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Investing in small/medium real estate development is a better return on investment than renting out purchased property.

Those who invest in property almost, by default, rent out purchased property and bypass the real estate development option. But that may not be the right choice – as investing in small/medium real estate development can be a better return on investment option than renting it out.

Real estate development, to many, may seem like a far-fetched investment opportunity. The steps and people involved could be too many for some to handle, not to mention the mountain of professional fees one might have to pay for consultants to liaise with government officials and neighbourhood associations only to get the project approved. Just from the looks of it, headaches seem to pile up way faster than cash! However, real estate development is easier than it seems, and the return on investment is very often, higher than renting your property out.




How long?

Below are some steps you can take to get your foot in the door to real estate development

  1. Location, location, location

    Find a neighbourhood with potential – low density neighbourhoods that show signs of future development are excellent candidates. Don’t know where to look? Visit city/town planning websites to monitor open houses and public meetings on development proposals to find out where development is sprouting up in Toronto and the GTA. Here’s a list to get you started:

  2. Size matters

    Real estate development is only cumbersome and complicated if it involves multiple parties, all with a finger in the pie. Keeping the real estate investment to small or medium will limit the parties involved. Capital investment of $.25 to $2 million is considered small/medium investment. This is also the best option for individuals and professionals looking to get their feet wet in the world of real estate development opportunities with a higher yield than rent.

  3. Get cosy with city planners and neighbourhood associations

    The best way to avoid disapprovals from city officials, lengthy meetings with concerned residents are to work with them from the get go to find a mutually beneficial solution for a reasonable return. While small and medium developments are not necessarily invasive to neighbourhoods and communities, some level of unrest are always expected when a character of a neighbourhood is to be transformed by a newcomer.

  4. Still too much work? Get someone to do the work for you

    Many architects now provide one-stop solutions to perform all the above services with a nominal fee. These professionals understand the intricacies of city development, and can tell you which neighbourhoods have the most potential. Few of those can even organize and package it into a real estate development opportunity to meet your needs.