Our story began in 2010 when we met for our first coffee together. Since then, we have had many more lattes, finished our degrees, gotten married, been adopted by a dog and had a baby.
We’ve made beautiful Victoria, British Columbia our home. It was our goal to own our home so, like many living in this expensive city, needed a rental suite as a mortgage helper. We finally found a house that had a basement prime for converting to a suite. We did well on the purchase as the home desperately needed love and attention. The timing wasn’t ideal as we were planning our wedding in the same year; but through a lot of sweat, a few mistakes, hard work and determination we had tenants moving in just after we said “I do”. Fortunately, we still wanted to get married once the renovations were done!
Our intention for the house was to live in it for awhile then move to a different home while keeping the house as an income property. This happened much faster than we expected! From a combination of the market increasing in our area and the added value the suite brought to our house we had equity built up. So, just 3 short years later, we were able to purchase our second home. Having seen the benefit of adding a suite, we decided to do it again with the second property.
Through all of this we have learned a lot about real estate, renos, rentals and relationships. Overall, it has been exciting and fun but there have definitely been some challenges. Purchasing a home, taking on major renovations and becoming landlords was a huge responsibility. The weight of which would have been hard to bear alone. Fortunately, we made it through and our relationship became stronger as we learned to work well together, supported each other in times of stress and achieved our goals. It has been a journey!
With our blog, we want to:
-inspire you with some of our house renovations
-increase your confidence to work together and complete projects
-help you realize your real estate and renovation ambitions.
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We are excited to share our experience and knowledge with you!