 1.227 -0.2% -2.5%
Jul 1.227 1.209-1.245 1.227 0.0% -2.5%
Aug 1.227 1.172-1.227 1.190 -3.0% -5.4%
Sep 1.190 1.137-1.190 1.154 -3.0% -8.3%
Oct 1.154 1.124-1.158 1.141 -1.1% -9.3%
Nov 1.141 1.141-1.188 1.170 2.5% -7.0%
Dec 1.170 1.153-1.189 1.171 0.1% -6.9%

This is one of the windows of opportunity to sell US dollars and buy cheap loonies. If Oil prices continue rising as they have been, the CAD will rise strongly.  Canadians are listing their properties so they’re desperate right now to sell their homes.

The full impact of President Trump’s policies are difficult to foresee, however many experts believe the signals are clear about the US Dollar forecast. It is going to rise against all currencies including the Canadian dollar.

What Macroeconomic factors are driving the USD/CAD Rate?

  1. higher interest rates expected in the US will drive US dollar up
  2. US bonds will become more attractive as will American company stocks
  3. lower interest rates will keep CAD same or will be reduced in order to maintain business competitiveness
  4. oil & gas production rising in US thus raising supply and driving price down which will lower demand for Canadian oil and gas
  5. rising trade barriers and border taxes will reduce Canadian trade advantage thus discouraging multinational corporations who can’t make winfall profits anymore or move their wealth fast to avoid taxes
  6. rising US productivity, jobs, startups, and speculation will pull investment money into the US thus raising demand on US dollar
  7. rising consumer spending power will raise US inflation
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With the lower loonie, the Canadian economy should benefit greatly, yet Justin Trudeau will need to negotiate what access Canadian companies will have to US markets. Trump is already cancelling the TPP and NAFTA agreements.

Canadian companies will only look good on the basis of their cost advantage selling to the US.  If negotiations don’t go favorably for Canada, we could see a Vancouver and Toronto housing crash.  That’s a long shot, but risk is risk. We won’t see a crash in US housing markets.




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Real Estate By Zip Codes

Search Homes for Sale By Zip Codes 

Real estate investors and home buyers alike are becoming a little more savvy about searching for good investments and properties in the best cities.

Searching for properties via zip codes adds variety and a new perspective to your home search or pursuit of that great income investment property. You want the real picture, and you may access new and needed information searching by zip code.

While you can search by State, County, City, neighborhood or suburb, a search for homes by zip code lets you zoom into those neighbourhoods you are most interested in, not some general category such as Denver, Seattle, Houston, LA, or New York, which is actually confusing.




Zip Codes are a Great Way to Search for Homes

  • drill down into the neighbourhoods that matter
  • find additional information is available only in relation to zip codes (census and marketing data)
  • zip codes let you see community boundaries easier
  • breakdown of important features via zip code
  • lots of deep demographic info available on zip codes because shoppers give their zip code when buying locally at retail stores
  • gives you different search results




Zip codes give us additional cues or signals about homes for sale, neighborhoods, potential, forecasts, and home price trends in the areas we’d like to invest. Zip codes are used by car insurance companies when quoting rates, and Facebook uses zip codes to target ads just to you.

Nielsen Research has a demographic profiling service which marketers use, based on zip code. It provides lifestyle, income, age and other info on the residents in those zips.



zip code researrch

In this previous post, you learned the top 80 best cities to invest in income properties. Great info for investors who want the best zip codes across the US for a return on investment. There are over 32,000 zip codes in the country, and according to research from realtor.com, there are hot zip codes to pay attention to.

Of course you may not be an investor, and instead are looking for homes for sale in specific communities (zip codes) and you can search with the search box below. Begin with a city and then drill down into the specific zip code you’re interested in. Then all you need to do is find the best time to buy a home in your city.




Any sharp real estate investor knows to look beyond their own city or town to look outward to other cities where property values are rising, where the local economies are strong, and where further positive growth factors exist.

Yes, you’re more interested in the houses and condos, but don’t forget that homes are about lifestyles, neighborhoods, local shopping, schools, medical services, transit, safety, green space, and the economy.  A bad neighborhood can ruin a good home.

Searching aimlessly for homes? Frustrated, demoralized, confused?  You need to get focused and avoid wasting your valuable time.

 

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7 Factors that make the Best Zip Codes so Attractive for Investors

1. home prices are projected to rise faster than other areas
2. positive outlook for employment
3. local economy is predicted to be better than other areas
4. more of the right properties are available
5. there is a strong housing shortage in that area
6. there is a strong commitment to neighborhood improvement
7. there are good schools nearby

Best Real Estate for Investors – By Zip Codes

Realtor.com conducted some research recently to find the best zip codes in the country. They chose a stat you might think is insufficient as a guide to invest — solely on demand.  Their list is based on a) the time it took properties to sell, and b) how frequently homes are viewed in each ZIP code.

There are other factors that go beyond current demand such as overall housing forecasts, specific features, crime rates, commuting time, types of properties, and more which will impact whoever rents your property or buys it.




Here’s a cool graphic from homesnacks.net that you’ve probably never seen before. It maps out all the zip codes according to these factors:

  • Population Density
  • College Degree Holders
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Household Incomes
  • Short Commute Times
  • Home Values

Looks like they give the thumbs up to Seattle, Southern California, Wisconsin, New England, and the core of Texas.

That’s a different ranking of zip codes, and it may help decide on, or avoid investing in properties in specific regions.



Realtor.com’s top 50 Real Estate Zip Codes:

Rank ZIP Code Community, State
1 76148 Watauga, TX
2 94523 Pleasant Hill, CA
3 80233 Northglenn, CO
4 80916 Colorado Springs, CO
5 78247 San Antonio, TX
6 94954 Petaluma, CA
7 2176 Melrose, MA
8 63126 Crestwood, MO
9 97222 Milwaukie, OR
10 92104 North Park, CA
11 40242 Louisville, KY
12 66204 Overland Park, KS
13 48072 Berkley, MI
14 95123 San Jose, CA
15 37214 Nashville, TN
16 78749 Austin, TX
17 94585 Suisun City, CA
18 14625 Rochester, NY
19 49508 Kentwood, MI
20 58103 Fargo, ND
21 46804 Fort Wayne, IN
22 95678 Roseville, CA
23 43214 Columbus, OH
24 95376 Tracy, CA
25 98105 Seattle WA
26 83705 Boise, ID
27 68144 Omaha, NE
28 27511 Cary, NC
29 90230 Culver City, CA
30 93906 Salinas, CA
31 59102 Billings, MT
32 93004 Ventura, CA
33 67209 Wichita, KS
34 80603 Brighton, CO
35 95062 Santa Cruz, CA
36 32707 Casselberry, FL
37 95368 Salida, CA
38 93720 Fresno, CA
39 50010 Ames, IA
40 14150 Tonawanda, NY
41 28273 Charlotte, NC
42 30269 Peachtree City, GA
43 55423 Minneapolis, MN
44 53005 Brookfield, WI
45 23226 Richmond, VA
46 66617 Topeka, KS
47 75495 Van Alstyne, TX
48 33624 Tampa, FL
49 7066 Clark, NJ
50 80501 Longmont, CO




Zip Codes with the Lowest DOM

According to Realtor.com, it takes 53 days less to sell a home in the top 20 markets. That means these zip codes are in much greater demand.  Will this demand continue through the next 10 years? The answer to that tough question might be found in state and region migration trends, demographics, types of industries, and other economic data, such as I discussed in the San Diego and Los Angeles and San Francisco real estate forecasts.

Investors might be very focused on where millennial aged buyers/renters might be living and where they’re likely to move to. Places like Longmont, Colorado might be head scratchers, however these might be very attractive locations for younger buyers.




For example, the migration away from Silicon Valley in California is one such trend that could last 10 years. The San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara region has all the earmarks of overheating such as in-migration, positive economic outlook, and a lack of residential land.

Any towns such as Pleasant Hill (#2) and Petaluma (#6) and others in between Sacramento and San Francisco could have huge potential for price growth.

For those interested in sunny California, take a look at Realtor.com’s hottest markets index in this graphic below.  Look deeper for specific zip codes and neighborhoods that have the best potential. Think 5 years ahead.

California’s Best Zip Codes

Once you’ve found the best zip codes to buy real estate in, you’ll need some guidance in how to actually carry out that investment. You might want to look for property investment experts who have the insight into all the nitty gritty stuff you’ll be encountering.

Search for a Home Via Zip Code

Major real estate web sites are still behind the times when it comes to zip codes.

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Student Housing Investment REITS – Investment Companies and Opportunities

Solving the Student Housing Crunch at a Different Level

If you went to college 10 to 30 years ago, you might be a little envious of the luxury accommodations today’s generations might enjoy — if they can afford it.

The college dorms of the past are aging,  and post secondary instituions don’t necessarily see a profitable future for themselves in dorm management. Traditionally, dorms were built and maintained solely to house those in their freshman year.

Today, huge student housing communities are being built to accommodate hundreds of thousands of students regardless of when they’ll graduate. That’s market expansion.




The header graphic above is from American College Campus’s U Club on Woodward in Tallahasse Florida. Kind of jolts your understanding of student poverty and housing desperation.

Under Pressure: Students Left out in the Cold

2nd, 3rd and 4th year students were pushed off campus to find accommodation as they may. Yet, there are few cities in the US, UK, and Canada where housing availability isn’t an issue. Housing scarcity is the new plague of governments, local and national and not many solutions are appearing.

However, large housing communities might ease it and provide investors with a great housing investment  opportunity. The issue with off campus housing need is that it’s tough to resolve with small multi-tenant buildings and large houses. And while investment companies and REITS are coming to help with the general student housing challenge, it is the luxury student housing market that’s drawing the most attention.

What are Student Housing REITS and Why Invest in Them?

Graphic courtesy of urbanyvr.com

Student housing REITs (real estate investment trusts) build, own, and manage student housing facilities. Most housing units are either on-campus or within close proximity to campus. REIT investments offer a good ROI while ensuring the investor doesn’t have to be involved in housing management and administration.

Those who invest in rental income properties know about the effort, time, and risk associated with managing individual properties to students.

These firms may have substantial financial resources and expertise in this field and are in a position to leverage the student housing markets in cities even further.




REITs have become a preferred developers for private-public partnerships, due to their reliability and innovative financing structures which match up with the interests of the universities and colleges.

The artists rendering on the right is of CIBT’s new GEC community project in Surrey BC, a suburb of Vancouver, costing $27 million. Visit urbanyvr.com for more info on that project.

High Quality Student Housing Communities

A better solution is in building new built for purpose condominium projects where hundreds of students can live with convenience and safety so they can focus on their studies. And then there’s the luxury market.

Demand has been high for this type of modern student living, yet the recent housing crisis has racheted it up considerably. And foreign students now invading the best cities in North America, particularly Vancouver Canada , is pushing demand over the top. Definitely the cream of the crop for investors.

High Demand + Low Availability + High Income = Record Profits

With demand high, rental prices skyrocketing, and wealthy foreign families looking to give their kids a good North American education, real estate investment professionals are looking at a high yield investment opportunity. What was once considered a risky investment is now the apple of investor’s eye.

Since these project involve big money, big planning, and huge logistics with materials, people and services, investment firms have moved into the space. These are private investments and educational housing REITS that are worth having a look at.

Student Housing Investment Funds are Hot

Investment funds in the billions are pouring into this space and that should further reinforce investment opportunities, if you choose well. But for the risk-averse, student housing investment is considered high yield at present and recession proof.

Photo Courtesy of studenthotel.ca

Some of these large investment firms or REITS target only large scale projects — schools with huge student populations or locations adjacent to many colleges and universities. CIBT in Vancouver BC Canada is one such company.

Their student housing projects focus on wealthy foreign students and they’ve positioned their properties and developments in key areas of Richmond and Vancouver in BC. There are at least 9 colleges and universities including the UBC, SFU, and Langara College nearby which positions them for maximum continuous demand.

CIBT has bought and converted properties such as former hotels however their focus is really on building new large scale communities.

That’s about as good as it gets in the student housing investment market.

Other REITS or niche investment firms you may investigate:

Education Realty Trust Inc. (EDR)  whose portfolio consists of interest in over 70 communities with over 40,000 beds. Forecasts are positive for EDR whose stock is climbing of recent.

American Campus Communities –  American Campus Communities (ACC) is the nation’s largest developer, owner and manager of high-quality student housing communities. The company’s senior management have partiicipted in the development, acquisition or management of more than 350 student housing communities consisting of more than 222,000 beds.

 

APTS Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. http://pacapts.com/ is a real estate investment trust externally managed by Preferred Apartment Advisors, LLC. The firm invests in real estate markets of the United States. It primarily acquires and operates multifamily apartment properties.

CIBT in Vancouver  – CIBT Education Group Inc. is one of the largest education and student housing investment companies in Canada with a total student enrollment of 15,000. Its focus is the global education market, launched in 1994. The company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and U.S OTCQX International. CIBT owns recruitment centres and corporate offices in 45 locations in and outside Canada.

There are rumors of 9% returns in some cases, but let’s not carried away with the hype. Overall, for an investor, and for those parents who are concerned about adequate, functional accommodation for their kids heading to college, these companies are solving a problem.

Take a further look at investment in student housing in the Vancouver area which has a situation more intense than most US cities. The lack of available land in Vancouver and high immigration levels has create a zero availability crisis.

 

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Student Housing Attracting Investment in the Billions | Real Estate Investment News

Record Investment in Student Housing in 2018?

2016 was a record year for student housing in the US. $10 billion was poured into investment grade student housing projects in the US. It was a 64% increase over 2015 investment numbers.

One report suggest 2017 totals will equal 2016’s torrid levels. Is there more gas in the tank for the student housing investment sector in 2018?

According to ARA Newmark Student Housing Group’s 2016 overview, $9.33 Billion of the 2016 total was directed toward the acquisition of investment-grade student housing assets priced above $10 million. This means the total market is much bigger.

Add to that the even more impressive numbers in cities like Vancouver and you have a huge and growing investment pool serving the student housing market in Vancouver Canada. The Canadian Economic Forecast is very positive too for 2017 and 2018 and that will make investors more eager to get into condo construction and the rental market.  Yet the Vancouver condo market has many pressures on it.




No more Animal House – This is a Worthy Investment Asset

“More institutional investors are looking at student housing as a viable investment thanks to rising demand that continues to outweigh the current supply” — report from Forbes Magazine

Why the Boom in Student Housing in the US, UK, and Canada?

Why the big interest in student housing investment? It’s a global phenomena and the underlying demographics appear to be fueling demand. That’s drawing money from top investment funds.

  1. Echo boomers in particular are the key age group pushing the numbers. Enrollment is up to 20 million students in degree granting institutions alone.
  2. US state governments are withdrawing funding for higher education
  3. US housing and Canadian housing is at record low availability, and a private investment driven housing solution was needed.
  4. Investors are liking the ROI are ready to sink their money into student housing in 2017 and beyond.
  5. Low interest rates
  6. Student housing is less vulnerable to economic swings and recessions
  7. Institutional funds are moving in because they’re less interested in traditional asset classes

Interest in student housing has been growing steadily, as more investors look towards less traditional asset classes within commercial real estate. Much more institutional capital has entered the student housing space as of late,” — from a report in realtor.org.

Add low interest rates and willingness for big investment firms to participate, and you have record growth for student housing investment. Big foreign investment fund managers want in too. Recently, the Canada Pension Plan and a Singapore Investment group purchased $1.6 billion of properties in the US.

Anxious times for UBC Students Under Pressure

And the trend isn’t isolated to the US and Canada. Knight Frank reports  that purpose-built student housing projects are peaking in the UK too.

Investor demand for student accommodation blocks is so strong that some potential buyers were forced to stand during presentations at a student housing investment conference in a ballroom in Covent Garden, central London this week – from a report in the Guardian .

In terms of risk, this student housing investment sector is less sensitive. Unlike apartment rentals, renters have the financial means and are not deterred by employment fluctuations.

Rental growth in the sector has proven to be less volatile than that of conventional apartments — partially as a result of the sector being less economically sensitive. Results for some of the largest players in the market show rental growth volatility, as indicated by the standard deviation, was lower than conventional apartments, and capital expenditures are in line with those of conventional apartments,” said Tom Park, senior director, strategy and research, in a statement from irei.com article .

Foreign students are driving part of the demand too. They’re hungry for college and university degrees and their parents are willing to pony up the high price for a North American degree. These students emanate from China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Dubai, United Emirates, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and India.

Why is Vancouver so Popular in the Purpose Built Student Housing Market?

One notable one might be the preference of the lucrative foreign student market for the city of Vancouver. Anti-foreign policies by President Trump, high cost of living, and anti-immigration sentiments in the US are deterring foreign applicants. Vancouver is well known to Pacific Rim countries, offers a friendly atmosphere to foreign students, particularly from Asia, and Canada allows many foreign students to work and immigrate to Canada.

Add to that the lifestyle in Vancouver with its mountainous seaside communities and recreation opportunities, and the draw for wealthy foreign student’s families is complete.

Colleges and Universities in Vancouver

The Vancouver area is home to at least 12 colleges and universities serving a densely populated in the region. The institutions include Capilano University, Emily Carr University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, New York Institute of Technology, Trinity Western University, Langara College, OMNI College, Simon Fraser University and The University of British Columbia (UBC).

Viva Hotel Tower purchased by CIBT and converted to luxury student accommodation. Photo courtesy of studenthotel.ca

Student housing communities can serve many schools simultaneously which makes them more attractive to investors. The cities of Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby and downtown Vancouver are central to these colleges and universities and are close to Vancouver’s major transit line.

Vancouver is in the midst of a severe housing shortage with near zero vacancy rates. That has perked housing investor’s attention. And it would explain why property investment firms such as CIBT have grown so fast. CIBT picks up the equation even further by bringing commercial services in as part of the money making scenario.

For investors, the student housing investment climate is a very attractive and potentially lucrative one. It might one to add to your investment portfolio for 2018.

The 2018 US housing market is looking a little flat, while the Vancouver housing market continues to show strong growth activity. Something to think about.

*This post is not intended as professional investment advice. Prospective investors should speak with a licensed investment advisor and review closely the prospectus of any student housing investment fund.




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It’s a fast growing investment opportunity.   To learn more contact Joyce Soo of Sutton Seafair Realty in Vancouver BC (604) 273-3155.

Investing in Student Housing – Off Campus New Builds

Investing in Student Housing is Hot!

A few months ago, the Canada Pension Plan’s Investment Board bought $2.1 Billion worth of student housing properties in the United States. The joint venture, with partners in Singapore and Chicago now owns 48 student housing communities with a total of nearly 32,200 beds.

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That mega-investment gives you a heads up on the one of the best real estate investment opportunities going – Student housing investment.  According to one report, student housing investment in 2017 is expected to equal the torrid rate of 2016.

Student housing portfolios might outperform everything especially in cities such as San Francisco, Vancouver, and Toronto. With housing very rare and rental prices exceeding $1400 a month per student, the revenue numbers begin to look promising.

You might be skeptical about risks and management costs, yet the off campus student housing investment opportunity can include hiring property management companies. New purpose-built student housing communities offer a superb investment potential whether you invest in the investment firm, like a REIT, or if you buy a unit yourself and rent it out.  Rumours of 10% to 14% ROI make it worthwhile to investigate.

In the US, land use agreements are growing and student housing projects grew $3 Billion in just half a year during the first part of 2016 according to a report from realtor.org.

CIBT Group Inc. Vancouver

I’ll introduce you to CIBT Group in Vancouver whose holding company manages $600 million in properties, communities, education services, and other services related to foreign student housing in Canada.

Bruce Campbell of Stone Castle Investment Discusses CIBT on BNN

These on campus and off campus communities are very attractive to foreign students since they attract other students from their native countries.  Students feel more comfortable and their parents prefer to rent or buy these condos because they feel their son or daughter is more likely to succeed when they have comfortable living arrangements. It all makes good sense. The new purpose-built condo projects in cities like Vancouver are on their wishlist.

The shortage of condos in Vancouver and rising prices ensures demand for these properties/investments will stay strong. You may have to be invited to the investment education meetings first.  Here’s an example of an invitation to the recent Viva Tower open house.

Vancouver and Richmond BC have a large number of colleges and universities in close proximity. This means the condos can house students from multiple post secondary institutions. UBC, Kwantlen Polytecnic, Langara College, OMNI college, and others are located in the city of Vancouver. And as we know, Vancouver real estate is in big demand and the focus has changed to the condo market.

New Builds and Pre-Construction Student Housing

Most built projects are fully bought and there’s little opportunity to purchase now. New preconstruction projects are where you can get in on this booming investment in student housing. CIBT Education is the leader in this field in Vancouver. They have a large portfolio of projects which you can invest in shares. This gives you the opportunity to capitalize on this booming market without owning individual properties and being responsible for upkeep and rental management.

If investment is a more attractive option for you rather than buying condo units outright, you can learn more about availability and ROI etc, from Joyce Soo of Sutton Group Seafair Realty in Richmond, British Columbia. She can be contacted at (604) 273-3155.

This post is not intended as professional investment advice. Prospective investors should speak with a licensed investment advisor and review closely the prospectus of any student housing investment fund.

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Student Housing Investment Canada – CIBT Global Education Vancouver

CIBT Education Group Inc.

There aren’t many organizations that focus on the student housing investment market. CIBT is one of the best and biggest, and they have assets and opportunities in Vancouver.

CIBT Education Group Inc. is one of the largest education and student housing investment companies in Canada.  It’s growth has been impressive over the last 6 years. They’ve been focused on the global education market since 1994, and own and operate several International schools that offer a variety of training and education services. They currently serve 15,000 students annually. CIBT is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

GEC has developed a network of serviced apartments and hotels throughout the Metro Vancouver area, each at a centralized location and within approximately five minutes walking distance from a Skytrain station.

Viva Student Residences Vancouver
Screenshot courtesy of Global Education City, and studenthotel.ca
17 Storey Viva Tower is located conveniently in Downtown Vancouver BC near Stanley Park, with views of mountains and marinas.

CIBT’s property investments amount to over CAD $600 million and are owned by Global Education City Holdings, which is an investment holding company. CIBT is known for many services, however its business goal is the creation rentable student housing, and this is measured in beds not rooms or units, nor condos. CIBT’s goal is to reach 10,000 rentable beds in its vast portfolio of properties.

The Viva Luxury hotel tower has been renovated and converted into a student housing community and is an impressive image to attract foreign students.

What makes the city of Vancouver a focal point is its proximity to the Asian student market.

CIBT attracts students from across the globe, but the larger demand for International student education is from Asia (China, Hong Kong, Indonesia) and they prefer Vancouver due to cultural, safety, cost, and climate and lifestyle preferences. It’s hard to argue against Vancouver’s attractiveness to foreign students. It’s rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and has endless recreation and shopping venues.

CIBT has wisely positioned itself as the premier business in student housing investment in Vancouver. They have extensive marketing reach in the Asian countries.

You’ll notice in this video that the accommodations are a far cut above the usual student dorms and off campus living situations.

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This post is not intended as professional investment advice. Prospective investors should speak with a licensed investment advisor and review closely the prospectus of any student housing investment fund.

If you’re curious about student housing investing, please contact Joyce Soo of Seafair Realty in Vancouver at 604 273-3155.

Student Housing in Booming Vancouver

Student Housing Investment Opportunities in 2018

Education is big business in Canada, to the tune of $2 Billion each year. Tens of thousands of foreign students arrive to study in places such as Vancouver and Toronto annually. With this influx comes a corresponding demand for student housing which puts pressure are on an already undersupplied market.

A big problem? Not for smart real estate investors, many of whom are the parents of these students who value a Canadian education.  Canadian colleges and universities hold a lot of prestige.

This yearly migration which will continue in 2018 and beyond, is now growing partly due to President Trump’s immigration policies in the US. Those who looked at the US first are choosing Canada instead.




The reason foreign students prefer Canada is many — cheaper tuition, cheaper accommodation, less crime, and a more inviting environment compared to the US. Canadian cities are more ethnically diverse and appear more welcoming. And students can stay and work in Canada for 3 years after graduation which gives them valuable work experience and income. In the US, they may get booted out right away.




One year of education plus accommodations at a US university might carry a price tag upwards of $70,000.  So the preference for Toronto and Vancouver is growing. Since cost is the number one issue for most foreign students, Canada is very inviting. But cities such as Vancouver or Toronto have a persistent problem — a lack of affordable condo apartments for foreign students. That persistence spells sustainable investment ROI.

Foreign Students in Canada

There are already 353,000 international students in Canada and the plan is to attract 450,000 by 2022. That’s 25,000 more per year for the next 4 years. These foreign students now make up 1% of Canada’s population. And some of the students are now adults who are arriving here with their young families.

The BC government says it has attracted 130,000 foreign students and claimed that they inject $2 billion each year into the economy, creating 29,000 jobs.




Let’s Not Forget the Canadian Students

And with hundreds of thousands of Canadian students pursuing a post secondary education as well, you can see how the demand for student housing would go unfulfilled. With regular Canadians unable to find homes, the situation for foreign students is even tougher. Condo prices and rental leases in Vancouver are unaffordable.

A typical scenario for these Canadian and foreign students is a 6 person condo where each student pays $500 to $800 per month which translates to $3000 to $5000 in monthly revenue. In Vancouver, that number is typically higher.

Interest in that type of student housing solution is strong, however the type of living arrangement is not conducive to study or living. Foreign students rarely feel they will fit into what they may see as a “frat house” situation.

New Condo Developments for Foreign Students

One notable form of housing for foreign students is new condo buildings built specifically with their needs in mind. And many of whom are from wealthy families and can afford the more exclusive units. Prospective buyers from China, South Korea, Dubai, Russia, United Emarates, Brazil, India, Turkey, Columbia, Mexico, Germany, and Japan value a Canadian post secondary education very highly.

So highly, in fact, they’re willing to buy an appropriate condo to ensure their sons or daughters have a comfortable optimal situation in what is to them, a strange and scary foreign location. They’re spending a lot of money and want to ensure this once in a lifetime opportunity is successful.




Some of the sponsoring parents look to buy a home here in Canada. In fact, the rising demand from Chinese buyers is well known. They’re even blamed by the provincial governments as the source of housing crisis in Vancouver. They want to be with their kids and experience living in the world’s best city – Vancouver. Who can blame them, and since Canadian education services are a potential international trade strength, it makes sense to develop the foreign education market.

While the foreign buyer’s tax was applied in Vancouver and has slowed sales of units, the interest from investors has returned somewhat.

Those who bought into student housing condos 4 to 6 years ago, have realized an extra bonus on their property. After their children are educated, they have sold their units for a phenomenal capital gain. But the rental income here is perhaps still some of the best rental income opportunities in North America.




We all know the average price of a condo in Vancouver is around $660,000 and those in Richmond are right smack in the vicinity of so many colleges and university campuses. And given the $1 million average home price (with no availability) the interest in condominiums is strong and expected to perhaps grow.

The city of Vancouver is committed to high rise development and urban intensification and apparently approve of the new wave of foreign students. If they aren unable to support these students needs, then the free market is stepping up to fill the void.

It’s a lucrative market you need to investigate. If you’re interested, contact Joyce Soo of Sutton Seafair Realty in Vancouver BC (604) 273-3155.

This post is not intended as professional investment advice. Prospective investors should speak with a licensed investment advisor and review closely the prospectus of any student housing investment fund.

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The US Massive Debt with China and the $20 Trillion Nightmare

OMG: US Debt with China: $1 Trillion + $360 Billion Per Year Active Trade Deficit!

You don’t hear much about the massive US Trade deficit on the major TV networks.  NBC, CNN, CBS, or ABC rarely mention the insidious debt with China and Mexico.  You’d think that a number like $20 Trillion (estimated shortly), $61 Trillion Total Sovereign debt, and a $1 Billion per day deficit would be CNN’s headliner every single day.

It’s unlikely the swamp people will want to help – Pic courtesy of Salt Lake Tribune

Instead, CNN and the rest spend all day attacking Donald Trump.  But then, Trump did say he was going to drain the swamp (including judges).

Unfortunately, Trump is launching another debt-driven campaign which may overheat the economy and grow the debt at more than $1 Trillion per year. Since it’s going into infrastructure spending with private participation, it’s not as toxic as Obama’s debt.  However, Trump did say he wanted all shelves filled with nuclear bombs which is pretty much insanity.




As a result, he’s paying the price in the media for doing good deeds. Let’s hope he gets these things done before he’s impeached for conflict of interest. Because the US is in big debt trouble and Trump is the only one with a solution. And how ironic it would be if the US becomes seriously indebted to Mexico!

Yet, it’s a taboo topic lurking in the dark. But when interest rates rise, this villian will walk through the curtains and into the limelight.  Are China and Mexico taking advantage of the US?  The huge debt won’t go away. Rising interest rates to pay the interest on the debt could get out of control. That could impact the housing market and whether people buy homes.

There’s no bubble / crash in foreseeable future, especially with Trump beginning to take control, and as we see investment funds arrive back in the US. The stock market is at a record pace.  Families and individuals need homes. Perhaps what’s at stake is who will be the landlord and who will be the renter. There’s big money in rental property investment and the Chinese have been buying. However, due to Trump’s actions, the Yuan will plummet and Chinese investment will soon be a thing of the past.




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So why don’t we look at the debt’s source, the numbers, the process, and consider what will happen if Donald Trump does manage to improve the situation.

You’ll find some eye-opening data, infographics, links and commentary in this post. Make sure everyone knows! It’s your civil duty. This post will be constantly updated so please bookmark it and share with your contacts.




Ultra wealthy Chinese. Photo courtesy of Ozy.com

And although Americans assume everything is good right now with “full employment” there’s a big “debt catch” with Obama’s legacy. With $500 Billion overall deficit in 2016 and almost $20 Trillion overall, the spirit, vitality, hope and wealth of the US is persistently eroded. The reason for the media silence is denial, and the so-called economic expert’s inability to make an emotional impact with Americans.  There is no coincidence that the deficit has coincided with America’s slide into despair the last 20 years.

The US National Trade Deficit with China was $4 Trillion since 2000 — and a Growth Rate of 300% in the last few years

“Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, rampant illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are pushing our nation into unchartered territory.”  — James Lankford from Brainy Quote.

US Trade Deficits with The World

Graphic Courtesy of PBS.org

6 of 20 Trillion Dollar Debt is Owned by Foreigners

Some suggest China may even threaten or blackmail the US over trade sanctions by calling in that debt. Doubtful, but how was this debt situation allowed by the US government?

 

Please Share this Post with others. Everyone around the world should know about the US national debt and deficit. This is something no 4 year job recovery can eliminate.




I think it really scares us that we’re staring at $20 trillion in debt, not knowing how our grandchildren will repay it,” says Bob Kuck, a retiree living in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida  — from CNN’s report: Is anyone worried about America’s $19 trillion debt? by Heather Long.

Of all the threats that America faces, it’s the quietest one that could bring the country down. Some may wonder if it’s too late for the US government to do anything about. And before Trump became President, he recognized how miserable the prospect of dealing with this gigantic national debtload is, grow the housing and investment outlook, and bring back good paying jobs. But he took the challenge anyway. It’s either heroic or suicidal.

Millennials and Gen Z’s Will be Paying the Bill

Tens of millions of millennial students having already been wrung through the US college educational system. They spent 4 to 7 years for an expensive education they’ll barely use along with a a whopping $1 Trillion in government backed student loans.  They will be paying for all of it and Gen Z’s will be joining them. But don’t worry, Trump’s got a plan for you.

The purpose of the education system has been to create great jobs for teachers, not for educational efficiency and productivity.

As Trump brings jobs back, the question is whether these stressed out, indebted, wrongly educated workers can step up to the plate. I think we’re all optimistic the kids will bale us out. And what Americans can’t do, you can easily immigrate to fill. Make America Great will be the slogan of Millennials shortly, but they’ll never forget all the debt.




$360 Billion per Year! $1 Billion per Day

The US National Debt with China alone has now grown to $360 Billion per year. In a 6 year span, that is $1.6 Trillion, $4 Trillion since 2000. Just to pay the interest on that debt is a sizable chunk of US GDP.

Donald Trump says he’ll tackle it, but the last time I saw a mouse attack a Lion, the outcome was not favorable for the mouse. The picture the media presents of China is still one of impoverished yet diligent and deserving workers glad to have a job. But China’s not like that anymore. China is rich.

China’s robot factories are growing fast which has raised concerns about millions of layoffs of Chinese workers. Only a smaller number of engineers and technicians might be needed. Now they may have unemployed robots as well.

Chinese workers assisting robots. Photo courtesy of hangthebankers.com

Why Is the US National Debt so High?

The persistent trade deficits are a big reason. Obama/Clinton never talked about it, in fact, Obama spent $8 Trillion in the terrorist aftermath. A good portion of that handout was never traced. They don’t even know where that money went. The debt to China directly is now over $1 Trillion. Now China is able to buy up property and companies here like it’s a fire sale.

Another reason for the debt is Free Trade. While free trade was a theoretically good idea 20 years ago when I was studying International Business and Trade in college, it’s no longer so. Today, it’s a losing business concept for the US.

The fact US investment dollars are going to former third world countries to benefit their economies and creating jobs for them instead of in the US is bad enough. Further, these countries (China, Mexico) manipulate their currencies to keep an ongoing and artificial trade advantage. As Trump suggests, they play the currency markets like Candice Swanepoel plays the fiddle. China isn’t so genius at it though. They just demanded it.

I have to say that I’m saddened that Richard Branson invited Barack Obama to Necker island, and that he’s also asked the UK government to reconsider leaving the EU.  The UK has it’s own massive deficit, which deserves its own blog post. This picture tells it all. The UK had to leave the EU. Brexit was a survival decision not a new vision for the UK.

Game of Monopoly: China Won. Let’s Start Over Again

Graphic courtesy of Wikipedia

When free trade theory was idealized and touted strongly decades ago, they didn’t consider the effect of currency manipulation and the ongoing human rot that occurs with overspecialization. And they wouldn’t admit to where it would lead.




The game of monopoly is the same. Inevitably, one player claims everything. In the real world, countries make excuses for cheating and not being fair.  Worse, countries can specialize themselves out of existance. When countries have no options left, amidst cheating, it can lead to wars.

Choose Your Economic Theories Well

The economic theories of specialization and economies of scale works wonderfully, until the rising countries have all the investment money and a continuous way of beating the falling countries. If the free trade situation persists, countries like the US and the UK will continue to collapse. They collapse because their overspecialized workforce/businesses get caught in trade and technology circumstances, the same way an unemployed worker in Ohio or Michigan finds themselves suddently without a job through no fault of their own and their home is valued as worthless.

When countries grab up a monopoly on technology, distribution, investment flows, jobs, skills, education, etc., it’s unfair. Right now, Americans have limited job opportunities. And should an American want to be an engineer, or other high tech workers, they may have to move to Mexico or China.

Each country should have a well rounded economy for true economic health and prosperity

Some like the Democrats, want this situation to continue forever. The fact is, the skilled, sustainable, good paying jobs must return to the US, if only to pay the national debt.

Further Reading:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2016/03/28/u-s-debt-is-heading-toward-20-trillion-where-its-been-where-its-going-and-why/

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-americas-debt-bomb-wont-explode-yet-12963

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2017-01-31/3-student-loan-reforms-to-expect-under-trump

What are your thoughts on the jobs outlook for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020? Is free trade about to transition to fair trade?  Will the housing sector survive the fight with the deficit or is a housing crash inevitable? Is buying gold a good hedge strategy?

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Where to Invest in Real Estate – New Business Opportunity 2017

Brilliant Investment Opportunities

It’s easy to be genius. You only need an open mind to see what’s right in front of you, and dig deeper to uncover what fortune might be underneath. Okay, maybe you have to do a little work!

One marketing or investment weapon won’t be good enough, you’ll need multiple vehicles:

I was watching a group of kids play tennis at a local park where I play. There were 50 lb, 7 year olds blasting the balls across the court. I thought it was amazing that someone with very little physical strength could hit the ball so hard and so accurately. The instructor had taken their open mind, taught them how to swing and hit properly.




It seemed that if you did it properly, you could hit the ball at unbelievable speeds whether a serve, forehand or backhand –  minimal stress and effort.  And they had an aresenal of weapons.  I played a 13 year girl and she didn’t weigh much more than 90 lbs. I thought my strength and 100+ mph shots would be too much for her. I was wrong. She was good at everything, and put her whole body into all her shots. She wouldn’t even let me touch the ball. Very smart. 100 mph down the lines, every shot and all I could do is watch the balls zip by. 6-0 and it was over.

I learned that I didn’t really know how to play the game and didn’t have the overall skill to take command. These kids learned and executed properly. They possessed a power-packed selection of tools and assets, which together would overpower any opponent’s big strength. It gave them complete freedom to win. How did they learn? An open mind.

He’s got more than determination! Pic Courtesy of Tallahassee Tennis

The kids instructor took their open mind away from single skill mastery to a mindset of combined skills and overall mastery – to become a professional. This gave them many options which made their individual shots and competitive tactics even more effective.

It’s a big picture, top-down approach that I like a lot, so why not apply it our business goals?




Here We Are in 2017 – is Anything Going to Change for You?

You’re wondering how you can join in on the best investments of 2017 and beyond.  The best investment is a winning website that generates leads and sales continuously, and spins off new exciting business opportunities. Those opportunities act as a self-supporting network of sales generators.

If you’re a Realtor®, think well beyond visits and leads and see yourself as an entrepreneur and investor.  Because the blockchain AI future will scare you but delight you – it’s filled with sales people who can fulfill homebuyers and sellers many different ways — not just find a house to buy.

Hundreds of thousands of realtors right now struggle to make ends meet.  A lead for them is like winning a lottery. So many of them call me about getting cheap leads for them. Yet, none of them have any money to invest in themselves or launch a sustained digital marketing strategy to build their professional presence. They struggle each day, trying to sap leads from boldleads, commissionsinc, or agentlocator. That’s a tough life.




An Exciting Opportunity to Reach Deeper into Customers Lives

A golden opportunity then, is to capture leads for these starving realtors. It doesn’t matter whether there’s a housing crash either. They will always need leads, and someone is buying and selling.  When you have buyer and seller leads, all sorts of other revenue and business opportunities open up. Mortgages, home renovation, financial advice, new technology upgrades, furniture, and more. And when you’ve captured their email address, you can start selling them anything. Total open door. The opportunity goes well beyond serving Realtors with leads, to a building a direct connection with a vast financially enabled audience, where you don’t need the Google/Facebook monopoly to reach them.

The key will be to leverage each tactic or channel to reach more prospects and power up the revenue stream  — a top down strategy that leads to better branding and top of mind awareness leading ultimately to market domination.

A Brief Listing of Multiple Business Benefits

  • strong, sustainable presence online to reach buyers and sellers
  • strong rankings on Google search
  • strong reach to home buyers and sellers via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin)
  • offering additional services such as personal loans, auto loans, mortgages, furniture, home renovation, solar roof systems, etc.
  • less reliance on paid advertising or expensive promotion
  • building a powerful brand presence with a better value proposition
  • enhanced top of mind awareness with tens of thousands of prospects
  • accelerating database of contacts
  • social listening and predictive analytics to listen to your database of people and know when they might be in the market for just about anything

Instead of being trapped in a hierarchical mindset of how “how do I squeeze more from one single, narrow high risk channel“, you’ll be asking “how do I open up an array of channels that I can leverage as one powerful revenue generating machine?” We can draw an analogy to an individual baby boomer investor who searches for multiple streams of income. If one opportunity fails or dissolves, no problem, you’ll have many others to keep rolling on!

Here’s a hint: you need a Realtor, funds, digital content creators, a creative digital marketing pro and an online technology platform. Each by themselves has no power. Not until they come together does the full potential become very apparent. The network of other professionals will appear once you’ve built our core business.  They’ll become more vital as time passes, because we need to present their unique value to customers.

Leveraging Realtor’s Sales Crisis

There’s an intense and growing problem in real estate and the economy — there’s no homes for sale. Homeown ers (babyboomers) don’t want to sell. And government regulations have prevented new home construction. The result? Wicked price rises for condos, houses, and apartments all over North America and worse in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, and San Francisco are a big frustration for everyone. A whole generation is at risk of never having equity in property and paying ever rising rental rates while commuting themselves to death — not quite the American Dream!




The real estate market currently is more of a luxury market with elite millionaire realtors dominating. Don’t be angry with them, it basically fell in their lap because they were positioned so well. Thousands of realtors scrambled to get under their umbrella, like some massive multi level marketing scheme.  You need to have that same positioning. Because prices will fall and people will start buying again and the economy will roar. This time though, these same “disenfranchised” realtors and investors won’t be part of the rise. That’s because with digital technology, smaller groups of well funded, expert marketing teams will dominate the market.  There won’t even be crumbs for the bottom dwellers.

This pic shows where Realtors go to get their buyer leads (these companies keep their seller leads).

Prices are Heating Up All Over

All the other realtors will look to lead generation firms for leads. They don’t have the marketing reach or impact to connect with buyers, much less sellers. As I mentioned in my post on lead generation companies, their high volume approach relies on Google and Facebook advertising. That leaves them vulnerable. Remember that ad blocking technology is becoming a real pain for these companies. With fewer ads displayed to reach buyers and sellers, ad pay per click prices are rising. Google has even reduced its ads displayed to 6 or 8 per page.

The battle to reach consumers, buyers and sellers is heating up. Who will survive? Publishers and companies with very deep pockets.

Are you interested in being a “Top Dog?” Contact me about this investment opportunity, unless you have something better? I’m interested in the Los Angeles real estate market. It offers the biggest potential, maximum flexibility, and lowest market entry cost.



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The Top 12 Best Investments 2018

What and where are the best ways to invest in the years ahead? Here’s 12 brilliant investment opportunities to research. Please bookmark this page, because I’ll be adding a number of new ones soon!

Real Estate, Technology Apps, Water Filtration, Solar Power Generation & Rental Property investment have extremely bright futures. If 30% to 40% return on investment appeals to you, check out these high ROI top investments for 2017 in more depth now.

The ride up the stock market was fun in 2017, and maybe now it’s time to plummet! Picture courtesy of Youtube

What are the best cities and technologies with the best opportunities?  There are plenty of places to park your money or get it working hard for you, but stocks aren’t one of them. Like a roller coaster cresting the 300 foot summit at 6 Flags amusement park, the ride down will scare the hell out of you.

You need to look elsewhere, and fortunately there are some great opportunities in Real Estate, Technology Apps, Water Filtration, Solar Power Generation & Rental Property.

I particularly like the whole multiple stream, passive income thing and apparently so do a lot of other people. The right opportunities are tied into incoming technologies like mobile tech and clean tech. There’s some very lucrative ones described below.




There’s a lot of talk about getting your money to work for you, but like everything today, it’s competitive.  Diversifying how you invest might be the most intelligent choice. How about a little in each these top ten best investments for 2017? Maximize revenue while minimizing risk.

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Rental Income Investment

What’s the top keyword phrase for 2017? Rental Income. Out of everything you might invest in, it is tough to beat the returns of buying rental income property — outright buying rental income property, not via real estate investment companies and Reits.

Right in your city and in others, rental income property offers tax savings, market appreciation, capital gains which you can protect, renter payments, and you can even live in your investment. And you control its performance and destiny! As the Bigger Pockets talks about below, you can also use other people’s money to invest and get rich.

HGTV and other flip house and home improvement shows are popular because they’re riding a wave of investment strategy. Smart people are seeing the value of rental property and flipping. When you see the 30% to 40% ROI they’re receiving, and the amazing lifestyles that result, this is very hard to ignore.

That’s not to say there won’t be hard work and big decisions to make in property investing. But the downside is weak. If all else fails, you can live in your investment.

US and Chinese readers should keep a close eye on Canada because property is cheap in cities like Vancouver and Toronto are seeing the same overheated multiunit appartment rental market as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.  Sure a lot of people are investing in Mexico, especially retirees, and there may be passive rental income potential there too. But Mexico is risky — especially since Trump may kill their golden goose.

Here’s Bigger Pockets Look at How to Buy a Rental property

Don’t Get Distracted – Keep Your Eyes on the Big Trends

Before you go out and buy those real estate investment books and real estate investment 101 courses, and getting blown away by all the real estate investing Youtube videos, keep your eye on the bigger picture.

Take a look at the US housing market, the economy, what President Trump is about to do, and contrast that with the all the retirement income, passive income, and business startup options you have. It’s risky, but you could look at becoming an angel investor. On that last note, growth in angel investor groups is rocketing. The reason: startups can’t get funding so they have to give up serious equity for a small cash infusion.

As part of your diversified investment portfolio, stay away from blue chip stocks, which have nowhere to go but down. If global free trade deals go sour, those big multinational companies will get crushed. They’ll lose their ability to blackmail countries and play governments off against each other. Their big tax breaks will disappear. It looks like President Trump will ensure all of that happens — “drain the swamp” has far reaching interpretations.

Look for companies or opportunities that reek of innovation. The US will do well, and the climate of innovation in the US is bright now, meaning all those startups have a shot at survival and making money. All those millennials need cheap rental housing (they can’t afford to buy) and cheap office space too. The best investment opportunity is in rental property real estate. See which cities are best.

Yet there are other good investing opportunities in the US and Canada. Here’s some good one’s below,




Here’s my top ten list of the best investments for 2018.

  1. Rental Income Property – like I said, there’s nothing that can beat buying rental income property. You’re buying real property in cities and neighbourhoods with the best rental potential. You have to be clued into which cities have the top outlooks. You need to be geared to look ahead and scan forecasts and predictions. Pay attention to what Trump is doing and trending macro-economic factors including the failure of depressing regulatory limitations.
  2. Electric Cars – The growth rate of electric car buying is showing faster than expected even though companies like Tesla lack funding and are experiencing growth pains. Once electric cars come into fashion, there will be a rejection of old gas-powered technology. Remember when they said the horse and buggy would never go away?  Take a look at the new Mission e Porsche and learn about the incredible driving mileage they get, and you’ll realize how naive we all are about new technology. Elon Musk is right, this is big stuff.
  3. Autonomous Self-Driving Cars – Anything new is a potential investment opportunity and self-driving automobiles are the new trend. While experts say these cars are still “teen drivers” and it’s still a way off, they are a big revenue opportunity. Magna International,of Aurora Canada the auto parts producer is designing and manufacturing parts and accessories for these cars and the revenue outlook is phenomenal. It’s a whole new parts universe with these cars and any company that produces them is worth looking into.
  4. Home Solar Power Systems Electricity rates will jump, partly because of all those electric cars driving around. I doubt they’re playing Pokeymon Go, but just enjoying the fact they can drive to Yosemite for a few hours and back for a few dollars.  Governments will tax electricity but they’ll have a tough time taxing the power homeowners generate at home, but they will tax the power you send back into the grid. There are so many companies offering to set up solar systems on people’s houses for a cut of the revenue.  Anyone who wants to plaster their roof with solar shingles or yards with solar panels can have them. That’s why Elon Musk has moved into the solar panel production realm with Solar City.  And don’t forget the 30% solar investment tax credit which will be around for 5 more years, which is good for business. Those panels, including solar shingles, are becoming very efficient power sources and the price is plummeting. These are all critical mass factors that will have big effects on how we live and which businesses will thrive in the years ahead. Many businesses right now are afraid of going bankrupt because of high electricity costs. They need to reduce their exposure to government (tax) and out of control utility costs. All signals for the very best investment opportunities.
  5. Battery technology has grown faster than anyone dreamed of. Here’s a trending business opportunity for smart entrepreneurs.




    Solar Batteries – Elon Musk owner of Tesla Motors is into super efficient lithium ion batteries, some big enough to power your whole house for a while. You’ll need the solar panels to collect electrical power which you’ll store in his batteries. Solar collection is going from cottage industry to mainstream very quickly. All the impediments are disappearing.

  6. DC to AC Converters – with rapid adoption of solar power collection and wind turbines, power generated is direct current, so DC to AC convertors will be needed in big supply. Check out the companies that make them.
  7. Fast Charge SuperCapacitors – These new batteries aren’t even batteries as we know them. They’re super capacitors that charge lightning fast and still release the power as we need. They’re the future. That means the whole matter of how long it takes to charge laptops, electric cars, house batteries, smartphones, etc is largely about to disappear. Everyone will prefer the fast charging supercapacitors which have incredible storage properties. Check it out.
  8. Water Filtration – The US has a clean water crisis and that spells opportunity. With state and local governments strapped for cash, we’ll see more Flint Michigan type failures in municipal water treatment and other disasters from expected increases in flooding in some states. Not only that, taxes and prices of water delivery and wastewater treatment will skyrocket as governments grasp desperately for revenue to fund their debt. Systems that filter or treat water optimally at home should revolutionize how homeowners use their water. Companies such as Pentair are enjoying huge profits because they take homeowners off the grid. Check them out.

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  9. Salt Water Desalination – Cheap, portable, stills that make fresh water out of saline ocean water is a huge opportunity. Most of the population of the world doesn’t have enough water, including North American and Europe. New products are helping people at the home owner level to convert seawater to fresh water.On the macro level, see how Saudi Arabia is using solar power to desalinate water using a mega sized water volumes (60,000 square meters of seawater daily). This is what needs to happen in the US.
  10. Anti-Aging Supplements – a huge population in North America and Europe are heading into their senior years and they’re looking to stay healthy, active and looking good. But as they age, their attention will move away from aging skin to supplements that will keep them alive longer. As these aging babyboomers become more educated about supplements and nutrition, they’ll want the supplements that pack the most life-extending power. Take a look at this one who battle all the supplement fraudsters.
  11. Medical Tourism – It’s almost a certainty that hospitals will be over run with patients and health care costs in the US will skyrocket. And whatever is ailing everyone will be cheaper to treat in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Thailand, and Brazil. These countries are seeing the highest influx of medical service tourists.  There will be hundreds of thousands more in the coming 10 years as people seek aesthetic and medical treatments at lower prices. The combination of tourism and surgical and rehabilitation makes it a compelling investment opportunity.
  12. Home Health Care Services – the growth of 65+ population is heralding in a new era of home based health care and nursing services opportunity. Home health care services respond to the rise in hospital medical services, medical tourism, and seniors with acute or long term health issues including mobility and debilitating conditions. This sector has the highest job growth rate and there is all sorts of room for innovation in everything from patient communications, to diet administration, diagnosis and disease treatment. Hospital and doctor services are too costly and another soluton is needed. The fact is, people are getting older and they need help. Check out Nurses Next Door and their francishing offer.

I might add solar farms and health apps as big investor opportunities too.

Are You Still Looking for Passive Income Opportunities?

Now that you’ve come this far, I want to tell you about publishing and digital marketing opportunities too. That’s right, you’ve seen my blogs covering all of these topics (and more coming) and consumers need an introduction to them all.  There are a lot of people and companies including Forbes, Inc., Marketwatch, Huntington Post, Mashable, Moz, Hubspot, TechCrunch, Smarpassiveincome, Richardbranson, and many others who generate tremendous income from blogging and social media posting. They’re all into blogging big time, including guest posting.

Not only do they make incredible income from their blog advertisements, but from sponsorships, referals, and direct sales of products and services.  A blog such as mine right here, has reach into any topic and any industry on the planet and can reach huge audiences.

You’ve heard of Google Adsense and that advertisers on Google Adwords are paying upwards of $80 per click on their system. Well, Adsense doesn’t even scratch the surface.  From real estate to insurance to new technology to health apps, your opportunity is limited only by your imagination. In fact, your income acceleration is directly related to your lowering of your self-limitations and imagination.

There’s reason to be excited about this opportunity. If you’re not interested in this opportunity, then keep revisiting my blog to see how it goes for me. That’s free, but has zero chance of you getting rich.

If you’d like to set up your own publishing empire, including a successful blog, and you have a good amount of investment dollars to launch it, contact me.




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Throw away those stocking investing and real estate investment books and courses you were into. You now know where there are better opportunities to invest in 2017.  And 2018 will be even brighter.

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