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Darryl Bellwood BIZ Alternative asset classes a riskier investment

Darryl D. Bellwood | 2016-03-23
Generally, investors in commercial real estate are familiar with more mainstream assets usually classified as multi-family or apartments, retail property...

Adam Powadiuk BIZ Skyrocketing office vacancy, maturing loan bad combination

Adam Powadiuk | 2016-03-02
The effects of declining oil prices have been felt in a variety of unpleasant ways, particularly in Western Canada. One...

Darryl Bellwood BIZ Thoughts on 2015 and 2016

Darryl D. Bellwood | 2016-01-23
Now that 2015 has ended and we begin 2016, we can wonder what lies ahead for this year. Before we...

Adam Powadiuk BIZ Garbage in, garbage out

Adam Powadiuk | 2015-12-06
GIGO stands for “Garbage In, Garbage Out.” It’s an informal concept common to mathematics and computer science. The quality of...

Darryl Bellwood BIZ Choosing the right term for your property

Darryl D. Bellwood | 2015-11-18
As a lender and financing professional, I am asked all the time what term option is the most common in...

Adam Powadiuk BIZ Maximizing apartment leverage: A shifting landscape

Adam Powadiuk | 2015-10-22
In a previous article, I examined the maximum leverage available via CMHC-insured mortgages in several Ontario markets.The data set used was...

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Value: Weighed and Measured »
Speculative foreign real estate buying: Chronic issue or red herring?
In this column a couple of years ago, I asked the question “are we at risk of becoming tenants in...
The Saskatchewan Edge »
Suburban growth vs. urban densification
We tend to support societal arguments that align with our own special interests. We want what we want, but are...
CRE Tech: Riding the Digital Wave »
Digital Footrace: Landlords need to know tech options today
As CRE tech continues its rapid advancement, landlords who haven’t done so need to make moves to bring their technological...
The Long View »
Retail strategies to survive, and thrive, in 2018
Richard Crenian | The Long View | 2018-01-23
In the time it takes you to read this sentence you could have Googled “the power of innovation” and your...
The Title Page »
Title insurance — a matter of opinion
Eric Haslett | The Title Page | 2016-04-26
“What more am I getting?” This is one of the first questions people ask when their lawyer suggests purchasing...
Capital Commentary »
CMHC underwriting mortgage changes
If you are already an apartment building owner or looking to purchase an apartment building then you have two mortgage...
Let's Make Things Interesting »
What to expect from the Vancouver housing market
What will the year 2017 hold for real estate and development in the lower mainland? It’s a question that has...
The Apartment Building Expert »
Understanding cap rates in the apartment sector
Capitalization rates, or cap rates, are a way of estimating the general rate of return of an apartment building by...
The Crowdfunding Corner »
Ontario Finance Minister updates CRELA at luncheon
Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa recently told Commercial Real Estate Lenders Association (CRELA) members he would like to see...
Westcoast News »
Vancouver’s plan for False Creek Flats falls short
Cori Howard | Westcoast News | 2017-05-30
The False Creek Flats area of Vancouver is the last bastion of opportunity for creating a diverse mix of industrial...
The Numbers Game »
Should the Ontario Municipal Board be overhauled?
Ben Myers | The Numbers Game | 2017-09-21
In Toronto, people regularly complain that they can’t find an affordable place to buy or rent, but they also complain...
BOMA Canada News »
BOMA Regina hosts BOMEX for the first time
Victoria Gabel | BOMA Canada News | 2016-10-10
For the first time in its history, BOMEX® came to the Queen City of Regina! From September 20-22nd, BOMA Regina...
National Viewpoint »
A ‘Net Zero’ home: What does it really mean?
Bob Finnigan | National Viewpoint | 2017-12-29
In Canada, our new homes are already some of the most energy efficient in the world. There has, however, been...
Finance Re-imagined »
Debunking the myths around Vancouver real estate prices
The big news out of Vancouver recently has been the release of a report by Resonance Consulting about the future...
The Strategic Broker »
A boom for rental as owners cash out of homes
Sean Tait | The Strategic Broker | 2017-04-11
Today, millions of Canadians have been blessed with unprecedented wealth due in large part to one key financial asset: their...
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