Investment Strategies for Weathering Unpredictable Economies

1. Accelerate Property Acquisitions Ahead of the Surge

Data shows a significant surge in individuals searching to buy Canadian property at the beginning of 2015. This is no doubt in part thanks to the interest rate cut, but also due to oil prices and the continued excitement and confidence in Canadian property markets. Until oil rebounds and proves reliable, interest rates are raised substantially, there is no reason for this activity to wane. This suggests at least several quarters of strong buying activity.

2. Go Retail

Both low interest rates and low oil prices benefit the retail sector. Transportation and store inventory tends to become less expensive, all while reducing the cost of capital.

For retailers, it’s a win-win situation on both sides, with lower operating costs and increase in sales.

3. Diversify

Canada continues to boast one of the soundest and best performing real estate investment markets. For Canadian income investors, this might be the best time to scale with inexpensive leverage and diversify across a broader section of the nation’s property markets. Invest in traditional urban strongholds, in rapidly growing trendy cities and branch out into new secondary and tertiary markets. Invest in multifamily, retail and mixed-use.


Richard Crenian has lived on his own since the age of 16, growing up in the Western Canadian Prairies. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, but left to start working with Pitney Bowes, a marketing and office equipment manufacturer. He quickly became the youngest Sales Manager in Canada overseeing men twice his age. Many successes ensued including top 3 Sales Representative, in Canada, and top Branch of the Year honors which he wore as sales manager. At 21, tired of working for someone ...

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