Category Archives for "Investing"

Jan 06

Approval of Coach Houses Opens the Way to Better Urban Design

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

(This article first appeared in OBJ,  https://obj.ca/article/opinion-coach-houses-open-door-better-urban-planning-ottawa.) As OBJ readers may already know, the city of Ottawa recently changed its bylaws to permit construction of coach houses on many existing residential lots. This is part of a worldwide effort to densify and intensify existing urban areas to make them more interesting, more diverse, and more […]

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Nov 09

Equity Lord

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

[This article originally appeared on Spirepoint.ca] The number of mega wealthy people on this planet (a class that includes billionaires and millionaires, the latter, however, must have a net worth greater than $30 million USD to be included) is a tiny percentage of overall population—just 0.004% of adults qualify according to Wealth-X. This group controls […]

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Mar 05

How to Calculate the Capitalization Rate

By Bruce Firestone | Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

The Cap Rate Most real estate professionals do not use IRR, internal rate of return, calculations—they use cap (capitalization) rates to compare one project with another. The cap rate is an approximate assessment of ROI, return on investment, as all financial measures are anyway. But they are more approximate than the IRR is, in my […]

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Dec 21

Visitable Home Part Deux

By Bruce Firestone | Investing , Real Estate

I wrote last year that a visitable home has three overarching qualities– 1. it has a 0-step entryway (either at the side of the house or front); 2. wider doorways and corridors on the main floor; 3. a main floor bath or powder room and at least one main floor accessible bedroom. You can read […]

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Nov 22

10 Principles of Conservation Subdivision Design

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

old subdivision design v new conservation subdivision design When conservation subdivision design principles were first introduced, developers thought their properties would be devalued and sales would take longer. It turned out, however, buyers would pay more to live in a village that made preservation of natural areas a feature even if it meant smaller lots […]

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