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There is no fear in Ford Nation
The two or three people out there who didn’t think Doug Ford’s Ontario would be markedly different than that of...
Interesting times call for investor diligence, not inaction
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was...
Time can be a killer for CRE transactions
There is nothing worse than putting a CRE transaction together that gets mired in a lengthy conditional period with no...
Why we do what we do at ICR
It certainly doesn’t seem like it’s been 3-1/2 years since our current ownership group purchased ICR. A great deal has...
The People Space: Empire, Sobeys shuffle execs, new CEO at ULI
Don Wilcox | The People Space | 2018-06-26
The leadership at Empire Company Ltd., and Sobeys Inc., looks very different after a series of moves involving eight senior...
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...
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....
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...
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...
A primer on REITs, MICs, funds and SPV investing
In this article we will be discussing different types of pooled investments including Private Direct Investing via Asset Specific Pools,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
‘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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