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Learn The Best Types of Real Estate Investments in Toronto

Tuesday, March 26, 2024   /   by Teresa Pileggi

Learn The Best Types of Real Estate Investments in Toronto

Learn The Best Types of Real Estate Investments in Toronto

Toronto has slowly become a real estate capital in Canada, with hundreds of investors looking to capitalize on its promising housing sector. Besides being Canada's hotbed for innovation, Toronto also records the highest number of people who migrate into it to enjoy all it has to offer. Hence, the growing population, rising housing prices, and more potential
property buyers are enough to attract investors who want to create a steady flow of excellent returns in the future.
Tapping into the housing market as an investor is an enticing idea. However, the profitability of your decision depends on the investment option you pick. Therefore, whether you are new, a Canadian citizen, or a non-resident investor, here are the best investment options to
consider.

What to look for when investing in Toronto real estate
Toronto's property sector is one of investors' most profitable investment options. But that does not mean it is a smooth road to take. The market has its set of limitations that all investors need to understand before getting into it. These include:

1. Financing options
The Canadian housing sector experiences new financing guidelines every time, and it is vital to stay updated with the rules before investing. For instance, currently, you will need at least 20% of the property price as the down payment for a residential property worth over $1 million. You will need between 20% and 50% for commercial property as a down payment.

The good news is that various lenders and brokers are ready to discuss your financing needs. However, most will require mortgage loan insurance to protect you if you default on payment. The amount you pay as a mortgage loan insurance premium depends on your down payment and ranges between 0.6% and 4.5%. Generally, it would help if you understand your financial muscles before you think about real estate investment.

2. Tax information

Real estate properties in Canada are subject to different taxes, from when you buy to when you sell it. For instance, you will pay income tax if you plan to use it as an income property. Also, your property's appreciation or capital growth will be subject to capital gain tax, calculated when selling the property. Other taxes include annual property tax, foreign buyers' tax, and land transfer tax. Therefore, always consult your financial advisor to understand all the tax information before buying or selling any property.

3. Your investment goals

Investing in a real estate property in Toronto starts with analyzing all the risks and writing down your investment goals. Considering the general unpredictability of the real estate sector, you should invest with long-term goals in mind to avoid financial frustrations. That is because long-term goals have fewer risks with higher profit margins. They include steady cash return, property appreciation, and equity gains.

Real estate investment options

1. Residential real estate investment

Residential properties are among the most attractive sectors for real estate investors. These include condominiums and detached homes. Currently, almost 40% of condos in Toronto are owned by investors, which tells more about the sector's profit opportunity. Condominium investment also has lower entry and maintenance costs, appreciates faster in good locations, and can break even easily with a 20% purchase deposit. The only downside is that the option is ideal only for long-term investment goals. Detached homes, however, are suitable for investors looking for larger living spaces and higher rental income. They also attract high-budget investors with short- and long-term investment strategies. However, besides having high entry and maintenance costs, their appreciation rate and cash returns depend on the location.

2. Commercial real estate

Investing in commercial properties like offices and retail units can give stable returns and diversification. That is because Toronto is a hub for industries like business, healthcare, and entertainment, with significant increases in house demand. Also, commercial properties in high-traffic areas have a higher appreciation value and rental income. Getting started with commercial real estate investment takes work due to higher down payment or mortgage loan insurance, maintenance costs, and strict market rules. Therefore, it is crucial to understand all the dynamics before deciding to go the commercial route.

3. Mixed-use developments

Mixed-use developments consist of residential and commercial properties. They cater to different investment needs, which provides investment convenience and diversification. Unlike other investment options that have either long-term or short-term investment
strategies only, mixed-use developments allow investors to have long-term and short-term approaches to a single investment.
Mixed-use properties have higher potential returns, mainly when located in upcoming neighborhoods. However, investors must consider zoning regulations, market demand, and tenant mix to succeed.

4. New constructions and vacant land

A new construction investment is where an investor buys pre-constructed property, completes it, and sells it at a higher price. Meanwhile, vacant land investment is where an investor buys uncultivated or unconstructed land, holds it for some time, and then sells it to developers after it appreciates. New construction and vacant land investments are risky in hopes that the property will appreciate over time and attract high-value buyers or developers. They also allow the investor to complete the property with their desired features before selling. However, they have higher risks, such as extra construction costs, and their profit margins depend on the location. Look out for the pricy occupancy fees, which cause many issues for potential buyers' affordability.

5. Flipping

Flipping involves buying a real estate property at a low value, renovating it, and selling it at a higher value for profit. The idea might seem straightforward to many investors. However, it involves many considerations and risks that might be challenging to new investors. For instance, before you decide to flip houses, you should consider the house's worth, the likelihood of it appreciating after renovation, the costs of renovations, and the current market value.

The bottom line

Toronto's dynamic housing market has vast investment opportunities, including residential, commercial, mixed-use, new constructions, and flipping. These allow you to decide on which option fits your financial goals. However, before getting started, you will need to understand
the risks of each investment option, seek expert advice, and learn to navigate the real estate landscape.
 
Pileggi Real Estate Team - eXp Realty
Tom Pileggi, Broker
P.O. Box 1665
Holland Landing, ON L9N 1P2
416-917-6566

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Information is provided exclusively for consumers’ personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Data is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS®. Copyright 2024 Last Updated April 12, 2024
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