I was reading on line and came across this article. I thought it would be nice to share with all the parents out there. It is an useful article.
If your properties are less than five years old (i.e. low maintenance) and your child goes to a school near your properties, why not have them manage the properties as their part-time job? Better yet, have them live in a unit as their principle place of residence and rent out the extra rooms to friends. Teach them how to manage the properties like a pro, with the right agreements, contracts, and templates. And don’t forget to teach them about all the applicable rental regulations. Now, they can use the cash
flow from the properties to help pay for their own tuition and books.
If you have a couple of properties that you have held for more than ten years, you probably have a nice nest egg for your child’s education. Rather than selling the properties when your children are ready to go to post-secondary school, hold the properties a little bit longer until they graduate. Have them take out an interest-free student loan to pay for their education. Then, transfer the assets to your kids after they graduate from post-secondary education and have them sell it, or borrow against it, to pay for their loans. Any remaining profits from a sale, or available room in a home equity line-of-credit, can jumpstart your child’s purchase of their own real estate.
If the properties are held more than 15 years and your children decide to the leave the city, why not refinance the balance of the mortgage, and have them retain a team to manage these properties? Teach them to oversee the properties and monitor the expenses and payments. The cash flow can be used to offset their tuition fees and books. Once school is finished, they can liquidate, or borrow against, a property and pay off their loans.
If the properties no longer have any mortgages and your kids are off to medical school or they are too busy to manage real estate, teach them to sell the properties, contribute a portion to their tax free savings account, and lend out their money to other real estate investors as a mortgage-backed loan. Now your kids have mortgage payments coming into their bank accounts to help offset their living expenses and tuition costs. And after they have finished their education, they can recall the loans that they have issued to pay off their own student loan.