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Key Insights for Canadian Real Estate in 2010

Blog by Robert McLean | January 8th, 2010

The following article is reprinted from REIN Canada's Canadian Real Estate Insider Newsletter. 
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2010 Real Estate Outlook

 Key Points

 1.  This coming year in real estate will be more a regional story than a national story than ever before.  National and average numbers will be much less relevant to the investor. In fact, average price numbers will be ignored by most sophisticated investors as we focus on uncovering above average cash-flow at below average prices.

2.  Sale's frenzy will continue in the spring of 2010 as the autumn 2009 momentum continues apace.  This buying spree across the country is unsustainable market exuberance based mostly on investors and homeowners trying to 'time the market'.  Prices in GTA and Vancouver have already increased more quickly than the economic fundamentals would support.  In fact, they have gained all of their recessionary losses - even though their economies haven't really changed. Be prepared for some negative news in the late summer in these areas, which will lead to opportunity.

 3.  We will see a dramatic jump in listings coming in most regions of the country in the spring as sellers also try to time the market.  This will lead to a much more balanced market with more subdued average price increases.  Confidence will begin to increase on the prairies which will help take up this increased inventory. Late Spring will provide a good time to uncover undervalued properties.

 4.  MAJOR TREND for 2010 - 2011:  Investors will become more aware that a combination of real estate, equities and bonds is a true balanced portfolio.  In the past, many investors decided that they were either equity/debt investors or real estate investors.  The truth is that this has limited investor's upside while increasing their risks through sector exposure.  Value investing is value investing, and well chosen undervalued dividend producing stocks equate to well chosen undervalued positive cash flow real estate.  Return-on-cash calculations will be more important than ever in 2010.  This is a trend that is already beginning to take hold and will see a strong resurgence in 2010.

 5.  The addition of the HST in BC and Ontario will have a psychologically negative effect on the new home markets in late 2010, that is why we will see a jump in new home sales and starts in the early part of the year (which many commentators will call a trend- but they would be wrong), then these numbers will begin falling off in the summer.  The new home market is important to the health of a region's overall economy due to the number of jobs it creates and economic stimulus it generates.  This downturn in housing starts will lead to increased unemployment figures in late 2010 in Ontario and BC (coupled with the mass layoffs that have to occur after the Olympics are completed).

 6.  Housing markets have adjusted in Alberta and Saskatchewan and have not seen the 2009 frenzy.  The reality is that the Prairie region has what the world requires when the global economies start a strong and consistent recovery - Food, Fuel and Fertilizer.  All of these commodities will be in high demand in 2011 and beyond which provides long term investors an opportunity due to the relatively low prices and strong ROI's currently being enjoyed in the region's housing markets. Best not to wait until the frenzy begins, pick your well selected positive cash-flow properties during this slower time, then wait.

 7.  Real Estate areas to be very cautious about:

        1.  Forestry specific towns - still a long way to go for recovery (more mills closing in January) despite the new forest product's deal with China.

        2.  Pre-Sale Condos (didn't we learn how risky these can be during the last boom?) Seriously, when will people learn that lining up for anything creates an artificial demand which provides zero opportunity for negotiations? Why do you think they are marketed this way? It is not investing, it is speculating.

        3.  Recreational property - Always the first to be hit in a downturn and the last to recover in an upswing.

        4.  US Property (warning, we won't have witnessed the worst there until at least mid 2012 - despite the recent sales figures released). Make sure you read our article on the US market HERE. Also watch the commercial real estate market in the US, it is about to enter a downward cycle like we haven't seen in decades.

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This is just Part 1. Feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone you think will be interested in what's coming in 2010 and beyond. Over the coming weeks we will be diving into much more detail on specific markets, trends and economies in order to provide detailed perspective. So watch your e-mail and make sure to check back with www.reincanada.com for updates and special offers.  2010 will be a year full of opportunities IF you take action...calculated action. Reduce your risk and stay up to date!

Unique Opportunity For You To Gain Even More Perspective:
January is a critical month for your investments so make sure you give this year your all! The REIN™ Workshops are the perfect start...and January happens to be the "2-4-1" month -- if you wish to attend a private REIN™ Members Only Workshop, I urge you to do it in January because right now, if you buy one limited guest seat, you can bring a friend or family member for Free along with you.

And what fantastic events - An All-Day Power Workshop in Calgary  on January 23rd with a huge line-up (including how to use your RRSP's to invest in property) Plus... the REIN™ evening workshops in Vancouver on the 21st and Toronto on the 26th hosted by me, Don R Campbell. You can't afford to miss!

For more information on the January REIN™ Workshops and to sign up NOW please follow these links:

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Make this YOUR year to have control - a year where you win by cutting through all of the hype and getting to the truth. We have all learned amazing lessons during the downturn, let's not repeat the cycle!


See you and your guest at the upcoming REIN™ Workshop

To Your Success


Don R Campbell


Real Estate Investment Network