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The Details on Building a New Investment Property Home

Jun 26, 2019 / by Jason Mattern

The Details on Building a New Investment Property Home  Featured ImageWhen most investors think about buying real estate, they probably picture buying a home and then reselling it for a profit, usually after some substantial renovations. 

But have you considered the idea of building a brand-new home from scratch to use as an investment property? While it can seem like a slightly daunting prospect, it’s actually a very easy and safe process for local and long-distance investors alike.

Why Build a New Home? 

The most obvious question is: why should I build a brand-new property instead of investing in one that already exists? There are many benefits to building a new investment property, but the principle one? 


When you build a brand-new home, you can tailor it to create the ideal investment property. If you have an ideal tenant profile, you can build a home that matches their needs. You can build to minimize potential future maintenance, and you can avoid overbuilding to ensure you’ll be making the absolute maximum income. 

The Details on Building a New Investment Property Home Edmonton ImageTake Advantage of the Current Market 

We already know Edmonton is a buyer’s market and real estate investors across the country on focusing here so they can take advantage of the current market. This means, with a minimal deposit today, you’ll be able to lock in your construction costs and lot prices at the current low rates. Also, lenders are offering very aggressive fixed term interest rate options making for some attractive financing options.  

Your money will be working for you all the way through construction before you even have a tenant in the home. 

How Long Does Construction Take? 

The exact amount of time it takes to build a house can vary, as it can depend on many factors – sourcing the perfect lot, permitting time with the municipality, the size of the home, and weather disrupting the builder’s schedules - all these factors will all affect the final timeframe. However, as a general rule of thumb expect the building process to take approximately six to eight months from beginning to end. 

The phases of construction on a new home can be broken down as follows... 

The Pre-Construction Phase

In this phase, the plans are presented, design and finishing decisions are made and building permits are in progress. 

The Details on Building a New Investment Property Home Foundation ImageThe Foundation Phase

This is when the land is prepared for construction and physical building begins. The foundation is poured, drainage is installed and utilities such as water, electricity and cable are made available to for future hook-ups to the home. 

The Framing Phase 

Framing is when the exterior shell or frame of the house is built and the doors and windows are installed. The building really starts to take shape at this point.  

The Interior Rough-In and Exterior Finishing Phase

Here, the home as you envisioned, start coming together. Plumbing, venting and electrical wiring are added. 

Insulation and Drywall

This is where the home gets insulated and drywall is installed, followed up with taping, mudding and fresh paint. 

Finishing Stage

This is where your house starts to look like a finished home. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are installed, interior doors are hung, baseboards and door casing installed, flooring gets installed and plumbing and light fixtures are all installed in the finishing stage. 

The Completion/Hand-Over Phase

At this point, you can conduct a final walk-through of the new home, order any last-minute touch-ups and receive the keys. 

Another Great Option...

Of course, if you're talking about a quick possession home, well... then the timeframe is completely different! If you're the type of investor who wants to get in now, you should seriously consider this option. 

  • short turnaround time 
  • generally a lower cost 
  • less finishing decisions to make 

This may all seem fairly overwhelming at first glance, but with an experienced, professional real estate company to guide your investment journey it doesn’t have to be. TriUrban is extremely experienced in selecting the right areas to build in. We pride ourselves on our experience in choosing the right home specifications towards the perfect investment property, and constantly innovate the designs with our builders, to consider your needs as an investor. 

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Topics: Best Investment Properties, Buying a Home

Jason Mattern

Written by Jason Mattern

Husband, dad, and real estate afficenado. With over two decades of experience, Jason decided there had to be a better way and founded TriUrban Real Estate in 2015. Jason loves real estate ALMOST as much as he loves his family (which includes his wife, two kids, a dog and a cat!).