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Homeownership a wise goal for all Canadians
Bob Finnigan | National Viewpoint | 2017-02-27
Over the past few years, demographics regarding homeownership in Canada have changed, especially for those entering the marketplace – largely...
What is causing Canadian home prices to rise? – Bob Finnigan, President, CHBA
Bob Finnigan | National Viewpoint | 2017-02-06
There’s been a lot of recent media attention lately about foreign home buyers fueling the rise in prices. The ...
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...
The need to make tax rebates for vacancies fairer for everyone
There is a perception among some municipal officials that commercial property owners, by and large, would rather have a tax...
Where is your lottery ticket to fund retirement?
Personal saving in Canada appears doomed to join such fading skills as cursive writing and knowing how to dial a...
Understanding and investing in commercial real estate
Richard Crenian | The Long View | 2017-03-19
Too often you hear a phrase that is commonly used and you have a rough idea what it means without...
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...
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...
Kindersley remains a hot spot for Saskatchewan oil drilling
Despite a rough patch for oil in 2016 drilling activity actually increased in Kindersley, one of Saskatchewan’s growing secondary markets. ...
Slower but sustained growth in Saskatoon
With a certain weaker economy currently in play, the City of Saskatoon has released their newest projections for growth in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
On ‘dealing with’ clients
Sean Tait | The Strategic Broker | 2017-02-21
Have you every commented in passing that you must “deal with a client”? This casual turn of phrase carries weight. ...
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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