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Getting back into gear in Alberta
Richard Crenian | The Long View | 2017-01-02
The holiday season is usually an opportunity to reflect and rejoice. In recent months, there has been a lot of...
Buyer beware
Richard Crenian | The Long View | 2016-11-14
Property owners need to be on top of environmental regulations It’s a challenging time in the commercial property development industry....
Canada at the mercy of every twitch and grunt in 2017
It’s time for cautious investors to tread carefully and even the most daring to check and recheck their facts before...
A new year christened by economic contradiction
Prices in Vancouver’s housing market have jumped by 40 per cent this year. The price of a typical single-family home...
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...
Time to build purpose built rental units?
Condominium construction has dominated the residential development space for a number of years now. This was primarily due to the...
Floor rates
If you’ve recently discussed a commercial mortgage with a lender, you have likely encountered floor rates. As bond rates have...
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 real estate crowdfunding panel discussions
Denton’s hosted a very informative panel on real estate crowd funding earlier this spring in Vancouver. The panel comprised of...
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...
Steady as she goes, in Saskatoon CRE
ICR has collected the fourth quarter results for 2016 and though commercial vacancy remains higher than average in some sectors,...
Federal government introduces responsible new mortgage rule
October 17th the Liberal’s new mortgage rule requires that anyone applying for an insured mortgage must qualify at the Bank...
If you hate condos, you should hope that more get built
Ben Myers | The Numbers Game | 2016-09-30
A lot of people don’t like condominium apartments, they would never live in them, and they don’t like that they...
The greenbelt’s collateral damage
Ben Myers | The Numbers Game | 2016-06-14
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced in May that Ontario is proposing to grow the Greenbelt. Ontario’s Greenbelt...
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...
Xenophobic NIMBYs
After the announcement of the foreign buyers tax, the Urban Development Institute suggested to the provincial government several ways that...
Compensated cooperation
You didn’t get into the commercial real estate business to lose money. But did you know that the existing business...
Attract and retain millennials to a CRE career
As a senior executive of a brokerage firm I felt a real frustration not being able to understand the motivation...
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...
Is there room for public art in industrial buildings?
Cori Howard | Westcoast News | 2016-09-28
Vancouver’s PC Urban has voluntarily commissioned two public installations for their upcoming industrial buildings and in doing so, have shaken...
Five reasons to buy a Calgary commercial condo now
Cori Howard | Westcoast News | 2016-08-10
Are you leasing an office or warehouse space in Calgary? With interest rates at all time lows, now might be...
Real estate trades then and now … negative leverage then and positive leverage now
Pierre Gagne | The Petrus Report | 2016-05-09
Why do we all hear grievances that prices in commercial real estate are too high when Marshnet reports sales/purchases of...
Markham, Ontario: Engine of growth
Pierre Gagne | The Petrus Report | 2016-04-18
The City of Markham is the largest of nine communities in York Region, with a population of over 349,000 and...
‘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,...
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...
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...
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