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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing January 06, 2019 158   0   0   0   0   0
Calgary might begin offering lower costs for commercial tenants this year due to a significant 32% decline in the downtown area’s office building values in 2019, but observers argued that this would not necessarily lead to improved occupancy. As of the end of 2018, Calgary’s vacancy stood at 26.4%. While lower rents could magnetize more tenants, employers in Calgary will still have to find a way to replace the thousands of petroleum industry workers who lost their jobs in the wake of the oil price crashes of recent years. “The disease is unemployment, it’s not property values,” CBRE Alberta managing director Greg Kwong told BNN Bloomberg.“It’s not going to change dramatically until we get people back to work.” Read more:Investment in Alberta not all it appears to be[1] Moreover, the lower office building property assessment might lead to even higher business taxes, according to Mark Cooper of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve seen the vibrancy stripped from the downtown core due to the rising vacancy rates because of the downturn and now we risk losing businesses outside of the core that are being weighed down by these unsustainable tax increases and other regulatory burdens,” Cooper explained, adding that these factors should also be considered
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing January 06, 2019 50   0   0   0   0   0
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing January 06, 2019 146   0   0   0   0   0
Owing to some of the lowest vacancy rates in North America along with a breakneck pace of development and a sustained pace of price growth, B.C.’s industrial market is promising to be one of the best investment destinations in Canada at the start of this year. In particular, Metro Vancouver would become the epicentre of this market strength, according to Avison Young. “It is a historical time for Metro Vancouver’s commercial real estate,” Avison Young Vancouver market analyst Andrew Petrozzi told Western Investor. During Q3 2018, around 1.5 million square feet of new industrial space was added to Metro Vancouver’s supply.Absorption was incredibly strong in the same time frame;approximately 1.4 million square feet was either sold or leased during the period, leading to a near record-low vacancy rate of 1.46%. Read more:Morguard reports extremely positive outlook for the industrial segment[1] Richmond and Delta will also remain powerhouse industrial hubs well into 2019, according to Avison Young. Richmond’s vacancy increased to 2.3% in fall 2018, and it now comprises Metro Vancouver’s single largest industrial market at 37.7 million square feet.Meanwhile, Delta vacancy fell to 1.9% in its approximately 25 million square feet of industrial space.   Are you looking to invest in property?If you like,
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing January 03, 2019 185   0   0   0   0   0
End-of-2018 data from the Calgary Real Estate Board pointed at a year characterized by unusual weakness. The numbers showed that overall residential sales in 2018 shrunk by 14.5% compared to 2017, a development that was exacerbated by the significant 21% year-over-year decline in December’s sales. Benchmark prices also went down by 1.5% in 2018, and 3.4% annually in December. CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie said that these results are a natural outgrowth of the provinces multiple struggles during the year, including subpar job growth, a lack of pipelines, multiple interest rate hikes, and stricter mortgage qualification requirements. “[The recovery] was supposed to be driven by economic improvements, which we just didn’t have,” Lurie told Global News.“In fact, we just had more troubles happening in the latter part of the year.” Read more:Global oil price weakness is hurting Alberta, but…[1] Weaker employment numbers also exerted pressure upon the city’s home sales activity. “Job growth in this city remains a concern, as unemployment levels remain well above levels expected for this year.Rising costs of ownership also continue to weigh on housing demand,” Lurie said in November. Are you looking to invest in property?If you like, we can get one of our mortgage experts to tell you exactly how
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing January 01, 2019 662   0   0   0   0   0
Access to affordable housing dominated the conversation in British Columbia in 2018, with residents aged 18 to 34 beginning to doubt the ability of elected officials to get a grip on the problem. According to a recent report by local BC media outlet Burnaby Now, BC residents favoured increasing the availability of rental units, but took on a more subdued view when it came to new construction projects.The report indicated that it was vital for the provincial government to show where the funds from new housing taxes were going, and how these actions will benefit residents. Give the gift of real estate success this year – grab a seasonal CREW subscription. Use code HOLIDAYS2018 to claim your free festive gift.[1] Burnaby Now also reported that transportation and traffic gridlock were also issues that BC residents were concerned with in 2018.In a survey conducted in November, two-thirds of residents in the Greater Vancouver Area favoured a cap on drivers to ensure that congestion does not increase, and that a majority wanted ride-hailing services to employ drivers who hold a commercial Class 4 licence, instead of the standard Class 5 licence that most motorists rely on. According to Burnaby Now, signs indicate that BC is heading towards a made-in-BC solution,
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing January 01, 2019 150   0   0   0   0   0
This year, real estate professionals will increasingly find themselves using online services and apps to facilitate transactions. According to CTV News, the industry will see growing usage of technology in a bid to target increasingly tech-savvy millennials homebuyers. Subscribe to CREW for the best in real estate news and insight – whatever the season. Use code HOLIDAYS2018 to claim your free festive gift.[1] New proptech online services allow professionals to remotely conduct presentations, digitized documents, and close transactions online.“Now our clients can open their phone up, push a few buttons and the (offer) papers are signed,” Shawn Zigelstein, a real estate agent in Ontario, told CTV News. “The agents that are not adapting to this change are going to see their business drop considerably because they can't adapt fast enough.” The real estate industry has been historically been slow to embrace technology, Frank Magliocco, a partner at PwC Canada who specializes in the housing market, told CTV News. “But I think what you're going to see now is a fairly significant ramp up in embracing that technology once it becomes more mainstream.” “It'll be increasingly important to remain and be competitive in the marketplace.Once you see these technologies prove out, you'll see more and
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing January 01, 2019 486   0   0   0   0   0
Buying US real estate has proven to be a very good investment for Canadians over time.There aren’t typically any particular tax advantages for Canadians investing in the American real estate market, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to reduce that financial burden. Nearly a decade ago when the United States’ market was in shambles and the Canadian dollar was robust, Canadians enjoyed bargains on American real estate.Those days are long gone, and making matters worse, Canadian investors have to be cognizant of avoiding double taxation or tax pitfalls. That’s not an easy task without speaking to the right advisor.It is commonly suggested to Canadians to create a limited liability corporation (LLC) in order to keep the structure simple and enjoy the historically low individual tax rates when investing in the United States, according to Shlomi Steve Levy, partner at Levy Salis LLP, a cross-border tax and estate planning firm in Montreal. “An LLC is vehicle, an ownership structure, under U.S.tax rules that in layman terms provide liability protection a little bit like a corporation, but from a tax perspective will be ignored or considered a flow or pass-through entity,” Levy told CREW.“The individual member is the tax payer, so you are taking advantage of corporate protection while maintaining individual tax rates, which are very low.”
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing December 20, 2018 207   0   0   0   0   0
As Vancouver’s vacancy rate for office space remains among North America’s lowest, there’s growing appetite for strata office developments in the city. Driven primarily by low downtown vacancies and, consequently, surging rents—and compounded by large companies like Amazon, Apple and Deloitte buying hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space—Vancouver has become inhospitable to smaller businesses looking to set up shop.Not surprisingly, savvy investors have taken note and are beginning to fulfill this need in the marketplace. Subscribe to CREW for the best in real estate news and insight – whatever the season. Use code HOLIDAYS2018 to claim your free festive gift. “There is great opportunity for investors looking to purchase space, particularly when you consider the many strong, local businesses looking to lease space in a AAA building,” said Matt Carlson, vice president of Colliers International.“These businesses are often unable to find a landlord who is willing to lease less than 10,000 square feet, or in some cases less than 20,000 square feet.Investors purchasing smaller units will have many tenants interested in renting space from them at historically high rental rates.” Chard Development has capitalized on the demand and built The Yukon in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, with strata units designed for creative or light industrial ventures and for businesses with
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing December 20, 2018 182   0   0   0   0   0
Clinton Wilkins Nominations are now open for the 2019 Canadian Mortgage Awards[1], which will be held at the Liberty Grand in Toronto on April 26, 2019. The 13th annual edition of the CMAs promises to be a good time where peers from coast-to-coast can network and, most importantly of all, enjoy themselves.Without a doubt, last year’s winners will be eager to defend their awards. Clinton Wilkins of the Clinton Wilkins Mortgage Team with CENTUM Home Lenders Ltd.won the Award for Mortgage Broker of the Year (Fewer Than 25 Employees) for his 230 transactions in 2017 that totaled $50 million.The Halifax-based Wilkins says that since winning and advertising the award, business has surged. “Since the win, I’ve had the best year ever in the 12 years I’ve been in the industry,” said Wilkins.“This year, I’m up 80% over last year and I attribute that to the momentum that I’ve had and winning a CMA is justification for what I’m doing in the industry.Winning a CMA has 100% helped me increase business, especially as broker of the year.It really speaks to the good things going on in Halifax and it’s put me on the map on a national level.” Upon winning the award, the Wilkins Team immediately put out a press
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing December 20, 2018 173   0   0   0   0   0
Fresh data from the Canadian Real Estate Association pointed to one of Ontario’s most promising markets in terms of consistency:Hamilton, which saw its prices dramatically shoot up by 70% over the past 5 years. This considerably outstripped the 58.5% price growth in the GTA since 2013, as well as the 43% national average. The trend was especially apparent in Hamilton-Burlington, where the average price stood at $581,900 — the fourth highest in Canada. Said numbers should be seen in light of a general slowing down of sales activity, however, as the number of transactions fell annually in 3 out of 4 markets across the country last month, the CREA noted. Read more:REMAX forecasts Canadian markets in 2019[1] Nationwide sales volume shrank by 12.65 year-over-year in November, ending up below the 10-year average for the month. “The decline in home ownership affordability caused by this year’s new mortgage stress-test remains very much in evidence,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump stated, as quoted by CBC News. “Despite supportive economic and demographic fundamentals, national home sales have begun trending lower.While national home sales were anticipated to recover in the wake of a large drop in activity earlier this year due to the introduction of the stress-test, the rebound appears to have
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing December 18, 2018 165   0   0   0   0   0
Toronto landlords with vacant units could enjoy as much as an 11% hike in rent next year. That’s according to Rentals.ca’s National Rent Report, which only studied empty units and also forecasted that rents nationwide would increase 6% in 2019. Ben Myers, president of Bullpen Research &Consulting Inc., notes that the breakdown in Toronto is pretty evenly split between purpose-built rental apartments, which skew older, and newer condominium rental units.He also says that Toronto chronically under-delivers the number of units needed every year, and it’s contributing to rising rents. “There’s probably demand for about 25,000 new rental units a year, and we’re delivering somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2,000 new purpose-built rentals and 18,000 to 22,000 condo rentals,” he said, “which means we’re under-delivering by 3-5,000 units every year.” The preference remains for newer, lavish units, which typify condo rentals. “Renters like a higher level of finish and newer amenities, and some of the older buildings might be larger but they’re not providing the lifestyle some of these renters are looking for,” added Myers. The preponderant reason for the double-digit market rental hike in Toronto has to do with the economics of purchasing a condo unit in the city.In downtown Toronto, investors are buying in at between $1,000 and $1,200 per square
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing December 18, 2018 179   0   0   0   0   0
New data from the Toronto Real Estate Board showed that the market’s sales volume fell by 14.7% year-over-year in November, while new listings declined by 26.1% during the same period. Coupled with average sales price growth of 3.5% annually (up to $788,345), the trend points to a vicious cycle in the very near future, TREB president Garry Bhaura wrote in a thought piece for Toronto.com. Don’t forget your CREW subscription this holiday season. Get your CREW with code HOLIDAYS2018.[1] “These numbers reflect a tighter marketplace, which will translate into increasing competition between buyers and also likely provide the foundation for renewed price growth,” Bhaura warned. He added that among the major contributing factors to this possible crunch would be the stricter mortgage qualification rules introduced earlier this year, which are steadily becoming more of a burden than a boon to the market. “We’re seeing strong rates of price growth on homes with lower average price points, such as condos and semi-detached homes.This is largely due to the impact of the OSFI-mandated mortgage stress test and higher borrowing costs, which have impacted affordability and pushed many consumers to consider a lower-priced home.” Read more:After a relatively sedate 2018, Toronto is heating up again[2]
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing December 18, 2018 178   0   0   0   0   0
Amid widespread accusations of corruption, a significant proportion of Vancouver’s locals are not inclined to have faith in the housing market any time soon. According to new research by Transparency International Canada, nearly 2 out of 5 (37%) of Metro Vancouverites described the real estate market as “extremely corrupt”.For perspective, only 15% of Western Canadians outside Vancouver view the industry with such suspicion Subscribe to CREW for the best in real estate news and insight – whatever the season. Use code HOLIDAYS2018 to claim your free festive gift.[1] The most pressing issue driving the perception of mistrust is the proliferation of unscrupulous foreigners and criminal organizations using the city’s homes as conduits of illicit funds. Lax regulations, along with what has been described by observers as a servile accommodation of foreign investors (especially Chinese) at the expense of domestic buyers, have been a consistent sore point among market players. “Within Vancouver [specifically] you just have a particular relationship of criminal elements working that have found the luxury market [and] who have found market overseas to bring that money in,” Transparency International Canada executive director James Cohen told CBC. Read more:B.C.gov’t has yet to make good on affordability commitments[2] B.C.Attorney General David Eby acknowledged the gravity of
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing Updated December 17, 2018 183   0   0   0   0   0
Investment activity in Alberta looks promising, but a closer look at the numbers tells a different story. An analysis by Altus Group of activity through the third quarter of 2018 revealed the provincial capital bore witness to $3.1 billion of investment, which is a 38% increase over the same quarter in 2017 and a whopping 86% spike over the first three quarters of 2016. Breaking down those numbers, the industrial sector’s investment by the end of Q3 was $638.7 million, and retail investment reached $609.8m, however, the $180.9m invested in the third quarter alone decreased 3% from Q3 2017.The office market’s contributions to overall investment through the third quarter cannot be overstated:Of the $517.4m invested through the first three quarters, $456.4m was invested in the third quarter alone. Give the gift of real estate success this year – grab a seasonal CREW subscription. Use code HOLIDAYS2018 to claim your free festive gift.[1] The apartment sector in Edmonton increased 35% through Q3 2017 compared to the same period last year. In Calgary, there was $2.55b invested through Q3 2018, which is an 11% improvement over the same period in 2017, but the industrial sector was down 6% from last year, albeit possibly because of a supply dearth.Year-over-year, retail transactions have been up 26% through the first three quarters of 2018, however, the office market has declined 2%. Calgary’s apartment sector declined 33%, reaching...
 
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing December 16, 2018 181   0   0   0   0   0
Amid the growing popularity of the rental market as the top choice of those with an eye towards affordability, a clear majority of Canadians still see home ownership as the ideal state of affairs. In a new survey, real estate information portal Zoocasa found that 74% of Canadians see ownership as a crucial milestone.Only 25% said that that they are already living in their preferred asset types. The results were remarkably similar to a recent analysis by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, which indicated that 83% of the country’s young households would not hesitate to purchase and move to single-detached homes if costs are not an issue. “The popular perception is that people in modern families have typically preferred multi-unit and city centre locations, when in fact what the report shows is if price were no object, they would prefer single family homes,” Sotheby’s International Realty Canada president and CEO Brad Henderson told HuffPost Canada. Read more:In Canada’s top markets, neither rent nor ownership provides relief[1] The Sotheby’s report added that elevated single-family home prices are mainly responsible for pushing most people away from ownership.Indeed, 56% of the Zoocasa respondents admitted that if these market conditions continue, ideal housing would become well out of reach. Despite these economic realities, 41%
 
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