Category Archives for "Real Estate"

Jul 07

How many bad decisions can one city’s planners make?

By Bruce Firestone | Tiny Homes , Uncategorized

Part 1 (A version of this article first appeared in OBJ, How many bad decisions can one city’s planners make? Lots, if you are talking about Ottawa.  Let’s review their record— -Ottawa got rid of streetcars many years ago, not to replace them with subway or metro, but dirty, smelly diesel buses that get stuck […]

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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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Jan 24

Bruce M Firestone Legacy Lecture

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Ideas , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

The Telfer School of Management’s professor Barbara Orser assisted by Luc Lalande has asked me to give one last lecture in 2016. I tried to make it both fun and informative. You can watch the video of the lecture below. It is also available on YouTube, Here is the slidedeck I used, Here’s […]

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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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Apr 15

How to Value Property

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

There are many ways to value your real property— by completing a CMA, comparative market analysis, yourself or asking a realtor to do one for you, using the DFCA (direct comparison approach)—comparing what other similar properties have recently sold for in the same general area within the recent past (aka using “comps”) 2.       by using a cost approach—that is, determining the […]

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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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Sep 03

Tiny Homes are Illegal in Ontario

By Bruce Firestone | Tiny Homes

But Shouldn’t Be Here’s how Ontario and many other jurisdictions make sure their citizens are in debt til they die– By way of the many restrictions in place, governments are actually a major contributor to the ongoing affordable housing crises!  It is illegal to live full time in an RV (or tiny house)  UNLESS  you […]

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