Do not get caught

Sep 1, 2016 / 3:00 pm
The difference between speculation and Investing Like clock work, every time the market cycle heats up, the opportunist in us comes out to play. The slow-and-steady-wins-the-race mentality gets abandoned as people chase the sexier, faster buck. Great people with admirable intentions to...

Sun, beaches and cash flow

Jul 26, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Most vacation-property owners will tell you that breaking even off their seasonal tenants is a pipe dream and unattainable. The negative cash flow of beachfront condos is tolerated because historically they’ve offered great appreciation, personal enjoyment and that bit of prestige. It...

5 trade secrets, free

Jun 15, 2016 / 6:00 pm
I've been writing for Castanet since 2013 and I have written only about strategies for acquiring property. But now that we are in the full throes of a boom cycle, my best advice to many will be to sell. Sell anything that isn't a cash-flow rock star and take the cash, ready to re deploy...

Hot market mayhem -secret

Apr 14, 2016 / 6:19 pm
Hot market mayhem - and how to escape the insanity All we hear about these days is that the Kelowna real estate market is on fire, houses are selling in multiple offer and for over list price. This is not untrue, but it doesn’t tell the full story. Adding to the mayhem is a massive...

Don't go it alone

Mar 7, 2016 / 2:22 pm
A personal story of joint venturing and how you can prosper People often ask me to share the secret to building a multi-million dollar portfolio when not starting with a mountain of cash, or having banks tripping over themselves to lend you money. The answer is simple, don’t go it...

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 takes pride in breaking the mould when it comes to how they practice real estate. With a well-deserved reputation as a real estate renegade, Hazzi has been shaking up the Kelowna real estate scene since 2002.

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 educate clients on how to achieve financial freedom through real estate.

Arming his clients with knowledge on where to find positive cash-flow, how to renovate for profit, and other creative avenues that most agents completely ignore, Hazzi has carved out his niche as a real estate investment advisor (REIA), and loves nothing more than educating people on the right strategy to capitalize on both boom and bust years.  AJ is a firm believer that the Kelowna market is rich with opportunity, if one knows where to look.

If you are in search of an advisor who practices what they preach, consider that AJ has built his own real estate portfolio up to include multi and single family cash-flow rental properties, development property, resort property, fix and flips, and commercial properties. By sharing the lessons learned from his own experiences, his clients get the knowledge and confidence to invest without having to make the expensive mistakes he and many new investors have made along the way.

His goal is to impart on people, especially of the X and Y generation, that depending on RRSPs 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 secure a comfortable, even lavish, retirement.

Bringing a consultant's approach rather than the tired, old-fashioned sales approach, AJ and his partners offer a world class service from finding, pre analyzing, and negotiating your next acquisition, to property management, all tailored to today’s busy investor.

To hear what AJ Hazzi's clients have to say about his service view the testimonials.

Contact Information

For more details or to reach AJ Hazzi, please visit www.vantagewestrealty.com

Email [email protected] Cell 250.864.6433

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