WELCOME to the new site!
I've just started it up and it's under constant construction right now because I want there too be plenty of useful content for all the would be home buyers and sellers.
Please be patient with the site content, but the site itself is already a very usable tool and I already have the knowledge I plan on imparting so feel more than free to contact me by phone, email, or smoke signals and I'll handle any questions or concerns you have personally.
I'd also take suggestions on what sort of information people would find valuable in relations to treating all real estate like an investment. My goal is to have people aware of the numbers side of things including how to analyse their properties to see how well they pay off. It doesn't matter whether it's a primary residence or a rental property, you can always compare what the cost to rent is versus what the cost to own is. Even if it's against what it may cost you to rent elsewhere if you didn't own the property you plan to buy or sell.
Important aspects are mortgage cost, taxes, utilities, property value trends, closing costs, etc. When you add up these numbers they tell the tale of where you're at with your investment and if you give me time I'll add resources to this site to help you get to and look at these numbers effectively.
I do already have a really nice mortgage calculator on the site that is easy to use and shows a little graph of where your money is going over the time that you carry the mortgage.
The site also has a plethora of listing search tools that I recommend as well as one you can use on your smart phone (iphone, android, etc) that uses your gps to show you all available listings in your immediate vicinity. It's very simple and very cool. It displays on a map with pins that you can touch to see the listing information.
Again, if you want or need help NOW, don't hesitate to contact me as I can help you analyse immediately.
Michael Sheldrake B.Sc