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Darryl Bellwood BIZ Need to raise equity? Try a second mortgage

Darryl D. Bellwood | 2015-08-12
Looking for options on your property can be a challenge, especially when the mortgage is in mid-term since the term...

Adam Powadiuk BIZ Lenders love debt service coverage ratio

Adam Powadiuk | 2015-07-01
There are a few ratios lenders use to measure and control risk when granting a mortgage. A favourite is the...

Darryl Bellwood BIZ The cost of deferred maintenance

Darryl D. Bellwood | 2015-05-06
Capital work is expensive. When replacing or refurbishing the major components of a property, costs can rise and rise rapidly....

Adam Powadiuk BIZ You have options at the end of a CMBS Loan

Adam Powadiuk | 2015-04-22
The commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) market suddenly collapsed in 2007. At the time it had grown to 25% of...

Darryl Bellwood BIZ Refinance or not: A mortgage quagmire

Darryl D. Bellwood | 2015-03-10
Borrowing money right now is cheap, and has been for quite some time. Most experts agree interest rates will eventually...

Adam Powadiuk BIZ Profiting from the bond rate drop

Adam Powadiuk | 2015-02-14
Bond rates have dropped significantly since Jan. 9 with both the Canada Mortgage Bond (CMB) and the Government of Canada...

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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
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CMHC underwriting mortgage changes
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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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