Design & Build Experts Since 1956     (10,700+ Clients)

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:

A five-level property development service
Infill projects
Ottawa Land Bank
Property management
Project financing

“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

Want to Learn More?

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:


Find out how we will work with you


Discuss investment property investment options best suited to your needs


Get insight to the Ottawa market and premium locations

Learn more about our strategic partnerships with top architects, real estate professionals, and property management firms to provide a one-stop, turnkey property investment solution

Let’s get started!

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Investment Profile

Is this you?

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

If you answered “yes” to any of those statements, OakWood Investment Properties may be an ideal option for you to consider.

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Investment Options

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

Feasibility Assessment

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.


Financing Review

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.

Infill projects

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,  Cavanagh Construction, and others.

OakWood Investment Properties

OakWood Uses Modular Building Technology on Semi-Detached Investment Property

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.

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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

Download your free e-report now by completing the form fields on the right.

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Investment Property Services – Digital Booklet

A guide to help you understand the OakWood process

This interactive digital booklet provides a high-level overview of OakWood’s investment property services with information on how we help turn your vision into reality and what you can expect from the OakWood Team for your investment project.

Flip through the booklet to learn more about our investment property services.

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