It is important for you to investigate the city neighborhoods when you have made up your mind to invest in a property. Ask yourself this question: 'Will investing in a swanky neighborhood be cost-effective as a form of investment?' Generally homes in an expensive part of town will cost too much and are not worth your money. While you may be able to find rare gems and bargains once in a while, it is safer to purchase a home in a less classy Ottawa neighborhood.
At the same time, you should not focus on real estate in a low class neighborhood either. Some homeowners don't take proper care of their property in these areas. Not only are the properties more difficult to rent, it may also be challenging to sell them in the future.
Be cautious of communities where there are too many homes for sale. There could be an underlying reason for this situation. Perhaps everyone is leaving the town for greener pastures elsewhere since they do not feel safe living there any longer. You do not want to come in and take over such a property.
Visit the local police to ask for crime statistics of the neighborhood to determine if it is a safe place to reside. If you take a look at the multiple listing service or MLS, you can also assess recent property sales in the area. Make an appointment with a real estate evaluator to check for the price averages in recent years and ask if that neighborhood is a good place to invest in property.
Network with fellow real estate investors and get a feel for the value of certain neighborhoods. Ask for recent trends of a given Ottawa area and find out its future potential value.
Overall, you need to look for gems in Ottawa neighborhoods that are not too luxurious but at the same time are not low-value areas. If an area appeals to you, evaluate its market value as a community and start looking for a property. Remember, the better the area, the better your chances are for landing a great investment deal.