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Derek Lobo BIZ From property management to asset management

Derek Lobo | 2015-08-19
There’s been a change in the language you hear around the purpose-built rental apartment industry. It’s subtle, but it’s profound....

Derek Lobo BIZ The Americans are coming

Derek Lobo | 2015-07-23
Canada’s real estate industry is part of a worldwide market. Developers from within Canada have seen tremendous returns building housing...

Derek Lobo BIZ Retrofits can save energy and money

Derek Lobo | 2015-07-08
It’s getting to be a greener world out there. Not only are alternative energy sources gaining ground in the marketplace,...

Derek Lobo BIZ Why can’t apartments be more like hotels?

Derek Lobo | 2015-06-03
I travel a lot for my work and I’ve seen more than my share of hotel beds. I know few...

Derek Lobo BIZ Millennials and seniors have different apartment needs

Derek Lobo | 2015-05-19
A colleague of mine recently reminisced about his first apartment after university. This was 20 years ago. He’d found a...

Derek Lobo BIZ Student housing demand stronger than ever

Derek Lobo | 2015-04-15
For years I have been an advocate for the construction of more purpose-built off-campus student housing. I saw student housing...

Featured Columns

Value: Weighed and Measured »
Real estate sidelined by e-commerce won’t stay dormant
Change is inevitable, in real estate as it is with any other segment of the economy. Some of those affected...
Commercial Real Estate Insider »
Hydro usage penalties, and how businesses can avoid them
Thousands of Canadian businesses are unwittingly paying hydro penalties which are, in most cases, buried in their monthly hydro bills....
The Long View »
Building better communities, one shopping centre at a time
Richard Crenian | The Long View | 2018-05-08
For too long, suburban living has been perceived to be all about the automobile, home-ownership, detached properties and sometimes a...
The Saskatchewan Edge »
Why you need to engage a Broker to lease your space
From time to time we will receive a floor call from an individual asking one question: how do we charge...
CRE Tech: Riding the Digital Wave »
Choosing a CRE Tech Platform: Find a solution you’ll stick with
Today’s CRE Tech space hardly resembles the world in which my co-founders and I launched VTS in 2012. Back then,...
In The Condo Know »
Design takes on new importance in condominium market
Derek Nzeribe | In The Condo Know | 2018-05-31
New Column Contributor: Now that Ottawa is following in Toronto’s footsteps as a hot residential market, we have much to...
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 »
Who sets new homes prices, the market or developers?
Ben Myers | The Numbers Game | 2018-06-14
A frequent talking point among southwestern Ontario new condominium and apartment developers this year is the sharp increase in construction...
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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