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Investors hot for Kelowna

Jan 30, 2016 / 7:45 am
Seven reasons investors are drooling over Kelowna in 2016 We’re back, baby! These are exciting times for Kelowna homeowners and investors. We are going to explore why sales for Kelowna investment real estate have shot up 30%, and why there has never been a better time to invest. It...

8 things you need to know

Nov 24, 2015 / 6:00 am
Eight things you need to know about suites, so you can PROFIT in 2016 There have been some interesting changes in the world of secondary suites of late. And it seems that nearly everyone is confused, or working off old information, when it comes to rental suites. I’m going to share...

15 years - in the clear!

Oct 26, 2015 / 5:00 am
Many of you know that I have a fairly aggressive investing style when it comes to use of leverage to build a portfolio. Not everyone who reads this column wants to be a land baron, many just want a simple, bullet-proof plan that gets them to the coveted seven figures mark without taking any of...

Right strategy for this market

Aug 11, 2015 / 5:00 am
The phone as of late has been ringing off the hook with investors looking to claim their piece of the inclining real estate market that we are experiencing. On the surface this is a great thing. The problem is that everyone has the same idea, thanks in part to the plethora of HGTV flip shows we...

Where are all the deals?

Jun 23, 2015 / 9:00 am
With a returned confidence in the market due to record low borrowing rates and prices trending upward, many people are turning to real estate investment once again to reach their financial goals. As a realtor it’s interesting to observe would-be investors as they watch the MLS and constantly...

Like an RESP... only better

Apr 30, 2015 / 6:00 am
Since I’m at the age now that starting a family has become a frequent topic of conversation, having a sound financial plan to make sure one’s child has the option and privilege to get an education, seems like a wise thing to consider. We are going to discuss real estate (surprise coming...

Retirement rescue 911

Feb 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
What you are about to read is a true story about a frustrated investor, who for the sake of privacy I will change his name to Tom. Tom had always been very risk averse and being this way had allowed him to put together a nice nest egg of about $500,000. Half of this was in Registered Retirement...

Apartment buildings: absolute gold mine

Nov 10, 2014 / 5:00 am
Anyone that has been reading my articles knows I love a regular home with a suite or a duplex property, and for over a decade I've been pretty faithful to these residential investments, but recently I have had my attention fixated on a more alluring beast, and that is multi-family investing...

Become a millionaire in 7 years...this time

Aug 15, 2014 / 5:00 am
We all know someone who became a first generation millionaire during the last market cycle from 2001 through 2008. It doesn’t take impeccable timing, mountains of cash, or any uncanny business acumen. All it takes is a simple plan to follow and the discipline and guts to see the plan through....

Cash flow or flipper?

Jul 15, 2014 / 5:00 am
People lately have been asking me what the best place to put their investment capital and energy is now that the real estate market is showing signs of becoming a bull market again. This question is a challenging one to answer because there are so many variables. Not the least of which is a...

The power of 10

May 20, 2014 / 5:00 am
Do you want the secret for how I find such amazing positive cash flow rental properties? Well this month’s article is all about one shockingly simple formula that once you're tuned into, things become almost ridiculously simple. The simple rule I am referring to is the 10 times...

5 Deadly mistakes house flippers make

Mar 21, 2014 / 5:00 am
Renovating and reselling a property for profit is alive and well in Kelowna’s accelerating market. It is by far one of the most profitable short term strategies an investor can employ, offering returns over 30% per project in many cases. With that said, I want to shed some light on where...

2013 review: What worked...what didn't

Feb 2, 2014 / 5:00 am
The last twelve months brought a wonderful mix of opportunity for those that knew where to look. To the average person on the sidelines who only considers pricing as the indicator of what the market is doing, real estate in Kelowna would've seemed under-whelming to say the least. Prices...

How far can $100,000 get you?

Jul 19, 2013 / 5:00 am
A story of one lonely 1960’s bungalow looking to make it big in Kelowna So how far can an investor get on $100,000 dollars in today’s changing real estate market? I’m often asked to consult on what is the most profitable move a person can make in spite of limited capital. There...

Top ten landlord tips

May 11, 2013 / 5:00 am
1. Take Pets - It always amazes me how few landlords are willing to take tenants with pets. There are two main reasons why ALL my rentals are pet friendly and full for that matter. For starters, tenants with pets have very few choices so not only does your phone ring off the hook from a carefully...

The 'L' word

Mar 26, 2013 / 5:00 am
What is Leverage? By definition it is; A method of financing an investment by which an investor pays only a small percentage of the purchase price in cash, with the balance supplemented by borrowed funds, in order to generate a greater rate of return than would be produced by paying primarily cash...

Rent to own, good or bad?

Feb 22, 2013 / 10:57 am
I recently saw an article by CBC that hit close to home the other day regarding rent to own and it was referred to as a “scheme”. They were exposing a deal gone bad involving an unlicensed person who makes his living doing a well-known US strategy called sandwich leasing. Essentially...

Waking the Dead...Equity

Jan 15, 2013 / 5:00 am
Contributed by AJ Hazzi OK so were in a flat market, this isn’t good or bad news; it just is what it is. We are well into the recovery on the road back to the next boom but the next few years are predicted to perform at the regular completely un sexy inflation rate of 3.0-3.5% Since...

Real estate - listen to the pros!

Oct 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
It seems like everyone I bump into these days has an opinion on the real estate market. I hear an assortment of declarations like “It’s another bubble”, “the interest rates are going to spike”, “The US is going back into a double dip recession.” Or maybe...

How does today's 30 year old retire at 55?

Aug 13, 2012 / 1:54 pm
How does today's 30 yr. old ensure he retires rich at 55? After just turning 30 this summer I've had this overwhelming feeling that it's time to get serious about the future. Time for Dreams to become plans and plans into action. At the top of any 30 year olds list has got to be...

Flipping 101 - Is it time to quit your day job?

Jul 20, 2012 / 3:35 pm
Contributed by Team Hazzi For my very first article I felt it made sense to write about something that has had the biggest impact on my own life financially and that’s the fine art of flipping houses. Many of you have seen those “Flip This House” shows on the real estate...
About the Author

AJ is the owner of Kelowna’s downtown boutique firm, Vantage West Realty. The firm prides itself in breaking the mold when it comes to how they practice real estate. Taking a consultant's approach rather than the tired, old-fashioned sales approach of selling kitchens and baths, they pride themselves in having a level of expertise not found in a classroom.

Having been a student of real estate through two market cycles, AJ has come to see an absence of truly qualified professionals specializing in investment real estate. This has become AJ’s role within the firm and the community, to consult clients on foreclosure sales, flipping, positive cash-flow, the benefits of lease option and other creative avenues that most agents completely ignore.

AJ is a firm believer that the current market is rich with opportunity and that there is a real need for a consultant who 'speaks the language' of the investor large and small, and understands their wants and needs. For example, many realtors would squirm from having to make low-ball offers, worried about insulting sellers and tarnishing their own reputation. AJ consults his clients to make the offer that makes sense to them based on their goals. If it’s a flip, then the mathematics on the firm’s handy 'profitable project work sheet' sets the max dollar. The same for cash-flow, if a client has a rate of return in mind, then that dictates the price.

With a well-deserved reputation as a real estate renegade, Hazzi is definitely an out-of-the-box thinker; a proactive agent willing to get creative and produce a solution during challenging transactions. He is very excited about the market we will see in the next 10 years, and feels that it will lend itself very well to his unconventional style.

AJ is an agent who practices what he preaches. He has built his own real estate portfolio up to include development property, resort property, rentals, fix and flips and cash flow properties. Arming his clients with the knowledge and confidence to invest has enabled many of them to build impressive net worth and passive income. His goal is to impart on people especially of the the X and Y generation, that depending on RRSP’s and Government Pension Plans to look after us down the road is risky business. Most people don't realize that as little as one or two properties added to your real estate portfolio now can provide a safe, cushy retirement in the future. The sky really is the limit.

AJ's past clients and business relationships are his largest asset. His business has been grown almost exclusively by referral. To hear what AJ Hazzi's clients have to say about his service view the testimonials.

For more details or to reach AJ Hazzi, please visit www.vantagewestrealty.com
Contact: [email protected]
cell: 250.864.6433

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