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Can affordable housing and rapid mass transit co-exist?
Rapid mass transit is often regarded as the prescription for cities suffering from traffic congestion. A way for urbanites to...
Who bears the costs of crumbling heritage buildings?
It isn’t much to look at – a two-storey brick rectangle like many that dot Ottawa and date from 1940s...
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....
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...
Local library renaissance an opportunity for landlords
Richard Crenian | The Long View | 2018-03-06
Board any public transit vehicle and have a quick look at your fellow passengers, you’ll be hard pressed to find...
Still passionate after 40 years . . . just getting started
I was 20 years old when I made my first serious attempt at selling myself. I had come to the...
H&M swings open its doors in Regina
Over a year ago, it was announced Regina’s downtown Cornwall Centre was getting an H&M store. The store opened this...
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,...
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...
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...
Title insurance: Helping you get the deal closed
Eric Haslett | The Title Page | 2015-10-21
In previous columns I’ve discussed the usefulness of title insurance, particularly in relation to claims and fraud scenarios. In this...
CMHC underwriting mortgage changes
If you are already an apartment building owner or looking to purchase an apartment building then you have two mortgage...
The power of the second mortgage
Many people think of second mortgages as an option reserved for riskier deals or under-capitalized borrowers. The truth is that...
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...
When science fiction becomes science fact
Duncan Stewart, the Director of Telecommunications, Media and Technology at Deloitte, is predicting the future. With a background in science...
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...
Condominiums incubating next rental apartment boom
In Canada, especially in heated real estate markets such as Vancouver and Toronto, pundits are looking at the rush of...
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...
Access Private Equity (PE) through crowdfunding portals
A 2016 McKinsey Global Institute report suggests the combination of higher interest rates, lower economic growth and weak corporate profits...
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...
B.C. is proof foreign buyer tax won’t cool hot housing prices
Cori Howard | Westcoast News | 2017-04-21
As the Ontario government begins implementing regulatory measures to improve affordability, news in B.C. is that our tax-induced housing correction...
Can mid-sized homebuilders survive influx of public money?
Ben Myers | The Numbers Game | 2018-04-26
When I started my career 15 years ago in Texas, most major homebuilders in Dallas operated across the state, and...
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...
‘Personal Delivery’ means just that
Darrell Gold | The Legal Corner | 2015-05-06
This article has been contributed by Darrell Gold LLB with Robins Appleby LLP.Virtually every agreement contains a notice clause and, if...
The landlord’s right to measure area – Use it or lose It
Darrell Gold | The Legal Corner | 2015-04-22
This article has been contributed by Darrell Gold LLB with Robins Appleby LLP.Many offers to lease and leases contain an estimated...
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...
Canada’s top buildings honoured by BOMA Canada
Steve McLean | BOMA Canada News | 2016-09-28
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada paid tribute to the winners of its national awards on Sept. 22...
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...
The truth behind GTA home prices
Bob Finnigan | National Viewpoint | 2017-08-17
Cause and effect; supply and demand – the reasons for record high new home prices in the GTA are a...
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...
Why is world capital attracted to Vancouver Real Estate?
Real estate has traditionally been considered an illiquid asset. But in Vancouver’s red-hot market, that’s changing. Let’s look specifically at...
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...
Advisors obliged to provide innovative options
Sean Tait | The Strategic Broker | 2017-03-27
Be it in technology, processes, or simply mindset, consumers are frequently ahead of business in the adoption of new best...
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