Passive income and long term investment options for building wealth
Since 1956, OakWood has been providing a specialized Design & Build service to help homeowners and real estate investors generate ongoing lease or rental income from various property strategies in the Ottawa market.
Our clients are attracted to the long-term security of owning something tangible that can increase in value over time. We help them leverage their current equities, obtain financing for development projects, find land for future development, and invest in new, custom designed investment properties.
These and other property development strategies enable our clients to confidently use real estate to balance, diversify or replace conventional investment options that appear increasingly risky with today’s market volatility. From modifying existing single-family homes to building a customized rental property, our Team of experts will work with you to find a solution that is right for your financial goals and investment level.
OakWood’s comprehensive range of property investment services include:
“OakWood Investment Properties is a response to client and investor demand for the planning, design & build of reputable, well-managed income generating properties that complement or replace conventional investment options.”
– John Liptak, CEO & President, OakWood
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Our Investment Property Service is tailored to your investment objectives, experience, risk level, whether you intend to outsource property management services, your long-term goals, and other factors. The quality of services provided by our Canadian real estate experts will ensure a well-managed, carefully planned strategy for you to generate ongoing rental income.
Your first-step is to request a personal, confidential consultation to talk about your many options with OakWood:
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Discuss investment property investment options best suited to your needs
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OakWood works with clients who see their home, land, or a building as a real estate investing strategy for generating new income—immediately or in the future. In general they are drawn to opportunity to potentially realize higher or more predictable returns with lower volatility than stock market investments;and bring stability and diversity to their investment strategy. If you have a minimum of $150,000 to invest, one or more of OakWood’s property development services may be an ideal option.
- You’re concerned about market volatility and the “Stock Market Casino”
- You want an investment strategy that puts your hard-earned money into tangible, bricks and mortar opportunities
- You want to generate steady, predictable income from your investment – like an annuity
- You want the benefit of diversification that real estate and property offers
- You want to build a retirement nest egg with more income or net worth
- You’re interested in learning more about income generating properties from a reputable source
Choose from five investment levels depending on your needs
Modify your existing home
Ottawa currently enjoys a vacancy rate of 3-4 percent, suggesting a potential supply of steady renters:
- OakWood offers a turnkey Design & Build service to take advantage of this market opportunity by creating a self-contained rental apartment with independent access to your existing home
- An excellent low point-of-entry and an easy way to generate additional revenue
- An addition or major renovation to create a separate living space can also become an asset for a future buyer—particularly with multigenerational living on the rise
Semi-detached or duplex
Build or upgrade a semi-detached home to create a high quality, private living space for yourself and family; attached to an income generating unit above or with a shared wall. Both a semi or detached are low rise properties that can be excellent investments generating steady cash flow:
- Perfect for owner/investor occupancy with a tenant paying for a portion of the mortgage — or generate income from both units
Three or four-unit apartment building
The number of single person households is on the rise. Demand for one and two bedroom apartments is expected to climb. OakWood designs & builds investment grade options to take advantage of these trends:
- Invest in a multi-family/tenant strategy to generate additional monthly revenue
- Design & Build from scratch or renovate an existing building
Four to 12-unit townhomes
A scaled-up version of a three or four-unit apartment building to create a higher leveraged investment opportunity:
- Uses a multi-unit building strategy to take advantage of what’s possible on the property to achieve cash flow
- A sound investment strategy for properties
- Generate revenue from quick sales of individual units
Condo space with ground floor Commercial/Retail
Historically, commercial real estate in the right location offers more financial rewards than residential properties:
- Commercial/retail can raise building values substantially
- Creates a highly desirable location for residents by providing them with immediate access to amenities such as restaurants, shopping options, and entertainment
Each investment option:
Is 100% owned by you
Includes liaison with the City to check zoning and ensure full compliance with bylaws
Is backed by OakWood’s extensive experience with residential and commercial construction over the past 60 years
Designed to provide you with predictable monthly income generated from tenants (or an immediate resale)
Provides a high-quality, turnkey Design & Build solution for your investment option
Your first step – confirming your project is doable
Our Investment Property Service begins with an initial Feasibility Assessment to objectively review all the available options for the property and to determine the best investment strategy to move forward with. This is a crucial first step and an important way to de-risk your project to ensure success.
Proceed with confidence
Before proceeding to Concept Design we want to ensure agreement on the project’s required investment level and the assessed risks. We confirm your project is doable from a structural, construction, financial and functional standpoint while being compliant with all city and provincial guidelines.
“We look at all areas where costs will be incurred,
anticipated ROI, and provide hypothetical financing
scenarios for your project to ensure a scope of work that’s appropriate for your investment.”
– Chuck Smith, VP Finance, OakWood
What we look at
Brainstorming and expert information gathering
We explore a number of key factors including type of building, number of units, level of finishes, building standards and more to establish realistic allocations for your project.
We bring knowledgeable, senior in-house financial expertise to help you map out financial options around specific project and revenue objectives.
Preliminary risk assessment
We look at key variables that can affect the scope of work and building at your location including: permits required, streetscape considerations, City zoning and planning regulations, availability of City services, proximity of neighbors, to name a few.
Consultation with third parties such as City Planners, Architects, and other stakeholders as required to confirm and design and build considerations that should be considered in your scope of work.
Additional Investment Services
Site location and assessment
OakWood can help you find and assess potential site locations across the City. Because we work with top Real Estate agents, we often learn about high quality properties before they are listed. Our site assessment removes risks and ensures your investment property can be designed and built as planned. This includes but is not limited to: permits, architectural design including streetscape guidelines from the City of Ottawa, access and site preparation considerations, electrical and water hook-up, and many others.
Turnkey Property Management
OakWood can provide a one-stop, turnkey investment property solution from site location, all planning, design and build, right through to renting and managing your new investment property. This includes finding quality tenants and identifying the quality of these tenants, attending promptly to standard maintenance issues, 24/7 emergency service, landscape maintenance and more. You get a worry-free investment for your residential or commercial property.
Financing for your project
As one of Ottawa’s largest and most established Design & Build firms, OakWood enjoys a special professional relationship with major financial institutions and Mortgage Brokers who deal with over 30 top financial institutions. A referral from OakWood assures you of open doors, exceptional service provided by real estate experts, fast approval, and the best rates possible.
OakWood brings specialized expertise and services for designing, planning, and building on infill lots. Whether your planned property is vacant, or an existing structure needs to be demolished, our approach shields you from potential insurance claims by ensuring that blasting, excavating and normal construction activity doesn’t undermine the structural integrity of neighbouring residential or commercial properties.
Ottawa Land Bank
OakWood is a principal partner in Ottawa Land Bank, a consortium dedicated to long-term land investment opportunities, giving us access to hundreds of the best estate lots across the Ottawa Region. Depending on the property and development, our consortium partners can include PCL Construction, Linebox, Holmes Group, Cavanagh Construction, and others.
A two-story four-unit investment property was assembled in a single-day, minimizing neighborhood disruption and accelerating time to new rental revenue for a property investor.
The use of hybrid, modular technology results in dramatic time savings. What would normally take months to complete using traditional construction methods, with all materials shipped and built from scratch on site, took a single day using pre-manufactured, modular systems. While modules were being built in-factory, the OakWood Team constructed the foundation onsite, resulting in significant time savings.
Schedule a consult with an OakWood Project Consultant to learn more about the benefits of modular building technology and to determine if modular technology is right for your project.
What Our Clients Say
Our kitchen is more than the dream we hoped it would be…
Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon
“I found everyone right from the initial designers to the last person out the door to be extremely professional, hard working, friendly and very respectful of my home. ”
“OakWood was a pleasure to work with for our kitchen renovation. They were very good at listening to what we were trying to do and what problems we were trying to resolve. It was really easy to follow the changes and new designs as our ideas matured during the design and product selection phase."
“We are extremely pleased with our new kitchen renovation. We love the colour of our cabinets, the backsplash, the countertop and the flooring. We are also very pleased with the lighting, the effect is exactly what we wanted."
“Thank you so much for all your help with this. Your work with us was amazing.”
Elliot Lee & Soojin Chun
“There are two areas that particularly impress us about Oakwood: the quality of work and the exceptional work crew…We always felt confident that our home was in good hands. ”
“We did our homework for over a year and looked at all the custom builders in greater Ottawa, OakWood had the most knowledgeable team by far – period. We are very detailed and OakWood walked us through all of the design and building options. Their design centre is stunning.”
"The project management on this aspect of our renovation was excellent. We were kept apprised of developments as the work progressed and our input and concerns were addressed immediately. The work was done in a professional manner with minimal impact on our daily lives. Overall it was a very positive experience and we are very pleased with the results”
“We wanted to thank you for the professional approach and great job that was done by the crew. It’s hard to get excited by a “sump pump room”….(wish it was a new kitchen or basement) but it’s exactly what we needed in terms of cleaning up that space and making everything easily accessible and damp free.”
“We chose Oakwood for our second large scale renovation because of the great customer service they provided when we renovated our third floor loft space a few years back. In fact, I specifically remembered the Oakwood crew for their quality work from our first reno and requested them to do the kitchen reno. This time around, it was very gratifying to see that the customer service is still a priority. We appreciated that you recognized us as a return client and went above and beyond to welcome us back.”
"In short it was a brilliant success! The end result exceeds expectations and along the way we met lots of great people with great skills and talents. The entire process was professional, well managed, well-staffed and we had complete confidence that the end result would be worth any renovation anxieties along the way."
“…I cannot speak too highly of OakWood. I have passed your name to many friends who are contemplating renovations in the year.”
“I wanted say how much I have appreciated your professionalism and your unfailing good humour in steering/pushing my kitchen renovation to a very successful conclusion. You kept things on track, pitched in to make things happen and were quick to get back to me to answer questions or follow up on concerns. I am extremely pleased with the results.“
“We recently moved into our new home and planned on renovating the basement. We approached OakWood and were stunned by their amazing Design Centre, state of the art technology and detailed processes. The renovation was a huge success!”
"We are so grateful that we entered into a fixed price contract with Oakwood and that we were blessed with two extremely professional and talented people in Dan and Scott. Thank you!"
Joanne Levesque and Rick Picard
Our house looks great! The curiosity of neighbours and friends has transformed to compliments and enthusiastic praise upon viewing. Thank you OakWood!
“The OakWood Team seems really innovative. They seem really systematized – they’ve got the whole model down. They understand what people want, what they are looking for.”
“We have hosted a lot of parties and dinners in the last 6 months and everyone has been truly impressed with our new kitchen. We would not hesitate to use Oakwood again" Randy and Lynda Miller
“It was a pleasure working with OakWood for our kitchen renovation. John has been very patient in having the Oakwood team serve our interests."
"To summarize, Oakwood delivered our project on time (actually faster than expected), exactly on budget, while providing excellent collaboration, transparent communication, and an indefatigable commitment to delivering exactly what the client wants. Can you tell I'm a happy customer? Chose Oakwood and you will be too!"
“Geoff and I are thrilled with the work that was done in the kitchen. I would like to acknowledge the professionalism that everyone demonstrated prior, during and after the project was completed.”
"Our Designer got to know us by listening to what we were looking for and brought forward innovative ideas, pushing a bit to see where we were comfortable and where we were not. The design process was organic-growing from a concept and it took a good number of versions and modifications as the process went forward. Throughout it all, Our Designer was patient and professional, answering questions and providing advice."
Marilyn and Peter Hill
"Thanks to OakWood for making our new basement the kind of space we like to be in. We will certainly enjoy decorating it over the next few months. The Oakwood team, including all your subcontractors, made our home renovation project the easiest and most streamlined process.”
“This is an e-mail to express my appreciation for the work that Oakwood did in renovating my basement into a beautiful living space for me and my family. I am so happy with all the work that was done, it is just how I pictured it. I know it was a lot of work and Richard did a wonderful job. Thanks again for all your work in helping me get the basement looking so good.”
“We’re really enjoying our expanded kitchen and our opened-up front entrance. The project has given our 1970s era house an up-to-date feel and makes entertaining much more enjoyable."
Alex and Mindee Mirhady
“As always, your staff is professional and meticulous. We really appreciate all of your great work and would not hesitate to recommend or use you for a future renovation.”
Nancy Carlson and Bruce Gordon
"We are absolutely thrilled with our new ensuite – it is so beautiful. We could not have created this oasis without the expertise from all of the different Oakwood employees."
Clare And Stephen Gray.
"We hired OakWood to do our basement a few years back. They did an outstanding job and even came back to fix a small repair job years later."
“We love every single aspect of our kitchen, and I can't think of a single thing we would have done differently. I am also confident that if we hadn't chosen OakWood and their respective teams, the experience and end result would not have been nearly as positive."
"They were able to make what could have been a harrowing roller coaster ride a smooth one. Working with OakWood wasn’t just the most important decision we made, it was also the best decision we made."
Erik van der Torre
“We had worked with OakWood before when we added a master bedroom, bathroom, office space, and a walk-in closet to our house. Our experience back then we overall very positive, and when we decided to potentially change our kitchen we contacted OakWood again.”
OakWood in inclusive, trustworthy, honest…I don’t think there is a comparison.
“We are very happy with the renovation work done on our home…We had no real surprises and all change orders but one was initiated by us so we ultimately had control of expenditures. ”
"OakWood's creative problem solvers and friendly staff work together to ensure a quality finished renovation project which fully meets customer needs and expectations. You can trust OakWood to get the job done!” Susan Roberts
"We are very pleased with the work OakWood did on our basement. They were very knowledgeable about the planning and requirements of the project and all of their trades were extremely professional."
“They’re not your standard construction company. They’re a company that’s leading-edge; that does a lot of things differently from everyone else.”
“I also really appreciate your work in managing this project - your communications have always been professional, honest and open, making this experience much more palatable"
“Oakwood was able to keep our project within budget and a reasonable time frame. The end result is a stunning, new and functional kitchen! We are extremely happy with our new kitchen and would not hesitate to recommend Oakwood to others considering a home renovation.”
Melissa Black & Christian Garrow
“Thanks to you and the team for a wonderful job. We LOVE our kitchen.”
"I am completely blown away with my new basement. It is exactly what I was looking for."
"We are both ecstatic and pleased with the finished product and professionalism demonstrated by your company."
Robert Cvetas and Serge Labrecque
"OakWood is a company that is committed to customer satisfaction, to a level of excellence and to ensuring that when the job is done, it’s done to perfection."
“Nice to read how well your company has been doing and the awards you have received to date. It shows how lucky we were to have hired your team on to build our home so many years ago. As I said we really enjoy it and hope to remain in it as long as we can. If we need to have any work done no doubt you will be the first we will call.”
"After I worked through your site many times and searched out customer reviews on OakWood I knew we had found what we were looking for."
“OakWood worked with us, listening to our ideas and delivered a fantastic design.”
Atul & Richa Aggarwal
“Thank you so much, OakWood, for your exceptional work in creating my beautiful new bathroom. I'm sure I have the nicest bathroom in the entire condominium complex. I would recommend Oakwood unequivocally to family and friends.”
“We were, and remain impressed by your consistent emphasis on quality materials, caliber of work and the client service mentality that obviously drives your business…”
"We now know why OakWood has been in business for so many years and why we see so many of their signs in our neighbourhood."
Michelle and Glen
“In the space of about four months you took us from a virtually useless space to a modern kitchen that fit to the style of the house…”
Jennifer Spence and Pablo Sobrino
“I just wanted to thank you for everything (ensuring things were fixed, digging into what had happened before you joined the project, and getting the front and back finished, amongst other things!). It's so nice to have both projects finished.”
"I would like to say how pleased we are with the work being done to refresh our basement. Once again, thank you for all of your work in skillfully proposing and managing this project. We are very happy to have the Oakwood team leading these renovations.”
“We choose OakWood because friends of ours had OakWood do an addition for them. Also because the company seems to have a good reputation. Lastly because we are very busy and do not have the time to organize all contractors and supplies in order to manage a renovation project.”
"Once again, Oakwood has met all our expectations for this project involving the tree removal, the fence installation and the relocation of the shed. We assure you that with a few more projects to come, we will continue to refer to Oakwood without any hesitation. Thank you for everything!”
“We're quite happy and we'd just like to express commendation. We're extremely pleased and relieved. Thank you very much for the time you've taken to put things right for us.”
Michael & Caryl Pratt
"We have been very impressed with the progress that has been made on our renovation project. All of our questions have been answered. Additionally, all of the contractors have been very polite and courteous, even knocking on the door in the morning before opening it with the key. They have left the house relatively clean and they tidy up behind themselves.”
David & Noreen Haley
"I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the final result of our main floor renovation. The difference is stunning! We had a pretty good idea what we wanted right from the very beginning, but the end result is much better than we expected."
“We really appreciated the great service and project. Thank you and team very much.”
Berend Jan Velderman
"Thank you very much for all the work that you have put in so far as the site supervisor in our kitchen renovation project. We appreciate very much the time and effort that you have taken to familiarize yourself with our project, to coordinate and supervise the work of the various trades people and to answer our many questions. Your commitment and expertise have contributed to make our renovation experience a lot easier.”
Myron & Francine Oleskiw
“Thank you very much for a job well done. We do appreciate the commitment shown by everyone involved”
"All in all we are very happy with our new kitchen, and looking forward to enjoying it for a long time. Thank you for your part in making this renovation experience as painless as possible! “
Paula and Dave Roach
“We are absolutely loving our new ensuite bathroom - the rain shower and heated floor being the highlights. The powder room downstairs is also really beautiful.”
“Our first reno was a Sunroom addition by Oakwood. The work was excellent, on time and on budget. We had no hesitation in contacting OakWood once again to discuss a complete renovation of our kitchen and bathroom."
We get many compliments on the addition and especially the very unique double vaulted ceiling in the family room!
"From your initial response to our telephone call through the entire repair, the job was handled quickly and professionally. We thank you for your attention to this matter."
Judy and Doug Fyfe
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Property Investment Opportunities in Ottawa
How to take advantage of a booming rental market to secure your financial future
This special Investment Report from OakWood shares current analysis and research on the Ottawa real estate market and how to take advantage of an underserved, high-end market with a quality, custom built rental product.
Key topics include:
- Why Ottawa is ranked #1 for attractiveness in Canada
- Details on a product shortage and rental crisis
- An untapped and lucrative rental market
- Understanding the City’s Official Plan
- How to design and build for maximum profit and lower costs
- What to look for in a credible, turnkey Property Investment solution
Based on insights and analysis from leading sources including:
- Bank of Montreal (BMO)
- Royal Bank Economic Research
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
- PMA Brethour – one of Canada’s premier real estate firms
- Investment Property experts from OakWood
- And other trusted sources
This report will be invaluable if:
- You’re an investor looking to take advantage of unprecedented investment property opportunities in Ottawa
- Have a minimum of $350,000 to invest (in one or more new properties) with the goal of generating ongoing rental revenue
- Want to know what to look for in a turnkey Investment Property service to enter this lucrative market with confidence
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