Friday, August 31, 2018

In The Landlord Paradise

I love flowers on the side of the house!
In the last post, I shared that I've been tolerating an eight-month long vacancy because of fear, which wasn't even my fear to begin with, but it still paralyzed me.

Now, determined to fix the issue, I set out to find a great tenant ASAP.

Determining Price

To determine the price, I analyzed all for-rent ads on Kijiji. There were 39 of them.

Out of 39, only eight were listed under “House Rental” and the rest were in “Apartments and Condos”.

Even though my unit is an apartment in a duplex, it comes with a basement and a backyard, and takes up a larger part of a two-story house. I decided to put my ad under “House Rental”. It seems to be fair and puts my ad into a bucket with less competition.

Out of 39, the majority of 21 ads were two-bedroom places like mine.

In some cases, prices included all utilities, some covered only some of the services, and some were with tenants paying for everything in addition to the rent. In my case, utilities must be included because meters are not separate.

During my analysis, I made the following big assumptions about the monthly cost of utilities:
  • ·         Water = $100
  • ·         Hydro = $200
  • ·         Water + Hydro = $300

I used these assumptions to calculate all inclusive price for all ads.

Next, I looked at two bedroom units by price and saw that out of 21,
·         6 were below $900
·         4 were between $900 and $1,000
·         6 were between $1,000 and $1,100
·         3 were between $1,100 and $1,200
·         2 were over $1,200.

Aiming to be in the middle and also making sure cash flow would be positive, I decided to price my unit at $1,150.

Placing the Ad

Kitchen Looks Great!

I placed the following ad:

Big 2 Bedroom Duplex for rent $1,150 all inclusive

$1,150.00 URGENT

Looking for responsible tenant(s) for this Spacious Move-In ready Duplex!

- Lots of Parking
- Large Patio & Backyard

- Bright living and dining rooms
- Great functional kitchen
- 2 bedrooms with large built-in closets
- You'll love the spacious Bathroom (pls see pics)!

- Lots of storage space
- Central AC
- Appliances: Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Washer / Dryer

UTILITIES: all inclusive

Please text/call or email Anna at MY_PHONE / MY_EMAIL to book your viewing.

We'll be showing the unit this week on THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY.

Please reach out to me now to book your viewing: MY_PHONE

Unreal Number of Inquiries

Living + Dining Remind me of Spain Villas - lots of white tile
I got a gazillion responses, mainly through texts!

I booked 31 viewings over four blocks of time: Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Friday evening, and Saturday morning. Only two people are scheduled for Saturday morning.
So far, as of the end of Thursday, 20 people showed up out of 29.

Landlord Paradise

Since the level of interest turned out to be super high, I started to wonder if I’ve set the price too low.

I asked a few applicants how my unit and its price compare to other apartments they’ve seen. Most said that they are comparable; and only a couple of people said that I could charge a bit more. I checked with my property manager and he thought the price was right as well. It’s what people in the area can actually afford to pay for this size and type of a place.

It appears that the market is very landlord friendly. Lots of demand, and lack of units. Landlords get to choose from a large pool of applicants.

It’ll be a long time, before I forgive myself for an 8-month long vacancy in this landlord paradise type of market. Unreal. I’m such a la-la.


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